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Twin Quakes Strike Off Philippines

Two big earthquakes struck under the Celebes Sea between the Philippines and Indonesia late on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.

The biggest quake, measured at 6.7 magnitude, hit 330 kilometres from the town of General Santos on the Philippine island of Mindanao, and roughly the same distance from Manado on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

It was 512 kilometres deep, the USGS said.

It came two minutes after a 6.5-magnitude quake a few kilometres away and at a similar depth.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, based in Hawaii, did not issue a tsunami warning following the earthquakes.

The area is part of the Pacific's so-called Ring of Fire, a zone of frequent tectonic activity where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common.

Attention

Monaco: Three 'mini-quakes' hit the the Cote d'Azur

Monaco Port
© The Riveria Times
The quakes happened around the coast of Monaco
Just days after a minor earthquake was recorded off the coast of Menton, three further tremors have been registered in Monaco.

The Geo-Azur Laboratory confirmed that the first of these latest rumbles was registered at around 10.32am on the 8th February and hit 2.3 on the richter scale. The second, felt at about 2.02pm, had increased to 2.4 in its maginitude and finally came the third and strongest quake, which reached 2.8 ML.

Although the fire department in Menton did not receive any emergency calls at the time of the first minor tremor, several residents in Monaco, from Fontviellle and Monte-Carlo in particular, phoned police two days ago to find out what was happening.

Jena Luc Berenguer, Professor of the European Center of Valbonne, told press that the seismologists who recorded the movement under the Mediterranean Sea are not sure if all four were caused by the same fracture in the sea bed or if there is any link between the Menton and Monaco tremors at all. He added that although it is impossible to make any predictions, there was no great cause for concern at present. In fact if the technology was not in place to register signs of these 'mini-quakes', most of the region's residents would not be aware that they were even happening.

Attention

Hawaii: Second earthquake hits Big Island in two days

A magnitude 2.6 earthquake shook the Big Island at about 8:37 a.m. Thursday, the second small earthquake to hit the island in as many days.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 1.7 miles and 5 miles from the town of Volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island.

On Wednesday, a quake registered a magnitude 3.0 and occurred about 2 miles south of the Kilauea summit.

Bizarro Earth

Celebes Sea - Earthquake Magnitude 6.7

Celebes 2 Sea Quake_100211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 14:41:57 UTC

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:41:57 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
3.966°N, 123.125°E

Depth
512.2 km (318.3 miles)

Region
CELEBES SEA

Distances
330 km (205 miles) SW of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines

330 km (205 miles) SE of Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines

1200 km (740 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines

2130 km (1320 miles) ENE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

Bizarro Earth

Celebes Sea - Earthquake Magnitude 6.5

Celebes Sea Quake_100211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 14:39:28 UTC

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:39:28 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
4.126°N, 123.017°E

Depth
528.4 km (328.3 miles)

Region
CELEBES SEA

Distances
310 km (190 miles) SE of Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines

325 km (200 miles) SW of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines

1185 km (730 miles) S of MANILA, Philippines

2130 km (1320 miles) ENE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

Bizarro Earth

6.1-Magnitude Quake Shakes Southern Siberia

Siberian republic of Khakassia
© RIA Novosti. Shidlovskiy
Siberian republic of Khakassia
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Khakassia, Russian republic in Southern Siberia, local media reported on Thursday.

So far, there are no reports about the casualties and destruction.

The quake occurred at 8:35 a.m. Moscow time (0535 GMT) and its epicenter was 170 km to the south of the city Abakan, in the Western Sayans mountain range, said Siberian branch of Russia's Emergency Ministry.

The quake was also felt in six Siberian regions, including major cities of Barnaul, Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo and Novosibirsk. All of the regions are over 500 km from the epicenter.

Local media said this is the first major earthquake in Southern Siberia since October 2000.

Bizarro Earth

Icelandic Volcano 'Set to Erupt'

Scientists in Iceland are warning that another volcano looks set to erupt and threatening to spew-out a pall of dust that would dwarf last year's event.

iceland,eyjafjallajokull,volcano
© Reuters
Lava and ash explode out of the caldera of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano
Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano.

Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides "good reason to worry".

Bizarro Earth

US: Earthquake Magnitude 5.2: Off Coast Of Oregon

Image
© USGS
Date-Time:
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 22:02:01 UTC

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 02:02:01 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
43.405°N, 127.119°W

Depth:
10.1 km (6.3 miles)

Region:
OFF THE COAST OF OREGON

Distances:
235 km (145 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon

275 km (170 miles) NW of Brookings, Oregon

280 km (175 miles) WSW of Newport, Oregon

370 km (230 miles) WSW of SALEM, Oregon

Bizarro Earth

Solomon Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.2

Solomon Islands Quake_080211
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time
Monday, February 07, 2011 at 19:53:42 UTC

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 06:53:42 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
7.157°S, 155.284°E

Depth
413.9 km (257.2 miles)

Region
SOLOMON ISLANDS

Distances
110 km (65 miles) SSW of Arawa, Bougainville, PNG

150 km (95 miles) WSW of Chirovanga, Choiseul, Solomon Islands

930 km (580 miles) ENE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

2265 km (1400 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

Cloud Lightning

Cyclones, Earthquakes, Volcanoes And Other Electrical Phenomena

Tornado and Lightning
© Unknown
Recent events provide us with a great case study of the cosmic forces that may lie behind large storms such as cyclones, hurricanes, blizzards and much more. The recent events I speak of include the major blizzard that swept across the Midwestern and Eastern US as well as the punishment Cyclone Yasi inflicted on eastern Australia earlier last week. Both of these storms grew to enormous sizes during a time period that coincided with the Earth being lashed by a solar storm just following a New Moon. As strange as this may sound, this isn't the first time that celestial alignments along side of solar activity have spurred such events. If a correlation between these factors exists, as we suspect, then this overturns much of what is commonly believed about Earth weather and, as we'll see, even geology.

To understand how this all works, let's start with the sun. On January 31st a massive coronal hole opened up on the sun, hurling another sledgehammer of charged particles in the direction of Earth. This was due to impact us sometime between February 2nd and February 4th. Not only this, but we recently passed through a new Moon on February 2nd. But why is the Moon of any significance here, one might ask?

As James McCanney explains in an interview he did for Spectrum Magazine in 2003:
The [New] Moon moves in front of Earth, breaks that electrical flow [between the sun and Earth], and then moves out of the way. It gives us tremendous bombardment after that Moon moves out of the way, the first and second day after the New Moon. That's the condition that has been identified as being one of the leading causes of kicking-off major hurricanes and storms. What it does is: The Moon is interacting with the solar electric field. It's that CHANGE which causes the storms, and causes the environment around Earth to change, and thus affects Earth weather.
So the picture we're painting is this: The sun blasts a massive front of solar wind in the direction of the Earth. As the New Moon moves out of the way of the sun and Earth, this, by itself, creates a significant increase in charged particles hitting the Earth. With the excess of charged particles from this solar storm hitting us near simultaneously, all of this excess charge ends up in the radiation belts surrounding the Earth. The Earth then finds ways to discharge this imbalance such as these two major storms we've seen. One storm takes the form of a massive blizzard covering about half of the US. The other takes the form of a cyclone storm, Yasi, that pounds the already flooded east coast of Australia. Increased volcanic and earthquake activity was also noted during this time as well.