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Scientists closely monitor underwater volcano off Hawaii after rare earthquake swarm

Big Island earthquake swarm
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Volcanologists are keeping a close eye on their instruments after a rare earthquake swarm off the Big Island the past two days.

Twenty miles off the southeast coast of the Big Island, Hawaii's newest volcano rises 10,000 feet from the ocean floor with its summit about 3,000 feet under the surface.

When Loihi starts shaking, scientists pay attention.

"Think of it as a younger version of Kilauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes," said David Phillips, deputy scientist in charge at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Phillips said there's no significant hazard at the moment, but at one point HVO recorded 14 earthquakes per hour on the Loihi Seamount.

"The peak did take place yesterday afternoon, whether it continues to subside or come back is hard to say," Phillips said.

On a seismogram, more than a hundred temblors struck in the 2- to 3-magnitude range, suggesting magma is on the move.


6.6-magnitude quake hits 169 km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted 169 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands at 22:41:15 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 125.0 km, was initially determined to be at 12.1 degrees south latitude and 166.5 degrees east longitude.


M3.3 earthquake hits Rome as city emerges from lockdown

Fonte Nuova

An earthquake of magnitude 3.3 struck Fonte Nuova, 10 miles north of the Italian capital, at 5.03am on Monday - prompting calls to fire services but no reports of injuries or damage
A mild earthquake shook Rome on Monday morning as the city tries to adjust to life following coronavirus lockdown.

The quake had a magnitude of 3.3 and struck at 5.03am with an epicentre in Fonte Nuova, a small town around 10 miles outside the capital.

Firefighters said they had received numerous inquiries from people who had been shaken awake, but no reports of damage or injuries.

Residents reported hearing a loud roaring noise for around 30 seconds just before the shaking started, sending people scrambling into the streets.

'People woke up, screams of fright were heard from our building,' a man identified only as Fayruj told Italian news site AGI.

Comment: Just two weeks ago in Rome: Sinkhole opens up at Pantheon


Iranians spill into the streets after 5.1 earthquake centering on sleeping volcano hits Tehran

Mount Damavand, Iran
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Mount Damavand, Iran
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has jolted an area in northern Iran, home to a sleeping volcano, forcing panicked residents in and around Tehran to rush onto the streets despite the Covid-19 lockdown.

The quake sent ripples across Iran's north shortly after midnight local time on Friday, striking at a shallow depth of just 7 km, less than 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the city of Damavand. The city is located close to Mount Damavand, the second-highest volcano in Asia.

The dormant volcano sits some 70 km (43 mi) north-east of the Iranian capital Tehran, where locals reported moderate to severe shaking from the Friday morning tremor.

Photos and videos have emerged on social media showing residents flooding the streets in the aftermath of the quake.

Iranian emergency services said that at least two people died and 13 were injured in the ensuing chaos.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits east of Papua New Guinea

earthquake graph
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An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude jolted 186 km east of Taron, Papua New Guinea at 11:21:19 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 466.17 km, was initially determined to be at 4.4543 degrees south latitude and 154.7127 degrees east longitude.


Powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes Indonesia

A powerful earthquake shook islands in eastern Indonesia on Wednesday evening, but no damage or injuries were expected.

The quake measured a preliminary magnitude 6.8 and was centered below the sea at a depth of 107 kilometers (67 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was located 205 kilometers (128 miles) northwest of the nearest city, Saumlaki, it said.

The earthquake triggered moderate shaking and was unlikely to cause injuries or economic losses, USGS said.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 260 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

Source: AP


Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Date & time: Sunday, 3 May 2020 11:54 UTC
Magnitude: 6.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.33°N / 128.77°E (Japan)
Nearest volcano: Kuroshima (128 km)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 6.3*10^13 J (17.5 GWh / 15080 tons of TNT / 0.9 atomic bombs equivalent) [learn more]


Earthquake of 5.5 magnitude rattles Puerto Rico, damages buildings

Rubble litters a street in Puerto Rico after Saturday's temblor.

Rubble litters a street in Puerto Rico after Saturday's temblor.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the waters of southern Puerto Rico early Saturday, rattling the city of Ponce, according to the US Geological Survey.

Other earthquakes ranging from 3.4 to 4.9 on the Richter scale have hit the same area.

No tsunami advisory has been issued.

Ponce Mayor Maria "Mayita" Melendez said several buildings were damaged.

Officials are assessing the quake's effects and checking on citizens, she said.

The Electric Energy Authority tweeted that its EcoElectrica power plant was offline, but crews were working to restore service. It was not clear how many residents had lost power.


6.5 magnitude earthquake shakes the island of Crete

An earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale, jolted the Greek island of Crete this afternoon.

Its epicentre was 118 kilometres south of Ierapetra at the depth of 10 km.

Ierapetra is a town on the south coast of Crete.

According to reports, the quake was felt in Heraklion and Lassithi.

It is not yet known the level of damage or injuries on the island.


Reflected tsunamis and space weather

Ionospheric disturbances over Japan on March 11, 2011.

Ionospheric disturbances over Japan on March 11, 2011.
When the Earth trembles, even the edge of space moves. Researchers have known for decades that earthquakes and tsunamis send waves of air pressure to the very top of Earth's atmosphere. Up there, in the ionosphere, the waves scramble GPS signals and interfere with radio communications much like solar flares do. Earthquakes, it turns out, can mimic space weather.

A new paper published in the research journal Space Weather shows that earthquakes and tsunamis may, in fact, affect the ionosphere much more than previously thought.

"On 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, unleashing a savage tsunami as well as unprecedented ripples at the space‐atmosphere interaction region," report the authors, led by Min-Yang Chou of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, CO.

Using satellites and ground-based GPS receivers, Chou and colleagues took a close look at what happened to the ionosphere over Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake. As expected, it was disturbed. Surprisingly, though, the ionospheric disturbances didn't peter out after the initial quake and tsunami; they kept going for many more hours.

The reason: Reflected tsunamis.

Comment: Massive Japan Earthquake Altered Earth's Gravity