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Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - Earthquake Magnitude 6.1

Alaska Quake_140911
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 18:10:07 UTC

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 09:10:07 AM at epicenter

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Location:
53.138°N, 173.022°E

Depth:
1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)

Region:
NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

Distances:
27 km (16 miles) NNW of Attu, Alaska

87 km (54 miles) WNW of Shemya Island, Alaska

3180 km (1975 miles) W of WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory, Canada

3236 km (2010 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan

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US: California Earthquake Magnitude 4.1 - Greater Los Angeles Area

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 14:44:51 UTC

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 07:44:51 AM at epicenter

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Location:
33.953°N, 117.076°W

Depth:
16.9 km (10.5 miles)

Region:
GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA

Distances:
9 km (6 miles) SSW (196°) from Yucaipa, CA

10 km (6 miles) WNW (289°) from Beaumont, CA

13 km (8 miles) SSE (162°) from Mentone, CA

14 km (9 miles) ENE (78°) from Moreno Valley, CA

109 km (67 miles) E (96°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA

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US: Some report rumbling from Alabama earthquake; epicenter near Center Point

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© USGS
A 3.0 magnitude earthquake reported tonight was strong enough to knock pictures off a few walls in Trussville, but police reported no structural damage.

"Some people felt the rumbling," said Lt. Paul Skaggs. "A lot of people must not have, because we only got a few calls on it."

The epicenter of the earthquake -- which was reported just before 6 p.m. -- was about three miles south of Center Point, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There have been other earthquakes in Alabama this year: a 2.1 magnitude was reported in August in Fayette; two earthquakes -- one a 2.2, the other a 2.5 -- were detected in one week in March in Limestone County; and in February a magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck just south of Fort Morgan in south Alabama.

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US: California - Earthquake Magnitude 3.6 Central Coast, near San Simeon

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:27:13 UTC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 05:27:13 AM at epicenter

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Location:
35.727°N, 121.109°W

Depth:
8 km (5.0 miles)

Region:
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

Distances:
12 km (7 miles) NE (38°) from San Simeon, CA

19 km (12 miles) N (354°) from Cambria, CA

21 km (13 miles) W (267°) from Lake Nacimiento, CA

40 km (25 miles) WNW (286°) from Paso Robles, CA

193 km (120 miles) SSE (158°) from San Jose City Hall, CA

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US: New Mexico - Earthquake Magnitude 4.0 near New Mexico / Colorado border

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© USGS
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck near the New Mexico-Colorado border, rattling residents in both states.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the light temblor hit at 11:24 p.m. Monday. It was centered 17 miles west of Raton, N.M., with a depth of 3.1 miles.

It came several hours after a magnitude 3.4 quake hit the area. The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 p.m. and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo.

There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

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US: Earthquake Rattles Big Country: What's Possibly Behind Them?


Snyder, Texas -- People from Abilene to Midland reported feeling an earthquake that was centered northeast of Snyder Sunday morning.

Earthquakes often occur near Snyder, but this was the second strongest on record behind the memorable 5.3 quake in 1978. Records go back to 1977.

"It was a really heavy loud rumble that came up out of nowhere," said Snyder resident Lance Soria.

"Just sitting there and the house started shaking so I looked up at the roof to see if anything was going to fall," said Snyder Resident Steve Mackey.

The 4.4 magnitude quake hit around 7:30 AM Sunday morning in northeast Scurry County. Residents of Snyder have experienced at least seven earthquakes since Sunday morning.

"To have them this close together is definitely a bit alarming," said Lisa Crump who was raised in Snyder.

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Near The North Coast of New Guinea, P.N.G. - Earthquake Magnitude 6.2

PNG Quake_120911
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Monday, September 12, 2011 at 22:44:32 UTC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 08:44:32 AM at epicenter

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Location:
3.678°S, 144.050°E

Depth:
34.9 km (21.7 miles)

Region:
NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G.

Distances:
48 km (29 miles) ESE of Wewak, New Guinea, PNG

242 km (150 miles) N of Mount Hagen, New Guinea, PNG

728 km (452 miles) NNW of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

2803 km (1741 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

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Earthquakes May Make 2011 Second-Costliest Year for Insurers

New Zealand Earthquake
© The Associated Press
Record earthquake losses following the temblors in Japan and New Zealand may make 2011 the second- costliest year in history for insured catastrophe losses, according to Swiss Re Ltd.

Total insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters reached about $70 billion in the first half of this year, more than double the losses in the same period in 2010, according to estimates by the Zurich-based reinsurer.

The figure was only surpassed in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita caused claims of more than $90 billion, the world's second-biggest reinsurer said. Catastrophe claims usually increase in the second half of the year with the hurricane season in the North Atlantic and typhoons in the northwest Pacific.

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Vanuatu - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

Vanuatu Quake_110911
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 23:37:36 UTC

Monday, September 12, 2011 at 10:37:36 AM at epicenter

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Location:
18.186°S, 167.874°E

Depth:
35.1 km (21.8 miles)

Region:
VANUATU

Distances:
63 km (39 miles) SW of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu

212 km (131 miles) NW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu

298 km (185 miles) SSE of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

1844 km (1145 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

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6.4 quake off Vancouver Island felt by few on Peninsula

Neah Bay - The magnitude-6.4 earthquake centered off the coast of Vancouver Island on Friday afternoon went largely unnoticed on the North Olympic Peninsula.

The 12:41 p.m. quake was centered about 130 miles northwest of Neah Bay at a depth of 14.3 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

"There is no tsunami watch, warning or advisory for the Washington coast," the Clallam County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"There have been no reports of anyone from the county who may have felt the earthquake. There are no damage reports from the British Columbia area."

Janine Bowechop, executive director of the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Neah Bay, was working at the museum when the quake occurred.

"I didn't feel a thing," Bowechop said. "But I'm in one of the biggest buildings in town."

Makah Marina Manager Bob Buckingham was at his Neah Bay home during the quake and did not feel the ground shake.

Clallam Bay Fire Chief Patricia Hutson-English did not feel the quake.

"And I haven't heard reports from anyone who felt it," she said.

Karin Ashton, a volunteer at the Clallam Bay-Sekiu Chamber of Commerce visitors center, said: "This is the first I've heard about it."

"We didn't hear a rumble or anything," Ashton said.

"It's been very calm and quiet."