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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

Dartmouth earthquake
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.

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At least 8 people dead in eastern Turkey after 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Iran border area

Wreckage of a mud-brick construction is seen after tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province
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Wreckage of a mud-brick construction is seen after tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills eight people and leaves 21 others wounded, according to Turkey's interior minister.

At least eight people have been killed and 21 others injured in Turkey's Van province following an earthquake early Sunday, the country's interior minister has said.

Three of those killed were children, according to Suleyman Soylu, adding that some 1,066 buildings have collapsed.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority had begun rescue work, Soylu said.

"Search and rescue efforts are ongoing," he said.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the Turkey-Iran border region, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. The quake had a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the EMSC said.


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Deadly gases detected at Eldvörp caves in Iceland, tourists warned to stay away

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The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning advising people to stay away from the Eldvörp caves of Reykjanes, on account of high levels of deadly gases which have accumulated therein.

To wit, the warning as is follows:

"We warn about cave excursions in the Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Deadly gases were measured yesterday of CO2 as well as deadly oxygen levels in a cave close to a parking lot, popular for hikers."

Comment: The warning comes on the heels of a still active Earthquake swarm near the city of Grindavik and swelling at the Volcano Thorbjorn: Possible magma accumulation on Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland


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Japan is rattled by 5.2-magnitude earthquake near Fukushima

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Japan was rattled by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the country's east coast on February 12, 2020
Japan was rattled by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the country's east coast today

The US Geological Survey said today's earthquake had struck at a depth of around 50 miles under the sea.

One witness told earthquake monitoring service EMSC that the quake produced a 'weak but long shake' lasting about 10 seconds.

Another said their heater had moved around on its four wheels while making a sound. Officials in Fukushima prefecture warned residents that there could be aftershocks and directed them to official public safety advice.

Energy company TEPCO, which runs four nuclear power plants in the prefecture, said it was awaiting further information about the earthquake's impact.

In 2011, Fukushima was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami.

The wave flooded the nuclear power plant and caused a massive meltdown, spewing out radiation that forced 160,000 people to flee their homes.

Japan is located on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' and is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

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7.0 - magnitude earthquake hits Kuril Islands near Japan

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According to Japan's Meteorological Agency, the epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 160 kilometres to the south of Iturup island.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit north-eastern Japan, affecting the islands of Hokkaido and the northern part of the Honshu island, the country's meteorological agency said.

It added that the epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 160 kilometres. No tsunami alert has been issued.

No damage has so far been reported.

The quake was felt even in Tokyo. According to Japan's seven-grade scale of earthquake intensity, the Hokkaido island was hit by a 4-magnitude quake, while on Tokyo it was measured only at one.

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6.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea

Seismologists said coastal residents near the epicentre would have felt 'quite strong ground shaking' as the tremor was close to the shore of Papua New Guinea

Seismologists said coastal residents near the epicentre would have felt 'quite strong ground shaking' as the tremor was close to the shore of Papua New Guinea
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea today, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake hit just after 4pm local time at a depth of 19 miles some 75 miles south of Kokopo, the capital of PNG's East New Britain province, the USGS said.

Despite the earthquake strike close to the shore no tsunami warning was issued, authorities said.

Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Trevor Allen said coastal communities near the epicentre would have felt 'quite strong ground shaking' as the tremblor was close to the shore.

But, he said, the area was relatively sparsely populated and flexible building design locally helped limit exposure to damage from quakes.