Quakes Triggered Around the World

TruNews – November 17, 2017

The past 24 hours have been particularly active, in terms of earthquakes, around the world with more than three dozen temblors shaking along the global fault lines and volcanic hot spots.

The most recent was a 5.2-magnitude quake north of the Ecuadoran port city of Guayaquil, which struck at approximately 8:40 a.m. EST. Another major earthquake, also a 5.2-magnitude event, occurred 17 hours earlier about 600 miles to the northeast off the coast of Panama, while a 4.6-magnitude temblor struck a few hours later than that about 200 miles to the south off the coast of Peru.

Clear across the Pacific Ocean, at approximately 8 p.m. EST Thursday, a 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Namie, about 15 miles east of the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged by the 9.8-magnitude quake in 2011.


2018 to be Big Year for Earthquakes

TruNews – November 20, 2017

The length of a full rotation of our planet is changing, getting longer, and it could mean much more powerful earthquakes, particularly in the heavily populated tropical regions of the world.

The change in speed in Earth’s rotation is remarkably small—measured fractions of a milisecond—but it correlates with enormous amounts of stress on the planet’s surface, which can trigger slips along the tectonic plates. These slips are better known as earthquakes, and the more energy that is released in a slip, the more powerful the resulting temblor.

A group of researchers presented their evidence to the Geological Society of America last month. In their report, the experts state they found five periods when there had been significantly higher numbers of large earthquakes—as much as doubling the annual average—based on more than a century of precise recordkeeping.

Using that “good record,” they found a strong correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity. This same correlation suggests the number of major earthquakes next year will spike.


Tsunami waves observed after 7.0 earthquake near France’s New Caledonia

RT – November 19, 2017

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck in the Pacific near the overseas French territory of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports. Tsunami waves have been observed after the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reports.

The quake was centered 82 km (51 miles) east-northeast of Tadine, on Mare Island, which has a population of over 5,600. The epicenter was 10 km (6 miles) deep. The numbers have been revised by USGS from earlier reports, which placed the epicenter 68 km from Tadine and 25 km deep, and reported its magnitude as 7.3.

The PTWC has warned of “hazardous tsunami waves” possible for coasts within 300 km of the epicenter, which puts the Loyalty Islands archipelago, with a population of over 17,000, within range. It later issued a message saying tsunami waves “have been observed.”

Waves up to 1 meter higher than the high-tide mark were forecast to hit New Caledonia, with the actual height varying depending on the coastline. The PTWC has warned that additional waves may roll in at intervals of five minutes to an hour, and may be higher than the initial ones.


Scientists Shocked As Fisheries Collapse On West Coast: ‘It’s The Worst We’ve Seen”

Mac Slavo – November 13, 2017

The Gulf of Alaska cod populations appears to have taken a nose-dive. Scientists are shocked at the collapse and starving fish, making this  the “worst they’ve ever seen.”

“They [Alaskan cod] get weak and die or get eaten by something else,” said NOAA’s Steve Barbeaux. The 2017 trawl net survey found the lowest numbers of cod on record forcing scientists to try to unravel what happened. A lot of the cod hatched in 2012 appeared to survive, but by 2017, those fish were largely gone for the surveys, which also found scant evidence of fish born in subsequent years. Many of the cod that have come on board trawlers are “long skinny fish” according to Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats.

“This is a big deal,” Paine said. “We just don’t see these (cod) year classes disappear from one year to the next.”


Huge 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks central China

Sam Sholli – November 18, 2017

The USGS initially reported the earthquake as a 6.7 magnitude but it was later downgraded to 6.3.

The quake hit approximately 36 miles (58km) from China’s Nyingchi prefecture – an administrative division ranking below a province and above a county – which has a population of almost 200,000 people.

It hit the Tibetan area, which is one of the most seismically active spots on the planet.

The quake’s epicenter was within 150 miles (240 km) of the Indian towns of Along, Pasighat and Tezu, according to the USGS.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake was measured 10 kilometres in depth.

No reports of any damage or injuries have emerged so far.


Popocatepetl Violently Erupted – Authorities Warn Bigger Eruption Could Threaten More Than 20 Million In Mexico City

Michael Snyder – November 17, 2017

Mt. Popocatepetl is one of the most important volcanoes on the entire planet, and yet most Americans are not familiar with it.

In ancient Aztec, Popocatepetl means “smoking mountain”, but to the locals the 5,426-meter-high volcano is simply known as “Don Goyo”.

A catastrophic eruption of “Don Goyo” would be a nightmare scenario for the more than 20 million people living in the Mexico City metropolitan area, and that is why authorities are watching Mt. Popocatepetl very closely at the moment.

In fact, we are being warned that the eruption that just took place could be a precursor to an even larger eruption

Chilling footage showing the violent eruption emerged online amid fears there could be more.

A huge plume of smoke blasted three kilometres in to the air from the summit of Popocatepetl after a series explosions over the course of 24 hours.


Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Izu Islands region, Japan

– November 16, 2017

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.2 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 09:43 UTC (18:43 JST) on November 16, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles), EMSC M5.8 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles).

According to the EMSC, the epicenter was located 357 km (221 miles) S of Yokohama-shi (population 3 575 000) and 297 km (184 miles) SE of Shimoda (population 26 000), Japan.

There are about 100 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Some 22 905 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking, according to the USGS.

This earthquake poses no tsunami risk, JMA said.


Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near Parrita, Costa Rica

SFgate – November 12, 2017

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck near Parrita, Costa Rica on Sunday.

The quake hit at 8:28 PM local time at a depth of 10 kilometers.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page.

See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section.


Dozens killed, 1,000+ injured as 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border region

RT – November 12, 2017

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks have struck on the border of Iran and Iraq. Dozens of people were killed in the two countries and hundreds more injured, according to local officials.

At least 141 people were killed and over 850 injured in Iran, said a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization,Behnam Saeedi, but the exact number of casualties is yet to be determined. At least 97 people were killed and over 200 injured in Iran’s Kermanshah province alone, according to local officials.

Across the border in Iraq, at least four people died in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, according to the Kurdish health minister. At least 50 people were injured in the town of Darbandikhan in Sulaymaniyah province alone, spokesperson for the suburban districts, Iqbal Mohammed, told Rudaw.

The epicenter of the quake was located some 25 km below the surface, according to the USGS. The earthquake was initially reported by the USGS as being of 7.2 magnitude.


Delhi schools shut as toxic smog hits India and Pakistan

Annie BANERJI, with Joris FIORITI – November 8, 2017

Delhi authorities ordered all schools to shut on Wednesday after choking smog descended on north India and Pakistan, with pollution levels in the city 40 times the World Health Organization’s safe limit.

Levels of PM 2.5, the microscopic particles that are the most damaging to health, reached more than 1,000 micrograms per cubic metre in the Indian capital on Wednesday, according to US embassy measurements.

That is 40 times the World Health Organization safe maximum of 25 over a 24-hour period, and 100 times its upper limit for long-term exposure.

With Indian doctors warning of a public health emergency, the Delhi government ordered all schools in the city to close until Sunday — citing the threat to the health of an estimated five million students in the capital.

Dr. Arvind Kumar said the smog had made the city “unfit for human habitation”.