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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8 - 84km NNE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Port-Vila Quake_230115
Event Time
  1. 2015-01-23 03:47:27 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 84km (52mi) NNE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
  2. 218km (135mi) SE of Luganville, Vanuatu
  3. 453km (281mi) NNE of We, New Caledonia
  4. 610km (379mi) NNE of Dumbea, New Caledonia
  5. 84km (52mi) NNE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
Scientific Data
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4.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Eastern Turkey

ML 4.7

Eastern Turkey

Date time
2015-01-21 13:58:03.4 UTC

38.25 N ; 42.86 E

4 km

214 km N of Al Mawşil al Jadīdah, Iraq / pop: 2,065,597 / local time: 16:58:03.4 2015-01-21
53 km SW of Van, Turkey / pop: 371,713 / local time: 15:58:03.4 2015-01-21
15 km N of Bahçesaray, Turkey / pop: 3,731 / local time: 15:58:03.4 2015-01-21

Source parameters provided by:
Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute -- Istanbul, Turkey (KAN)

Comment: According to the Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications there have been several earthquakes in Turkey since January 17, 2015:


5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Santa Maria Chiquimula, Guatemala

Event Time
  1. 2015-01-20 06:59:52 UTC
  2. 2015-01-20 00:59:52 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2015-01-20 01:59:52 UTC-05:00 system time

15.022°N 91.339°W depth=161.9km (100.6mi)

Nearby Cities
  1. 1km (1mi) SW of Santa Maria Chiquimula, Guatemala
  2. 7km (4mi) ESE of Momostenango, Guatemala
  3. 12km (7mi) NNE of Totonicapan, Guatemala
  4. 14km (9mi) NE of San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala
  5. 98km (61mi) WNW of Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Comment: Earthquakes worldwide for the past week:


4.4 magnitude earthquake near King City, California

A light earthquake has shaken a Central California region southeast of Monterey Bay.The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.4 tremor struck at 5:21 a.m. Tuesday.

The epicenter was 17 miles northeast of King City. The USGS says the quake occurred at a depth of 6 miles.

The immediate area is largely rural and lightly populated. The USGS public reporting pages show it was felt lightly or weakly around Monterey Bay and to the east in some San Joaquin Valley cities.
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Vancouver Island will 'rip open like a zipper' when overdue megathrust earthquake strikes, experts say

Capes Lake, Vancouver Island
© National Post, Canada
Capes Lake, Vancouver Island. The odds of another megathrust earthquake and tsunami on Vancouver Island happening within the next 50 years are about one-in-10, experts say.
Pachena Bay , B.C. - The low tide, bright sunshine and constant roar of endlessly approaching waves display the full power of the wide-open Vancouver Island shoreline at the remote beach handed down to Stella Peters and her family as a wedding dowry.

For generations, Peters and her relatives have been the keepers of Pachena Bay, the picturesque beach that scientists forecast as an epicentre for the next massive earthquake and tsunami.

The bay is also the home to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations village of Anacla, about 300 kilometres northwest of Victoria, which aboriginal oral history says was devastated when an ancient earthquake convulsed the West Coast of North America.

First Nations from Vancouver Island to northern California describe the earthquake and tsunami in similar legends and artwork involving a life-and-death struggle between a thunderbird and a whale that caused the earth to shake violently and the seas to wash away their people and homes.

When the next megathrust quake hits, residents on the west side of Vancouver Island will barely have 20 minutes to get to higher ground.

Unprecedented earthquake in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Mexico- areas not known for seismic acivity

Yucatan Earthquake Seismograph
An earthquake was registered on the evening of Sunday January 10th, with an epicenter near Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, an area traditionally considered non seismic. According to Margarita Vidal Amaro of the National Seismological Service, an earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 9:49 pm on Sunday January 10th 2015. The epicenter was located exactly 67 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo.

Comment: And if it's not tectonic plates, then WHAT is causing the increase in earthquakes or ones deemed "unprecedented"?

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Earthquake in eastern Connecticut is 4th straight day of quakes in area

A 2.2-magnitude earthquake has rattled eastern Connecticut again.

In what's becoming a daily seismic event, the Weston Observatory of Boston College said the earthquake occurred at about 4:40 a.m. Thursday near Plainfield, where previous earthquakes were recorded.

It says two minor earthquakes were recorded on Wednesday and another on Tuesday.

Several were recorded on Monday and last week, too.

The observatory says that while the greatest earthquake activity in the United States is in the west, earthquakes are "quite common" in many areas of the eastern United States, including New England.

Plainfield officials have invited Alan Kafka, director of the observatory, to an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the town's high school.

Comment: While this earthquake activity is being described as "quite common", it certainly seems as though something strange is going on in Connecticut for all this earthquake activity to be happening.

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Loud explosion precedes series of earthquakes in New England

The Weston Observatory recorded four small earthquakes in the Plainfield area on Monday morning.
Five small earthquakes rattled New England on Monday.

It was the third day in less than a week that rumbles shook the Plainfield region.

Plainfield police said they received dozens of calls about homes shaking in the Plainfield, Killingly, Brooklyn and Sterling areas. They received even more around the noon hour.

"They just started pouring in regarding a loud explosion," said Capt. Mario Arriaga, with the Plainfield Police Department. "However, this time, people were reporting earthquakes since last time we had one on the 12th."

Authorities released a few of the 911 calls they received. Police said they received well over 100 calls.

"We just had a massive earthquake again," one caller reported.

"It sounded like a bomb and everything was shaking," another caller said.

Comment: Loud booms and explosion-like sounds are more and more frequently associated with earthquakes these days. There is also the possibility that some earthquakes could have been caused by meteorites breaking up in the atmosphere in New England. However, you are unlikely to hear this from the mainstream media.

Breaking: Meteor outburst over 6 Northeastern U.S. states - Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maine (so far...)

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Indonesia's Soputan volcano blows its top in strong, explosive eruption

The volcano erupted this morning at 02:45 local time with a strong explosion from the summit lava dome. It sent an 6 km tall ash column to approx. 26,000 ft (8,5 km) altitude. The eruption followed an increase in seismic activity in December, when so-called "drumbeat" earthquakes appeared - a type of volcanic tremor typically associated with movements of viscous magma at shallow depths,- in this case new lava rising beneath the existing lava dome (in place since 1991). As a consequence, the alert status of the volcano had been raised to the second highest level "Siaga" (3 on a scale of 1-4, alert).

Today's explosion caused parts of the summit dome that occupies the crater, open to the western flank, to collapse and produce a glowing avalanche that traveled approx. 2000 m, remaining within the volcano's caldera. It seems that no pyroclastic flow (which could sweep over the caldera walls and into inhabited areas below) occurred. No damage to people or infrastructure was reported. Continued glow from the summit dome after the explosion suggests that magma has and continues to arrive now there. - Volcano Discovery

Comment: Time-bomb? Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano eruption mystery - ground sinking below lava build-up by a foot a day

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Time-bomb? Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano eruption mystery - ground sinking below lava build-up by a foot a day

Skaftafell - Just north of here, on the far side of the impenetrable Vatnajokull ice sheet, lava is spewing from a crack in the earth on the flanks of Bardarbunga, one of Iceland's largest volcanoes. By volcanologists' standards, it is a peaceful eruption, the lava merely spreading across the landscape as gases bubble out of it. For now, those gases - especially sulfur dioxide, which can cause respiratory and other problems - are the main concern, prompting health advisories in the capital, Reykjavik, 150 miles to the west, and elsewhere around the country.

But sometime soon, the top of Bardarbunga, which lies under as much as half a mile of ice, may erupt explosively. That could send plumes of gritty ash into the sky that could shut down air travel across Europe because of the damage the ash can do to jet engines. And it could unleash a torrent of glacial meltwater that could wipe out the only road connecting southern Iceland to the capital. All of that could happen. Then again, it may not.

Such are the mysteries of volcanoes that more than four months after Bardarbunga began erupting, scientists here are still debating what will happen next. The truth is, no one really knows. Volcanic eruptions are among the Earth's most cataclysmic events, and understanding how and when they happen can be crucial to saving lives and reducing damage to infrastructure and other property.

Comment: Indonesia's Soputan volcano blows its top in strong, explosive eruption