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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes NE Taiwan

Taiwan earthquake map
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of northeast Taiwan at 4:19 a.m. this morning (June 14), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was located 85.3 kilometers southeast of Yilan County Hall at a focal depth of 54.8 km, according to CWB data. Taiwan uses an intensity scale of 1 to 7, which gauges the degree to which a quake is felt at a specific location.

The quake's intensity registered as a 3 in Yilan County, Hualien County, Nantou County, Hsinchu County, Taitung County, Yunlin County, and Chiayi County. An intensity level of 2 was registered in Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Keelung City, Taichung City, New Taipei City, Miaoli County, Changhua County, Chiayi City, Kaohsiung City, and Tainan City.

A lesser intensity of 1 was felt in Hsinchu City, Pingtung County, and Penghu County. No injuries resulting from the quake had been reported at the time of publication.


Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits near Japan's Ryukyu Islands

earthquake Japan June 2020
© European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre
6.7 magnitude earthquake near the southern Japanese islands of Ryukyu.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has occurred at sea, near the southern Japanese islands of Ryukyu. So far, no tsunami warning has been issued. A powerful tremor was detected off the coast early on Sunday, the country's weather agency said. The epicenter is estimated to be around 160 km below the surface.

Despite the depth, the quake was felt in Okinawa, as well as Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, according to local media. No information on possible damage or casualties was immediately available.


Why does Delhi keep getting hit by frequent earthquakes?

Delhi earthquake swarm
© temblor
On Monday afternoon, the capital city of India witnessed yet another low-intensity earthquake. The National Center for Seismology revealed the epicentre of the earthquake was near Gurgaon, Haryana, and its depth was recorded to be 19 km with a magnitude of 2.1. Mild tremors were reportedly felt in Delhi, Noida, and the surrounding areas for a few seconds.

Just a week ago, on June 3, Delhi NCR had witnessed another earthquake of magnitude 3.2 on the Richter scale, which struck 19 km southeast of Noida. Further back, on May 29, an earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted the NCR.

Since April 2020, New Delhi and nearby areas have recorded more than 14 earthquakes. According to the National Center for Seismology, all these earthquakes fell into the range of low to medium, as their magnitude was less than five.

This phenomenon, involving a collection of related earthquakes focused on a particular area for a limited period, is called 'swarm' activity. The swarm activity may or may not have an apparent triggering event behind it: say a large earthquake or a huge landslide.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Southern Mid Atlantic Ridge

Magnitude Type: mww

USGS page: M 6.0 - 785 km W of Jamestown, Saint Helena

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

About 14 hours ago 6.0 magnitude, 10 km depth
Southern Mid Atlantic Ridge


5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Iran; tremors felt in Qatar

Iran earthquake
© Qatar Weather/Twitter
Qatar Seismic Network recorded 5.7 magnitude earthquake at southwest part of Iran on June 9, 2020 at 8:18pm Qatar time.

The Iran news agency IRNA confirmed that a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Fars province on Tuesday.

"Tremors were felt in the eastern coast of Qatar and is expected to be felt in many neighbouring countries which are close to the epicentre," Qatar Meteorology Department tweeted.


'It sounded like an explosion': Scottish village left shaken by M2.2 earthquake

The tremor was recorded at Earthquake House

The tremor was recorded at Earthquake House
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is asking residents in Perthshire who felt today's earthquake to report their experiences.

A seismic event measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale was recorded near Comrie at around 3.20pm this afternoon.

Residents in Comrie reported hearing a "really loud bang" while one person said "it sounded like an explosion".

The BGS appealed on Twitter for residents to fill out a questionnaire on its website to give it "valuable data".

Hundreds of Perthshire residents took to social media to report feeling the earthquake.

On Facebook, one person said the thought a "massive truck just hit my building," while another said said "it was the biggest tremor I have ever felt having lived here my whole life".


Earthquake of 6.5 magnitude hits eastern Indonesia

An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck north of Halmahera near the province of North Sulawesi in Indonesia on Thursday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said.

Indonesia's national weather and climate agency (BMKG) gave a magnitude of 7.1 and depth of 111 km. The GFZ put the quake's depth at 105 km.

BMKG spokesman Taufan Maulana told Reuters no damage had been caused and the earthquake did not pose a tsunami threat.

Indonesia is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is frequently hit by earthquakes that are sometimes accompanied by tsunamis.

Source: Reuters


Strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Chile

According to preliminary information provided by the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), a quake has struck at a depth of 80 kilometres.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile on Wednesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. There were no immediate reports about any damage or casualties.

Chile is situated in the easternmost part of the Ring of Fire, a seismically active zone in the Pacific Ocean, where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, including powerful ones.


Almost a dozen earthquakes occur in just 24 hours near Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone earthquake swarm

Nearly a dozen earthquakes shook parts of Yellowstone National Park in just 24 hours on Friday, May 29. The US Geological Survey reported 11 quakes in West Yellowstone Montana, with tremors ranging from 1.6 to 3.1 magnitude on the Richter scale
The 3,472 square mile park known for its wildlife and geothermal features, sits on a supervolcano, which if it erupts may cause devastation on Earth and even change the planet's climate.

Eleven earthquakes occurred in 24 hours in an area close to Yellowstone National Park last week with the strongest one measuring 3.1 on Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey. The other quakes in West Yellowstone in Montana ranged between 1.6 to 3.1 on the scale and were almost three miles deep. According to website Earthquake Track, which has been monitoring tremors worldwide since 1990, the same area saw 34 earthquakes in the past 30 days.

Such an abundance tremors is not unusual as Yellowstone National Park is one of the most seismically active areas in the United States, with approximately 700 to 3,000 earthquakes occurring there each year. However, most of them are not felt.

Comment: 'Pulsing' of Yellowstone volcano is increasing due to trapped magma below


Energy exchange between troposphere and ionosphere revealed in study

Atmospheric Wave
© Babalola Ogunsua
An illustration of the atmospheric wave dynamics from convective processes and ionospheric responses.
The Earth's ionosphere, extending about 80 to 1,000 km above the Earth's surface, connects outer space and the middle atmosphere. It's an important part and key layer in the whole Sun-Earth system.

However, the understanding of the equatorial ionospheric responses to thunderstorms remains a mystery due to the peculiarities in the dynamics of the ionosphere over this region.

A recently published study in Scientific Reports focuses on the Congo Basin, located in the equatorial region, where lightning and severe thunderstorms are considered to be the most active in the world.