Category: Earthquakes

ONE of the biggest earthquakes in Australia’s recent history has shaken the Northern Territory. The magnitude-6.1 quake hit at 3.44am (ACST) about 125km west of Uluru and 450km southwest of Alice Springs, according to Geoscience Australia.

“Australia in recorded history hasn’t had that many earthquakes of magnitude-6 and above,” Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate told AAP.

In 1997 a magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck off the WA coast and in 1988 Australia’s largest earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.6, was recorded at Tennant Creek.

Mr Bathgate said today’s earthquake had mainly been felt by people in tourist areas surrounding Uluru, but one report had been received far away at Coober Pedy.

“It certainly is a sparsely populated area and that’s probably a very lucky aspect,” he said.

NT police said there has been no reports of damage or injury from the shake

Source: Northern Territory shaken by 6.1-magnitude earthquake

A GEOLOGIST has warned a devastating earthquake and tsunami could hit the United States, potentially threatening millions of lives, within the next 48 hours.

Jim Berkland, a former US Geological Survey scientist, who once famously predicted the Loma Prieta quake, said mega quakes usually strike at a new moon or full moon because of the gravitation effect on the Earth…and the next full moon is on FRIDAY.

The maverick, now retired, scientist spoke out after eight powerful earthquakes struck across south Asia and the pacific in the past 80 hours, claiming hundreds of lives in Japan and Ecuador.
Mr Berkland predicted on October 13, 1989, an earthquake of magnitude 3.5 to 6.0 would strike San Francisco within the next week.
Four days later on October 17 a magnitude 6.9 quake hit Loma Prieta in northern California.
He now says 20 of the world’s last 25 mega quakes have happened during new or full moons.

Source: Earthquake Prediction: Scientist warns MEGA EARTHQUAKE threatening millions will hit USA as early as FRIDAY

Communities that experienced strong earthquakes or floods in recent years, ranging from the Tohoku region to Niigata to Kobe, are taking quick action to support Kumamoto Prefecture and surrounding areas that have been hit by strong, deadly temblors since Thursday night.

These communities want to lend a helping hand not only with supplies but also knowhow based on their own quake experiences.

Sendai, which was hit by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, on Saturday night sent trucks loaded with rice, paper diapers and other vital supplies to the city of Kumamoto. It also dispatched two officials.

“After the quake, we received help from Kumamoto. I hope we can repay them for their kindness,” said Satoru Hirabuki, a 36-year-old official in charge of Sendai’s crisis management.

Japanese Red Cross Ishinomaki Hospital in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, acted on its own to send a team of 15 doctors and nurses to the city of Kumamoto on Saturday, based on its experience of supporting disaster-hit areas in the March 2011 earthquake.

“Local medical experts are also victims of the quakes. But we have to race against time, and we want to support them from an early stage,” one of the Ishinomaki doctors said.

The city of Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, which was hit by the Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake in 2004, sent a team of six officials Saturday to the disaster-hit regional governments in Kyushu. The team will instruct on how to send out information to residents in efforts to lessen their worries and advise the regional governments about managing evacuation shelters.

The team brought along four cardboard cubicles for women to change clothes and breast-feed babies.

“I’m happy if the rooms improve the environment at the evacuation shelters,” said Machio Adashi, president of the company that produced the cubicles.

Source: Tohoku, Kobe, other areas hit by past quakes quick to send aid, staff to help temblor-struck Kumamoto | The Japan Times

The latest earthquakes in Chile

M 4.6 Earthquake
48km NNE of La Serena, Chile

An earthquake with magnitude 4.6 occurred near Coquimbo, Chile at 04:25:59.50 UTC on Apr 18, 2016 …

Chile has had: (M1.5 or greater)

  • 4 earthquakes today
  • 13 earthquakes in the past 7 days
  • 50 earthquakes in the past month
  • 1,560 earthquakes in the past year

Source: Today’s Earthquakes in Chile

The Japanese share market plunged 3 percent on Monday after a series of earthquakes measuring up to 7.3 magnitude struck a southern manufacturing hub, killing at least 42 people and forcing major companies to close factories.

About 30,000 rescue workers were scouring the rubble for survivors and handing out food to those unable to return to their homes following the quakes which struck Kyushu island from Thursday. The biggest hit near Kumamoto city early Saturday.

“There are still missing people. We want to make further efforts to rescue and save people and prioritize human lives,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament, adding he wanted to declare the region a disaster zone to free up reconstruction funds.

The Nikkei stock index ended the morning session 3 percent lower, hit by a stronger yen and as investors weighed the impact of the disaster on manufacturers’ supply chains and insurers. Factories for major manufacturers including Toyota, Sony and Honda were closed, disrupting supply chains around the country.


Source: Japan quake rattles markets as factories shut; survivors line up for food | Reuters

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