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Burma earthquake: More than 60 killed

© Agence France-Presse
A rising toll and damage across both sides of the Burma Thailand border has followed the quake
More than 60 people have died in a magnitude-6.8 earthquake in Burma which struck near the Lao and Thai borders.

It happened at 1355 GMT on Thursday and was centred about 70 miles (110 km) from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai, the US Geological Survey said.

It was felt 800km to the south in the Thai capital Bangkok, and in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

The quake was shallow, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km). There are fears the casualties could be much higher.

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Myanmar: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 13:55:12 UTC

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 08:25:12 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

20.705°N, 99.949°E

10 km (6.2 miles)


89 km (55 miles) N of Chiang Rai, Thailand

168 km (104 miles) SSW of Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China

589 km (365 miles) NE of Rangoon, Myanmar

772 km (479 miles) N of BANGKOK, Thailand

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Earthquake Magnitude 4.7 - Mariana Islands Region

Magnitude 4.7

* Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 00:50:34 UTC
* Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 10:50:34 AM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 21.892°N, 143.104°E
Depth 242.9 km (150.9 miles)
Distances 239 km (148 miles) NW of Farallon de Pajaros, N. Mariana Islands
368 km (228 miles) SSE of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan
790 km (490 miles) NNW of SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands
1563 km (971 miles) SSE of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 19.2 km (11.9 miles); depth +/- 2.7 km (1.7 miles)
Parameters NST=106, Nph=106, Dmin=584.4 km, Rmss=0.59 sec, Gp= 61°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=8

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US: Earthquake Magnitude 2.6 - Southern Alaska

Magnitude 2.6

* Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 02:33:31 UTC
* Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 06:33:31 PM at epicenter

Location 59.757°N, 153.199°W
Depth 136.8 km (85.0 miles)

* 52 km (32 miles) E (93°) from Pedro Bay, AK
* 79 km (49 miles) ENE (71°) from Pope-Vannoy Landing, AK
* 79 km (49 miles) SE (129°) from Port Alsworth, AK
* 247 km (153 miles) SW (231°) from Anchorage, AK

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles)
Parameters NST= 38, Nph= 0, Dmin=11.7 km, Rmss=0.69 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1

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Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

Mid-Atlantic Quake_220311
Earthquake Location
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 13:31:29 UTC

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 12:31:29 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

33.106°S, 16.027°W

14.5 km (9.0 miles)


553 km (343 miles) NW of Tristan da Cunha

1917 km (1191 miles) SE of Ilha da Trindade, Espirito Santo, Brazil

3187 km (1980 miles) W of Cape Town, South Africa

3447 km (2141 miles) WSW of WINDHOEK, Namibia


5.7 magnitude earthquake in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the valley were jolted by a 5.7-magnitude earthquake on Monday afternoon, an official said.

Sonam Lotus, the director of the local weather office, said: 'An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale hit Srinagar and other parts of the valley at 3.19 p.m.

'The quake was of moderate intensity with its epicentre in the Hindukush region at latitude 36.5 degrees north and longitude 17.9 degrees east,' she said.

The tremors were felt by residents of Srinagar, but no loss of life or property has been reported so far.

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Small quake hits Southern Finland

Finland Tremor
© YLE Uutisgrafiikka
Map showing area affected by minor tremor.

Finland's Institute of Seismology at the University of Helsinki confirmed that a 2.6 magnitude quake had struck the area. Institute Director Pekka Heikkinen said that quakes of tremors of this magnitude are unusual in southern Finland. He noted they only usually occur a few times annually. Around 30 small earth tremors in Finland are usually detected in northern parts of the country.

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2010 Extreme Weather: Deadliest Year In A Generation

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This was the year the Earth struck back.

Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 - the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.

"It just seemed like it was back-to-back and it came in waves," said Craig Fugate, who heads the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. It handled a record number of disasters in 2010.

"The term '100-year event' really lost its meaning this year."

And we have ourselves to blame most of the time, scientists and disaster experts say.

Comment: Interesting how the blame is assigned to those who are struggling daily with the effects of psychopathy at the top (including scientific establishment), and with the influence of those who are in fact responsible for the negligence, mediocrity, political manipulations and lies so prevalent in our nowadays society.

Even though many catastrophes have the ring of random chance, the hand of man made this a particularly deadly, costly, extreme and weird year for everything from wild weather to earthquakes.

Poor construction and development practices conspire to make earthquakes more deadly than they need be. More people live in poverty in vulnerable buildings in crowded cities. That means that when the ground shakes, the river breaches, or the tropical cyclone hits, more people die.

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6.5 Quake Strikes Sea Floor NW of Vanuatu

Sydney - A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has struck the sea floor northwest of the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, according to a notice from the U.S. Geological Survey, adding to jitters over tremors in the region following the quake that has devastated parts of Japan.

The notice said the earthquake, at 1:48 p.m. local time, had an epicenter 35 kilometers down, with coordinates 17.5 degrees south and 167.6 degrees east. The location is 77 kilometers northwest of Port Vila, close enough to pose some threat of a tsunami, the USGS said.

"No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100km of the earthquake epicenter," the USGS said in a statement.

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Four quakes measuring 5 points occur east of Honshu

Vladivostok, March 17 (Itar-Tass) - There were four earthquakes with magnitudes 5.0 and above at the eastern coast of the Japanese island of Honshu on Thursday morning. The earth shocks' focuses were at depths from 20 to 39 kilometres, said the US Geological Survey.