Category: Natural Disasters

BREAKING: Major earthquake rattles Central America, tsunami warning issued

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake shook parts of Central America early Thursday afternoon. The epicenter of the quake hit 149 km (93 miles) south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo, El Salvador, according to the USGS. It was also a shallow quake with a depth of 10 km (6 miles). Shaking was felt across the entire region, including Managua, the capital of Nicaragua; San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador; and San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Tsunami warnings were issued for coastal areas shortly after the quake warning of waves as large as one meter high; however, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center...

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LIVE: 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake off eastern Japan near Fukushima prefecture has prompted a tsunami warning of possible 3m (10ft) waves. The quake struck on Tuesday morning at about 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT, Monday), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The depth of the quake was estimated to be around 11km (7 miles). In 2011, a large tsunami caused by a quake destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Broadcaster NHK said Tokyo Electric Power was checking the plant for damage. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but tremors were felt in Tokyo and residents were urged to...

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New Zealand Quake Ruptured 6 Faults

The magnitude-7.8 quake that rattled New Zealand, killing at least two people and stranding thousands of people, completely transformed the underlying faults in the region. Six major faults ruptured as a result of the New Zealand quake, a new map reveals. The Kaikoura earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand early in the morning on Nov. 14 local time, triggering landslides, tsunamis and hundreds of aftershocks. And thousands of people were stranded when earthquake detritus dammed a river. During the quake, bystanders captured images of mysterious earthquake lights painting the sky in eerie blue and green. To see...

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Wildfires Rage Across the South, Scorching More Than 100,000 Acres

Uncontrolled wildfires are raging through the drought-stricken South, blanketing multiple states in haze as firefighters race to temper the flames. If you’re not on the front lines, it may be hard to visualize just how bad these wildfires have gotten. To give you an idea of their size and scope, here’s a handy guide: Wildfires are burning in six states: North Carolina, which is the hardest hit, plus Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. All told, there are more than 30 large fires that are still uncontained. Overall, 128,000 acres have gone up in flames — a land...

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San Jose Residents Report Large Shaking, USGS Reports No Eathquake

South Bay residents felt some shaking Tuesday afternoon, however the exact cause is unknown. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that what South Bay residents felt was not an earthquake. “Our duty seismologist did an extensive search and we did not see any seismic activity in the South Bay,” Susan Garcia, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Geological Survey, said to SFGATE. “So it’s not an earthquake, whatever they’re feeling — as far as we can tell.” Despite that, many local residents did report on Twitter that a rumbling of some sort was felt at about 2:45 p.m....

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