Welcome to Sott.net
Tue, 26 Jan 2021
The World for People who Think



6.0-magnitude earthquake hits near Vanuatu - 2nd strong quake on the planet within 3 hours

Vanuatu is located near the Ring of Fire - an area around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean with high seismic activity, causing regular volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a quake has hit 49 km east of Lakatoro, Vanuatu and 194 kilometres northwest of the island nation's capital Port Vila. The epicentre of the tremor was located at a depth of 160 kilometres.

No tsunami warning has been issued by the authorities so far.

There also have been no reports of damage or casualties caused by the tremor.

Comment: Just under 3 hours earlier a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Argentina. The Vanuatu quake is additionally the second magnitude 6 to hit off the island in 2 days.


M6.1 earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 42 km WNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina at 0354 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 202.77 km, was initially determined to be at 24.02 degrees south latitude and 66.6723 degrees west longitude.


6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near Isangel, Vanuatu

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 146 km SSE of Isangel, Vanuatu at 05:01:04 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 117.74 km, was initially determined to be at 20.735 degrees south latitude and 169.8807 degrees east longitude.


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
The Kermadec Islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean approximately 800-1,000 km northeast of New Zealand's North Island, and are uninhabited, except for the permanently manned Raoul Island meteorological station. The islands are part of New Zealand, though not subject to any region.

A powerful earthquake occurred on Friday in the sea near New Zealand's Kermadec Islands at a depth of 222.3 km. The magnitude of the tremor is 6.3, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

According to reports, the earthquake kick was registered at a distance of about 935.0 km northeast of the settlement of Ngunguru, New Zealand.

No possibility of a tsunami has been reported at the moment.

Comment: A couple of days ago a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the same Kermadec Islands region.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits 60 km SSW of Gorontalo, Indonesia

© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 60 km SSW of Gorontalo, Indonesia at 20:59:34 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 151.69 km, was initially determined to be at 0.0115 degrees north latitude and 122.9237 degrees east longitude.

Comment: About 15 hour earlier a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Kermadec Islands region in the South Pacific Ocean.


6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted Kermadec Islands region at 06:20:32 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 26.12 km, was initially determined to be at 29.0707 degrees south latitude and 176.8993 degrees west longitude.


Snow-covered Mt. Etna sends clouds of smoke into the sky - 40 quakes in a few days

Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, sends clouds of smoke up to the sky amid a period of intensified volcanic activity. Over the last few days, around 40 earthquakes with a 3.8 magnitude rumbled the southern flank of the mountain.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts Aleutian Islands near Alaska

rat islands
The islands, located off southwestern Alaska, belong to the northern part of a seismically active area known as the Ring of Fire, which is regularly affected by powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

A powerful tremor hit 243 kilometres from Adak, Alaska, with the epicentre of the quake situated at a depth of 17 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

No tsunami warning has been issued by the authorities. There also have not been any reports about victims or damages caused by the quake.


Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits central Croatia - Second quake in 2 days - UPDATE: At least seven killed

croatia earthquake
A strong earthquake hit Croatia on Tuesday, with some injuries reported as well as considerable damages to roofs and buildings southeast of the capital.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit 46 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Zagreb. Initial reports said the earthquake caused wide damage, collapsing roofs, building facades and even some entire buildings.

The regional N1 television reported live Tuesday from the town of Petrinja, which was hard-hit in the Monday quake, that a collapsed building had fallen on a car. The footage showed firefighters trying to remove the debris from the car, which was buried underneath. The report said a man apparently was in the car when the quake hit.

The earthquake was felt throughout the country and in neighboring Serbia and Bosnia.

The same area was struck with a 5.2 quake on Monday.

Comment: Here's a report on yesterday's smaller quake in Croatia.

Earlier this year, within a few days of the West going into collective lockdown, a 5.3M quake hit Zagreb. And that was the capital's strongest tremor in 140 years...

Update: On 30.12.20 The Independent reports:
A major earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit Croatia, killing at least seven people - including a 12-year-old girl - and causing widespread damage in a town near the capital, Zagreb.

Firefighters rescued a man and a boy trapped in a car buried in rubble in Petrinja after buildings collapsed, leaving the streets littered with fallen bricks and covered in dust.

Officials said a 12-year-old girl died in Petrinja, a town of some 25,000 people. Another six people were killed in nearly destroyed villages close to the town, according to HRT state television. At least 26 people were hospitalised, six with serious injuries, officials said, adding that many more people remained unaccounted for.

"My town has been completely destroyed. We have dead children," the town's mayor, Darinko Dumbovic, said in a statement to HRT.

"This is like Hiroshima - half of the city no longer exists. The city has been demolished, the city is no longer liveable. We need help."

The Croatian military was deployed in Petrinja to help with the rescue operation and the Croatian Red Cross described the situation as "very serious" as it dispatched crisis teams to the area.

Croatia's prime minister, Andrej Plenkovic, travelled to the town to oversee the efforts to accommodate homeless residents in local hotels and army barracks after what he described as a "devastating earthquake which was felt in many parts of Croatia".

He tweeted: "We mobilised all available services to help people and clear the destroyed parts. The most important thing now is to save human lives."

Rest of article here.

The seismic activity continues. According to Croatia Week:
Two more strong earthquakes struck Croatia on Wednesday morning, the first measuring 4.7 and the second 4.8 on the Richter scale, with the epicentre in the Petrinja area.

The first hit at 6.15 a.m. and the second a little later, the head of the Seismological Survey, Ines Ivancic, told Croatian Radio.

She said the ground "will rock for a long time. Tuesday's earthquake was devastating and will certainly be followed by a long series of earthquakes, including, quite certainly, stronger ones."

Ivancic said weaker tremors like those today would certainly affect the buildings in Petrinja and Sisak which were damaged in Tuesday's 6.2 quake, which has claimed seven lives and caused enormous damage.

Ivancic said Petrinja was struck by "an enormous quantity" of smaller earthquakes since Monday. The ground is shaking almost every minute, she said, including at least 25 to 30 tremors measuring above 3 on the Richter scale.


Shallow M5.7 earthquake reported off Oregon coast

Oregon earthquake map
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit 150 miles off the coast of Oregon at around 7:10 a.m. GMT on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

According to the organisation, the epicentre was located at a depth of 12 kilometres, at 43 degrees north latitude and 127 degrees west longitude.

There were no initial reports on damage or injury resulting from the quake. No tsunami warning has been issued so far.