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6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan's Ogasawara island: USGS

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A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's Ogasawara on Saturday with a depth of 458 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

No tsunami Warning issued yet and there are no immediate reports of damages and casualties.


No serious injuries after massive explosion at Maine paper mill: 'Nothing short of a miracle'

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© Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal
In this aerial view, bent and charred metal remains after an explosion at the Jay paper mill Wednesday. The explosion shook the ground and produced a plume of black smoke that was visible for miles around.
The explosion that rocked the Androscoggin Mill on Wednesday afternoon, left many with a sickening sense of deja vu.

High in the minds of some was the blast in Farmington in September that killed a veteran firefighter and injured seven others.

But when the smoke cleared Wednesday afternoon in Jay, fire officials announced, with evident relief, that no one had been seriously injured.

"After Farmington seven months ago, we were fearing the worst," state fire marshal's office Sgt. Joel Davis said, "but by the grace of God, it turned out much different today."

The explosion, Davis said, occurred in the digester area of the mill. A mill official described the digester as a large container used to cook the chips in order to reduce them into individual fiber for the paper-making process.


Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.0 rocks northern Honduras

An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 rocked northern Honduras at approximately 13:45 pm IST. As per the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake lies 55 kilometers north of Savannah Bight, Honduras, somewhere in the Caribbean sea.

Time: 2020-04-16 08:04:37 (UTC)

Location: 16.933°N 85.710°W

Depth: 10.0 km


Strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes near New Zealand - USGS

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© Phil McCarten / Reuters
In November 2019, New Zealand was hit by another quake, which occurred off L'Esperance Rock in the Pacific Ocean near New Zealand, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake happened at 1:07 a.m. GMT in the Pacific Ocean, 1084 kilometres to the north-east of the town of Tauranga, which is located on the country's North Island, USGS reported.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 10 km, 196 kilometres south-east of Raoul Island.


Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake - Mid Indian Ridge

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-04-12 06:57:48

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km


5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes California-Nevada border area near Yosemite

Earthquake yosemite April 11
A preliminary magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Saturday morning near the California-Nevada border region, northeast of Yosemite National Park, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major structural damage after the 7:36 a.m. temblor.

The quake's epicenter was located about 22 miles northwest of Benton, California, and 91 miles southeast of South Lake Tahoe, the USGS said. It was measured at a depth of six miles.

Comment: Are things heating up at Yosemite again? See: 'Long overdue' Yellowstone supervolcano eruption 'paused for now', according to naturalist

Bizarro Earth

Big one coming for Yellowstone? Utah rocked by more than 700 earthquakes in weeks since 5.7 magnitude tremor

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Bricks and debris lay at the base of a building damaged by an earthquake on March 18 in Magna, Utah
The state of Utah has been rocked by 728 earthquakes in the weeks since a 5.7-magnitude tremor rattled residents of Salt Lake City and beyond last month.

That figure includes three quakes with a magnitude of at least four and another 30 with a magnitude of at least three, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations. Experts additionally determined there were no foreshocks ahead of the initial earthquake, which shook swaths of Northern Utah awake on March 18 around 7 a.m.

The biggest of the aftershocks, a 4.7-magnitude tremor, occurred an hour later and a second quake of the same size rocked region again around 1 p.m.

Cloud Lightning

Volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, floods and wildfires in March 2020


The best weather videos of March 2020, including videos from:

Nashville, Tennessee
Mt Merapi, Indonesia
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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Snaith, Yorkshire, England
Republic of Ireland
Esquel, Argentina
Mann, California
Charleston, South Carolina


M6.5 earthquake strikes in Idaho, largest in the state since 1983

The earthquake caused a rockslide on Highway 21 near Lowman, Idaho
© Tyler Beyer via AP
The earthquake caused a rockslide on Highway 21 near Lowman, Idaho.
It was a typical Tuesday evening at the Albertsons grocery store in this resort town about 100 miles north of Boise.

Until Susie Baker looked up and saw all the hanging aisle signs swinging back and forth.

"Then I thought I heard a sound ... and the floor was moving," said Baker, a checker at the store.

It was the force of the most powerful earthquake to strike the Gem State since 1983, a magnitude 6.5 temblor that jolted people across Idaho and three neighboring states. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The quake was centered 73 miles northeast of Meridian, near Boise, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and, for some, conjured up memories of the state's worst such natural disaster, the 6.9 magnitude Borah Peak earthquake nearly four decades ago that killed two people and resulted in millions in damages, according to the Idaho Geological Survey.

"At first I thought it was thunder, weird thunder, but then the house was moving and I realized this is an earthquake — a really big earthquake," said Melissa Hawkins, 44, who lives in northwest Boise with her family. "It felt like it was in Boise."

Comment: Some other earthquakes to hit the United States very recently include:

Shallow 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles West Texas (March 26)

7 earthquakes rattle Oklahoma in 24 hours (March 23)

5.7M earthquake strikes Salt Lake City - First ever to directly hit Utah's capital (March 18)


Shallow 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles West Texas: 'Like the vibration of a train, but bigger'

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A 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled West Texas on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake epicenter was about 27 miles west of Mentone, Texas, and was located 3 miles below the surface. It hit at 10:16 a.m CDT.

Residents of El Paso, about 175 miles west of the reported epicenter, felt the quake, which was originally rated at 4.7 magnitude.

The El Paso region isn't accustomed to being rattled by earthquakes, and incredulous residents wondered aloud on social media about what they had just felt.