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Philippines: 144 quakes at Bulusan in last 24 hours

Alert level 1 remains at Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon after state volcanologists noted a significant rise in seismic activity in the area, recording 144 volcanic quakes there in the last 24 hours.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said 80 of these quakes were recorded in a seven-hour period on Monday, from 5:00 a.m. to noon.

Bizarro Earth

Papua New Guinea - Earthquake Magnitude 6.5 - Bougainville Region

Papua Quake_150511
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 18:37:10 UTC

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 04:37:10 AM at epicenter

Location:
6.157°S, 154.446°E

Depth:
43.2 km (26.8 miles)

Region:
BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Distances:
122 km (76 miles) W (273°) from Arawa, Bougainville, PNG

248 km (154 miles) WNW (283°) from Chirovanga, Solomon Islands

331 km (206 miles) SE (131°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

709 km (441 miles) WNW (301°) from HONIARA, Solomon Islands

825 km (513 miles) E (86°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG

Bizarro Earth

Central Mid Atlantic Ridge - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

Atlantic Quake_150511
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 13:08:12 UTC

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:08:12 AM at epicenter

Location:
0.461°N, 25.601°W

Depth:
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

Region:
CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

Distances:
1276 km (793 miles) ENE (57°) from Natal, Brazil

1624 km (1009 miles) S (188°) from PRAIA, Cape Verde

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New Zealand: Aftershocks Continue Daily after Christchurch Earthquake 2011

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© Debbie Roome
The Back View of Buildings on High St after Christchurch Earthquake 2011
A series of aftershocks woke a number of Christchurch residents in the early hours of Sunday 15th May, 2011.

Aftershocks continue to rattle Christchurch on a daily basis with 7 occurring between 4pm on the 14th May and 3pm on the 15th May. Some of these shocks relate to the 7.1 September 2010 earthquake and others to the 6.3 February 2011 earthquake.

Aftershocks on the 15th May 2011

According to the Geonet website, Christchurch was shaken by 3 large aftershocks between 1am and 3am on Sunday 15th May. The first was a 4.0 magnitude centered near Springston. This aftershock was close to the area of the September 2010 earthquake. The second and third aftershocks measured 4.6 and 4.0 and both were in the ocean off the East Coast. They were centered just over 20 kilometers from Cathedral Square in Christchurch central.

These aftershocks disturbed many people's sleep and Facebook comments reported that frightened children ran and climbed into bed with parents. Other people described the tremors as a good shake and shudder. One person said their windows rattled and there was also a comment about chairs on wheels moving.

Bizarro Earth

Costa Rica - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

Costa Rica Quake_130511
© USGS
Earth Location
Date-Time:
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 22:47:55 UTC

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 04:47:55 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
10.105°N, 84.261°W

Depth:
70 km (43.5 miles)

Region:
COSTA RICA

Distances:
25 km (16 miles) WNW (303°) from SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

126 km (78 miles) SSE (153°) from San Carlos, Nicaragua

137 km (85 miles) W (275°) from Limon, Costa Rica

Bad Guys

Expert says eruption of Etna volcano linked to earthquake in Spain

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© Unknown
Rome - The eruption of the Etna volcano in southern Italy early Thursday is connected to the earthquakes that rocked the Spanish region of Murcia, killing 12 people and injuring more than 170 others, a seismology expert said Thursday.

"We are currently witnessing an intense seismic activity in the entire Mediterranean area from Spain all the way to Malta which has a certain impact on regional volcanoes," said Domenico Patane, director of the Sicily office of Italy s National Geophysics Institute.

Patane said volcanoes are like windows from where underground magma surfaces and it's normal that they respond to earthquakes occurring in a geographic proximity.

"The Spanish eastern coast hit by the quake, after all, lies close to Italy, in the Mediterranean. Both Spain and Sicily are on the same earth plate," he said.

The earthquakes in Spain on Wednesday, which could be felt in Madrid, reportedly had their epicenter near the towns of Lorca and Totana in the Murcia region. The initial tremor of 4.4 magnitude was followed by a quake of about 5.2 magnitude.

Bizarro Earth

Quakes Hit Italy, But None in Rome Despite Myth

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© AFP / Getty Images
Thousands of alarmed Italians are fleeing Rome amid rumors that a seismologist predicted that a devastating earthquake will strike the Eternal City.
More than 22 earthquakes struck Italy by noon on Wednesday, as is normal for the quake-prone country. But none was the devastating temblor purportedly predicted by a now-dead scientist to strike Rome.

Despite efforts by seismologists to debunk the myth of a major Roman quake on May 11, 2011 and stress that quakes can never be predicted, some Romans left town just in case, spurred by rumor-fueled fears that ignore science.

Many storefronts were shuttered, for example, in a neighborhood of Chinese-owned shops near Rome's central train station. And an agriculture farm lobby group said a survey of farm-hotels outside the capital indicated some superstitious Romans had headed to the countryside for the day.

The fears are all thanks to a purported prediction of a major Roman quake Wednesday attributed to self-taught seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, who died in 1979. However, Paola Lagorio, president of the association in charge of Bendandi's documentation, says there's no evidence Bendandi ever made such a precise prediction.

Adam Burgess, a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Kent said rumors like these tend to occur in "information vacuums," such as during war when there are situations of uncertainty. In this case, he suggested, the viral rumor-mongering about a Roman quake may reflect a lack of trust Italians feel toward their government.

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Earthquake hits southern Spain, ten dead

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© Unknown

Damaged cars in Lorca after the earthquake
At least ten people were reported dead and dozens injured after an earthquake shook southeastern Spain on Wednesday, toppling historic buildings in the medieval town of Lorca.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has hit the town of Lorca in southern Spain, leaving seven people dead and several medieval buildings collapsed.

The 5.2 magnitude earthquake was felt across the Murcia region, where hundreds of British expatriate live, from Alicante to Malaga and as far away as Madrid.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has hit the town of Lorca in southern Spain, leaving a seven people dead and several medieval buildings collapsed.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake kills at least 4 in Spain

5.3 earthquake spain
© Unknown
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has toppled several buildings in southern Spain, near the town of Lorca, killing at least four people, officials say.

The quake struck at a depth of just 1km (0.6 miles), some 120km south-west of Alicante, at 1850 (1650 GMT), the US Geological Survey reported.

TV shots showed rescue workers rushing through debris-littered streets.

Lorca Mayor Francisco Jodar told local radio the four deaths were caused by falling debris and cave-ins.

Old buildings, including a clocktower, were badly damaged by the quake, which followed a smaller 4.4-magnitude quake about two hours earlier.

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has deployed emergency military units to the scene, the Spanish EFE news agency reported.

Earthquakes are common in southern Spain, but they rarely result in casualties.

A number of aftershocks have been felt in the Murcia region, where authorities fear the death toll could rise.

The area worst hit by Tuesday's quake suffered previous tremors in 2005 and 1999.

Bizarro Earth

Loyalty Islands: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8

Image
© USGS
Date-Time:
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 08:55:09 UTC

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 07:55:09 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
20.252°S, 168.273°E

Depth:
14.9 km (9.3 miles)

Region:
LOYALTY ISLANDS

Distances:
134 km (83 miles) SW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu

149 km (92 miles) NNE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

276 km (171 miles) S of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu

1741 km (1081 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia