4.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Nevada

A map shows the area of Calienta, Nevada where an earthquake struck on Friday, May 22, 2015.
An earthquake that struck a rural area of southern Nevada has been downgraded to magnitude 4.8.

The U.S. Geological Survey revised its earlier report that pinned the magnitude of Friday's earthquake at 5.4.

The temblor hit around midday about 24 miles southwest of the small town of Caliente, Nevada. It could be felt about 100 miles away in Las Vegas.

The Nevada Highway Patrol reported damage to one of the state's busiest highway transition ramps. The ramp from southbound U.S. 95 to Interstate 15 near downtown Las Vegas has been shut down indefinitely.

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada Reno says several aftershocks, from magnitude 1.0 to 3.8, followed the larger temblor.

The USGS website recorded hundreds of reports from people who say they felt the shaking.

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.9 - 204km ESE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

  1. 2015-05-22 21:45:19 (UTC)
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  1. 204km (127mi) ESE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
  2. 447km (278mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
  3. 621km (386mi) NW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  4. 890km (553mi) NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
  5. 1045km (649mi) ESE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
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A 4.2 magnitude earthquake 'causes homes to shake' in Kent, UK

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The British Geological survey's monitoring stations showed seismic activity on Friday morning
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Kent, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has said.

The tremor originated near Sandwich at a depth of 15km (9.5 miles) underground at 02:52 BST, it reported.

Residents in areas including Margate, Canterbury and Southend-on-Sea in Essex felt the tremor, with some saying they thought it was a plane crash or a bomb.

Kent Police said a number of calls had been received but no injuries or structural damage had been reported.

But Herbert Smith tweeted that he and his wife Doreen were taking refuge in their caravan after being evacuated from their damaged home in Flete.

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Six earthquakes rattle parts of San Diego, California

U.S. Geological Survey map shows the location of the six earthquakes in the Salton Sea.
A series of six earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.8 to 4.1 rattled the Imperial County city of Calipatria and were felt in the San Diego area Wednesday night.

All the earthquakes occurred near the southern edge of the Salton Sea. The strongest, a magnitude-4.1, occurred at 8:15 p.m., about 10 miles northwest of Westmorland.

The first earthquake was reported at 8:18 p.m., and the last at 10:06 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter for five of the six earthquakes was about eight miles north north-west of Calipatria.

The magnitude-4.1, which occurred at a depth of five-eighths of a mile, was felt in parts of San Diego, La Mesa and Alpine, U-T San Diego reported.

Two of the earthquakes had a magnitude of 3.3. The first, at 8:51 p.m., occurred at a depth of 1.8 miles, and the second, at 10:06 p.m., was at ground level, according to the USGS.

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.9 - 184km W of Lata, Solomon Islands

  1. 2015-05-20 22:48:54 (UTC)
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  1. 184km (114mi) W of Lata, Solomon Islands
  2. 487km (303mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
  3. 609km (378mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  4. 881km (547mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
  5. 1079km (670mi) ESE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
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USGS: Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Northwest of Tonga

  1. 2015-05-20 00:30:51 (UTC)
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  1. 128km (80mi) WNW of Pangai, Tonga
  2. 204km (127mi) N of Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  3. 632km (393mi) ESE of Lambasa, Fiji
  4. 655km (407mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji
  5. 722km (449mi) SSW of Apia, Samoa

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.7 - Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

  1. 2015-05-19 15:25:21 (UTC)
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  1. 2144km (1332mi) N of Siple, Mount, Antarctica
  2. 3892km (2418mi) WSW of Puerto Natales, Chile
  3. 3912km (2431mi) WSW of Punta Arenas, Chile
  4. 3983km (2475mi) WSW of Ushuaia, Argentina
  5. 3257km (2024mi) S of Adamstown, Pitcairn
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Scientists: Series of earthquakes could signal new eruptions at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

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A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world's most active volcanos.

A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island had risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion. But in the past few days, the pool of molten rock began sinking, and the surface of the lava lake fell nearly 500 feet.

Meanwhile, a rash of earthquakes rattled the volcano with as many as 20 to 25 quakes per hour, and scientists' tilt meters detected that the ground was deforming.

"Clearly the lava, by dropping out of sight, it has to be going somewhere," said Steven Brantley, deputy scientist in charge of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory of the U.S. Geological Survey.

One possibility is that a new lava eruption could break through the surface of the mountain, Brantley said.

Right now, there are two active eruptions on Kilauea. One is the eruption spewing into the lava lake in the Halemaumau Crater, which is visible in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The other is Puu Oo vent, in Kilauea's east rift zone, which sent fingers of lava toward the town of Pahoa before stopping outside a shopping center last year.

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Fresh tremors in Nepal as 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Kathmandu

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A collapsed house during a landslide after Tuesday's earthquake at Singati Village in Nepal

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has struck in Nepal, sending tremors across Bihar and parts of northern India

Buildings shook throughout the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar regions on Saturday, as the the US Geological Survey recorded a "shallow quake" about 76 km east south east of the capital Kathmandu.

Centering on Nepal, the quake is the third so far this month and lead to fresh panic among those trying to rebuild after an earthquake killed 8,000 people in April and leveled more than 250,000 homes throughout the region.

There has been no reports yet of deaths from this most recent quake, though at least 17 people are thought to have been killed in northern India.

Some 117 persons were killed, and more than 1000 were injured, when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on May 12.

The quake shook neighbouring countries including India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.



4.6 earthquake rocks central New Zealand


The Upper South Island and Wellington were rattled by the quake.
A strong earthquake measuring 4.6 has hit Marlborough.

GeoNet is reporting it was located 5km south east of Seddon, south of Blenheim followed by a 3.3 located 30km east of Turangi.

The quakes hit shortly after 5.30pm.

Chris Sutherland was enjoying a pint in Paddy Barry's pub in Blenheim when he felt the jolts.

"I was sitting on a bar stool and it rocked a bit and the drinks on the table moved a little bit. Luckily my drink wasn't spilled. If it had I would have licked it off the table."

Pam Tawhara said it knocked over her cuppa and she had to hold onto her desk and computer.

"It took years off my life."

Jodi Cane from Seddon said it "felt like a train coming though our lounge, quite a shake."

Robyn Thomson said her car parked in Springlands in Blenheim rocked as a result of the jolts.

Wendy Gibson described it as a "rumbling jolt".

A St John spokesman said there were no reports of injuries or damage.

A Marlborough District Council spokeswoman said it was "no biggie" and there had been no reports of buildings damaged.