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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Earthquake Location
Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 12:22:15 UTC

Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 07:22:15 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

14.339°N, 92.364°W

35.5 km (22.1 miles)


26 km (16 miles) SW of Ocos, Guatemala

28 km (17 miles) SSW of Suchiate, Mexico

43 km (26 miles) SSW of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala

63 km (39 miles) S of Tapachula, Mexico

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Landslides in Nepal leave potato farmers in jeopardy

Dhunche - A huge quantity of potato produce has been stranded on the way to market due to road disruption after landslide.

Farmers belonging to Gatlang of Northern Rasuwa are facing trouble to supply the vegetable item with no smooth traffic.

A total of 300,000 kgs of potato harvested by 284 farmers has been left behind due to landslide-triggered traffic blockage, said Mi Lama of Gatlang.

The landslides that took place in Ramche and Mulkharka area have put the supply of potato produce worth Rs 6.5 million on hold, said farmers.

The aggrieved farmers further said the road obstruction has hit them hard as potato sale is the only source of income to meet daily household expenses and education for children.


Global volcano activity report: July 28, 2012

This (almost) daily post intends to follow up the activity changes of volcanoes all over the world.

This post is written by geologist Richard Wilson who specializes in Volcano seismicity and Armand Vervaeck. Please feel free to tell us about new or changed activity if we haven't written about it.

July 28, 2012 volcano activity

Surface activity has been subdued the past week at Popocatepetl (Mexico) with an average of only one exhalation per hour the past few days, versus 3-4 per hour during periods the past month. Tremor is barely visible on the Popo seismogram this morning. A software "glitch is producing the repeating pattern from 20 UTC onward.

In Guatemala, volcanic tremor is elevated this morning at Fuego volcano. Perhaps we will see another outburst similar to those affecting the volcano through most of this spring and summer in the near future. (station FG3)

At nearby Santa Maria volcano, seismic signals indicative of small explosions and/or pyroclastic flows are visible on station STG3 this morning.

Satellite imagery this morning shows weak plumes of SO2 eminating from Masaya volcano (Nicaragua) and a slightly stronger one over Rincon De La Vieja volcano (Costa Rica).

Weak volcanic tremor is apparent on the Masaya seismogram, but it is not any stronger than "normal" tremor levels at the volcano. (station MASN)

Popocatepetl, Mexico - webcam image at night

Comment: For graphs and charts with data on each volcano reported, go to original article here.


Earthquake swarm on Tjörnes Fracture Zone and around Þeistareykir volcano, Iceland

Earthquake east of Grímsey Island

Earthquake with the magnitude of ML3.5 (estimate) did take place at 19:48 UTC. This is normal tectonic activity for this area. But this area of Iceland has the most earthquake activity most of the year.
© Iceland Meteorological Office
Earthquake activity in TFZ.

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Tornado touched down in Potter County, Pennsylvania

Meteorologists have confirmed a tornado touched down in northern Pennsylvania during powerful storms that knocked out power to thousands statewide.

The National Weather Service says a twister with winds of 80 mph touched down Thursday afternoon near Coudersport, Potter County.

Later that night, authorities say a woman was killed by a falling tree. The Potter County coroner says 66-year-old Linda Button died in Genesee Township, about 150 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

First Energy Corp. reports that about 24,000 customers in western and northern Pennsylvania still were without power Friday night. Numbers had been much higher earlier in the day.

The high winds tore the roof off a volunteer fire hall in Butler County. In Cambria County, WJAC-TV in Johnstown had its Thursday evening newscast knocked off the air by lightning.


Magnitude 6 earthquake rocks north-east India, Myanmar

An earthquake of moderate intensity shook Meghalaya, Assam and some other north-east states today but there was no report of any casualty or damage to property. The quake, which had a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit the region at around 7:51 am and the epicentre was located 70 km underneath the earth's crust in Myanmar, officials at the Seismological Survey of India said.

The officials said the quake was of "moderate" intensity and all major towns in the region felt the tremor.

Earlier this month, tremor having a magnitude of 5.4 and 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit the region with their epicentres located in Phek and Nagaland region of Nagaland respectively.

Sunday's tremor was also felt in Itanagar, Guwahati, Agartala besides Kohima and Imphal.

Police said there was no report of any casualty or damage to property in Meghalaya.

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Floods Kill 88, Cause Major Damage in North Korea

North Korea says torrential rains spawned by a typhoon have caused at least 88 deaths and 134 injuries, and have left thousands homeless.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday that more than 5,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and nearly 63,000 people were left homeless by flooding that began on July 18. About 4,800 hectares of cropland were washed away when typhoon Khanun swept through North Korea on July 23 and 24.

The KCNA warned of more heavy rains on Sunday and Monday.

A recent U.N. report said that two-thirds of North Korea's 24 million people face chronic food shortages. Analysts say the latest flooding could make matters worse, since it came on the tail-end of a drought.

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Sinkhole forces residents of Allentown, Pennsylvania to evacuate

Residents could be out of their homes for days or even weeks

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Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts again, over 600 eruptions so far this year

Mount Sakurajima erupts in south Japan on Tuesday, spewing ash onto Kagoshima City. Severe ash on the road delayed public transport. Residents wore face masks to protect themselves from the volcanic ash and also helped with the clean-up. It has erupted more than 600 times this year and is one of Japan's most active volcanoes.


Strong quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, does not generate tsunami


Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New guinea in the South Pacific but did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami, officials said this morning.

The magnitude 6.6 quake struck 19 miles south-southeast of Taron, Papua New Guinea at a depth of more than 40 miles about 6:04 a.m. Sunday (10:04 a.m. Saturday, Hawaii time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said that while no Pacific-wide tsunami was generated, earthquakes of this size can produce locally destructive tsunamis near the epicenter.