Tuesday 19 January 2021

The 10th major quake of 2021 a Mag 6.4 rocks San Juan, Argentina, the 9th major quake to hit the Pacific Ring Of Fire this year: Death toll from Indonesia’s Sulawesi quake last week at 84 people and 30,000 displaced: 29 Volcano eruptions ongoing


A very powerful shallow magnitude 6.4 quake rocked San Juan, Argentina this morning continuing an impressive uptick in volcanic and seismic activity to 2021. Today's quake is the 10th major quake, mag 6 or higher to be recorded in the first 19 days of 2021, 9 of the 10 have occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire. The earthquake of magnitude 6.8, reduced by USGS to a magnitude 6.4 struck west-central Argentina on Monday, followed by at least five aftershocks that shook buildings and sent products tumbling off supermarket shelves, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Meanwhile,  a powerful earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island last week has now killed at least 84 people and displaced more than 30,000, according to search and rescue agency (Basarnas) data on Monday. 
Just two weeks into the new year, the world’s fourth-most populous country is again battling several disasters. Floods in North Sulawesi and South Kalimantan province each have killed at least five this month, while landslides in West Java province have killed at least 28, authorities said.

Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometres (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. There were no immediate evacuations, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned people who live in the villages on the slopes of the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot)-high mountain to be vigilant in looking for signs of danger. Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said that people around the river basin on the slopes of the mountain should beware of high rainfall intensity that can trigger lava floods.

At the moment a further 28 volcanoes are erupting around the world with an impressive 23 of them erupting around the Pacific Ring Of Fire, click on image to enlarge.

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