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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Seismic Episodes Ominous for NZ

Posted by feww on January 5, 2017

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New Zealand Undergoing Major Geological Transformation, as Forecast

NZ EQ Report: ‘Severe’ EQ Hits 40km SSE of Blenheim

Magnitude: 5.3 [Geonet]
Depth: 13km
Location:  41.85S, 173.99E [20 km SW of Seddon]
Time: 11:17:33 (UTC) on January 5, 2017
Depth: 13km

  • Full analysis available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Silent Earthquakes, NZ

Posted by feww on December 1, 2016

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Slow-slip events occurring simultaneously in multiple regions off the east coast of New Zealand – Update #2

  • Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.



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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Mass Evacuation Underway in New Zealand amid Major Seismic, Tsunami Threats

Posted by feww on November 14, 2016

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Thousands of people evacuated amid powerful aftershocks, threat of tsunamis, dam collapsing on the Clarence River

Large Earthquake, measuring 7.8Mw, has killed at least 2 people in New Zealand and caused extensive damage to private and public property, destroying roads and other infrastructure, according to the government and local news.

  • Significant aftershocks, measuring up to 6.5Mw, have struck eastern and central New Zealand tonight, leaving thousands of residents and tourists stranded.
    • M6.5 struck about 38km WSW of Kaikoura, New Zealand, at a depth of about 10km at 00:34:22 (UTC) today (2016-11-14).
  •   More than 500 aftershocks have struck the region, since a large 7.8 magnitude quake struck the South Island.
  • Up to a hundred buildings have been damaged in Wellington Central Business District, hundreds of kms from the epicenter.
  • A navy boat is on its way from Auckland to help evacuate thousands of stranded tourists. Authorities are also considering using Air Force aircraft.
  • Tsunami alerts are in place for ALL coastal areas of New Zealand.
  • Tsunami waves of up to 5 meters are expected.
  • FIRE-EARTH Forecast is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: EQNZ – M7.8, Tsunami Warnings

Posted by feww on November 13, 2016

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes NNE of Christchurch, NZ

Magnitude: 7.8Mw

Location: 42.757°S, 173.077°E
Depth: 23.0km
Time: 2016-11-13 11:02:56UTC

  • 93.5 km (58.1 mi) NNE Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 53km NNE of Amberley, New Zealand [USGS]

Tsunami Threat: Tsunami warnings have been issued for many New Zealand coastal areas.

Estimated Economic Losses: Up to US$1 billion, probability of 34%

Significant Aftershocks:

26km W of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:37:45 (UTC)

51km N of Amberley, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:25:55 (UTC)
9.6 km

23km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:20:44 (UTC)
10.5 km

46km SSW of Brooklyn, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:04:15 (UTC)
13.7 km

17km N of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:52:43 (UTC)
10.0 km

32km SSE of Blenheim, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:41:49 (UTC)
10.0 km

28km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:32:07 (UTC)
10.0 km

“The initial earthquake was felt widely throughout New Zealand. Currently, there are more than 15,000 Felt reports.There have already been many aftershocks recorded, the largest has a magnitude of 6.2.”

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Global Seismicity – June 6, 2016

Posted by feww on June 6, 2016

M 6.3 – 133km SW of Leksula, Indonesia

Location: 4.584°S, 125.622°E
Depth: 429.0 km
Time: 2016-06-05 16:25:33 UTC

M 6.0 – 143km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
Location: 30.396°S, 177.184°W
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-06-06 02:35:23 UTC

M 5.5 – 27km WSW of Coquimbo, Chile
Location: 30.066°S 71.594°W
Depth: 21.0 km
Time: 2016-06-06 13:21:58 UTC

M 5.4 – 15km SW of Coquimbo, Chile
Location: 30.052°S 71.463°W
Depth: 28.9 km
Time: 2016-06-06 13:16:02 UTC

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Growing Magma Chamber Discovered Under Bay of Plenty, NZ

Posted by feww on June 4, 2016

Significant ground deformation detected in Bay of Plenty due to estimated 200 million m³ of magma buildup 

The discovery is said to be related to thousand of earthquakes that struck the town of Matata, Bay of Plenty  between 2004 and 2011, and caused a 40-cm uplift in a 20km² area around the town.

The Bay of Plenty (BOP) region [area: 12,230 km2] located in North island, New Zealand has a population of about 287,500. Tauranga [pop: 100,000+] the most populous city in BOP, lies about 50 km west of the uplift.

Champagne Pool is a lake in Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most active volcanic regions.
Credit: Colin Monteath/Minden/NGC [Non-commercial, educational use.]

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M5.2 Quake Strikes near Concepción Volcano

Posted by feww on May 26, 2016

Earthquake strikes Cocibolca, Nicaragua

Centered at 11.514°N, 85.693°W, about 2.0 km south of Moyogalpa, the event occurred at a depth of 194.6km, reported USGS/EHP.

Moyogalpa is the largest village on the Ometepe Island, which is formed by Concepción and Maderas volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua (aka, Cocibolca or Granada), a massive crater left behind by an ancient supervolcano in Nicaragua. [FIRE-EARTH proprietary research material.]

Magnitude: 5.2Mw
Location: 11.514°N 85.693°W depth=194.6 km (120.9 mi)
Time: 2016-05-26 01:02:36 (UTC)
Nearby Places:

  • 2.0 km (1.2 mi) S of Moyogalpa
  • 16.0 km (9.9 mi) ENE of Rivas
  • 47.0 km (29.2 mi) SE of Nandaime
  • 54.0 km (33.6 mi) SSE of Granada
  • 91.0 km (56.5 mi) SE of Managua, Nicaragua

‘Strong’ Earthquake Rattles Central NZ

Magnitude: 4.3 [geonet]
Location: 41.52°S, 174.41°E, Cook Strait (35 km northeast of Seddon, NZ)
Depth: 11km
Date/Time: May 26, 2016 at 07:21:13UTC

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – December 3, 2015

Posted by feww on December 3, 2015

Momotombo Volcano Erupts – First Time Since 1905

The 1,299-meter high Momotobo volcano, a famous Nicaraguan symbol, has erupted for the first time since 1905, spewing lava and ejecting plumes of smoke and ash into the air.

“The Momotombo Volcano took a permanent place in Nicaraguan history in 1609 when a violent eruption made the inhabitants of the old colonial city of León (León Viejo) decide to move their city away from the foot of the volcano. The city of León has been rebuilt some 30 kilometers westward, but Momotombo still continues to threaten smaller settlements located around its immediate perimeter.”

A large geothermal field is located on the southern flank of the volcano, featuring a Geothermic Plant.

Momotombo, ronco y sonoro… #nicaragua #momotombovolcano

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“Massive application” to prospect for oil in the SW Pacific Ocean

ION Geophysical, a Texas-based company, has applied to prospect 1.6 million square kilometers offshore of New Zealand in what is said to be the biggest petroleum application made to the government.

[The target area, about six times the size of New Zealand landmass, includes regions that are tectonically hyperactive and seismologically super unstable. Editor]

“I’ve never seen anything of this scale before,” said Green Party’s energy and resources spokesperson. This is “massive application.”

German Intel warns of Saudi Arabia destabilizing role

The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has warned of Saudi Arabia’s increasingly “destabilizing role” in the Arab world in an official memo, reported Spiegel Online.

“The previous conservative diplomatic stance held by the older members of the royal family has now been replaced by an impulsive interventionist policy,” according to BND

“The new defense minister Mohammed bin Salman, who is the son of King Salman, is playing a  critical role.”

King Salman and his son are desperate to become “ruler of the Arab world.” They are trying to expand Saudi Arabia’s regional influence via a new foreign policy agenda with “a strong military component and new regional alliances,” write the BND analysts.


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‘Tourism in New Zealand 2,500 x Deadlier than Terrorism in France’

Posted by feww on November 23, 2015

‘7 killed in the latest episode of NZ air disasters’

“More than 3,400 overseas visitors, international students,  foreign workers and recent emigrants have lost their lives and about 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.”

“In the latest disaster that occurred in Fox Glacier on Saturday seven people were killed including six tourists, four British and two Australians, and the [Dutch?] pilot named as Mitch [van] Gameren, 28.” More…

Re-blogged courtesy of Apartheid NZ

The following statistics were sent by a reader:

Tourists more likely to be killed by terrorists in France, or while visiting New Zealand?

The following statistics cover the period between January 2000 and November 13, 2015.

Terrorist Attacks in France

Some 17 acts of terrorism have occurred in Paris between the year 2000 and November 13, 2015 including shooting, bombing, stabbing, vehicle ramming and suicide bombing, claiming the lives of 163 people (terrorist casualties not included), and leaving 440 others injured.

  • According to the best data available, 42 of the victims were foreign nationals, or French citizens with dual nationalities.

No. of Foreigners Visiting France v. New Zealand

Based on figures released by the World Bank, and other sources, about 1.25 billion [1,254 million] foreigners visited France during that period.

During the same period, about 40.8 million [40,795,000] foreigners visited New Zealand, according to the World Bank and Statistics NZ (see links below).

Killed in New Zealand

Figures published by (this blog) show that: “More than 3,400 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers and recent emigrants have lost their lives and about 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.”

[Alternately, other credible statistics may be submitted to the blog for consideration, or plugged into the following equations.]

  • Probability of a foreigner being killed while visiting New Zealand: 3,400/40,795,000 (8.33e-5) or about 1 in 10,000
  • Probability of a foreigner being killed in France from acts of terrorism: 42/1.25 billion or about 1 in 30 million (3.35e-8)

Killed in New Zealand from Tourism/Killed in France from Terrorism = (8.334e-5)/ (3.35e-8) = 2,488.4


Foreign visitors are about 2,500 times more likely to be killed violently while visiting New Zealand (air and road crashes, adventure tourism…), than being killed in France by the terrorists.

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Dozens of Pilot Whales Die on Stewart Island, NZ

Posted by feww on November 6, 2015

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Stranded pilot whales die on Stewart Island

A pod of 29 pilot whales was discovered on Tuesday, more than half of them still alive, by two hikers, Asti Kyd and her partner Peter Mullins, said a report.

When DOC staff arrived on Thursday, eight of the whales were still alive, but they had to be euthanized, “to prevent them from prolonged suffering,” the Island ranger was quoted as saying.

DOC ranger Phred Dobbins counts the dead whales partially buried in sand at Doughboy Bay on Stewart Island. Photo: Department of Conservation/link via Stuff NZ

Many hundreds of pilot whales have died on or near Stewart Island since the late 1990s.

Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third-largest island, lies 30km south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait, and has a permanent population of about 400.

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‘Strong’ Quake a Prelude to Major Seismotectonic Activity?

Posted by feww on November 1, 2015

M5.4 quake strikes near Waiouru, New Zealand

Centered at 39.40S, 175.95E (about 60km S. of Lake Taupo), the quake occurred at a depth of 38km, said NZ’s geonet.

The event occurred about 60km S. of Lake Taupo, and 30km SW of Ruapehu at 05:42:11UTC on November 1 2015.

Lake Taupo lies in the caldera of the Taupo Super Volcano. With a surface area of 620 km, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand.

Taupo has produced two of the world’s most violent eruptions in recent geological times including the most recent major explosion, the Hatepe eruption, which occurred about 1,800 years ago. It was the most violent eruption in the world over the last 5 millennia, and NZ’s worst in 27 millennia.

The explosion, a VEI-7 eruption, ejected more than 120 km³ of tephra, a quarter of which was ejected almost instantaneously. The ash from the eruption is said to have turned the sky red over China and Rome.

Hikurangi Trench, located east of the region where the quake occurred, is subject to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates, making it as one of the most seismically active areas in the world.

Nearby Cities [USGS/EHP]

  • 25km (16mi) ENE of Waiouru, New Zealand
  • 79km (49mi) W of Napier [population: 65,000]
  • 81km (50mi) WNW of Hastings [population: 92,000]
  • 82km (51mi) S of Taupo [population: 24,000]
  • 230km (143mi) NNE of Wellington [population: 400,000]

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‘Strong’ Quake Strikes Wellington, New Zealand

Posted by feww on October 22, 2015

M4.4 strikes 30km east of NZ capital

Centered at 41.20S, 175.08E, the quake occurred at a depth of 6km, according to

Date/Time: October 22 2015, 9:43:59UTC

There were no immediate reports of damage, however the quake was described as “huge” in online chatter.

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Recent Earthquakes – NZ Region

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‘Severe’ Earthquake Strikes North Island, NZ

Posted by feww on October 12, 2015

Magnitude 5.8 quake rattles lower North Island, New Zealand

Centered at 40.58ºS, 176.3ºE, about 15km east of Pongaroa, the quake struck at a depth of 24km, according to NZ’s earthquake monitoring center, geonet.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 5.4Mw
  • Location: 40.651°S, 176.426°E; depth=21.4 km (13.3 mi)
  • Date/Time: 2015-10-12 at 08:05:00(UTC)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 32km (20mi) NNE of Castlepoint, New Zealand
    • 73km (45mi) ENE of Masterton
    • 76km (47mi) ESE of Palmerston North
    • 97km (60mi) E of Levin, New Zealand
    • 155km (96mi) ENE of Wellington

The quake was felt within a radius of at least 250km from the epicenter, with thousands of felt report sent to earthquake monitoring center within 30 minutes of the quake occurring, according to various reports.

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Latest Earthquakes in Alaska, Mexico, NZ Region

Posted by feww on September 8, 2015

List of Earthquakes measuring ≥ 4.5Mw since September 7

A swarm of at least 11 earthquakes measuring 4.7Mw or greater have occurred in Kermadec Trench, SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand since September 7, 2015. The largest quake measured 6.4Mw.

M4.9, 156km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 11:37:25 UTC 10.0 km
M4.6, 134km NE of Chignik Lake, Alaska 2015-09-08 11:34:40 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 174km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 10:17:42 UTC 22.1 km
M4.6, 121km SW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:30:39 UTC 43.3 km
M5.5, 199km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 08:19:53 UTC 11.0 km
M5.7, 134km SSW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:03:54 UTC 4.0 km
M5.6, 181km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 06:48:33 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 155km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 02:50:57 UTC 10.0 km
M4.7, 230km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 23:56:50 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 170km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 20:24:57 UTC 10.0 km
M6.2, 196km SE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 14:06:24 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 31km NE of San Isidro, Philippines 2015-09-07 12:22:41 UTC 57.6 km
M4.9, 184km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 10:30:23 UTC 12.4 km
M4.8, 188km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:52:32 UTC 39.4 km
M6.4, 191km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:13:58 UTC 35.4 km

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Kermadec Trench, NE of NZ

Posted by feww on September 7, 2015

M6.4 quake strikes SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Centered at  32.932°S, 177.891°W the quake occurred at a depth of 35.4km, reported USGS/EHP.

Tsunami Evaluation
This quake did not generate a destructive tsunami.

Aftershocks [as of posting]

  • M4.9, 184km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 10:30:23 UTC depth= 12.4 km
  • M4.8, 188km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:52:32 UTC depth= 39.4 km

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.4Mw
Location: 32.932°S, 177.891°W
Depth: 35.4 km
Time: 2015-09-07 09:13:58 UTC

Nearby Cities:

  • 191km (119mi) SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
  • 725km (450mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
  • 735km (457mi) NNE of Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 754km (469mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 1,132km (703mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

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‘Severe’ Earthquake Rattles NZ South Island

Posted by feww on May 4, 2015

M6.0 quake strikes NW of Wanaka, NZ

Centered at 44.54°S, 168.83°E the quake struck at a depth of 5km, reported NZ geonet, describing the shock as ‘Severe.’

EQ Details [NZ geonet]

  • Magnitude: 6.0Mw
  • Epicenter: 44.54°S, 168.83°E
  • Depth: 5 km
  • Location:
    • 30 km north-west of Wanaka
    • 57km NNE of Queenstown, New Zealand

NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011

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Other Significant Seismicity


  • Cluster of 8 aftershocks with the largest measuring 5.6 144km SSW of Kokopo, on 2015-05-03 at 22:32:42 UTC depth=35.0 km

Planet California

  • 3.6Mw, 1km S of Concord, California 2015-05-03 at 22:13:19 UTC depth=14.6 km

Planet of the Abes

  • 4.9Mw, 19km SW of Tomioka, Japan 2015-05-03 at 14:30:16 UTC depth=146.3 km
  • 4.6Mw, 3km SSE of Iwai, Japan 2015-05-03 at 06:53:59 UTC depth=51.6 km
  • 5.0Mw, 45km E of Namie, Japan 2015-05-03 at 04:02:52 UTC depth=42.4 km

Global Seismic Hot Spots (June 2015 – August 2015)

Tune into FIRE-EARTH for the blog’s special report FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 at the following times :

18:32, 19:32, 20:32 and 22:32UTC.

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Significant Earthquakes Strike CA, ID, NZ

Posted by feww on April 24, 2015

M5.5 quake strikes 253km W of Ferndale, California

Centered at 40.403°N, 127.245°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 01:34:55 (UTC)

At least one aftershock, measuring 3.0Mw, had occurred as of posting.

M 4.1 strikes 22km SE of Sandpoint, Idaho
Location: 48.110°N 116.386°W
Depth: 5.0 km
Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 at 02:32:19 UTC
[Source: USGS/EHP]

M 5.9 strikes 66km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: 42.075°S 173.016°E
Depth: 55.2 km
Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 03:36:43 UTC
[Source: USGS/EHP]

The earthquake was registered locally (geonet) as follows :

Intensity: Severe
Universal Time: April 24 2015, 3:36:42
Depth: 52 km
Magnitude: 6.2
Location: 35 km south-east of St Arnaud
Coordinates:  -42.09, 173.07

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“Rare and Nasty” Baby-Killer Virus Found in NZ

Posted by feww on January 13, 2015

Sent by a reader in New Zealand

Novel Viruses: 25% of gastroenteritis outbreaks remain unsolved in NZ

A rare and nasty virus that can trigger potentially fatal diseases in babies and young children has been found in New Zealand, said a report.

Members of Environmental Science Research (ESR), who were investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis, stumbled across the virus, known as human parechovirus (HPeV3).

The virus was found in a sample of feces from a two-year-old child who became ill during a gastro outbreak in 2012, said ESR.

The virus can cause  blood infections and inflammation of the brain, ESR added.

“It can affect different tissue types in the body, such as the membranes surrounding the brain, but there’s still a lot that we don’t know about it.”

HPeV3 was identified in Japan in 2004, but until recently only one other case in Bolivia had been reported; however, it was responsible for an outbreak of blood infection among children in Australia, last year, said the report.

ESR has recommended testing for the virus, “especially for rare cases of severe disease that can’t be explained.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology this week.

Metagenomic Analysis of Viruses in Feces from Unsolved Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis in Humans. doi:10.1128/JCM.02029-14.


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‘Severe’ Earthquake Strikes Offshore New Zealand

Posted by feww on December 12, 2014

SCENARIOS: 987, 704, 703,  701, 700, [500,] 047, 024, 09, 08, 07, 02

Earthquake occurs WSW of Riverton, New Zealand

Centered at 47.08°S,  165.99°E the quake occurred at a depth of 6km, according to NZ geonet.

EQ Details [NZ geonet]

Magnitude: 5.0Mw [5.2Mw USGS/EHP]
Depth: 6 km
Location 115 km NW of Snares Islands
Epicenter: 47.08°S,  165.99°E

NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011

Global Seismic Hot Spots  (December 2014 – March 2015)

Tune into FIRE-EARTH for the blog’s special report FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014 at the following times : 

17:32, 18:32, 20:32 and 22:32UTC.

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‘Severe’ Earthquake Strikes South Island, NZ

Posted by feww on October 13, 2014

SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07, 02

M6.2 quake shakes Southland, New Zealand

Centered at 46.29°S 165.87°E, about 140 km west of Tuatapere (190km W of Invercargill), the quake occurred offshore, northeast of Puysegur Trench, at a depth of 10km, said Geonet.

The quake struck at 5:13:41 on Monday, October 13, 2014, and was followed by at least two significant aftershocks, measuring magnitudes 4.4 and 4.7 respectively, as of posting.

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Deadly Earthquake Followed by Severe Deluge

Posted by feww on March 5, 2014


“One-in-100-year” storm inundates Christchurch, New Zealand

Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a storm “quickly escalated” battering the city with hurricane-force blasts and extreme rains.

Residents have been warned of health risks from contaminated floodwaters that have inundated homes, businesses and streets, while the storm was graded as a one-in-100-year event, said the city mayor.

“This was a significant, escalating event that moved very quickly from a one-in-five-year event to a one-in-100-year event,” she said.

“The weather forecasts did not predict an event of this gravity.” [The weather forecasters were caught by surprise. Editor]

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Christchurch Flooding. Credit: Kirk-Anderson/The Press/Fairfax NZ. More images…

Severe Storm Hits NZ Capital, Wellington

Wellington’s south coast was pounded by near-hurricane force winds and massive waves Tuesday evening.

A resident of Island Bay described  the assault of high tide mixed with strong wind last night as being like ”a bomb” going off.

“By about 10pm, debris, logs, and a large chunk of concrete were strewn across the road, which was also badly hit in the June storm.”

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Earthquakes – Feb. 3, 2014

Posted by feww on February 3, 2014


Significant Quakes strike a dozen countries

M6.1 – 12km NW of Lixourion, Greece 2014-02-03 03:08:46 UTC
Location: 38.292°N, 20.337°E depth=13.7km (8.5mi)
Distances: 298km (185mi) W of Athens, Greece

M4.1 – 18km ESE of Comandau, Romania 2014-02-03 00:26:31 UTC
Location: 45.674°N, 26.471°E depth=135.0km (83.9mi)
140km (87mi) NNE of Bucharest, Romania

United States
M3.9 – 18km NW of Caldwell, Kansas 2014-02-03 09:03:21 UTC
Location: 37.128°N, 97.772°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
185km (115mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Earthquake Location Map, logged at 14:24:34 UTC on 2014-02-03 . Source: USGS/EHP

M5.3 – 89km SE of Minab, Iran 2014-02-02 14:26:47 UTC
Location: 26.579°N, 57.717°E depth=25.0km (15.5mi)
340km (211mi) NNW of Muscat, Oman

M5.1 – 53km WNW of Mawlaik, Burma 2014-01-29 13:46:50 UTC
23.862°N 93.949°E depth=59.1km (36.7mi)
59km (37mi) SSE of Churachandpur, India

M5.2 – 260km ENE of Port Blair, India 2014-02-02 23:44:01 UTC
12.285°N 95.061°E depth=34.6km (21.5mi)
385km (239mi) W of Myeik, Burma

M5.1 – 119km ENE of Dofa, Indonesia 2014-02-02 02:59:24 UTC
1.311°S 126.317°E depth=45.7km (28.4mi)
259km (161mi) SSW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

M5.2 – 168km W of Sabtang, Philippines 2014-02-02 18:51:09 UTC
20.239°N 120.262°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
201km (125mi) SSW of Hengchun, Taiwan

M5.5 – 95km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2014-02-03 04:25:59 UTC
4.947°S 153.752°E depth=93.8km (58.3mi)
177km (110mi) ESE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

New Zealand
M6.5 – 192km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2014-02-02 09:26:37
32.908°S, 177.822°W depth=40.4km (25.1mi)
1,138km (707mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

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Severe Quake Rattles Lower North Island, NZ

Posted by feww on January 20, 2014


M6.2  strikes near Palmerston North, New Zealand

The quake was felt thoroughout New Zealand’s North Island, from Invercargill to Auckland, and as far south as Canterbury in the South Island, according to local reports.

The mainshock was followed by a swarm of aftershocks, with the largest measuring 3.7Mw, as of posting.

The quakes have caused damage to buildings and roads in the lower North Island between Wellington and Manawatu, said reports.

The quake was felt widely in the capital Wellington, leaving “people screaming and ducking for cover as items fell from shelves,” in a shopping mall, said a report.

The shock knocked power to thousands of customers  in Tararua, Manawatu and Taranaki, according to the local power company.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Event Time: 2014-01-20 @ 02:52:45 UTC
  • Location: 40.634°S 175.776°E depth=28.0km (17.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 34km (21mi) SSE of Palmerston North, New Zealand
    • 37km (23mi) NNE of Masterton, New Zealand
    • 42km (26mi) E of Levin, New Zealand
    • 71km (44mi) ENE of Paraparaumu, New Zealand
    • 111km (69mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

Tectonic Summary

The January 20, 2014 M6.2 earthquake northeast of Masterton in the North Island of New Zealand is located approximately 115 km northeast of Wellington. The earthquake resulted from northeast-southwest oriented normal faulting 175 km to the west of the Hikurangi Trench, where the Pacific plate subducts westward beneath the North Island. At the latitude of this event, the Pacific plate moves towards the west-southwest with respect to the Australia plate at a rate of approximately 42 mm/yr. The faulting character, location and depth of this earthquake indicate it is an intraplate event either within Australia plate crust above the subducting Pacific plate, or within the interior of subducted Pacific slab, rather than a plate boundary event on the subduction zone thrust interface.

New Zealand experiences fairly frequent moderate-sized earthquakes; the region within 200 km of the January 20, 2014 event has experienced 35 earthquakes of M 5.5 or larger over the past century. The 2014 event is just a few kilometers to the east of a M 7.3 earthquake in March of 1934, and approximately 40 km southwest of two M6.2 and 6.4 earthquakes near Dannevirke in March and May of 1990, respectively. The 1990 events did not cause significant damage or fatalities. —USGS/EHP

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Large Hail Stones Destroy Crops in NZ

Posted by feww on December 16, 2013


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Golf ball-sized hail destroy crops, smash windows in Canterbury, New Zealand

Massive hail stones tore across mid-Canterbury, New Zealand, destroying crops and smashing scores of windows, said a report.

A fierce storm moving north along the South Island triggered a hailstorm dumping large hail on Mayfield, near Ashburton, for about 50 minutes.

The hailstorm broke scores of windows at homes and businesses across the township, residents said.

“Local crop farmer Rab McDowell predicted about 40 per cent of his carrot and maize crops were a ‘right off,’ but he would know more in the morning.”

“I haven’t seen hail through here that broke windows before,” he said.

Golf ball-sized hail falls on Southern Downs, QLD. Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning covering the entire Darling Downs in southern QLD, and surrounding  areas earlier today.

There were reports of golf ball-sized hail falling at Dalveen near Stanthorpe, said local reports.

On November 19, 2013, golf ball-sized hail bucketed down on Australia’s Gold Coast causing substantial damage to buildings, trees and crops.

Several hailstorms across parts of South Africa also produced golf ball-sized hail stones on 12, 14 and 28 of November 2013 causing major damage to property and crops.

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“Sea of Police” in Ukraine, Looting in Argentina, Hunger Strike…

Posted by feww on December 11, 2013

Thousands of police move on large protest camps in central Kiev, Ukraine

Thousands of riot police and Interior Ministry personnel have moved on  large protest camps in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev amid snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Clashes broke out after police began tearing down barricades close to the main protest site in the square, but soon turned into a tense standoff.

According to unconfirmed reports police began storming the Kiev city hall, which was occupied by protesters a week ago.

Mass street rallies began about three weeks ago shortly after the government’s decision to withdraw from a free-trade deal with the EU last.

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Police surround a section of the protest stage in central Kiev, Ukraine. Image credit: Paulina Leonovich

Looters hit Argentina’s Stores amid ongoing police strike

Looting has spread across 19 out of 23 provinces in Argentina, as police continue their strike due to low pay.

The looting first broke out in Cordoba province earlier this month, leaving several people dead and more than 100 others injured before the local police struck a deal to double their monthly salaries to about $1,900.

Police are demanding above-inflation pay rises and refuse to answer call-outs. Inflation in Argentina is running at 25 – 30 percent a year.

Supermarkets, retail businesses, banks and public transport have all shut down in dozens of Argentina’s cities, just as a summer heatwave engulfs the country.

About a dozen people have been killed and hundreds more injured since the looting began.

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One of hundreds of  stores ransacked by looters in the northern Argentine province of Tucuman December 10, 2013. Credit: Paloma Cortes/Reuters Aysua)

Taxi drivers on hunger strike in New Zealand

Auckland taxi drivers are on hunger strike outside the airport’s headquarters protesting conditions at Auckland Airport, according to local reports.

About 100 drivers from the Auckland Taxi Association (ATA), representing drivers from five small taxi companies and dozens of supporters have been holding the hunger strike since Monday because they say changes in rules favors larger companies.

ATA, which represents 180 drivers from smaller companies, wants the minimum fare in line with what the larger companies charge.

Spokesperson for ATA told reporters that with waiting times included, drivers are earning little more than $1 per hour.

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Image Credit: One News

Indian Nurses Hunger Strike 2012

Indian nurses working in New Zealand went on a hunger strike vigil at the Ghandi statue near Wellington’s railway station on July 24, 2012.

“The hunger strike began two months after several hundred Indian nurses marched on parliament over the frustrations they have had in attempting to gain registration in New Zealand, including nursing students and graduates of two bridging nursing degree programs,” said a report.

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