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US, California: Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake Shakes Sacramento

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake shook Sacramento late Wednesday night around 11:37 p.m. Did you feel it?

We sure did.

The quake could be felt as far away as Reno, Nevada, according to the USGS website.

The earthquake's epicenter is believed to have originated in Portola, California about 150 miles north east of Sacramento, though, according to the USGS, the official location has yet to be determined.

Fair Oaks Patch Facebook fans were quick to respond to our status update.

"It woke me up," said Fair Oaks native and Ground Zero Board Shop owner Brendan Mohr. "Never felt one before that and lived here for 28 years."

"Yep felt it," said Fair Oaks Patch Facebook fan, Danielle Parker.

Information is still coming in. As more is gathered we'll be sure to update this story.

Bizarro Earth

Iceland's Katla Volcano Rattled by Double Swarm of Tremors

Iceland's Katla volcano was hit by two swarms of tremors today. The strongest of the first cluster of small harmonic tremors which rattled the glacier was of a 2.9 magnitude.

A second, more intense swarm of tremors erupted shortly thereafter; including two 3.0 magnitude tremors - one inside the caldera of the volcano and one erupted on the parameter under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Unrest at Katla has been intermittent but almost continuous since April. Geologists are monitoring activity at the volcano closely for any changes which could produce a hazardous flood-threat scenario for people living within the vicinity of the summit.

Bizarro Earth

India: 9 aftershocks rattle Sasan Gir region

With quake aftershocks continuing to rattle Junagadh, residents are experiencing a jittery Diwali. On Wednesday, as many as nine earthquake aftershocks were reported from the Sasan Gir area in the district.

According to Institute of Seismological Research (ISR), Gandhinagar, the tremors had a magnitude of 0.8 to 1.7 on the Richter scale. All nine aftershocks were reported 10-13 km south-east of Sasan Gir.

People are still spending sleepless nights in Junagadh region, which had experienced an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale on October 20. "Even a small tremor is scaring us these days. People rush out of their homes the moment they feel the earth shaking. However, people here now know that these are aftershocks and not earthquake,'' said Mensi Sariya, a resident of Talala town in Junagadh district.

Bizarro Earth

Fiji Region - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 27th Oct

Fiji Quake_271011
Earthquake Location
Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 00:15:25 UTC

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 12:15:25 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

17.914°S, 179.424°W

611.9 km (380.2 miles)


208 km (129 miles) SE of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji

230 km (142 miles) E of SUVA, Viti Levu, Fiji

312 km (193 miles) NNW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

2177 km (1352 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand


Costa Rica: 4.0 Quake Shakes Area Around The Barva Volcano

Barva volcano map 2
An earthquake registering 4.0 on the Richter scale shook the area of Sarapiqui, Vara Blanca and Venecia on Sunday.

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI) - national volcano and seismology observatory - reported the epicentre 10 kilometres north of the Barva volcano, with a depth of 7.5 kilometres, caused by a local fault.

In January 2009, a 6.2 earthquake in Vara Blanca, in between the Barva and Poás volcanoes claimed the lives of 13 people.

Bizarro Earth

Eastern Turkey - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

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Earthquake Location
Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 20:45:37 UTC

Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 11:45:37 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

38.555°N, 43.161°E

9.8 km (6.1 miles)


20 km (12 miles) WNW of Van, Turkey

120 km (74 miles) NNW of Hakkari, Turkey

129 km (80 miles) S of Agri (Karakose), Turkey

904 km (561 miles) E of ANKARA, Turkey

Bizarro Earth

Eastern Turkey - Earthquake Magnitude 7.2

Turkey Quake_231011
Earthquake Location.
Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 10:41:21 UTC

Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 01:41:21 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

38.628°N, 43.486°E

20 km (12.4 miles) set by location program


16 km (9 miles) NNE of Van, Turkey

118 km (73 miles) N of Hakkari, Turkey

127 km (78 miles) SSE of Agri (Karakose), Turkey

929 km (577 miles) E of ANKARA, Turkey

Evil Rays

Between 500-1,000 reported dead in massive Turkey earthquake

© Reuters
A survivor being carried to the ambulance after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van October 23, 2011.
Dozens of buildings collapsed in various cities in the southeast region after 6.6-magnitude quake hit.

Turkey's Kandilli Observatory estimates that some 500 to 1,000 people were killed in a powerful earthquake in southeast Turkey's Van province on Sunday, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told reporters some 10 buildings had collapsed in Van city and around 25-30 buildings collapsed in the nearby district of Ercis.

The Turkish Red Crescent reported that 25 apartment buildings and one dormitory in the eastern town of Ercis have collapsed. The Red Crescent says its rescuers have pulled several injured people out of the collapsed dormitory

The magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit near Van in southeastern Turkey on Sunday, Turkey's Kandilli Observatory and Research Institute said.


Experts warn a 'rumbling' Icelandic volcano could disrupt air travel, world economy - again

© AP Photo/Paisley Dodds
Vik, a small Icelandic town of just 300 people, where residents still recall stories from their relatives of Katla volcano's last eruption in 1918, sits under a blanket of cloud in this Sept. 27, 2011 photo. If Iceland's air-traffic paralyzing volcanic eruption in 2011 seemed catastrophic, just wait for the sequel. That's what many experts are saying as they nervously watch rumblings beneath a much more powerful Icelandic volcano - Katla - which could spew an ash cloud dwarfing eruption that cost airlines $2 billion and drove home how vulnerable modern society is to the whims of nature.
Remember when Eyjafjallajökull, that Icelandic volcano with the impossible name, erupted in spring 2010, disrupting air traffic all over the world and costing airlines and the global economy billions?

Child's play, The Associated Press reported over the weekend, if seismic activity from another Icelandic volcano with a history of nasty tantrums leads to an eruption.

Seismologists in Iceland are wary of an increasing number of small, 3- to 4-magnitude earthquakes under the volcano Katla, whose last eruption in 1918 proved deadly.

That eruption produced a noxious cloud that literally blacked out the sun, killing off crops and livestock, the AP reported.

Bizarro Earth

Massive earthquake swarm near Gujarat- Is India on the eve of tearing?

© Wikipedia
An earthquake swarm of more than 41 earthquakes have shaken the region of Gujarat, India on October 21, 2011 following the 5.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the area the day prior at a depth of 15.5 km (9.6 miles). Since that time, the tremors in the region has increased at a frenzied pace- indicating the earthquake may be more than just a random seismic tremor. The Indian Plate is currently moving northeast at 5 cm/yr (2 in/yr), while the Eurasian Plate is moving north at only 2 cm/yr (0.8 in/yr). This is causing the Eurasian Plate to deform and the India Plate to compress at a rate of about 4 mm/yr (0.15 in/yr).

The compression fold forming the Himalaya Mountains along the Tibetan plateau forms the base-line for the Alpide Belt which, as we mentioned earlier, is showing increased signs of stress. Volcanism and ongoing seismic activity is also being reported in the Karachi region which sits as a buttress between the countries of Pakistan and India. (Above) Encircled areas on the map include major tension points in the country.