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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted 145 km NW of Pangai, Tonga at 23:03:27 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 18.9038 degrees south latitude and 175.3695 degrees west longitude.

Comment: Last week a shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Tonga.


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Several injured as rare 5.4M earthquake strikes southeast France - UPDATE: Earthquake revised down to 4.9M


Comment: This is not normal. And what an auspicious day for it to occur on... Armistice Day.


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Four people have been injured in an earthquake of rare intensity in France, which was felt from Lyon to Montpellier.

The quake, which didn't cause any major damage, was magnitude 5.4 and struck just before noon in the Ardèche region, in the southeast of the country, the French Central Seismological Office (BCSF) in Strasbourg said in a statement.

It was felt mainly in the Drôme and Ardèche regions, particularly around Montélimar where a person was seriously injured by falling scaffolding.

Three other people were slightly injured in the Ardèche "following a panic attack", the Drôme prefecture said on Twitter.

Montelimar's mayor, Franck Reynier, urged residents not to overload the emergency services with calls, adding: "We will keep you informed as we go along." He has been tweeting safety measures, and reported a crack in a building, and a fallen chimney.
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The village of Mélas near the city of Montelimar was particularly damaged

Comment: Following the quake, they shut down a nearby nuclear power station in Cruas, Ardeche.

There have been 5 - let's say - 'significant' quakes in France in just the last year:

France's largest in the modern era was a 6.2M in 1909...

Other events in France in the last month or so: And just 6 days ago there was an earthquake swarm in Switzerland.
Thousands evacuated and homes damaged in French quake

Many old buildings were severely affected, with the commune of Teil reporting the most damage

More than 8,500 people have been evacuated and hundreds of buildings dangerously weakened in southeast France, as the extent of the damage from yesterday's 5.4 magnitude earthquake emerges.

The quake struck on Monday, November 11, at 11h51. It lasted around 10 seconds.



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6.5-magnitude quake hits 167 km SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 jolted 167 km SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji at 10:44:44 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 582.92 km, was initially determined to be at 21.9688 degrees south latitude and 179.4911 degrees west longitude.

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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake in northern Iran kills at least 5, injures 300

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit near Hastrud in north-west Iran
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The epicenter of the 6.0-magnitude quake was registered early on Friday some 118 km east of Tabriz at a depth of 51 km, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

According to AP, citing an emergency official, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northwestern Iran killed at least 5 people and injured 300 others. Earlier media reports have put the death toll at 3 persons, while suggesting that only 20 people were injured.

The magnitude of the tremors was later downgraded by the EMSC to 5.6, while the initial report suggested that the northwestern region of Iran had been hit by a more powerful quake.

The epicenter of the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.0, was located some 65 km (40 miles) of Herowabad.

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Shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands

Quake near South Sandwich Islands
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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted east of the South Sandwich Islands at 20:52:01 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 57.9632 degrees south latitude and 9.2681 degrees west longitude.

Comment: A shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hit the same region three days ago.


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Shallow earthquake swarm strikes southwest Switzerland

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The first tremors were recorded close to the Wildhorn peak, about 8km southeast of the Sanetsch Pass between cantons Bern and Valais.
Switzerland was hit by seven small earthquakes early on Tuesday morning in the high mountain region between cantons Bern and Valais. No damage was reported.

The first 3.3-magnitude quake struck at 1.54am on Tuesday at a depth of 5.3 kilometres, according to the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at the Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich.

A second 3.3 tremor was recorded at 4.36am at a depth of 4.7 kilometres. The epicentre was towards the Wildhorn peak, about 8km southeast of the Sanetsch Pass.

Comment: See also:


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Hundreds of earthquakes rattle US as level of seismic activity continues to rise

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Why is the mainstream media being so quiet about all of the seismic activity that has been happening all across the United States? During the last 7 days, there has been an earthquake swarm directly along the New Madrid Fault zone, Kansas and Oklahoma have been hit by a very unusual number of significant quakes, and there have been several sizable seismic events in the vicinity of the Yellowstone supervolcano. But of course the west coast is getting hammered more than anyone else.

According to Cal Tech, there have been more than 1000 earthquakes in California and Nevada over the last week, but of course most of them have been very small. Overall, the latest USGS numbers tell us that there have been more than 2,000 earthquakes nationally during the last 7 days, and apparently we aren't supposed to be alarmed by that. But could it be possible that all of this seismic activity is leading up to something really big?

Over the weekend, we witnessed some very unusual quakes in the middle of the country. On Sunday, a magnitude 3.2 earthquake rattled Kansas...

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Shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Tonga

Tonga earthquake
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A strong earthquake has struck off Tonga, just 130km from Neiafu - the second-largest town.

The magnitude 6.6 quake happened at a depth of just over 10km on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey agency reports.

"A strong earthquake with shallow depth source location occurred 289km NNW from Nuku'alofa, Tonga," Seismology Fiji tweeted.

"However, it does not pose any immediate tsunami threat to the Fiji region."


Comment: This quake occurred less than an hour after Chile was rocked by magnitude 6.0 earthquake.


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Chile rocked by magnitude 6.0 earthquake

Chile earthquake Nov 2019
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Large crowds of Chilean anti-austerity protesters received a shock after the magnitude 6.0 quake struck.

A magnitude-6.0 quake has struck near the coastal city of Coquimbo in central Chile, the US Geological Survey says, causing building to shake in capital city Santiago but no damage.

The quake, reported earlier by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) as a magnitude of 6.0, struck near the coast some 143 km northeast of port city Valparaiso, at a depth of 49km on Monday, the USGS said.

Chile's national emergency office said there were no preliminary reports of injuries to people or damage to property or infrastructure.

The quake, which struck on land, was not strong enough to produce a tsunami along Chile's coast, the nation's navy said.

Mining firm Antofagasta Plc, whose Pelambres copper mine is near the epicenter of the quake, said the mine was operating normally.


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Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits South Sandwich Islands Region

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted 125 km NNE of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands at 18:08 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 55.6919 degrees south latitude and 26.3016 degrees west longitude.

Source: Xinhua