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Five Injured in 5.3-Magnitude Earthquake in China's Xinjiang

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit a remote county in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Wednesday, causing a car pileup which left five injured.

The quake jolted Toksun County of Turpan Prefecture at 9:53 a.m., according to the China Earthquake Network Center.

Toksun County is about 160 km from Urumqi, the regional capital.

The quake caused several big rocks to roll down a mountain in the neighboring Dabancheng District, and onto a road forcing a driver to slam on his car brakes leading to a 17-car pileup, said Zhang Qirui, an official with the district's road bureau.

Five people were hurt in the collision, among whom two were severely injured, he said.

The epicenter was monitored at 43.0 degrees north latitude and 88.3 degrees east longitude with a depth of about 5 km, the center said.

The quake was followed by two large aftershocks, measuring 4.2- and 4.1-magnitude and occurring at 9:54 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively, according to the center.

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US: Small 3.9 Magnitude Quake Hits St. Louis Region

Missouri - A small earthquake rattled the St. Louis region early Tuesday, shaking some people awake but not causing any reported damage.

The quake, which hit at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, was a magnitude 3.9 temblor, according to scientists examining data at the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo.

"A lot of people felt it, but we're not talking about damage," said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "It was pretty short duration."

The city closest to the epicenter was Richwoods, six miles northeast of the quake center.

About 2,600 people logged on to the Geological Survey's website to report having felt the quake. Several hundred people from the St. Louis area's ZIP codes reported the quake as having the intensity of subtle shaking.

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Southern Peru - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

S.Peru Quake_080611
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 03:06:18 UTC

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 10:06:18 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
17.059°S, 69.498°W

Depth:
101.3 km (62.9 miles)

Region:
SOUTHERN PERU

Distances:
131 km (81 miles) NE of Tacna, Peru

147 km (91 miles) SSE of Puno, Peru

153 km (95 miles) E of Moquegua, Peru

985 km (612 miles) SE of LIMA, Peru

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US: Earthquake Magnitude 4.2 - Missouri

Image
© USGS
Date-Time:
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 08:10:34 UTC
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 03:10:34 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
38.121°N, 90.933°W

Depth:
5.1 km (3.2 miles)

Region:
MISSOURI

Distances:
18 km (11 miles) SE (137°) from Miramiguoa Park, MO
23 km (14 miles) ESE (116°) from Sullivan, MO
24 km (15 miles) NNW (327°) from Potosi, MO
48 km (30 miles) S (172°) from Washington, MO
82 km (51 miles) SW (227°) from St. Louis, MO

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New Zealand: Earthquake Magnitude 5.0 - Christchurch

Image
© USGS
Date-Time:
Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 21:09:55 UTC

Monday, June 06, 2011 at 09:09:55 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
43.570°S, 172.391°E

Depth:
3.8 km (2.4 miles) (poorly constrained)

Region:
SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

Distances:
22 km (13 miles) W of Christchurch, New Zealand

212 km (131 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand

296 km (183 miles) NNE of Dunedin, New Zealand

320 km (198 miles) SW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

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Something Strange With Volcano Eruption in Chile

Puyehue volcano erupts
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Puyehue volcano erupts in southern Chile, June, 2011
What appears to be an enormous ash cloud rising from the eruption of a long dormant volcano named Puyehuein southern Chile on June 4, 2011, isn't quite matching up with the location of the recorded earthquakes today in the immediate area.

"The Cordon Caulle (volcanic range) has entered an eruptive process, with an explosion resulting in a 10-kilometer-high gas column," Chilean state emergency office said.

The thing is, for some unknown reason, as of this writing, eight earthquakes near magnitude 5 have shook the earth near the Puyehue volcano. The problem is, the earthquakes are located 20 to 40 miles away from the eruption! Very Strange Indeed.

There's something brewing quite a distance from the eruption, but is quite obviously directly related. We're talking about enormous energies here.

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West of MacQuarie Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.3

MacQuarie Quake_050611
© USGS
Earthquake location.
Date-Time:
Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 11:51:12 UTC

Sunday, June 05, 2011 at 09:51:12 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
55.944°S, 146.588°E

Depth:
10 km (6.2 miles)

Region:
WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND

Distances:
794 km (493 miles) WSW of Macquarie Island, Australia

1244 km (772 miles) NNE of Dumont d'Urville, Antarctica

1449 km (900 miles) S of HOBART, Tasmania, Australia

2018 km (1253 miles) S of MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia

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Japan: Earthquake Magnitude 6.3 - off East Coast of Honshu

Image
© USGS
Date-Time:
Friday, June 03, 2011 at 00:05:03 UTC

Friday, June 03, 2011 at 10:05:03 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
37.294°N, 143.912°E

Depth:
31 km (19.3 miles)

Region:
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Distances:
270 km (167 miles) E of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

287 km (178 miles) ESE of Sendai, Honshu, Japan

308 km (191 miles) E of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan

412 km (256 miles) ENE of TOKYO, Japan

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Small earthquake in Blackpool, major shock for UK's energy policy

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© GETTY IMAGES
The 2.3 magnitude earthquake recorded in Blackpool in April is about 12 billion times smaller than the recent earthquake in Japan
The controversial new drilling operation for natural shale gas in Lancashire has been suspended following a second earthquake in the area that may have been triggered by the process. The earthquake last Friday near Blackpool occurred at the same time that the energy company Cuadrilla Resources was injecting fluids under high pressure deep underground to deliberately blast apart the gas-bearing rock - a process known as "fracking", brought to Britain from the US, where it has been highly contentious.

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Chile: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - near Bio-Bio

Image
© USGS
Date-Time:
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 12:55:21 UTC

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 08:55:21 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
37.545°S, 73.663°W

Depth:
15.1 km (9.4 miles)

Region:
OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE

Distances:
7 km (4 miles) N of Lebu, Bio-Bio, Chile

96 km (59 miles) SW of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile

116 km (72 miles) W of Los Angeles, Bio-Bio, Chile

530 km (329 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile