Geology http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29596/all en 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 6.3-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/63-magnitude-quake-hits-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 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.</p> <p>The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) at 11:07 am (0007 GMT), 70 km west of Lata and nearly 600 km from the national capital, Honiara.</p> <p>It is the latest in a series of earthquakes in the region but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there were no current advisories in effect.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/63-magnitude-quake-hits-solomon-islands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Physical geography Physical oceanography Solomon Islands AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:32:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747060 at http://www.globalpost.com Solomons quake shows might of 'Ring of Fire' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/solomons-quake-shows-might-ring-fire <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 huge earthquake that struck off the Solomons Islands Wednesday was another reminder of the power of the volatile "Ring of Fire", a vast zone of volcanic instability that encircles the Pacific Ocean.</p> <p>The 8.0-magnitude earthquake was feared to have flattened villages in the Solomons, and generated small tsunami waves that reached Pacific nations' coasts, triggering emergency sirens and evacuations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/solomons-quake-shows-might-ring-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Oceanography Physical oceanography AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:31:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747167 at http://www.globalpost.com Deadliest earthquakes and tsunamis of the past century http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/deadliest-earthquakes-and-tsunamis-the-past-century <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>Three villages were reportedly flattened in the Solomon Islands Wednesday when a tsunami triggered by an 8.0-magnitude quake crashed ashore.</p> <p>Below is a list of the world's deadliest earthquakes, including quake-induced tsunamis, over the past century:</p> <p>- 2011: Japan: more than 19,000 were killed when a tsunami triggered by an undersea quake slammed into the northeast coast, triggering a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant. Magnitude 9.0.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/deadliest-earthquakes-and-tsunamis-the-past-century" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Geology Management Physical geography AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:45:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747204 at http://www.globalpost.com Major tsunamis around the world http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/major-tsunamis-around-the-world <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>The tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands on Wednesday after an 8.0-magnitude quake was the latest incidence of destructive waves being created by large undersea tremors.</p> <p>Here is a chronology of some of the major tsunamis around the world since December 2004, when more than 226,000 people were killed around the Indian Ocean in one of the world's worst ever natural disasters:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/major-tsunamis-around-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Oceanography Physical oceanography AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 07:30:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747216 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 URGENT ¥¥¥ 7.0 magnitude quake strikes off Solomon Islands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/urgent-70-magnitude-quake-strikes-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 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands early Saturday, the latest massive aftershock following a 8.0-magnitude quake which sparked a tsunami three days ago, US seismologists said.</p> <p>The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 2:26 am (1526 GMT Friday) near the Santa Cruz Islands, which are part of the Solomons, at a depth of 26 kilometres (16 miles). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no danger of a widespread destructive tsunami.</p> <p>ia/mtp</p> Earth Geology Physical geography AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:15:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750259 at http://www.globalpost.com 7.0 magnitude quake strikes off Solomon Islands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/70-magnitude-quake-strikes-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 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands early Saturday, the latest massive aftershock following a 8.0-magnitude quake which sparked a tsunami three days ago, US seismologists said.</p> <p>The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 2:26 am (1526 GMT) near the Santa Cruz Islands, which are part of the Solomons, at a depth of 26 kilometres (16 miles).</p> <p>As with an earlier major aftershock initially measured at 7.1 but later revised down to 6.8-magnitude, the quake was not expected to generate a widespread tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/70-magnitude-quake-strikes-solomon-islands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Management Physical geography AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:30:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750269 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 Strong 7.0 quake rattles buildings in Colombia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia <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 7.0-magnitude earthquake rumbled across southern Colombia on Saturday, injuring at least eight people and damaging more than 140 buildings, authorities said.</p> <p>The quake was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador and Bogota, where buildings swayed under the force of the tremor, which the US Geological Survey said measured a strong 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:18:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751325 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED: Strong 7.0 quake rattles buildings in Colombia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/corrected-strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia <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 7.0-magnitude earthquake rumbled across southern Colombia on Saturday, injuring at least eight people and damaging more than 140 buildings, authorities said.</p> <p>The quake was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador and Bogota, where buildings swayed under the force of the tremor, which the US Geological Survey said measured a strong 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/corrected-strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 22:15:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751404 at http://www.globalpost.com Earthquake strikes off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/earthquake-strikes-new-zealands-kermadec-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 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported.</p> <p>The quake hit at 12:19 am (1219 GMT Monday) at a depth of 34 km (21 miles), about 161 km south of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs. </p> <p>The largely uninhabited islands are northeast of New Zealand's North Island.</p> <p>A magnitude 6.0 quake struck off North Island Saturday.</p> <p>A shallow 6.3-magnitude quake devastated the New Zealand city of Christchurch in the South Island in February last year, leaving 185 people dead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/earthquake-strikes-new-zealands-kermadec-islands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology New Zealand Volcanism Volcanology AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:16:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758958 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds of quakes shake villages around smoking Peruvian volcano http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/hundreds-quakes-shake-villages-around-smoking-peruvian-volcano <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>LIMA, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Hundreds of small earthquakes have shaken the earth around the Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru over just a few days and the rumbling, along with plumes of smoke spewing up to 320 feet (100 meters) high, have put officials on alert to evacuate the area.</p> <p>Peru's geological agency Ingemmet recorded some 536 quakes, about 20 an hour, on Feb. 22 and 23 and periodic movement is ongoing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/hundreds-quakes-shake-villages-around-smoking-peruvian-volcano" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:15:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5767818 at http://www.globalpost.com Galapagos residents playing key role in scientific discoveries http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130227/galapagos-residents-playing-key-role-scientific-discoveries <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Quito, Feb 27 (EFE). The recent discovery of a rare fish species by residents of the Galapagos Islands marks the latest in a series of finds by inhabitants of the famed Ecuadorian archipelago, who are to be further encouraged in their efforts by a government-sponsored "Citizen Science" program.</p> <p>Most of the finds have come from fishermen and guides, the head of the Galapagos National Park's Marine Spaces Monitoring area, Eduardo Espinoza, told Efe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130227/galapagos-residents-playing-key-role-scientific-discoveries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Galapagos Galápagos Islands Geology Agencia EFE Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:03:00 +0000 Agencia EFE 5768809 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