Keri Coles – June 19, 2018
More than 150 tremors have hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours, and seismologists are monitoring the situation to see if it turns into an Episodic Tremor and Slip event.
Vancouver Island is normally moving toward the Lower Mainland at a rate of about one centimetre per year.
“Ferry fares keep going up but the distance is actually getting a little bit shorter,” jokes John Cassidy, seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada.
But every 14 months or so there is a Tremor and Slip event – a discovery made by two local scientists Gary Rogers and Herb Dragert – when Vancouver Island slips backwards a few millimetres towards Japan. Seismic recording instruments show Victoria moving in one direction and then changing direction for about two weeks during these episodes. These events add pressure to the locked Cascadian Subduction Zone fault.
Weather.com – June 18, 2018
At least four people died and more than 300 were injured when a strong earthquake knocked over walls and ignited scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in Western Japan on Monday.
A falling concrete wall at a school killed a 9-year-old girl during the 5.5 magnitude quake. Two fatalities were men in their 80s, while officials later said they confirmed the death of an 81-year-old woman in Takatsuki.
Most of the injured were in Osaka – Japan’s No. 2 city bustling with businesses. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.
A falling concrete wall knocked down Rina Miyake as she walked by at her elementary school in Takatsuki. NHK public television aired footage showing the collapsed upper half of the high wall, which was cheerfully painted with trees, flowers and blue sky and surrounded the school swimming pool.
TW – June 16, 2018
A strong eruption took place from Sakurajima’s Minamidake crater volcano at 22:20 UTC on June 15, 2018 (07:20 JST, June 16).
The eruption sent ash up to 4.7 km (15 400 feet) above the crater (5.8 km (19 000 feet) above sea level) and produced several pyroclastic flows.
Ashfall was reported in the city of Kagoshima, capital of Kagoshima prefecture, located 8 km (5 miles) west of the volcano.
There were eight events and five explosions at Minamidake crater from June 4 to 11. Crater incandescence was occasionally visible at night. Ash plumes rose up to 2 km (1.2 miles) above the crater rim, except during an event at 11:35 JST on June 10 which produced a plume that rose 3.5 km (2.1 miles). Tephra was ejected as far as 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from the crater between June 8 and 11.
RT – June 4, 2018
A 5.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Guatemala. The seismic event comes just hours after the eruption of the country’s Fuego volcano which killed 62 people and forced thousands to flee their homes.
The quake was recorded 65 miles (105km) south of Champerico, a district along Guatemala’s southwestern coastline, according to the US Geological Survey. With the earthquake’s epicenter out at sea and close to an oceanic trench known as the Middle America plate boundary, it’s not immediately clear whether any damaged has been caused to homes or infrastructure on land.
The quake comes as explosions could be heard coming from Guatemala’s Fuego volcano throughout the day Monday, covering local communities in volcanic rock and ash. At least 62 people are now feared dead in what is the largest eruption seen at the site since the 1970s.
The incident has prompted Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales to announce a state of emergency.
Amy-Clare Martin – June 1, 2018
Fault lines running under London could cause a magnitude five earthquake, scientists have warned.
Researchers from Imperial College have discovered two faults, one running under central London and another below Canary Wharf.
But fortunately there is only a one on a thousand year chance of chance of a severe tremor.
The two faults are moving at a rate of 1 or 2mm a year.
Experts say the findings have overturned the traditional view that London is geological stable.
“It now looks a modestly active, very heavily faulted, complicated area,” explained Dr Richard Ghail, a specialist in civil and environmental engineering at the university.
Hal Turner News – May 17, 2018
This web site was among the very first to begin warning folks in Hawaii and on the west coast of North America, that a portion of Hawaii’s southern coastline, was in danger of collapsing into the ocean from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano. If such a collapse took place, it would cause a Pacific-wide TSUNAMI, with waves of 99 feet tall possibly plowing into San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA, four to five hours after such a collapse takes place.
I was sharply ridiculed as a “fear-monger” and accused of “publishing nonsense.” I was told my reports were “fake news” and they were designed to be “click bait.” Well . . . guess what the Hawaii Volcano Observatory said about a Sea Cliff near Kilauea the last time large lava was spewing out as it is now. Feast your eyes on this:
Kilauea Volcano’s: “Lava flow is still active and entering the ocean at Kamokuna on the volcano’s south coast. Recent observations of the ocean entry indicate growing instability of the adjacent sea cliff. A potential collapse of the cliff poses an extreme danger to anyone in the closed area on land, as well as to boats near the ocean entry. . .
The name of the unstable land mass on Kilauea’s seaward side is the “Hilina Slump.”
In a companion feature in the Feb. 28 issue of Nature, research geophysicist Steven N. Ward of the University of California-Santa Cruz estimated Kilauea’s southern flank to be nearly equal in size to a half-mile-thick slice of Rhode Island. If that massive chunk of land suddenly collapsed into the ocean . . . it could generate an enormous wall of seawater — or tsunami — powerful enough to threaten coastal cities as far away as California, Chile and Australia, according to Ward.
TW – May 09, 2018
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as 6.2 hit Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region at 10:41 UTC (15:11 local time) on May 9, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 111.9 km (69.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles).
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 28.1 km (17.5 miles) ENE of Chākarān (population 0), 36.6 km (22.8 miles) NW of Ishqoshim (population 26,000), 37.1 km (23.0 miles) NNW of Ashkāsham (population 12 120), 49.6 km (30.8 miles) ENE of Jurm (population 12 106), Afghanistan and 57.8 km (35.9 miles) SSW of Khorugh (population 30 000), Tajikistan.
There are 80 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
Some 3 054 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking and 102 288 000 weak.
Karl Smallman – May 8, 2018
MORE than 270 earthquakes have been recorded in just ten days near Spain’s Canary Islands raising fears of a volcanic eruption.
The quakes have struck near Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands where there is a huge submarine fault between the two islands.
Spain’s National Geographic Institute said the biggest recent quake reached a magnitude of 3.2 on the Richter scale at only about 35km from Puerto La Luz in Gran Canaria.
A report said the fault line has not been active in recent times, but it added, “What if it started spewing magma again? And what if it was reactivating the Teide volcano? That would be cataclysmic.”
Rachel O’Donoghue – May 5, 2018
A MASSIVE earthquake has struck the Philippines just hours after Hawaii was hit by huge tremors.
The quake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rattled the Catanduanes province early this morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said.
The tremor struck around 2.19pm local time (7.19am GMT), with its epicentre around 69km northwest of Pandan, Catanduanes.
Tremors were felt miles away from its epicentre, with residents in the municipalities of Guinayangan, Quezon and Sorsogon City experiencing powerful shaking.
Although no major damage is expected to buildings, locals have been warned of strong aftershocks.
HNN Staff – May 4, 2018
PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) – Just an hour after a large tremor Friday morning, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook the Big Island on Friday afternoon, sending people fleeing from buildings and community centers and increasing concerns about new eruptions in Puna’s Leilani Estates.
The temblor was the largest in Hawaii since 1975, and did generate small tsunami waves around the Big Island, triggering sea fluctuations that ranged from 8 inches in Hilo to 16 inches at Kapoho, Hawaii County Civil Defense said.
Dr. Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said the small tsunami waves did not pose any threat but underscore the importance of vigilance as the Kilauea eruptions continue.
The latest quake happened about 12:30 p.m., and was centered on the south flank of Kilauea, about 16 kilometers southwest of Leilani Estates and at a depth of 5 kilometers, the USGS said.