Seismic activity

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Increased seismic activity in Michoacán may foretell birth of new volcano

For the second time since 2020, scientists are considering the possibility of a new volcano forming in Uruapan City in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, after detecting 236 low magnitude micro quakes in the area from May 1 to June 8, 2021. In 2020, a team of about 50...

June 11, 2021

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Intense earthquake swarm near Salton Sea, Southern California

An intense earthquake swarm is taking place near the Salton Sea in Southern California, U.S. on June 5, 2021, starting with M2.2 at 08:05 UTC (01:05 LT). The USGS has registered 285 earthquakes by 21:24 UTC. The swarm is still in progress and new earthquakes are...

June 05, 2021

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Shallow M5.9 earthquakes hit Gorda plate, off the coast of Oregon, U.S.

Two shallow M5.9 earthquakes hit off the coast of southern Oregon, U.S. at 07:52 and 08:17 UTC on June 4, 2021, at a depth of 16.6 km (10.3 miles) and 14.5 km (9 miles), respectively. They were located around 12 km (7.4 miles) from each other and followed by 5...

June 05, 2021

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Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit the Molucca Sea, Indonesia at 10:09 UTC on June 3, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.2 km (10.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). The epicenter was located 127.5 km (79...

June 03, 2021

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Slow-slip earthquake occurring off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand

A large, slow-slip earthquake is occurring off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. The event began off the coast of Porangahau last week in the same area as the one that occurred shortly after the massive M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake of November 2016. Based on...

May 31, 2021

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Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Alaska, U.S.

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Alaska at 06:59 UTC on May 31, 2021, at a depth of 58.2 km (36 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 76.2 km (47.3 miles) N of Chickaloon (population 272), 128.3 km...

May 31, 2021

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Significant damage after M5.3 earthquake near Nyiragongo volcano

Significant building damage was reported after a shallow M5.3 earthquake (RMB) hit Rubavu, Rwanda at 09:03 UTC (11:03 LT) on May 25, 2021. The USGS is reporting it as M4.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the strongest of numerous earthquakes recorded in the...

May 25, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Fiji region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the Fiji region at 22:13 UTC on May 21, 2021, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.7 at a depth of 10 km. The epicenter was located 267 km (166 miles) SSE of Alo, Alo, Wallis and...

May 22, 2021

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Very strong and shallow M7.3 earthquake hits southern Qinghai, China

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit southern Qinghai, China at 18:04 UTC on May 21, 2021 (02:04 LT, May 22). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.4 at the same depth. The epicenter was located...

May 21, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Yunnan, China

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Yunnan, China at 13:48 UTC (21:48 LT) on May 21, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). The quake was preceded by M4.6 at...

May 21, 2021

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Shallow M6.7 earthquake hits southern East Pacific Rise

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit southern East Pacific Rise at 00:42 UTC on May 19, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). The epicenter was located 660 km...

May 19, 2021

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Shallow M5.4 earthquake hits Iran - Turkmenistan border region, injuring 25 people

A shallow earthquake registered by the Iran Seismological Center (IRSC) as M5.4 hit North Khorasan Province, Iran at 00:54 UTC (05:24 LT) on May 17, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M5.4 at a depth of 10 km; EMSC M5.3 at...

May 17, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia at 06:33 UTC on May 14, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 259...

May 14, 2021

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M6.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.0 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 23:58 UTC on May 13, 2021 (08:58 JST, May 14). The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (25 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 32 km (20 miles); EMSC M6.0 at a...

May 14, 2021

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Panama

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Panama, Pacific Ocean at 09:42 UTC on May 13, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located...

May 13, 2021

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Shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Mauritius - Reunion region, Indian Ocean

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Mauritius - Reunion region at 14:05 UTC on May 12, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located about 413 km...

May 12, 2021

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M5.9 earthquake hits near the coast of Guatemala and El Salvador

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit near the coast of Guatemala and El Salvador at 08:45 UTC on May 12, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 46 km (28 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). The epicenter was...

May 12, 2021