Seismology http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29454/all en 5.5-magnitude quake hits off Taiwan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/55-magnitude-quake-hits-taiwan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Taiwan on Saturday, the island's Seismology Center said, but there were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.</p> <p>The tremor, which was also felt in the capital Taipei in the north, struck at 11:39 am (0339 GMT), 46.9 kilometres (29 miles) southeast of Hualien on the east coast, at a depth of 16.9 kilometres under the sea, the centre said.</p> <p>Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/55-magnitude-quake-hits-taiwan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquake Seismology AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 04:30:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743810 at http://www.globalpost.com Series of quakes hit off Solomon Islands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/series-quakes-hit-solomon-islands <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A series of strong earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands in rapid succession on Sunday, seismologists said, but no damage was reported and no tsunami warnings were issued.</p> <p>The strongest of the three tremors, at 5:58 am (1858 GMT Saturday) had a magnitude of 6.1, with the other two each measuring 5.1, according to the US Geological Survey.</p> <p>The quakes occurred within 30 minutes of one another at depths of 10 kilometres to 36 kilometres, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) from the Solomon Islands capital Honiara.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/series-quakes-hit-solomon-islands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Mechanics Seismology Solomon Islands AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 23:00:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744270 at http://www.globalpost.com Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes off Solomon Islands-USGS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/refile-magnitude-66-quake-strikes-solomon-islands-usgs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary 6.6 magnitude struck 256 miles (412 km) east of the Solomon Islands on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the latest aftershock following a tremor that caused a tsunami which killed at least five people.</p> <p>The quake was 6.2 miles (10 km) deep and located southeast of Kira Kira. There was no immediate tsunami warning.</p> <p>(Editing by Angus MacSwan)</p> Geology Seismology Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:45:05 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749304 at http://www.globalpost.com 7.0 magnitude quake in Colombia: USGS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/70-magnitude-quake-colombia-usgs-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook southern Colombia Saturday and was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.</p> <p>The quake, occurring at a depth of 129 kilometers (80 miles) at 1416 GMT, was located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of Pasto, Colombia, a city of 400,000 people at the foot of the Galeras volcano, according to the US Geological Survey.</p> <p>The USGS said the quake measured 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale. The Colombian Geological Service said the quake registered 6.8 on the Richter scale.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/70-magnitude-quake-colombia-usgs-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquakes Geology Seismology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 16:30:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751107 at http://www.globalpost.com Earthquake strikes far underground in southwest Argentina http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/earthquake-strikes-far-underground-southwest-argentina <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit southwest Argentina Friday but caused no damage or injuries, the US Geological Survey and local authorities reported.</p> <p>The earthquake was "within the limit of moderate to severe, but it was 672 kilometers (417 miles) underground and was not perceived by the population," Argentina's National Institute of Seismic Prevention said.</p> <p>USGS put the depth slightly shallower, at 585 kilometers (364 miles).</p> <p>The quake struck a rural area near Suncho Corral, 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of the provincial capital, which is home to 400,000 people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/earthquake-strikes-far-underground-southwest-argentina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquake Seismology AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:31:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5763349 at http://www.globalpost.com Strong 6.1 quake rattles Vanuatu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/strong-61-quake-rattles-vanuatu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was not thought to have caused any damage or sparked a tsunami warning.</p> <p>The shallow ocean quake struck at a depth of 15 kilometres (nine miles), 104 kilometres west of the capital Port Vila at 2.09 pm local time (0309 GMT).</p> <p>Geoscience Australia put its magnitude at 5.9 and said it was unlikely to have caused any damage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/strong-61-quake-rattles-vanuatu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Quake Seismology AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:30:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5769272 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds of homes flattened in China quake: state media http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/hundreds-homes-flattened-china-quake-state-media <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A shallow 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China on Sunday, causing 700 homes to collapse and leaving 20 people injured, state media said.</p> <p>The quake struck a rural area in the southwestern province of Yunnan on Sunday afternoon, damaging a further 2,500 houses, but there were no reported fatalities, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.</p> <p>The quake's epicentre was just nine kilometres (5.6 miles) beneath the surface, Xinhua said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/hundreds-homes-flattened-china-quake-state-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquake Seismology Xinhua News Agency AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 10:31:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772030 at http://www.globalpost.com 5.6-magnitude quake shakes buildings in Taiwan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/56-magnitude-quake-shakes-buildings-taiwan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Taiwan's capital Taipei on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were with no immediate reports of damage or casualties.</p> <p>The quake struck at 11:36 am (0336 GMT), 36 kilometres (22 miles) northwest of Hualien city on the east coast, at a depth of just nine kilometres, the USGS said.</p> <p>Taiwan's Seismology Centre said the tremor was felt across the island, confirming the 5.6 magnitude, but the National Fire Agency said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/56-magnitude-quake-shakes-buildings-taiwan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquakes East Rift Valley earthquakes Seismology AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 04:30:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5775709 at http://www.globalpost.com 5.5-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/55-magnitude-quake-hits-papua-new-guinea-usgs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.</p> <p>The quake hit 135 kilometres (83 miles) southwest of Kokopo, the capital of the East New Britain province, at 2:49 am local time (16:49 GMT).</p> <p>The earthquake occurred at a depth of 56 kilometres.</p> <p>Strong earthquakes are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.</p> <p>A giant tsunami in 1998 killed more than 2,000 people near Aitape, on the country's northwest coast.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/55-magnitude-quake-hits-papua-new-guinea-usgs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Management Seismology AFP Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:02:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5779011 at http://www.globalpost.com California quake revives Big One jitters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/california-quake-revives-big-one-jitters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 4.7-magnitude earthquake Monday shook buildings in Los Angeles, with US seismologists saying it was the strongest to hit the area since 2010, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.</p> <p>The epicenter of the quake was some 11 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Anza, California -- about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles -- and was felt in San Diego, two hours' drive down the coast from LA.</p> <p>The temblor revived usually below-the-surface fears of the Big One in California, which is overdue for a massive earthquake.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/california-quake-revives-big-one-jitters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquake Geology Seismology AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:45:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5780219 at http://www.globalpost.com Los Angeles drills response to 7.8 quake http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/los-angeles-drills-response-78-quake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Emergency teams staged a mock operation Thursday to respond to a catastrophic 7.8-magnitude quake in Los Angeles, saying the West Coast megalopolis needs to be ready for an "overdue" Big One.</p> <p>Some 300 people took part in the office-based drill organized by LA County's Office of Emergency Management, based in a center especially built to withstand a major earthquake, and serve as a hub to coordinate disaster services.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/los-angeles-drills-response-78-quake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Earthquake Seismology Technology AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 01:00:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5790532 at http://www.globalpost.com Strong earthquake rocks Guatemala http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/strong-earthquake-rocks-guatemala <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala late Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.</p> <p>The quake, which struck at at 5:02 pm (2302 GMT), had its epicenter 10 kilometers (six miles) east-southeast of the capital Guatemala City at a depth of 200 kilometers, the US Geological Survey reported.</p> <p>Yet despite the strong magnitude people in Guatemala City hardly felt the quake, witnesses said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/strong-earthquake-rocks-guatemala" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquakes Guatemala Richter magnitude scale Seismology AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:01:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5793782 at http://www.globalpost.com Two quakes rattle Mexico http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/two-quakes-rattle-mexico <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two moderate earthquakes jolted southern Mexico Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of several buildings in the capital, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, authorities said.</p> <p>The epicenter of both the initial quake and a smaller aftershock -- which struck shortly after 6:00 am (1300 GMT) -- was located about 15 kilometers (10 miles) west of Pinotepa Nacional, in Oaxaca state.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/two-quakes-rattle-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Pinotepa Seismology AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:46:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794281 at http://www.globalpost.com Gas quakes anger Dutch farmers but relieve state coffers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/gas-quakes-anger-dutch-farmers-relieve-state-coffers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Farmers living atop Europe's largest gas field in the isolated northern Netherlands are angry at increasingly frequent earthquakes caused by extraction.</p> <p>Freezing winds and a glimmer of cold light pass through the three-foot by two-inch (one metre by five centimetre) crack in Martha and Jan Bos's stable in Middelstum, a few miles (kilometres) from the Netherlands' most northern point.</p> <p>Their farmhouse, built in the early 20th century, has around 15 large cracks and part of the floor inside the entrance has dropped around three inches.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/gas-quakes-anger-dutch-farmers-relieve-state-coffers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earthquake Labor Seismology AFP Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:01:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5797930 at http://www.globalpost.com Strong quake near Iran nuclear plant kills 3 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/strong-quake-near-iran-nuclear-plant-kills-3-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck on Tuesday near the Gulf port city of Bushehr, home to Iran's only nuclear power plant, killing at least three people, state television and officials said.</p> <p>Iranian news agencies made no immediate mention of damage to the plant in the area of Kaki, nearly 90 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of Bushehr.</p> <p>The quake hit at 4:22 pm (1152 GMT) with a depth of 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), the Iran Seismological Centre said.</p> <p>The US Geological Survey, which monitors quakes worldwide, ranked the quake at a more powerful 6.3 magnitude.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/strong-quake-near-iran-nuclear-plant-kills-3-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bushehr Earthquake Seismology AFP Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:46:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5807144 at http://www.globalpost.com