May 202012

2 large earthquakes struck around the planet last night and today. Last night shortly after 10pm (EDT), a 6.0 earthquake hit Northern Italy followed by another 5 earthquakes ranging from 4-5.1 magnitude in intensity in the same area. 7 were reported killed along with significant structural damage was reported. A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu, Japan at half past 3 AM (EDT) today followed by 4 additional quakes in the 5+ magnitude range. There was also a smaller swarm of tremblers ranging in size from 2+ to 3+ in the Baja, California region.

Tonight we also have the special treat of a full solar eclipse tonight beginning around 9pm (PDT) which will unfortunately be missed in the Eastern U.S. but seen to some degree by almost everyone else.

Jan 152012
Map of the South Shetland Islands Català: Mapa...

2 separate and large earthquakes have struck the South Shetland islands in the span of a few minutes. They ranged in magnitude from 6.2 to 6.6. The quakes were centered 561 km (348 miles) W of Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands at 60.765°S, 55.858°W. No damage reports have surfaced in this sparsely inhabited region. The first quake, a 6.6 magnitude quake struck at 8:40 AM (EST), the second one was a 6.2 magnitude which occurred at 9:21 AM (EST).

Nov 062011
Seal of Oklahoma.

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has rattled the calm of Oklahoma after two smaller shakers just a few days before. The quake registered 5.6 on the Richter scale and was centered 44 miles East North East of Oklahoma City, occurring at 10:53 PM (Local time) last night.  A 4.0 aftershock has also hit the area approximately 1 hour ago and was centered 35 miles East of Oklahoma City and 14 miles North of Shawnee. Both quakes were shallow at 3.1 miles deep. Widespread damage has been reported. This quake may go down as the largest in Oklahoma history.

Sep 022011
Alaska with Aleutian island chain (at bottom),...

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No reports of damage or injuries. Tsunami warning was issued but later cancelled. The earthquake was centered off the Fox Islands, a remote part of the Aleutian Islands chain off the Alaska coastline (52.185°N, 171.684°W) and is 1,030 miles WSW of Anchorage. The depth was 22.1 miles.