3.6 magnitude earthquake jolts Bay Area

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake gave a quick jolt to the Bay Area on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the United States Geological Survey reported. The epicenter was located in Corralitos, between Gilroy and Santa Cruz, initial reports said.

Preliminary reports designated the quake as magnitude 3.9; the USGS later downgraded it to magnitude 3.6. The depth of the quake was 13 km.

There were no initial reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was widely felt across the Bay Area, as well as the Central Coast and Valley. Reports of residents who felt the shake ranged from Marin to Monterey, and as far east as Los Banos, according to the USGS Shake Map.

“A rumble then a hard jolt like a truck coming down the road,” one Santa Cruz resident described on Twitter.

Source: 3.6 magnitude earthquake jolts Bay Area

Japan quake: 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits coast off Fukushima Prefecture – CNN

Tokyo (CNN)A tsunami advisory was issued by Japanese officials Wednesday following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, where a 2011 quake caused a disaster at a nuclear power plant.

The tsunami advisory was made for Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures in eastern Japan following the quake that had a preliminary epicenter depth of 60 kilometers (37 miles), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The advisory warns of tsunami heights reaching up to 1 meter above normal tidal levels, with the initial waves reaching shore around midnight local time (11 a.m. ET).
Tremors could be felt in Miyagi and the capital Tokyo, with footage showing shaking lights and buildings. The quake knocked out power to more than 2 million households in Tokyo and nearby prefectures, Tokyo Electric Power said on its website

Source: Japan quake: 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits coast off Fukushima Prefecture – CNN

2 killed, dozens injured as 2 quakes shake southwest Haiti – ABC News

A magnitude 5.3 quake at 8:16 a.m. (1316 GMT) was followed by a magnitude 5.1 quake nearly an hour later. Both were centered on Haiti’s southern peninsula, west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It said both occurred about 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the surface.

Source: 2 killed, dozens injured as 2 quakes shake southwest Haiti – ABC News

A massive volcano erupts near Tonga, triggering a tsunami advisory for the West Coast

A massive underwater volcano that erupted just before sundown Friday sent waves several feet high smashing into the shores of the Pacific island nation of Tonga and triggered tsunami advisories from Australia to Canada, including the U.S. West Coast.

Plumes from the explosion reached more than 12 miles above sea level, according to the Tonga Geological Services. At its widest, the cloud caused by the ash and steam reached about 150 miles across, making it easily seen from satellites.

In Tonga, home to 105,000 people, the extent of the injuries and damage caused were still largely unknown. Communications were disrupted for hours, according to the Associated Press.

Waves flooded parts of the capital Nuku’alofa — just 40 miles from the site of the eruption — including parts of the grounds at the Royal Palace, according to Radio New Zealand.

On Twitter, a Tonga resident named Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted a video on Saturday showing feet-high waves washing across a road into homes.

The activity from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano continued into Saturday morning with another, less powerful 10- to 15-minute-long eruption, according to the Tonga Geological Service.

Source: A massive volcano erupts near Tonga, triggering a tsunami advisory for the West Coast

Haiti earthquake has affected 1.2 million people, says UNICEF – CNN

(CNN)Around 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, have been impacted by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake which struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday morning, according to UNICEF.

The quake left at least 1,941 people dead and more than 6,900 injured; that toll is expected to rise in the coming days, but search and rescue efforts are being hampered by a lack of resources and by heavy rains, which have caused mudslides that blocked roads in the region.
Tropical Storm Grace, which hit the same region late Monday “is further disrupting access to water, shelter, and other basic services,” UNICEF said in a statement Tuesday. “Flooding and mudslides are likely to worsen the situation of vulnerable families and further complicate the humanitarian response.”
On Tuesday, donor countries and humanitarian organizations increased efforts to help the country. The Pentagon announced it had formed a joint task force to assist USAID in disaster relief efforts, while the United Nation and the European Union allocated $8 million and $3.5 million respectively in aid to Haiti.

Source: Haiti earthquake has affected 1.2 million people, says UNICEF – CNN

At least 304 dead after earthquake in Haiti | TheHill

Over 300 people are dead in Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday.

Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection said search and rescue teams will be sent out, with at least 304 people confirmed dead from the earthquake, NBC News reported.

“The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry said.

“We have learned that the local hospitals, in particular that of Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded, fractured people,” Henry added.

The prime minister has set a one-month state of emergency, as many buildings collapsed from the large earthquake.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken briefed President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris on the earthquake before Biden authorized assistance to Haiti.

The earthquake comes 11 years after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which the country has still not fully recovered from.

A powerful local politician in Haiti is among the dead after his hotel collapsed during the earthquake.

Source: At least 304 dead after earthquake in Haiti | TheHill

More than 200 people dead after 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti – CNN

(CNN)At least 227 people have died after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti Saturday morning, according to the country’s civil protection service.

The US Geological Survey previously said it was likely that casualties would be “high,” saying the “disaster is likely widespread.”
One hospital in the southern city of Jeremie said it is overwhelmed with patients.
“There are a lot of people coming in — a lot of people,” an administrator at the Hospital Saint Antoine told CNN. “We don’t have enough supplies.”
The hospital has set up tents in its courtyard, the administrator said.
The earthquake was about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and 10 kilometers deep, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
“There are reports of significant damage to homes, roads, and infrastructure,” American Red Cross spokeswoman Katie Wilkes said.

Source: More than 200 people dead after 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti – CNN

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake on Alaska Peninsula; tsunami alert canceled

Tsunami warnings were lifted for Alaska and the rest of the Pacific after a huge earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the seismically active U.S. state Wednesday.

  • Tsunami warnings were lifted for Alaska and the rest of the Pacific after a huge earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the seismically active U.S. state in the late hours on Wednesday.
  • There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property.
  • The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) canceled warnings issued for Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, while the public broadcaster NHK said there was no risk to Japan. Authorities in New Zealand also said they did not expect any flooding in coastal areas.

Source: Magnitude 8.2 earthquake on Alaska Peninsula; tsunami alert canceled

Boulders roll onto highway following 6.0 California-Nevada earthquake, aftershocks expected for days | Fox News

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake along the CaliforniaNevada border south of Lake Tahoe sent boulders cascading onto a freeway and was followed by dozens of aftershocks Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Shaking was felt as far away as San Francisco and Las Vegas.

The temblor, which hit just before 4 p.m. PT was centered near the sparsely-populated town of Walker, California. No major damage has been reported.

“The ground was shaking pretty bad, and then everything started falling,” Carolina Estrada, manager at the Walker Coffee Company, said. Estrada said syrup bottles broke, dishes fell to the ground and the roof of the shop caved in a bit.

“We ran out of the building,” she said, adding that “boulders the size of cars” fell onto U.S. 395 as the shaking continued.

A section of 395 was temporarily closed because of rock slides, according to The Los Angeles Times. More aftershocks are expected for days. Driver Brett Durrant shared several videos on Twitter of the rock slides and its aftermath on the highway. Lorri Martin, who works at the Walker Country Store, said she was labeling items when the quake hit so she stood in the bathroom doorway. “This thing shook like it was moving onto the highway,” she said, according to The Times. “It rocked and rolled. Everything broke.”

California state Sen. Mike McGuire tweeted, “That was a heckuva earthquake to hit the Capitol.” He was inside the Sacramento capital when the quake hit. “People in the area should expect aftershocks for days following an earthquake of this size,” said Jason Ballman with the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.

The quake occurred along the Antelope Valley fault, which extends across the state line near Topaz Lake. Quakes aren’t uncommon there, seismologists said. Last month, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled the eastern Sierra town of Lone Pine and sent boulders crashing down Mt. Whitney.

Source: Boulders roll onto highway following 6.0 California-Nevada earthquake, aftershocks expected for days | Fox News

Live Updates: Earthquakes hit Central California, Sierra Nevada | The Sacramento Bee

UPDATED: USGS officials are updating information quickly.

An earthquake jolted Central California on Thursday afternoon, shaking up residents of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys.

The shaking struck at 3:49 p.m., registering magnitude 5.9, and was centered in the Little Antelope Valley about four miles south of Coleville in Mono County, about 150 miles east of Sacramento.

Source: Live Updates: Earthquakes hit Central California, Sierra Nevada | The Sacramento Bee

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes northern Qinghai, China

 

A magnitude 7.3 quake shook northern Qinghai, China on Friday morning.

See details about this earthquake on The Chronicle’s Quake Tracker.

The United States Geological Survey detected the quake at 11:04 a.m. with an epicenter near northern Qinghai, China. With a magnitude of 7.3 and depth of 6.2 miles, this quake could be felt far beyond the epicenter and is potentially disastrous.

Trio of earthquakes rattles L.A. area before dawn – Los Angeles Times

Three earthquakes centered in Inglewood shook the Los Angeles area early Monday.

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake was reported at 4:44 a.m. Monday near Inglewood, less than half an hour after two smaller foreshocks hit the same area.

The larger quake was felt across Southern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude-3.3 temblor that preceded it hit the same area at 4:15 a.m., while a magnitude-2.5 shaker struck at the same time about two miles away. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The main earthquake was centered near the intersection of Prairie and Century boulevards. It occurred less than a mile from Lennox, less than a mile from Hawthorne and one mile from Los Angeles.

It was followed by several smaller quakes in the Inglewood and Lennox area.

Earthquake expert Lucy Jones said on Twitter that the magnitude-4.0 quake was strong enough to be “felt by most people awake in LA” but noted that it had occurred “very deep” in the earth, about 12 miles down. She added it was likely not on any mapped faults. The foreshock and flurry of aftershocks occurred at about the same depth, Jones said.

A KCBS-TV news broadcast was on the air when the magnitude-4.0 temblor struck.

Source: Trio of earthquakes rattles L.A. area before dawn – Los Angeles Times

7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

TOKYO — Japan on Saturday experienced a strong earthquake that shook buildings in the capital, Tokyo, and caused a tsunami advisory for the country’s northeast coast. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the strength at magnitude 7.0. The shaking started just before 6:10 p.m.

USGS said the quake was centered 6.7 miles east of Ishinomaki at a depth of 33.5 miles. That’s off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, in the country’s rugged northeast, which was heavily damaged during the huge earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

The tsunami advisory was issued for Miyagi prefecture. Officials there said there were no immediate reports of damage.

Source: 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Japan

Hawaii under tsunami watch after 8.1-magnitude earthquake in southwestern Pacific | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.

A preliminary magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand but does not pose a tsunami threat to Hawaii.

The quake struck at 7:41 a.m. Hawaii time and was centered 601 miles south-southwest of Ohonua, Eua, Tonga, at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii,” The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

Source: Hawaii under tsunami watch after 8.1-magnitude earthquake in southwestern Pacific | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Strong quake hits Japan’s northeast coast; no tsunami alert

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake hit off the coast of northeastern Japan late Saturday, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and other areas, but there was no threat of a tsunami, officials said.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which had meltdowns following a massive earthquake and tsunami 10 years ago, was checking to see whether there were any problems following Saturday night’s magnitude 7.1 quake. There were no immediate reports of irregularities from other nuclear plants in the area, such as Onagawa or Fukushima Dai-ni, government spokesperson Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that some 860,000 homes were without power as a result of the quake, according to Kato.

Source: Strong quake hits Japan’s northeast coast; no tsunami alert

7.7-magnitude quake hits near Australia, but poses no tsunami threat to West Coast

Federal officials said that a massive, 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck east of Australia Wednesday morning posed no threat to the West Coast after reviewing available data.

The quake, which struck in an area southeast of the Loyalty Islands, was measured at a depth of just over 6 miles beneath the surface of the ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Shortly after the quake was recorded, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was “no tsunami warning, advisory, watch or threat” to California, Oregon, Washington state, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada.
NOAA issued a tsunami warning, however, for the South Pacific Ocean nation of Vanuatu and for Fiji.

At least four other moderate quakes hit near the Loyalty Islands Wednesday, USGS data show, each measured around 6 in magnitude.

Dominic Fracassa is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: dfracassa@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @dominicfracassa

.Source: 7.7-magnitude quake hits near Australia, but poses no tsunami threat to West Coast

Magnitude 3.5 earthquake mildly shakes South Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times

As if the ground-shaking events of Wednesday morning were not enough, Los Angeles got a different kind of jolt as many tuned in to the historic inauguration in Washington, D.C.

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit at 8:31 a.m. in Willowbrook. It was felt across the region but was too small to cause any damage. It occurred just before Kamala Harris, the former California senator, was sworn in as the first female vice president.

The earthquake’s epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, was just west of Magic Johnson Park, less than a mile from Compton and a mile from West Athens. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 11.7 miles.

Source: Magnitude 3.5 earthquake mildly shakes South Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times

Strong shaking felt in Santiago after magnitude 6.4 quake hits near Chilean-Argentine border | KTLA

A powerful earthquake struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with central Chile late Monday, shaking people in parts of both countries. There were no early reports of injuries as some power outages were reported in the quake area.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4. Its epicenter was 27.6 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of the town of Porcito and struck at a depth of 14 kilometers (nearly nine miles).

The quake was followed by a magnitude 5.0 aftershock about a quarter hour later and then several other strong aftershocks, the USGS said.

Argentine media said there were reports of damage to some buildings in the Pocito area and at least one road being disrupted, but there were indications of injuries. Electricity also failed in spots and some goods were shaken from supermarket shelves, the reports aid..

Strong movement was felt in Chile’s capital, Santiago, which is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) from the area hit by the quake. Chilean officials said there were no damage reported in that nation.

Source: Strong shaking felt in Santiago after magnitude 6.4 quake hits near Chilean-Argentine border | KTLA

Indonesia earthquake: strong quake in Sulawesi kills at least 42, injures hundreds – CNN

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)At least 67 people have died after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, according to the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Indonesia.

Jan Gelfand told CNN on Friday that he expects the death toll and number of missing people to increase.
Hundreds have been injured, according to the country’s disaster mitigation agency.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 1:28 am Jakarta time, was six kilometers (3.7 miles) northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.
Thirty-four people died in the city of Mamuju, to the north of the epicenter, while another eight died in Majene.
In Majene, at least 637 were injured and 15,000 residents have been displaced, according to the country’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).
Thousands of residents fled their homes to seek safety following the quake, which could be felt strongly for five to seven seconds and damaged at least 300 houses in Majene, BNPB said.
Other buildings have also been badly damaged, including a military command office in Majene, and hotels and government buildings in Mamuju.
Many people are still trapped under collapsed buildings, according to local search and rescue teams.

Source: Indonesia earthquake: strong quake in Sulawesi kills at least 42, injures hundreds – CNN

Indonesia earthquake: at least seven dead after tremors and landslides hit Sulawesi | World news | The Guardian

Thousands flee for safety and higher ground after island’s second quake in 24 hours

At least seven people have been killed and hundreds injured following a strong earthquake that shook Indonesia’s Sulawesi island overnight, prompting landslides and destroying houses.

Thousands of people fled their homes to seek safety when the 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit just after 1am local time on Friday morning.

The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres north-east of Majene city at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Initial reports from the country’s disaster mitigation agency said four people had died and 637 others were injured in Majene. Three more fatalities were reported in the neighbouring area of Mamuju, as well as two dozen injured.

Source: Indonesia earthquake: at least seven dead after tremors and landslides hit Sulawesi | World news | The Guardian

Moderate 5.0 magnitude quake hits Croatia, damages buildings

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A moderate earthquake hit central Croatia near the capital of Zagreb early Monday, triggering panic and damaging some buildings in towns south of the city. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Croatia’s seismologists said the magnitude of the quake that struck around 6:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) was 5.0, with the epicenter near the towns of Petrinja and Sisak 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital. Several smaller tremors were felt after the initial one.

The mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbovic, told state HRT television that “we have bricks and tiles in the streets and fallen chimneys.”

Source: Moderate 5.0 magnitude quake hits Croatia, damages buildings

Earthquake off Turkey and Greece kills at least 27 – CNN

At least 27 people were killed in Turkey and Greece when a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, sending buildings crashing down and triggering what authorities have called a “mini tsunami.”

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)At least 27 people were killed in Turkey and Greece when a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, sending buildings crashing down and triggering what authorities have called a “mini tsunami.”

Officials said 25 people were killed in coastal areas in Turkey’s west, while two teenagers — a boy and a girl — died on the Greek island of Samos after a wall collapsed on them.
In Turkey, at least 20 buildings in the city of Izmir alone were destroyed, Mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk. Images showed vehicles crushed under the buildings and people digging through the rubble in search of survivors.
At least 804 people have been injured in Turkey, said the country’s disaster agency. Dozens were saved by rescue teams using diggers and helicopters to search for survivors.
A total of 470 aftershocks have been recorded, 35 of which were over 4.0 magnitude, the agency added. Search and rescue operations remain under way in eight buildings, while operations have been completed in nine other buildings, the disaster agency said.

Source: Earthquake off Turkey and Greece kills at least 27 – CNN

Quake info: M5.6 earthquake on Monday, 19 October 2020 07:31 UTC / – 191 km SW of Sungai Penuh, Indonesia – 1 user experience report / VolcanoDiscovery

Detailed earthquake information – overview map, magnitude, time, depth, information source, shake map, list of reports.

Source: Quake info: M5.6 earthquake on Monday, 19 October 2020 07:31 UTC / – 191 km SW of Sungai Penuh, Indonesia – 1 user experience report / VolcanoDiscovery

Magnitude 5.0 quake shakes the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.- A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported early Mon. by the U.S. Geodetic Survey (USGS), which monitors seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 7.1 km (4.4 mi) beneath the epicenter, near Sanchez, in the Dominican Republic’s northeast. “The magnitude could be revised within the next few minutes as the agency updates and refines its calculations, or as other agencies issue their report,” says Google.com.

Source: Magnitude 5.0 quake shakes the Dominican Republic

7.5-magnitude earthquake off Alaska coast triggers tsunami warning

SAND POINT, Alaska — A preliminary magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Sand Point, Alaska, on Monday afternoon, prompting a tsunami warning.

The quake, which struck about 62 miles southeast of Sand Point at 12:54 p.m., triggered the tsunami warning for areas along the coastline of the Alaska Peninsula, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center.

The warning extends from Kennedy Entrance, 40 miles southwest of Homer, to Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Unalaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources said there is no tsunami threat for Washington, KIRO reported.

The earthquake, which yielded no immediate damage reports, was felt in coastal communities across in the region.

Source: 7.5-magnitude earthquake off Alaska coast triggers tsunami warning

Earthquake recorded overnight in Bolivar, Westmoreland County

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake was recorded around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A 2.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Bolivar, Westmoreland County, overnight.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake was recorded around 12:30 a.m. EST Tuesday.

A 2.9 earthquake is felt only by a few people at rest, especially on upper floors of buildings, according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale.

Bolivar is located on the northern border of Fairfield Township.

Source: Earthquake recorded overnight in Bolivar, Westmoreland County

Southern California earthquake: 4.5-magnitude tremor jolts area – CNN

A preliminary 4.5-magnitude earthquake jolted the Southern California area late Friday night.

It hit at 11:39 p.m. local time two miles west of El Monte and 10 miles from Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake shook buildings and rattled windows, and was felt in San Diego, Valencia and the San Fernando Valley areas. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and the Los Angeles Fire Department warned residents to prepare for aftershocks.
“If inside, when shaking starts, drop cover, hold on. Protect your head + neck while taking cover under sturdy furniture or near a sturdy interior wall, away from windows and doorways until shaking stops,” the LAFD tweeted.
The earthquake was also felt at the Los Angeles International Airport, where crews are checking the airfield and terminals for any signs of damage, the airport tweeted.
Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology, said the earthquake produced “a pretty good jolt” in Pasadena, where she was. It was “almost the same location as the M5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987,” she tweeted. That earthquake hit on October 1 that year and caused $360 million in damage.

Source: Southern California earthquake: 4.5-magnitude tremor jolts area – CNN

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