Extreme Weather and Disasters

7.0 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Japan on New Year’s Day downgraded to 6.8 magnitude

January 1, 2012 Japan 6.8 magnitude earthquake map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Japan on the first day of the 2012 (New Year); however, the US Geological survey downgraded the tremor to a 6.8 magnitude. The earthquake occurred at 2:27 pm at the epicenter, which was located on the Izu Islands.

The earthquake was centered 307 miles south-southwest of Tokyo. The nearest major city was 150 miles southwest of Hachijo-jima, on the Izu Islands in Japan. The exact location was at 31.416°N, 138.155°E at a depth of 216.6 miles.

Residents in Tokyo and the surrounding areas reported to the USGS that they felt light to moderate shaking with very light or no damage at all.

Multiple Earthquakes shake near Christchurch, New Zealand - Liquefaction Concerns

Recent Earthquake activity ChristChurch 12-24-11- USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) Three major earthquakes shook near Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, December 23, 2011 with another 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurring during the morning on Christmas Eve day. The recent activity included 5.0, 4.8, 5.9, 5.8, and 5.3 magnitude tremors that all clustered within the two days. There was a total of 7 earthquakes in this area over the last two days.

Early into December 24, 2011 at 6:37:30 AM local time, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled 13 miles east–southeast of Christchurch according the US Geological Survey (USGS).

On December 23, a major tremor occurred at 3:18:02 PM at the epicenter. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred 9 miles East-Northeast of Christchurch, New Zealand. The exact location reported by the USGS was 43.491°S, 172.844°E. The earthquake epicenter was at a depth of 3 miles. Residents in near Christchurch reported to the USGS as being a strong to very strong shaking with light to moderate damage.

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake shakes near Ontario, California

USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook California residents in the early morning hours today. The tumbler struck at 12:32 am only 4 miles between Ontario and Mira Loma California.

The exact location of the 3.6 magnitude earthquake was at 34.023°N, 117.577°W with a depth of 1.6 km.

The USGS received hundreds of reports from people who felt the event. Most people that were closest to the epicenter reported that it was a light tremor. A couple of Hesperia and Apple Valley residents reported that they felt a weak event.

The US Geological Survey reported other small 1.0 – 1.9 magnitude earthquakes throughout the greater Los Angeles region over the past week.

5.6 Magnitude Oklahoma Earthquake - Moderate Damage near Epicenter

Closeup of Oklahoma 5.6 earthquake Intensity Map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Oklahoma at 10:53 pm (local time) this Saturday, November 5, 2011. The sizable earthquake was 21 miles north-northeast of Shawnee and 44 miles east of Oklahoma City.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) received many reports from residents that were near the epicenter that said the shaking was very strong with moderate damage to some homes and buildings. No major injuries have been reported.

Preceding the 5.6 earthquake was a 4.7 magnitude tremor that the USGS recorded earlier in on Saturday at 2:12 a.m. in the early morning hours. Aftershocks continued into Sunday with a 4.0 magnitude occurring at 3:40 a.m. local time. The recent earthquake activity is localized in one area north of the city of Shawnee.

8.6 Million Participants signed up for today's 2011 Great California ShakeOut Drill

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(Best Syndication News) - The 2011 Great California ShakeOut Drill happened today at 10:20 a.m. with around 8.6 million participants. This annual event helps businesses, schools, government, emergency officials, and California residents to prepare for the day that the big earthquake does happen.

The event has expanded to more participants this year. In 2010, there were 7.6 million participants. The majority of participants this year came from the K-12 school districts with 5,807,627 participants for the 2011 ShakeOut Drill. The second largest group was colleges and universities with 1,309,168 participants. Businesses also participated with 475,867 signing up for the drill. In San Bernardino County, 592,981 residents participated in this year's event.

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