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Chile: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - Off Coast of Bio Bio

Chile Quake_ 120211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 01:17:03 UTC

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:17:03 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
36.985°S, 73.077°W

Depth
14.8 km (9.2 miles) set by location program

Region
BIO-BIO, CHILE

Distances
15 km (10 miles) S of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile

85 km (50 miles) NW of Los Angeles, Bio-Bio, Chile

85 km (55 miles) NE of Lebu, Bio-Bio, Chile

450 km (280 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile

Radar

Strong Earthquake Jolts Chile

Image
© Associated Press
The epicenter is near the site of a massive quake and resulting tsunami that killed at least 521 people and left 200,000 homeless a year ago.
Magnitude-6.8 Temblor Centered Near Exact Same Spot as Last Year's Devastating Quake; No Reports of Injuries or Damage

Cauquenes, Chile - A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck central Chile Friday, centered in almost exactly the same spot where last year's magnitude-8.8 quake spawned a tsunami and devastated coastal communities.

Electricity and phone service were disrupted and thousands of people fled to higher ground following Friday's quake, but the government quickly announced that there was no risk of a tsunami, and there were no reports of damage or injuries.

President Sebastian Pinera appealed for calm and praised his government and Chileans in general for responding quickly.

"Today we're better prepared," Pinera said. "I think we've learned the lesson of Feb. 27, 2010."

Rodrigo Ubilla, the vice interior minister, said the navy had "totally discounted any risk of a tsunami."

Still, the strong earthquake frightened many Chileans, especially along the coast, where people quickly moved to higher ground.

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Chile: Earthquake Magnitude 6.3 - Off Coast of Bio-Bio

Chile Quiake2_110211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Friday, February 11, 2011 at 23:39:21 UTC

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 08:39:21 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
37.181°S, 73.484°W

Depth:
13.5 km (8.4 miles)

Region:
OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE

Distances:
50 km (30 miles) NNE of Lebu, Bio-Bio, Chile

55 km (35 miles) SW of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile

105 km (65 miles) WNW of Los Angeles, Bio-Bio, Chile

485 km (300 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile

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Chile: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8 - Off Coast of Bio-Bio

Image
© USGS
Date-Time:
Friday, February 11, 2011 at 20:05:30 UTC

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 05:05:30 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
36.432°S, 73.050°W

Depth:
18.4 km (11.4 miles)

Region:
OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE

Distances:
45 km (28 miles) N (360°) from Concepcion, Chile

164 km (102 miles) SW (229°) from Talca, Chile

260 km (162 miles) N (352°) from Temuco, Chile

392 km (243 miles) SSW (213°) from SANTIAGO, Chile

Attention

Twin Quakes Strike Off Philippines

Two big earthquakes struck under the Celebes Sea between the Philippines and Indonesia late on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.

The biggest quake, measured at 6.7 magnitude, hit 330 kilometres from the town of General Santos on the Philippine island of Mindanao, and roughly the same distance from Manado on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

It was 512 kilometres deep, the USGS said.

It came two minutes after a 6.5-magnitude quake a few kilometres away and at a similar depth.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, based in Hawaii, did not issue a tsunami warning following the earthquakes.

The area is part of the Pacific's so-called Ring of Fire, a zone of frequent tectonic activity where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common.

Attention

Monaco: Three 'mini-quakes' hit the the Cote d'Azur

Monaco Port
© The Riveria Times
The quakes happened around the coast of Monaco
Just days after a minor earthquake was recorded off the coast of Menton, three further tremors have been registered in Monaco.

The Geo-Azur Laboratory confirmed that the first of these latest rumbles was registered at around 10.32am on the 8th February and hit 2.3 on the richter scale. The second, felt at about 2.02pm, had increased to 2.4 in its maginitude and finally came the third and strongest quake, which reached 2.8 ML.

Although the fire department in Menton did not receive any emergency calls at the time of the first minor tremor, several residents in Monaco, from Fontviellle and Monte-Carlo in particular, phoned police two days ago to find out what was happening.

Jena Luc Berenguer, Professor of the European Center of Valbonne, told press that the seismologists who recorded the movement under the Mediterranean Sea are not sure if all four were caused by the same fracture in the sea bed or if there is any link between the Menton and Monaco tremors at all. He added that although it is impossible to make any predictions, there was no great cause for concern at present. In fact if the technology was not in place to register signs of these 'mini-quakes', most of the region's residents would not be aware that they were even happening.

Attention

Hawaii: Second earthquake hits Big Island in two days

A magnitude 2.6 earthquake shook the Big Island at about 8:37 a.m. Thursday, the second small earthquake to hit the island in as many days.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 1.7 miles and 5 miles from the town of Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island.

On Wednesday, a quake registered a magnitude 3.0 and occurred about 2 miles south of the Kilauea summit.

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Celebes Sea - Earthquake Magnitude 6.7

Celebes 2 Sea Quake_100211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 14:41:57 UTC

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:41:57 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
3.966°N, 123.125°E

Depth
512.2 km (318.3 miles)

Region
CELEBES SEA

Distances
330 km (205 miles) SW of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines

330 km (205 miles) SE of Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines

1200 km (740 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines

2130 km (1320 miles) ENE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

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Celebes Sea - Earthquake Magnitude 6.5

Celebes Sea Quake_100211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 14:39:28 UTC

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:39:28 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
4.126°N, 123.017°E

Depth
528.4 km (328.3 miles)

Region
CELEBES SEA

Distances
310 km (190 miles) SE of Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines

325 km (200 miles) SW of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines

1185 km (730 miles) S of MANILA, Philippines

2130 km (1320 miles) ENE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

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6.1-Magnitude Quake Shakes Southern Siberia

Siberian republic of Khakassia
© RIA Novosti. Shidlovskiy
Siberian republic of Khakassia
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Khakassia, Russian republic in Southern Siberia, local media reported on Thursday.

So far, there are no reports about the casualties and destruction.

The quake occurred at 8:35 a.m. Moscow time (0535 GMT) and its epicenter was 170 km to the south of the city Abakan, in the Western Sayans mountain range, said Siberian branch of Russia's Emergency Ministry.

The quake was also felt in six Siberian regions, including major cities of Barnaul, Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo and Novosibirsk. All of the regions are over 500 km from the epicenter.

Local media said this is the first major earthquake in Southern Siberia since October 2000.