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6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan: Buildings destroyed, casualties mount (VIDEOS) - UPDATES

taiwan earthquake hotel collapse
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck the east coast of Taiwan, the US Geological Service (USGS) reported. The epicenter of the quake was reportedly just 1km deep, some 22km east-northeast of Hua-lien.

A hotel in Hualien has collapsed following the earthquake, Reuters reported, citing the Taiwanese government.

Images posted online appear to show the first floor of the hotel severely damaged, with parts of the building crumbling onto the sidewalk.

The hotel that collapsed is the Marshal Hotel, according to Taiwan Observer. Rescue teams have been deployed to the scene.

Comment: There have been a number of strong and shallow earthquakes in the last month, for more details see: M5.4 shallow earthquake strikes Taiwan, long and powerful tremors reported (VIDEO)

Update - 7 February 2018

RT reports that at least four people have been killed and more than 220 others injured, while about 145 remain missing following yesterday's earthquake. At least five buildings collapsed, China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported. Images posted online appear to show the first floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien severely damaged, with parts of the building crumbling onto the sidewalk. Rescue efforts continue.

Another M6.4 quake struck Taiwan on the same day (6th February) two years ago causing widespread damage and 117 deaths.


Shallow 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Taiwan

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Taiwan late on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake's epicentre was around 15 kilometres north of the port city of Hualien at a depth of around 8 kilometres, the USGS added.

There were no immediate reports of any destruction caused by the tremors. The USGS said there is "low likelihood of casualties and damage".

"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist," the organisation said.

It cautioned, however, that earthquakes in the past have triggered landslides.


M5.4 shallow earthquake strikes Taiwan, long and powerful tremors reported (VIDEO)

Thailand Earthquake M5.4 Feb 4 2018
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has struck Taiwan just over 100 kilometers south of the city of Taipei, according to revised US Geological Service data.

The epicenter of the quake was 7.5km underground. Independent service EMSC earlier put the magnitude at 6.5. Witnesses cited by EMSC have described long and powerful tremors, which visibly shook their apartments. There were no immediate reports of damage caused by the quake.

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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake on the Pacific Antarctic Ridge

6.0 magnitude earthquake

2018-02-02 11:37:53 UTC

USGS page: M 6.0 - 265km NE of Scott Island Bank, Antarctica
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people

10 km depth

Comment: This latest quake comes 24 hours after this one: Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the Fiji region


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the Fiji region

6.0 magnitude earthquake

2018-02-01 11:05:50 UTC

USGS page: M 6.0 - 272km SSE of Sigave, Wallis and Futuna
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people

10 km depth, Fiji


M6.1 earthquake rocks Afghanistan with tremors felt in Delhi, one killed, eight injured

M6.1 Earthquake in Afghanistan tremors felt in Dehli
Afghanistan has been struck by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake close to its border with Pakistan, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), killing one and leaving at least five injured.

Tremors from the quake were reported in Kabul and felt in a number of other densely-populated locations in the region including Islamabad, New Delhi, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Kashmir and Abotabbad.

A young girl was killed and five others wounded in the village of Lasbela in Pakistan's Baluchistan province when the roofs of mud-brick homes caved in, according to local government official Izat Nazir Baluch.

Comment: See:


Shallow 6.6 magnitude earthquake southwest of Africa

A earthquake with magnitude 6.6 (ml/mb) was detected on Sunday, Southwest of Africa (0 miles). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). Exact time and date of earthquake 28/01/18 / 2018-01-28 16:03:03 / January 28, 2018 @ 4:03 pm UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of event, longitude 9.6447 East, latitude -53.0501 South, depth = 10 km. The temblor was picked up at 17:03:03 / 5:03 pm (local time epicenter). Id of earthquake: us2000cqnn. Event ids that are associated: us2000cqnn.

Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. Each year there are an estimated 135 earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.


Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake north of Papua New Guinea

Shaking MMI rings. The coastline got a max. light shaking.

Shaking MMI rings. The coastline got a max. light shaking.
Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-01-26 22:47:57

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Comment: Strong seismic activity across the planet in the first month of 2018 is showing a marked increase, listed below are all the earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater (a total of 9 with the report above):

Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Myanmar (Burma)

Shallow 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes southern Peru, leaves 1 dead and 20 injured

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Mexico

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts northern Chile

Powerful 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Java, Indonesia

Tsunami warning for US and Canadian Pacific coast after 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes in Gulf of Alaska - UPDATE

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits off of Japan

Shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off Russia's east coast

Bizarro Earth

Something brewing? California rocked by 15 earthquakes over 2.5 magnitude during the past week

trabuco canyon los angeles earthquake jan 2018
Three earthquakes hit California on Thursday, one as far south as Trabuco Canyon and a second all the way up to a spot off the coast of Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A third earthquake struck near Lytle Creek, California, registering a 2.5 on the Richter scale. Trabuco Canyon, which is close to Lytle Creek, registered 4.0. Both cities are near Los Angeles.

The northernmost earthquake, closest to Eureka, registered a 5.8 on the Richter scale. However, because it hit 100 miles off the coastline, the vibrations were not as strong when they reached land. ABC7 reports that residents of Ferndale, California, in Humboldt County, felt the earthquake, but there are currently no reports of damage or injuries.



4.0 magnitude earthquake felt across Southern California

Earthquake seismograph
A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck an area of the Santa Ana Mountains straddling Riverside and Orange counties early Thursday, Jan. 25, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The temblor hit at 2:09 a.m. at a depth of around 6 miles, with the epicenter described as 10 miles south, southeast of Corona in Riverside County and 8 miles northeast of Trabuco Canyon in Orange County, according to a report by the Southern California Seismic Network, a cooperative project of Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor quakes in Southern California.

There were no immediate reports of damages, but hundreds of tweets flooded Twitter after the quake, with people in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties saying they felt it or it shook them awake.

Comment: Also see: Two shallow earthquakes above magnitude 5.0 strike off California coast

Later on Thursday, a 2.9 quake hit San Jose, bringing the Bay Area total to 7 in a week.