Small Earthquakes Hit California Coast

A small earthquake hit central California earlier today.  About 3 miles east of Santa Barbra, California, a little after 11 am local time the quake rattled the area. The magnitude was clocked at 3.6 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and there has not been any reports about damages or injuries so far. There has been an influx of reports from hundreds of people on the geological survey’s website saying that they have felt the shaking nearly 60 miles north of the of Santa Barbra in Lompoc and as far south as Los Angeles County.

In addition, there was another earthquake of the same magnitude 3 km outside of Montecito, California at around 11:30 am local time. This may be why the geological survey website had reports of shaking so far south, but at this point it’s hard to tell.


2 earthquakes hit western Turkey

Turkey has reported that 2 earthquakes hit the western province of Manisa earleir today. These earthquakes had preliminary magnitudes of 4.9 and have caused panic in the streets. The first earthquake was centered in the town of Selendi and hit at 4:16 p.m local time, according to the government’s crisis center. The second quake hit about an hour later in the town of Sehzadeler, which was reported as being more shallow. The local media reported that the second earthquake begun some pandamonium, as residents rushed the streets in a panic.

There has not been any damage reported so far. Turkey lies on active fault lines, so the occurance of earthquakes is not a rare one.

Small Earthquake(s) in Mt. Gambier


“Humans make great seismologists — we are pretty sensitive. We feel every little bump that goes off.”

There were two earthquakes felt by the residents in Wandilo, Australia, a city located north-west of Mount Gambier. The tremors were so small, they went undetected by the seismograph. Rather, the scientists in charge of the Geoscience Australia website learned about the earthquakes from residents who reported it on the webpage. The scientists estimate that the initial tremor could be felt about 25 kilometers away from the estimated epicenter.

The second earthquake, occurring at roughly 5pm (local time) may have just been a secondary quake linked to the first one. The data from the monitors will let them know if it was a true, independent case or not.

This is the second (and possibly third) earthquake of the year for this area. The first occurrence was in early February.



Earthquake in Navarra, Spain

This article is in Spanish, but you can easily translate it by plugging it into Google translate. Most of the facts will be obvious to an English-speaking reader without relying on outside resources, however. (Sorry, I’m a Spanish major so “El País” is a news source I use a lot!)

On March 10th of this year, a 4.4 scale earthquake hit the Autonomous Community of Navarra in Northern Spain (in the Pyrenees, bordering France). The best-known city in this area is Pamplona, where they host the famous Running of the Bulls. According to the article, there was some property damage; several people reported broken windows and other household objects. Luckily, there were no fatalities reported, and apparently no injuries. I imagine the experience was somewhat like our experience in the late-summer of 2011: extremely surprising, and disruptive in many cases to be sure, but not at all detrimental. Scary, shocking, but not devastating. I’m sure the bulls will be running just fine come summer!

Fun vocab word of the day: terremoto = earthquake. Make sure you roll the R sound!



6.7 Earthquake hits the Philippines

On February 10, a 6.7 earthquake hit the Philippines, killing 8 people. 200 more people were injured and 1,000 homes in Surigao were destroyed. Damage was also extensive to other structures, such as schools, bridges, stores, some water pipes and other infrastructure. Surigao City was placed under a state of emergency to provide for the most efficient distribution of assistance including medical aid and food.

137 aftershocks had been experienced as of Sunday, February 12. Even the President of the Philippines was delayed in making it to the city because of damage to the airport. He has pledged financial assistance to those hurt by the earthquake.

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5.3 Earthquake Hits Central Italy

Central Italy was hit by an earthquake classified as a 5.3 on the Richter Magnitude scale. The subway in Rome, as well as many schools in the area were evacuated. The age of the city and many of its structures was of particular concern, since prior earthquakes over the years have caused cracks in the buildings, making them more vulnerable. Fortunately, there have been no casualties reported since the earthquake struck several hours ago during the initial 5.3 earthquake, nor any of the nine aftershocks.

The same area is also currently receiving a considerable amount of snow, which is affecting the Italian authorities’ abilities to assess the situation. The earthquake has come off as especially unnerving due to the location of the earthquake. The town of Amatrice, which experienced a devastating earthquake that killed 300 and destroyed the town center last August, and was struck by a small earthquake in October, has felt all of the tremors today.

Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Papua New Guinea; Tsunami Alert Issued

On Monday morning local time (Sunday night in the U.S.) , a 7.5 magnitude earthquake stuck 34 miles southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake’s magnitude as a 7.7 with a depth of 25 miles. Shortly after the earthquake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a potential tsunami threat of dangerous waves possible within a span of 621 miles along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. However, this threat has since past since the earthquake hit on Monday. A Papua New Guinea’s National Disaster Center official said there have been no damage or injuries reported in result of the earthquake. However, after the initial tremor 13 aftershocks have been reported in the nearby areas, ranging from 4.6 to 5.7 in magnitude.


(Kokopo is located south east of Rabaul, New Britian on map)th




6.9 Mag Quake Rocks Baja

A strong earthquake south of the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday swayed high-rises in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego and was felt across Southern California and Arizona. There have been no immediate reports of damage.
The large quake comes after week long magnitude 3.0 earthquakes around the area of Baja. The earthquake rattled buildings on the west side of Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley. It also caused chandeliers swayed and wine jiggled in glasses.
As of this post, the people in the LA area are on a watch for a possible tsunami.