Guatemala death toll jumps to 62 as quake strikes off coast (VIDEOS)

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.

Dangerous ‘laze’ forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

Space Daily – MY 21, 2018

Authorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous “laze” fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean.

Two lava flows “reached the ocean along the southeast Puna coast overnight,” on Hawaii’s Big Island, the US Geological Survey, which monitors volcanoes and earthquakes worldwide, said in a statement Sunday.

A crack however opened in the ground under one of the lava channels, “diverting the lava… into underground voids,” the statement said.

When the hot lava flow hits the water it produces acid fumes known as “laze” – lava and haze.

“The plume is an irritating mixture of hydrochloric acid gas (HCl), steam, and tiny volcanic glass particles,” the USGS said.

Hawaiian Volcano: EXPLOSION EXPECTED! 19 Fissures, Spewing ‘Lava Bombs’

Mac Slavo – May 15, 2018

The eruption of the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is worsening.  It has now created 19 fissures in the eastern rift zone among housing subdivisions near the island’s southeastern corner, one of which is spewing “lava bombs” into the air; and scientists say an explosion is imminent.

One of the newest fissures has been seen tossing “spatter bombs” of lava at distances of up to 500 feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least three dozen structures have already been damaged or destroyed by lava from the fissures, which began opening up over ten days ago in the Leilani Estates neighborhood of Puna, according to Forbes.

The unpredictable 2,000-degree lava is taking its toll on volcano evacuees on Hawaii’s Big Island. But there is one predictable outcome: the volcanic situation in Hawaii is going to get worse. Evacuees are now awaiting an “imminent” eruption that could rain car-size boulders and ash onto this tropical paradise.

Strong M6.2 earthquake hits Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan

– 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.

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.