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Extreme weather displaced a record seven million in first half of 2019

Stranded passengers in a railway station in Kolkata, India, in May after trains were canceled because of Cyclone Fani
© Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Stranded passengers in a railway station in Kolkata, India, in May after trains were canceled because of Cyclone Fani.

Up to 22m people are estimated to be displaced by the end of the year

A record seven million people were displaced by disasters in the first half of 2019, suggesting that mass displacement due to extreme weather events is "becoming the norm," according to a new report.

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, which uses data from governments, United Nations humanitarian agencies, and media coverage to create its reports, concluded that nearly twice as many people were displaced in the first half of the year by weather events than by conflict and violence. The report was compiled before Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas - the numbers affected by that storm are still unclear.

IDMC estimates that the number of new displacements associated with weather events will reach 22m by the end of the year, more than tripling the current number, and making 2019 one of the worst years for climate displacement since records began.

Comment: Watch SOTT's monthly Earth Changes Summary for extreme weather events that are occurring worldwide these days.


Six earthquakes in five days reported near Cherokee, North Carolina

Earthquakes in Cherokee, NC
One area of the North Carolina mountains has had six small earthquakes in five days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quakes have all been within a couple miles of each other near Cherokee, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains, the USGS earthquake monitoring system shows. None of the earthquakes caused damage or injuries, USGS said.

The biggest quake was a 2.5 magnitude temblor around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday about 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee, according to the USGS.
  • Sept. 7, 8:14 p.m.: 1.9 magnitude, 5 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 4:21 a.m.: 1.4 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 3:08 p.m.: 2.0 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 8:13 p.m.: 2.3 magnitude, 3.7 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:03 p.m.: 2.5 magnitude, 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:14 p.m.: 2.1 magnitude, 3.7 miles south-southwest of Cherokee


Earthquake hits southwest China - 1 dead

5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Weiyuan county of Neijiang city in Southwest China's Sichuan province at 6:42 am Sunday.
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5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Weiyuan county of Neijiang city in Southwest China's Sichuan province at 6:42 am Sunday.
A moderate earthquake struck China's mountainous southwest on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring 63.

The magnitude 5.4 quake struck Neijiang, a city in Sichuan province, at 6:42 am, the government earthquake monitor reported.

At least 132 houses collapsed and more than 5,000 were damaged, according to a city government statement. It said 2,417 people were relocated.


Shallow magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes off Oregon coast - second in a week

The quake 192 miles off the coast was at a depth of about 7.5 miles. It follows a 6.3 earthquake off the southern Oregon coast a week ago.

According to the latest news reports, at around 8 a.m. a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck 177 miles west-northwest of Bandon, Oregon. Also reported was a 3.7 magnitude quake shortly before, detected around 7:25 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Comment: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off coast of Oregon


No tsunami threat after 6.7 earthquake near Fiji

graphic adapted from USGS interactive map
Graphic adapted from USGS interactive map
A Magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck in the vicinity of Fiji this morning, but a tsunami was not generated, emergency officials say.

The quake occurred 213 miles southeast of Levuka, Fiji at 5:54 a.m. HST, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense issued a message at 6:30 a.m., saying that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirmed there is no tsunami threat to the Island and State of Hawaiʻi.

A Civil Defense radio message was also distributed.


Alaska hit with shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake, felt in capital city

Alaska earthquake
© Loren Holmes/Alaska Dispatch News/AP
The Alaska Earthquake Center reports that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit southern Alaska. It was felt by people in the state's capital Juneau.

The center says the earthquake hit at 8:32 p.m. Saturday and had an epicenter 43 miles (70 kilometers) west of Klukwan, a village of about 95 people. The earthquake had a depth of less than a mile (about 1 kilometer.)

Several Juneau residents reported on social media that they felt the quake. One person tweeted: "Juneau just had an earthquake... I actually felt it. My bed was literally moving."

There were no reports of significant damage.

The last big earthquake to hit Alaska took place on Nov. 30, when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck near Anchorage.

Comment: See also: The really big one: The next full Cascadia rupture will spell the worst natural disaster in North American history


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes off coast of Oregon

eathquake oregon august 2019

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Oregon
The state of Oregon is located near a 700-mile-long fault known as the Cascadia subduction zone, making the area prone to earthquakes.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck 284 kilometres northwest of Brandon, Oregon at 15:07:58 on Thursday at a depth of 5.4-kilometres, the United States Geological Survey reported.


6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan's Aomori Prefecture

earthquake graph
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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 struck off the eastern coast of Aomori Prefecture, the northernmost prefecture on Japan's main island Honshu, the weather agency here said Thursday.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor, which has not resulted in a tsunami warning being issued, occurred at 8:46 a.m. local time and was centered off the coast of Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan, with its epicenter located at a latitude of 41.0 degrees north and longitude of 143.1 degrees east.

The quake occurred at a depth of 10 km, the agency also said.

The earthquake logged 3 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in some areas of Aomori Prefecture, the JMA said, as well as in the prefectures of Hokkaido and Iwate.

There have been no reports so far of major damage or injuries as a result of the offshore quake, and no tsunami warning has been issued by the JMA.

Japan's nuclear watchdog has not reported any abnormalities at any nuclear power stations in the affected regions.


6.6-magnitude earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands

Earthquake seismograph
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted 130km south of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands at 2355 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 24.5 km, was initially determined to be at 60.2088 degrees south latitude and 26.5327 degrees west longitude.


'Huge tremor' shakes houses in latest fracking induced quake in Blackpool, UK

fracking blackpool
© PA
Blackpool and the surrounding areas have been hit by a tremor that was big enough to wake people up
Multiple Twitter users have been reporting the quake, which they said occurred at 8.30am, with unconfirmed reports suggesting a magnitude of 2.9.

One said: "Just felt serious earthquake in Marton, Blackpool, about 08.30 hrs.

"The bed and house shook for a couple of seconds. Never experienced anything like that before."

Another added: "8:31 this morning. Bed and wardrobe literally shaking.

"Many reports of earthquake from friends in wide area covering Ansdell, St Annes, Central Blackpool, Kirkham, Staining."

Comment: This is just the latest in a surge of quakes and tremors in the UK directly correlated with fracking: