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6.3 magnitude earthquake hits central Italy northeast of Rome

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© USGS
An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked central Italy on Monday and was felt in the capital Rome, but there was no immediate word of any casualties.

Some residents in the city of l'Aquila, east of Rome in the mountainous Abruzzo region, ran out into the streets and there were reports of wide cracks in some homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake, which struck at about 3.35 a.m. (0135 GMT), was believed to be some 53 miles northeast of Rome. It initially put the scale of the quake at 6.7 but later lowered it 6.3.

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Virgin Islands Region: Earthquake Magnitude 4.5

Date-Time

* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 17:37:57 UTC
* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 01:37:57 PM at epicenter

Location 19.327°N, 65.104°W

Depth
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© USGS
30 km (18.6 miles)

Region VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

Distances

* 106 km (66 miles) NW (309°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands

* 108 km (67 miles) NNW (337°) from Little Harbour, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

* 110 km (68 miles) N (351°) from CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands

* 138 km (86 miles) NE (42°) from Carolina, PR

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Guatemala: Earthquake Magnitude 4.6

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© USGS
Date-Time

* Saturday, April 04, 2009 at 20:55:55 UTC

* Saturday, April 04, 2009 at 02:55:55 PM at epicenter

Location 14.382°N, 90.192°W

Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

Distances 45 km (30 miles) SE of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala

80 km (50 miles) WNW of Santa Ana, El Salvador

120 km (75 miles) S of Coban, Guatemala

1110 km (690 miles) ESE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico

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US: Odd "Earthquakes" Near Milledgeville, Georgia

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, around 4:45 pm there was a 3.1 magnitude earthquake about 7 miles northeast of Milledgeville and 14 miles Southeast of Eatonton.

Ten minutes later, the USGS reports a smaller 2.2 magnitude earthquake about 14 miles from Milledgeville and 12 miles from Eatonton.

Viewers tell FOX 24 News that they heard an explosion and felt the ground shake.

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Italy: Earthquake Magnitude 4.6

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© USGS
Date-Time

* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 20:20:52 UTC
* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 10:20:52 PM at epicenter

Location 44.355°N, 11.979°E

Depth 6.4 km (4.0 miles) (poorly constrained)

Region: Northern Italy

Distances 55 km (35 miles) ESE of Bologna, Italy

60 km (35 miles) NW of Rimini, Italy

60 km (40 miles) NW of SAN MARINO

280 km (175 miles) N of ROME, Italy

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Queensland Flood Warnings Issued by Australia's Weather Agency

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology is warning residents of southeastern Queensland, including the state capital Brisbane, of severe weather, including heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding.

Flood warnings have been issued for the Noosa River and Sunshine Coast streams, the Mary River and Six Mile Creek, the bureau said on its Web site. Heavy rains have been recorded in the area for several days.

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Collapse of the Ice Bridge Supporting Wilkins Ice Shelf Appears Imminent

Wilkins ice bridge rift
© ESA
New rifts detected on ice bridge
The Wilkins Ice Shelf is at risk of partly breaking away from the Antarctic Peninsula as the ice bridge that connects it to Charcot and Latady Islands looks set to collapse. The beginning of what appears to be the demise of the ice bridge began this week when new rifts forming along its centre axis resulted in a large block of ice breaking away.

The Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) images acquired on 2 April by ESA's Envisat satellite confirm that the rifts are quickly expanding along the ice bridge. Dr Angelika Humbert from the Institute of Geophysics, Münster University, and Dr Matthias Braun from the Center for Remote Sensing, University of Bonn, witnessed the recent development during their daily monitoring activities of the ice sheet using data from Envisat and the German Aerospace Center's TerraSAR-X satellite.

Comment:
graphic of antarctica & wilson ice shelf
© NASA image by Robert Simmon, based on data from Joey Comiso
Between 1981 and 2007, most of Antarctica warmed. Portions of West Antarctica experienced an especially rapid rise in temperature.
Interesting there's no mention of the very possible and natural explanation for West Antarctica's warming - a volcano., In 2008, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey reported a layer of volcanic ash and glass shards frozen within an ice sheet in western Antarctica. The volcano punched a hole right through due to its heat and force.

For a more indepth analysis of the anomalous warming/cooling of Antarctica, see here

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5.6 Earthquake Jolts Central Japan

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© USGS
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 jolted Kyushu in southern Japan on Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The focus of the quake, which occurred at 6:36 p.m., was some 30 km underground in the Hyuganada region of Kyushu. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

No tsunami warning was issued.

The quake registered 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the city of Miyazaki and 3 in neighboring areas, according to the agency.

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Evacuation ordered as Chile volcano erupts again

Llaima volcano
© Unknown
Llaima volcano
Chile's Llaima volcano, one of the most active in South America, spewed out a river of lava more than 1,100 yards long on Saturday in a fresh eruption, prompting officials to order dozens of people to evacuate.

Llaima, which lies in Chile's picturesque lake region about 435 miles south of the capital Santiago, erupted on January 1, 2008, and has belched rock and ash sporadically since then.

The lava and hot gases from the latest eruption are melting snow on the sides of the volcano, and authorities say some towns are in danger of being hit by mudslides.

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US: 3 earthquakes shake East Tennessee in 8 days

The U.S. Geological Survey says East Tennessee was struck by three small earthquakes in eight days.

A magnitude 1.0 quake hit near Madisonville on March 25. A magnitude 1.3 quake hit six miles north of Cleveland in Bradley County on March 29.

WVLT-TV reports a 1.0 magnitude quake hit Thursday at 11:02 a.m., about 12 miles southeast of Tellico Plains in the Cherokee National Forest. The epicenter originated 7.6 miles underground from a ridge near Brookshire Creek.