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Deadly 6.3 Magnitude Quake Rocks New Zealand, Topples Buildings

A strong quake hit New Zealand's second-biggest city of Christchurch on Tuesday for the second time in five months, toppling buildings, causing "multiple fatalities," trapping people beneath rubble and sparking fires.

Local TV showed bodies being pulled out of rubble strewn around the city center, though it was unclear whether any of them were alive, but police reported multiple fatalities after the 6.3 magnitude quake struck during the busy lunchtime.

"I was in the square right outside the cathedral - the whole front has fallen down and there were people running from there - there were people inside as well," said John Gurr, a camera technician who was in the center of the city when the quake hit.

"A lady grabbed hold of me to stop falling over ... It's not nice at all. We just got blown apart. Colombo Street, the main street, is just a mess ... There's lots of water everywhere, pouring out of the ground - its liquefaction - it's an absolute mess."

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Iceland: Small earthquake swarm in Krísuvík volcano

Krísuvík
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The Krísuvík volcanic system (also spelled Krysuvik) consists of a group of NE-SW-trending basaltic crater rows and small shield volcanoes cutting the central Reykjanes Peninsula west of Kleifarvatn lake. Several eruptions have taken place since the settlement of Iceland, including the eruption of a large lava flow from the Ogmundargigar crater row around the 12th century. The latest eruption at Krísuvík took place during the 14th century.
Currently there is a small earthquake swarm in Krísuvík volcano. This earthquake swarm is small and is only about 20 or so earthquakes at current time. It is impossible to know if this earthquake swarm is going to continue or grow at present time. But it is not uncommon in this area for a small earthquake swam to be a warm up for a larger one. But as always there is just a wait and see what happens in the area.

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Earthquake Magnitude 6.3 - South Island of New Zealand

Christchurch Quake_210211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 23:51:43 UTC

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:51:43 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
43.600°S, 172.710°E

Depth:
5 km (3.1 miles)

Region:
SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

Distances:
NEAR Christchurch, New Zealand

225 km (140 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand

305 km (190 miles) SSW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

310 km (190 miles) NE of Dunedin, New Zealand

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Australia: Earthquake Magnitude 4.7 - Northern Territory

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 21:59:35 UTC

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 07:29:35 AM at epicenter

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Location:
21.069°S, 135.432°E

Depth:
9.8 km (6.1 miles)

Region:
NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

Distances:
334 km (208 miles) NNE (29°) from Alice Springs, Australia

1180 km (733 miles) WSW (245°) from Cairns, Australia

1744 km (1084 miles) SE (144°) from DILI, East Timor

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Earthquake Magnitude 6.4 - South of The Fiji Islands

Fiji Quake_210211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:57:53 UTC

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:57:53 PM at epicenter

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Location:
26.083°S, 178.439°E

Depth:
561.8 km (349.1 miles)

Region:
SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS

Distances:
505 km (315 miles) NW of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

620 km (385 miles) SE of Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji

1245 km (770 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand

1725 km (1070 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

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Russia: Earthquake Magnitude 5.9 - Near the East Coast of Kamchatka

Russia Quake_200211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 21:43:20 UTC

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 09:43:20 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
55.920°N, 162.114°E

Depth:
9.3 km (5.8 miles) set by location program

Region:
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA

Distances:
260 km (160 miles) WNW of Nikol'skoye, Komandorskiye Ostrova, Rus.

380 km (235 miles) SSE of Palana, Koryakia, Russia

395 km (245 miles) NNE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

6660 km (4140 miles) NNE of MOSCOW, Russia 1

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Middle East: Earthquakes hit Northern Emirates

Measured 3.0 and 2.0 on Richter scale; no damage reported
earthquake, arab emirates
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Tremors from earthquake were felt twice in the Northern Emirates on Sunday evening but there was no news of damage, according to the UAE's national network stations for monitoring earthquakes.

For the first time, the quake was felt in Fujairah and Hatta areas at 5.10 pm UAE time measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale. While the second quake was felt only in Fujairah at 7.10 pm measuring 2.0.

National Center of Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS) said the epicentre of the earthquakes was 24 kilometres southwest of Fujairah and 10 kilometres east of Hatta.

The residents living in the vicinity of epicentre said they felt mild tremors but there was no news of loss or damage.

On January 19, tremors from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Pakistan were felt across the UAE.

The UAE, which is located close to one of the world major earthquake zone in Iran, has some fault zones in the northern emirates.

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US: Nearly 60 Small to Moderate Earthquakes Strike Arkansas and Are Widely Felt

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© USGS
Nearly 60 small and moderate earthquakes struck Arkansas since Feb. 15, 2011, the most recent a magnitude 4.3 earthquake this morning 37 miles away from Little Rock. Many of the earthquakes are large enough to be felt.

"These earthquake swarms are not that unusual for the region," said Harley Benz, scientist in charge at the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center. "Central Arkansas has a history of earthquake activity with a swarm of thousands of earthquakes smaller than magnitude 4.5 in the early 1980s and another swarm in 2001, known as the Enola earthquake swarms."

Citizens are encouraged to report any experience feeling the earthquake(s) at the USGS Did You Feel It? website. The earthquake swarm that began Tuesday may continue. This area is slightly south of and most likely related to similar ongoing activity involving hundreds of small earthquakes near Guy, Ark., from August 2010 to present.

Scientists do not know why swarms start, why they stop, or how long to expect them to last. The possibility of a larger earthquake cannot be discounted, but none of the other swarms have caused any reason to expect a future earthquake large enough to cause significant damage in central Arkansas.

USGS scientists have been working with their partners at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis and the Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS) to carefully monitor this situation. They have deployed a local network of stations - an array - that measure seismicity in the Greenbrier-Enola area to augment regional seismic stations. The CERI and AGS array and personnel are the best source of the most current information about the new earthquake swarm. The AGS and CERI are investigating whether the earthquakes occur naturally or are related to human activities.

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US: Earthquake Magnitude 3.5 Strikes Southern Alabama Coast


Authorities say a 3.5-magnitude earthquake has shaken southern Alabama, and people have reported feeling the quake as far away as Birmingham, Ala.

Residents in the Pensacola area of the Florida panhandle also say they felt the quake, according to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Information from the Geological Survey indicates the quake happened at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Officials say the epicenter was near the tip of the Fort Morgan Peninsula at the mouth of Mobile Bay in Baldwin County.

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US: Earthquake activity near Mount St. Helens volcano quietly continues

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© Google Image
Aftershocks from Monday's 4.3 magnitude earthquake northwest of Mount St. Helens have continued all week, but most of them have been too small to be felt any distance away.

The most recently recorded shock occurred at 8:07 a.m. Friday about six miles from the volcano, the same vicinity as the temblor that jolted a broad area of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon at 10:35 a.m. Monday, according to the University of Washington geophysics lab in Seattle. Two quakes measuring 2.4 and another hitting 2.3 occurred late in the week.

None of the earthquakes is known to have caused any damage or injuries.