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Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocks Taiwan

Taiwan earthquake
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit 104 km (65 miles) off Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing the country's weather bureau and the US Geological Survey.

According to Reuters, there were no immediate data on damage or casualties from the earthquake.

The epicenter of the quake was registered at the depth of about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) some 104 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan's Hualien county at 12.34 p.m. local time (04:34 GMT).

Earthquake shook buildings in the capital, Taipei. No tsunami alert has been issued.

Beijing does not recognize Taiwanese independence and claims the island is part of China. Taiwan similarly does not recognize the central government in Beijing.


Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake strikes near Vancouver Island, Canada

Quake off Canada
A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Canada, the US Geological Survey said.

Initial indications suggest it was a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck 117 miles off the coast of Port Hardy, a town on the north east end of Vancouver Island.

It is believed that the quake struck at a depth of 21 miles. There are currently no immediate reports of casualties or damage following the quake and no tsunami warning has been issued.

Comment: According to USGS, as of 22nd October, in 1 hour there were 3 quakes above M6 in Port Hardy, Canada:
M 6.6 - 218km SW of Port Hardy, Canada
Time: 2018-10-22 05:39:40 (UTC)
Location: 49.250°N 129.478°W

M 6.8 - 197km SW of Port Hardy, Canada
Time: 2018-10-22 06:16:28 (UTC)
Location: 49.347°N 129.214°W

M 6.5 - 223km SW of Port Hardy, Canada
Time: 2018-10-22 06:22:48 (UTC)
Location: 49.314°N 129.673°W


4 earthquakes strike days after fracking restarts in Blackpool, UK

fracking uk protest
Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood (4th L) campaigns with fellow anti-fracking protesters gathering near the entrance to the Preston New Road drill site where energy firm Cuadrilla Resources have commenced fracking (hydraulic fracturing) operations this week
Blackpool has been hit by four earthquakes just days after the controversial practice of fracking began again in the area.

The latest quake hit this afternoon at levels where scientists say the process should 'proceed with caution.'

Fracking was stopped for years after two earthquakes in Lancashire and experts have now raised fears that 'there may be trouble ahead.'

David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, University of Glasgow, told Metro.co.uk: 'Recent research by Stanford University shows that these tiny tremors can be indicators of bigger quakes to follow - like canaries in a coal-mine.

'The problem for Cuadrilla is that if it carries on regardless, bigger earthquakes may well be triggered.

Comment: Earthquakes, contaminated ground water and polluted land are all proven consequences of fracking and yet the pathological UK authorities disregard life in their pursuit of pitiful profits:


6.4 earthquake, series of aftershocks strike off New Caledonia

A powerful 6.4 earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks has struck off the coast of New Caledonia, a French territory made up of dozens of islands in the South Pacific, according to USGS.

The quake was registered at a depth of 10 km some 162 km southeast if Tadine, about half an hour after a 6.3 earthquake struck the same region. No tsunami warning has been issued following the powerful jolts in the Pacific.


Powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits off Kuril Islands, Russia

There were no immediate reports about casualties or destruction

A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake was registered in the Pacific Ocean off the Kuril Islands, US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The earthquake's epicenter lay at a depth of 467 kilometers. The tremors were registered 234 kilometers northwest of the village of Ozernovsky (inhabited by 1,500 people).

There were no immediate reports about casualties or destruction. No tsunami alert has been issued so far.


Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

PNG quake
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake hit about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of almost 40 km, just before 7 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Wednesday).

"We felt the earthquake a bit, but it was not too strong," Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station.

He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicentre.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves less than 0.3 metre high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Solomon Islands. Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk.

The quake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded. At least two aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 shortly followed.

Comment: Our planet continues rockin' and rollin'. For more information check out SOTT's latest monthly summary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Three killed in Java after latest major earthquake in Indonesia - Sends panic through IMF summit in Bali

East Java quake
© Sumenep Police
Personnel from the Indonesian Military and the National Police visit a resident whose house was damaged by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 11 at 01:44 in the Supedi Islands in Sumenep regency in East Java.
The tremor struck after a 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last month - around 1,000km northeast of the latest quake's epicentre - killing more than 2,000 people

An earthquake on Thursday killed three people in Indonesia and rattled hotels where International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegates were attending a major summit, a fortnight after a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 elsewhere in the archipelago.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Bali and Java islands in the early hours, jolting residents awake and sending them rushing into the streets.

Some attendees in Bali for the IMF and World Bank annual meetings this week evacuated their hotels as the quake shook the island.

"I felt the quake for at least 30 seconds and I panicked. At first I didn't want to go out but then I decided to leave," said Katharina Sudiyono, an Indonesian attendee at the summit.

Peter Jacobs, head of the Indonesian Central Bank's IMF-World Bank taskforce, said delegates in Bali's Nusa Dua district for the summit were quickly informed of the situation.

Comment: Meanwhile the official search and rescue effort following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has been called off reports Sky News.

The death toll from the powerful 7.5 magnitude tremor and subsequent sea wave on 28 September stands at more than 2,000, with 680 people officially still missing.

However, it is feared there could be as many as 5,000 still buried amid the rubble after large swathes of Palu, on Sulawesi island, were razed to the ground.

Rescue teams struggling to find bodies amid the wreckage have been hampered by mud hardening and remains decomposing in the tropical heat.

Indonesia's government has previously suggested closing parts of the city and declaring them mass graves.

See also: Indonesia earthquake death toll could reach 5,000 as officials count missing


6.3 Magnitude quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands

An earthquake has been recorded near the Kuril Islands days after the Ebeko volcano on Paramushir Island erupted, according to reports from geophysical services.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded near the Kuril Islands on October 9, the Sakhalin branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences geophysical service reported.

"At 6:45 p.m. local time, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake occurred with an epicenter 146 kilometers east of the island of Onekotan. The epicenter depth is 56 kilometers," the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seismic station representative said.


Indonesia earthquake death toll could reach 5,000 as officials count missing

An Indonesian search and rescue team walk amongst the debris in Petobo, Indonesia
© Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images
An Indonesian search and rescue team walk amongst the debris in Petobo. Thursday will be the official deadline for recovering bodies.

The official death toll is 1,944 but this number could triple as authorities lose hope of finding survivors

About 5,000 people are still missing, feared death, after an earthquake and tsunami hit Sulawesi just over a week ago.

The official death toll stands at 1,944 but officials believe that when casualties from two of the hardest-hit areas of Palu - Balaroa and Petobo - are determined, that number could almost triple.

Those searching the ruins of the villages fear that thousands may have been swallowed up by the ground when the earthquake caused liquefaction, causing the solid surface of the ground to turn to liquid, engulfing homes in the mud.

"Based on reports from the heads of Balaroa and Petobo, there are about 5,000 people who have not been found," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency.

"Nevertheless, officials there are still trying to confirm this and are gathering data. It is not easy to obtain the exact number of those trapped by landslides, or liquefaction, or mud."

Hopes of finding survivors ten days after the double disaster struck the Indonesian island have all but faded, but Thursday will be the official deadline for recovering bodies. After that people will be deemed missing, presumed dead.

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5.9 quake strikes Haiti, shaking & damaging buildings - At least 12 dead (UPDATE)

earthquake haiti 5.9 October
A powerful 5.9 earthquake off the coast of Haiti has damaged some structures, according to the country's Civil Protection. The USGS registered the quake some 19 km off Ti Port-de-Paix at a depth of 11.7 km.

There has been a report of at least one death, Frantz Duval, a journalist with the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste, said on Twitter. An auditorium has reportedly collapsed in the northern part of the country, while a local police station has also been damaged, forcing police to release detainees from custody as a precaution.


Update: Miami Herald reports:
At least 12 deaths have been confirmed following an earthquake in northwest Haiti, after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the island late Saturday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

At least five of the deaths were registered in the the Port-de-Paix area, Jerry Chandler, the head of the country's Civil Protection disaster response unit, told the Miami Herald.

"Search and rescue, and assessment still ongoing," said Chandler, who had teams activated throughout the northwest and in Gros Morne. In some areas, efforts were being stymied by rain, which had flooded streets.

Mondestin said his report indicates that 162 people suffered minor injuries in the northwest region and eight were seriously injured. He said help had arrived from Port-au-Prince including an ambulance, a surgeon, a nurse and medical supplies.

Tremors were felt throughout the country, triggering panic. At least two aftershocks were also registered, according to Civil Protection.

Last month after tremors were felt in Fort-Liberté, Cap-Haïtien and Grande Rivière du Nord, the director of the Bureau of Mines and Energy, Claude Prépetit, said in a press conference that northern Haiti, the west and Nippes regions, were most at risk for a major quake and warned Haitian authorities. A geological engineer whose office monitors seismic activity, Prépetit said Haiti's seismic detection system had recorded about 26 earthquakes between 2.9 and 4.6 on the Richter scale during the first eight months of this year.

"I urge the population to keep calm, following the passage of the earthquake whose epicenter is located in the northwest coast," Haitian President Jovenel Moïse posted on Twitter. "The Brigadiers @PwoteksyonSivil are already in action in the Nord'Ouest. They will be joined by other teams in the following hours to amplify the relief operations.."

Minutes after the quake, reports started trickling in about houses, a Catholic church and the main police station in Port-de-Paix being destroyed or damaged.

"Civil Protection teams are hard at work across the country and especially in the northwest, where two minor aftershocks have been felt," the office said in a release. It confirmed that no tsunami warning was issued in connection with the earthquake.