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West of MacQuarie Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.3

MacQuarie Quake_050611
© USGS
Earthquake location.
Date-Time:
Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 11:51:12 UTC

Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 09:51:12 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
55.944°S, 146.588°E

Depth:
10 km (6.2 miles)

Region:
WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND

Distances:
794 km (493 miles) WSW of Macquarie Island, Australia

1244 km (772 miles) NNE of Dumont d'Urville, Antarctica

1449 km (900 miles) S of HOBART, Tasmania, Australia

2018 km (1253 miles) S of MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia

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Japan: Earthquake Magnitude 6.3 - off East Coast of Honshu

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Friday, June 03, 2011 at 00:05:03 UTC

Friday, June 03, 2011 at 10:05:03 AM at epicenter

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Location:
37.294°N, 143.912°E

Depth:
31 km (19.3 miles)

Region:
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Distances:
270 km (167 miles) E of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

287 km (178 miles) ESE of Sendai, Honshu, Japan

308 km (191 miles) E of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan

412 km (256 miles) ENE of TOKYO, Japan

Info

Small earthquake in Blackpool, major shock for UK's energy policy

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© GETTY IMAGES
The 2.3 magnitude earthquake recorded in Blackpool in April is about 12 billion times smaller than the recent earthquake in Japan
The controversial new drilling operation for natural shale gas in Lancashire has been suspended following a second earthquake in the area that may have been triggered by the process. The earthquake last Friday near Blackpool occurred at the same time that the energy company Cuadrilla Resources was injecting fluids under high pressure deep underground to deliberately blast apart the gas-bearing rock - a process known as "fracking", brought to Britain from the US, where it has been highly contentious.

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Chile: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - near Bio-Bio

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 12:55:21 UTC

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 08:55:21 AM at epicenter

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Location:
37.545°S, 73.663°W

Depth:
15.1 km (9.4 miles)

Region:
OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE

Distances:
7 km (4 miles) N of Lebu, Bio-Bio, Chile

96 km (59 miles) SW of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile

116 km (72 miles) W of Los Angeles, Bio-Bio, Chile

530 km (329 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile

Attention

Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Strikes off Sumatra Island, Indonesia

A shallow-undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted Sumatra island earlier Sunday, however, suggested no potential danger of a tsunami, Xinhua quoted the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency as saying.

The quake, which struck at 00.07 a.m. (Jakarta time) Sunday (1707 GMT Saturday), had its epicentre at 119 km southwest Krui of Lampung province and a depth at 10 km under sea bed, an official of the agency stated.

Radar

US: 1.7 Magnitude Quake Caused Rumbling In Philadelphia Area

Philadelphia residents who were shocked to feel their homes shake from what they thought was an explosion learned Saturday that a minor earthquake had struck the area.

An earthquake registering magnitude 1.7 struck the Philadelphia area Friday night, the US Geological Service (USGS) said Saturday.

The quake struck at 9:33pm local time Friday in northeastern Philadelphia at a shallow depth of 2.6 miles (4.2 kilometers).

The USGS initially said it had no seismological evidence of an earthquake or tremor as officials had no explanation earlier Saturday for residents who felt their homes rumble, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Police, firefighters and other emergency responders were dispatched to the area after hundreds of residents reported feeling the ground shake shortly before 10:00pm.

Alarm Clock

Japan's 11 March mega-quake shifted the ocean floor sideways by more than 20m

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Japan's 11 March mega-quake shifted the ocean floor sideways by more than 20m (65ft), according one instrument placed on the seabed off the nation's coast. This direct measurement exceeds the displacement suggested by some models built only from data gathered on land.

The figure was recorded by the Japan Coast Guard which maintains underwater geodetic equipment along the fault responsible for the giant tremor. An upwards movement of 3m (10ft) was registered by the same instrument. The data underlines once again the colossal nature of the Magnitude 9.0 quake and its associated tsunami.

The scale is almost double that estimated only from the terrestrial data. Results show how important offshore data are to know where and to what extent the rupture occurred on the plate boundary.

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Kermadec Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.1

Kermadec Quake_210511
© USGS
Earthquake Location.
Date-Time
Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 21:17:00 UTC

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 09:17:00 AM at epicenter

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Location
30.775°S, 178.133°W

Depth
19.8 km (12.3 miles)

Region
KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

Distances
103 km (64 miles) NE of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands

169 km (105 miles) S of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

942 km (585 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand

1108 km (688 miles) SSW of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

Bad Guys

Volcano erupts in Iceland, spurs 50 quakes

White plume shoots 18,000 feet above the glacier that sits over the volcano
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© Photographers Direct
Grimsvotn volcano
Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland's most active volcano erupted Saturday, with a white plume shooting 18,000 feet into the air, scientists said.

The eruption was followed by around 50 small earthquakes, the largest of which measured 3.7 on the Richter Scale, according to Iceland's meteorological office.

There was a similar eruption at the same volcano in 2004.

Scientists don't believe this eruption will lead to air travel chaos like that caused by ash from the Eyjafjallajokul volcano in April 2010.

The Grimsvotn volcano is located underneath the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland.

Sparsely populated Iceland is one of the world's most volcanically active countries and eruptions are frequent.

They often cause local flooding from melting glacier ice, but rarely cause deaths.

Last year's Eyjafjallajokul eruption left millions of air travelers stranded after winds pushed the ash cloud toward some of the world's busiest airspace and led most northern European countries to ground all planes for five days.

In November, melted glacial ice began pouring from, signaling a possible eruption. That was a false alarm but scientists have been monitoring the volcano closely ever since.
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© Unknown
Grimsvotn Volcano Area - Iceland.

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Australia: Earthquake Magnitude 4.6 - Western Australia

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Friday, May 20, 2011 at 20:03:27 UTC

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 04:03:27 AM at epicenter

Location:
23.412°S, 119.324°E

Depth:
12 km (7.5 miles)

Region:
WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Distances:
1008 km (627 miles) NNE (21°) from Perth, Australia

1779 km (1105 miles) SSW (201°) from DILI, East Timor