Great magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes Bolivia

Date & time: Tue, 24 Nov 22:48:00 UTC

Local time at epicenter: 2015/11/24 17:48:00

Magnitude: 8.2

Depth: 0.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.65°S / 62.4°W

Nearest volcano: Nuevo Mundo (473 km)

Primary data source: IGEPN

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 7.5 quake jolts Peru-Brazil border

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake, initially reported as 6.9, has struck eastern Peru, close to the border with Brazil, according to USGS.

The quake was extremely deep, some 600 kilometers below ground level. Besides Peru and Brazil, shaking has also been felt in neighboring Bolivia.

The epicenter of the quake was located in an unpopulated area of the Amazon Basin, 175 kilometers from the closest Peruvian town of Iberia, and some 250 km from the Brazil's Brasileia and Bolivia's Cobija.

Blue Planet

UN Report: Major rise in weather disasters over last 2 decades

A flood-affected resident swims through floodwaters in Kalay, upper Myanmar’s Sagaing region on August 3, 2015. Relentless monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, destroying thousands of houses, farmland, bridges and roads with fast-flowing waters hampering relief efforts.
Since 1995, weather disasters have killed millions of people & left billions injured & homeless.

Weather-related disasters such as floods and heatwaves have occurred almost daily in the past decade, almost twice as often as two decades ago, with Asia being the hardest hit region, a UN report said on Monday.

While the report authors could not pin the increase wholly on climate change, they did say that the upward trend was likely to continue as extreme weather events increased.

Since 1995, weather disasters have killed millions of people, left billions injured, homeless or in need of aid, and accounted for 90 percent of all disasters, it said.

A recent peak year was 2002, when drought in India hit 200 million and a sandstorm in China affected 100 million.

But the standout mega-disaster was Cyclone Nargis, which killed 138,000 in Myanmar in 2008.


One killed in rockslide triggered by 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Venezuela

One person was killed in Venezuela when a rockslide was triggered by a 5.1-magnitude earthquake in the state of Mérida, causing a traffic collision.

The Venezuelan Foundation of Seismological Research, or FUNVISIS, reported the epicenter of the earthquake was located about 18 miles southeast of the town of El Vigía at 4:08 p.m. at a depth of about 3 miles. Multiple aftershocks were recorded in the region.

Blas Federico Méndez, 41, died immediately and his son Emmanuel Méndez, 32, was injured after their vehicle made a frontal collision with an SUV. Both vehicles attempted to evade debris from a rockslide, but collided in the process. Two people inside the SUV were injured, El Universal reported.

Bizarro Earth

5.5 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexican capital

An earthquake rattled central Mexico on Monday, swaying buildings in Mexico City. Some office workers rushed to the streets in the capital.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera wrote in his Twitter account that there was no immediate word of damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.5 and its epicenter was in the sparsely populated mountains north-east of Acapulco, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Mexico City. The quake was also felt strongly there, but no damage was immediately reported.

Because of its site on an unstable former lakebed, Mexico's capital often feels such quakes strongly even if they occur some distance away.


5.2 magnitude earthquake rattles northwest China

A moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit northwest China's Qinghai Province on Monday, Nov23.The earthquake struck the Qilian County of Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai at 5:02 am, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC).

No casualties have been reported. The epicentre was located at the Arik Township. The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Many people living in the county seat of Qilian have stayed outdoors after feeling strong jolt, according to the local publicity department.

So far, no casualties have been reported. The county has sent a team to the epicenter to learn the damage after the quake, state-run a news agency reported.


5.9 earthquake Afghanistan; shakes northern India, Pakistan

Residents rush for open space as tremors shake cities across region
A 5.9-magnitude quake struck northern Afghanistan late Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, jolting the Indian capital and parts of Pakistan according to local reports.

The tremor struck 22 kilometres (14 miles) southwest of Ashkasham, 300 kilometres northeast of the Afghan capital Kabul, at a depth of 92.4 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake, which occurred at 02:16 am local time (1816 GMT), was felt across northern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan and in the Indian capital Delhi.

In October a 7.5-magnitude quake ripped across Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing almost 400 people and flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.

For many in Pakistan, October's quake brought back traumatic memories of a 7.6-magnitude quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75,000 people and displacing some 3.5 million.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

In Nepal a quake in April and a strong aftershock in May killed more than 8,900 people.

Arrow Down

One of the world's most beautiful beaches lost to landslide following earthquake on Lefkada island, Greece


Photographed from above, by helicopter, most of the beach has been covered by a landslide
Voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by media like CNN and Trip Advisor numerous times, the picturesque beach of Egremni on the island of Lefkada is no more, following the deadly earthquake that struck the island on Tuesday, November 17th which killed two elderly women.

Large boulders and swaths of rubble detached off the mountain which precariously hung atop the lush sandy beach below, leaving much of the open area that welcomed thousands of tourists annually, completely wiped away.

The moment of the earthquake and the large landslides were captured on video by a fisherman whose boat was just offshore when the earth shook.


Second earthquake rattles northern Oklahoma; 4.6 magnitude

Just one day after a massive earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma, several others followed.

On Thursday, a 4.7 magnitude quake was recorded near Cherokee, Oklahoma around 1:42 a.m.

Just one day later, the U.S. Geological Survey reported several earthquakes in the Medford area.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.6 magnitude earthquake was reported near Medford around 4:40 p.m. on Friday.

Just 13 minutes later, a 3.1 magnitude quake was recorded near Medford, followed by a 3.9 magnitude quake just two minutes after that.


6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia

© US Geological Survey
The quake was felt in Saumlaki, the closest city to the epicentre, a local geophysics station officer said
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no tsunami warning was issued and no immediate damage or casualties were reported. The undersea quake was recorded at a depth of 67 kilometres near Indonesia's Babar islands, according to USGS.

The quake was felt in Saumlaki, the closest city to the epicentre, a local geophysics station officer said.

"We felt the quake for about 25 seconds, and it felt like a truck went past in front of the house," an officer at the geophysics station, Alva Rottie, told AFP.

The tremor prompted some residents to run outside, but the National Disaster Management Agency said the quake had no tsunami potential. Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

Source: PTI