Experts: NYC ‘Overdue’ for Devastating Earthquake

TruNews – April 4, 2018

While New York City is rarely thought of as a hotspot for seismic activity, scientists have determined the Big Apple is overdue for a devastating earthquake that could effectively level the heart of the city.

The U.S. Geological Survey notes there are nine fault lines running through parts of the city, the largest of which begins in New Jersey and passes Central Park on its way to Roosevelt Island. Others run immediately adjacent to the Empire State Building, Wall Street, and the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and NHL’s New York Islanders.

According to a new report released by the New York City Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation, even a 5.0-magnitude earthquake—strong, but not considered “major” on the Richter scale—could cause $39 billion in damage and create more than 30 million tons of rubble. A quake of that magnitude, based on the geological record, occurs every 100 years, but the last was in 1884.

A stronger, 7.0-magnitude quake, which occurs far less frequently, would cause more than 6,000 older buildings, most of which do not have reinforced masonry to topple. That is also due to the density of tall buildings in the city that aren’t built to withstand seismic stresses.

Papua New Guinea rocked by HUGE 6.8 earthquake amid Ring of Fire fears

Tom Parfitt  – March 8, 2018

A 6.8 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck off the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea, according to disaster officials, putting the Ring of Fire on high alert.

The devastating quake hit at around 3:40am local time at a depth of six miles (10km), the US Geographical Survey (USGS) said.

Officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that, based on the current evidence, there is no tsunami threat to nearby islands.

A spokesman said: “A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

No serious injuries were immediately reported following the incident this morning.

At least 55 people died in a separate earthquake in Papua New Guinea last week, although authorities fear the toll could exceed 100.

Massive M7.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

– February 25, 2018

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.5 hit Papua New Guinea at 17:44 UTC on February 25, 2018 (03:44 local time, February 26). The agency is reporting a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.5 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). This earthquake is expected to have a high humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 33.1 km (20.5 miles) SW Tari (population 8 186), 98.5 km (61.2 miles) W of Mendi (population 26 252) and 163.4 km (101.5 miles) E of Kiunga (population 11 536), Papua New Guinea.

There are 670 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles) and 12 000 within 10 km.

Some 10 000 people are estimated to have felt severe shaking, 356 000 very strong, 660 000 strong and 1 423 000 moderate.

The USGS issued a yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response.

Yellowstone earthquake: Worried scientists log QUAKE SWARM of over 200 rumbles within DAYS

Joseph Carey – Feb 20, 2018

The shock discovery was announced by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that declared the quakes have been occurring “over the past several days”.

In a post, it wrote: “Over the past several days, an earthquake swarm has been ongoing at Yellowstone.

“Keep in mind that swarms like this account for more than 50 per cent of the seismic activity at Yellowstone and no volcanic activity has occurred from any past such events.

“As of the night of February 18, over 200 earthquakes have been located in an area ~13 km (8 miles) North East of West Yellowstone, Montana.

The USGS added that the seismic rates and the magnitude of the quakes have “increased markedly” and warned that the largest quake reached a magnitude of 2.9 on the Richter scale.

Strong quake rumbles near Mexico City

Fox News – February 16, 2018

A potent earthquake shook southern Mexico on Friday, a prolonged rumble that rocked buildings across Mexico City.

Originally reported as a 7.5 magnitude, the quake was later reported as a 7.2 by the U.S. Geological Survey, said an article Friday night in USA Today.

According to the Reuters news service, the epicenter was close to the Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca, and had a depth of 26.7 miles (43 km), based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The area is already reeling from a September earthquake’s impacts.

In Oaxaca, Gov. Alejandro Murat said via Twitter that damage was being evaluated, but there were so far no reports of deaths.

2 killed, 200+ injured as 5 buildings collapse in 6.4 Taiwan quake

RT – February 6, 2018

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan, causing a hotel and several other buildings to collapse. At least two people were killed and more than 200 others injured.

The epicenter of the quake was reportedly 10km deep, some 22km east-northeast of Hualien City, the US Geological Service (USGS) reported. The initial 6.4 quake, which struck at 11:50pm local time, was followed by a number of aftershocks, with at least four measuring five points and higher on the Richter scale, the USGS data shows.

At least five buildings collapsed, China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported. “Two people were unfortunately killed,” Taiwan’s Premier William Lai told an emergency government meeting.

Images posted online appear to show the first floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien severely damaged, with parts of the building crumbling onto the sidewalk. Multiple injuries have been reported and rescue workers have been deployed to the scene. According to the Central Disaster Response Center, at least three people remain trapped underneath the debris in Marshal Hotel.

M6.3 earthquake hits Chile at intermediate depth, very strong shaking in Arica

– January 21, 2018

A strong earthquake registered by the CSN Chile as M6.3 hit northern Chile at 01:06 UTC on January 21, 2018 (22:06 local time, January 20). The agency is reporting a depth of 105.3 km (65.4 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 110.8 km (68.8 miles); EMSC M6.4 at 110 km. The quake was preceded by M3.0 at 22:45 UTC, January 20.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 76.6 km (47.6 miles) S of Putre (population 0), 85.2 km (52.9 miles) ESE of Arica (population 185 999), Chile and 117.8 km (73.2 miles) SE of Tacna (population 280 098), Peru.

There are 230 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles) and less than 1 000 within 10 km (6.2 miles).

According to the USGS, some 128 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking.

However, CSN Chile reports very strong shaking in Arica and in the village of Codpa. Strong shaking was reported in Cuya, Pocon Chile and Putre.

Major M7.6 earthquake hits off the coast of Honduras, small tsunami observed

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.6 hit north of Honduras at 02:51 UTC on January 10, 2018 (20:51 local time, January 9). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC reported M7.6 at a depth of 15 km (9 miles). Minor sea level fluctuations have been observed and may continue during the next couple of hours.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 201.9 km (125.5 miles) NNE of Barra Patuca (population 2 758) and 245.2 km (152.4 miles) N of Puerto Lempira (population 4 856), Honduras.

There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

Some 58 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 3 318 000 light.

Minor tsunami waves have been observed (up to 30 cm / 0.98 feet) and may continue over the next few hours, PTWC said 04:48 UTC.

Ths USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Strong Earthquakes Hit San Francisco And Mount St. Helens And Experts Warn They May Be Foreshocks For ‘Something Larger’

Michael Snyder – January 4, 2018

Just when it seemed like things may be settling down, two very unusual earthquakes have hit the west coast within the past couple of days.  A 4.4 magnitude quake struck Berkeley, California just prior to 3 AM on Thursday morning, and a 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mount St. Helens in Washington state on Wednesday.  Overall, there have been 68 earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens since New Year’s Day, and there have been a total of 629 earthquakes in the state of California within the last 30 days.  Could it be possible that all of this activity is leading up to a historic seismic disaster on the west coast?

The 4.4 magnitude earthquake along the Hayward fault very early on Thursday jolted people out of bed all over the San Francisco area

A strong 4.4 magnitude earthquake has rattled the Bay Area shortly before 3 a.m.

USGS is reporting the quake was centered in Berkeley. On KRON4’s real time earthquake map it shows the epicenter.

The quake struck at 2:39 a.m. and was centered near the Claremont hotel. The earthquake had a preliminary depth of 8 miles, according to USGS.

This wasn’t a soft and gentle earthquake that everyone kind of laughs about after it is over.

North Korea’s nuclear tests have damaged Earth’s crust, caused tremors months later

NZ Herald – December 11, 2017

Two tremors detected in North Korea yesterday were likely to be aftershocks from the hermit nation’s reckless nuclear test in early September, a US Geological Survey official confirmed.

The mild 2.9 and 2.4 magnitude aftershocks were confirmed as “tectonic” in origin by the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty executive secretary Lassina Zerbo.

The USGS official claimed the tremors originated near the Punggye-ri nuclear test site – the location where North Korea carried out its largest nuclear test to date on September 3.

The official said: “They’re probably relaxation events from the sixth nuclear test. When you have a large nuclear test, it moves the Earth’s crust around the area, and it takes a while for it to fully subside.

“We’ve had a few of them since the sixth nuclear test.”