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Shallow magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits southwestern Pakistan, kills at least 20

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan early Thursday, killing at least 20 people and leaving 300 others injured, according to local authorities.

The quake occurred 15 kilometers northeast of Harnai in Balochistan Province at 3:01 a.m. local time at a depth of 9 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by a magnitude 4.6 quake in the same area two hours later.

The death toll is feared to rise as people are believed to have been buried under collapsed homes and other buildings. Rescue efforts are reportedly being hampered as roads have become impassable due to landslides.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Balochistan said at least 300 people were brought to hospitals after the quake, including those critically injured.


Krísuvík volcano (Iceland): intense seismic activity, more than 1000 quakes

4.2 quake detected at 0.8 km SW of Keilir
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4.2 quake detected at 0.8 km SW of Keilir
More than 1000 quakes have been detected near Keilir mountain over the past 24 hours of which one have been located with a maximum magnitude of 4.2 on 2 October.

4 quakes during the past 24 hours were recorded with magnitudes of 3 or more located about 1.3 km SW of Keilir.

Earthquakes have been occurring on the Reykjanes peninsula and in the southwest corner.

Source: RUV volcano activity update 5 October 2021

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Largest underwater eruption makes new volcano bigger than Empire State Building

A stock photo showing lava pouring
A stock photo showing lava pouring into the ocean at Kīlauea Volcanic eruption in Hawaii on the Big Island, unrelated to the underwater volcano. Scientists have recorded the largest underwater volcanic eruption of lava, which created a new volcano on the seafloor in the Indian Ocean.
The largest underwater eruption ever recorded has created a volcano on the seafloor that is 2,690 feet tall.

The volcano, which is twice as tall as the Empire State Building, was not present off the eastern coast of the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean before an earthquake shook the island 2018.

The underwater seismic event generated over 11,000 detectable earthquakes in what the authors of a Nature paper documenting it describes as a "major magmatic event." The event, which caused the deformation of the seafloor was so great it was registered beyond the Indian Ocean and around the globe.

"Volcanic eruptions shape Earth's surface and provide a window into deep Earth processes," the authors said. "This is the largest active submarine eruption ever documented."


Major magnitude 7.3 earthquake in South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu Islands region

Major magnitude 7.2 earthquake at 525 km depth

Date & time: Oct 2, 2021 06:29:18 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 6:29 pm (GMT +12)
Magnitude: 7.2
Depth: 525.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.06°S / 174.76°E↗

Comment: Later revised to a 7.3 magnitude by USGS.


La Palma volcano: Third fissure erupts after 8 new earthquakes

A satellite image of the lava flow on the island of La Palma taken before the eruption of a third fissure.
© Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery
A satellite image of the lava flow on the island of La Palma taken before the eruption of a third fissure.
An erupting volcano in the Canary Islands has blown open a third fissure - sending a fresh river of lava down the mountainside.

It came as authorities recorded eight new earthquakes up to magnitude 3.5 on the island of La Palma on Friday.

They are now waiting to see whether lava from the new fissure - which burst open around 400m to the north of original eruption site - will join the main flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano range, which has reached the Atlantic Ocean.


Earthquake swarm in Iceland continues - at least 1,100 shakes in 2 days

About a hundred small earthquakes have been detected approximately one kilometer south of Keilir in the last 24 hours. The photo shows geometrical activity in Reykjadalur in Iceland.
© Trine Jonassen
About a hundred small earthquakes have been detected approximately one kilometer south of Keilir in the last 24 hours. The photo shows geometrical activity in Reykjadalur in Iceland.
As reported by RUV.is, a short, sharp earthquake of magnitude 3.7 was felt across the southwest of Iceland just before 02.00 thursday morning. Around 700 earthquakes have been registered around on the Reykjanes peninsula during the past day.

The largest quake's epicentre was between Keilir and Litli hrútur, according to Met Office natural hazards specialist Bjarki Kaldalón Friis. The earthquake swarm began on Monday and included 700 shakes yesterday and 400 so far today.

The 3.7 quake followed a 3.5 at around 11.00 yesterday morning, and a handful of others around 3. The quakes are occurring at a depth of 6-7 kilometres and there is no sign of volcanic unrest. Live cameras are being monitored closely and new satellite images will be analysed today. The civil protection agency scientific council will meet this afternoon to discuss Reykjanes, and also Askja in the highlands.


6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan, no tsunami warning issued

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's northwestern coast on Wednesday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japanese and US authorities said.

The quake produced shaking across a large swath of the northeastern coast and was also felt in Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit at a depth of 368 kilometres (228 miles) in the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea.

Japan's meteorological agency said there was no tsunami risk following the jolt.

Japan sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

Source: Agence France-Presse


Multiple earthquakes strike Crete, damaging old buildings and killing one man

crete earthquake
At least one person has died and nine others have been injured after the Greek island of Crete was rocked by an earthquake measuring around 6.0 on the Richter scale.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that the quake in the holiday destination had a depth of just 1.24 miles, and was one of a series felt by locals on Monday morning.

The largest of the quakes struck at around 9.15am local time, before at least nine aftershocks also hit the area.

Greece's climate crisis and civil protection ministry confirmed that local authorities have reported one death and nine people injured so far, following earlier reports that two people were trapped in damaged buildings.


Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Bering Sea, Aleutians West, Alaska

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 40 km depth

Date & time: Sep 24, 2021 11:52:31 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Sep 24, 2021 2:52 am (GMT -9)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 39.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 51.1957°N / 179.0286°W↗ (Bering Sea, Alaska, United States)
Antipode: 51.196°S / 0.971°E↗
Nearest volcano: Gareloi (83 km / 52 mi)


Amidst erupting lockdown protests, strongest earthquake on record strikes Melbourne, Australia

Emergency workers survey damage in Melbourne, Australia, where debris is scattered after part of a wall fell from a building
© James Ross
Emergency workers survey damage in Melbourne, Australia, where debris is scattered after part of a wall fell from a building
The state of Victoria, Australia, was shaken by its biggest onshore earthquake in recorded history on 22 September. Some buildings were damaged but no one was seriously hurt.

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck at 9:15am local time, according to Geoscience Australia. The epicentre was in the Alpine National Park about 120 kilometres east of Melbourne, at a shallow depth of around 10 kilometres.

People in Melbourne, who are currently in a covid-19 lockdown, reported feeling the ground shake for 15 to 20 seconds. Tremors were also felt in Canberra, just over 300 kilometres north-east of the epicentre.

A small number of buildings in Melbourne partially collapsed and power outages occurred in some parts of the city, but no major damage or serious injuries have been reported.

Comment: The timing of this unusually strong earthquake is notable because, after many months of increasingly oppressive lockdown restrictions, just a few days ago Australia saw an eruption of protests ignited by the enforcement of vaccine mandates: Melbourne police fire pepper balls at thousands of protesters amidst growing discontent over vaccine mandates & endless lockdowns

The pattern of significant phenomena such as earthquakes, record rainfalls, meteor fireball events, and so on, amidst peaks of societal upheaval is becoming ever more apparent.

To further illustrate the point: about 15 days ago there was a significant M7.1 earthquake in Mexico that just happened to be the anniversary of an even larger M8.2 that rocked the country on the same date in 2017. In the run-up to the day many Mexicans reported feeling anxiety that a similarly large and devastating quake might occur; thankfully for them, the quake was not as destructive. A similar sequence was noted with the M8.0 quake on September 19th 1985 which was echoed in an M7.1 on the same date in 2017:

Rocks the size of small houses break off during landslide near Mexico City, 1 dead, 10 missing

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