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By Associated Press
Jul 14, 2019 | 12:40 PM
| JAKARTA, Indonesia
A strong, shallow earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Sunday, damaging some homes and causing panicked residents to flee to temporary shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 103 miles southeast of Ternate, the capital of North Maluku province, at a depth of just 6 miles. Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.
Indonesia's national disaster agency said the land-based earthquake didn't have any potential to cause a tsunami.
Still, many people ran to higher ground, and TV video showed people screaming while running out of a shopping mall in Ternate.
originally posted by: letni
I do remember hearing back in 2004 on Christmas Day (?) there was a 9.3 with epicenter in Sri Lanka that killed millions, Indian government officials began exposing that the quake wasn't normal and even blamed 'New York' but then some suddenly died.
Now Sri Lanka even looks 'moved' on the map (more to the right!) and millions died around there that day.
So much info is being scrubbed off the webs so its hard to find such chatter anymore... but here:
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: rickymouse
The theory I've heard that makes the most sense to me (granted I'm no expert) is that the increase of liquid extraction from under the surface is in part to blame.
Liquid does not compress, but if we leave voids, the floating plates shift more often and with increased intensity.
The 2010–2014.3 global earthquake rate increase
Tom Parsons 1 and Eric L. Geist 1
1 U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA
Obvious increases in the global rate of large (M ≥ 7.0) earthquakes happened after 1992, 2010, and especially during the first quarter of 2014 (Table 1 and Figure 1). Given these high rates, along with suggestions that damaging earthquakes may be causatively linked at global distance [e.g., Gomberg and Bodin, 1994; Pollitz et al., 1998; Tzanis and Makropoulos, 2002; Bufe and Perkins, 2005; Gonzalez-Huizar et al., 2012; Pollitz et al., 2012, 2014], we investigate whether there is a significant departure from a random process underlying these rate changes. Recent studies have demonstrated that M ≥ 7.0 earthquakes (and also tsunamis) that occurred since 1900 follow a Poisson process [e.g., Michael, 2011; Geist and Parsons, 2011; Daub et al., 2012; Shearer and Stark, 2012; Parsons and Geist, 2012; Ben-Naim et al., 2013]. Here we focus on the period since 2010, which has M ≥ 7.0 rates increased by 65% and M ≥ 5.0 rates up 32% compared with the 1979 – present average. The first quarter of 2014 experienced more than double the average M ≥ 7.0 rate, enough to intrigue the news media [e.g., www.nbcnews.com...]. We extend our analysis to M ≥ 5.0 levels, as many of these lower magnitude events convey significant hazard, and global catalogs have not generally been tested down to these thresholds.
2. Methods and Data
We work with the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) catalog of M≥ 5.0 global earthquakes for the period between 1979 and 2014.3 with a primary focus on the recent interval between 2010 and 2014.3 that shows the highest earthquake rates (Table 1 and Figure 1). A variety of tests suggest that the catalog is complete down to magnitudes between M=4.6 and M=5.2, depending on the method used to assess it (see supporting information). We examine a range of lower magnitude thresholds above M =5.0 to account for this uncertainty.