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Yemen shaken by shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake

Earthquakes of that magnitude are felt up to hundreds of miles from the epicentre

Earthquakes of that magnitude are felt up to hundreds of miles from the epicentre
A HUGE earthquake registering magnitude 6.2 has struck Yemen, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake struck 213 km northwest of Socotra island in the Gulf of Aden. There was no immediate no tsunami warning.

Earthquakes registering between 6.0-6.9 on the Richter Scale are expected to result in moderate damage to a number of well-built structures.

It is felt in wider areas, up to hundreds of miles from the epicentre.

Comment: Earthquake Track reports the depth as only 10 kms.


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6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Isangel, Vanuatu

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An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted 72km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu at 09:46:49 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 169.16 km, was initially determined to be at 18.9332 degrees south latitude and 169.0224 degrees east longitude.

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Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern Japan

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck off Japan's eastern Chiba prefecture, Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday.

The temblor, which occurred at 8:23 p.m. local time, was centered off the coast of Chiba prefecture, with the epicenter at a latitude of 35.1 degrees north and a longitude of 140.6 degrees east, and at depth of 50 km.

The earthquake logged lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7 in some areas of Chiba prefecture and could be felt in Tokyo.

So far, no major damage or injuries were reported, and no tsunami warning has been issued.

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Mom's secret recording catches kindergarten teacher calling her 5-year-old son a 'loser'

Banyan Elementary School
By the second week of school last fall, Kandy Escotto knew something was amiss with her 5-year-old.

Her son, Aaron, complained about going to school. He brought home poor grades. Then, while they were working on homework together, Aaron told his mother that he was a bad boy.

"I said, 'Why do you say something like that?' " Escotto said. "He said, 'That's what the teacher tells me when I don't do my work.' "

Escotto said she complained to Banyan Elementary School Principal Cheri Davis about Rosalba Suarez, a 33-year veteran teacher who was named teacher of the year this year at the school in Westchester. She said the principal told her she needed proof that Suarez was bullying her son.

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6.1 magnitude earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia

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A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook off the eastern coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula at 01:40:08 UTC on July 6, 2018 at depth of 79 kilometers.

There has been no reports of damage or injuries.

No tsunami warning was issued.

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3rd earthquake in less than 14 days hits Surrey, UK - Same area as April's quakes

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An earthquake has struck in the south east of England - the third in the area in less than two weeks.

The earth moved in the Crawley area but there are also reports across Surrey and Sussex.

Residents have said buildings and the ground were shaking for "just a few seconds" following a "tremor".

James Hammond, of Bewbush, felt the earth rattle and his flat rumble.

He said: "This was around 11.50am, our flat shook. It wasn't major but you can clearly feel the place shake and everything on the tables were as well."

Comment: USGS have noted six quakes above magnitude 2 since the start of the year, and two of them were above M4. For the most part the UK is considered seismically quiet so this is unusual - and evidenced by the reaction of the people quoted in the article - and one wonders whether the recent revelation of the fault line in London has anything to do with it:
  1. M2.9 - 2km ENE of Cranleigh, United Kingdom 2018-07-05 10:53:24 (UTC)10.0 km
  2. M2.4 5km WNW of Langley Green, United Kingdom 2018-06-29 05:54:12 (UTC)5.0 km
  3. M2.6 5km NW of Langley Green, United Kingdom 2018-06-27 12:28:23 (UTC)5.0 km
  4. M4.1 7km NNE of Withernsea, United Kingdom 2018-06-09 22:14:25 (UTC)10.0 km
  5. M2.7 6km NW of Langley Green, United Kingdom 2018-04-01 11:11:01 (UTC)5.0 km
  6. M4.3 5km NE of Clydach, United Kingdom 2018-02-17 14:31:05 (UTC)11.6 km
It also seems that globally seismic, geologic and volcanic activity seems to be on the increase:


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Is there a connection between cosmic rays, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions?

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Scientists have detected a correlation between historic solar minima, volcanic activity, sun spots and climate change.

But taking the concept further, it does appear that cosmic impacts could trigger seismic activity causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

John L Casey and his fellow authors examine the history of earth quakes during solar minimums in 'Upheaval!: Why Catastrophic Earthquakes Will Soon Strike the United States' (Casey, Choi,Tsunoda & Humlum (January 2017).
"The authors make a strong case for grand minimums being a causal factor in triggering these strong quakes."
Volcanic activity may be attributed to the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating deep into silica rich volcanoes. Several studies have shown this correlation along with historical evidence.

Comment: Correlation clearly does not equal causation but there does appear to be a link with all these phenomena and the increasingly erratic behaviour of weather and geologic activity on our planet: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?




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Abnormal earthquake swarm continues on French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, locals suffering from anxiety and stress

Mayotte earthquake swarm
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It was June 14 when officials in Mayotte opened up a psychological support services unit, designed to help residents deal with the stress of hundreds of earthquakes they've experienced as part of the ongoing seismic activity the Indian Ocean island nation has endured for weeks.

The situation has "caused concerned reactions among the population," according to the prefecture, which issues daily updates on the earthquakes.

Those updates on a seismic swarm that began May 10 are mirrored in reports from the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), the France-based geological agency serving the territory. And those reports keep coming, nearly two months after the shaking began.

The most recent BRGM report, issued Friday, shows another two earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater, and six quakes between 3.4- and 3.6-magnitude for the previous 24 hours. While the activity seemed to have slowed in mid-June, it came roaring back last Sunday with dozens of smaller earthquakes and one that topped out at a 5.1 magnitude. There were 17 more on Monday, and 12 more on Tuesday - including another 5.0 - followed by a comparable quake on Wednesday.

Almost all of the seismic activity is in the same spot about 50 kilometers to the east of the island, with the largest 5.8-magnitude quake occurring on May 15. It also was the largest ever recorded in the archipelago, surpassing a 5.2-magnitude event in 1993 that had previously been considered the most powerful.

While there have been no reports of serious injury or fatality, the constant shaking has created anxiety and uncertainty for some of the 250,000 people living in Mayotte as well as visitors to the tourism hotspot. Some minor damage has occurred to buildings, including a school in Dembeni. At least 10 families have been evacuated from damaged homes and relocated, at least until the threat passes.

The problem is that it never does.

Comment: "The seismic activity remains abnormal and persists," according to the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM). Could it be related to a slowdown in Earth's rotation? See also:


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Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Mexico
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A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Mexico
An earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude has struck the Pacific coast of Mexico, the United States Geological Survey has reported.

It hit 55 miles south-west offshore from Cihuatlan, in Jalisco state, around 4.55am BST.

The USGS estimated the depth of the tremor at around six miles.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of the country's Civil Protection agency, said on Twitter that the quake had been felt only lightly and that there were no reports of damage so far.

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Second quake in 2 days strikes Surrey, UK - M2.4 rattles houses

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An earthquake has rocked Surrey for the second time this week with reports of a house shaking as if "a truck had crashed into it".

Researchers from the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the tremor, with a magnitude of 2.4, struck shortly before 7am in Newdigate near Dorking, at a depth of three miles.

The organisation said it hit in the same area as the 2.6 magnitude quake on Wednesday.

There were reports of "a loud bang and the whole house shook like a truck had crashed into it" for about two seconds, the BGS said.

Classic car parts owner Roy McNeill and his wife Judy, from nearby Beare Green, both felt the effects of the tremor.

Comment: The UK is considered relatively seismically quiet and yet it seems no where is being spared from the dramatic increase in earth movement: