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This week in volcano news - Earthquake swarm in Iceland, new eruption in Russia


At the present, there are 49 volcanoes which are actively erupting. In the last week, a new volcanic eruption began within the Kuril island chain at the Alaid volcano which has a history of highly explosive eruptions. Meanwhile in Iceland, an intense series of earthquake swarms rocked the north of the country, which some people thought had a magmatic signature. And, in New Zealand, the alert level of the White Island volcano was raised in response to a change in sensor readings.


6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesian coast

An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 has struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

It is noted that the epicenter was located 175 km from the city of Pariaman in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra.

The source lay at a depth of 20 km.


6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia with one aftershock of same magnitude

6.2 magnitude earthquake 262 km from Biak, Papua, Indonesia

UTC time: Friday, September 09, 2022 23:31 PM
Your time: Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 12:31 AM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.2 - 263 km ESE of Biak, Indonesia
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in South Atlantic Ocean off South Sandwich Islands


Earthquake details

Date & time Sep 6, 2022 08:32:40 UTC
Local time at epicenter Tuesday, Sep 6, 2022 at 6:32 am (GMT -2)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6
Depth 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 56.5648°S / 25.7903°W (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)


Afghanistan earthquake of magnitude 5.3 kills eight, more casualties feared

An earthquake in northeastern Afghanistan killed at least eight people early on Monday, and the toll could rise, the state news agency quoted a regional official as saying.

The quake of magnitude 5.3 struck near the eastern city of Jalalabad in the early hours, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

"Sunday night's earthquake has caused financial and human losses in Kunar province," Mawlavi Najibullah Hanif, the spokesman for the provincial governor, told the Bakhtar News Agency, adding that casualties could rise.

Initial reports put the toll from the quake at six, with nine injured, said disaster ministry spokesman Mohammad Nassim Haqqani.

Afghanistan is still recovering from a strong earthquake in June that killed more than 1,000 and wiped out villages in its east.

Reporting by Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Kim Coghill and Clarence Fernandez


Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes southern East Pacific Rise

Earthquake details

Date & time Sep 4, 2022 23:57:31 UTC
Local time at epicenter Sunday, Sep 4, 2022 at 3:57 pm (GMT -8)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.2
Depth 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 56.0216°S / 124.5154°W


Powerful 6.9 earthquake hits equator in the Atlantic

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 has struck along the equator in the Atlantic Ocean, seismologists say, but it hit far from land and no tsunami warnings have been issued.

The earthquake, which struck at 09:42 GMT on Sunday, hit about 1,120 kilometers (695 miles) northwest of Ascension Island, which is part of the United Kingdom, or 1,350 kilometers (840 miles) southwest of Sierra Leone.

Seismologists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.9. They said it struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) below the seabed, making it a very shallow earthquake.

Tsunami warning centers said there was no threat of a tsunami from Sunday's earthquake, which hit along the equator, an imaginary line that divides Earth into the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

"Based on the earthquake location near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a damaging tsunami is not expected," the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 111 km WNW of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea at 22:39:51 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 126.89 km, was initially determined to be at 5.6539 degrees south latitude and 148.7029 degrees east longitude.


Shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & time Aug 30, 2022 09:09:42 UTC
Local time at epicenter Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022 at 12:09 am (GMT -9)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.3
Depth 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 54.6482°S / 136.1694°W


Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hits 253 km Northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia late Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey, sending people fleeing their homes but with no casualties or damage immediately reported.

The shallow quake occurred in the waters off the southwestern coast of Sumatra island, at around 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) -- nearest to Bengkulu, South Sumatra and Lampung provinces.

It sent people in South Sumatra and Bengkulu rushing from their homes, according to local media and witnesses contacted by AFP.

However no casualties or damages were immediately reported by authorities, and USGS estimated that there would be little chance of damage on the ground in Sumatra island. No tsunami threat was issued.