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Strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes near New Zealand - USGS

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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

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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

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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.

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

The earthquake caused a rockslide on Highway 21 near Lowman, Idaho
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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.


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits southern Philippines

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A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked Sarangani province Thursday night, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Phivolcs said the quake had a depth of 49 kilometers in the town of Maasim when it jolted the area at 11:38 p.m.

Intensity VI was recorded in General Santos City, while Intensity V was recorded in Malungon and Alabel in Sarangani.

Koronadal City in South Cotabato and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental recorded Instensity IV and I, respectively.

Phivolcs warned of possible damages and aftershocks.


7.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Russia's Far East - UPDATE: Small tsunami strikes Kuril Islands

The Kuril Islands and the epicenter of the 7.5m quake
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The Kuril Islands and the epicenter of the 7.5m quake, seen in the ocean to the southeast.
A 7.2-magnitude quake has struck Russia's Far East region, striking off the Kuril Islands and prompting a tsunami warning for the sparsely populated region.

The quake was felt across the region on Wednesday afternoon local time, with a depth of 56.7km (35 miles). There are no reports of damage or casualties as of yet.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami alert in Hawaii, 5,600 kilometers away, but it was soon called off, with the US National Tsunami Warning Center concluding there was no danger to the small Pacific island chain.

A tsunami warning was also issued for Severo-Kurilsk District of Russia's Sakhalin Region, a local branch of the Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported.

Comment: Three days ago Croatia's capital Zagreb was rocked by a 5.3M earthquake, the strongest to hit the city in 140 years.


UrduPoint reports that a small tsunami did indeed strike the northern Kurils:
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurred some 500 kilometers (300 miles) from the Russian Far Eastern city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the Kamchatka office of the Geophysical Service of the Russian academy of Sciences said.

"Earthquake 14:49 (02:49 a.m. GMT), max magnitude 7.6, total of 463 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The data will be specified," it said.

No casualties or destruction have been reported by regional emergencies services.

There is a risk of tsunami in the North Kuril area after the earthquake, the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seismological station's head, Yelena Semenova, told Sputnik.

The authorities said residents were being evacuated on the Kuril island of Paramushir due to the tsunami threat.

Later in the day, the the department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in Sakhalin island region said that the height of a tsunami wave in Severo-Kurilsk town was 50 centimeters (1.6 feet).

"The tsunami wave with the height of 50 centimeters hit Severo-Kurilsk at 03:15 p.m. local time [04:15 GMT]. There were no preliminary reports about injuries or damage. The threat of tsunami remains, that is why residents of Severo-Kurilsk will stay in a safe area on a hill. Experts will make a decision to cancel the alert after the low tide begins," the statement said.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Earthquake and global cooling cycles, what's next to 2024

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A man looks at damages at the Basilica of the Heart of Jesus, following an earthquake in Zagreb
As the largest earthquake to hit Croatia in 140 years occurred, our Earth is beginning to enter an electromagnetic anomaly zone during the next four years as the gas giant planets form a perfect square in one quadrant of the solar system that hasn't been seen since 575AD. CO2 levels globally set to decrease this year as the world ceases business, and because if the decline in solar activity on a 400 year cycle the planet will cool and the IPCC will be there to take credit for a natural cycle. EU survey says 60%+ want to end short haul domestic flights indefinitely.

Comment: Croatia's capital Zagreb rocked by 5.3M earthquake: Many buildings damaged - Strongest to hit city in 140 years