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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Myanmar (Burma)

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-01-12 00:56:24

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-01-11 18:26:24

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Comment: 3 strong aftershocks followed in quick succession, from Earthquake Track:

2018-01-11 18:38:12 UTC 5.3 magnitude, 10 km depth
Pyu, Bago, Myanmar

2018-01-11 18:42:59 UTC 5.2 magnitude, 10 km depth
Pyu, Bago, Myanmar

2018-01-11 18:44:00 UTC 5.3 magnitude, 10 km depth
Pyu, Bago, Myanmar


Five successive earthquakes rattle western Iran

Five successive earthquakes, all measuring above 5 on the Richter scale, struck Iran's western provinces of Kermanshah and Ilam on Thursday, nearly two months after a massive temblor killed over 600 people in Kermanshah and displaced thousands of others.

Since Thursday morning, nine quakes have shaken Iran's western regions near the common border with Iraq, including four measuring lower than 4 on the Richter scale.
The consecutive temblors hit near the cities of Soumar and Gilan-e-Gharb in the province of Kermanshah and the city of Zarneh in Ilam province.

On November 12, a 7.3-magnitude quake hit Kermanshah, killing more than 620 people and injuring around 10,000 others, mainly in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab and the nearby villages.


Strongest earthquake in five years hits Groningen, Netherlands

Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague
© @milieudefensie / Twitter
Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017.
A 3.4-magnitude earthquake rattled the province of Groningen on Monday afternoon. There were no immediate damage reports of note following Monday 3 p.m. quake, which had an epicenter near Zeerijp and could be felt at least 10 kilometers away, the KNMI meteorology agency said.

Broadcaster RTV Noord said those in its Europapark, Groningen offices 20 kilometers away could also feel the ground shake.


Strong earthquake hits Imphal on India-Myanmar border, scale of damage unclear

© Flickr/ Matt Katzenberger
A 5.5 magnitude quake has hit to the east of Imphal, the capital of the Indian northeastern state of Manipur, according to the US Geological Survey service. Earlier, the Islamic Republic of Iran had suffered from an earthquake which left over 20 individuals injured.

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5.1-magnitude earthquake rocks western Iran in same area as deadly November 2017 quake

iran map 5.1 earthquake jan 2018
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocked western Iran on Saturday in the same area as a deadly November quake which left more than 600 people dead.

According to Iranian state television, there have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck 21 kilometers from Sarpol-e Zahab in western Iran at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the USGS. A 4.7 magnitude aftershock was recorded in the area shortly after the quake, according to Iranian news outlet Khabar.

Comment: See: Iran-Iraq border region hit with 7.2 magnitude earthquake, 400+ killed, deadliest quake of 2017 (UPDATE)


Tokyo area hit by 4.9 magnitude earthquake which 'shakes walls, rattles furniture'

Tokyo earthquake
© emsc.eu
An earthquake of 4.9 magnitude has reportedly struck Tokyo, Japan. TASS reports the jolt was felt in its Tokyo office with the "walls trembling and furniture swaying."

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has put the strength of the tremor at 5.1 magnitude. The epicenter of the earthquake was located some 36 km east of Tokyo.


Heading for a big one? Series of small earthquakes hit San Andreas fault

California San Andreas fault earthquake
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California braced for the big one as series of earthquakes hit San Andreas fault
Earthquakes have hit California sparking frantic speculation the terrifying 'big one' is on its way.

In the last 48 hours, the southwestern State in the US has been rocked by eight tremors, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

All but three of the tremors have come along the San Andreas fault - a deadly line which runs through California and is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

The strongest of the quakes came in Berkeley, near the east coast of California, which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale.

Californian residents took to social media to share their experiences of the earthquakes, with many fearing that the worst is yet to come.

Comment: Nobody knows when the dreaded 'big one' will come - yet it will come.


Mount St. Helens has experienced 40 earthquakes since New Years day

Mount St. Helens 1
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A plume of condensation rises off Mount St. Helens, as viewed from the roof of the Cascades Volcano Observatory December 19, 2006, in Vancouver, Washington.
Since New Years Day Mount St. Helens has experienced 40 earthquakes within its vicinity as tremors continue every few hours. The most powerful earthquake was a magnitude 3.9 that occurred around midnight west coast time about 5 miles from Mount St. Helens and 23 miles from the town of Morton.

The 3.9 magnitude earthquake was felt in Portland but there were no reported injuries or damage. Since that earthquake there have been 16 more earthquakes, averaging about every half hour with magnitudes from 0.6 to 2.6.

It is common to experience swarms of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens. While it is certainly not a sign of an impending eruption, the earthquakes are a result of an active volcanic system.

Comment: It seems that swarms of earthquakes in the area are a more recent development and were not so common in previous years.

Mount St. Helens is most commonly known for its major eruption in 1980, the deadliest and most economically damaging volcanic event in the history of the United States. The stratovolcano is situated just 96 miles from Seattle and 50 miles from Portland, making an eruption especially dangerous.

Comment: In recent years there has been much activity in the surrounding area and the recent quakes are said to be related to magma movement underground. See also:


Magnitude 5.9 earthquake south of Fiji


Magnitude Mw 5.9
Date time 2018-01-02 14:57:18.7 UTC
Location 24.94 S ; 178.51 E
Depth 580 km

Distances 753 km S of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,400 / local time: 03:57:18.7 2018-01-03
770 km SW of Nuku'alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 04:57:18.7 2018-01-03
1264 km E of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 01:57:18.7 2018-01-03


Flurry of 7 earthquakes rock Greek-Macedonia border region

The flurry of quakes has struck near Thessaloniki
The flurry of quakes has struck near Thessaloniki
Seven quakes have struck northern Greece in less than 24 hours near the Brit holiday hotspot Thessaloniki.

The biggest one hit around 75km away from the tourist haven at 6.24am this morning (4.24am UK), measuring 5.0 magnitude.

It left buildings shaking as locals reported it being "scary", "loud and noisy" and "lasting about 6 seconds".

People in neighbouring country Republic of Macedonia also felt the quake.

Experts are now warning Greeks not to enter old buildings amid fears they will collapse.

They are also warning more quakes are likely to hit in the next 24 hours, and potentially a major one.