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Tonga: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - 12th March

Tonga Quake_120311
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 01:19:07 UTC

Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 02:19:07 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
16.727°S, 173.174°W

Depth:
10.9 km (6.8 miles)

Region:
TONGA

Distances:
106 km (65 miles) SE of Hihifo, Tonga

229 km (142 miles) NNE of Neiafu, Tonga

355 km (220 miles) SSW of APIA, Samoa

2528 km (1570 miles) W of Auckland, New Zealand

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Japan's quake shifts earth's axis by 25 centimetres

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Initial results out of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology show that the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled Japan Friday shifted the earth's rotation axis by about 25 centimetres.

INGV's report, which came hours after the devastating incident, is equivalent to "very, very tiny" changes that won't be seen for centuries, though, Canadian geologists say.

Only after centuries would a second be lost as each day is shortened by a millionth of a second, according to University of Toronto geology professor Andrew Miall.

"Ten inches sounds like quite a lot when you hold a ruler in front of you. But if you think of it in terms of the earth as a whole, it's absolutely tiny; it's minute," he said.

"It's going to make minute changes to the length of a day. It could make very, very tiny changes to the tilt of the earth, which affects the seasons, but these effects are so small, it'd take very precise satellite navigation to pick it up."

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Three volcanoes erupt almost at the same time after Japan Earthquake

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Two volcanoes in Eastern Russia , Kamchatka and one other in Indonesia, have erupted around the same time as the Japan 8.9-magnitude Earthquake on Friday.

Meteorologist Kevin Martin is the lead scientist here at TheWeatherSpace.com and explains in his own way what may actually be happening.

"Waves from the Earthquake have been ringing the planet like bell, causing stress in all sections of the planet", Martin said. "Imagine a calm magma chamber that just needs one push, even if a few feet. This would be enough to cause instability in the chambers, causing volcanic eruptions in various locations. These three eruptions will not be the only mountains to go and other quakes worldwide will follow as the worldwide faults get disturbed.

Life Preserver

Massive 8.9 magnitude quake hits northeast Japan, triggering ten-metre tsunami sweeping away everything in its path


A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake has hit the northeast coast of Japan and triggered a tsunami warning across the Pacific Ocean.

There have been several strong aftershocks and a ten-metre tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo.

Japanese media have reported at least 32 deaths and many injuries, with fires breaking out from Sendai city in northern Japan to Tokyo.

Two people have reportedly been killed by a collapsing ceiling at a Honda factory in Tochigi.

There are major fires at an oil refinery and steel plant in Chiba, east of Tokyo. Dozens of storage tanks are under threat at the refinery.

Comment: The Guardian has released this footage of Japanese MPs in session when the earthquake struck:




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Powerful earthquakes hit Japan - tsunami warnings issued across Pacific region

Strongest quake, measuring magnitude 8.9, triggers 10 metre-high tsunami that sweeps away homes, vehicles and crops


A series of massive earthquakes have struck north-east Japan, unleashing a 10-metre tsunami that swept buildings, vehicles, crops and debris across swaths of farmland.

The first 8.9 magnitude shock is said to be the biggest to have hit Japan in 140 years, rocking buildings 235 miles (380km) away in Tokyo and sparking fires.

At least five people are known to have died, but amid widespread reports of landslides, floods, collapsed buildings and fires the death toll is expected to rise.

The quake hit at 2.46pm (5.45am GMT), about 6 miles below sea level and 78 miles off the east coast. It was swiftly followed by five powerful aftershocks of up to 7.1 magnitude.

Attention

Massive 8.9-magnitude quake hits Japan - Eastern coastline inundated by multiple tsunamis

CNN's Ivan Cabrera reports as a powerful earthquake triggers tsunami waves off the coast of Japan.


Comment: Japanese state TV footage of the tsunami washing way inland:

Japanese Earthquake / Tsunami TV Coverage March 11, 2011





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Japan: Earthquake Magnitude 8.9 - Near The Coast of Honshu

Honshu Quake_110311
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 02:46:23 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
38.322°N, 142.369°E

Depth:
24.4 km (15.2 miles) set by location program

Region:
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Distances:
130 km (80 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan

178 km (110 miles) E of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan

178 km (110 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan

373 km (231 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan

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China Earthquake: Deadly Temblor Kills at Least 22

An earthquake struck China's southwest region today, destroying buildings and causing at least 22 deaths.

Chinese officials said the temblor, which hit while many people were taking their customary afternoon rest, had a magnitude of 5.8 and was centered on Yunnan province's Yingjiang county. (The U.S. Geological Survey, however, reported that it was a 5.4-magnitude quake.)

Here's a short news report:

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Indonesia: Earthquake Magnitude 6.5 - Bali Sea

Bali Sea Quake_100311
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 17:08:36 UTC

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 01:08:36 AM at epicenter

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Location:
6.895°S, 116.787°E

Depth:
510 km (316.9 miles)

Region:
BALI SEA

Distances:
200 km (124 miles) NNE of Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia

259 km (160 miles) NE of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

986 km (612 miles) W of DILI, Timor-Leste

1105 km (686 miles) E of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

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Papua New Guinea: Earthquake Magnitude 6.5 - New Britain Region

PNG Quake_090311
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 21:24:51 UTC

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:24:51 AM at epicenter

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Location:
6.022°S, 149.659°E

Depth:
29 km (18.0 miles)

Region:
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Distances:
27 km (17 miles) NNE (31°) from Kandrian, New Britain, PNG

305 km (189 miles) ENE (75°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG

341 km (212 miles) NNE (27°) from Popondetta, New Guinea, PNG

469 km (292 miles) NE (35°) from PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea