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Japan not ready for Mt Fuji eruption

In the foothills of Mount Fuji, a festival to the gods of the mountain. “We’re trying to calm the fires of Mt Fuji, you know to stop it erupting.” “There are lots of examples where volcanoes have erupted after a nearby Magnitude 9 earthquake. That’s what happened after the Kamchatka, Chile and Sumatra quakes. So there’s an increased chance of… Read more →

Mt. Fuji: Pressure Rising

Iconic Mt. Fuji hasn’t erupted since 1707. But ever since last year’s giant earthquake and aftershocks, volcano-watchers have speculated that new tectonic pressures could be lighting the fuse. The latest warning comes from the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention. Japanese press reported Thursday that researchers there concluded the March 11 quake and one aftershock four days later near… Read more →

Powerful quake hits Costa Rica, two dead

(Reuters) – A powerful earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, killing at least two people, sparking landslides, knocking down buildings, and briefly triggering a tsunami warning. Striking a tourist region popular with Hollywood stars, Costa Rica’s worst quake in over two decades sowed panic in the capital, disrupting power supplies and communications, and caused an entire hospital on the Pacific… Read more →

Strong 7.9 quake hits Costa Rica, tsunami warning issued

(Reuters) – A strong 7.9 earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, rattling buildings and cutting power in some areas of the capital of San Jose, a Reuters correspondent and the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake hit close to Samara, a coastal area on the Pacific some 151 kms (94 miles) from the capital city. A Caribbean-wide tsunami watch is… Read more →

At least 1 dead in 7.6 Philippine quake, small tsunami reported

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, killing at least one person in a house collapse, knocking out power in several towns and generating negligible tsunami surges. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has canceled all tsunami warnings and watches, saying that local agencies may still have advisories out, but the threat of a destructive… Read more →

Isaac’s Surge Tops Levee, More Rain Than Katrina

Isaac raked the Gulf Coast with punishing winds and relentless rain, causing flooding that overtopped a levee south of New Orleans on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Plaquemines Parish spokesman Caitlin Campbell said water was running over an 18-mile stretch of the levee early Wednesday and that some homes had been flooded. The levee, one of many across… Read more →

California Earthquake Swarm: More than 300 aftershocks struck the same approximate epicenter

BRAWLEY, Calif. – A series of small to moderate earthquakes that shattered windows and knocked trailer homes off their foundations is putting people in this small farming town east of San Diego on edge as they continue to feel jolts that scientists said could last for days. The largest quake, registered at a magnitude 5.5, struck at 1:57 p.m. Sunday and was centered… Read more →