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Earthquakes Strike Mountain, Colombia; S of SI, New Zealand

Posted by feww on November 25, 2018

KMPH – 112502

Earthquakes strike SE of Mountain, Colombia; SW of Riverton, New Zealand

Earthquake Details

Colombia

M 6.0 – 32km SE of Mountain, Colombia
13.159°N 81.161°W10.0 km depth
2018-11-25 03:40:51 (UTC)

New Zealand

M 5.8 – 261km SW of Riverton, New Zealand
47.931°S 165.460°E10.0 km depth
2018-11-24 23:42:39 (UTC)

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‘A Real Disaster’: Surge in the spread of deadly superbug in NZ

Posted by feww on September 23, 2018

Submitted by the Zombie Democracy Blog

48 New Zealanders test positive to carrying CPE superbug 

“Doctors are warning a powerful superbug could become deadly if it continues to spread in New Zealand at its present rate.

“So far this year, 48 New Zealanders have tested positive to carrying the bacteria known as carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE), up from 33 people last year. It was found in just 30 people in the six years from 2009 to 2014.

“CPE are bacteria that produce an enzyme that deactivates a powerful group of antibiotics called carbapenems, meaning they are difficult to treat.

“In most cases, the bug sits in the body, usually the bowel or gut, and causes no harm. But if it gets the bloodstream or urine it can be life threatening.”
Read more. . .

New Zealand’s cases of “flesh-eating” disease have surged by 300 percent since 1990

The astronomical rise in the necrotising fasciitis in New Zealand was revealed to scientists at the UK Health Protection Agency conference in Warwick, England.

The International Journal of Infectious Diseases has published a paper by Dr Dilip Das and others who identified necrotising fasciitis and cellulitis as emerging major health problems in New Zealand.

Late diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis in a 43-year-old male. Preoperative photograph on the day of admission. Extensive erythema and necrosis of the left leg. Source: Cases Journal. Image may be subject to copyright.

Das says the reasons for the meteoric rise in the number of NZ cases remain a mystery, “but the researchers had ruled out changes made in 2004 to the way diseases were recorded,” a report said.

See also: Viruses

Serious threats 2013-cdc
Microorganisms with a threat level of SERIOUS. Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States 2013. Source: CDC

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Strong Earthquake Strikes near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Posted by feww on September 10, 2018

KMPH – 091002

M 6.9 quake occurs 61km SW of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Tsunami Evaluation:

Based on the depth of this event, NO destructive tsunami expected.

EQ Details:

Magnitude: 6.9 mww  [USGS]
Location: 31.842°S, 179.334°W
Depth: 111.0 km
Time: 2018-09-10 at 04:19:02.420 (UTC)

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Strong Earthquake Strikes New Zealand Region

Posted by feww on September 20, 2017

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M 6.1 – 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes W of Auckland Island, New Zealand

Magnitude: 6.1 mww
Location: 50.371°S, 162.550°E; 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand
Depth: 10km
Time: 2017-09-20 at 01:43:30 UTC

Other Earthquakes in NZ:

Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Cook Strait

Magnitude: 5.1
Location: 41.48S, 174.34E; 33km E of Blenheim, New Zealand (SI)
Depth: 17 km
Time: 2017-09-20 at 02:42:10Z

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Strong Earthquake Strikes near New Zealand

Posted by feww on July 11, 2017

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M 6.6 Quake Strikes NW of Auckland Islands, New Zealand

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.6 mww
Location: 49.546°S 164.031°E [198km NW of Auckland Island, New Zealand]
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 07:00:01 UTC  2017-07-11

[Additional information available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.]

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Seismic Episodes Ominous for NZ

Posted by feww on January 5, 2017

  • CJ Members
  • EAC
  • OC Teams

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

CJ Members

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

Sent by blog contributors

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.
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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
Distances:

  • 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:

M5.2
26km W of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:37:45 (UTC)

M5.2
51km N of Amberley, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:25:55 (UTC)
9.6 km

M4.9
23km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:20:44 (UTC)
10.5 km

M5.0
46km SSW of Brooklyn, New Zealand
2016-11-13 12:04:15 (UTC)
13.7 km

M5.8
17km N of Kaikoura, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:52:43 (UTC)
10.0 km

M5.7
32km SSE of Blenheim, New Zealand
2016-11-13 11:41:49 (UTC)
10.0 km

M6.2
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.

 

“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 newzeelend.wordpress.com (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

Conclusion:

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.

Links to data sources used for this post:

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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 geonet.org.nz

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

FIRE EARTH EARTHQUAKE FORECASTS FOR NZ
NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011

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Other Significant Seismicity

PNG

  • 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

HEIGHTENED NZ SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARDS
SCENARIOS: 987, 704, 703,  701, 700, [500,] 047, 024, 09, 08, 07, 02
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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

FIRE EARTH EARTHQUAKE FORECASTS FOR NZ
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

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARD
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07, 02
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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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