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Quake of 6.6M Rocks Norcia, St Benedict Monastery Destroyed, Why Italy Again?

Today, October 30, 2016, a massive earthquake measuring 6.6 north of Norcia, Italy, occurred as the result of shallow normal faulting on a NW-SE oriented fault in the Central Apennines, said USGS. Two months ago, a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns in Italy with aftershocks recorded last week. People have been evacuated after last week’s ...

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Underwater Quake or Volcano Behind Whales Washing Ashore?

As more than 30 whales died despite rescue efforts on Tuticorin beach, the officials said it was deja-vu of 1973 when 140 whales washed ashore. In 2009, South African coast saw similarly 55 whales beaching ashore as if they were on suicide mission, refusing to go back into waters. Mass strandings of dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals were first ...

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Climate Change Impact? USGS Says Permafrost in Central Alaska Thawing Faster Than Believed

One-fourth of the permafrost underneath Alaska could thaw by the end of the century, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists after using statistically modeled maps drawn from satellite data. The survey projected that the near-surface permafrost that currently underlies 38% of boreal and arctic Alaska would be reduced by 16% to 24% by 2100. Permafrost declines are more likely in ...

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Afghan Hindu Kush Mountains Rocked by 7.7M Earthquake, Delhi Too Jolted

The Hindu Kush mountain region in Afghanistan was rocked on Monday afternoon with 7.7 Magnitude sending tremors across Pakistan and India, including Delhi where several buildings were rattled or developed cracks. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude of the quake at 7.7 is similar to that of Nepal earthquake that damaged the Himalayan region in April this year. ...

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Massive 8.3M Earthquake Jolts Chile, Tsunami Warning Issued

  A powerful earthquake shook the Chilean capital of Santiago, prompting tsunami alarms. Photos: http://t.co/7jWdTyuxic pic.twitter.com/xMPtFcUqvM — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 17, 2015 A massive earthquake measuring 8.3 magnitude on Richter Scale hit Chile’s coast causing panic and severe damage to building triggering a tsunami warning that was issued toevacuate residents in the Andean nation’s coastal areas. The tremors ...

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India to Join 27-Nation Club to Set Up Early Earthquake Warning System

India is moving in the direction of setting up early earthquake warning system that gives indications few second before it occurs, thus saving people who can take precautions to escape the wrath of the devastation as witnessed in recent Nepal earthquake. The system to be developed in association with 26 other countries including Japan, will strengthen the people living in ...

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Nepal Jolted by 7.3M Earthquake Again Today (Photos)

#EarthquakeAgain : Don't Panic. Be Alert,Be Safe!! Here are the safety tips RT & Share to all @KKRiders @iamsrk pic.twitter.com/BrhKk0WqRU — KKRiders Fan Club (@KKRidersFanClub) May 12, 2015 Mother Earth’s fury is daunting Nepal which was hit today by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake for the second time in 18 days after the April 25 devastating quake. While the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake ...

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NASA, USGS Breakthrough on Early Earthquake Warning by Smartphones

Smartphones and tablets can give early warning on large earthquakes in areas where highly technical and more expensive systems are not in place, said a new research. The study, led by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), found that the sensors in smartphones could be used to build earthquake warning systems, though less accurate than conventional systems. The GPS ...

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Japan Woke Up to 6.9 Earthquake, No Tsunami, N-Plants Safe

Japan has lifted a tsunami warning after the north-eastern coast was jolted by an earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude on Richter scale, probably a sequel to 2011 March earthquake, said seismologists. Post-quake, small waves of 10 to 20 CM reached the coast off Iwate prefecture, 600 km north of Tokyo, said NHK TV adding that local people had been ordered to ...

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NASA Climate Challenge: Create Apps, Help US Cope, Win Prizes

With the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA has offered $35,000 in prizes to create apps which use US climate data. The contest, called the Climate Resilience Data Challenge offers prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that will help the United States cope with climate change. The Climate Resilience Data Challenge, conducted through the NASA Tournament Lab, a partnership with Harvard ...

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California Hit by 6 Magnitude Earthquake After Midnight; 100 Injured, Buildings Damaged, Water Pipelines Broken

California region was hit by a massive earthquake measuring 6 magnitude on Richter scale at 3:30 am on Sunday morning, injuring about 100 residents, igniting fires and damaging many buildings in the vicinity of Napa area, said initial reports. Many residents were jolted out of their sleep and forced to rush on to the streets, said witnesses. The earthquake struck ...

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8.2M Earthquake Rocks Chile, Tsunami Warning Issued; History of Quakes in LA Coast

An earthquake measuring 8.2 magnitude hit off Chile triggering a tsunami warning for the entire Latin America’s Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey said. USGS said the quake, though very shallow with 10km depth below the seabed, the sub-tectonic movement may cause tsunami along the coast 86km (56 miles) north-west of the mining area of Iquique. Similar earthquake measuring 8.8 ...

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Japan Niigata region rocked by 6M earthquake, a day after LA jolt

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Japan’s Niigata prefecture on Sunday morning, with strong tremor being felt in Tokyo, said a meteorological agency. The epicentre was at 35.8 degrees north latitude and 140.1 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 80 km, Xinhua reported citing the agency. USGS, however, put the intensity at 4.5 magnitude, which not ...

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USGS Downgrades LA Earthquake Depth

US Geological Survey downgraded Friday’s 5.1 earthquake’s intensity as 7.5 km depth. The epicenter of the quake that jolted LA at 9:09pm on March 28, 2014, was located 1 km east of La Habra, California, 5 km (3 miles) north of Fullerton, CA and 33 km (21 miles) ESE of Los Angeles. The event was felt widely throughout Orange, Los ...

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7.2 Magnitude earthquake jolts Turkey, hundreds feared killed

An earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude jolted the village of Tabanli near Van in eastern Turkey at 1.41 pm on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey. No figures are available but about 1,000 are feared killed, thousands were reportedly injured and many buildings were damaged in the quake. Officials said they were still assessing the damage. “There is serious ...

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