5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Oklahoma – strongest ever in that state Sunday, Nov 6 2011 

Video shows anchor man at a local Oklahoma City news station while one of the earthquake aftershocks was happening.


TULSA – The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that the latest in a series of earthquakes in Oklahoma is the strongest ever recorded in the state.

According to USGS , the earthquake that struck at 10:53 p.m. Saturday was upgraded to a magnitude 5.6 after early calculations listed it as a 5.2. The epicenter is four miles east of Sparks in Lincoln County, 21 miles northeast of Shawnee.

Lincoln County Emergency Management is reporting significant damage in the southern parts of the county. In some cases chimneys have collapsed through the roofs of homes. Air conditioning ducts collapsed through the ceiling at the Prague library.

Several roadways have buckled, including Highway 62 near County Road 3470 and other county roads.

There has been no word on any injuries reported.

USGS is reporting that tremors were felt in most of Oklahoma as well as eastern and central Kansas, most of Missouri and Arkansas, north Texas and southeast Nebraska.
It comes after a shocking 4.8 earthquake that occurred in the early morning hours Saturday near Prague, Okla.

Aftershocks were felt for hours following Saturday’s first quake, which Amie Gibson, a research scientist for the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said was the strongest to hit the state in nearly sixty years.

That is, until this most recent quake.

Gibson said Saturday that aftershocks from the first earthquake could occur for days.
Saturday night’s earthquake broke the state’s record set in 1952 in El Reno. That quake was recorded as a 5.5.”

Source for above news article.

Yahoo! news says the quake was felt as far away as Tennessee. See Yahoo!  news article.


Gallery: Tens of thousands homeless, rescue hopes fade after earthquake in Turkey Wednesday, Oct 26 2011 

ERCIS Turkey – Turkey struggled to provide shelter on Wednesday to tens of thousands left homeless by an earthquake that killed nearly 500, and rescue teams began taking painful decisions to call off searches for those buried alive.

Three days after the 7.2 magnitude quake shook eastern Turkey, demolishing 3,000 buildings, rescue workers pulled out alive a 27-year-old woman and an 18-year-old student from collapsed buildings in Ercis, the town hit hardest.

At another crumpled building in the town, rescue workers who had worked non-stop for more than 48 hours switched off their generators and lights, convinced no one was left alive.

Read more.

6.9 magnitude quake ‘a wake-up call’ to Nepal Monday, Sep 19 2011 

Kathmandu, Nepal -A magnitude-6.9 earthquake rattled most of Nepal Sunday, leaving at least six dead and some 24 seriously injured. The slow response to the quake puts a spotlight on Nepal’s dismal disaster preparedness record, despite a history of devastating earthquakes.

In Nepal, where seismologists have been warning that the region is due for “the big one,” people were relieved to read media reports that described the quake’s impact as relatively mild. The quake, centered in the Indian state of Sikkim, killed more than 50 people across India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Read Story

Christchurch earthquake: buildings destroyed by strong aftershocks Monday, Jun 13 2011 

A series of powerful earthquakes have hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch, destroying several buildings and sending boulders tumbling down hillsides. Six people suffered injuries.

New Zealand’s GNS Institute put the strongest of the quakes at a magnitude of 6.0 at 2.20pm (0220 gmt) with the epicentre four miles east south east of the city at a depth of 5.6 miles.

Four tremors above 4.3 were recorded from 0029 GMT.

Shopping malls and office buildings were evacuated across the city, which is still trying to recover almost four months after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed 181 people and caused extensive damage.

A building in the city centre collapsed and minor damage occurred in buildings affected in previous earthquakes, Christchurch Police spokesman Steven Hill told Reuters.

“The building has been checked and been given the all-clear,” Mr Hill said.

Read Article

Japan earthquake, tsunami kill hundreds Friday, Mar 11 2011 

TOKYO – A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Japanese police say 200 to 300 bodies were found in Sendai, the closest major city to the epicenter. Earlier, police confirmed at least 60 people had been killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of Friday’s disaster; extensive search and rescue efforts were still just getting underway.

Read Story

New Zealand earthquake: 65 dead in Christchurch Tuesday, Feb 22 2011 

New Zealand’s prime minister says at least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch.

John Key said the toll was expected to rise further, adding: “We may be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day.”

The tremor caused widespread damage as it occurred at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) during lunchtime when Christchurch was at its busiest.

The mayor of New Zealand’s second-biggest city says 120 people have been rescued from the ruins.

The country’s deadliest natural disaster in 80 years struck at 1251 (2351 GMT on Monday), 10km (6.2 miles) south-east of the city.
Screams from rubble

The damage is said to be far worse than after the 7.1-magnitude quake on 4 September, which left two people seriously injured but no fatalities.
Continue reading the main story

“We’ve had friends in town call us and say there are just bodies lying around: lots of dead bodies outside shops just lying there just covered in bricks”

The epicentre of that quake, which occurred in the middle of the night, was further away from the city and deeper underground, but it still caused an estimated $3bn (£1.9bn) in damage.

TV pictures of the aftermath of Tuesday’s disaster showed scores of collapsed buildings in the South Island city of nearly 400,000 people.

Read Story

Earthquake January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Saturday, Jun 12 2010 

Tuesday afternoon, January 12th, the worst earthquake in 200 years – 7.0 in magnitude – struck less than ten miles from the Caribbean city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The initial quake was later followed by twelve aftershocks greater than magnitude 5.0. Structures of all kinds were damaged or collapsed, from shantytown homes to national landmarks. It is still very early in the recovery effort, but millions are likely displaced, and thousands are feared dead as rescue teams from all over the world are now descending on Haiti to help where they are able. As this is a developing subject, I will be adding photos to this entry over the next few days, but at the moment, here is a collection of photos from Haiti over the past 24 hours.

Read Story

Tsunami Warnings After Deadly Chile Quake Saturday, Feb 27 2010 

More than 210 people have been killed after a huge earthquake struck the Chilean coast, which triggered tsunami waves and sparked warnings for 53 countries.

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has declared a “state of catastrophe” following the most powerful quake to hit the nation for half a century. She said two million people had been affected by the disaster.

It measured a significant 8.8 Magnitude and struck at 03:34 am. The epicentre was at a depth of 22 miles.

The massive tremor unleashed a tsunami measuring 7.7ft that crashed onto the coastal town of Talcahuano. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said at least 10 other coastal towns had been hit by towering waves.

Read More