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Deadly Quake Prompts New Island to Rise Off Pakistan Coastline

Posted by feww on September 25, 2013

Death toll from powerful quake rises to 100, with more than 200 others injured in Pakistan

The quake measuring 7.7Mw struck 66km north-northeast of Awaran, a remote part of the Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan.

The quake and its aftershocks destroyed scores of mud houses near the epicenter in sparsely populated Baluchistan region.

EQ Details

  • Event Time: 2013-09-24 11:29:48 UTC
  • Location: 27.000°N, 65.514°E
  • Depth: 20.0km (12.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 66km (41mi) NNE of Awaran, Pakistan
    • 116km (72mi) NW of Bela, Pakistan

New Island Emerges from Arabian Sea

The powerful quake caused the seabed to rise and form a small island in the Arabian Sea, about 500 meters off Pakistan’s coastline.

EQ forms new island in Arabian Sea
Powerful earthquake hits Baluchistan, forcing the sea bed to rise and form a new island in the Arabian Sea. Image sourced from

EQ Location Map

eq location map - Pakistan

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Myanmar Quake Update

Posted by feww on March 26, 2011

First entry:

Magnitude 6.8 Quake Strikes MYANMAR


Death toll from the quake has reached at least 75 with up to  150 people injured, according to various reports.

“The quake also destroyed 390 residential houses, 14 monasteries and 9 government department buildings in the mainly affected areas of Tachileik, Tarlay, Naryaung and Monglin.” Xinhuanet said.

Original caption: “The video image taken from the telecast of Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) on March 25, 2011 shows a big crack on a road damaged in an earthquake in Myanmar’s northeastern region.” Via xinhuanet.

Quake Summary

Magnitude: 6.8
Date-Time: Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 13:55:12 UTC
Location: 20.705°N, 99.949°E
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
Aftershocks: 3 reported, including 2 significant shocks measuring 5.4 and 5.0Mw

EQ Location Map. Source: USGS. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

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Hazards Down Under – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on March 9, 2011

Shaking Intensity, Lyttleton Earthquake

A photo-like image of Christchurch area taken on March 4, 2011 by ALI on NASA’s EO-1 satellite. Circles on the map indicate seismological measurements of the ground shaking in the earthquake affected area on February 22. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (5 MB, JPEG). Click here to read full caption.

Rainwater Fills Australia’s Channel Country

Dry river channels throughout Australia’s
Channel Country were filled by rainwater in just 6 days, between 2 – 8 March 2011. Summer of 2010–2011 proved to be Australia’s 2nd wettest on its 111-year record, topped only by the rainfall in 1973–1974. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has reportedly said that the rainfall is so far more than 70 percent above normal. The above images of SW Queensland and N South Australia, which use a mix of infrared and visible light,  were taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on March 2, 2011 (top), and March 8, 2011 (bottom). Source: NASA-EO. Click images to enlarge.

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NZ quakes calve a 27-million ton iceberg

Posted by feww on February 23, 2011

Christchurch quakes calve a 27-million ton chunk of ice from Tasman Glacier

The iceberg measured 1,200m long, 300m high and 75m wide; it broke off the face of Tasman Glacier, in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, and plunged into Tasman Lake shortly after the earthquake struck Christchurch yesterday, local reports say.

The large icebergs reportedly broke up upon impact with water, forming several smaller chunks of ice, with the largest measuring about 250m long.

The event created tsunamis up to 3.5m high. Some 16 tourists and two guides out on an “adventure tour” were lucky to escape unhurt.

A 27-million ton iceberg calved from Tasman Glacier after Tuesday’s earthquake and plunged into the Tasman Lake, 200km (124 miles) southeast of Christchurch. Image credit: Reuters/Denis Callesen/Handout

The iceberg is said to be the third largest calving to have occurred in the Tasman Lake since 1970.Image credit as above.

New Zealand Earthquake Update

  • The authorities have raised the death toll to at least 75, with 20 bodies unidentified, some believed to be foreign tourists.
  • More than 300 people are said to be missing.

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