Post by Walking Owl on Mar 3, 2010 23:03:28 GMT -5
Powerful quake strikes southern Taiwan
By Amber Wang (AFP) – 3 hours ago
TAIPEI — A powerful quake struck southern Taiwan on Thursday, causing panic among residents as buildings shook violently, and triggering power blackouts and halting train services.
The 6.4-magnitude quake hit about 70 kilometres (about 40 miles) from the main southern city of Kaohsiung, the US Geological Survey said, and it was felt as far away as the capital Taipei in the north of the island.
Its epicentre was in Jiahsian township in Kaohsiung county, an area still recovering from a massive typhoon that triggered floods and mudslides in August last year, killing more than 700 people.
"The building was shaking violently and I was really scared. It felt just like a typhoon lashing out," said Chang Shu-yuan, a resident of Kaohsiung city.
It was the biggest earthquake to hit the Kaohsiung area in recent years, the weather bureau reported, and followed massive killer quakes in Chile on Saturday and Haiti in January.
The weather bureau said the initial quake was followed up by six aftershocks.
ANKARA, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Eleven people died in a 6.0-magnitude earthquake which hit Elazig province of eastern Turkey early Monday, Elazig governor said.
The powerful quake struck Basyurt region of Karakocan town of Elazig province at a depth of 5 km at 4:32 a.m. local time (0232 GMT), said a report from Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute of Turkey's Bogazici University.
Local NTV channel quoted Elazig Governor Muammer Erol as saying that 11 villagers were killed at Okcular Village in Kovancilar region of Elazig province.
Turkish rescue teams have been rushing to the center of the earthquake in Elazig province, according to the NTV channel report.
According to an earlier report by the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was measured at 6.2 magnitude, struck 21 km south southwest of Elazig at a depth of 11 km.
Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey. In 1999, more than 18,000 people were killed in two devastating earthquakes in the country.
Post by Walking Owl on Mar 29, 2010 11:56:10 GMT -5
How Storms Can Trigger Earthquakes
Scientists are increasingly pointing to storms as a trigger for earthquakes and mudslides. That's raising questions about the effects that climate change might have on one of the world's deadliest natural catastrophes, and to what extent, if any, insurers and governments could be adapting to the interplay between atmosphere and earth.
Post by Walking Owl on Mar 31, 2010 10:25:37 GMT -5
Quake hits Andaman, Orissa; tremors felt in Chennai, Hong Kong
NEW DELHI: An earthquake hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal around 10.24 pm on Tuesday but no damage has been reported. Though Indian authorities said the earthquake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, the US Geological Survey said it measured 6.4.
Indian Meteorological Department adviser R. Bhattacharya said the epicenter was north, off the coast of the islands.
Local police official Shabbir Ahmad in Port Blair, the main city in the region, said no damage has been reported so far.
Vivek Ray, a senior Port Blair official, said no tsunami warning has been issued. "There has been no loss of life or property. The only injuries were two people who jumped from a roof after the tremor," Ray said.
The quake was felt in some parts of Orissa including Bhubaneswar. As some places including Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur were shaken by the tremor, people were seen moving out of their houses. Many people in Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur spent time in the open.
Meanwhile, tremors were also felt in various parts of Chennai but there were no reports of casualty or damage to property, officials said.
The US Geoglocial Survey placed the epicentre of the quake at a depth of 45.4 kilometres (28.2 miles) and at a point 217 kilometres (135 miles) north of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman islands.
The epicentre was also 406 kilometres (252 miles) southwest of Pathein and 500 kilometres (310 miles) southwest of Yangon, both in Myanmar.
Dominican Republic Rocked by Magnitude 8.0 Quake, USGS Says Share Business ExchangeTwitterFacebook| Email | Print | A A A
By Shamim Adam
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.
To contact the reporter on this story: Shamim Adam in Singapore at email@example.com Last Updated: April 2, 2010 20:42 EDT
However, they retracted this and it doesn't show at all on USGS. Like it never happened at all. Same thing happened with one in China right after the Haiti quake, reported on eq monitoring sites but never spoken of on USGS or in the MSM.
Post by Walking Owl on Apr 4, 2010 23:47:19 GMT -5
Magnitude 7.2 - BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO 2010 April 04 22:40:40 UTC
Also several aftershocks....
April 5 (Bloomberg) -- A 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Mexico’s strongest in seven years, struck Baja California yesterday, causing at least one death and shaking buildings more than 200 miles away in Los Angeles.
The temblor, which hit at 3:40 p.m. Los Angeles time, was centered inland about 108 miles (173 kilometers) east-southeast of Tijuana, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.
The quake knocked out electricity and disrupted phone service in Mexicali, Baja California’s capital, said Alan Sandoval, a spokesman for the state’s civil protection agency, citing reports the agency received.
A house also collapsed in the city, killing one person, and a parking garage was damaged, he said. About 100 injuries were reported, and local newspaper La Cronica reported a second death.