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Iceland: Glacier flood confirmed from Vatnajökull glacier, flood is from Hamarinn volcano (Loki-Fögrufjöll area)

The harmonic tremor that started yesterday has been confirmed to be coming from Hamarinn volcano (Bárðarbunga volcano), but they are also known as Loki-Fögrufjöll in GVP database.

So far there is nothing that indicates an eruption is taking place at the moment in Hamarinn volcano. But that might change without warning. At the moment nobody is sure where the glacier flood is coming from. But this appears to be a new area of hydrothermal activity in Hamarinn volcano that is releasing water at the moment. This new hydrothermal area is most likely created by new dike intrusions into the bed rock in the affected area. There are no pictures of the affected area, as the area is impassible to air plains at the moment due to cloud cover or fog. Lack of earthquakes also makes it hard to locate the source of this glacier flood.

Currently the glacier flood has peaked and is getting lower. There not expected to be any damage from this glacier flood on human structures or roads. This area of Iceland is unpopulated. The water is going into large lakes in the area where the effects of this glacier flood are almost none. The glacier flood did flow into a dam lake that is collecting water from rivers that this glacier flood did go into. This did make the lake rise about 70 cm in several hours and fill it. No damage is expected from this glacier flood to the dam or other structures in this area connected to the dam. But it is estimated that 26 gigaliters did flow into the dam lake during the night from this glacier flood.

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Costa Rica: 5.3 Earthquake in Upala Alajuela

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Today at approximately 2:11pm in the afternoon, Upala was rattled by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that shook products off store shelves and rattled off home furnishings. No immediate damages were reported however later in the afternoon something strange was discovered as a result.

While reporting on the earthquake in Upala today, a local news station discovered that a district near the epicenter was missing a river. That's right...A RIVER.

Apparently in the moments following the earthquake, a community stood watch as their river disappeared in to the Earth. As of this writing it is still unknown exactly which community this occurred in however once we have the name we will update this article. The affected citizens were interviewed and expressed concern for the loss of this substantial water supply to the area. Not only will this affect humans but also the livestock raised in the area.

Additionally there was also a 4.8 earthquake registered in Guanacaste near Santa Rosa de Bagaces today.

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New Zealand: Christchurch rocked by more than 7400 aftershocks

Christchurch City
There have been more than 7400 aftershocks in Christchurch in the 10 months since September's magnitude-7.1 quake.

They've sent people running, brought buildings down and left 181 dead.

Many people had been injured, left without water and power - and some have had to abandon their homes.

The aftershocks include the February 22 magnitude 6.3 and the 6.3 tremor which shook the city once again on June 13.

They contribute to this year's total of more than 11,000 quakes felt throughout the country.

Four earthquakes larger than magnitude 6 have already hit New Zealand this year, compared to just three occurring for all of 2010.

Two of them were in Christchurch, one was off the Coromandel coast on January 28 and the largest, a magnitude 6.5, occurred in Taupo last week and was felt throughout the country.

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Negros, Philippines - Earthquake Magnitude 6.4

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Earthquake Location
Monday, July 11, 2011 at 20:47:06 UTC

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 04:47:06 AM at epicenter

9.535°N, 122.175°E

19 km (11.8 miles)


125 km (78 miles) W (280°) from Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines

134 km (83 miles) SSW (198°) from Iloilo, Panay, Philippines

150 km (93 miles) SW (215°) from Bacolod, Negros, Philippines

580 km (360 miles) SSE (167°) from MANILA, Philippines

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Japan in tsunami alert after new earthquake

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A strong earthquake off the coast of northeastern Japan has triggered a tsunami warning and causing workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant to be evacuated.

The warning has now been lifted and there are no reports of significant damage.


Pakistan: In Shishkat, Rumbling Tremors Worry Locals

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The blasts were so severe that it seemed as if the earth was moving, the villager said of the bang.
Underground tremors and blasts have created panic among the residents of villages adjacent to Attabad, a small hamlet devastated by a massive landslide early 2009, people said on Friday.

"We heard several bangs from underground all night," said Hamid Hussain, a resident of Shishkat, a village upstream of Attabad.

The landslide that struck Attabad blocked the Hunza River and formed a lake that expanded upstream, submerging the lower part of Shishkat.

The blasts were so severe that it seemed as if the earth was moving, the villager said of the bang.

The villagers said they were afraid of the tragedy repeating itself anytime as the mystery continues. At least 19 people died in the landslide that cut off Gojal from the rest of the country.

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Quake jolts northeast Japan, nuclear workers evacuated

Tokyo - A strong earthquake jolted northeastern Japan on Sunday, triggering an evacuation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant but there was no sign of further damage at the facility or reports of casualties along the coast.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued, and then lifted, a tsunami alert after the 7.1 magnitude quake which hit the same area that was devastated by a massive quake and tsunami on March 11. Officials said a 10 cm wave had been recorded.

"The shaking lasted rather long and became gradually stronger," an official at Iwaki City, Fukushima told national broadcaster NHK. "I saw a book shelf shaking but nothing fell off. We are advising people not to go near the coast."

At least 21,000 people were killed or went missing during the March disaster, which also cut power to the Fukushima nuclear plant and triggered a radiation crisis.


US: 2.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Northwestern New Hampshire

Residents along the Connecticut and Ammonoosuc Rivers say they felt their homes shake after an earthquake just after 5 p.m., centered near Woodsville.

The New England Seismic Network at the Weston Observatory of Boston College reports quake measured 2.6 at 5:09 p.m. It was located about 4 miles south of Woodsville.

The social media site Facebook rocked with residents from Woodsville through Bath, Landaff and Lisbon reporting that they felt their houses shake for several seconds and that they could hear a loud bang. Some said they thought there had been an explosion nearby.

Sheila Brill of Woodsville, not far from the epicenter, said she was opening a door and heard a loud bang and then house shook.

"I thought at first my furnace had malfunctioned," she said. "I didn't know whether to stay inside or go outside, so I stayed inside just long enough to pour a glass of wine, which I took outside."

Emergency dispatchers at the Grafton County Sheriff's Department said there have been no reports of injury or damage.


Georgia, US: Residents Report Mysterious Loud Noise and Ground Vibrations

Gainesville - Hall County sheriff's deputies have been patrolling the northeast Georgia county after several people reported hearing a mysterious loud noise.

Several residents called 911 to report hearing a loud noise and feeling the ground vibrate between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday.

Hall County Maj. Jeff Strickland tells The Times of Gainesville that most reports were from the area of Browns Bridge and McEver Roads.

Lt. Col. James Wilson, a spokesman for Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, said the cause was probably not an aircraft coming to or from the base. He said its flight schedule does not indicate any aircraft would have been passing through the area then.

Base officials say they've received calls from local law enforcement agencies, and are still looking into the matter.

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Kermadec Island Region - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

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Earthquake Location
Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 09:10:52 UTC

Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 09:10:52 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

28.941°S, 176.732°W

19.9 km (12.4 miles)


119 km (73 miles) ENE of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

346 km (214 miles) NE of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands

878 km (545 miles) S of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

1185 km (736 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand