RECENT EARTHQUAKES in the World
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TSUNAMI KILLS IN SOLOMON ISLANDS – Feb., 2013
A deadly tsunami was set in motion by an 8.0 earthquake from nearby Santa Cruz Islands. This powerful quake was shallow (near the surface) and therefore, much more dangerous. The subduction zone is where two tectonic plates meet. With enough pressure building up, one finally explodes upwards, leaving the other to slide under. When occurring in the sea, that upward thrust shoves a huge wave of water, instantly rocketing outward. Imagine a giant hand splashing through the water, propelling a wall toward a landmass.
The depth of this quake was only 17.8 miles (28.7 kilometers). Dozens of aftershocks continue to occur in this angry spot. An even bigger earthquake occurred here some 40 years ago. Recent Earthquakes
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JAPAN 8.9 – MASSIVE AFTERSHOCKS Continue
The Tohoku-Oki earthquake, the most powerful earthquake ever to strike Japan, was the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded. The resulting tsunami killed thousands, destroying a nuclear power facility on Japan’s east coast. Two years later, the size of a potential nuclear disaster is still to be determined. Stay tuned to Recent Earthquakes for updates.
Recent Earthquakes in the World reported below on Feb. 27, 2011.
A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast, triggering a four meter tsunami that washed away cars along parts of the coastline. Video from national broadcaster NHK showed dozens of cars, large ferries and some buildings being swept out to sea in the port city of Kamaishi in the province of Iwate. The resulting Japan tsunami has killed hundreds, and the numbers will increase as day breaks in Japan this morning. Bobby Vassallo assures, “The Japanese will not request help. It is part of their cultural and genetic makeup. Please send money to Operation USA and do what you can to help. Things will continue to deteriorate because of the nuclear threat, the reality of which is being drastically under-reported.”
To put it in a little bit of perspective, the recent 7.0 earthquake in Haiti had a seismic energy yield of 32 megatons, while this 8.8 famous earthquake measured more than 5.6 gigatons. In the history of measuring these quakes, only the 8.5 in Sumatra, Indonesia in 2007, a 9.2 that happened in Anchorage in 1964, a 9.5 in Chile during 1960, and a 9.0 in Portugal in 1755 have been this big.
Recent Earthquakes alerted Tahiti on the tsunami hours before the French government, which withheld the threat for many hours, waiting for more information about what had happened in Chile. Sure to be a lot of damage from this quake, they wanted to be convinced of the potential size of the wave, temporarily ignoring the issued tsunami warning. While we didn’t agree, Recent Earthquakes updated both Tahiti and New Zealand, but most of the damage was in Japan. Areas were fortunate a major wave was not created from the massive killer quake.
Bobby Vassallo was working on a Tsunami Alert System in Tahiti when the alerts came. Bobby witnessed the event first-hand. “Nothing much to see, but tides going out. No big waves coming in, thankfully, but small ones. Area islands got it worse, but Japan had the most damage, says Vassallo. With several hours to prepare for a tsunami, travel to higher locations and safe zones is more organized and simple for the young and fit. But, a hospital administrator, with immobilized and/or elderly patients, needs every moment he/she can get to move the infirm out of harm’s way. We were very surprised at the French government’s reaction to an obvious tsunami wave aimed at (French) Polynesia. We began alerting cities 4 or 5 hours in advance of the official French advisory.”
The 9.5 magnitude famous earthquake that struck Chile back in 1960 killed a reported 1,655 people. Recent Earthquakes history pages tell the tale. Recent Earthquakes asks that you and your family prepare. There is a 100% chance of an earthquake today. Recent earthquakes in the world prove it. Earthquake Preparedness is the only answer.
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