5.7 quake rattles Afghanistan, kills 7, tremors felt in India and Pakistan

Photo: RT / AFP At least seven people died, dozens sustained injuries and many homes were destroyed when a powerful 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Six people died in Nangarhar province and 75 were injured, local spokesperson Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. Forty of the wounded were given first aid, and the rest were admitted to hospital for further… Read more →

At least 40 dead in Iran after magnitude-7.8 earthquake

Photo: (REUTERS) At least 40 are dead after a major earthquake struck Tuesday near the Iran-Pakistan border, Iranian state-run Press TV says. An Iranian official told Reuters that hundreds more are feared dead. State-run Pakistan Television, meanwhile, said at least six people were killed on its side of the border and at least 47 others were injured. Up to 1,000 mud… Read more →

Mt Fuji may erupt by 2015

Photo: Wikipedia. TOKYO —Since the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011, scientists have been anxiously watching the massive volcano known as Mt Fuji for signs of activity. In September of last year, a report was released stating that Mt Fuji’s magma chamber pressure had risen to a worrisome 1.6 megapascals, which is estimated to be higher than when it last… Read more →

‘Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced, ‘Band-Aids’ won’t help

Photo: AFP/ Stan Honda All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said. The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, are “highly unusual” for a current or former member of the safety… Read more →

Earthquake near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station

Photo: BBC A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in south-west Iran, not far from the country’s only nuclear power station, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. Initial reports on state media say three people have died. Posts on social media in the region said people felt the quake across the Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. Iran’s nuclear programme… Read more →

7.3 earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt more than 600 kilometres away in Darwin

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt more than 600 kilometres away in Darwin. Geoscience Australia says there could be more aftershocks from the quake that shook the Top End of the Northern Territory overnight. Tremors were felt in Darwin and Katherine at about 2.30am local time. Overnight staff at the Darwin weather bureau… Read more →

Strong 7.3 quake hits off Japan near Fukushima

(Reuters) – A strong quake centered off northeasternJapan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and thousands of coastal residents were ordered… Read more →

Upswing in Earthquakes in the Long Valley Caldera Region of California

( - An upswing in California earthquakes has some people questioning the health of the faultlines. Long Valley Caldera to Mammoth Mountain are swarming at the same time. Earthquakes are the normal in California, however within the last week an upswing in activity has been noted. The Long Valley Caldera is showing signs that magma is indeed moving down there. The Long… Read more →

Magnitude-7.5 earthquake strikes off coast of Guatemala

A magnitude-7.5 earthquake has struck off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, the USGS reports, shaking buildings in nearby cities including Mexico City, Guatemala City and San Salvador. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a possibility of a local tsunami, but issued no warning for a larger region. The earthquake was about 20 miles deep and was centered… Read more →