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Peru: Earthquake Magnitude 7.0 Near Pucallpa

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 17:46:11 UTC

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:46:11 PM at epicenter

Location:
7.644°S, 74.506°W

Depth:
145.1 km (90.2 miles)

Region:
NORTHERN PERU

Distances:
82 km (51 miles) N (2°) from Pucallpa, Peru

205 km (127 miles) W (271°) from Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil

313 km (194 miles) NE (36°) from Huanuco, Peru

568 km (353 miles) NNE (30°) from LIMA, Perul

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US: 5.8 Earthquake Causes Frantic Evacuation From Pentagon

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© Unknown
The Pentagon was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon moments after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake out of Mineral, Va. shook reinforced concrete walls of the building, sending panicked workers running for the exits.

Some of the nearly 20,000 people who work at the Pentagon every day feared the shaking was caused by another Sep. 11 style attack.

Fears of a terror attack were quickly dismissed after it became clear others around Washington D.C. and Virginia felt the tremors. The quake was felt as far away as New York City, North Carolina, Ohio and Illinois.

At the Pentagon black SUV's sped to the VIP entrance waiting to evacuate senior military officers. Marine helicopters circled above.

Evil Rays

Rare event: One of the strongest earthquakes in decades rattles eastern US seaboard

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© AFP/Getty Images/File, Mark Wilson
A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 rattled the US east coast
One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.

The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground.

The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Seismologists from the US Geological Survey said the epicenter was 27 miles (47 kilometers) from Charlottesville, Virginia, and 87 miles (139 kilometers) from Washington, where Reagan National Airport was also evacuated.

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US: Virginia - Earthquake Magnitude 5.9

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:03 UTC

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:03 PM at epicenter

Location:
37.975°N, 77.969°W

Depth:
1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)

Region:
VIRGINIA

Distances:
6 km (4 miles) SSE (152°) from Louisa, VA

6 km (4 miles) SW (236°) from Mineral, VA

26 km (16 miles) SE (133°) from Gordonsville, VA

66 km (41 miles) NW (318°) from Richmond, VA
134 km (83 miles) SW (219°) from Washington, DC

Bizarro Earth

US: Largest Colorado quake since 1973 shakes homes

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© USGS
The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years shook hundreds of people in the southern part of the state and in northern New Mexico, causing minor damage to a few homes.

The magnitude 5.3 temblor was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. That area is near the New Mexico border is and about halfway between Denver and Albuquerque, N.M. The quake followed three smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day.

U.S. Geological Service geophysicist Shengzao Chen said the information center had received calls from more than 70 people in Trinidad and several dozen people in New Mexico who felt the shaking. More than 30 people in Colorado Springs, Colo., about 130 miles north of Trinidad, also reported feeling the quake, he said.

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US: Colorado - Earthquake Magnitude 4.6, followed by Magnitude 5.3 - numerous aftershocks

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© USGS
Date-Time:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 05:46:19 UTC

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:46:19 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
37.070°N, 104.700°W

Depth:
4 km (2.5 miles)

Region:
COLORADO

Distances:
15 km (9 miles) WSW of Trinidad, Colorado

33 km (20 miles) NW of Raton, New Mexico

54 km (33 miles) S of Walsenburg, Colorado

290 km (180 miles) S of DENVER, Colorado

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Indonesia - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

Indon Quake_220811
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Monday, August 22, 2011 at 20:12:20 UTC

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 03:12:20 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
6.410°S, 103.985°E

Depth:
31.3 km (19.4 miles)

Region:
SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA

Distances:
176 km (109 miles) SW of T.-Telukbetung, Sumatra, Indonesia

232 km (144 miles) W of Cilegon, Java, Indonesia

315 km (195 miles) W of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

329 km (204 miles) W of Sukabumi, Java, Indonesia

Bizarro Earth

Series Of Earth Tremors Felt In Western Scotland

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake, followed by at least six earth tremors, was recorded in western Scotland on Sunday, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The 2.9 quake struck at 8:37 AM GMT at a depth of 11.6 km. The epicentre was located a few kilometres south of Lochailort, a hamlet that lies at the head of Loch Ailort. Three tremors were recorded on Sunday, measuring 1.4 (11:13 AM), 0.9 (11:16 AM) and 2.0 (18:24 AM) on the Richter Scale. A further three tremors were recorded by the BGS on Monday.

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© Google Maps
Location of 2.9 mag earthquake marked on Google Maps.
The BGS reported that the largest of the quakes was felt in Lochailort, Glenfinnan and Acharacle.

Reports received by the BGS included: "there was a bang, then a rumbling, almost like a distant explosion"; "rumble lasted for two or three seconds with a distinct thump"; and "it was the loudest and most severe we've witnessed since living here but thankfully the shortest".

Bizarro Earth

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Japan Coast

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© Unknown
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan on early Monday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake at 8.23 p.m. local time (1123 GMT) was centered about 113 kilometers (70 miles) east-southeast of Miko, the capital city of Ibaraki Prefecture. It struck about 30 kilometers (18 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Tremors with an intensity of 3 on the Japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7 were felt in several areas along the coast, which was heavily damaged by a massive quake and tsunami in March. Light shaking was also felt in Tokyo, the country's capital, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which measured the strength of the earthquake at 5.9 on the Richter scale, estimated that some 4 million people may have felt light shaking. "There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage," the USGS said.

Bizarro Earth

Vanuatu: Another Earthquake Magnitude 7.0

Vanuatu Quake_200811
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 18:19:24 UTC

Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 05:19:24 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
18.287°S, 168.132°E

Depth:
28.5 km (17.7 miles)

Region:
VANUATU

Distances:
69 km (42 miles) SSW of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu

177 km (109 miles) NW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu

328 km (203 miles) SSE of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

1853 km (1151 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia