Bizarro Earth

Powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia

A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, prompting villagers to flee to higher ground, but officials said a tsunami was unlikely.There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.8 quake hit about 161 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Ternate, the provincial capital of North Maluku, and was centered 41 kilometers (25 miles) below the seabed. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said based on historical records the quake was not sufficient to trigger a tsunami.

George Rajaloa, a resident of Ternate, said by telephone that many people ran out of their homes and away from coastal areas out of fear that there would be a tsunami.

USGS data
Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8 - 160km NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Ternate Quake_261114
Event Time
2014-11-26 14:33:43 UTC
2014-11-26 22:33:43 UTC+08:00 at epicenter

1.975°N 126.546°E depth=41.1km (25.5mi)

Nearby Cities
160km (99mi) NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
161km (100mi) NW of Ternate, Indonesia
162km (101mi) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia
165km (103mi) W of Tobelo, Indonesia
1061km (659mi) SW of Koror Town, Palau

Scientific Data
Arrow Down

Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake

© AP Photo/Kyodo News
This aerial photo shows collapsed houses after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano prefecture, central Japan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook on Saturday night the mountainous area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroying more than half a dozen homes in the ski resort town.
The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought.

A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said.

The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude and depth from initial estimates. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

Ryo Nishino, a restaurant owner in Hakuba, a ski resort village west of Nagano, told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he had "never experienced a quake that shook so hard. The sideways shaking was enormous." He said he was in the restaurant's wine cellar when the quake struck, and that nothing broke there.
Bizarro Earth

Strong quake in west China kills 5; 54 hurt

© AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Guoqian
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, locals stand outside after a quake hit Kangding County in Sichuan Province, China Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.
A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least five people and injured 54 others, officials said Sunday. The injured included schoolchildren in a stampede.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the county of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's seismological agency put the magnitude at 6.3.

One person was also missing as of Sunday afternoon, according to a statement from the Ganzi prefecture government, which oversees Kangding.

The four dead included a woman in her 70s who was struck by a falling window pane, the official Xinhua News Agency and state broadcaster CCTV said, citing Chen Yunbing, a doctor at the region's Ganzi People's Hospital.
Bizarro Earth

Earthquake magnitude 5.6 strikes Romania - strongest of the year

An earthquake with the magnitude of 5.6 degrees on the Richter scale took place in the Vrancea seismic area in Romania on Saturday evening, shortly after 9:00 PM. The depth of the quake was 40 kilometres, which is why it was felt quite strongly around the epicentre.

The earthquake was felt in the capital Bucharest, as well as in other cities in the Muntenia, Moldova, and Dobrogea regions - South, North and East. It was felt for more than 30 seconds, according unofficial estimates. This was one of the strongest earthquakes felt in Romania in recent years and also the strongest this year. The previous stronger earhquake was felt in Romania on October 6, 2013. That one was 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale.

USGS data
Bizarro Earth

Earthquake rocks Japan hours after deadly Chinese quake

Omachi Quake_221114
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked central Japan early on Saturday night and was even felt in Tokyo. This earthquake came only several hours after a deadly earthquake rocked southwestern China late Saturday afternoon.

The first earthquake struck near the town of Kangding in Sichuan Province. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake having a magnitude of 5.9. The China's Xinhua New Agency reports one person killed after being hit on the head with falling debris. Another 15 were injured.

Just over 4 hours later, another earthquake struck central Japan at 10:08 p.m. local time Saturday (8:08 a.m. EST) about 16 km (10 miles) north-northeast at Omachi, Japan, according to the USGS.
Bizarro Earth

6 volcanic quakes at Philippines' Mayon Volcano in the last 24 hrs

Mayon volcano
At least six volcanic quakes were recorded at restive Mayon Volcano in the last 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Saturday. In its 8 a.m. update, Phivolcs also recorded an emission of white "moderate to voluminous" steam plumes that drifted west-southwest, west-northwest, northeast, and southeast. Also, it recorded a crater glow at Intensity I Friday night.

Phivolcs said Mayon's alert level remains at 3, meaning an eruption is still likely within weeks. More than 12,000 families were evacuated from their homes in Mayon's danger zone since mid-September, when Phivolcs raised the alert level at Mayon to 3.
Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Sichuan province in China

earthquake sichuan province

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes remote region of Sichuan province
An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit a remote part of China's southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with one death reported so far, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The quake struck more than 40 km from Kangding town at 4:55 p.m., at a depth of about 18 km, according to information from the China Earthquakes Network Centre.

The quake caused buildings to shake violently and an elderly woman was killed after being hit by broken glass.

Residents of Chengdu, the provincial capital, also felt the quake strongly.

Earthquakes frequently strike in China's southwest. A quake in Sichuan province in 2008 killed almost 70,000 people.
Bizarro Earth

Central Japan hit by 6.8-magnitude earthquake

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit central Japan at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres, Japan's Meteorological Agency reports. No tsunami warning has been issued.

The quake struck at 22:08 local time (13:08 GMT) and was centered in the Nagano Prefecture on the main island of Honshu, about 16 kilometers northeast of the city of Omachi.

An official from the village of Ogawa, near the epicenter of the quake, told Japan's NHK broadcaster that the residents felt a long shake and saw documents falling off the shelves.
Magnitude 6.8 Intensity 6- earthquake 22:08 Nov-22 JST at Nagano-ken Hokubu (36.7N/137.9E) Depth 10 km #earthquake

- Japan Earthquake (@jEarthquake) November 22, 2014
The authorities from Nagano Prefecture haven't reported any casualties or damage yet.

According to the USGS, the quake was registered at a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale.

- ニュースな話題つぶやき@移転作業 (@new_2_twit) November 22, 2014
The tremor was felt as far away as the capital, Tokyo, which is about 170 kilometers northwest of the epicenter. The JMA said there was no direct threat of a tsunami after the quake. The cities of Hotaka and Suzaka, also in Nagano Prefecture, are also in proximity of the tremors - 33 and 36 kilometers away, respectively.

A second major earthquake off Indonesia this week: Magnitude 6.9

A shallow 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck at sea 96 miles northwest of Ternate in the Indonesian Moluccas on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There was no threat of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The quake was only 6.2 miles deep.

A 7.3 quake was recorded off the Moluccas on Saturday, causing residents near the quake to flee their homes.

Indonesia is located inside the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire," a seismically active zone where different plates of the earth's crust meet and create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes.

(Reporting by Nick Macfie; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

Comment: The 7.3 earthquake that struck off Indonesia on Saturday is reported here. It looks like the Pacific Ring of Fire is becoming increasingly more active once again.