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Universal Time April 23 2011 at 11:07
NZ Standard Time Saturday, April 23 2011 at 11:07 pm
Latitude, Longitude 40.70°S, 174.23°E
Focal Depth 70 km Richter magnitude
* 40 km north-east of French Pass
* 70 km west of Paraparaumu
* 80 km north-west of Wellington
Originally posted by MrHappyman989
Seems to be alot of activity today. Don't want to sound like a doom-monger but I can't help but think another big quake is going to hit the Pacific region later. Be safe everyone!
New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
A significant number of very large cities with high population density such as Tokyo, Mexico City, Port-au-Prince, Istanbul or Kathmandu, many in developing countries with rapidly expanding population, are located near fault zones that have caused major earthquakes in the past – and most likely will again in the future.
“The good news is that we know how to mitigate earthquake risk with proven prevention measures. Any country that faces that risk therefore needs to proactively invest in risk reduction measures before the next event strikes, including Haiti and its Caribbean neighbors,” said Eric Calais during a briefing this week at UN headquarters in New York.
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale has jolted eastern Japan, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
The powerful quake struck off the east coast of Honshu island at 19:12 local time (1012 GMT) on Saturday, the Xinhua news agency reported.
The epicenter was monitored at 39.1642 degrees north latitude and 142.8916 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 38.9 kilometers (23 miles).
Europe may be starting to dive under Africa, creating a new subduction zone and potentially increasing the earthquake risk in the western Mediterranean Sea, scientists report.
Now studies of recent earthquakes in the region indicate that a new subduction zone may be forming where the plates are colliding along the coasts of Algeria and northern Sicily (see a map of the region).
"Formation of a new subduction zone is very rare," said study leader Rinus Wortel, a geophysicist at Utrecht University in the Netherlands
Originally posted by Arrius
M 6.2 hit Indonesia about 50 minutes or so ago.
6.2 24 April 2011 @ 23:07:51 25 April 2011 @ 09:07:51 -4.500 123.000 0 AUST Sulawesi, Indonesia.
THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT YET BEEN FINALISED
25-Apr-11 06:07:53 WIB 4.40 S - 122.82 E 6.0 Richter Scale 18 Km 55 km SouthEast KENDARI-SULTENGGARA