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250 injured after strong earthquake hits Iran near border with Iraq

Iran earthquake
© AFP Photo/Frederick Florin
The US Geological Survey, reporting the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, said it struck 36 kilometres (22 miles) southeast of the city of Abdanan, near the border with Iraq.
A powerful earthquake struck early Monday in western Iran, injuring at least 250 people in a region near the border with Iraq.

Local authorities said they fear the quake may have caused widespread destruction in rural areas.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of around 10 kilometers (6 miles) in an area 36 kilometers southeast of the Iranian city of Abdanan, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was followed by a series of aftershocks.

The quake injured at least 250 people in the province of Ilam, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported, citing local disaster management authorities. The tremors cut off water, electricity and phone lines in Abdanan.

Bárdarbunga volcano: Earthquake swarm continues, possible sub-glacial eruption

An intense earthquake swarm started yesterday under Bárðarbunga volcano, located under the northwestern part of the Vatnajökull ice cap. It is continuing at the moment and accompanied by elevated harmonic tremor. This might indicate a sub-glacial eruption at the volcano, but this needs yet to be confirmed. The last eruption of Bárðarbunga volcano was in 1797, while another eruption in 1910 took place at neighboring Hamarinn volcano.

Comment: Earthquake swarm in Iceland raises threat level on Bárðarbunga volcano

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - 36km SE of Abdanan, Iran

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Event Time
2014-08-18 02:32:05 UTC
2014-08-18 07:02:05 UTC+04:30 at epicenter

32.739°N 47.670°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
36km (22mi) SE of Abdanan, Iran
37km (23mi) E of Dehloran, Iran
78km (48mi) WNW of Dezful, Iran
81km (50mi) NW of Shush, Iran
312km (194mi) ESE of Baghdad, Iraq

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Earthquake swarm in Iceland raises threat level on Bárðarbunga volcano

Readers may recall that the Grímsvötn volcano caused quite an overwrought mess with air travel in 2011 when it erupted. FergalR writes in WUWT Tips and Notes about the nearby Bárðarbunga volcano becoming seismically active:
A large sub-glacial volcano in Iceland - Bárðarbunga - has been having a huge earthquake swarm for the last 24 hours.

The IMO have just raised the eruption alert level on it.
Iceland Earthquake Swarm
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Big earthquake looms for Chile, experts say

Tsunami Damage Northern Chile
© Juan González-Carrasco (Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile)
Damage in northern Chile caused by the tsunami associated with the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck in April 2014.
The powerful earthquake that rocked Chile in April ruptured the earth in a way that suggests major quakes may still hit the region in the future, researchers say.

On April 1, a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck about 58 miles (94 kilometers) northwest of Iquique in northern Chile, a major port city and hub for Chile's copper mining industry. It killed six people, damaged or destroyed at least 13,000 homes, caused power failures and triggered a tsunami wave nearly 7 feet (2.1 meters) high. Preliminary estimates suggest total economic losses from the temblor are close to $100 million.

The powerful earthquake originated in a seismic hot spot that has produced some of the world's strongest known tremors. The area is a subduction zone, where one tectonic plate dives beneath another - specifically, the oceanic Nazca Plate is plowing under the Pacific coast of the South American Plate at an average rate of about 2.75 inches (7 centimeters) per year. Major quakes that burst at subduction zones, the most tectonically active places on Earth, are known as megathrust earthquakes.

Double earthquake in Ecuador: Two dead, several trapped

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View of a dust cloud on August 12, 2014 in Quito, after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Ecuadoran capital and the surrounding area causing buildings and homes to shake violently
A 5.1 earthquake has struck around 22.5 km northeast of Ecuador's capital, Quito, followed by a 4.3 magnitude aftershock. At least two people have been killed as the tremors caused several landslides and trapped at least three people in a collapsed mine.

At least eight people were injured, a government office said via Twitter, Reuters reports. The country's Risk Management office said firemen were working to rescue those who had been trapped in Catequilla mine.

The epicenters of both earthquakes were recorded at a depth of around 5 kilometers, according to preliminary data from the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador.

Following the quakes, the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito suspended operations as a precaution and urged passengers to leave the terminals. Operations were resumed an hour later, after airport officials ensured the infrastructure wasn't damaged.
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4.5 Magnitude earthquake rattles Hawaii's Big Island

A magnitude-4.5 earthquake struck the Big Island at 6:24 a.m. today, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.

The earthquake was located beneath the Island of Hawaiʻi and no damaging tsunami was generated.

Wes Thelen, HVO's Seismic Network Manager, said the earthquake was centered about four miles east-northeast of Kawaihae and nine miles west-northwest of Waimea, at a depth of 10.4 miles.

The USGS "Did you feel it?" Web site received more than 145 felt reports within an hour of the earthquake, HVO said. Only light shaking was reported. Most reports were posted from the Islands of Hawai'i and Maui. There were also a few reports from the Kahuku and Hickam areas on Oʻahu, over 155 miles from the epicenter, HVO reported.

Over the past 50 years, the area around Kawaihae has experienced 11 earthquakes greater than magnitude-4.0, including today's event, at depths of 6 - 12 miles. Deep earthquakes in this region are most likely caused by structural adjustments within the Earth's crust to accommodate the heavy load of Mauna Kea and surrounding volcanoes. Today's earthquake is in the general region of the 2006 Māhukona earthquake, but is not close enough to the 2006 event to be an aftershock of it.

Comment: And they have this to deal with as well: Hawaii in the path of two hurricanes, first hurricane in 22 years

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Eruption at Yellowstone? USGS records 99 earthquakes in July 2014

Fears over a potential Yellowstone volcano eruption in 2014 have had people worrying about whether earthquakes in the region of Yellowstone National Park could cause the massive caldera to pop and the supervolcano to explode. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced there were 99 earthquakes in July, but is that anything to get worried about?

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the USGS also recently said the Yellowstone earthquake threat is high. The USGS calculates the odds against a Yellowstone volcano eruption as 730,000 to one, although Yellowstone conspiracy theory supporters claim USGS is hiding earthquake data in order to prevent a national panic.

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations is responsible for the operation and analysis of the Yellowstone Seismic Network. The biggest Yellowstone earthquake in recent times occurred in March of 2014 and was measured as a 4.8 magnitude. To put this in perspective, that was the biggest recorded quake in the area since February of 1980.
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

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Event Time
2014-08-06 11:45:22 UTC
2014-08-06 20:45:22 UTC+09:00 at epicenter


7.272°S 128.046°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
307km (191mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor
395km (245mi) S of Ambon, Indonesia
402km (250mi) ENE of Atambua, Indonesia
446km (277mi) SSW of Amahai, Indonesia
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Earthquake shakes central South Africa, one dead

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A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit central South Africa on Tuesday, killing at least one man and trapping some miners underground, according to emergency services.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor was centred in Orkney, a town around 120 km (70 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, an area with a high concentration of deep gold mines.

"One of the buildings collapsed on a man believed to be in his 30s ... by the time paramedics arrived there was nothing they could do for him," Werner Vermaak, spokesman for emergency service provider ER24, told local television.

"I have since been alerted to mines in the local area where they have received reports of various miners trapped," Vermaak added, without giving any figures.

Officials at AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold said they had felt the tremors in their headquarters but had so far received no reports of anything untoward in their mines.

The area around Johannesburg is not prone to seismic activity but it is home to some of the deepest gold mines in the world. The quake is the largest in the southern Africa region since a 7.0 tremor in Zimbabwe in 2006.