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Alaska 6.8 Earthquake
A major earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has rocked remote portions of Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The USGS issued, then canceled, a tsunami warning for Alaska's Aleutian Islands. It also lowered the magnitude to 6.8.
Updated at 11:22 a.m. ET: Alaska Native News has weighed in on the quake, noting that the area "is frequented by earthquakes every day, although a majority of them have a magnitude less than this."
Satiago, Argentina 6.4 Earthquake
Santiago Del Estero, Argentina—(ENEWSPF)—September 2, 2011. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that an earthquake with magnitude of 6.4 struck deep under Santiago Del Estero, Argentina, today, Friday, September 2, 2011 at 10:47:11 AM at the epicenter.
The quake’s epicenter was at coordinates 28.422°S, 63.146°W at a depth of 592.8 km (368.4 miles), 31 km (19 miles) W of Anatuya, Santiago del Estero, Argentina; 130 km (80 miles) ESE of Santiago del Estero, Argentina; 257 km (159 miles) E of Catamarca, Catamarca, Argentina; and 805 km (500 miles) NNW of BUENOS AIRES, D.F., Argentina. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 and was centered 50 miles north of the jungle city of Pucallpa, near the border with Brazil, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake occurred at 12:46 p.m. local time (1:46 p.m. EDT; 1746 GMT), and occurred 90 miles underground, the agency said. The deeper the quake, the less it is likely to cause damage.
An unidentified local woman interviewed by Peru's Canal N television station said the earth shook "like a hammock."
A police official in the regional capital of Pucallpa, Angela Romero, said there were no indications of damage. "We all went out calmly to the street," she said.
Aug. 23, 2011 - 5.9 Earthquake hits D.C. - U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake struck central Virginia at 1:53 p.m. It has been felt throughout the D.C. metro region. Initial indications are that it measured 5.9 on the Richter scale. Minutes after the quake, the director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Marcia McNutt -- who watched objects falling from the shelves in her office -- cautioned that the shaking might not be over. “What the concern is, of course, is that this is a foreshock. If it’s a foreshock, then the worse is yet to come.” She said the energy from earthquakes on the East Coast does not attenuate as quickly as it does on the West Coast, and thus even a relatively modest tremor can shake a very broad. “When something like this happen, everyone has to remember, more than half of the states in the U.S. are considered earthquake country. When something like this happens, remember what to do in the case of a seismic event. Duck, get under something sturdy like a desk or a doorway, get away from falling glass. Make sure that you are not in the way of falling objects like pictures, bookshelves, books, anything that’s not firmly connected the wall.” It should be noted that an earthquake also occurred in the region July 16, 2010. A 3.6 magnitude quake centered near Gaithersburg shook the region.
Aug. 23, 2011 - 5.3 Earthquake jolts Colorado. The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border. The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., and about 180 miles south of Denver, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The quake followed two smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day. The quake is the largest in Colorado since a magnitude 5.7 was recorded in 1973, U.S. Geological Service geophysicist Amy Vaughn said. That one was centered in the northwestern part of the state — about 50 miles north of Grand Junction, she said. A few homes have been damaged and deputies were investigating reports of rockslides along a highway, a Las Animas County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said. "I thought maybe a car had hit my house," 70-year-old Trinidad resident Nadine Baca said. "Then I called to my son and he said it was the third (quake) today." Another USGS geophysicist, Shengzao Chen, said the information center had received calls from more than 70 people in Trinidad and several dozen people in New Mexico who felt the shaking. More than 30 people in Colorado Springs, about 130 miles north of Trinidad, also reported feeling the quake, he said. A magnitude 4.6 quake was felt in the same area at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, and a magnitude 2.9 quake was recorded just before 8 a.m. Two aftershocks — one recorded at 3.5 and another at 3.8 — followed early Tuesday, more than an hour after the 5.3 quake. The last time the area received such a series of earthquakes was in August and September 2001, when about a dozen smaller-sized temblors were recorded, Chen said. "The area seems to be active again," he said.
Past Earthquake Activity Coverage
Not long before the 7.5 earthquake in Japan, a 6.5 earthquake in Mexico shook the ground for a few moments. Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 8:11am at epicenter of the earthquake in Mexico, residents of towns over 300 miles away felt the earthquake and sought protection.
For a better idea of where the 6.5 earthquake in Mexico actually was, here are some factual numbers: 91 km (56 miles) SSE of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. 118 km (73 miles) NW of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. 127 km (78 miles) WSW of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. 590 km (366 miles) ESE of Mexico City, Mexico.
Just Up the Coast, California and the Western United State has had a few small tremors as well. Here is the visual data and current info as of the posting of this article. No damage has been reported in Mexico, or along the western coast of the United States as Earthquakes are becoming very common around the ring of fire.
The Ring of fire is a very active area of fault lines causing earthquakes when the plates shift. The shift can cause shaking and what we know as earthquakes so small we can not feel them, to that which has been seen in recent weeks.
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