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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeastern Iran, second M6.0+ quake in 12 hours

Earthquake in Kerman, Iran
© USGS (screen capture)
The USGS reports a M6.0 earthquake struck southeastern Iran (64km NNE of Kerman) at a depth of 10 km on Tues, 12 Dec, at 21:41:31 UTC.

It was the second M6.0+ earthquake to hit Iran's southeastern province of Kerman within 12 hours. Multiple strong quakes have injured at least 18 people and damaging some 20 houses, state media reported.

Just over one month ago a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Iran-Iraq border region. It killed over 400 people becoming the deadliest quake of 2017.


6.0 magnitude earthquake hits western Iran

Iran earthquake map
© USGS (screen capture)
Iranian media reports say an earthquake has struck western Iran, near the border with Iraq.

Iranian state media said the quake was a magnitude 6.0. The U.S. Geological Survey reported it was 5.4.

Last month, the same region was struck by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that left around 600 dead.

State media said the epicenter of the December 11 earthquake was near the town of Ezgele, but tremors were also felt in Kermanshah, the largest city in the area.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the quake.

Iran is prone to earthquakes because it sits on major fault lines. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake destroyed the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.


Powerful earthquake swarm of over 100 recorded at Skjaldbreiður volcano in Iceland

Skjaldbreiður is a giant shield volcano formed 9,000 years ago.
© Tómas Guðbjartsson
Skjaldbreiður is a giant shield volcano formed 9,000 years ago. Photo/Tómas Guðbjartsson
The powers which created Iceland and continue to shape its geography were on full display over the weekend as a powerful earthquake swarm shook Þingvellir National Park, one of Iceland's most spectacular natural monuments. The earthquake swarm was felt in the National Park and as far as the suburbs of Reykjavík and parts of South Iceland.

112 quakes

The seismic monitoring system of the Icelandic Meteorological Office detected 66 quakes in the mountain on Saturday and more than 50 on Sunday. A total of 116 quakes have been detected since Saturday morning when the swarm began.

The swarm has included several relatively large quakes, measuring more than 3 on the Richter scale. Quakes of this magnitude have not been detected in the mountain since 1992.


Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Micronesia, 3rd M6+ within 48 hours

Micronesia earthquake map
The USGS has reported a strong and shallow 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit 49km NW of Fais, State of Yap, Micronesia on December 9, 2017 at a 10.0 km depth.

This quake is the third M6.0+ earthquake to hit this region within the last 48 hours. A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Micronesia on Friday, December 8, which was followed 9 hours later by an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude 50 km from Fais.

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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Micronesia (UPDATE)

Micronesia Earthquake
A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck east-northeast of Yap in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said, but there was no tsunami threat.

The quake, initially measured with a magnitude of 6.8 by the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center but later scaled down, was at depth of 46 km (28 miles), the Hawaii-based PTWC said.

Comment: The above event was followed by an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude at the same locality about 9 hours later:
6.4 magnitude earthquake 50 km from Fais, Yap, Micronesia

2017-12-08 09:51:10 UTC

USGS page: M 6.4 - 50km WNW of Fais, Micronesia
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people


Shallow 6.2 earthquake recorded off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred off the coast of New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands in the South Pacific Ocean on Friday, the US Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake occurred at 3.09pm local time, at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres, roughly 74km north-northeast of L'Esperance Rock, one of several uninhabited islets in the Kermadec Islands, which are roughly 900km northeast of the North Island.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has not issued a tsunami warning.

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Engine of climate change: Thousands, and possibly millions, of underwater volcanoes remain undiscovered

The world is watching one volcano in Bali, but it's sobering to think there may be hundreds of others going off, and almost certainly ones we don't even know about. The article Is the Bali volcano making us warmer or cooler? by William F Jasper, reminded me of Ian Plimers words about there being squillions of undersea volcanoes so I found the 2007 paper, by Hillier, that tried to count them. Trying being the appropriate word. Volcanoes are biggish things, but when they are under one or two kilometers of water they are hard to hear, hard to see, and, by crikey, we know more about the moon than the bottom of the Marinara, and it's only 11km "away".

People are constantly discovering new volcanoes, like a 3,000m one off Indonesia that no one realized was there til 2010. It turns out the second largest volcano in the solar system is apparently not on Io, but 1,000 miles east of Japan. It's the size of the British Isles, but who knew? A few months ago a team found 91 new volcanoes under Antarctica. (This is getting serious, someone should talk to the Minister for Lava!)
Marianna Volcanoes
© JoNova


Major shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes near the coastal city of Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador

IMPACT ZONE: It struck 11 miles north east of the coastal city of Bahía de Caráquez
IMPACT ZONE: It struck 11 miles north east of the coastal city of Bahía de Caráquez
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck near the coast of Ecuador.

It occurred 11 miles north east of the coastal city of Bahía de Caráquez at a depth of 15 miles in the South American country.

The quake hit at 6.19am local time, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa tweeted: "Strong tremor in San Vicente and Bahia. I hope everything is fine.

"Here in Esmeraldas it was also felt strongly. It reminds me of harder times in my presidency."

It is not clear if the quake has caused any injuries or damage.

Last month, another quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck near the Ecuadorian town of Palora.


Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hits off northeast Papua New Guinea

The quake hit at a depth of 60km, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
The quake hit at a depth of 60km, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the northeast coast of the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) said.

The quake hit at 0250 GMT at a depth of around 53 km (37 miles), according to USGS. No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

Quakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties after the tremor.

Friday's quake was downgraded from an initial measurement of 6.3 magnitude by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

Source: Reuters