Archive | July 9, 2019

#EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE 5.6 #MINDANAO, #PHILIPPINES


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 60 km SW of Davao, Philippines / pop: 1,213,000 / local time: 20:36:59.7 2019-07-09

7 km W of Dolo, Philippines / pop: 4,000 / local time: 20:36:59.7 2019-07-09

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#EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE 5.5 SEA OF #OKHOTSK


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Depth: 430 km

Distances: 567 km NE of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,884,000 / local time: 20:33:30.8 2019-07-09

182 km E of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation / pop: 177,000 / local time: 22:33:30.8 2019-07-09
168 km E of Dolinsk, Russian Federation / pop: 12,000 / local time: 22:33:30.8 2019-07-09

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#Satellite images show giant #crack caused by #earthquake in #MojaveDesert, #California, #USA

Before and after imagery of the epicentre of the recent Ridgecrest Earthquake. Pic: Planet Labs Inc

Before and after images show the epicentre of Friday’s quake. Pic: Planet Labs Inc

The impact of Southern California’s strongest earthquake in 20 years has been revealed after satellite images showed how a huge crack emerged in the Earth’s surface.

The US state was rocked by two powerful earthquakes of magnitudes 7.1 and 6.4 last week along with hundreds of aftershocks.

The stronger quake on Friday struck 11 miles from the city of Ridgecrest, with satellite images by Planet Labs Inc showing the large crack that was ripped open in the Mojave Desert.

Move the slider from left to right to see the difference in images of the epicentre before and after the quake.

The US Geological Survey has reportedly said the crack is not a new fault line and the recent quake activity is not related to the dangerous San Andreas fault.

Before last week, the last time an earthquake above a magnitude of 6 struck Southern California was in 1999 when a 7.1 magnitude event – dubbed the Hector Mine quake – was recorded.

Friday’s quake ruptured gas lines and sparked numerous fires in Ridgecrest, about 125 miles from Los Angeles.

RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA - JULY 04: A local resident inspects a fissure in the earth after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area on July 4, 2019 near Ridgecrest, California. The earthquake was the largest to strike Southern California in 20 years with the epicenter located in a remote area of the Mojave Desert. The temblor was felt by residents across much of Southern California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The 6.4 quake caused a fissure near Ridgecrest in the earth last Thursday

Offices in central LA were shaken for around 30 seconds by the tremors, and the quake was also felt in the Hollywood Hills, Las Vegas and parts of Mexico.

It came after Southern California was struck by a 6.4-magnitude quake on Thursday, which was followed by a strong 5.4-magnitude aftershock in the early hours of the next morning.

The force of the earthquake left a crack through this highway Pic: Karaleigh Roe
The force of the earthquake cracked a road Pic: Karaleigh Roe

There were minor injuries but no reports of anyone seriously hurt or killed.

Fears of a large quake had grown recently after 1,000 small tremors were reportedly recorded in Southern California over three weeks.

The “swarmageddon” produced earthquakes with an average magnitude of 3 last month, the LA Times reported.

Fissures that opened up under a highway during a powerful earthquake that struck Southern California are seen near the city of Ridgecrest, California, U.S., July 4, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew
There have no reports of any fatalities

California officials are spending more than $40m (£32m) on an earthquake early warning system that – in addition to alerting the public – could also be used to automatically halt trains and open fire station doors moments before a major tremor actually strikes.

Emergency management officials have said they intend to have the statewide warning system in place by mid-2021 to serve California’s roughly 40 million residents.

Courtesy of Sky News

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Over a thousand #evacuated as #Spanish #aquarium goes up in #flames

Over a thousand evacuated as Spanish aquarium goes up in flames (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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More than 1,600 visitors and 350 staff were evacuated after a fire broke out at Europe’s largest aquarium in Valencia, Spain. A column of dense black smoke rose from the building.

The blaze was reported at about 11.00 Am local time, as visitors reportedly noticed smoke near a shark enclosure. Almost 2,000 people were soon evacuated, as a plume of smoke erupted from the building.

Photos and videos shared on social media captured the extent of the fire.

No injuries to any visitors or animals were reported, and firefighters extinguished the blaze around 20 minutes after it broke out, the aquarium said on Twitter. Much of the damage was confined to the above-ground entranceway to the aquarium.

The aquarium covers an area of 110,000 square meters and is home to 500 species. The building itself is a part of the gigantic ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ complex, which also houses a planetarium, museum, botanical garden, arena and opera house. Construction on the complex began in 1994 and was completed in 2005.

Courtesy of rt.com

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