Extreme Weather and Disasters

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake shakes off West Coast Island of Canada

Recent Earthquake Activity in Queen Charlotte Islands Region Canada 10-28-12 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook off the west coast of Canada near the Queen Charlotte Islands Region on Saturday at 8:04 PM Pacific Time. The region has had many aftershock earthquakes, with several measuring over 5.0 magnitude.

The US Geological Survey reported that the 7.7 magnitude event occurred 86 miles south of Masset, Canada. The exact location of the tremor was at 52.769°N, 131.927°W. A tsunami warning announcement was issued for Hawaii by the NOAA’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center soon after the earthquake. The tsunami warning has since ended.

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake trembles near Waterboro, Maine

Map of Earthquake Event - Credit USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook near Waterboro, Maine today, October 16, 2012, at 7:12 pm local time to the event. The US Geological Survey the epicenter was 4 miles north-northeast of the city.

People in the Maine-New Hampshire area reported feeling the tumbler. Reports came in from as far away as Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The location of the earthquake was at 43.592°N 70.676°W with a depth of 4.1 miles. The US Geological Survey explained that residents of New England have felt earthquakes as far back as the colonial times. They estimate that around two moderately damaging earthquakes every decade can be expected. The largest-magnitude earthquake that has been documented was approximately a 6.5 magnitude tremor in 1638 in Vermont or New Hampshire.

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake rocks the Gulf of California Region Today

September 25, 2012, La Paz Earthquake location Map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A sizeable 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook off the shores near La Paz, Mexico in the Gulf of California region today. The tremor occurred at 5:45 pm local to the event on September 25, 2012. The US Geological Survey reported this earthquake and several aftershocks in the region.

The location of the earthquake was at 24.835°North and 110.152°West at a depth of 6.3 miles. The nearest city, La Paz, was 47 miles southwest of the epicenter. La Paz, a getaway location for tourists, has a population estimated to be around 215,000.

Angeles National Forest Wildfire burns 4,000 Acres near San Gabriel Valley

Wildfire - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest started on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at around 5:52 pm. On Labor Day, the fire has burned an estimated 4,000 acres, according to the Angeles National Forest - U.S. Forest Service. The Williams Fire is currently only 5 percent contained and it is traveling north towards the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area.

The Camp Williams structures are threatened from this wildfire. Evacuations have been announced for the entire San Gabriel Canyon, which includes recreation along Highway 39, Crystal Lake, East and West Fork, OHV Area, Camp Williams, Camp Follows, and Oaks picnic area. A holiday weekend such as Labor Day can bring around 10,000 to 12,000 visitors to the San Gabriel Mountains. Due to the wildfire, San Gabriel Canyon will be closed on Labor Day.

Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake shakes near Brawley in Southern California

Earthquake activity map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - This Sunday, residents in Brawley, California were shaken by a swarm of earthquakes with the largest tremor at a 5.5 magnitude rating. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the 5.5 magnitude earthquake happened this afternoon at 01:57:58 PM (local to the event).

The nearest city to the epicenter was Brawley, which is 3 miles away. The nearest Mexico city was Tijuana, Baja California, which was 92 miles away. The USGS said the exact location of the epicenter for the 5.5 magnitude earthquake was 33.024°N, 115.549°W. The depth was 5.6 miles.

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