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Deadly Earthquake Shakes Eastern Turkey

Posted by feww on October 23, 2011

Powerful quake destroys building, kills many in SE Turkish city of Van

“There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed, there is too much destruction,” Zulfikar Arapoglu, the mayor of Ercis told NTV television. “We need urgent aid, we need medics.”

Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 23

[October 23, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,606 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Van, Turkey. Many people have been killed in a powerful earthquake that shook the south-eastern Turkish city of Van, a local official told NTV news channel.
    • A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2Mw struck eastern Turkey Sunday, destroying buildings and killing many in two cities, officials said.
    • Casualties were reported in the city of Van as well as the neighboring town of Ercis.
    • “There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed, there is too much destruction,” Zulfikar Arapoglu, the mayor of Ercis told NTV television. “We need urgent aid, we need medics.”
    • More than 50 people were treated for injuries at the state hospital in Van, Anatolia news agency reported.
    • At least a dozen significant aftershocks have since struck the disaster area, Turkey’s Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute  at Bogazici University reported.
    • The quake magnitude was downgraded from magnitude 7.6 to 7.3 and later 7.2Mw [depth: 20km] by USGS. Kandilli observatory, however, recorded the event as a magnitude 6.6 shock [depth: 5km.]

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Magnitude 6.5 quake strikes near Taupo, New Zealand

Posted by feww on July 5, 2011

Significant Earthquake Strikes 30 km West of Taupo

Earthquake Details [Source Geonet]

  • Event Date/Time: July 5 2011 at 03:36UTC
  • Position: 38.67°S, 175.75°E
  • Depth: 150 km
  • Richter magnitude: 6.5
  • Region: Taupo
  • Location:
    • 30 km west of Taupo
  • Distances [USGS]
  • 69 km (42 miles) SW of Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 144 km (89 miles) NW of Napier, New Zealand
  • 209 km (129 miles) SSE of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 310 km (192 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

Quake Maps

Earthquake Location Map. Source: GeoNet NZ

The Isoseismal Map above shows contours, derived from a model, of equal MMI shaking intensity for the earthquake. Source: GeoNet NZ

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Posted by feww on June 16, 2011

Strong earthquake strikes near Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

Earthquake Location Map

Source: USGS-EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

EQ Details

  • Magnitude: 6.6
  • Date-Time: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 00:03:36 UTC
  • Location: 5.994°S, 151.095°E
  • Depth: 21.5 km (13.4 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 115 km (71 miles) ESE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
    • 173 km (107 miles) E of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
    • 577 km (358 miles) NE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
    • 2389 km (1484 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 15 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 7.3 km (4.5 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: usc00048pr

Tsunami Status

NO warning, watch or advisory currently in place, PTWC said.

Typical Tsunami Travel Time from PNG Region (included for reference ONLY)

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Deadly Quake Hits Spanish Town

Posted by feww on May 12, 2011

Deadly earthquake strikes town in SE Spain, killing  a dozen people,  injuring many

A magnitude 5.2 quake struck about 6 km SW of the historic town of Lorca (pop 86,119)  in Spain’s Murcia region at 16:47 UTC  on May 11, killing at least a dozen people and injuring many more.

Earthquake Location Map

Click image to enlarge. Source: EMSC

The earthquake was epicentered at 37.65ºN, 1.76ºW and struck at a depth of  10 km, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said. The mainshock was preceded by an M4.2 foreshock, and followed by at least a half dozen smaller aftershocks.

High Casualty figures

According to USGS the quake struck at a shallow depth of about 1km (0.6 mile), which could explain the high casualty figures.

Another reason may be the fact that the old part of the town, sections of which date back to the Bronze Age, houses historic churches, medieval walls and buildings, which are more prone to collapse than modern structure, reports said.

The deaths were caused by “cave-ins and falling debris,” the mayor of Lorca was reported as saying. “We’re trying to find out if there are people inside the collapsed houses.”

Other Earthquakes in Europe

About a dozen other shocks have struck

  • Madeira Islands, Portugal Region
  • Southern Italy
  • Central Turkey
  • The Aegean Sea
  • Southern Greece
  • Crete
  • Sicily

Raffaele Bendandi Earthquake Prediction

Many Romans fled the Eternal City yesterday (Wednesday) amid fears of a pending earthquake, ANSA news agency said.

In 1915 the late Italian watchmaker, carpenter and amateur seismologist Raffaele Bendandi (1893 – 1979) reportedly predicted that the “the big one” would strike Rome on May 11, 2011.

He believed that earthquakes are caused by planetary alignment in the solar system. The gravitational pull of the moon, sun and other planets caused movements in the earth’s crust, he thought.

A number of Internet prophets have since published much nonsense attributing each and every single quake that occur on this planet to planetary alignments.

FIRE-EARTH contacted one of these astrologers last month requesting a list of details and times of the alignments to establish any link to the strong, powerful and even mega quakes that have struck the planet in the last 10 years.

The said “prophet” responded by sending a list that excluded the timing and details of any alignment during which a significant quake measuring magnitude 6.0 or greater might have occurred.

Example from the list forwarded to FIRE-EARTH: “[Allegedly the alignment  of] Earth-Venus-Mars; Earth-Sun- Saturn; Jupiter-Earth-Mercury on October 1, 2010” caused a 7.8Mw quake to occur in Indonesia 24 days later on October 25, 2010 (!)


  1. In 2010 some 172 earthquakes measuring 6.0 to 7.9 struck the planet.
  2. The average strike rate for quakes measuring 7.0 to 7.9 was about one in 17 days in 2010 (21 quakes in 365 days).
  3. Data in Notes 1 and 2 above are provided by the USGS and may not be accurate due to political manipulation, but should be treated as ballpark figures.

Any Forecast?

FIRE-EARTH also asked the “astrologer seismologist” to provide a list of forecasts for any number of  earthquakes in the 1, 3 and 5 years that would be caused by planetary alignments.

The astrologer responded by saying that he was “too busy to do calculate [ planetary alignments.]”

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Earthquake History for May 12th

The largest and deadliest earthquake in 2008 killed about 69,200 people (18,400 others missing and presumed dead), and injured 375,000 more in the Chengdu-Lixian-Guangyuan area, China. “More than 45.5 million people in 10 provinces and regions were affected. At least 15 million people were evacuated from their homes and more than 5 million were left homeless. An estimated 5.36 million buildings collapsed and more than 21 million buildings were damaged in Sichuan and in parts of Chongqing, Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi and Yunnan.” ~USGS

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Powerful Quake Strikes Loyalty Islands

Posted by feww on May 10, 2011

Latest Shocks Point to a Potentially Catastrophic Phase of Seismicity in PRF: FIRE-EARTH

  • USGS downgraded the mainshock from a Magnitude 7.1 to M6.8

  • The Mainshock followed by at least a half dozen aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5.8MW

  • NO Pacific-wide Tsunami reported.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.8
  • Date-Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 08:55:09 UTC
  • Location: 20.252°S, 168.273°E
  • Depth 14.9 km (9.3 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 134 km (83 miles) SW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
    • 149 km (92 miles) NNE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
    • 276 km (171 miles) S of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
    • 1,741 km (1081 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 13.2 km (8.2 miles); depth +/- 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Earthquake Location Map (Source: EMSC)

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NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts

Posted by feww on April 16, 2011

Earthquake Forecasts for New Zealand Region

FIRE-EARTH Moderators have decided NOT to post specific earthquake forecasts for New Zealand Region until further notice.

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Global Disaster Forecast – UPDATE 19 Mar

Posted by feww on March 19, 2011


The next major anthropogenic or human-enhanced natural disaster [e.g., climate related] could occur in the United States with a probability of 0.75

The world’s next catastrophic tectonics event could occur in

  1. Western United States, Iceland, or Taiwan [Probability of 0.74]
  2. New Zealand Region, Indonesia, FIJI Islands, or Chile [Probability of 0.73]
  3. Japan Region [Probability of 0.72]

FIRE-EARTH disaster forecasts cover 2 levels:

  • Specific Events
  • Global Impact

An explanation of the relationship between the disasters that were forecast for 2010 and 2011-2012 and beyond and their Global Impact has been previously posted on the blog. See below for links:

2010 Disasters: Planetary collapse driven by man-made cataclysms
Fire-Earth Moderators believe at least one disaster could strike somewhere on the planet each day, throughout 2010. The outlook for 2011 and beyond …Go to links page for 2010 Disaster Calendar

continued to devour energy at a rate of 17.3terrawatt in 2011, when maximum ‘safe’ limit was less than 1.9terrawatt … Go to links page for 2011 Disaster Calendar

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  • EQJP [Includes summary of Japan’s recent earthquakes and forecasts]

Links to Disaster Calendars:

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Tectonics Update – March 10

Posted by feww on March 10, 2011

Kilauea Volcanic Activity

Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Previous Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Lava fountains from the northeastern vent of the Kamoamoa eruption. Pu`u `Ō `ō cone is seen in the background. Credit: HVO. Click image to enlarge.

Issued: March 9, 2011, 03:45UTC
Source: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Notice Number: 2011/H3

  • Eruption on Kīlauea volcano: East rift zone [end of the 2.3 km Kamoamoa fissure located between Pu’u ‘Ō’ō and Nāpau Crater.”Lava erupted from the western end of the fissure, which is near the eastern rim of Nāpau Crater, has formed a channelized ‘a’ā flow that extends 2.9 km (1.8 mi) to the southwest. The lava flow ranges from 80 to 290 m (260 to 950 ft) wide, but the active channel within the flow is only about 20 m (65 ft) wide.”
  • Lava spatter As high as 50 m
  • SO2 emission rate down to 4,400 tpd
  • Deflation slowing at both the summit and east rift zone.

A view of Halema`uma`u vent using thermal imaging. “The lava level dropped considerably over the past several days, retreating to a narrow opening deep within the vent cavity.” Source: HVO.  Click images to enlarge.

Extent of the Kamoamoa Fissure eruption, beginning March 5, 2011. The line of fissures extends 2.3 km, between Nāpau Crater and Pu`u `Ō `ō. The peach colored flow shown on the map is from the 1997 Nāpau Crater eruption. Source: HVO.

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JAPAN’s Sendai Quake Aftershocks

At least 25 aftershocks have been reported by Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) since yesterday’s powerful 7.2Mw quake which struck off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, about 168km east of the city of Sendai.

Two of the largest shocks measured M6.1 and 6.8, striking Sanriku Oki region at 03:45 JST [03:51 JST 10 Mar 2011] and 06:24 JST  [06:29 JST 10 Mar 2011] respectively.

FIRE-EARTH forecasts intense seismic activity in Japan Region during the 2011 – 2015 period.

Further deatails would be released on the need-to-know basis, partly to prevent Internet prophets from cashing in on FIRE-EARTH forecasts.

Sendai 7.2 earthquake. List of aftershocks. Source: JMA.
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Recent Significant Earthquakes


    • Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 21:24:51 UTC
    • Depth: 29km
    • Location:  6.022°S, 149.659°E


    • The quake was a magnitude 5.8 shock striking Yingjiang County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Xinhua said.
    • At  least 24 people were killed and more than 250 others injured as a result.
    • The shock also destroyed about 1,000 buildings.

New Zealand

  • Magnitude 4.5 aftershock strikes 10 km east of Christchurch at a depth of 10km.
  • Magnitude 4.0 aftershock strikes about 5km from Lyttelton at a depth of 10km.

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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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New Zealand Earthquake Warnings – 7 March 2011

Posted by feww on March 7, 2011

New Zealand Earthquakes: Summary and Links to Warnings Issued by FIRE-EARTH

on March 4, 2011 at 1:44 am in reply to a comment FIRE-EARTH said:

Thanks for update.
Our advice to YOU and all intelligent people in Wellington area
1. There’s a frighteningly large buildup of tectonic stress energy right under your feet.
2. RUN while you’re still alive, before the next exodus bottleneck makes it impossible to flee the danger zone.
For additional FIRE-EARTH comments on NZ seismic hazards, see also

on March 1, 2011 at 11:29 am in reply to a comment FIRE-EARTH said:

Moderators are aware of a M4.7 that occurred at 09:07UTC about 15km NW of Wellington, New Zealand.
Earthquakes are natural phenomenons (as opposed to sci-fi action you alluded) and as such constitute part of the earth’s natural defense mechanism, among other functions. What you’re witnessing is a planetary response to harms caused by humans.

In “Christchurch Earthquake and ‘Somali Pirates’” posted on February 27, 2011 FIRE-EARTH issued the following warning:

[SEISMIC HAZARD WARNING: Areas in and around the Golden Bay, the Tasman Bay, the region north and south of the Cook Strait, the entire northern seaboard of North Island, especially the Hauraki Gulf area, as well as the western and eastern seaboards of the NI are believed to be among NZ’s potential disaster hotpots. FIRE-EARTH]

In “Christchurch Earthquake UPDATE Feb 26″ Posted on February 26, 2011, FIRE-EARTH said:

[NOTE: Areas in and around the Golden Bay, the Tasman Bay and the region north and south of the Cook Strait are believed to be among NZ’s potential disaster hotpots. FIRE-EARTH]

In reply to a reader comment, posted on February 25, FIRE-EARTH said:
“FIRE-EARTH believes that unprecedented cataclysmic geophysical events [seismic, volcanic …] WILL destroy much of New Zealand islands within the next few years.”

IF you’re interested about saving lives, these are the sort of messages that you really ought to spread, NOT the sci-fi nonsense about “mega weapons.”

on February 25, 2011 at 12:39 am in reply to a comment FIRE-EARTH said:

Why did YOUR govt bury earthquake warnings which were meant to alert people, especially foreign tourists/students visiting New Zealand?
See links below:









See also the following message posted by te2ataria on July 17, 2009

Truth is the bottom line, income from tourism, is more important to your government than human lives.

“and our govt are just people, citizens, like ourselves…”

REALLY? Are you a multimillionaire like your PM John Key?

Your PM is a greedy individual who has amassed a massive fortune, albeit from “immoral activities,” and who has shown no interest in the livelihood of quarter of a million NZ kids living in abject poverty.

That’s what you call democracy?


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Christchurch Earthquake UPDATE Feb 26

Posted by feww on February 26, 2011

Secrecy, Police Control and Political Manipulation Continue in the Quake Aftermath

Confirmed death toll from the Christchurch earthquake has risen to 145, as of posting, with 200+ listed as missing, the Canterbury Region police chief has said.

  • Despite the mounting death toll, NZ police have only released the names of six victims.
  • Police refusal to release the list of those missing remains an even bigger mystery.

The Cathedral ‘God’ Despised

Demolition workers are lowered by crane onto the top of the Christchurch Cathedral. About 22 people, mostly foreign tourists, are said to be entombed inside the 130-year old building. Photo credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Other deatails:

  • There was no live rescue today, just recovery.
  • Rescue operations have been abandoned in several areas.
  • About 150,000 tons of sand, surfaced as a result of the liquefaction, will have to be removed from Christchurch’s eastern suburbs, reports say.  Only about a fifth of that amount (30,000 tons of sand) was removed after the September 4, 2010 earthquake, NZ’s civil defense has said.
  • More than a third of Christchurch workforce will be out of work for months/years because of the closure of downtown.
  • About 65,000 people remain without water
  • More than 100,000 have no sewerage service.
  • At least 1,000 homes and business have been assessed as “unsafe,” with many more rated as “requiring further assessment.”
  • About one-third of the buildings  in central Christchurch would have to be demolished, according to one estimate.
  • About 200 elderly residents from the worst-affected areas have been transferred out of Christchurch area.
  • At least a quarter of Christchurch buildings are still without power.
  • “More than 500 competitors from 30 different countries were taking part in the ITF World Seniors Championships in Christchurch when the quake hit the 6.3 magnitude quake hit on Tuesday.” Said a report.

Noteworthy Points for Collapse Scholars:

  • Racketeering. Many businesses in Christchurch are reportedly hiking up their prices to maximize profit in the wake of the fatal earthquake, Newstalk ZB said.
  • Food Security. at least 50,000 of Christchurch workforce will be out of work for months, possibly years because of the devastation caused by the earthquake.
  • The Police State. Some 324 police personnel have been imported from Australia and sworn to secrecy.
  • The Exodus. The rush to get out of Christchurch is accelerating, reports say. “Some of those leaving are going for good, even some who have nowhere else to go.” Said a report.  The exodus from Christchurch to Picton and Wellington has begun.
  • The Domino Effect. The city of Nelson, and towns of Blenheim and Picton (and others in the Marlborough region),  have reportedly run out of accommodation for the elderly, after many were relocated from Christchurch following Tuesday’s earthquake.

[NOTE: Areas in and around the Golden Bay, the Tasman Bay and the region north and south of the Cook Strait are believed to be among NZ’s potential disaster hotpots. FIRE-EARTH]

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Chile: Large Earthquake May Be Imminent

Posted by feww on February 13, 2011

Large Earthquake May Strike Offshore Chile: FIRE-EARTH

FEWW Moderators believe a large earthquake measuring about 8.2Mw could strike offshore Chile close to the location of the ongoing seismic activity. [Probability ≈ 0.6]

An intense wave of activity which struck offshore Bio-Bio region, Chile on February 12 has so far produced at least a half dozen significant shocks including the following two events which occurred today, according to USGS/EHP.

  • Magnitude 6.0 on February 13 at 10:35:06 UTC
  • Magnitude 5.8 on February 13 at 08:51:33 UTC

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