Friday, February 29, 2008

Lava Claims Three Abandoned Houses in Hawaii Subdivision

VOLCANO,Hawaii-Lava from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, destroyed three abandoned houses this week in a nearly deserted neighborhood, scientists on the Big Island reported.The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a lava flow entered the Royal Gardens subdivision on Sunday, and two structures were burned by Tuesday.A third house in the area residents fled years ago had fallen victim to the volcano by Thursday, scientists said.Sixty-six homes and other structures in the subdivision have been destroyed by the volcano that began slowly erupting Jan. 3, 1983.About five houses are still standing, but only two homeowners remain in Royal Gardens. The homeowners, Jack Thompson and Dean Schneider, say they are in no danger."It's the safest place I've ever lived, safer than the mainland. They have forest fires over there that burn up 3,000 homes in Southern California," said Thompson, who runs a bed and breakfast called the Lava House."I'm here for the duration, whatever happens."Schneider admitted it was "a little different" living with lava from an erupting volcano."It's unique, but it's very easy to outrun a lava flow," he said.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

PREVIOUS QUAKES IN THE UK

April 2007 - Folkestone, Kent (magnitude 4.3)
December 2006 - Dumfries and Galloway (3.5)
September 2002 - Dudley, West Midlands (5.0)
October 2001 - Melton Mowbray (4.1)
September 2000 - Warwick (4.2)
April 1990 - Bishop's Castle, Shropshire (5.1)
July 1984 - Nefyn, north Wales (5.4)
June 1931 - in North Sea near Great Yarmouth (6.1)
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Earthquake hits much of England

The biggest earthquake in the UK for nearly 25 years has shaken homes across large parts of England.
People in Newcastle, Yorkshire, London, Manchester, the Midlands and Norfolk felt the tremor at about 0100 GMT.An elderly man suffered leg injuries when a chimney collapsed in Wombwell in South Yorkshire, emergency crews said.The British Geological Survey (BGS) said the earthquake was of the magnitude of 5.3 and the epicentre was near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.Bev Finnegan, who lives in Market Rasen, said: "I was terrified to be honest. The noise was really, really terrifying... it was so deep and rumbling."It felt like the roof was going to fall in. There were people coming out in their dressing gowns wondering what it was. It was quite an experience."Dr Brian Baptie of the BGS said the quake was of a level to cause minor damage to buildings."An earthquake of this size, of magnitude five or thereabouts, will occur roughly every ten to 20 years in the UK," he said.Wednesday morning's earthquake, which lasted about 10 seconds, was the biggest recorded example since one with a magnitude of 5.4 struck north Wales in 1984.
'Like a jelly mould'
Dr Baptie said: "The largest earthquake that we know about that has struck the UK was about 100km off the east coast of England on the Dogger Bank and it had a magnitude of 6.1."So we can get these kind of moderate to significant earthquakes of this size but they're relatively rare." The West Midlands was hit by an earthquake in 2002 in the Dudley area that reached a magnitude of 5.0 and one measuring 4.3 hit Folkstone in Kent last year.People from across England contacted the BBC to described how their homes shook during the tremor.Jemma Harrison, 22, in Bury, Greater Manchester, said: "It was really bad. I was fast asleep and woke up and the room was shaking and there was a loud bang and alarms were going off."Natasha Cavey, in Tipton in the West Midlands, said: "All my cupboard doors flew open and the whole house shook, it was unreal. I can't believe it."David in Alrewas in Staffordshire said: "The birds were flying around like it was daylight."It was quite severe. I experienced the Dudley one and this was more severe."I went outside to see if the roof had collapsed.I could see the furniture in the room moving, it was like it was on a jelly mould.David Somerset, 41, from Driffield near Beverley in East Yorkshire, said:"I have never felt one as strong as that one before. I was in my sitting room and the grandfather clock was rattling rather violently."It was very strong, I felt the whole room moving."

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4.7 Mb - ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.7 Mb
Date-Time
27 Feb 2008 00:56:45 UTC
27 Feb 2008 00:56:45 near epicenter
26 Feb 2008 18:56:45 standard time in your timezone
Location
53.321N 0.313W
Depth
10 km
Distances
48 km (30 miles) S (178 degrees) of Kingston upon Hull, England, UK
69 km (43 miles) NE (55 degrees) of Nottingham, England, UK
79 km (49 miles) E (94 degrees) of Sheffield, England, UK
203 km (126 miles) N (357 degrees) of LONDON, United Kingdom
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 6.8 km; Vertical 0.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 50; Dmin = 291.4 km; Rmss = 1.02 seconds; Gp = 54°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008nyae
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:

U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey


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Earthquake hits UK

An earthquake was felt across large parts of England in the early hours of this morning. Tremors were felt areas including Merseyside, Birmingham, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Norfolk, Surrey and Greater London - including the offices of Telegraph.co.uk, near Victoria Station.The five-second tremor struck at 00.55am.Its epicentre was 15 miles north of Lincoln, near Market Rasen, and the United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake measured 4.7 on the Richter scale according to initial measurements.A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police said they had received dozens of phone calls about the tremor and some damage to homes had been reported.Ian Gilmore, 63 from Rainford near St Helens on Merseyside was watching a film when he felt the tremor. His wife Patricia was also woken up and rushed downstairs to see what had happened.Mr Gilmore said: "It was incredible - I have never felt anything like it."A resident in Norfolk described it as a"a real mover and shaker".She said: "It was like a big juggernaut coming down the road The whole house shook - it was a real bone shaker"Richard Sprakes of Thorne in South Yorkshire was asleep when the tremor shook his house and woke him up. "It was pretty scary I can tell you. Stuff was falling off the shelves. It was pretty rough."Other witnesses reported to Sky News that wildlife - birds and pets- becoming highly agitated as the ground shook.The West Midlands was hit by an earthquake in 2002 in the Dudley area that reached 5.0 on the Richter scale and caused damage to homes. y hours of this morning.

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Earthquake: England is shaken awake at 1am

England was shaken by an earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale early this morning.There were no initial reports of significant damage and nobody is believed to have been injured in the quake just before 1am but the measurement makes it the second largest quake to hit the UK in the last decade.People around the country reported feeling tremors for around five seconds, but those in Lincolnshire said they felt rumblings for up to 20 seconds.The US Geographical Survey's website said the epicentre was 30 miles south of Hull, but they had reports from Manchester and Liverpool in the north, Norfolk in the east, London and the Home counties in the south, and all over the Midlands.A spokesman for The Met Office said: "We have been getting calls from all over the country. It appears to have affected all of England." The tremor is believed to have lasted around six seconds.Sylvia Tidy-Harris, from Ellistown, Leicestershire said: "It was like a big juggernaut was coming down the road. It was very loud and the whole house shook."Sarah Milligan, from Stockport, is four months pregnant and was thrown to the floor by the tremor. "The whole house was shaking so I stood up off the sofa trying to see what happened. My legs gave way."I've had to go to hospital to make sure the baby is okay."Jamie Rolls, 38, of Colchester, said: "It was the strangest thing I've ever felt. The whole room was moving and I looked down to a glass of Coke on the table and it started bubbling up. The whole tremor lasted about 20 seconds in two separate waves." Chris Wallwork, 58, was sitting at his computer in the upstairs study of his 18th-century cottage in Eaton Bray near Dunstable, Beds, when he felt it begin to sway. "It was really weird. I felt the cottage sway very slowly three or four times."Kultaran Singh, from Derby, said: "I was woken up in the middle of deep sleep. I thought I was going to slide off the bed, which was shaking along with the walls and all the furniture."I thought at first that part of my house had collapsed. But the whole thing only lasted about five minutes, and I couldn't believe there was no damage given how strong the tremor felt."Between 200 and 300 earthquakes are detected and located in the UK every year by the British Geological Survey. But only a few of these are actually felt by people without specialist equipment.Buildings are deemed to be at risk from earthquakes above 5 on the Richter Scale, according to the Environment Agency.Last April, more than 70 homes were cordoned off near Folkestone in Kent following a tremor of 4.3 at around 8.20am. the biggest earthquake to hit Britain in five years.The largest earthquake recorded in the UK was about 75 miles north-east of Great Yarmouth in the North Sea on 7 June, 1931. It measured 6.1 and was felt across Britain, in eastern Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and parts of Germany, France, Norway and Denmark.

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England Awoken By Overnight Tremor

Tremors have been felt across England and Wales in the early hours of this morning, according to Sky News witnesses.The epicentre of the shallow earthquake was Market Rasen, 15 miles north from Lincoln.The tremor, timed at 12:56am, read 4.7 on the Richter scale.
Reports of homes and offices shaking have been received from North Yorkshire to Greater London.Viewers in Rugby, Oldham, London, Windsor, West Yorkshire, Blackpool and Dunstable have all recorded being awoken by the tremor.People have told how their beds shook, although there have been no reports or injury or damage.Sylvia Tidy-Harris from Ellistown, Leicestershire described the experience as a "real boneshaker"."It was like a big juggernaut was coming down the road. It was very loud and the whole house shook."Mel Garratt from south Lincolnshire said the tremor lasted from five to 10 seconds.Sky News correspondent Lisa Dowd said the tremor was similar to a substantial earthqauke in 2002, which had the town of Dudley as its epicentre.
That tremor recorded the largest shake in the UK for over a decade.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1307071,00.html
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Earthquake felt across parts of England

MANCHESTER,England-An earthquake struck Britain early Wednesday and was felt across large parts of the country. Police reported some minor damage to homes but no injuries.The 4.7-magnitude quake struck at about 1 a.m. and was centered about 125 miles north of London, according to the U.S. Geological Survey."It was scary," David Somerset told The Associated Press by telephone from Driffield, around 60 miles from the epicenter. He was working on the computer at the time."It was a strange sensation as the room, ornaments and chest of drawers started wobbling and making a loud rumbling noise," he said.Many other people in southern, central and northern England reported feeling their homes shaken by the earthquake in a country where such tremors are uncommon.Lincolnshire police said they had received dozens of phone calls about the temblor and that some minor damage to homes had been reported.The North West Ambulance service said its crews had also reported feeling the quake but had received "no actual calls from the public," said a spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the service's policy.John Jenkin of Bourne said the jolt knocked objects from the shelves of his home."I was woken up. It was hell," he said.A woman in Notting Hill, a wealthy section of London, reported that her radio was bumping up and down on a shelf for several seconds.A quake of magnitude 4.7 is capable of causing moderate to considerable damage. The BBC said between 150 and 200 quakes occur in Britain annually, but only 10 percent are strong enough to be felt.
On the Net: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008nyae.php

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Quake off Indonesia's Sumatra triggers panic

JAKARTA-A powerful earthquake struck west of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday, triggering panic and a brief tsunami warning, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which was felt in neighboring Singapore, had a magnitude of 7.3 and was at a depth of 35 km (21.75 miles).Indonesia's meteorology agency, which lifted a tsunami warning after about 45 minutes, put the quake at a shallower depth of 10 km (6 miles)."There are no reports of damages or casualties yet. When the quake happened, people stormed out of the police station. We still need to check with the police station on Muko-Muko (nearest to the epicenter) whether there has been any damage," Hassanudin, a police officer in Bengkulu town, told Reuters."People panicked, but there was no big movement towards higher ground, although there was a tsunami warning."The epicenter of the quake was about 300 km (185 miles) northwest of Bengkulu and around 160 km (100 miles) southwest of Padang.Two strong aftershocks hit the same area hours later, the first measuring 6.7 and the second 6.9, the USGS said. The first aftershock struck 164 km (102 miles) southwest of Padang and was only 35 km (21.7 miles) deep, while the second was 19.9 miles, deep centered 107 miles southwest of Padang.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which monitors the world for tsunamis, said there was no threat of a widespread destructive tsunami form the aftershocks, but added there was a small possibility of a local tsunami.In Padang, patients were evacuated from hospital buildings for safety despite heavy rain, after the first quake.Rustam Pakaya, head of the health ministry's crisis center in Jakarta, also said that no damage had been reported, although the quake was felt strongly in Muko-Muko, Bengkulu, Jambi and Padang.The same area was hit by a more powerful quake of magnitude 8.4 in September last year that killed at least 25 people and toppled thousands of homes.A huge earthquake measuring more than 9 struck off Sumatra on December 26, 2004, causing a massive tsunami and more than 230,000 deaths in countries across the region.Indonesia suffers from frequent earthquakes as it lies in the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire," an area of intense seismic activity where a number of tectonic plates collide.Last Wednesday, a strong quake hit off Aceh province in northern Sumatra, killing at least three people and damaging buildings on the nearby island of Simeulue.
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Third Major Earthquake Rocks Island of Sumatra

JAKARTA,Indonesia-Another powerful earthquake struck Indonesia's Sumatra island Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The latest on Monday evening was at least the third: a 6.9-magnitude aftershock strike off the coast of Sumatra, according to UGS.No tsunami warning was immediately issued.It appeared to be at least the third in a series of quakes, with two or more strong ones reportedly hitting the same region earlier on Monday.There was a brief tsunami warning after the first quakes, but no reports of damage, injuries or deaths.The second quake had a preliminary magnitude of about 6.7. Another, which occurred early Monday morning, had a magnitude of 7.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The geophysics agency issued a tsunami bulletin following the quake first quake, but canceled it an hour later after determining no waves were generated.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,332212,00.html
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Quake in Sumatra Indonesia

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Quake aftershock strikes off Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia-A powerful earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra Island on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning, agencies said. Hours later, a strong aftershock hit the same faultline.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said "there was a very small possibility" of a tsunami following the second quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said had an initial magnitude of 6.7.Indonesian authorities did not issue an alert.

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Magnitude 6.7 quake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra: USGS

WASHINGTON-A magnitude 6.7 quake hit off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.9, struck at 1:06 p.m. EST 102 miles southwest of Padang in Sumatra and was only 21.7 miles deep.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center which monitors the world for tsunamis said there was no threat of a tsunami.A powerful earthquake struck in the same area earlier, triggering panic and a brief tsunami warning, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.A huge earthquake measuring more than 9 struck off Sumatra on December 26, 2004, causing a massive tsunami and more than 230,000 deaths in countries across the region.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

4.9 Mb - NORTHERN ALGERIA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.9 Mb
Date-Time
23 Feb 2008 04:41:18 UTC
23 Feb 2008 05:41:18 near epicenter
22 Feb 2008 22:41:18 standard time in your timezone
Location
36.456N 0.000E
Depth
187 km
Distances
97 km (60 miles) NE (36 degrees) of Oran, Algeria
124 km (77 miles) WNW (285 degrees) of Ech-Cheliff, Algeria
146 km (91 miles) NNE (23 degrees) of Sidi-bel-Abbes, Algeria
271 km (168 miles) W (262 degrees) of ALGIERS, Algeria
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 11.7 km; Vertical 9.7 km
Parameters
Nph = 58; Dmin = 710.2 km; Rmss = 0.67 seconds; Gp = 147°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008nubg
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or
U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

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5.0 Mb - OFF S. COAST OF NORTHWEST AFRICA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.0 Mb
Date-Time
23 Feb 2008 03:23:07 UTC
23 Feb 2008 03:23:07 near epicenter
22 Feb 2008 21:23:07 standard time in your timezone
Location
0.000N 0.000E
Depth
10 km
Distances
618 km (384 miles) S (177 degrees) of ACCRA, Ghana
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 16.2 km; Vertical 0.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 66; Dmin = 560.2 km; Rmss = 0.77 seconds; Gp = 158°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008nuba ***This event supersedes event PT08054921.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page or
U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

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California-Mexico Border Quakes

4.7 Ml - BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.7 Ml
Date-Time
22 Feb 2008 19:31:19 UTC
22 Feb 2008 11:31:19 near epicenter
22 Feb 2008 13:31:19 standard time in your timezone
Location
32.456N 115.327W
Depth
7 km
Distances
26 km (16 miles) SSE (149 degrees) of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
27 km (17 miles) NW (312 degrees) of Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico
29 km (18 miles) SSE (147 degrees) of Calexico, CA
159 km (99 miles) E (93 degrees) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 4.6 km; Vertical 36.9 km
Parameters
Nph = 30; Dmin = 40.0 km; Rmss = 0.42 seconds; Gp = 262°M-type = Ml; Version = 1
Event ID
CI 14352012

4.2 Mb - OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.2 Mb
Date-Time
22 Feb 2008 08:15:38 UTC
22 Feb 2008 02:15:38 near epicenter
22 Feb 2008 02:15:38 standard time in your timezone
Location
14.618N 92.523W
Depth
93 km
Distances
33 km (21 miles) WNW (283 degrees) of Suchiate, Chiapas, Mexico
41 km (25 miles) SW (220 degrees) of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
55 km (34 miles) SW (223 degrees) of Cacahoatán, Chiapas, Mexico
216 km (134 miles) W (270 degrees) of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 22.9 km; Vertical 18.1 km
Parameters
Nph = 36; Dmin = 569.2 km; Rmss = 0.78 seconds; Gp = 201°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008ntcw


4.3 Mb - GULF OF CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.3 Mb
Date-Time
21 Feb 2008 14:07:00 UTC
21 Feb 2008 07:07:00 near epicenter
21 Feb 2008 08:07:00 standard time in your timezone
Location
24.299N 109.057W
Depth
10 km
Distances
127 km (79 miles) E (83 degrees) of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
148 km (92 miles) WSW (250 degrees) of Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico
153 km (95 miles) NNE (25 degrees) of San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
1155 km (718 miles) WNW (300 degrees) of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.7 km; Vertical 0.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 81; Dmin = 903.4 km; Rmss = 1.36 seconds; Gp = 201°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008nsbr

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
CISN Southern California Management CenterCaltech Seismological LaboratoryU.S. Geological Survey

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New Quakes Add to Trembling Trend in West

The West has been rocking lately, and it has nothing to do with loud guitar music. Several earthquakes have struck the region this week, including two more Friday near the California-Mexico border.The first quake struck at 11:31 a.m. Friday in an area about 16 miles south of Mexicali, a Mexican border town.Its magnitude was measured at 4.7.The second quake,a magnitude 4.1 temblor,hit three minutes later about 8 miles west of Ocotillo,an unincorporated community in east San Diego County.That comes on the heels of a magnitude 5.0 quake on Tuesday that hit an area about 21 miles southeast of Mexicali.No injuries were reported in that quake.The West's largest recent quake registered 6.0 magnitude in northeastern Nevada.That quake struck Thursday and damaged hundreds of homes,toppled chimneys and reduced part of a historic district to rubble, but no serious injuries were reported.
In the two quakes that struck Friday, San Diego Sheriff's Lt. William Donahue says there were no immediate damage or injury reports on the U.S. side of the border.

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Strong quake jolts Nevada

Thursday, February 21, 2008

6.2 Mw - SVALBARD REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
6.2 Mw
Date-Time
21 Feb 2008 02:46:18 UTC
21 Feb 2008 03:46:18 near epicenter
20 Feb 2008 20:46:18 standard time in your timezone
Location
77.051N 18.349E
Depth
10 km
Distances
1011 km (628 miles) NNW (339 degrees) of Murmansk, Russia
1898 km (1179 miles) N (355 degrees) of HELSINKI, Finland
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 3.5 km; Vertical 0.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 233; Dmin = 256.6 km; Rmss = 0.80 seconds; Gp = 46°M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008nsag ***This event supersedes event PT08052911.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey

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Homosexual activity cause of earthquake, Shas MK says

'The Gemara mentions a number of causes of earthquakes, one of which is homosexuality, which the Knesset legitimizes,' Benizri says regarding last Friday's tremor
The recent earthquake that was felt across Israel was the result of the "homosexual activity practiced in the country", Knesset Member Shlomo Benizri said Wednesday.During a special Knesset session on Israel's preparedness for the possibility of another earthquake hitting the region, the Shas member said "the Gemara refers to earthquakes as disasters, but you are searching only for the practical solutions how to prevent and repair."But I no of another way to prevent earthquakes; the Gemara mentions a number of causes of earthquakes, one of which is homosexuality, which the Knesset legitimizes," Benizri said.An earthquake registering 5.3 on the Richter Scale was felt by residents across Israel at 12:36 pm Friday. The trembling lasted for 19 seconds and shook structures in many major towns and cities.Reports of shaking were received from Nahariya in the north down to Beersheba. Magen David Adom emergency services said there were no reports of injuries, but several people suffered from shock.Last month fellow Shas member Nissim Ze'ev stirred controversy when he referred to the local gay movement as a "plague that could destroy Jewish Israel," adding that it should be treated "just as the Health Ministry dealt with the bird flu epidemic."Mike Hammel, chairman of the Israeli Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association commented on Benizri's remarks saying "it is sad that a religious MK in Israel doesn't think earthquakes are God-made."On the other hand, I suppose we should be flattered he attributes us with such magical powers," he added."One must wonder why Shas MKs are so obsessed with the gay community… we can all recall the case of the American senator who fiercely spoke out against gays until it was found he himself was gay."
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3509263,00.html
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6.2 Quake Hits Norway-NORSAR Earthquakes Reports

To watch and interactive map on the latest seismic activity in the Norway region go to:
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Magnitude-6.2 Quake Hits Norway

OSLO, Norway-[[[[[A magnitude-6.2 earthquake, the largest ever recorded on Norwegian territory, hit off the Arctic Svalbard islands early Thursday, the national seismic monitoring center said.]]]]]No casualties or damage were reported.The quake could have been catastrophic if it had hit a more densely populated area, said Conrad Lindholm, senior researcher of the seismic institute NORSAR.[[["This is extremely rare," Lindholm said by telephone, adding it was the strongest quake in Norway since it started taking records about a century ago.]]]The Web site of the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 for the temblor, but did not say whether it was a record for Norway.The quake was centered under waters, about 90 miles southeast of Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, Lindholm said.He said there could be aftershocks, but little chance they would move closer to the few settlements on the sparsely populated islands, some 300 miles north of the Norwegian mainland.Small quakes are quite common in Norway and rarely cause damage. Herdis Lien, one of roughly 1,800 residents of Longyearbyen, said on the state radio network NRK that she was woken up by the earthquake."I woke up because my bed was shaking, and everything was rattling in the house," she said."It was very unpleasant."The Svalbard governor's office told NRK that there were no immediate reports of damage, possibly because virtually all buildings in Longyearbyen are built on pilings driven into the permafrost, which can withstand more shaking than conventional foundations.
On the Net:
Norwegian seismic monitoring center: http://www.norsar.no/
By DOUG MELLGREN
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6.0 Nevada Quake--Univ.of Utah Seismology Center

To watch an interactive map of the region shaken by he 6.0 quake today go to:
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Earthquake shakes parts of Nevada, Utah and Idaho

A strong earthquake centered at the Utah-Idaho border rattled residents in several Intermountain states early Thursday.The temblor was felt across eastern Nevada, Utah and as far away as Southern California and Boise, Idaho.Windows began rattling and light fixtures swaying just before 7:16 a.m. MST Thursday.The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line.Phone calls flooded the KUTV newsroom from residents across the intermountain West. A caller from Nevada reported the collapse of two buildings and fires from exploding propane tanks in the Wells area.Elko County Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said damage was widespread, with people reporting cracked walls and foundations.At least one building collapsed, he said.There were no immediate reports of injuries, he said.The Flying J Truck Stop was evacuated because of a propane leak, Gonzalez said.A person who answered the phone at Wells Elementary School said there were cracks in walls and items were displaced."It was pretty bad," said Jane Kelso, who answered the phone at the Motel 6. "Everything in our whole building shook."We have cracks in our walls." An aftershock of 4.0 occured in Millford, Utah at 7:35 a.m. A small 2.5 magnitude aftershock was also reported in central Nevada just 15 minutes later.

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Strong Quake Reported at Utah Nevada Border...

6.3 Mb - NEVADA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
6.3 Mb
Date-Time
21 Feb 2008 14:16:05 UTC
21 Feb 2008 06:16:05 near epicenter
21 Feb 2008 08:16:05 standard time in your timezone
Location
41.076N 114.771W
Depth
10 km
Distances
17 km (11 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Wells, NV
32 km (20 miles) NNW (343 degrees) of Spruce, NV
39 km (24 miles) S (183 degrees) of Wilkins, NV
70 km (43 miles) WNW (303 degrees) of West Wendover, NV
244 km (152 miles) W (279 degrees) of Salt Lake City, UT
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 3.6 km; Vertical 0.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 143; Dmin = 53.9 km; Rmss = 1.45 seconds; Gp = 21°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008nsa9 ***This event supersedes event AT00360336.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey

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6.0 Mw - NEVADA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
6.0 Mw
Date-Time
21 Feb 2008 14:16:05 UTC
21 Feb 2008 06:16:05 near epicenter
21 Feb 2008 08:16:05 standard time in your timezone
Location
41.076N 114.771W
Depth
10 km
Distances
17 km (11 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Wells, NV
32 km (20 miles) NNW (343 degrees) of Spruce, NV
39 km (24 miles) S (183 degrees) of Wilkins, NV
70 km (43 miles) WNW (303 degrees) of West Wendover, NV
244 km (152 miles) W (279 degrees) of Salt Lake City, UT
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 3.6 km; Vertical 0.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 143; Dmin = 53.9 km; Rmss = 1.45 seconds; Gp = 21°M-type = Mw; Version = 8
Event ID
US 2008nsa9 ***This event has been revised.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Survey

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6.3 quake rattles northeastern Nevada

WELLS, Nev. - A strong earthquake shook rural northeastern Nevada Thursday, causing at least one building to collapse and forcing a truck stop to evacuate,authorities said.The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and was reported at 6:16 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered in a sparsely populated area 11 miles southeast of Wells near the Nevada-Utah line."It was pretty bad," said Jane Kelso, who answered the phone at the Motel 6. "Everything in our whole building shook. "We have cracks in our walls."The temblor was felt across eastern Nevada, Utah and as far away as Southern California. In Twin Falls, Idaho, residents reported severe shaking and items falling off shelves.Elko County Undersheriff Rocky Gonzalez said there were unconfirmed reports of some damage to buildings. At least one building collapsed, he said, and a Flying J truck stop was evacuated because of a propane leak, he said.There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080221/ap_on_re_us/nevada_quake

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Indonesians Clean Up After Deadly Quake

JAKARTA,Indonesia-Villagers on a remote Indonesian island were returning from the hills to repair homes damaged by a powerful earthquake that killed three people and injured more than 50 others, officials said Thursday.Authorities were still tallying the wreckage on Simeule,but early reports said many buildings were damaged or destroyed.At least one major bridge also collapsed, said local government official Nirda Ihsan. Wednesday's quake had a magnitude of 7.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and was centered under Simeule, which lies off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. International agencies issued tsunami warnings, but no large waves were generated.The fault line that ruptured was the same one that produced the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed more than 230,000 people, most of them on Sumatra, as well as a deadly quake three months later.Those two quakes also caused damage on Simeule, which is home to around 75,000 people. Ihsan said many people on the island fled to higher ground after the quake fearing a tsunami.By Thursday, most had returned, he said."Many people are cleaning up their homes and fixing damaged furniture," he said.It was not clear how the three people died. Media reports said most of the injuries occurred as people ran or jumped from swaying buildings.

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7.5 Quake shakes Indonesia

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Strong quake strikes near Indonesia's Aceh

JAKARTA-A 7.5 magnitude quake struck off Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of deaths or casualties and no local tsunami warning was issued. USGS said the quake's depth was 34 km (21 miles) and occurred at 3:08 a.m. EST.The epicenter was about 310 km south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital of Aceh province, which was hit by a devastating tsunami in 2004 that left more than 170,000 dead or missing in Indonesia.A Reuters witness said strong tremors were felt in Banda Aceh for over a minute, sending people pouring out on the streets in panic.Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said the quake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale.The agency recorded at least two aftershocks in the same area about 20 minutes after the first tremors, one measuring 5.5 and the other 5.3 on the Richter scale.Budi Waluyo, the agency's head of early earthquake warning, said the quake was felt strongly in Meulaboh, in Aceh, and Gunung Sitoli on Nias island."An earthquake of 6.6 can damage houses," Waluyo told Reuters.The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami watch for Indonesia but said that a destructive widespread tsunami threat did not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.Indonesia suffers from frequent earthquakes. The archipelago lies on an area of intense seismic activity where a number of tectonic plates collide.

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Magnitude-7.5 Earthquake Rocks Western Indonesia; 3 Dead, 25 Injured

JAKARTA, Indonesia-A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring 25 others,and damaging several buildings,officials said. No tsunami was detected.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 and struck under the island of Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra-the region worst hit in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.Minutes after the quake hit, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a bulletin saying parts of the Sumatran coast closest to the epicenter were at risk of a possible tsunami. However, it canceled the alert two hours later, saying sea gauges had not detected any large waves.Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Indonesian Health Ministry's disaster center, said "many" buildings on Simeulue were damaged and three people were killed. He said at least 25 others were seriously injured.The quake was felt across much of western and northern Sumatra island, witnesses said. Many people fled their homes."Everything shook very strongly for more than a minute, and I ran along with the others. I heard people screaming in panic," said Aceh resident Ahmad Yushadi.Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago with a population of 235 million people, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.The fault that ruptured Wednesday off the coast of Sumatra is particularly deadly.A magnitude-9 quake there in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them on Sumatra. Three months later, an 8.7 quake farther down the fault killed 1,000 on the islands of Nias and Simeulue.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Magnitude 5.0 Quake Shakes California-Mexico Border

CALEXICO, Calif.-An estimated 5.0-magnitude earthquake centered in northern Baja California shook the U.S.-Mexico border region about 100 miles east of San Diego on Tuesday.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage, authorities said.Calexico resident Enrique Alvarado said he leapt away from a plate-glass window in his office as soon as the shaking started."It was a little scary-you stand in the doorways," said Alvarado, who runs a vocational school. "I estimate it went on 25 or 30 seconds, but it feels like an eternity when you're in it."The quake struck at 2:41 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said.It was centered 21 miles southeast of Calexico, a U.S. border city of more than 37,000 residents.
The big temblor was followed within minutes by three aftershocks that ranged in magnitude from 3.1 to 3.7."It started off with a little jolt, then a rumble," said Sgt. Mike Misteriel of the Imperial County Sheriff's Department. The aftershocks producing a rolling sensation, he said.Southeastern California and Mexican border communities have been jolted for days by a continuing earthquake swarm that has included temblors of magnitude-5.4 on Feb. 8, a 5.1 and 5.0 on Feb. 11 and four between 4.0 and 4.4.

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Living under a volcano

Surviving Rwanda's earthquake

Monday, February 18, 2008

Grief haunts Peru quake survivors

It was 18:41 local time on 15 August, 2007, when the devastating earthquake struck Peru.Millions of people felt the tremors that lasted for two-and-half minutes.The city of Pisco was close to its epicentre, and in its main place of worship, the San Clemente church, a congregation of some 250 had gathered for a special mass marking one month since the death of a local man.In seconds, the church roof had caved in, killing some 200 members of the congregation.Standing in the wide open space where San Clemente used to be, Father Alfonso Ferrada explained how he was near the altar at the moment the roof collapsed."It was so strong that I thought the Earth would swallow me up, the lights went and at that moment something fell and hit me on the arms, knocking me backwards, then the roof caved in," he says."If I had stayed on my feet I would have been squashed to death. By falling on my back I was saved and here I am."When I saw how many people died here and the destruction of the city with 90% of the homes flattened, the first thing I did was cry, cry from a sense of impotence," he says. "But we had to react; to dig out the dead and the injured. There was little time to think of anything else, only stay alive and fight and we are still doing that now," he adds.It is six months on, and Pisco's main square is a hive of activity.Old men sit around chatting, street vendors circulate and young couples and family groups stroll around holding hands.Standing there, I am happy to see that it has been revitalised.I remember, half a year before, the dust mingled with the unmistakeable smell of death.In the first few days, the plaza became an open-air morgue. Later on, the smell wafted across the plaza every time a huge refrigerated container was opened for a new body.
Families devastated
The patch of open sky where the white colonial church once stood is a stark reminder of the grief and trauma so many Pisquenos - as the townspeople are known - are still living with.More than 500 people were killed in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake, and of those, 355 were in Pisco.Dora de Quiroga Espino, 76, and her family were inside San Clemente church, attending the service in memory of her husband, Alejandro Espino. She lost 40 relatives in the earthquake, including three of her 10 grandchildren.Her husband was a popular local man and the church was packed with friends, relatives and well-wishers."I told my son to leave me as I was buried up to my waist in rubble, but he gave me the strength and courage to get out alive," she says."'Do it for my father," that's what my son said to me."She was pulled through the remains of the collapsed roof, and she thanks God that she and her seven children survived.But inside the remains of her house, patched up with interwoven bamboo panels, the sense of grief hangs heavy in the air.Two of her daughters visit. One of them lost both her infant children in the church. Her loss is so senseless and inexplicable she can barely bring herself to speak.Dora says she has not received any help from the government."The only people who've visited me are journalists," she says.
Slow recovery
Patience is wearing thin.Although some families now have temporary pre-fabricated houses, thousands are still living in tents, which become unbearably hot in the desert heat, and most of them are waiting for a government payout of 6,000 soles (£1,000; $2,000) to buy materials to build new homes. The trouble is that many people have no official registration of home ownership or record that they owned the land they lived on before their homes were destroyed. Without it, they are trapped in a bureaucratic deadlock."The speed of the reconstruction is not as fast as we would have liked," admits the Minister of Social Development, Susana Pinilla."We can't allow building on land when we don't know who it belongs to. Someone will claim land then the neighbour will say it belongs to him. We wouldn't know who to believe," she says."We realise there is too much bureaucracy, but there are some people who want to profit from this disaster and claim land in order to sell it," she warns.A government-backed public-private partnership, the Fund for the Reconstruction of the South (Forsur) has been heavily criticised for its slowness and inefficiency at bypassing the notoriously bureaucratic state institutions it was created to avoid.
'No future'
Sara Gonzalez is 21 years old and eight months pregnant.Her family is one of 35 camped out on a patch of land next to a football stadium in the fishing village of San Andres.They have lost the homes they rented, and the prices have now doubled. They are unwilling to relocate inland as the men are mostly fisherman. "I can't see any future for us. If someone was to give us some land we could start anew, but we are just stuck here. We haven't received anything from the government," says Ms Gonzalez.The families live in makeshift shelters made of plastic sheeting. There is no running water and they have to share two portable lavatories. They get their food at an "olla comun" or soup kitchen.Dr Benino Moyeyra is a director of a mission of Cuban doctors in Pisco. He believes the authorities are trying their best."I think the authorities are concerned about Pisco. The damage which was caused was very great and there are 120,000 residents here, most of whom lost their homes. It's an enormous task and for all that's been done, there will always be more to do," he says.Father Alfonso says there has been a lack of unity. Instead, there has been infighting and rivalry between the central and regional governments.Each wants to "present itself as the saviour", he says, "but the city can't keep on waiting for help from outside"."It needs to start working from the inside out, with the help of the authorities, but the people here need to start taking charge," he concludes.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Magnitude 6.0 quake hits Bolivia-Chile border

WASHINGTON-A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Bolivia in the region of Potosi near the border with Chile on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.The quake struck at 1445 GMT (0945 EST) at a depth of 83 miles, the survey said.The agency said the quake struck about 105 miles northeast of Calama, Chile.The mineral-rich northern Chile region has experienced several tremors of similar strength since a mammoth 7.7-magnitude quake on November 14 interrupted copper production there.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Fresh earthquake shakes quake-hit eastern Congo

KINSHASA-An earthquake shook the Lake Kivu region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, injuring more than 40 people and damaging buildings already hit by quakes earlier this month, a U.N. and local officials said.The latest earthquake, of magnitude 5.4, followed two quakes that hit Africa's Great Lakes region on Feb. 3, killing more than 40 people and injuring hundreds, mostly in southern Rwanda. "There are no dead but there are at least 44 injured. That's only a provisional toll, it's possible there are more," said Timothe Kwalya, the health minister of South Kivu province. Vulcanologist Jacques Durieux, based in the eastern town of Goma, said the epicentre was 25 km (16 miles) north of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu, close to one which struck at the start of the month, suggesting it was a delayed after-shock."It was less powerful this time," Jacqueline Chenard, spokeswoman in the eastern town of Bukavu for the U.N. mission in Congo (MONUC), told Reuters.She said buildings in Bukavu already hit by the earlier quakes suffered further damage on Thursday.A crisis team of U.N. officials and local authorities, already set up to deal with the consequences of the previous quakes, was preparing a report on damage and any casualties.Earthquakes are common in the western Great Rift Valley-a seismically active fault line straddling western Uganda, eastern Congo, Rwanda and neighbouring Tanzania.The near simultaneous quakes that ripped through eastern Congo and Rwanda almost two weeks ago killed at least 44 people and injured hundreds across the Great Lakes region.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Two Powerful Quakes Strike Southern Greece; No Injuries Reported

ATHENS, Greece-Two strong earthquakes hit southern Greece on Thursday-one of them felt as far away as Italy and Egypt. No injuries were reported.The first quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, hit just after noon the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. It was felt in Cairo and in the southern Italian regions of Puglia and Calabria.The second struck about two hours later and had a slightly lower preliminary magnitude of 6.4. Both had epicenters beneath the seabed 140 miles south-southwest of Athens, the institute said.The initial quake "was incredibly strong and lasted a long time," said Theodoros Salantis, mayor of Koroni, a seaside town near Kalamata, the closest city to the epicenter.Schools were evacuated and people fled from their homes and offices in towns of southern Greece, but nobody was hurt. Authorities said there were reports of only minor damage such as cracks in walls and plaster falling off building exteriors, including at some schools.The second quake was likely "a very strong aftershock of the first," said Gerasimos Papadopoulos, head of research at the Geodynamic Institute."We believe there will be more strong aftershocks," he said, adding that they could reach the level of magnitude 5.5 or 6. However, Papadopoulos said that inhabited areas near the epicenter were not believed to be in danger. "They are at a safe distance from the seismic activity. That is the important thing."Greek television stations broadcast warnings by seismologists urging people in areas near the epicenter to stay away from buildings and remain outdoors.Seismologist Efthymios Lekkas said the first quake struck at a depth of about 18 miles beneath the seabed, which helped prevent it causing serious damage. He added that initial indications were that it was the main earthquake, rather than a preliminary temblor. Earthquakes are common in Greece, which is riddled with fault lines. In January, a 6.5 quake struck another part of southern Greece. Its epicenter was located deep underground and while it was felt across much of the country, it did not cause any injuries or serious damage.In 1999, a 5.9-magnitude quake near Athens killed 143 people and left thousands more homeless.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

4.0 Mb - LEBANON - SYRIA REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.0 Mb
Date-Time
11 Feb 2008 23:47:02 UTC
12 Feb 2008 01:47:02 near epicenter
11 Feb 2008 17:47:02 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.297N 35.391E
Depth
7 km
Distances
18 km (11 miles) E (79 degrees) of Tyre, Lebanon
64 km (40 miles) S (189 degrees) of BEIRUT, Lebanon
66 km (41 miles) NE (35 degrees) of Haifa, Israel
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 12.7 km; Vertical 15.0 km
Parameters
Nph = 19; Dmin = 27.5 km; Rmss = 0.96 seconds; Gp = 111°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008nhbd

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Mild earthquake shakes Israel

A mild earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter Scale shook Israel and Lebanon late Monday night.The earthquakes epicenter was about 12 miles east of the southern Lebanon coastal city of Tyre.It was felt by Israelis as far south as Jerusalem.No injuries or damage were reported in either Lebanon or Israel.Late last year, a series of three earthquakes centered on the Dead Sea hit Israel within the same week.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Earthquake Shakes Guantanamo Bay,No Damage to U.S. Base

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-The U.S. military said Tuesday that Guantanamo Bay was rocked by a moderate earthquake a day earlier. The magnitude-4.4 tremor occurred at 9:09 a.m. EST and was centered about 35 miles southeast of the base in the southeast corner of Cuba, the Navy said.Base spokesman Bruce Lloyd said the two-story headquarters building, Bulkeley Hall, shook for several seconds when the earthquake struck."We thought a truck had hit the building, a good size truck," Lloyd told The AP.There was no significant damage to any buildings on the base, according to Cmdr. Sylvester Moore, the executive officer of the Navy base.Earthquakes are not unusual in the Caribbean, though this was the first felt at Guantanamo this year, the Navy said.
4.4 Mb - CUBA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.4 Mb
Date-Time
11 Feb 2008 14:09:04 UTC
11 Feb 2008 09:09:04 near epicenter
11 Feb 2008 08:09:04 standard time in your timezone
Location
19.726N 75.514W
Depth
19 km
Distances
45 km (28 miles) SE (135 degrees) of Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
51 km (32 miles) SSE (164 degrees) of Songo-La Maya, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
56 km (35 miles) SSW (213 degrees) of Guantánamo, Guantánamo, Cuba
238 km (148 miles) NE (34 degrees) of KINGSTON, Jamaica
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 10.4 km; Vertical 39.3 km
Parameters
Nph = 18; Dmin = 47.7 km; Rmss = 0.78 seconds; Gp = 90°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008nhan
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Strong earthquake shakes southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY-A magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.The quake gently swayed buildings in Mexico City and rocked parts of Mexico's southern Pacific and Gulf coasts.In the southern city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, many people fled into the streets and then lingered outside their homes, fearing aftershocks."It was horrible," said Cecilia Gomez, standing with her family outside her home."It really scared me."Daniel Roque, of southern Chiapas state's civil protection agency, said some residents reported panic attacks, but no damage was registered.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 6:50 a.m. (7:50 a.m. EST) and was centered 70 miles southwest of Tuxtla Gutierrez, near the border between Oaxaca and Chiapas states.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Survivors speak of quake horror

Everest Ntamakemwa was in church when the earthquake struck in Kamembe, some 300km southwest of Rwanda's capital, Kigali.
"I am a deacon, so I was standing at the altar," he told me.
Worshippers at Nkanka church felt the ground and the walls start to move move, he explained."Then we saw the altar shaking continuously. The church walls then started coming down."Part of the walls fell on the altar, he said."Women started panicking and ran down the aisle, colliding with each other at the doorway. "Rubble fell down on top of them."During my visit they buried the bodies of 10 of those who died on Sunday."One woman died with six of her children," he added.
Destruction
On the way to the worst hit areas on the Congolese border, we passed many houses that had been destroyed by the tremors over the weekend. Some of them had cracks in their walls while others had been completely flattened.And when we reached Kamembe itself, the destruction was even greater.I counted at least 10 houses that had collapsed. The Rwandan authorities say several hundred homes across the country have been demolished in this way. Several thousand have been made homeless.
Relief operation
Most of the injured are being treated in local hospitals, but some had to be air-lifted by army helicopters to hospitals in Kigali.Volcanologists have travelled from Rwanda to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.They will study the volcanoes there to see if the quakes were related to volcanic activity.The last aftershock occurred at around midnight on Sunday. But even now life here is still not yet back to normal.People are afraid. They have been sleeping outside their houses, in case the quakes strike again.
Towards the epicentre
Leaving Kamembe we travelled for about an hour to the island of Nkombo, on Lake Kivu, near the epicentre of the earthquake. Here about 400 homes have been destroyed. Hundreds of people are homeless and sleeping on plastic sheeting.The schools have been closed down.
The aid agencies told me they are worried about the humanitarian situation becoming more desperate.They say there is an urgent need for shelter, food and clean water to avoid outbreaks of disease."I have not had anything to eat for two days," one survivor told me."I sleep outside because I no longer have a home. All my property, even my plates and saucepans are under these bricks. I sleep in a neighbour's banana plantation with my children," he said."I lost all my clothes when my house crumbled down," another told me."I'm trying to pull some of them out but I am afraid of going back inside."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7226709.stm
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Magnitude-4.9 hits Baja California

CALEXICO, Calif.-A magnitude-4.9 earthquake rocked the northern Baja California region of Mexico near the U.S. border on Monday, just days after the region was hit by a magnitude-5.4 temblor, authorities said.Monday's quake, which occurred around 10:30 a.m. PST, was centered about 20 miles southeast of the border town of Mexicali at a depth of nearly 4 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was 23 miles south-southeast of the U.S. city of Calexico.The magnitude was revised down from an initial magnitude of 5.1.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries on the U.S. side, according to the Imperial County Sheriff's Department and Calexico police.The quake was felt in California in parts of San Diego, Imperial and Orange counties and as far away as Yuma, Ariz., about 50 miles from Calexico, according to the USGS.Late Friday, the Mexicali area was shaken by a magnitude-5.4 quake that shut down factories and knocked out electricity for 400,000 people.The latest temblor was likely an aftershock of the magnitude-5.4 event last week, said Julie Martinez, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.A swarm of smaller quakes, ranging from magnitudes 2.5 to 2.9, preceded Monday's temblor. At least five aftershocks were recorded including one registering a magnitude-3.6, the USGS said.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

5.4-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Mexico's Baja California, Leaves 400K Without Power

LOS ANGELES-A moderate earthquake rocked Baja California in Mexico, shutting down factories near the U.S. border and leaving about 400,000 people without power, authorities said Saturday. No major damage or injuries were immediately reported.The quake that struck around 11:15 p.m. Friday had a preliminary magnitude of 5.4, said Jessica Sigala, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Co. It was centered 16 miles southeast of the border town of Mexicali and about 100 miles east of Tijuana."It has been felt pretty widely in Southern California, southwestern Arizona and probably northern Mexico," Sigala said.It was followed by at least 15 aftershocks, including four with preliminary magnitudes of 3.8, 3.6, 3.5 and 3.0.The quake left about 400,000 people without electricity and 1.2 million without cellular telephone service, said Fire Capt. Rene Rosado, director of civil defense in Mexicali.About 80,000 workers were evacuated or were unable to enter factories for Sony Corp., Honeywell International Inc. and other major corporations that typically run 24 hours a day until the buildings could be checked for damage, he said.Two bridges showed 2- to 3-inch cracks and were closed until engineers could determine they were safe, he said.The Baja peninsula is a geologically active region. In 2006, a magnitude-5.4 temblor struck the Mexicali area, but there were no injuries or damage.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Ecuador farmers evacuated again from volcano area

COTALO, Ecuador-Hundreds of poncho-clad Ecuadorean peasants were evacuated from their hamlets near the roaring "Throat of Fire" volcano on Thursday only hours after they had been allowed to return to their homes.The latest crisis at the volcano, called Tungurahua in the native Quichua language and located 80 miles (130 km) south of capital city Quito, started early on Wednesday when it belched molten rock and ash, forcing more than 1,200 people to seek safety in nearby shelters.They started returning early on Thursday but their homecoming was short-lived."The volcano started a new phase of intense eruptive activity," the National Geophysics Institute said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.During the cold night leading to Thursday morning, evacuees slept in schools and churches as activity at the 16,460-foot (5,020-metre) volcano slowed.Scientists warned it remained unpredictable even as local residents tried to go back to their farms.In 2006, streams of fast-moving molten rock enveloped several hamlets on the mountainside, killing at least four people and forcing thousands to evacuate and abandon their corn and potato crops.The activity on Wednesday and Thursday did not harm any villagers, but molten rock flowed next to mountain hamlets through streams, emergency officials said."The flows passed right next to some of these communities, like Bilbao," said Marcelo Villagomez, the civil defense chief in the province of Chimborazo where part of the volcano sits.In nearby Banos hot springs, popular with foreign tourists, businesses were open as usual with hotel owners sweeping sidewalks and restaurants offering hot food.In 1999, 17,000 people were forced to evacuate the town of Banos after an eruption triggered explosions and blew hot gas from the volcano.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Strong Quake rocks Indonesia's Sulawesi island

JAKARTA-An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale shook the northern part of Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, a meteorology official said.The undersea quake was centered 118 km (73 miles) northwest of Gorontalo at a depth of 35 km, said Andi Zulfikar of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 6.0.Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes since it lies on an area of intense seismic activity where a number of tectonic plates collide.

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Ecuadorian Volcano Eruption Forces 3,000 Villagers to Evacuate

QUITO, Ecuador-Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot columns of ash miles into the air on Wednesday, as officials ordered the evacuation of 3,000 villagers living near its slopes.
Some 1,000 villagers from the western flanks of the 16,575-foot volcano fled their homes for shelters at dawn, said Mauro Rodriguez, director of Civil Defense.He said 11 families who refused to leave, fearing looters, were removed by force. "We've taken all of the precautions possible," President Rafael Correa told reporters on Wednesday, adding that a state of emergency already in place in the area will be extended for 60 days.Juan Salazar, the mayor of the nearby village of Penipe, said 3,000 people needed to be evacuated — a figure that included the 1,000 villagers who had already fled.Experts at the Geophysics Institute warn that the intense activity shows no sign of slowing down, and compared it to the massive 2006 Tungurahua eruptions that buried entire villages, leaving at least four dead and thousands homeless."The volcano has entered a new explosive eruption cycle, a process which does not seem to be slowing down," said Hugo Yepez, director of the Geophysics Institute.The institute said Wednesday's eruptions shot ash six miles into the air.Populations on Tungurahua's western flank have been most affected, particularly the communities of Bilbao, Cusua, Chacauco and Puela. The popular tourist town of Banos near the volcano, is currently not at risk.There were no reported victims, according to Roberto Rodriguez, the Civil Defense director.Ash billowing from Tungurahua, whose name means "throat of fire" in the local indigenous Quichua language, has already covered thousands of acres of farmland, destroying property, crops and livestock.
Tungurahua, located 95 miles southeast of the capital of Quito, has been active since 1999.
Separately, a volcano in southern Chile that erupted the first day of the year has resumed "permanent eruptive activity" but it poses no immediate danger to any populated area, authorities said."The volume of lava emission is very small and it has reached only some 4,900 feet from the crater" of the Llaima volcano, said Juan Cayupi, a vulcanologist with the Emergency Bureau. Llaima volcano lies 400 miles south of Santiago.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ecuador volcano spews rock, hundreds evacuated

BANOS, Ecuador-Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock, gas and ash on Wednesday, increasing its activity and prompting authorities to evacuate hundreds of villagers living on the shadow of the mountain.Tungurahua, which means "Throat of Fire" in the native Quichua language, is a volcano 80 miles south of the capital, Quito. It last erupted in August 2006 and has been rumbling and belching up rock, gas and ash since January."It was a really big shake coming from the volcano and that forced the civil defense to evacuate the population," said civil defense chief Roberto Rodriguez.He said there were no reports of injured or dead, but some local authorities said ash and rock fragments showered some communities located on the slopes of the volcano.Volcanologists expect stronger activity from Tungurahua because it is in the middle of an eruption cycle that began in 1999."This is an ongoing eruption and we still don't know the magnitude it could reach," said Hugo Yepes, the head of the country's Geophysics Institute. Yepes said he would not rule out molten rock and ash reaching the resort town of Banos, where 17,000 people were forced to evacuate in 1999 after loud explosions and big clouds of ash blew out of its crater.In 2006, streams of fast-moving molten rock and ash enveloped several hamlets tucked in the volcano's folds, killing four people, leaving two missing and forcing thousands to evacuate and lose their corn and potato crops.Juan Salazar, the mayor of Penipe, a municipality near the volcano, said the Tungurahua sounded like "an old airplane turbine."Poor farmer of nearby communities for months have defied the roaring volcano to tender their crops.

As in the days of Noah....