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7.0 in Papua New Guinea....7:13 UTC

Tuesday April 17 2012, 07:13:51 UTC 18 minutes ago eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea 7.0 202.4 USGS Feed Detail

Tuesday April 17 2012, 07:13:51 UTC 18 minutes ago eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea 7.0 202.4 USGS Feed Detail

Tuesday April 17 2012, 07:13:50 UTC 18 minutes ago eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea 7.0 201.1 USGS Feed Detail

Tuesday April 17 2012, 07:13:50 UTC 18 minutes ago eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea 7.0 202.0 USGS Feed Detail

Tuesday April 17 2012, 07:13:49 UTC 18 minutes ago Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g. 7.1 190.0 CSEM-EMSC Feed Detail

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Did N. Sumatra earthquakes set off a chain-reaction? Planet shaken by shocking number of tremors since April 11, 2012

April 17, 2012


"April 17, 2012 - WORLD - The shocking number of earthquakes that have rattled the globe, especially along tectonic plate boundaries, since the double 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes struck off the coast of Northern Sumatra on April 11 could be early indication the planet may be shifting towards a new catastrophic model. Romania’ s top seismologist, Gheorghe Marmureanu, told the Bucharest Herald: “There is no doubt something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes.” More at.......


Strong earthquake strikes Chile; no serious damage reported

April 17, 2012  update

"(CNN) -- A strong earthquake struck coastal Chile near the port city of Valparaiso late Monday, causing mudslides and some minor damage, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The 6.7-magnitude quake knocked out some power and phone lines in the region, authorities said.

The temblor was felt in the capital city, Santiago, located 69 miles from the epicenter. A CNN en Español anchor held onto his desk as the quake rattled the studio during a newscast in Huechurba, a suburb of the capital.

"We could feel the ground shaking," said journalist Richard Madan. "It felt like we were standing on a subway track but multiply that by about 200.""


Magnitude-5.5 Quake Jolts Southern Greece, No Injuries Reported

"A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted southern Pelopponese in Greece on Monday noon, local media cited the Euromediterranean Seismic Institute as saying.

No injuries or major material damages have been reported by local authorities.

The epicenter of the quake was traced at a distance of some 19 kilometres off the coast of the city of Methoni at a depth of about 40 kilometres, according to seismologists. The tremor was felt in a major part of Pelopponese.

Earthquake-prone Greece is regularly hit by moderate tremors and catastrophic ones many times in recent years. The earthquake in 1999 measuring 6 degrees on the Richter scale in Athens caused many deaths and extensive damages."


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Santorini's underwater volcano activity resumes

20:54 17 APR 2012

"(AGI) Washington - Santorini's volcanic basin is showing signs of resumed volcanic activity. According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, satellite research tools suggest that a build-up of some 14m cubic metres of lava at a depth of 5km took place between September and January last.

  Widely touted by academics as the cause of the Minoan civilisation's obliteration, what is left of the volcano - a small archipelago - last witnessed significant geological activity in January of 2011. Having published his findings in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the Institute's Andrew Newman says "our research shows that the lava build-up is accelerating," suggesting that even though the build-up may not indicate an imminent eruption, it may cause minor volcanic events, including ash fall-out, landslides and even tsunami type phenomena."


6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes near S. Sandwich Islands

April 17, 2012 –

"ANTARCTICA - A shallow 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the Sandwich Islands around the Scotia tectonic plate. This is the third major 6.0+ magnitude earthquake to strike the planet in 16 hours. The earthquake is only one of the latest in a growing cluster of large quakes to strike the planet along plate boundaries after the massive 8.6 and 8.2 lateral slip-fault quakes off the coast of Sumatra set the entire planet reeling. Today’s 6.2 magnitude quake was rather shallow about 1 to 5 km in depth and is not expected to generate a tsunami. –The Extinction Protocol"


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Unusual geological event in Canada on Wednesday,

April 18, 2012

"Springtime in McAdam, a tiny village in southwestern New Brunswick not far from the Maine border, is like springtime in most other parts of Canada. Locals chatter about the NHL playoffs, the garden they are planting, the grass that needs to be cut, the fish they can’t wait to catch and the cottage they can’t wait to get to, once the warm weather really settles in. Lately, however, an interloper has elbowed its way into the community’s daily dialogue. Pushing aside the playoffs. Pushing its way to the very top of the talking points. “Everybody is talking about the earthquakes,” says David Blair, a retired science teacher and lifetime McAdam resident from his home on Old Harvey Road, just east of downtown."


“What is happening in McAdam is something called an earthquake swarm,” says Stephen Halchuk, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada. “It is a series of earthquakes, which is rare. But what is particularly unusual about what is happening in McAdam is that it is basically happening directly beneath the village — and at a depth of less than one kilometre. “When these earthquake swarms occur they are typically in a remote area where nobody feels them.” Mr. Halchuk can’t say how long the earthquakes will continue for, or if a big one, capable of causing serious property damage and endangering lives, could be lurking among all the little ones. “We can never say never,” he says. “I wouldn’t rule out a very large event occurring but, typically, in situations like this, the magnitude of the earthquakes is modest and doesn’t increase.” Researchers from the University of New Brunswick addressed community members at an atypical town hall meeting Monday night, answering questions and assuaging lingering fears. One working theory they have to explain the quakes is an early spring thaw. A rapid change in groundwater levels could, perhaps, be causing the underlying rocks to slip and stress, unleashing the multiple shocks."


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Magnitude 4.8 - NORTH OF SVALBARD




Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 01:41:34 UTC

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 01:41:34 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones


84.020°N, 0.914°W


14.9 km (9.3 miles)




344 km (214 miles) NE (34°) from Nord, Greenland

1823 km (1133 miles) NNW (348°) from Murmansk, Russia

2266 km (1408 miles) N (6°) from REYKJAVIK, Iceland

Location Uncertainty

horizontal +/- 18.6 km (11.6 miles); depth +/- 6.5 km (4.0 miles)


NST=137, Nph=137, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.92 sec, Gp= 86°,

M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6


Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID


Two new geological faults found in Thai North

April 19, 2012

The Nation/Asia News Network

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

"The Mineral Resources Department is analysing the Nakhon Nayok Fault to determine if it is active and the result will be announced next year, Lertsin Raksasakulwong, director of the Environmental Geology Division, said yesterday.

The Mae Ing and Phetchabun faults will be put on the department's list this year, he said.

The Mae Ing Fault has experienced a tremor stronger than 4.0 magnitude, while the Phetchabun Fault has spawned a quake greater than 5.0.

The Tha Khaeg Fault, which runs mainly in Laos and was last active more than 30 years ago, has been taken off the department's hot list.

There remain 13 faultlines in 22 provinces, including Mae Chan in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai; Mae Hong Son; Meoi in Tak and Kamphaeng Phet; Mae Tha in Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Chiang Rai; Thoen in Lampang and Phrae; Phayao in Phayao, Chiang Rai and Lampang; Pua in Nan; Uttaradit; and Three Pagodas in Kanchanaburi."

the rest of the story here...


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Two earthquakes rock Indonesia

April 21, 2012


This file photo shows coastal villages on the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, near Banda Aceh, taken on April 12. (AFP/File - Adek Berry)

"JAKARTA: A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's Papua region on Saturday, sending panicked residents running from their homes and schools, officials said.


"We've had reports of mostly superficial damage to buildings, but two houses have caved and a church wall has collapsed," Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) official Yulson Sineri, told AFP.


The quake struck at 10:16 am (0116 GMT) at a depth of 30 kilometres (19 miles), 83 kilometres southeast of Manokwari, according to the USGS.


The BMKG reported the quake's magnitude at 6.8, with a depth of 10 kilometres.

A hotel receptionist at the Mansinam Beach Resort in Manokwari reported a minute of shaking, but said she saw no damage.


The Papua region was struck by two mild aftershocks, while a 6.1-magnitude quake hit off Sumatra island, with no reports of damage or casualties.

Earlier on Saturday, a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.


Aceh province was shaken earlier this month by two huge earthquakes, triggering an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert.

At a magnitude of 8.6, the first of the two quakes was the strongest to hit since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 170,000 in Aceh. No major damage was reported."


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O.C. quake was small, but it could make history

"A 3.9 temblor centered in the southern suburb of Laguna Niguel could be the first measured on a little-known fault discovered 13 years ago."

April 24, 2012

The earthquake may have measured only a 3.9, but it still could make history in Orange County.

"Monday's temblor, centered in the southern suburb of Laguna Niguel, could be the first measured on a fault discovered only 13 years ago and running along the coast from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa to San Juan Capistrano — close to the San Onofre nuclear power plant."

The little-known fault — called the San Joaquin Hills thrust — is similar to the fault that triggered the deadly Northridge quake in the San Fernando Valley 18 years ago.

Unlike the famous San Andreas fault, which can be seen on the surface, the fracture in the earth's crust that makes up the San Joaquin Hills thrust fault is entirely underground. Because there is no visible break in the earth's crust at ground level, the fault is perhaps more dangerous because it's unclear exactly where the boundaries are.

Scientists weren't aware of the blind thrust faults that triggered the 6.7 Northridge earthquake in 1994, or the 6.0 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987, until after the ground began shaking.

Experts say Monday's temblor should serve as a wake-up call, particularly to Orange County residents who mistakenly believe that quakes are more of an L.A. problem. Scientists believe that the San Joaquin Hills thrust fault is capable of generating a magnitude 7 quake or greater."


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Quake rocks Andaman Nicobar Islands

APRIL 25, 2012


"A tremor with moderate intensity shook parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Wednesday.

No injury or casualty has been reported.

The epicentre of the tremor measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale was between Little Andaman and Car Nicobar, said disaster management director Ashok Sharma.

The earthquake occurred at 1.12 PM and originated at a depth of 10 km, he said.

It may be recalled following a massive earthquake off Sumatra coast on April 11, a tsunami alert had been sounded in the islands."


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New Dangers and Earthquake Risks Found in Washington State

3 more potentially disastrous faults discovered along coast near Canadian border

April 26, 2012

By Crystal Gammon


This LiDAR image acquired in 2006 by USGS shows five paleoseismic study sites (red dots with block perimeters) and three Holocene faults (solid red lines) inferred from the data.

"Tectonically speaking, there's a lot going on in the Pacific Northwest. From the Cascadia subduction zone, where the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate is slowly pushing its way underneath the North American plate, to the Seattle Fault, where Native American legends recorded a massive earthquake 1,100 years ago, the region has its fair share of seismic hazards.

Now add to that three more potentially dangerous faults in the Bellingham Basin, a tectonically active area along the coast of Washington, near the Canadian border. A team of researchers has discovered active tectonic faults in this region nearly 40 miles (60 kilometers) north of any previously known faults.

"We've known for a long time that the whole Pacific Northwest region is contracting very slowly north-to-south, at the rate of a few millimeters per year," said Richard Blakely, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., who was part of the study. "It doesn't sound like very much, but when you concentrate that contraction on specific faults, they can become rather dangerous."


April 28, 2012

M 6.4 EARTHQUAKE - TONGA 4/28/12

4.7-magnitude quake strikes off Vancouver Island

"A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck about 200 kilometres west of Vancouver Island on Friday morning but there were no reports of it being felt by island residents.

The quake struck around 1:36 a.m. PT, according to the Natural Resources Canada.

Earthquakes of that size are common in the area and experts say they do not indicate a large earthquake is more likely.

The U.S. Geological Service reported three quakes of similar magnitude in the area over the past five days, and there have been several more reported in recent months."


East and West Coast of Canada hit with Earthquake Swarms


Inexplicable Earthquake Swarm in Canada; "Sounds like dynamite exploding." - April 16, 2012

New Brunswick hit with earthquakes.A New Brunswick town has been experiencing small earthquakes over the past month and residents are getting worried."



4.1 earthquake jolts Southern California

April 28, 2012


"A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled Southern California on Saturday morning, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The temblor struck at 8:07 a.m. near Devore, about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The quake was felt across the region, in San Bernardino County, the San Gabriel Valley and the city of Los Angeles.

Residents around Devore reported a sharp jolt, though there were no reports of problems.


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Japan and the nuke plants:

Surrounding area of Tokyo had M5.9 possibly M6 earthquake just now. 7:28pm Japan time, 29 April 2012.

Apparently it came from 50km in depth.

I was watching a live Japanese news on NHK on the net, and suddenly heard the bell rang...the bell to alert the nation for the quakes.

It's PTSD since 311 in 2011 but every time I hear the bell ringing on TV, I cringe.

The nuke plants of the affected area were ok as they weren't working for the usual check-ups.

Fukushima #1 & 2 nuke plants haven't changed their states.

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5.5 magnitude earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico City

May 1, 2012

"Reuters) - An earthquake 130 miles miles away shook Mexico City on Tuesday but officials had no reports of damage in the capital."


Earthquake swarm strikes off West Coast again

8 small quakes have hit in recent weeks

May 2, 2012


(A swarm of earthquakes struck off Vancouver Island in recent weeks. (U.S. Geological Survey)

"Experts say a "swarm" of small earthquakes off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island are part of the normal seismic activity in the area, and they could continue for several more days.

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake that struck just after midnight on Tuesday morning was the eighth small quake with a magnitude between 3.8 and 4.7 to strike the region since April 22.

Pacific Geoscience Centre Seismologist Gary Rogers said the activity is focused along a 20-kilometre stretch along an area called the Raveer Delwood Fault, located about 200 kilometres offshore.

"In the very thin crust that we have out there off our west coast of Vancouver Island, it often fractures in a series of small earthquakes, usually about this size being the maximum."

Rogers said more small earthquakes are expected in the area over the next week"


Swarm of IE Quakes "Purely Random

"UC Riverside professor and earthquake expert Gareth Funning puts rumors to rest after a swarm of small earthquakes rattled homes and nerves in the Inland Empire. First up: will pressure on the San Andreas Fault drop the Golden State into the ocean? "It's causing the mountains to rise and causing California to rise out of the sea," Funning says. Craig Fiegener reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 30, 2012."

An ongoing swarm of small earthquakes is rattling homes and nerves in the Inland Empire.

Over the weekend, there were a handful of new quakes near Devore, Idyllwild and Indio. The Devore quake on Saturday morning measured 3.8.

The recent earthquakes have been near the San Andreas Fault, that ominous crack in the Earth that threatens SoCal with the “Big One.”

The current swarm may seem like a lot of quakes, but that's not necessarily the case.

UC Riverside professor and earthquake expert Gareth Funning crunched the numbers for April 2012 compared to the same time last year."


6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes near Chiapas, Mexico


"Reuters) – A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off southwest Mexico near the Guatemalan border on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Service said."



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Earthquake Shakes Western Iran

MAY 4, 2012

"TEHRAN, Iran — A moderate earthquake jolted a small town in western Iran near the Iraqi border on Thursday, injuring eight people and damaging buildings, Iranian media reported.

The magnitude 5.5 quake hit the sparsely populated area near the town of Mourmouri, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, at 2:39 p.m., said the semiofficial Mehr news agency.

The report said the quake sent people rushing out of their homes in Mourmouri and that scores of buildings were damaged in nearby towns of Abdanan and Dehloran.

The area has experienced dozens of moderate earthquakes over the past few weeks.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight quake a day on average.

In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam."


5.1-magnitude quake hits western Turkey

MAY 3, 2012

''A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit the Kutahya province in western Turkey, the Istanbul-based Kandilli seismology center reported.

The quake occurred at 6:20 pm local time with its epicenter in Tokat village of Hiharcik town in Kutahya, according to the seismology center affiliated to Bogazici University. The epicenter, with a depth of 3.1 km, was felt in some towns near Hiharcik and many citizens ran out of their houses in the province with panic. (News agencies)"


Shallow 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles northern California

MAY 5, 2012


"CALIFORNIA – A shallow 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck a region of northern California about 4 km (3 miles) from The Geysers, Ca. The depth of the earthquake was about 2.8 km (1.7 miles) and the earthquake’s epicenter was about 115 km (72 miles) WNW (284°) from Sacramento, CA. Today’s earthquake was not near the San Andreas Fault line. There have been no preliminary reports of damage or injuries. The earthquake is the latest in a recent wave of cluster tremors that have rippled through the state of California." –The Extinction Protocol


Two quakes shake New Zealand

MAY 6, 2012

TWO earthquakes have hit parts of New Zealand today.

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook people in the Wellington region and parts of the top of the South Island at 11.33am (9.33am AEST).

"The tremor was centred 10 kilometres southwest of Wellington, at a depth of 30km, GeoNet says.

The second quake, also measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, struck at 12.31pm and was felt on the west coast of the South Island.

It was centred 10km south of Ross at a depth of 15km.

Police told AAP they had received no reports of damage"


Moderate earthquake jolts northwest Azerbaijan, injuring 15

May 7, 2012

"ZAQATALA, AZERBAIJAN (BNO NEWS) -- A moderate earthquake shook northwestern Azerbaijan on late Monday morning, injuring more than a dozen people and seriously damaging a number of houses, officials said. Shaking was also felt in neighboring Russia and Georgia.

The 5.5-magnitude earthquake at 9:40 a.m. local time (0440 GMT) was centered about 17.5 kilometers (10.8 miles) south of Zaqatala, the capital of Zaqatala Rayon along the Tala River. It struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Republican Seismic Survey Center of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which measured the strength of the earthquake at 5.6 on the body wave magnitude (Mb) scale, estimated some 450,000 people near the epicenter may have felt moderate to strong shaking. Another 6.6 million people may have felt weak to light shaking."


Peru Tremors behind Civil Defense Earthquake Warnings

MAY 8, 2012

"Lima, May 7 (Prensa Latina) The Civil Defense in Peru (Indeci) intensified today a prevention drive warning of a potential massive earthquake now preceded of two daily tremors average.

  Indeci called on every workplace and home to ready an emergency evacuation plan after a median quake and two replicas were recorded Sunday in Ica (south) and in Lima.

Marco Tantalean, an expert from the institution, said planning must include safe routes and refuges, plus staples like your ID cards, drinkable water, first-aid material, flashlight, non perishable food and saving phone calls for emergencies to prevent the lines from collapsing.

Other prevention measures include a May 31st tsunami simulation, marking the 1970 massive quake that killed some 70,000 people in Ancash, north Peru."


Magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolts southern Philippines

MAY 9, 2012


"COTABATO, Philippines (Xinhua) -- A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted southern Philippines Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Wednesday.

According to Phivolcs, the quake, tectonic in origin with a depth of 34 km, was traced around 12:34 p.m. local time 150 km northeast of Tarragona town, in Davao Oriental. There were no reported casualties, said the agency.

The Philippines sits in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where continental plates collide, producing frequent earthquakes and volcanic activities.

The worst earthquake in the country happened on August 16, 1976 after a tsunami caused by a quake killed between 5,000 and 8,000 people in the Moro Gulf region in southern Philippines. "


Researcher warns Tokyo could be hit with a major earthquake before 2016

May 8, 2012

"In a quiet room at Tokyo University, seismologist Shinichi Sakai points to steady, color-coded lines on a digital monitor. The screen displays real-time readings from Japan’s extensive network of seismometers.

This is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, and the flat lines show that all is quiet across the region, at least for the moment.

Then, as if on cue, two of the lines start to jump violently, splashing the screen with red and yellow pixels. They’re tracking a very small earthquake, centered just outside of Tokyo.

Sakai says small quakes like this happen about ten thousand times a year in Japan, and for geologists like him, even the small earthquakes are worth paying attention to. He says there’s been a fivefold increase in small tremors around Tokyo since the huge quake off Japan’s northeast coast in March last year. And that adds up to a mathematical omen for scientists like him."


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Earthquake measuring 5.4 hits North-East India, tremors felt in Guwahati, Kolkata

NDTV Correspondent | Updated: May 11, 2012 20:42

"Guwahati:  An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale shook Guwahati in Assam and Shillong in Meghalaya at about 6.15 this evening. Tremors were felt in other parts of the North East and some mild ones even in Kolkata. (Tweets on the earthquake)

The epicenter of the quake is Nagaon in Assam. Some minor cracks have been reported in buildings in Nagaon, but no major damage has been reported yet from Guwahati or Shillong. People in Guwahati, however, rushed out on to the roads when it happened and many said they had not felt such a major quake in a long time. There were reports that tremors were felt in Kohima in Nagaland too.

"I was sitting in my room and was working on a laptop. Suddenly I felt the tremors and I immediately got down," said a resident of Guwahati."

"In Kolkata, the tremors felt were mild, but some people in high-rise buildings rushed out."


Active fault may lie directly beneath Mount Fuji: researchers

May 11, 2012

"An active fault as long as 30 km may lie directly beneath Mount Fuji, a team of researchers has said in a recent survey report.

The possible fault was detected through a simulated earthquake conducted during a crustal survey over a distance of around 34 km from Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture to Susono in Shizuoka Prefecture, said Hiroshi Sato, professor at the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo.

"More studies are needed to determine the depth and other details of the fault," Sato added.

While faults have been confirmed around Mount Fuji, little is known about the seismic structure beneath Japan's highest mountain due to mudflows caused by a huge landslide that occurred around 2,600 to 2,900 years ago, as well as thick layers of volcanic ash."



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Moderate earthquake kills one in Tajikistan   

May 13, 2012

"One man was killed when a moderate, 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck in central Tajikistan early Sunday, damaging several buildings.

The most damage occurred in the country's Garm district, where one man was killed by a collapsing wall, Nargis Nurova of Tajikistan's emergency situations committee told AFP.

Two buildings were completely destroyed, and several more were damaged, she said. The quake also caused a mudslide, burying alive herds of cows and sheep, she added.

The US Geological Survey located the epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 4:28 am (2328 GMT Saturday), at around 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of the city of Kulob at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Residents in the capital Dushanbe some 140 kilometres (90 miles) away felt tremors of about magnitude 4.0, a representative of the geophysics department in Tajikistan's Academy of Sciences told AFP."


2 Earthquakes strike Christchurch, New Zealand

May 12,2012

"Two earthquakes, magnitudes 3.9 and 5.5, have been detected near southern New Zealand. The 3.9 quakes was near the city of Christchurch, which in 2011 was damaged by another tremor. No damages and casualties are reported from the earthquakes this time over, as the stronger one was centered in a sparsely populated area. The 3.9 Richter earthquake was felt Sunday morning, with an epicenter some 10 km away from Christchurch. It was preceded several hours earlier by the 5.5 tremor near the southern shores of New Zealand, which was felt all over the southern island. "–Novinite



5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Israel


5.3 earthquake felt in areas from northern Israel to central Israel. No injuries. Epicenter believed to be in Cyprus.

"An earthquake rocked Israel on Friday evening, shortly before 10:00 p.m. local time, and was felt in areas from northern Israel to central Israel.

According to a Channel 10 News report, the police in the Northern, Central and Tel Aviv Districts said they received hundreds of phone calls from citizens who felt the earthquake. Local residents reported feeling objects and buildings move for about 15 to 20 seconds. There were no reports of injuries or damages.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was in Cyprus.

More than a 100 calls by concerned citizens were received in the northern city of Tzfat alone, the report said. The quake was felt even in Bat Yam, Kfar Saba, Ramat Hasharon, Ra'anana and other areas in central Israel."


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BREAKING NEWS: Strong 6.2 Earthquake Hits Chile

May 14, 2012


A strong Magnitude 6.2 earthquake has hit Tarapaca Chile today at 10:00 UTC.

There are currently no reports of damage or a tsunami.

Bookmark this website to stay updated with the latest Earth Changes and also be sure to tune into ECN Update later on today.


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4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles east Texas

May 17, 2012

Associated Press

Associated Press The Dallas Morning News

Published: 17 May 2012 

"TIMPSON, Texas (AP) -- A moderate earthquake rattled an area in east Texas near the Louisiana border.

National Earthquake Information Center geophysicist Amy Vaughan says the quake happened at 3:12 a.m. Thursday and had a magnitude of 4.3. It was centered near Timpson, Texas.

Shelby County Sheriff's dispatcher Jacob Allen says the only injury reported they've received is an elderly woman who fell out of her bed and cut her arm. Allen says the quake caused broken windows and fallen dishes, but no major damage has been reported.

Vaughan says the quake was felt within 75 miles of its epicenter. She also said the same area was the site of a 3.9 magnitude quake on May 10."


Woman knocked out of bed by Alaska quake, according to emergency official

May 16, 2012

Alex DeMarban

"Wednesday's earthquake centered in Anchorage wasn't strong, but it rattled a few things to the floor, including at least one sleeping woman.

"We got a call from one lady who said she had fallen out of bed and was wondering what was going on," said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman with the state division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "We informed her there was an earthquake and she seemed to be happy with that answer."

The 4.6-magnitude temblor at 7:03 a.m. was a run-of-the-mill earthquake, the kind that happens a couple times a week somewhere in Alaska as the Pacific Tectonic Plate grinds under the North American plate, said Natasha Rupert, seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center."


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Mystery earthquake near McCall puzzles scientists, technicians

May 17, 2012


by Matt Standal

"MCCALL, Idaho -- You could call it a mystery earthquake, a sonic boom, or maybe nothing at all.

Several witnesses report waking up to what they say was a small earthquake south of McCall early Thursday around 4:30 a.m. However, those shaky claims have employees at Idaho's U.S. Geological Survey scratching their heads in disbelief.

Mickey Hart lives five miles south of McCall just off Highway 55. The 50-year-old resident said she's experienced one previous earthquake here in the summer of 2001.

The second earthquake came early Thursday around 4:30 a.m. Hart says that's when her beloved border collie, Mr. Mac, detected the tremor before it hit.

Read entire story here....


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Moderate 5.9 strikes coastal region of Chile: tension is rising along the Nazca tectonic plate

May 19, 2012


"CHILE – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Antofagasta, Chile. The depth of the earthquake was 25 km (15.5 m) and was downgraded from a 6.2 magnitude quake by the USGS. The epicenter of the earthquake was 54 km (33 miles) SW of Taltal, Antofagasta, Chile and 849 km (527 miles) N of Santiago, Chile.

This is the third moderate earthquake to strike along the Chilean coastline in five days. A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coastal region of Aisen, Chile on May 18. A 6.2 earthquake also struck near Tarapaca on May 14.

Tension continues to mount on the very dangerous Nazca plate which is violently diving or undergoing subduction under the South American plate. The absolute motion of the Nazca Plate has been calibrated at 3.7 cm/yr east motion (88°), some of the fastest absolute motion of any tectonic plate. The subducting Nazca Plate, which exhibits unusual flat-slab subduction, is tearing as well as deforming as it is subducted under the land mass. No tsunami warnings were issued with today’s 5.9 earthquake and there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Today’s earthquake, however, is one more indication tension along the Nazca tectonic plate is building. This region should remain alert for the potential occurrence of a stress-break or sizable release of seismic tension that could be manifested in a major earthquake." –The Extinction Protocol

Begins to sound a bit like the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and what they say could happen there...


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All the best Deela

is it just churches and monasteries that are coming down in St. Augustine?

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Is in the zone were i live. We still trembling. A shake every half hour.

Please tell friends not to come to Italy


I'm posting from my phone. I'll be off for some day.

Deela I share your concern...please stay safe...I will be watching too.....breezy

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We all know that a 6.0 quake hit Italy this am.....Deela, and any other members in any area having earthquakes, we hope you, your family and friends are safe and remain that way..here is a link to the coverage from Cnn, about the quake in Italy..Apparently there is much structural damage, and several deaths...so sorry...


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Twin quakes rock Japan

May 20, 2012

"Japan was hit by two shallow earthquakes in the space of just eight minutes on Sunday, one of them measuring a strong 6.2-magnitude, but there were no reports of damage and no tsunami alert.

The 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 4:20pm (0720 GMT) off Japan's northeast Pacific coast, the national meteorological agency said, followed by a tremor with a reading of 5.7 at 4:28pm."


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