A MAGNITUDE 7 earthquake has struck 112 km southeast of Sapporo in Japan. By Sam Webb / Published 5th September 2018 The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 66km.A 7.0 to 7.9 magnitude earthquake is considered "major" and can cause serious damage.There are reports of glass cracking at a terminal building at the Sapporo and New Chitose Airport.Experts say the quake is unlikely to cause a devastating tsunami. Related Articles Brits set to bask in HOTTEST EVER September heat Storm ALERT as tropical CYCLONE expected to hit US with peak hurricane season arriving Apocalypse IMMINENT? California preacher warns 'the time for God's wrath is NOW' A US ex-pat working in Japan tweeted: "Love to have a humongous earthquake wake me up! The electricity is out and the road outside my house split open from the quake."Magnificent week for natural disasters here in good ol' Japan."There was no immediate word on damage or casualties, but Japanese … [Read more...] about BREAKING: Magnitude 7 earthquake hits Japan
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Sixty nine earthquakes hit the Pacific’s so-called “Ring of Fire” in the space of 48 hours this week, driving fears that the so-called 'Big One' is about to hit California. But a leading expert today played down concerns that a "domino effect" sparked by the recent quakes, including ones which hit the coast near Oregon and Venezuela, could lead to a major tremor in the US state. Colin Taylor, professor of earthquake engineering at the University of Bristol, told the Standard it’s “too difficult” to make direct connections between quakes. The Ring of Fire is an area in the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes occur. Professor Taylor said: “The majority of earthquakes around the world are driven by plate tectonics over the earth’s crust. They occur when quakes move past, or under, each other. Every now and again, they reach the limit of their strength and break, emitting energy. “So technically, that means all earthquakes are … [Read more...] about Is the ‘Big One’ about to hit California?
A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela's northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean but likely caused little damage besides knocking out power in some places and toppling supermarket shelves because of its depth, experts said. The magnitude 7.3 quake Tuesday was the largest to strike Venezuela since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But at a depth of some 76 miles (123 kilometers) beneath the Earth's surface it appeared to have caused only limited damage even near its epicenter a few miles off the Cariaco peninsula stretching into the eastern Caribbean. "Shaking does die off at a distance," said seismologist Lucy Jones, a research associate with the California Institute of Technology, adding that the earthquake's considerable depth likely prevented a tragedy. In Cumana, the biggest city near the quake's center, supermarket shelves came crashing down. In downtown Caracas, concrete from the top floors of the unfinished Tower of David skyscraper fell to the sidewalk, … [Read more...] about Major earthquake hits ill-prepared Venezuela, little damage reported
FEARS are mounting the catastrophic "Big One" earthquake could rip through California killing thousands after 69 quakes rocked the deadly Ring of Fire in just 48 hours. A cluster of 16 "significant" quakes - above magnitude 4.5 - hit yesterday following 53 that shook the region along the disaster zone on Sunday. The earthquakes rattled Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and Fiji but didn't reach the western coast of the US, which sits on the horseshoe-shaped Ring of Fire fault line. The Ring of Fire has caused a number of devastating of earthquakes over the years and is where two of the earth’s huge tectonic plates meet. It is formed of a string of 452 volcanoes and sites of high seismic activity that encircle the Pacific Ocean. Fears are now growing California's "Big One" could be on the way - a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that would tear through the West coast of the US and cause a tsunami. Experts have claimed California is overdue a large earthquake and shaking around the … [Read more...] about 69 Ring of Fire earthquakes hit in just 48 hours – sparking fears ‘the Big One’ is about to hit California
Alena Maschke The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun Published 1:33 p.m. UTC May 27, 2018 PALM SPRINGS, Calif. —When Cheryl Rose and her husband bought their 46-acre property deep in California's Inland Empire, they felt like they had struck real estate gold. With enough space for their 15 Norwegian Fjord horses, goats and chickens to roam, and a view of rolling hills, mountains and lakes, the parcel was a bargain for the price. But recently, Rose has become concerned. Almost every day, and often several times in a row, she hears a distant growl, and as the lamps in her entryway begin to swing lightly back and forth, she knows exactly what's coming: another earthquake. In the past year, the area has experienced 6,913 earthquakes, according to data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey. A vast majority of the seismic events registered at a magnitude of less than 1.0 and likely went unnoticed by most. But in the past month, area residents say they've experienced an … [Read more...] about What it’s like to live in a California town that experiences thousands of earthquakes a year