Seismic activity

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Very rare M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 17:13 UTC on August 12, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 15.5 km (9.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). The...

August 12, 2020

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Earthquake swarm on San Andreas Fault beneath Salton Sea, California

A new earthquake swarm started beneath the Salton Sea in California on August 10, 2020. The risk of a larger earthquake over the next 7 days is considerably elevated due to the swarm when compared to background levels. The southernmost section of the San Andreas...

August 12, 2020

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Shallow M5.1 earthquake hits Sparta, North Carolina - the strongest in the state since 1916

A very shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.1 hit Sparta, North Carolina, U.S at 12:07 UTC (08:07 LT) on August 9, 2020, causing widespread damage. The agency is reporting a depth of 3.7 km (2.3 miles). This is the strongest earthquake to hit North...

August 09, 2020

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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Prince Edward Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Prince Edward Islands region at 23:36 UTC on August 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 1 597...

August 07, 2020

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Deep M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Ambrym, Vanuatu

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Ambrym, Vanuatu at 12:05 UTC (23:05 LT) on August 5, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 174 km (108 miles). The EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 181 km (112 miles). The...

August 05, 2020

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Deep M6.4 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 17:09 UTC on August 1, 2020 (01:09 LT, August 2). The agency is reporting a depth of 479 km (297 miles). PHIVOLCS registered it as M6.1 at a depth of 489 km (303 miles); EMSC as M6.4 at...

August 01, 2020

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M6.1 aftershock hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S.

A strong aftershock registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. at 08:03 UTC on July 28, 2020, at a depth of 41.3 km (25.6 miles). This is yet another aftershock of powerful M7.8 earthquake that struck at 08:12 UTC on July 22. USGS...

July 28, 2020

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Strong M6.3 earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands region

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit South Sandwich Islands region at 00:53 UTC on July 26, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). The epicenter was located 187 km (116...

July 26, 2020

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Large-scale volcano-tectonic reactivation event in the Reykjanes peninsula, satellites map surface deformation, Iceland

Intense earthquake swarm that started in Fagradalsfjall, Iceland's Reykjavik peninsula on July 18, 2020, is slowly decreasing over time, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reports. The current earthquake activity is interpreted to be part of a larger scale...

July 24, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits western Xizang, China

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit western Xizang, China at 22:07 UTC on July 22, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 450 km (278 miles)...

July 22, 2020

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Major M7.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. -- tsunami warning issued

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.8 hit near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. at 06:12 UTC on July 22, 2020 (19:12 LT, July 21). The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). EMSC registered it as M7.8 at a depth of 30 km...

July 22, 2020

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit the Fiji region at 20:56 UTC on July 21, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 602.1 km (374.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 621 km (385.8 miles). The epicenter was located 350.7 km (217.9 miles)...

July 21, 2020

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga region

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga region at 15:32 UTC on July 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 14.4 km (8.9 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 144.6 km (89.9 miles)...

July 18, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India at 14:03 UTC (20:03 LT) on July 17, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M5.7 at a depth of 12 km...

July 17, 2020

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Strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit Papua New Guinea at 02:50 UTC (12:50 LT) on July 17, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 79.8 km (49.6 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 114 km (70.7 miles) N...

July 17, 2020

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Study finds correlation between solar activity and large earthquakes worldwide

A new study published in the Nature Scientific Reports on July 13 suggests that powerful eruptions on the Sun can trigger large earthquakes on Earth. In the paper, the authors analyzed 20 years of proton density and velocity data, as recorded by the SOHO satellite,...

July 16, 2020

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Deep M6.6 earthquake hits Java Sea, Indonesia

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit the Java Sea, Indonesia at 22:54 UTC on July 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 528.7 km (328 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 566 km (351 miles). The epicenter was located 94 km...

July 07, 2020