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Croatia's capital Zagreb rocked by 5.3M earthquake: Many buildings damaged - Strongest to hit city in 140 years


Comment: This comes less than a month after a spectacular daytime meteor fireball detonated above Croatia and Slovenia, setting off seismic monitors...


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© Antonio Bronic/Reuters
A man looks at damages at the Basilica of the Heart of Jesus, following an earthquake in Zagreb
The Croatian capital was awoken this Sunday morning by a huge earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale.

At 6.23 this morning Zagreb was rocked as the earthquake, with an epicentre seven kilometres north of the city and at a depth of ten kilometres caused havoc. Parts of the capital were left without electricity and the facades of buildings fell onto the fortunately empty streets. There is no news of any injuries or fatalities, however material damage has been reported.




Comment: Among the older buildings that were badly damaged were churches, including Zagreb's cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia - and which is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, like Notre Dame in Paris. Part of one of its two towers broke off during the quake:



Croatia's PM Andrej Plenkovic has since described this as "the strongest quake to hit Zagreb in 140 years."

RT reports that local authorities are urging citizens to get out of their homes and check on the elderly... while maintaining social distancing:
Strong quakes have struck Croatia's capital Zagreb, damaging buildings downtown, including the city's main historic cathedral. Officials urged people to leave home but keep social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zagreb's head of emergency services, Pavle Kalinic, urged people to leave their homes. "Get out of the houses and help your older neighbors," he said.

The Interior Ministry asked people who had fled their homes to maintain a "necessary distance" to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease, and to wear face masks if possible.
Welcome to full-blown Idiocracy.

We're anticipating many more earthquakes in the months ahead. When you mess with the human population's normal routines, all that energy they normally express while going about their lives has to go somewhere, so it largely goes 'into the ground'.

Now we're going to see how humans really affect the environment; not by 'polluting it with CO2', but by the impact of their collective psychic energy. And, right now, the species is in a state of worry/terror/confusion...

In line with that, Salt Lake City, Utah, received its first-ever direct-hit earthquake a few days ago:

5.7M earthquake strikes Salt Lake City - First ever to directly hit Utah's capital - Angel statue atop Mormon HQ loses its trumpet


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6.3-magnitude quake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

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A strong earthquake jolted Indonesia's holiday island of Bali early on Thursday (March 19), but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at 1.45am (1.45am Singapore time) with an epicentre 255km south of the town of Nusa Dua, the US Geological Service reported.

The epicentre was a relatively shallow 10km deep.

Source: AFP

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5.7M earthquake strikes Salt Lake City - First ever to directly hit Utah's capital - Angel statue atop Mormon HQ loses its trumpet

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© Rick Bowmer/AP
Construction workers look at the rubble from a building after an earthquake on March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City.
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, sending spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands and closing the city's airport.

The epicenter was just southwest of Salt Lake City, between the city's airport and the Great Salt Lake. The temblor and its aftershocks physically and mentally rattled approximately 2.8 million people who are already hunkered down amid the coronavirus epidemic.

There were no initial reports of injuries, said Utah Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty.

Comment: Local news at the moment of the quake:



How symbolic is this: the Angel Moroni statue atop the Mormon HQ in Salt Lake City lost its trumpet during the quake!

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© Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
The Angel Moroni statue atop the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands with its trumpet missing after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna hit on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The current statue is actually a replacement for the original one, which was destroyed by lightning in 2016!


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6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Vanuatu - USGS

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© Phil McCarten / Reuters
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of the island state of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake was registered at 03:13 UTC. The epicentre was located 97 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of the village of Sola. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 178.8 kilometres (111 miles).

There have been no reports about possible casualties or destruction.

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6.3 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-03-14 10:01:12

Depth (Hypocenter) : 30 km

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M5.2 earthquake rattles Iceland, strongest since 2013

Reykjanes peninsula
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Reykjanes peninsula
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake has rattled southwestern Iceland, the Icelandic Met Office says.

There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.

The earthquake was the largest to hit the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of the capital, since 2013.

The Met Office has recorded a lot of seismic activity there in recent weeks.

Comment: Iceland review reports:
Vísir also spoke to Njarðvík resident Karl Ottesen: "I was sitting on the sofa and everything kind of rippled." Karl told reporter Kolbeinn Tumi Daðason that his daughter, who also lives in the area, had "never felt such a powerful tremor in the region."
Just a few weeks ago visitors were warned to stay away from Iceland's Eldvörp caves due to the presence of deadly gases.


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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia just got rocked by 2 rare earthquakes in a row

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It's been a shaky couple of days for Dartmouth. A Nova Scotia earthquake rocked the region not once, but twice in the same community less than two days apart. These seismic events are not common for the region and have left some residents baffled.

At 12:24 a.m. on March 3, a 2.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Dartmouth, just east of Halifax.

According to Global News, Halifax Regional Police got multiple calls from people in the area reporting their homes shaking and sounds similar to explosions.

Nick Ackerley, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, told Global News that events like this produce seismic waves when moving through solid rock and that can create the loud sounds that people hear.

Thankfully, no injuries or property damage was reported by emergency services that responded to the calls from residents.

This event comes less than two days after another earthquake shook that exact same part of Nova Scotia.

On March 1 at 8:38 p.m., a 2.6 magnitude quake was also felt by people in Dartmouth.

Having one seismic event in the Halifax region isn't something that happens often, let alone two within 30 hours of each other.

Ackerley said that the area is pretty far from any tectonic plate edges that could be rubbing together so these earthquakes are out of the ordinary.

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Two earthquakes rock western Indonesia, scores injured, houses damaged

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Two earthquakes with magnitude of 5.8 and 4.9 jolted western part of Indonesia province on Tuesday (March 10), leaving scores of people wounded and several houses destroyed, officials said.

The latest quake struck at 9.06pm (1406 GMT) with the epicentre at 88km southeast of Enggano Island in Bengkulu province, and the depth at 48km under the seabed, said Prio Budi, an official at the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

The intensity of the quake was felt at IV MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) in Lampung province's village of Liwa, the official disclosed.

"With that strong intensity, there should be damages resulted by the jolts," he told Xinhua by phone.

Earlier, a 4.9-magnitude quake struck at 5.8pm (1018 GMT) with the epicentre at 13km northeast of Sukabumi district in West Java province and the shallow of 10km under the seabed, the official said, citing that the agency previously released a report on a 5.0-magnitude quake on the same day.

The intensity of the quake was felt at IV to V MMI in the province's areas of Ciambar, Cidahu, Kelapa Nunggal, and II to III MMI in Citeko, he said.


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Swarm of 10 earthquakes hit off Northern California coast

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A swarm of at least ten earthquakes hit off the North Coast of California from Sunday into Monday.

The largest was a 5.8 magnitude, 65 miles off the coast of Eureka around 8 p.m. Sunday.

A second quake hit around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the same area, measuring 4.9 magnitude.

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Tanimbar, Indonesia and is felt in Darwin, NT

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia sending shockwaves felt across NT

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia sending shockwaves felt across NT
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 has struck the Tanimbar region in Indonesia, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) says.

The quake on Wednesday was at a depth of 49km, according to EMSC.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia following the earthquake, which was felt in Darwin.

The Indonesia Geophysics Agency also said there was no tsunami potential from the quake.

Indonesia, which sits on the seismically active Pacific 'Ring of Fire', often suffers deadly earthquakes and tsunamis.