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Australia: Aftershocks shake north Queensland

Queensland Quake 1
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There have been several aftershocks with one registering a magnitude 4
Several aftershocks have been felt by residents in parts of north Queensland following a 5.2-magnitude earthquake.

The quake, one of the largest to hit the state in many years, was recorded 60 kilometres west of Bowen just after 3.30pm (AEST) Saturday.

The rumblings were felt in several towns throughout the region, but police say there are no reports of damage or injuries.

There have been several aftershocks, with one registering a magnitude 4.


New Zealand: Big aftershock rocks Christchurch

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Damage seen from the devastating earthquake in February, which followed a quake last September
Power has been fully restored to about 20,000 homes and business after a 5.2-magnitude aftershock rocked quake-devastated Christchurch.

New Zealand's second largest city remains devastated following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February which claimed 181 lives, and followed a stronger, but less destructive 7.1 quake last September.

The latest tremor hit at 5:49pm (local time) and was centred 16 kilometres west of the city at a depth of nine kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

Bizarro Earth

Australia: Earthquake Magnitude 5.2 hits Queensland

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted Queensland, Australia at 05:31:19 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.00 km, was initially determined to be at 20.0339 degrees south latitude and 147.6587 degrees east longitude.

Evil Rays

Unusual quake rocks Australia's Barrier Reef coast

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A low rumbling was felt at Magnetic Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef
Australia's Barrier Reef district was rocked by an unusual 5.2-magnitude earthquake Saturday, but laid-back locals said they had barely felt a thing.

The tremor struck about 3.30pm local time (0530 GMT) about 124 kilometres southeast of Townsville at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the United States Geological Survey.

A low rumbling was felt at Magnetic Island, a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland and part of the Great Barrier Reef, according to a hotelier at the All Seasons resort, where it briefly interrupted a wedding on the beach.

"Some of the guests felt a bit of a shake, nothing much. It wasn't major, no-one fell over and nothing was damaged," she said.

"It was just like a shudder, my office backs onto the laundry and I said 'Oh, that was a big spin cycle.' It hasn't stopped the world up here.

Bizarro Earth

US California: Four Back-to-Back Earthquakes Hit Near Anza-Borrego Springs

There was some early-morning shaking happening south of the Coachella Valley Friday. Four earthquakes hit just minutes apart from one another. The first one was a magnitude 3.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It happened at 4:47 a.m. Then, one minute later, three 3.0 magnitude shakers, all hit within seconds of each other at 4:48 a.m. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

Here's how the U.S.G.S. breaks down the science of the earthquakes:

4:47:25 a.m. - a 3.2-magnitude earthquake hit 14 miles from Anza

4:48:42 a.m. - a 3.0-magnitude earthquake hit 15 miles from Borrego Springs

4:48:52 a.m. - another 3.0-magnitude earthquake hit 16 miles from Borrego Springs

4:48:56 a.m. - the final 3.0-magnitude earthquake hit 14 miles from Anza

Bizarro Earth

Africa: Earthquake Magnitude 4.8 rattles rural Tanzania, felt in Kenya; earthquakes rare in Africa

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.8-magnitude earthquake shook rural Tanzania southwest of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Friday's earthquake could be felt as far away as Nairobi, Kenya, by people on high floors of downtown buildings. Nairobi is 220 miles (350 kilometers) northeast of the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter was 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Arusha, Tanzania.

Africa does not have any known major earthquake zones. The area southwest of Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the few regions on the continent with regular seismic activity.

Evil Rays

Hear the REAL sound of the earth moving: Incredible noise captured of moment mega quake triggered Japan's catastrophic tsunami

If there was ever a sound of devastation this must surely be it.

Scientists have released the menacing noise of the Japan earthquake which plunged the nation into unprecedented chaos when it shook the nation on March 11.

The cataclysmic mega-quake sent a merciless tsunami bulldozing its way through streets and homes wiping out towns and communities in a matter of minutes.

Scientists have released the menacing noise of the Japan earthquake which has been sped up 16 times

Bizarro Earth

US: Scores of earthquakes reported on California-Nevada border

A swarm of earthquakes continued along the California-Nevada border, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It began Sunday and continued into Thursday, with scores of small temblors reported.

On Wednesday, the region around Hawthorne, Nev., recorded a 4.4 and 4.1 quake as well as many smaller temblors. There have also been smaller quakes on the California side of the border, along the Eastern Sierras in Inyo and Mono counties.

Bizarro Earth

Taal Volcano quakes increase in number in 24 hours

According to the most recent bulletin of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), there were 11 earthquakes produced by the activity of the Taal Volcano today, April 12, 2011. This is 4 quakes more than yesterday's recorded volcanic quakes.

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Taal Volcano
The bulletin added that the carbon dioxide emissions of the Volcano is still in high levels which suggest anomalous gas release from the magma at depth. The Alert Level II hoisted last Saturday has not been lifted due to the increased activity of Taal Volcano.

The Institute had advised the public that the Main Crater, Daang Kastila Trail and Mt. Tabaro (1965 -1977 Eruption Site) are strictly off-limits because sudden hazardous steam-driven explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate.

In today's episode of TV Patrol, it was reported that there were cracks noted on the walls and floors of the houses and on the roads in Talisay, Batangas which is 10 km away from Taal Volcano. The Phivolcs is still to investigate what caused the cracks.

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7.1 aftershock hits Japan

A warning for a small wave is issued on the one-month anniversary of the giant quake and tsunami.

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Survivors in Miyako, Japan, observe a moment of silence in the rubble exactly a month after a massive earthquake and tsunami.
A strong earthquake rattled Japan's northeast Monday and sparked a fresh tsunami alert on the one-month anniversary of the massive temblor and wave that devastated the northeastern coast and unleashed a still-unfolding nuclear crisis.

The 7.1-magnitude aftershock briefly forced Tokyo's main international airport to close both of its runways. The epicenter was just inland and about 100 miles north of Tokyo. The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said the latest quake had no impact on the plant.

A warning was issued for a three-foot tsunami, the same as for after an aftershock that shook the northeast coast last week. That quake generated no tsunami.

People at a large electronics store in the northeastern city of Sendai screamed and ran outside, though the shaking made it hard to move around. Mothers grabbed their children, and windows shook. After a minute or two, people returned to the store.