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Earthquake: Magnitude 6.1 - Kermadec Islands region

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© Associated Press
M6.1 Earthquake - Kermadec Islands region

Preliminary Report

Magnitude

6.1

Date-Time

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4 Mar 2021 20:25:06 UTC
5 Mar 2021 09:25:06 near epicenter
4 Mar 2021 12:25:06 standard time in your timezone

Location

28.395S, 176.645W

Depth

10 km

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Earthquake of magnitude 7.2 strikes Kermadec Islands - 3rd strong quake in the region within 5 hours

Earthquake
© Associated Press
An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, on Friday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), EMSC said.

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Source: Reuters

Comment: The other two:

New Zealand tsunami warning after 6.9-magnitude earthquake

6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu


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6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu

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© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 69 km southwest of Sola, Vanuatu at 16:53:11 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 172.14 km, was initially determined to be at 14.4487 degrees south latitude and 167.2953 degrees east longitude.

Bizarro Earth

Volcanic activity below desert discovered in Utah

Utah Desert
© (Lee Siebert/Smithsonian Institution/Public Domain)
It might not look like it, but the arid expanses of Utah conceal an ancient volcanic complex, and this hidden underground system is still active far below the desert's surface, scientists say.

According to a new study, a pair of recent earthquakes in 2018 and 2019 were not indicative of tectonic activity, but were seismic rumblings produced by the Black Rock Desert volcanic field - an ancient volcanic system in Utah's Sevier Desert that's been active for over 6 million years and, apparently, is still alive and kicking.

"Our findings suggest that the system is still active and that the earthquakes were probably the result of fluid-related movement in the general area," says seismologist Maria Mesimeri from the University of Utah.

"The earthquakes could be the result of the fluid squeezing through rock or the result of deformation from fluid movement that stressed the surface faults."

The two earthquake sequences in question occurred in September 2018 and April 2019, and were recorded by seismometers within the Utah Regional Seismic Network, as well as by instruments forming part of an experimental project called Utah FORGE, run by the US Department of Energy.

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10 years on from Christchurch disaster, powerful earthquakes strike off New Zealand (UPDATES)


Comment: This keeps happening. In the last couple of years, strong quakes have been occurring on or very close to significant anniversaries (from the point of view of the afflicted country)...


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Quake centred at 10km depth, about 178km from town of Gisborne, where people felt shaking

Authorities in New Zealand have issued a tsunami warning after a shallow, powerful earthquake struck off the country's north-eastern coast in the early hours of Friday.

The quake measured a preliminary 6.9 magnitude and was centered at a depth of 10km (six miles) approximately 178km north-east of the city of Gisborne, the US Geological Survey said. Residents of Gisborne reported light to moderate shaking, it said.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties, but the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency warned people who had felt a powerful tremor to move to higher ground, writing in a tweet:

Comment:

UPDATE 2100 CET

An other, even bigger, quake has struck off NZ. This one has been recorded at 8.0M, and thankfully it struck much further to the north, near the Kermadec Islands. Tsunami warnings have sounded across North Island's northern coastline.

Last month, Fukushima, Japan, felt its strongest quake since the March 2011 disaster. In September 2017, Mexico City felt its strongest since the horrendous 1985 quake struck there - on the same day, 32 years earlier.

Now, we're not saying that anthropocentric dating is the key factor here, but these recent examples of 'resonating dates' do suggest some kind of role for mass consciousness in natural, otherwise 'random' events.

Human-cosmic connection, anyone? Is some 'mass mind effect' involved (sometimes) in the timing/release of certain planetary/cosmic energies?

UPDATE 6 March 2021

A second strong quake has struck off New Zealand's northeast, this one a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, 140km east of Te Araroa, off the North Island, at a depth of 33km at around 1.14pm on Saturday.


Attention

Environmental disasters across globe in February 2021

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At least 51 people killed when glacier breaks in northern India, Europe's tallest active volcano Mt. Etna erupts

February saw a host of environmental disasters, including floods in Turkey and Japan, a powerful volcanic eruption in Italy's Mt. Etna, and heavy monsoon rains in Indonesia.

Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu Agency.

Feb. 1:

- The US northeast is in the midst of a massive snow storm with some areas expected to receive up to 2 feet of snow.

Feb. 2:

- Heavy rainfall in western Turkey floods some parts of Izmir province, leaving two dead.

Attention

Scientists in Iceland say 'strong signs' volcanic eruption is imminent

Mount Keilir, Iceland
© Promote Iceland
Mount Keilir, about 20 miles south of Reykjavik. Scientists said there was no immediate danger to the public.
Scientists in Iceland have said there are now "strong signs" that a volcanic eruption may be under way following several days of near-constant seismic activity near Mount Keilir about 20 miles south of the capital, Reykjavik.

"We are not saying we have signs an eruption has begun," Kristín Jónsdóttir of the Icelandic meteorological office told local media on Wednesday. "But this looks like the type of activity we expect in the run-up to an eruption."

Víðir Reynisson of the island's civil defence force told a mid-afternoon news conference it was "more likely than not" that an eruption - the first in the area since the 12th century - was about to begin, and could happen within the next few hours.

But Víðir said there was "no disaster going on and everyone can get on with their daily lives". There was no immediate danger, he said, although people should avoid travelling to the area on the Reykjanes peninsula.

Thousands of tremors measuring up to 5 on the Richter scale have been recorded on the peninsula during the past week. Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysicist, said that if it came, the eruption could also be delayed by several days.

Comment: Shallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, Iceland


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Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake shakes central Greece, felt in Balkans

Greece was shaken by an earthquake today which sent locals onto the streets in Larissa and was felt as far away as Athens

Greece was shaken by an earthquake today which sent locals onto the streets in Larissa and was felt as far away as Athens
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of over 6.0 has struck central Greece.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Wednesday's quake was felt as far away as Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

The earthquake had an epicenter west-northwest of the town of Larissa and struck just after 12:15 p.m. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center put the preliminary magnitude at 6.2.


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Shallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland
© Getty Images/iStockphoto
Reykjavik residents reported shaking buildings
Parts of Iceland were rocked by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday as residents reported shaking buildings and strong tremors.

The quake's epicentre was recorded about 25 miles away from Reykjavik, in the Reykjanes Peninsula region, on Iceland's southeast coast.

The effects of the quake, which struck at a depth of around six miles, were felt in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.

It was not immediately clear if there had been any damage to property or injury to life.

"Spent the morning shaking around the office, geologists all running around like excited puppies. So much shaking," Rob Askew, a geologist at the Icelandic Institute of Natural Science in Reykjavík, tweeted.

Another Twitter user wrote: "WOW....! Just now! #earthquake swarm on Reykjanes Peninsula #Iceland - very strongly felt in Reykjavík. My home office was shaking! Felt 2 large ones and many small ones."

Another said: "I've experienced more earthquakes in the past couple of hours than the rest of my life combined. And I've spent most of my life in Iceland and Japan. Something's up. I don't like it."

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Shallow M5.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Iran, 25 injured

Iran quake map
© Iranian Seismological Center
An earthquake of 5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Iran late on Wednesday, leaving 25 injured. On late Wednesday, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, said the head of the country's emergency medical services.

The epicenter was located 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) from the city of Sisakht. Previously, media reported about 10 injured people."About 20 people have been sent to [the city of] Yasuj. The earthquake has hit the outskirts of Sisakht, there have been no problems in nearby settlements.

No people have died, the situation has stabilized," Pirhossein Kolivand said on late Wednesday, as quoted by the government's information portal.He added that 25 people had been left injured as a result of the earthquake.Iran is located in a seismically active zone as lies along the border between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates and often suffers from powerful earthquakes. The deadliest earthquake in the country's history occurred in 856 AD, killing some 200,000 people.

With agency inputs

Comment: The Iranian Seismological Center (ISMC) reported the quake at a 10 km depth.