Canterbury was struck by a magnitude 4 earthquake on Sunday night, which has raised anxieties about whether more could follow. "That's always the big question. We cannot always predict it," GeoNet seismology and strong motion specialist Dr Muriel Naguit told Newshub. The quake hit 10 kilometres east of Christchurch at a depth of 12 kilometres. The epicentre was approximately 5 kilometres offshore. In just 15 minutes, more than 7600 people reported feeling it. Magnitude 4 earthquake strikes Christchurch Aftershocks still shaking Christchurch seven years after quake $180k of taxpayer money used to spy on Kiwis after Christchurch earthquakes The region hasn't had an earthquake of this magnitude in six months, so it may have come as a shock to some people. It has raised the question: should Canterbury worry about more aftershocks to come? GeoNet says there is a 45 percent chance of aftershocks of magnitude 5 to 5.9 happening in Canterbury, but it's "extremely … [Read more...] about Should Canterbury worry about more earthquakes to come?
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The Icelandic Met Office has raised the level of warning from green to yellow because of the recent earthquakes around volcano Katla. Green means that the volcano is an active one but shows no signs of a impending eruption, Yellow means that the activity is greater than normal and possibility of eruption is uncertain. They go on to say that there is yet no way to predict a volcanic eruption, but the activity is strong. Police in the south district are combing the surrounding area to make sure no one is there that doesn’t belong there like tourists or travellers. Katla has ben stirring for the past few weeks, but the tremors today are the biggest so far. The Met Office issued the following warning just now: “An intense seismic swarm is on-going since yesterday morning (29 September) at Katla volcano. An intense pulse, the largest one if compared with the previous activity, started today at 12:02 (30 September) with several earthquakes around magnitude 3 or larger. No seismic … [Read more...] about Yellow alert! Strongest earthquakes around Katla volcano in a series of tremors
An earthquake has hit southern Iran just 60 miles from the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. It hit on Thursday morning and was also felt in Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck at 6.34am GMT, some 60 miles east of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the only operating nuclear power station in the Islamic Republic. The USGS put the earthquake’s magnitude at 5.5, while Iranian state television, citing officials, described the quake as a magnitude 5.9. Varying magnitudes are common immediately after a temblor. Government-run TV did not report any damage at the Bushehr plant, which has seen other earthquakes in the past and was built to resist damage from the tremors. It said the earthquake’s epicentre was near the town of Kaki, which the Iran Red Cross described as being in a sparsely populated area. World news in pictures 50 show all World news in pictures 1/50 Turkey's … [Read more...] about Iran earthquake latest: Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes near nuclear power plant
The 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 12.5 miles north-east of Swansea at a depth of 7.4km, the British Geological Survey said. There has been around 4,000 reports of the earthquake across England and Wales, said the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, with people feeling it up to 300 miles away from the impact. The British Geological Survey said the earthquakes of this magnitude only happen in the UK every two to three years. Alison Adams, from Tipton, said: "Blimey! Was that what it was?! The sofa shook, I thought next door were doing some diy!" Dave Baker, from Stourbridge, added: "My plasterboard walls made cracking noises and my electricity fuse box lid opened! Thought a car had hit my block i live in!" Express & Star readers also reported feeling tremors in Great Bridge, Kidderminster, Netherton, Walsall, Coseley and Stafford. … [Read more...] about Black Country and Staffordshire feel tremors of 4.4 magnitude Welsh earthquake
A tsunami warning has been issued in Alaska after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the area. The quake is thought to have occurred in the southern coast of the American state. The earthquake struck at 12:31am local time, 300km south-east of Kodiak at a depth of 10km according to the US Geological Survy. Coastlines across the state and the Canadian state of British Columbia have been included in the warning. The alert has warned people in low-lying areas to move to higher ground. The last significant earthquake in the area took place on 26 January 2016 which was felt across much for the region. Officials in the western US states of Washington, Oregon and California have also been placed on alert for a possible tsunami. The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that "widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible". More to follow. This is a breaking news story and will be updated regularly as new information and developments become available. IBTimes UK is part of the Newsweek … [Read more...] about Tsunami alert after magnitude 8 earthquake strikes off Alaska