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India: Sikkim quake unusual, say geologists

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Bangalore -- The earthquake that rocked Sikkim Sunday is unusual in terms of its magnitude and nature of origin, say leading geologists.

"There is nothing surprising in this earthquake as the region north of Sikkim, which forms the outliers of Tibetan tectonics, is known for moderate earthquakes in the past," C.P. Rajendran at the Indian Institute of Science here told IANS.

But what makes it different is its "unusually greater magnitude".

These earthquakes are different in the sense they are along the somewhat north-south structures trending transverse to the east-west Himalayan axis, Rajendran said. They are different from the usual Himalayan thrust earthquakes that are caused by the collision of the Indian plate with the Eurasian plate.

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US Alaska: Earthquake Magnitude 5.8 - Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands

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Date-Time:
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 08:14:15 UTC

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 11:14:15 PM at epicenter

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Location:
52.041°N, 171.858°W

Depth:
34.7 km (21.6 miles)

Region:
FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

Distances:
65 km (40 miles) SW of Amukta Island, Alaska

104 km (64 miles) SW of Yunaska Island, Alaska

1678 km (1042 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska

2430 km (1509 miles) W of WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory, Canada

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5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Guatemala

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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala Monday around 12:30pm local time -- just a half hour after a 4.8-magnitude tremor struck near the same spot, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The first quake struck at a depth of 37.9 miles (61km) just 25 miles (41km) southeast of Guatemala City.

The more powerful second quake hit at a depth of 24.5 miles (39.4km) and was located 33 miles (52km) southeast of the capital city, according to USGS data.

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18 Dead in India, Nepal After Magnitude-6.9 Quake

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© CNN
Nepalese personnel in Kathmandu stand on the rubble of a British Embassy wall that collapsed in Sunday's earthquake.
At least 18 people -- 13 in India and five in Nepal -- died when a magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck the northern Indian state of Sikkim near the border between the two nations Sunday night, local government officials told sister network CNN-IBN.

The dead include three in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu, who died when a wall of the British embassy collapsed, according to Kedar Rijal, Kathmandu police chief. They included an 8-year-old girl, her father and a third person.

The British Foreign Office confirmed a "compound perimeter wall" of the embassy collapsed, adding that its ambassador has met with the community and offered condolences.

Police said in a statement that two more people died in the Nepalese town of Dhara, about 217 miles east of Kathmandu. About a dozen people were injured when they jumped from their houses during the quake, police said.

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Sikkim, India - Earthquake Magnitude 6.9

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© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 12:40:48 UTC

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 06:10:48 PM at epicenter

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Location:
27.723°N, 88.064°E

Depth:
19.7 km (12.2 miles)

Region:
SIKKIM, INDIA

Distances:
68 km (42 miles) NW of Gangtok, Sikkim, India

119 km (73 miles) NNW of Shiliguri, West Bengal, India

272 km (169 miles) E of KATHMANDU, Nepal

572 km (355 miles) N of Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India

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Strong 6.8 Earthquake Jolts North East India

An earthquake with an intensity of 6.8 on the Richter Scale today jolted the northern and eastern parts of the country.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in Delhi that the quake occurred at 6.10 pm with its epicentre near Sikkim-Nepal border.

The quake was also felt in certain parts of the national capital.

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Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan - Earthquake Magnitude 6.2

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Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 21:08:05 UTC

Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 07:08:05 AM at epicenter

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Location:
40.221°N, 143.050°E

Depth:
20.2 km (12.6 miles)

Region:
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Distances:
137 km (85 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan

172 km (106 miles) ENE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan

205 km (127 miles) ESE of Aomori, Honshu, Japan

580 km (360 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan

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Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan - Earthquake Magnitude 6.6

Honshu Quake_160911
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Friday, September 16, 2011 at 19:26:42 UTC

Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 04:26:42 AM at epicenter

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Location:
40.288°N, 142.727°E

Depth:
36.3 km (22.6 miles)

Region:
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Distances:
108 km (67 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan

149 km (92 miles) ENE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan

177 km (109 miles) ESE of Aomori, Honshu, Japan

574 km (356 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan

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Canada: 4.1 Earthquake hits off Vancouver Island

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© Times Colonist
4.1 Earthquake hits off Vancouver Island
Another earthquake has struck off the coast of Vancouver Island Thursday morning, the second to hit the region in a week.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 4.1 magnitude quake struck about 25 kilometres off Nootka Sound in Northwestern Vancouver Island, roughly in the same area as a 6.3 earthquake that struck last Friday.

The quake happened roughly around 4 a.m. this morning, USGS indicates.

No tsunami warning has been issued, and there has been no reports of damage or injuries.

Meanwhile, a magnitude 6 earthquake occurred in the Caribbean Sea off the southern coast of Cuba on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of any damage on the island.

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Fiji Region: Earthquake Magnitude 7.3

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 19:30:59 UTC

Friday, September 16, 2011 at 07:30:59 AM at epicenter

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Location:
21.559°S, 179.369°W

Depth:
626.1 km (389.1 miles)

Region:
FIJI REGION

Distances:
120 km (74 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

425 km (264 miles) W of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

453 km (281 miles) SSE of SUVA, Viti Levu, Fiji

1788 km (1111 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand