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Tsunami not expected after shallow M6.6 earthquake strikes near Easter Island, Chile

Easter island quake map
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A tsunami was not expected after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck in sea southeast of Easter Island, Chile, the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles)with its epicenter about 1,483 km southeast of Hanga Roa, Easter Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

(Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)


Earthquake swarm continues in Granada, Spain, with 49 quakes in one day, 585 counted since December

Granada quake
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Residents in Granada flee to the streets following a series of earthquakes on Thursday.
The tremors have caused widespread alarm among local communities, with some families opting to sleep in their cars in open spaces due to fears of staying in their homes

Granada province, in southern Spain, was hit on Thursday by 49 earthquakes, according to the National Geographic Institute (IGN). The largest of these, with a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale, struck at 7.49pm at a depth of three kilometers. The city of Granada and its metropolitan area had already been shaken by 42 tremors of varying magnitudes before the latest ones were felt.

Local police in the municipality of Santa Fe, the epicenter of the 4.3-magnitude quake, said that one building had suffered minor damage, but did not pose any risk. Officers did, however, warn citizens to take care when passing by certain areas of the city center, which are home to a large number of old buildings.

Comment: Seismic and geologic activity of all kinds appears to be on the rise:


826 earthquakes detected at Mt. Pinatubo, Philippines

Mt Pinatubo
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Central Luzon has intensified its monitoring of Mt. Pinatubo following a series of earthquakes that was detected in the area.

Julius Ceasar Sicat, DOST Region 3 director, told Bulacan Ronda Balita that they are closely monitoring the volcano with ongoing upgrades to the Pinatubo Volcano Network (PVN) and upcoming geochemical surveys of the Pinatubo crater lake and the condition of the volcano.

In an advisory, DOST-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) showed that since January this year, the PVN and the Philippine Seismic Network (PSN) have detected a total of 826 imperceptible earthquakes east-northeast of Mt. Pinatubo in the Mabalacat, Pampanga area.

They said that although there is no threat yet from the recent earthquake activities, the communities and local government units (LGUs) near the volcano were alerted against future earthquakes and volcanic hazards.

Mount Pinatubo erupted 29 years ago and killed hundreds of people. The volcano discharged millions of tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere.


Powerful 5.8-magnitude quake hits Auckland Islands, New Zealand, USGS says

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New Zealand is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes.

A powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the Auckland Islands, an archipelago 465 kilometres south of the South Island at 05:47:53 UTC, United States Geological Survey said on Sunday.

The seismic activity was registered at a depth of 10 kilometres by the USGS. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, however, reports that the epicentre of the quake was determined to be at a 2 kilometre-depth.

No data of any injuries or damage have been reported so far.

The country is situated in a collision zone between the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, and earthquakes occur frequently. The region is part of the Pacific Ocean basin's "Ring of Fire", famous for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


M7.0 earthquake recorded near Chilean Antarctic base, nationwide tsunami alert 'accidentally' issued

Chile's Bernardo O'Higgins army base is seen at Antarctica
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Chile's Bernardo O'Higgins army base is seen at Antarctica in this undated handout photo provided by the Chilean Army on December 22, 2020
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks have rattled Chile, triggering panic as authorities issued a nationwide tsunami alert while only seeking to evacuate the country's largest research station in Antarctica.

The strongest of over half a dozen jolts struck South Shetland Islands 216 kilometers northeast of Chile's O'Higgins scientific base at 8:36pm, while another 5.8 quake shook the Chile-Argentina border region close to the capital, Santiago around 30 minutes later.

While the warning was only meant for the coastal regions of Antarctica, people all across Chile received messages urging them to abandon coastal areas due to a tsunami threat, triggering much confusion.


Shallow M4.4 earthquake hits Granada, Spain

(Translated from Spanish): An earthquake of intensity 4.4 on the Richter scale shook the city of Granada and its metropolitan area at 12:15 pm on Saturday. The earthquake has caused a slight injury and many damages in homes, supermarkets, schools and some heritage elements in the city of Santa Fe, 12 kilometers from the capital, where the earthquake has had its epicenter. According to the National Geographic Institute (IGN), the earthquake occurred five kilometers deep.

Read more (article in Spanish): https://elpais.com/espana/2021-01-23/...


Authorities in Indonesia report 185 disasters in first weeks of January, 2021

Landslide in Cimanggung District, Sumedang Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia, 09 January 2021, where 24 people died.
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Landslide in Cimanggung District, Sumedang Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia, 09 January 2021, where 24 people died.
Authorities in Indonesia say the country has seen 185 disasters since the start of the year, including earthquakes, tornadoes, landslides and floods.

According to the National Disaster Management Agency, BNPB, hydrometeorological disasters dominate the list, with 127 flood events and 30 landslides recorded in several regions of the country during the period 01 to 21 January 2021.

At least 166 people have died in the disasters, including 91 in earthquakes, 41 in landslides and 34 as a result of floods.


Strong magnitude 7.0 earthquake shakes southern Philippines

A powerful earthquake shook parts of the southern Philippines on Thursday night, but authorities said it was too deep to cause major damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake measured magnitude 7.0 and was located 95.8 kilometers (60 miles) below the sea and about 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Pondaguitan in Davao Occidental province, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

In Davao city, President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, some residents ran out of their houses as the ground shook and power cables and business signs swayed, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. Duterte was in the presidential palace complex in Manila.

Comment: Also very pertinent:


Shallow M6.8 earthquake hits western Argentina

The earthquake took place in Argentina's San Juan province.

The earthquake took place in Argentina's San Juan province.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 has struck Argentina's San Juan province, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.

The quake hit the west-central province late on Monday at a depth of 10 km, GFZ said.

The US Tsunami Warning System said no tsunami warning has been issued for the earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of serious damages or victims.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and its epicentre was 27.6 km southwest of the town of Porcito.


M6.2 earthquake hits Indonesia's Sulawesi killing at least 73 people (UPDATE)

People look at the damaged office of governor of West Sulawesi following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi province.
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People look at the damaged office of governor of West Sulawesi following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi province.
At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds injured following a strong earthquake that shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island early on Friday morning, prompting landslides and destroying houses.

Thousands of people fled their homes to seek safety when the 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit just after 1am local time on Friday morning. The epicentre was six kilometres north-east of Majene city in West Sulawesi.

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed or damaged, including a hospital, which has collapsed with more than a dozen patients and staff remain trapped beneath it.

"The hospital is flattened," said Arianto, who goes by one name, from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, near to Majene. Rescuers were also trying to reach a family of eight buried beneath the rubble of their destroyed home, he added.

The death toll includes 26 people in Mamuju city. "That number could grow but we hope it won't," said Ali Rahman, head of the local disaster mitigation agency. "Many of the dead are buried under rubble."

Comment: Update: The Daily Mail on January 17 reports:
Death toll rises to 73 in Indonesia earthquake that saw 28,000 flee their homes

The death toll from an earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday has risen to 73 as experts warn another quake could trigger a tsunami.

More than 820 people were injured and over 27,800 fled their homes after the 6.2-magnitude quake hit, a spokesman from the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said.

Some sought refuge in the mountains, while others rushed to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said.

BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said police and military officers have been deployed to crack down on looting in several parts of the region.

An emergency response status, intended to help rescue efforts, has also been put in place for two weeks, he said.

The epicentre of the quake which struck at around 1.30am on Friday was 22 miles south of the city of Mamuju and it had a relatively shallow depth of 11 miles, the United States Geological Survey said.

An aerial picture shows flattened homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi

An aerial picture shows flattened homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi
The earthquake came after a 5.9-magnitude tremor and at least 26 aftershocks the previous day, in a string of disasters which caused three landslides and damaged bridges to regional hubs such as the city of Makassar.

The tremors also damaged more than 60 homes, two hotels and the provincial governor's office. Electricity in the area is also out.

Jati's comments came as Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency (BMKG), warned that another quake in the region could potentially trigger a tsunami.