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Significant Quake Strikes Ibaraki, Japan

Posted by feww on December 31, 2013

M5.4 Earthquake Strikes Near Ibaraki,  Japan

The event was centered near 36.7ºN, 140.7ºE and occurred at a depth of 10km. The quake was followed by several aftershocks, with the largest measuring 3.6Mw, as of posting.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 5.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-12-31 01:03:00 UTC
  • Location: 36.789°N 140.591°E depth=9.9km (6.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 13km (8mi) NW of Takahagi, Japan
    • 14km (9mi) W of Kitaibaraki, Japan
    • 21km (13mi) NNW of Hitachi, Japan
    • 21km (13mi) E of Daigo, Japan
    • 146km (91mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ Details [JMA]
Magnitude: 5.4Mw
Event Time: 2013-12-31 01:03:00 UTC
Location: 36.7°N 140.7°E depth=10km
Region:  Ibaraki-ken Hokubu

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Earthquake Location Map.  Maximum intensity of 5 on Japan’s 1-7 scale recorded near epicenter. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 29, 2013

9 Percent of the day’s global seismicity occurred in Oklahoma, 17 percent in Lower 48!!

M4.1 earthquakes strikes near Langston, Oklahoma

The quake was centered at 35.896°N, 97.306°W and struck at a depth of about 5.0km (3.1mi). 

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 4.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-12-29 08:14:36 UTC
  • Location: 35.896°N 97.306°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 7km (4mi) SW of Langston, Oklahoma
    • 10km (6mi) E of Guthrie, Oklahoma
    • 31km (19mi) NNE of Edmond, Oklahoma
    • 33km (21mi) SW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
    • 51km (32mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Earthquakes Location Map.

The event followed two smaller earthquakes measuring

  • M3.4  (Location 36.870°N 97.622°W depth=4.3km; 155km N of Oklahoma City) and
  • M3.1 (36.141°N 97.329°W depth=5.0km; 76km NNE of Oklahoma City).

30 day EQs in Oklahoma and Texas
30 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ Earthquakes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. 40 Earthquakes in the map area. Global map includes 1012 earthquakes – Updated: 2013-12-29 10:06:05UTC. Source: USGS/EHP

About 17  percent of the global seismicity in the past 30 days, in terms of number of events measuring M2.5+, occurred in or near contiguous United States.

Oklahoma Earthquakes in November

At least 41 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater struck the state of Oklahoma in November 2013, according to data provided by USGS/EHP.

The largest shock in the cluster (No. 11 on the table below) measured 3.8Mw, striking at a depth of 5.9km on November 11, 2013 some 5km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma.

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List of Oklahoma Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater, November 2013.

Tectonic Summary [USGS/EHP]

Induced Seismicity. As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

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Earthquake Location Map. 1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ Earthquakes Worldwide. 34 earthquakes shown on the map, updated at 2013-12-29 09:49:36 UTC. Source: USGS/EHP

M5.8 Quake Strikes Off the Coast of Turkey

  • Event Time:2013-12-28 15:21:05 UTC
  • Location: 35.980°N 31.340°E depth=51.1km (31.7mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 80km (50mi) SSW of Avsallar, Turkey
    • 204km (127mi) WNW of Nicosia, Cyprus

Tectonic Summary: Seismotectonics of the Mediterranean Region and Vicinity

The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary. This convergence began approximately 50 Ma and was associated with the closure of the Tethys Sea. The modern day remnant of the Tethys Sea is the Mediterranean Sea. The highest rates of seismicity in the Mediterranean region are found along the Hellenic subduction zone of southern Greece, along the North Anatolian Fault Zone of western Turkey and the Calabrian subduction zone of southern Italy. Local high rates of convergence at the Hellenic subduction zone (35mm/yr) are associated with back-arc spreading throughout Greece and western Turkey above the subducting Mediterranean oceanic crust.

 
The region of the Marmara Sea is a transition zone between this extensional regime, to the west, and the strike-slip regime of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, to the east. The North Anatolian Fault accommodates much of the right-lateral horizontal motion (23-24 mm/yr) between the Anatolian micro-plate and Eurasian plate as the Anatolian micro-plate is being pushed westward to further accommodate closure of the Mediterranean basin caused by the collision of the African and Arabian plates in southeastern Turkey. Subduction of the Mediterranean Sea floor beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Calabrian subduction zone causes a significant zone of seismicity around Sicily and southern Italy. Active volcanoes are located above intermediate depth earthquakes in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and in southern Italy.

In the Mediterranean region there is a written record, several centuries long, documenting pre-instrumental seismicity (pre-20th century). Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete, the Nile Delta, Northern Libya, the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. The 1903 M8.2 Kythera earthquake and the 1926 M7.8 Rhodes earthquakes are the largest instrumentally recorded Mediterranean earthquakes, both of which are associated with subduction zone tectonics. Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey’s most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people. Although seismicity rates are comparatively low along the northern margin of the African continent, large destructive earthquakes have been recorded and reported from Morocco in the western Mediterranean, to the Dead Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. The 1980 M7.3 El Asnam earthquake was one of Africa’s largest and most destructive earthquakes within the 20th century.

Large earthquakes throughout the Mediterranean region have also been known to produce significant and damaging tsunamis. One of the more prominent historical earthquakes within the region is the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, whose magnitude has been estimated from non-instrumental data to be about 8.0. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake is thought to have occurred within or near the Azores-Gibraltar transform fault, which defines the boundary between the African and Eurasian plates off the west coast of Morocco and Portugal. The earthquake is notable for both a large death toll of approximately 60,000 people and for generating a tsunami that swept up the Portuguese coast inundating coastal villages and Lisbon. An earthquake of approximately M8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily’s east coast. The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities.  [Source:USGS National Earthquake Information Center.]

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Significant Quake Strikes near Frontera, Canary Islands

Posted by feww on December 28, 2013

SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKES 2013

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes 31km NW of Frontera, Canary Islands, Spain

The earthquake, centered at 27.915°N, 18.271°W, about 31km NW of El Hierro, struck at a depth  of about 23 km [ GEOFON Program reported depth as 10km.]

El Hierro (area: 280 km², Elevation 1,500; population: 14,000) is a steeply mountainous volcanic island, which emerged from the ocean about 1.2 million year ago following three successive explosive eruptions. The only recorded eruption on the island in recent times occurred in 1793, which lasted for more than 30 days and produced lava flows, after the Volcan de Lomo Negro vented.

Earthquake Location Map

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

Quake Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Event Time: 2013-12-27 at 17:46UTC
  • Location: 27.915°N 18.271°W; Depth=22.8km [18.19°W, 27.87°N; Depth: 10km GEOFON Program]
  • Nearby Cities
    • 31km (19mi) NW of Frontera, Spain
    • 89km (55mi) SSW of Los Llanos de Aridane, Spain
    • 98km (61mi) SSW of Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain
    • 148km (92mi) WSW of Santiago del Teide, Spain
    • 507km (315mi) W of Laayoune / El Aaiun, Western Sahara

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Magnitude 5.5 Quake Shakes Tokyo

Posted by feww on December 14, 2013

Significant earthquake strikes offshore eastern Japan

Quake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 5.4
Event Time: 2013-12-14 04:06:14UTC
Epicenter: 35.621°N, 140.686°E
Depth: 36.0km (22.4mi)
Nearby Cities
11km (7mi) SSE of Asahi, Japan
90km (56mi) E of Tokyo, Japan

Quake Details [Japan Met]
Magnitude: 5.5
Time:  13:06 JST 14 Dec 2013 (JST)
Epicenter: 35.6ºN, 140.8ºE ( Chiba-ken, Toho-oki)
Depth: 50 km
Max JMA Seismic Intensity: 4

Earthquake Location Map

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: Japan Met

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Significant Quake Strikes near Lost Hills, California

Posted by feww on December 14, 2013

M4.1 strikes 24km NNW of Lost Hills, CA

Centered at 35.811°N, 119.801°W, the quake struck at a depth of 22.2km (13.8mi), reported USGS/EHP.

  • Event Time: 2013-12-13 07:49:57 UTC
  • Epicenter: 35.811°N 119.801°W
  • Depth: 22.2km (13.8mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 24km (15mi) NNW of Lost Hills, California
    • 35km (22mi) SE of Avenal, California
    • 39km (24mi) SW of Corcoran, California
    • 49km (30mi) WNW of Wasco, California
    • 341km (212mi) SSE of Sacramento, California

Earthquake Location Map

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.  Location and Magnitude contributed by: Northern California Seismic System, UC Berkeley and USGS Menlo Park

 

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95% Probability!

Posted by feww on December 12, 2013

It’d Be a “Miracle” IF XXX Escapes the Next One!

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Map of 186 Largest Quakes Since 1900

Note: The events marked on the map are equal to or greater than magnitude 7.8.

186 largest quakes since 1900

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Disaster Toll for China in November

Posted by feww on December 12, 2013

Disasters affected 5+ million people across China in November: Officials

[Human-enhanced] natural disasters across China left 330,000 people displaced, dozens dead, and an unknown number of others injured in November, according to official figures.

Official Toll

  • Number of People Affected: More than five million
  • Displaced: 330,000
  • Fatalities: 24
  • Injured: Not known
  • No. of homes destroyed or damaged: 255,000 dwellings
  • Crop area affected: 661,900 hectars (ha)
  • Cropland destroyed: 67,600 ha
  • Direct economic losses:  6.81 billion yuan ($1.12 billion)

Source: the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction/via Xinhua.

“Natural disasters last month were mainly earthquakes and typhoons, while droughts, floods and snowstorms also played their part. The overall damages were heavier than those from the same period last year,” the report said.

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Earthquake No. 19 Strikes N. Texas

Posted by feww on November 29, 2013

STAY TUNED for Important Announcements Concerning the State of Texas Starting Late 2014

M3.1 Strikes near Reno, Texas

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake, the 19 to strike northern Texas in the past 24 days,  occurred at 06:39 UTC November 29, 2013 .

  • Magnitude: 3.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-11-29 06:14:10 UTC [2013-11-29 00:14:10 UTC-06:00 at epicenter]
  • Location: 32.899°N 97.626°W
  • Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 6km (4mi) SW of Reno, Texas
    • 7km (4mi) W of Azle, Texas
    • 22km (14mi) NE of Weatherford, Texas
    • 22km (14mi) NW of White Settlement, Texas
    • 285km (177mi) S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Texas and Oklahoma Earthquakes Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ 19 northern TexasTexas Earthquakes Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

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List of Texas Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater since November 6, 2013 [Excludes No. 19, listed above.]  Source: USGS/EHP – Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Blog – Nov. 29, 2013.

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Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included

    • Impoundment of water behind dams
    • Injection of fluid into the earth’s crust,
    • Extraction of fluid or gas, and
    • Removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations.

In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. [...] —USGS

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Two More Quakes Strike North Texas

Posted by feww on November 29, 2013

STAY TUNED for Important Announcements Concerning the State of Texas Starting Late 2014

18 Earthquakes strike North Texas in 23 Days

16 of the quakes measure greater than M2.5 with the largest two recorded as magnitude 3.6Mw.

More than 80 minor shocks have occurred in the built-up areas of Johnson, Ellis and Parker counties in the last five years.

In May 2001, after a 3.3Mw shock occurred in Northern Texas, FIRE-EARTH Blog said: Texas quake likely caused by oil and natural gas drilling activities

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Map of N. Texas Earthquakes – 30 day shocks measuring 2.5 or greater as of November 29, 2013. Source: USGS/EHP

Details of the Latest Events

Event near Jacksboro, Texas

  • Magnitude: 2.8Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-11-28 08:41:07 UTC
  • Location: 33.020°N 98.209°W
  • Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 22km (14mi) SSW of Jacksboro, Texas
    • 25km (16mi) NNW of Mineral Wells, Texas
    • 48km (30mi) NW of Weatherford, Texas
    • 63km (39mi) WNW of Azle, Texas
    • 278km (173mi) SSW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Event N of Mineral Wells, Texas

  • Event Time: 2013-11-28 07:58:36 UTC
  • Location: 32.955°N 98.131°W
  • Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 16km (10mi) N of Mineral Wells, Texas
    • 38km (24mi) NW of Weatherford, Texas
    • 55km (34mi) W of Azle, Texas
    • 66km (41mi) WNW of White Settlement, Texas
    • 284km (176mi) SSW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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List of Texas Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater since November 6, 2013.  Source: USGS/EHP – Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Blog – Nov. 29, 2013.

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Texas and Fracking

Oil and gas drilling rigs are moving ever closer to populated areas in Texas, causing air quality problems for the residents. “Today there are over 12,000 gas wells in the Barnett Shale surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition to the wells, infrastructure such as compressor stations are springing up near the drill sites, adding to air quality problems. In towns like DISH, TX – where 11 high-pressure gas pipelines and their associated compressor stations all converge – residents have reported serious health impacts and severely degraded air quality.” —EarthJustice

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M3.3 Quake Strikes Azle, Texas

Posted by feww on November 25, 2013

STAY TUNED for Important Announcements Concerning the State of Texas Starting Late 2014

Shallow quake strikes 7km (4mi) W of Azle, Texas

The quake measuring 3.3Mw, centered at 32.897°N 97.628°W, about 10km ESE (255 degrees) of Pelican Bay, struck at a shallow depth of 5.0km (3.1mi) on Monday at 01:43am local time.

The shock was latest in a series of 16 earthquakes to hit North Texas this month.

More than 80 minor shocks have occurred in the built-up areas of Johnson, Ellis and Parker counties in the last five years.

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USGS Community Internet Intensity Map – Northern Texas.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – Nov. 23, 2013

Posted by feww on November 23, 2013

4.24 Million Displaced in Super Typhoon HAIYAN

Super Typhoon HAIYAN left 6,848 dead or missing, and affected up to 13.5 million [U.N. estimate] others, while destroying or damaging 1,112,731 houses, and leaving more than 4.24 million Filipinos homeless.

See today’s full entry at 4.24 Million Displaced in Super Typhoon HAIYAN.

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Death Toll Rises in Latvia Store Collapse

Death toll has climbed to at least 51 in Latvia store collapse, said to be the country’s deadliest disaster since its  independence in 1991.

More than 500 square meters of the roof collapsed at the ‘Maxima’ building in Riga in two separate stages, with the second collapse killing several rescue workers, according to reports.

  • Officials insists the soil from a garden being built on the roof of the shop was too heavy.
  • At least 40 others were injured including 33 who were hospitalized.
  • The government has declared three days of mourning, starting Saturday.

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Death toll from China’s oil pipeline blast rises to 47

Death toll in a Sinopec oil pipeline double explosion in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao has climbed to at least 48, said Xinhua.

  • At least 138 other people have been injured in the explosions according to other news sources.
  • More than 18,000 people have been evacuated from the district where the explosion

“The leaking pipeline, which has been in use since July 1986, measures 711 mm in diameter and runs 248.52 km, with an annual oil transfer capacity of 10 million tonnes, the company said,” according to the report .

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Original caption: Photo taken with a mobile phone shows the site of a pipeline explosion in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, Nov. 22, 2013. A fire broke out and the blast occurred around 10 a.m. in the Huangdao District when workers were repairing a petroleum pipeline which broke and resulted in an oil leakage around 3 a.m. Casualties remained unknown. (Xinhua)

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Criminal Imbeciles Desperate to Keep Their Dirty Secrets Hidden

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue  has expressed concern over a Japanese government-sponsored bill to protect state secrets.

In a statement released on Friday, La Rue asserted the proposed legislation would threat transparency, which is a core requirement for democratic governance, said reports.

La Rue is concerned that the proposed bill’s definition for protect information is “very broad” and “vague” and that it poses a threat to whistle-blowers and journalists reporting on the secrets.

Meantime, ARTICLE 19, a London-based organization concerned with freedom of expression, has also urged the Japanese National Diet (Japanese Parliament) to reject the pending Special Secret Protection Bill.

“The bill violates international standards on freedom of expression and the right to information. The definition of protected information is overly vague. It is being applied to anything relating to defense, diplomacy, ‘harmful activities’ and ‘terrorism’ and would allow the authorities to hide information about environmental hazards, human rights abuses, corruption and other areas protected by international law.” said the organization.

“Information could be classified as a ‘special secret’ indefinitely by allowing it to be repeatedly classified every five years. Whistleblowers face up to ten years imprisonment with no possibility of any public interest defense. Journalists can be prosecuted for revealing classified information even if they demonstrate that it is in the public interest.”

The bill was passed by the crooked cabinet in October and is currently being heard by the Diet.

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M7.8 Quake Strikes Scotia Sea

Posted by feww on November 17, 2013

Quake Likely Generated a Local Tsunami —FIRE-EARTH

The powerful quake follows an earlier shock measuring 6.8Mw which struck Scotia Sea centered at 60.213°S 47.108°W on November 16.

There are No official Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches in effect, as of posting.

Earthquake Details

  • Event Time:2013-11-17  at 09:04:55 UTC
  • Location: 60.296°S 46.362°W
  • Depth: 10.0km (6.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities
  • 893km (555mi) SW of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    • 1440km (895mi) SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
    • 1686km (1048mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog. The quake was followed by at least one significant aftershock, measuring 5.3Mw, as of posting.

Tectonic Summary

The November 17, 2013 earthquake in the Scotia Sea, to the northwest of the South Orkney Islands, occurred as the result of either left-lateral strike slip faulting on an east-west oriented plane, or right-lateral faulting on a north-south plane. The location of the event adjacent to the east-west oriented plate boundary between the Antarctica and Scotia Sea plates implies the left-lateral faulting scenario is most likely. At the latitude of this earthquake, the Antarctica plate moves eastwards with respect to the Scotia Sea plate at a velocity of 6 mm/yr.

The November 17 earthquake is the latest in a series of moderate-to-large earthquakes to strike the same region over the past several days. The sequence began with a M 6.1 event on November 13 approximately 50 km to the west of the November 17 quake. On November 15, a M 6.8 earthquake struck very close to the preceding M 6.1. Since then, 9 aftershocks have been recorded in the area, ranging from M 4.7 to M 5.4, both near the previous earthquakes and in the same approximate location as the November 17 event.

Though the region surrounding the Scotia Sea is familiar with earthquakes, the majority occur around the subduction zone adjacent to the South Sandwich Islands, to the east of the November 17 earthquake. Just two events of M6 or greater have occurred within 250 km of this earthquake over the past 40 years – a M 6.0 230 km to the west in September 1979, and a M 7.6 160 km to the east in August 2003. These two events involved normal and oblique-normal faulting, respectively, associated with the same plate boundary. Neither is known to have caused damage or fatalities. [Source: USGS/EHP]

Details of November 16 Foreshock

  • Time: 2013-Nov-16 at 03:34:31
  • Location: 60.213°S 47.108°W
  • Depth: 10.0km

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Strong Quake Strikes Taiwan

Posted by feww on October 31, 2013

UPDATE: The quake magnitude has been downgraded to 6.3Mw by Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau

 

Strong, Shallow Quake Strikes 45km SSW of Hualian, Taiwan

Members Note: Multiple plates going through a laborious algorithm to produce the desired outcome!

REVISED EQ Details

  • Magnitude: 6.3Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-10-31 @ 12:02UTC
  • Location: 23.55°N, 121.42°E
  • Depth: 19.5km
  • Source: Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan

Nearby Cities

  • 53km SSW of Hualien County, Taiwan
  • 760km (472mi) ENE of Hong Kong

NO local reports of damage or casualties available  as of posting.

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Source: Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

More detail to follow …

Seismic activity along the boundaries of the Philippine Sea Plate (Allen et al., 2009) has produced 7 great (M>8.0) earthquakes and 250 large (M>7) events. Among the most destructive events were the 1923 Kanto, the 1948 Fukui and the 1995 Kobe (Japan) earthquakes (99,000, 5,100, and 6,400 casualties, respectively), the 1935 and the 1999 Chi-Chi (Taiwan) earthquakes (3,300 and 2,500 casualties, respectively), and the 1976 M7.6 Moro Gulf and 1990 M7.6 Luzon (Philippines) earthquakes (7,100 and 2,400 casualties, respectively). There have also been a number of tsunami-generating events in the region, including the Moro Gulf earthquake, whose tsunami resulted in more than 5,000 deaths. –USGS/EHP

Typhoon KROSA Image Update

The quake struck Taiwan as the outer bands of Typhoon KROSA battered the coastal areas south and southeast of the island.

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Typhoon KROSA Visible/IR  satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 12:30UTC on October 31, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Significant Aftershocks Follow Powerful Japan Quake

Posted by feww on October 26, 2013

Quake magnitude revised down to 7.1Mw, as significant aftershocks strike

Magnitude of the powerful earthquake that struck off Fukushima coast has been revised down to 7.1Mw by USGS/EHP.

The revised details are as follows

  • Magnitude: 7.1Mw
  • Time: 2013-10-26 02:10:16 UTC+09:00
  • Location: 37.170°N, 144.665°E [475km (295mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan]
  • Depth: 10.0km

At least 4 significant aftershocks have occurred, as of posting, the largest of which measured 5.5Mw.

Meantime, the authorities evacuated the crippled Fukushima Power Plant, after Tsunami Advisories were issued.

The plant operator said on Saturday there was no damage or change in radiation levels at the station following the quake, according to reports.

A 30cm tsunami reached Japan’s east coast, NHK reported.

The quake reportedly shook buildings far away as Tokyo, about 230 km south of Fukushima nuclear plant, and 475km WSW of the epicenter.

Earthquake Location Map

japan quake aftershocks 26oct13
Source: USGS/EHP

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M 7.3 Quake Strikes Off the Pacific Coast of Japan

Posted by feww on October 25, 2013

Powerful Quake Strikes at a depth of about 10 km

Local Tsunami Advisories have been issued for

  • IWATE , MIYAGI, FUKUSHIMA, IBARAKI Prefectures.
  • KUJUKURI and SOTOBO areas, CHIBA Prefecture.

The event occurred near Bosei Seamount, east of Japan Trench and about  240km southeast (121 degrees) ESE of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake.

Time: 2013-10-26 02:10:16 UTC+09:00
Location: 37.194°N 144.663°E
Depth: 10.0km

Earthquake Location Map

M 7.3 Honshu 26oct13
Source: USGS/EHP

Tsunami Map

tsunami map
Map shows the locations where Tsunami Advisories (local Tsunamis measuring 0.2 – 1.0 m high) have been issued. Source: JMA

More Details to follow…

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Philippine Quake Disaster Update

Posted by feww on October 16, 2013

At least 108 people feared dead, 300 others injured, 2.9 million affected

Some 99 fatalities have been confirmed in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck Bohol Island in central Philippines.

Ninety people were killed in Bohol, eight in Cebu and one in Siquijor, said the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRM) on Wednesday.

  • Some 276 others were injured said NDRRM, including 166 in Bohol, 106 in Cebu.
  • Up to a dozen people remain unaccounted for, according to local reports.

According to unconfirmed reports, at least 108 people were killed and 300 others injured in the quake.

A total of about 558,390 families, which translates to more than 2.84 persons have been affected in three island provinces—Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor.

Philippine authorities declared declared states of calamity in Bohol and Cebu provinces after the  powerful quake struck on Tuesday.

The M7.1 quake,  centered at 9.866°N, 124.011°E, struck at a depth of about 20km about 2km NE of Catigbian, on the island province of Bohol, Philippines at 00:12:32 UTC on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

The deadly quake occurred about 619km (385mi) SSE of Manila, the Philippine capital, according to USGS/EHP.

Meantime, USGS/EHP has upgraded its Pager status to “Orange,” raising its estimate for the quake fatalities and estimated economic losses.

The ShakeMap has also been upgraded to Level IX, or “violent.”

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State of Calamity Declared in Bohol & Cebu Provinces, Philippines

Posted by feww on October 15, 2013

Powerful M7.1 Quake Causes Much Destruction in Central Philippines+

Philippine authorities have declared declared states of calamity in Bohol and Cebu Provinces after a powerful quake killed at least 80 people and left about 180 others injured, destroying or damaging scores of homes, buildings, historical churches, and causing widespread damage to public infrastructure across the famed tourist islands.

The M7.1 [revised by USGS/EHP] quake struck the island province of Bohol, about 2km NE of Catigbian, Philippines at a depth of about 20km [revised by USGS/EHP] at 00:12:32 UTC on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Centered at 9.866°N, 124.011°E,  the deadly quake struck about 619km (385mi) SSE of Manila, according to USGS/EHP.

The mainshock was followed by large swarms of at least 400 aftershocks including 10 tremors measuring 5.0Mw or greater, as of posting.

The quake has affected tens of thousands of people, most of whom were left without electricity, tap water, communication or transportation links.

Half dozen bridges have collapsed, and many road have buckled due to the quake energy.

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M7.2 Quake Strikes Balilihan, Philippines

Posted by feww on October 15, 2013

UPDATE at 09:45UTC – October 15, 2013

  • The quake death toll has reached a least 36, with about 100 others injured, or reported as missing both in Bohol and Cebu islands.

UPDATE at 06:00UTC – October 15, 2013

  • Death toll from the quake has climbed to at least 24, with about 20 others injured, according to local sources.
  • USGS has raised its estimate for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses to “Yellow alert.”
  • At least 11 significant aftershocks have occurred, including 9 events on Bohol Island, as of posting.

UPDATE at 02:00UTC – October 15, 2013

PAGER: Green - Estimated Fatalities: Low, with some economic damage
ShakeMap: VIII – severe shaking causing heavy to moderate damage

  • At least 8 people have been killed, according to local reports.

USGS EQ Hazard Program has revised its initial details of the quake as follows

  • Magnitude:  7.1Mw
  • Time: 2013-10-15 09:12:32 UTC+09:00
  • Location: 9.866°N 124.011°E (2km NE of Catigbian, Philippines)
  • Depth: 20.0km

At least 5 significant aftershocks have struck the region , as of UPDATE at 02:00UTC – October 15, 2013

bohol eq
UPDATED Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

Powerful Quake Strikes 5km E of Balilihan, Bohol Island, Philippines

The quake struck onshore at a depth of about 56.8km. The mainshock was followed by at least 2 significant aftershocks measuring 5.4 and 5.3Mw respectively, as of posting.

  • The island province of Bohol is located in the Central Visayas region. Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines with a population of about 1.5 million.
  • Full extent of the damage, or injuries was unknown, as of posting, but there were reports of significant damage to roads and electricity lines throughout the region.
  • NO tsunami warning or advisories issued.

Tsunami Evaluation
[Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS - Issued At 00:22UTC 15 Oct 2013]

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

Earthquake Location Map

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

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Quake damage in Bohol. Image credit Charlotte Knowles

Santo Niño de Cebú RC Church damaged by quake
Santo Niño de Cebú RC Church damaged by the quake. Image credit: Franz Estores

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India Temple Stampede Deadlier than PHAILIN

Posted by feww on October 13, 2013

At least 60 killed in central India Hindu temple stampede

Panic broke out as tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims tried to cross a bridge on the Sindh river on the way to Ratangarh temple in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state, said a report.

At least 115 people were killed and more than 110 others injured in the stampede, which left the victims “flattened to the ground in the midst of the melee,” said an eye witness.

“Most of the victims were killed in the stampede, while others drowned after jumping off the bridge,” said a report.

“The narrow bridge is about 500m long, and had only recently been rebuilt following another stampede in 2007.”

Hundreds of pilgrims have been killed at various Hindu festivals in India over the past five years.

Meantime, death toll from storm PHAILIN reached at least 14, as of posting.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Washington, USA: Hundreds of college students clash with police

Hundreds of college students rioted in Bellingham, Washington state, after police broke up a large party late Saturday, early Sunday and tried to disperse the revelers using pepper spray.

The students responded by throwing bottles and other projectiles at police, as they occupied an intersection and refused to disperse.

“There was drinking, it became disorderly and pretty much an out and out riot,” a police officer told AP.

At least two dozen students were arrested, said reports.

Bellingham, located about 120km north of Seattle, is home to Western Washington University.

Greece: Greek authorities on Alert after M6.4 quake

Greek authorities were put on alert on Saturday for the next two days after a magnitude 6.4 quake struck in the Aegean Sea off the western coast of Crete, about 30km W of Platanos.

Centered at 35.487°N, 23.261°E, the quake occurred at a depth of about 36.2km, reported USGS/EHP.

The authorities are uncertain weather the quake was a mainshock or a foreshock, with a larger event looming.

“We will have to wait and see what happens over a 48-hour course. It has been proved that if nothing big happens within the first two days after a big tremor, there is about 85 percent possibility that this was the main quake,” Professor Costas Makropoulos, Director of the Geodynamic Institute of the Athens National Observatory said.

Large earthquakes throughout the Mediterranean region have also been known to produce significant and damaging tsunamis. One of the more prominent historical earthquakes within the region is the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, whose magnitude has been estimated from non-instrumental data to be about 8.0. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake is thought to have occurred within or near the Azores-Gibraltar transform fault, which defines the boundary between the African and Eurasian plates off the west coast of Morocco and Portugal. The earthquake is notable for both a large death toll of approximately 60,000 people and for generating a tsunami that swept up the Portuguese coast inundating coastal villages and Lisbon. An earthquake of approximately M8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily’s east coast. The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities. —USGS/EHP.

March Against Monsanto: Global march to raise awareness about GMO food products

Thousands of activists from around the world Marched against Monsanto on Saturday, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals, said March Against Monsanto (MAM).

Marches  occurred on six continents, in 52 countries, with events held in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches occurred in 47 states, said MAM. http://www.march-against-monsanto.com.

More events to follow…

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M7.0 Quake Strikes 50km S of Acari, Peru

Posted by feww on September 26, 2013

Powerful Quake Strikes Off the Coast of Peru

The 7.0 quake centered at  15.882°S, 74.543°W struck 40km  deep in the Pacific Ocean, about 50km south of Acari in the southern Arequipa region, Peru, said USGS/EHP.

The quake has reportedly caused landslides, toppling adobe houses, killing at least three people and injuring 12 others in the Arequipa region, according to El Comercio.

The reported deaths and injuries occurred when a copper mine collapsed in the district of Chaparra trapping an unspecified number of miners.

The quake shook buildings in the capital of Lima more than 500km away, said the report.

Tsunami Status

Peruvian government has not issued any tsunami alerts.
NO destructive tsunami reported.

EQ Location Map

peru quake
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ Details

  • Event Date and Time: 2013-09-25 16:42:42 UTC
  • Epicenter: 55.845°N, 135.970°W
  • Depth: 40.0km (24.9mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 50km (31mi) S of Acari, Peru
    • 95km (59mi) SE of Minas de Marcona, Peru
    • 502km (312mi) SSE of Lima, Peru

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Strong Quake Shakes Fukushima NPP

Posted by feww on September 19, 2013

M5.8 Strikes 42km SE of Fukushima Nuke Plant

A strong quake measuring 5.8Mw struck 42km southeast (230º) of the disaster-ridden Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant at a depth of 20km, Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported.

Centered at 37.1N, 140.7E, the quake struck at 02:25 JST on September 20, 2013.

Tremors were felt in 17 prefectures across Japan, causing buildings to sway in the capital Tokyo, about 170km away, according to eyewitnesses.

Earthquake Information (Information is based on seismic intensity detected at various sites throughout Japan) – Issued at 02:31 JST – 20 Sep 2013

Event Date and Time: 02:25 JST on 20 Sep 2013
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 20km
Location: 37.1N, 140.7E
Region Name: Fukushima-ken, Hamadori
Source: JMA

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Significant Aftershocks Continue to Rock Aleutian Islands

Posted by feww on August 31, 2013

8 significant aftershocks strike Aleutian Islands, following M7.0 quake

At least 8 significant aftershocks, measuring 5.0Mw or larger, were among a swarm of dozen quakes that hit Aleutian Islands, Alaska, following a powerful 7.0 mainshock that occurred ESE of Adak, Alaska earlier today.

West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami advisory, watch or warning in effect after the mainshock.

The M7.0 quake struck about 94km (58mi) ESE of Adak, Alaska and was strongly felt in Adak, about 2,000km southwest of Anchorage, according to reports.

There was no report of major damage or injuries, as of posting.

M7 adak alaska
Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Details of Mainshock

  • Event Time: 2013-08-30 16:25:02 UTC
  • Location: 51.610°N 175.361°W depth=33.5km (20.8mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 94km (58mi) ESE of Adak, Alaska
    • 1,520km (944mi) SSE of Anadyr’, Russia

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Irish Sea earthquakes send tremors across British Isles

Posted by feww on August 26, 2013

Earthquakes felt both in Ireland and the UK

Two earthquakes struck in the Irish Sea early Sunday, said the British Geological Survey.

The strongest shock measured 3.3 on the Richter scale at a depth of about 5km some 25km off the coast of Blackpool at 10.58am (BST), and was reportedly felt by people on the British mainland.

An earlier quake measuring about 2.4 magnitude at a depth of 3km occurred about 4 hours earlier.

[Really?]

“The Irish National Seismic Network , which monitors seismic activity, has said that today’s earthquakes were ‘most likely the result of glacial rebound, the process whereby stresses built up the weight of glaciers from the last Ice Age are slowly released,’” said a report.

“It was not as strong as the Irish Sea earthquake on May 29th this year. The epicenter of the quake, which registered at magnitude 3.8, was 15km away from the town of Abersoch in Gwynedd, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.”

A magnitude 4.0 quake struck the Iceland Region (62.90°N, 25.18°W) on Sunday at 07:00 UTC.

Local geologists would be advised to investigate connection between those quakes.

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Another M6.5 Quake Strikes New Zealand

Posted by feww on August 16, 2013

Strong quake strikes near Blenheim, New Zealand

A strong earthquakes, measuring 6.5Mw, followed by at least 5 significant aftershocks, hit central New Zealand, sending Wellington commuters fleeing from the city, forcing thousands of office workers to evacuate and causing  havoc in Marlborough.

nz 6-5 quake 16aug2013
Earthquake location map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 6.5Mw
  • Depth:10.0km
  • Location: 41.767°S 174.061°E
  • Time: 2013-08-16 11:31:07 UTC+09:00

Buildings have been severely damaged in Seddon, which has been the center of seismic activity since an earlier M6.5 tremor struck the are on July 21, said a report.

The earthquake was felt strongly in NZ Parliament, said a political commentator.

“You could see the floor of the house wobbling and you could see all the fences around shaking and all the windows were shaking.” A Blenheim resident said.

“Its way bigger, hugely bigger, like with the other one because we had heaps of after shocks with the other one they were just not anything to kind of panic about.”

A Nelson resident told NewstalkZB she could hear the “violent” earthquake coming just before it struck.

“Last time it threw us around, the last earthquake, but you could hear this one coming. It was big, and really noisy.”

NZ Quake Links:

On July 24, 2013 in New Zealand Earthquake Damage Estimate, FIRE-EARTH said:

To New Zealand PM and his censorship psychos:

We haven’t started laughing yet, but it’s getting increasingly more difficult to hold back the giggles. [x2]

On June 13, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

As if by a massive irony, your most populated cities are situated right above geological nightmares–a fact that your government scientists don’t know, or won’t tell you.

https://feww.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/christchurch-could-vanish-from-google-map/#comment-13349

On March 4, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

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.

https://feww.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/new-zealand-earthquake-update-feb-24/#comment-12497

For additional FIRE-EARTH comments on NZ seismic hazards, see also

https://feww.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/new-zealand-earthquake-update-feb-24/#comment-12474

On July 15, 2009, FIRE-EARTH said:

A Warning to Visitors to New Zealand:

Climatological and Geological Warning! The New Zealand region is about to experience significant climatological events and large-scale geological and tectonic activity over an extensive period of time. Would be visitors are advised to stay out of the area for the foreseeable future.

Will a magnitude 9.8 (MW) earthquake centered at 42° 00′ 59″ South, 175° 05′ 07″ East herald the end of New Zealand Islands?

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M6.5 Quake Strikes Off the Coast of New Zealand

Posted by feww on July 21, 2013

Seismicity continues in Cook Strait, New Zealand

Event Time: 2013-07-21 17:09:31 [UTC+12:00 at epicenter]
Location: 41.713°S 174.443°E
Depth: 14.0km (8.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 46km (29mi) ESE of Blenheim, New Zealand
  • 54km (34mi) SSW of Wellington, New Zealand

Source: USGS/EHP

cook strait quake cluster
Cook Strait Earthquake Cluster Map. Source: Geonet NZ.

The first significant shock in the cluster, a magnitude 5.7, struck Friday morning local time, followed by a magnitude 5.8 Sunday morning.

On July 15, 2009, FIRE-EARTH said:

A Warning to Visitors to New Zealand:

Climatological and Geological Warning! The New Zealand region is about to experience significant climatological events and large-scale geological and tectonic activity over an extensive period of time. Would be visitors are advised to stay out of the area for the foreseeable future.

Will a magnitude 9.8 (MW) earthquake centered at 42° 00′ 59″ South, 175° 05′ 07″ East herald the end of New Zealand Islands?

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