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Kermadec Islands region hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake - 10th of such or greater intensity in last 2 days

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© Associated Press
6.1 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Saturday, March 06, 2021 13:12 PM

USGS page: M 6.1 - Kermadec Islands region

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people

10 km depth

Comment: For further details of the other greater than mag. 6 quakes in the region, see here . For more coverage on the massive magnitude 8.1 quake, see: 'Do not stay at home': Tsunami warning for parts of New Zealand after 8.1-magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands


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Shallow earthquake of magnitude of 6.3 hits off Gisborne, New Zealand - 2nd strong quake there in 2 days

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© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted 182 km NE of Gisborne, New Zealand, at 0016 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 11.57 km, was initially determined to be at 37.6016 degrees south latitude and 179.5995 degrees east longitude.

Comment: Details of the first quake here.


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Croatia sees gaping sinkholes emerge in area ravaged by December 2020 earthquake

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© AP Photo/Darko Bandic
This aerial photo shows a sinkhole in the village of Mececani, central Croatia, Thursday, March 4, 2021.
After the deadly earthquake came the sinkholes.

A central Croatian region about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the capital, Zagreb, is pocked with round holes of all sizes, which appeared after December's 6.4-magnitude quake that killed seven people and caused widespread destruction.

Scientists have been flocking to Mecencani and other villages in the sparsely-inhabited region for observation and study.

Comment: Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits central Croatia - Second quake in 2 days - UPDATE: At least seven killed


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6.2-magnitude quake hits Kermadec Islands region: USGS

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© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted Kermadec Islands region at 14:24:49 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 29.0883 degrees south latitude and 176.3109 degrees west longitude.

Source: Xinhua

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'Do not stay at home': Tsunami warning for parts of New Zealand after 8.1-magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands

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A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of New Zealand after a strong earthquake struck off the country's coast.

New Zealand's emergency agency has told residents in some areas to head for higher ground after a powerful earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region early Friday, sparking fears of a tsunami.

The 8.1-magnitude quake was the third to strike the area on Friday morning local time, according to the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency.

People near the coast must "move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. Do not stay at home," the New Zealand agency states on its website.

The Kermadec Islands are 500 - 620 miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island. The East Coast of the North Island from the Bay of Islands to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolaga Bay including Whakatane and Opotiki and Great Barrier Island are all included in the Pacific nation's tsunami warning.


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Earthquake: Magnitude 6.1 - Kermadec Islands region

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© Associated Press
M6.1 Earthquake - Kermadec Islands region

Preliminary Report

Magnitude

6.1

Date-Time

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4 Mar 2021 20:25:06 UTC
5 Mar 2021 09:25:06 near epicenter
4 Mar 2021 12:25:06 standard time in your timezone

Location

28.395S, 176.645W

Depth

10 km

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Earthquake of magnitude 7.2 strikes Kermadec Islands - 3rd strong quake in the region within 5 hours

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© Associated Press
An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, on Friday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), EMSC said.

(Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Source: Reuters

Comment: The other two:

New Zealand tsunami warning after 6.9-magnitude earthquake

6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu


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6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu

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© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 69 km southwest of Sola, Vanuatu at 16:53:11 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 172.14 km, was initially determined to be at 14.4487 degrees south latitude and 167.2953 degrees east longitude.

Bizarro Earth

Volcanic activity below desert discovered in Utah

Utah Desert
© (Lee Siebert/Smithsonian Institution/Public Domain)
It might not look like it, but the arid expanses of Utah conceal an ancient volcanic complex, and this hidden underground system is still active far below the desert's surface, scientists say.

According to a new study, a pair of recent earthquakes in 2018 and 2019 were not indicative of tectonic activity, but were seismic rumblings produced by the Black Rock Desert volcanic field - an ancient volcanic system in Utah's Sevier Desert that's been active for over 6 million years and, apparently, is still alive and kicking.

"Our findings suggest that the system is still active and that the earthquakes were probably the result of fluid-related movement in the general area," says seismologist Maria Mesimeri from the University of Utah.

"The earthquakes could be the result of the fluid squeezing through rock or the result of deformation from fluid movement that stressed the surface faults."

The two earthquake sequences in question occurred in September 2018 and April 2019, and were recorded by seismometers within the Utah Regional Seismic Network, as well as by instruments forming part of an experimental project called Utah FORGE, run by the US Department of Energy.

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10 years on from Christchurch disaster, powerful earthquakes strike off New Zealand (UPDATES)


Comment: This keeps happening. In the last couple of years, strong quakes have been occurring on or very close to significant anniversaries (from the point of view of the afflicted country)...


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Quake centred at 10km depth, about 178km from town of Gisborne, where people felt shaking

Authorities in New Zealand have issued a tsunami warning after a shallow, powerful earthquake struck off the country's north-eastern coast in the early hours of Friday.

The quake measured a preliminary 6.9 magnitude and was centered at a depth of 10km (six miles) approximately 178km north-east of the city of Gisborne, the US Geological Survey said. Residents of Gisborne reported light to moderate shaking, it said.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties, but the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency warned people who had felt a powerful tremor to move to higher ground, writing in a tweet:

Comment:

UPDATE 2100 CET

An other, even bigger, quake has struck off NZ. This one has been recorded at 8.0M, and thankfully it struck much further to the north, near the Kermadec Islands. Tsunami warnings have sounded across North Island's northern coastline.

Last month, Fukushima, Japan, felt its strongest quake since the March 2011 disaster. In September 2017, Mexico City felt its strongest since the horrendous 1985 quake struck there - on the same day, 32 years earlier.

Now, we're not saying that anthropocentric dating is the key factor here, but these recent examples of 'resonating dates' do suggest some kind of role for mass consciousness in natural, otherwise 'random' events.

Human-cosmic connection, anyone? Is some 'mass mind effect' involved (sometimes) in the timing/release of certain planetary/cosmic energies?

UPDATE 6 March 2021

A second strong quake has struck off New Zealand's northeast, this one a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, 140km east of Te Araroa, off the North Island, at a depth of 33km at around 1.14pm on Saturday.