Friday 27 September 2019

A magnitude 6.1 Argentina is the 4th major quake recorded in the last 3 days in a week of violent quake and volcanic activity around the world

Photo Roads destroyed in Pakistan

A magnitude 6.1 - 40km W of Villa La Angostura, Argentina yesterday was the 4th major quake recorded in the last 3 days in a week of violent quake and volcanic activity, however, a number of smaller quakes have been hitting the headlines.

A powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Pakistan on Tuesday, badly damaging scores of homes and shops and killing at least 22 people and injuring over 700, officials said. The quake badly damaged a key road leading to the town of Mirpur in the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir and adjoining villages, where most of the damage was located. Mushtaq Minhas, information minister in Pakistan-held Kashmir, said 22 people, including women and children, were killed in the quake, mostly due to collapsing roofs and walls. "We are supplying tents, food and other essential items to earthquake-affected people.

Meanwhile, a shallow tremor sent terrified people running into the streets in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, days after another powerful quake killed 38 people, flattened thousands of homes and destroyed infrastructure and roads in the same area. The quake rattled already frayed nerves in the city of Mirpur as fears of the fallout from another powerful tremor sent hundreds into the streets and put local hospitals on alert. The US Geological Survey put the quake at 4.7 magnitudes and 10 km deep, adding that it struck just four kilometres outside of Mirpur. Reports said some 70 people were injured in the tremor.

At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured Thursday in a strong earthquake that rocked Indonesia's remote Maluku islands, triggering landslides that buried at least one of the victims, the disaster agency said. Terrified residents ran into the streets as buildings fell in around them when the 6.5-magnitude quake hit in the morning. "At least 100 people were injured and more than 2,000 evacuated," said national disaster mitigation spokesman Agus Wibowo who gave the latest death toll in a statement. Among those killed was an infant, he said. Earlier, local disaster agency officials said some victims had been killed by falling debris while one person was buried in a landslide. Another victim died of a heart attack as the tremor hit, while one woman died after falling off her motorbike while fleeing to higher ground, officials said. Residents of Ambon, a city of about 400,000 people, were seen helping injured residents in blood-stained clothes, while images showed wrecked homes with collapsed walls and rubble-strewn on the ground.

A powerful, 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook buildings and damaged two mosques in Istanbul on Thursday, slightly injuring eight people and causing residents to rush from buildings. Witnesses in the city of 15 million, Turkey’s largest, felt buildings sway and said some offices and schools were temporarily evacuated. Three major seismic fault lines criss-cross Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia. The tremor was at a depth of 12.6 km, the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said, locating its epicentre 70 km (44 miles) west of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea, south of the town of Silivri. It struck at 1:59 p.m. (1059 GMT). Both the observatory and the U.S. Geological Survey assessed its magnitude at 5.7.

On Tuesday evening the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City and the Poas volcano Costa Rica erupted. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

According to, a large hole in the sun's atmosphere is facing Earth and spraying solar wind in our direction. Estimated time of arrival: Sept. 28. NOAA forecasters say G1- and G2-class geomagnetic storms are possible when the gaseous material reaches Earth. Coronal Holes are thought to trigger seismic activity here on Earth.

Yesterday's powerful quake was the 7th major quake of a quiet September and brings the 2019 total to 107.

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