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Earthquake swarm hits Canary Islands' La Palma

The Canary Islands' La Palma earthquake swarn
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The Canary Islands' La Palma has been hit by a flurry of earthquakes
THE Canary Island of La Palma has been hit by another flurry of earthquakes once again prompting fears the deadly Cumbre Vieja could erupt - just four months after scientists recorded a swarm of more than 200 tremors.

The Spanish archipelago was struck by up to 70 small quakes, recorded between Monday and Wednesday, reaching between magnitude 1.5 and 2.6 on the Richter scale.

Andgovernment officials announced more quakes were felt between 3am and 6.30am this morning at magnitudes of between 2.1 and 1.5.

Most of them were located in the area of Los Canarios, in Fuencaliente, and in El Pueblo, Villa de Mazo, although they have also been registered in El Paso and Tazacorte.

The Canary Government has now stepped in and called for an urgent meeting to take place on Friday to discuss why the quakes are happening again and what might happen in the future.

The seismic activity is the latest to hit the Spanish islands, popular with British holidaymakers, after it was struck by a flurry of earthquakes in October last year.

Comment: Quakes shake Pacific plate as Ring of Fire activity returns


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7.2 magnitude quake strikes Mexico near Pacific coast

mexico earthquake February 2018
© USGS
A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 has rocked southern and central Mexico. The tremors reportedly shook buildings across the country's capital.

The quake hit the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca, United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports. Situated closest to the epicenter is the municipality of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with a population of some 6,700. Tremors were felt as far as Mexico city, with locals posting videos of shaking trees and buildings to social media. Alarms went off across the capital and thousands of people flooded into the streets.

Comment: Quakes shake Pacific plate as Ring of Fire activity returns



UPDATE: Feb 17th - additional reporting:
Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago.

Crowds gathered on Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue as well as on streets in Oaxaca state's capital, nearer the quake's epicenter, which was in a rural area close to Mexico's Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state. There were no immediate reports of deaths.

"It was awful," said Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, who was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City's trendy Condesa district, too frightened to go back inside. "It started to shake; the cars were going here and there. What do I do?"

She said she was still scared thinking of the Sept. 19 earthquake that caused 228 deaths in the capital and 141 more in nearby states. Many buildings in Mexico City are still damaged from that quake.


Mexican Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente tweeted that there were no immediate reports of damages from the quake. The Oaxaca state government said via Twitter that only material damages were reported near Pinotepa and Santiago Jamiltepec, but that shelters were opened for those fleeing damaged homes.

The Mexico City Red Cross said via Twitter that the facade of a building collapsed in Mexico City's Condesa neighborhood, which was hit hard on Sept. 19. A video showed people walking through a dust cloud. But reporters at the scene later found no evidence of a collapse at the location given.

About an hour after the quake, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock also centered in Oaxaca caused tall buildings in Mexico City to briefly sway again.

USGS seismologist Paul Earle said Friday's earthquake appeared to be a separate temblor, rather than an aftershock of a Sept. 7 earthquake also centered in Oaxaca, which registered a magnitude of 8.2. The Sept. 19 earthquake struck closer to Mexico City.


The Sept. 7 quake killed nearly 100 people in Oaxaca and neighboring Chiapas, but was centered about 273 miles (440 kilometers) southwest of Friday's earthquake, Earle said.

In Mexico's capital, frightened residents flooded into the streets in Condesa, including one unidentified woman wrapped in just a towel, but there were no immediate signs of damage.

"I'm scared," said Rojas Huerta, recalling five months ago when buildings fell as she ran barefoot into the street. "The house is old."
Also See: Earthquake swarm hits Canary Islands' La Palma


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Rare small earthquake rocks Beijing, China

4.3-magnitude quake struck near China's capital
© US Geological Survey
The 4.3-magnitude quake struck near China's capital
A rare small earthquake rattled the Chinese capital Beijing on Monday, the government said.

The 4.3-magnitude quake was centered in an area just south of the city in the neighboring province of Hebei.

The epicenter was in a county that is part of Hebei's Langfang city.

There were no immediate reports of any damage, and buildings in Beijing shook only slightly.

China is frequently hit by earthquakes, many of which are centered in the southwest of the country.

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Quakes shake Pacific plate as Ring of Fire activity returns

ring of fire earthquakes feb 2018
Alaska was hit by more but weaker tremors, measuring at magnitudes of 4.2, 4.0, 3.9, 3.6, 3.5 and 3.3 while a 4.5 magnitude quake shook Japan.

The earthquake activity returns after a magnitude 6 quake struck 10km deep off the Northern Mariana Islands. No immediate tsunami warning was triggered.

The Northern Mariana Islands have a population of 55,023 while Guam had 162,742 people living on the island in 2016.

Comment: Could it be related to scientists' prediction that there will be an upsurge in major earthquakes for 2018 due to slowdown in Earth's rotation?

See Also: For more happenings, check out our monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - January 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


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Earthquake swarm under dormant Furnas volcano, Azores

Location of the past days' earthquakes on Sao Miguel island

Location of the past days' earthquakes on Sao Miguel island
An earthquake swarm has been going on since Monday (12 Feb 2018) in central Sao Miguel island.

The Volcano Observatory (Observatório Vulcanológico e Sismológico da Univ. dos Açores, CIVISA) recorded dozens of mostly small quakes at shallow depths between 1-15 km in an area about 6-7 km west of Furnas volcano, half way between the caldera lakes of Lagunas Fogo and do Congro.

The largest were 6 earthquakes of magnitudes 3.0-3.6, some of which were felt by local inhabitants.

At the moment, the activity is still continuing, but has decreased significantly. It is unclear whether the earthquakes are volcanic in origin or not. If so, they could have been caused by a small magma intrusion at the lower crust and indicate an early sign of possible re-awakening of the volcanic system.

The only recorded eruptions in the area came from Furnas volcano, one around 1439-1443 and a strong explosive one in 1630, which caused significant damage and fatalities.

The situation remains to be monitored closely.

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'Like an explosion': Western France shaken by 4.8 magnitude earthquake

M4.8 earthquake in France
Residents in western France were given a fairly rude awakening at 4am on Monday morning when they were shaken from their sleep by an earthquake measuring 4.8 magnitude.

The epicentre of the tremor, which didn't cause any injuries or fatalities, was reported to have been close to the town of Saint-Hilaire-de-Voust in the Vendée department of western France, which stands close to the department of Deux-Sèvres.

Residents in the area were left trembling and reports suggest the tremors were felt as far away as the city of Poitiers, 100 kilometres from the epicentre.

A baker in the town of Busseau told RMC radio: "I was in my bakery and then it was like a big explosion, a terrible shock, we thought a truck had crashed into a wall."

A baker in the town of Châtaigneraie added: "I was scared. I thought it was an explosion. There was a 'boom' for a few seconds, maybe five seconds. It's happened before but it's never been that powerful."

The mayor of the town of 2,700 residents Nicolas Maupetit told France Info radio: "I thought there had been an accident perhaps a lorry which had crashed into a house nearby. I felt the house shake. I grabbed my telephone in case people started calling. I have to say my heart was racing."

While it might have scared residents the earthquake did not provoke any real structural damage.

Comment: Last October the French Alps were rocked by 140 earthquakes in just over a month.


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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off Northern Mariana Islands

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The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 10 km deep off the Northern Mariana Islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, less than a week after an earthquake jolted Taiwan and killed 17 people.

The tremor occurred at 9:14 a.m. local time Monday (2314 GMT, Sunday). The U.S. Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, which consist of 15 islands, have a population of about 55,023.

There are no tsunami warnings or alerts at this time. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said: "Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to Guam, Rota, Tinian or Saipan from this earthquake ... Some areas may have experienced shaking."

There were no reports made to Guam E911 for damages or injuries from the earthquake, local media reported.

Blue Planet

'Sinking' Pacific Island is actually growing

hammock beach coconut drink man
© TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty
Tuvalu - the Pacific island group often cited by climate alarmists as the nation most immediately at risk from rising sea levels caused by 'global warming' - is not sinking after all.

In fact it's getting bigger, scientists now admit.

Comment: Earth's rotation is slowing with scientists predicting an upsurge in earthquakes, and we're seeing a dramatic increase in sinkholes, landslides and other earth movements; wind speeds are changing, as is the gulf stream, and the behaviour of the jet streams are increasingly erratic; more cosmic rays are reaching earth, and in tandem with all this, the Sun is entering a grand solar minimum, its quietest in 200 years, and we're seeing solar system wide climate change.

Meanwhile on Earth, the evidence of these changes are everywhere:


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2.2 magnitude earthquake, loud boom rocks eastern New York counties

Earthquake in NY State
© Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Many residents of Putnam and northern Westchester counties woke up with a bang this morning, and not because of the impending storm.

A 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported about three miles northwest of Mohegan Lake in Yorktown, according to the United States Geological Survey. The epicenter of the quake, which was reported at 6:14 a.m., was in Putnam Valley, according to the USGS.

People throughout the area posted on social media about feeling the quake, including residents of Chappaqua, Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mahopac and Putnam Valley, and even Monroe in Orange County.

Erik Contzius said he felt the earthquake at his home in Peekskill.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Moscow all time record snow - Taiwan aftershocks & possible underwater eruption offshore (VIDEO)

Record snowfall in Moscow Feb 2018

A woman walks on Red Square after record snowfall in Moscow, Russia, Feb.5, 2018.
Aftershocks continue to shake Taiwan with a cold surge advisory. The quakes seem to be related to an unnamed volcano that erupted during the Dalton Minimum 13 miles off shore and directly at the area of the 6.4 damaging quake epicenter. Moscow all time record cold, with schools cancelling classes for the first time in 3 generations and one month of snow in 36 hours.


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