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6.3-magnitude quake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

A strong earthquake jolted Indonesia's holiday island of Bali early on Thursday (March 19), but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at 1.45am (1.45am Singapore time) with an epicentre 255km south of the town of Nusa Dua, the US Geological Service reported.

The epicentre was a relatively shallow 10km deep.

Source: AFP


5.7M earthquake strikes Salt Lake City - First ever to directly hit Utah's capital - Angel statue atop Mormon HQ loses its trumpet

earthquake damage salt lake city
© Rick Bowmer/AP
Construction workers look at the rubble from a building after an earthquake on March 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City.
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, sending spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands and closing the city's airport.

The epicenter was just southwest of Salt Lake City, between the city's airport and the Great Salt Lake. The temblor and its aftershocks physically and mentally rattled approximately 2.8 million people who are already hunkered down amid the coronavirus epidemic.

There were no initial reports of injuries, said Utah Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty.

Comment: Local news at the moment of the quake:

How symbolic is this: the Angel Moroni statue atop the Mormon HQ in Salt Lake City lost its trumpet during the quake!

temple staue trumpet salt lake
© Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
The Angel Moroni statue atop the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands with its trumpet missing after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna hit on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The current statue is actually a replacement for the original one, which was destroyed by lightning in 2016!


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Vanuatu - USGS

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of the island state of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake was registered at 03:13 UTC. The epicentre was located 97 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of the village of Sola. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 178.8 kilometres (111 miles).

There have been no reports about possible casualties or destruction.


6.3 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-03-14 10:01:12

Depth (Hypocenter) : 30 km


M5.2 earthquake rattles Iceland, strongest since 2013

Reykjanes peninsula
© Golli
Reykjanes peninsula
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake has rattled southwestern Iceland, the Icelandic Met Office says.

There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.

The earthquake was the largest to hit the Reykjanes peninsula, southwest of the capital, since 2013.

The Met Office has recorded a lot of seismic activity there in recent weeks.

Comment: Iceland review reports:
Vísir also spoke to Njarðvík resident Karl Ottesen: "I was sitting on the sofa and everything kind of rippled." Karl told reporter Kolbeinn Tumi Daðason that his daughter, who also lives in the area, had "never felt such a powerful tremor in the region."
Just a few weeks ago visitors were warned to stay away from Iceland's Eldvörp caves due to the presence of deadly gases.


Dartmouth, Nova Scotia just got rocked by 2 rare earthquakes in a row

Dartmouth earthquake
It's been a shaky couple of days for Dartmouth. A Nova Scotia earthquake rocked the region not once, but twice in the same community less than two days apart. These seismic events are not common for the region and have left some residents baffled.

At 12:24 a.m. on March 3, a 2.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Dartmouth, just east of Halifax.

According to Global News, Halifax Regional Police got multiple calls from people in the area reporting their homes shaking and sounds similar to explosions.

Nick Ackerley, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, told Global News that events like this produce seismic waves when moving through solid rock and that can create the loud sounds that people hear.

Thankfully, no injuries or property damage was reported by emergency services that responded to the calls from residents.

This event comes less than two days after another earthquake shook that exact same part of Nova Scotia.

On March 1 at 8:38 p.m., a 2.6 magnitude quake was also felt by people in Dartmouth.

Having one seismic event in the Halifax region isn't something that happens often, let alone two within 30 hours of each other.

Ackerley said that the area is pretty far from any tectonic plate edges that could be rubbing together so these earthquakes are out of the ordinary.


Two earthquakes rock western Indonesia, scores injured, houses damaged

Indonesia quake
Two earthquakes with magnitude of 5.8 and 4.9 jolted western part of Indonesia province on Tuesday (March 10), leaving scores of people wounded and several houses destroyed, officials said.

The latest quake struck at 9.06pm (1406 GMT) with the epicentre at 88km southeast of Enggano Island in Bengkulu province, and the depth at 48km under the seabed, said Prio Budi, an official at the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

The intensity of the quake was felt at IV MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) in Lampung province's village of Liwa, the official disclosed.

"With that strong intensity, there should be damages resulted by the jolts," he told Xinhua by phone.

Earlier, a 4.9-magnitude quake struck at 5.8pm (1018 GMT) with the epicentre at 13km northeast of Sukabumi district in West Java province and the shallow of 10km under the seabed, the official said, citing that the agency previously released a report on a 5.0-magnitude quake on the same day.

The intensity of the quake was felt at IV to V MMI in the province's areas of Ciambar, Cidahu, Kelapa Nunggal, and II to III MMI in Citeko, he said.


Swarm of 10 earthquakes hit off Northern California coast

A swarm of at least ten earthquakes hit off the North Coast of California from Sunday into Monday.

The largest was a 5.8 magnitude, 65 miles off the coast of Eureka around 8 p.m. Sunday.

A second quake hit around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the same area, measuring 4.9 magnitude.


Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Tanimbar, Indonesia and is felt in Darwin, NT

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia sending shockwaves felt across NT

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia sending shockwaves felt across NT
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 has struck the Tanimbar region in Indonesia, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) says.

The quake on Wednesday was at a depth of 49km, according to EMSC.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia following the earthquake, which was felt in Darwin.

The Indonesia Geophysics Agency also said there was no tsunami potential from the quake.

Indonesia, which sits on the seismically active Pacific 'Ring of Fire', often suffers deadly earthquakes and tsunamis.


At least 8 people dead in eastern Turkey after 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Iran border area

Wreckage of a mud-brick construction is seen after tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province
© Anadolu/Getty Images
Wreckage of a mud-brick construction is seen after tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills eight people and leaves 21 others wounded, according to Turkey's interior minister.

At least eight people have been killed and 21 others injured in Turkey's Van province following an earthquake early Sunday, the country's interior minister has said.

Three of those killed were children, according to Suleyman Soylu, adding that some 1,066 buildings have collapsed.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority had begun rescue work, Soylu said.

"Search and rescue efforts are ongoing," he said.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the Turkey-Iran border region, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. The quake had a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the EMSC said.