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Israel: 3.6 magnitude earthquake felt in north

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Many residents of Upper Galilee wake up as mild earthquake hits Israel. 'I felt the bed literally shaking,' Safed resident says.

A mild earthquake was felt in northern Israel early Tuesday, many residents reported. The Geophysical Institute reported an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter Scale was felt in the Moshav Avivim area at 4:32 am. No injuries or damage were reported.

Yael of Safed said the quake caused her to wake up as she felt her house move. "I got up and felt the bed literally shaking under my stomach, actually moving. I can't fall back to sleep I'm so afraid."

Yael noted that some of her neighbors also woke up and added no damage was caused.

Bizarro Earth

What's Going On in The Gulf of Aden?

USGS is reporting a very unusual swarm of significant earthquakes starting early this morning in the sea between Africa and the Arabian peninsula, right off the coast of Yemen, and in one of the world's most important and busiest shipping lanes.

Yemeni Earthquakes
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Earthquakes near Yemen.
But, earthquake swarms happen, even in places that are not normally known for seismic activity. What's unusual about this particular group of earthquakes?

In this case, it seems that the vast majority of the quakes are happening at almost exactly a depth of 10 kilometers; over 20 earthquakes have occurred at that depth since the swarm began. I'm no statistician, but that seems like a pretty exceptionally unlikely scenario, especially when the region was entirely quiet in terms of seismic activity as of yesterday. It would definitely be interesting to see what real geologists make of it.

Arrow Down

5.6 earthquake hits Dominican Republic

A preliminary 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Dominican Republic early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck 155 kilometers (95 miles) southeast of the nation's capital, Santo Domingo, at about 12:35 a.m. Saturday (11:35 p.m. Friday ET).

Bizarro Earth

Southeast Indian Ridge - Earthquake Magnitude 6.3

Indian Ridge Quake_101110
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 04:05:24 UTC

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 10:05:24 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
45.538°S, 96.394°E

Depth:
10.7 km (6.6 miles)

Region:
SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE

Distances:
2250 km (1400 miles) SW of PERTH, Western Australia, Australia

Bizarro Earth

Tonga: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 3th Nov 10

Tonga Quake_031110
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 23:34:44 UTC

Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:34:44 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
20.440°S, 174.290°W

Depth:
33.2 km (20.6 miles)

Region:
TONGA

Distances:
120 km (75 miles) NE of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

200 km (125 miles) S of Neiafu, Tonga

460 km (285 miles) E of Ndoi Island, Fiji

2100 km (1310 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand

Bizarro Earth

Indonesia: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Near the South Coast of Papua

Papua Quake_031110
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:18:16 UTC

Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 08:18:16 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
4.614°S, 134.040°E

Depth:
14.8 km (9.2 miles) set by location program

Region:
NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA

Distances:
130 km (80 miles) N of Dobo, Kepulauan Aru, Indonesia

270 km (170 miles) WSW of Enarotali, Papua, Indonesia

930 km (580 miles) NNE of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia

3015 km (1870 miles) E of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

Bizarro Earth

Deadly earthquake shakes Serbia

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Emergency workers have been deployed to clear the rubble left by the earthquake
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake has struck central Serbia, killing two people and leaving at least 50 others injured, officials said.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the tremor struck near the city of Kraljevo, which lies around 150km south of the capital Belgrade, in the early hours of Wednesday.

A couple reported to be in their 50s were killed when their roof collapsed during the quake.

Ivica Dacic, the country's interior minister said "material damage to the area is big" and that emergency teams and police had been deployed for rescue operations.

"The most important thing is that people calm down, that there is no panic and that the city authorities function," he said.

Electricity and other services have been cut in the city, which has a population of 70,000 people, while witnesses reported damage to buildings, including the local hospital.

Bizarro Earth

New Britian Region: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - Papua New Guinea

PNG Quake_311010
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 16:38:49 UTC

Monday, November 01, 2010 at 02:38:49 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
6.604°S, 150.241°E

Depth:
5.6 km (3.5 miles)

Region:
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Distances:
90 km (55 miles) ESE of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG

115 km (75 miles) S of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

460 km (285 miles) NE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

2325 km (1450 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

Bizarro Earth

Pacific: Earthquake Magnitude 6.4 - Antarctic Ridge

Pacific Quake_301010
© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 15:18:38 UTC

Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 05:18:38 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
56.767°S, 142.613°W

Depth:
20 km (12.4 miles) set by location program

Region:
PACIFIC-ANTARCTIC RIDGE

Distances:
3480 km (2160 miles) SE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

Newspaper

Tsunami, Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions Strike Indonesia!

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A picture of Indonesia's Mount Merapi taken from Umbul Harjo village in Sleman, Yogyakarta, shows the volcano spewing smoke. Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted three times on Tuesday, causing thousands to flee and claiming the life of a three-month-old baby as it emitted searing clouds and volcanic ash.
Rescuers battled rough seas Tuesday to reach remote Indonesian islands pounded by a 10-foot tsunami that swept away homes, killing at least 113 people. Scores more were missing and information was only beginning to trickle in from the sparsely populated surfing destination, so casualties were expected to rise.

The fault that ruptured Monday on Sumatra island's coast also caused the 2004 quake and monster Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Though hundreds of disaster officials were unable to get to many of the villages on the Mentawai islands - reachable only by a 12-hour boat ride - they were preparing for the worst.

"We have 200 body bags on the way, just in case," said Mujiharto, who heads the Health Ministry's crisis center, shortly before announcing a five-fold increase in the death toll.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity due to its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire - a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.