Thursday, April 28, 2016

More Quakes: 'Massive Earthquake' (7.0) At Vanuatu Islands, 5.2 In France: Strongest Quake Since 1914

PTWCApr 28 19:377.30MAP I Felt It
USGSNorsup, VanuatuApr 28 19:337.027MAP I Felt It INFO
USGSLakatoro, VanuatuApr 28 19:337.310MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFONVanuatu IslandsApr 28 19:337.027MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSCVanuatuApr 28 19:337.030MAP I Felt It INFO
WCATWCVanuatu IslandsApr 28 19:337.39MAP I Felt It INFO

Update 20:37 UTC : The Magnitude of the earthquake was decreased from M7.3 to M7.0, a big difference. Depth : 35 km.
Update 20:34 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 0 to 40 injuries and NO fatalities
Update 20:28 UTC : If you are living in Vanuatu, may we ask you to share your experience with us by filling in the form below. Please also mention wether yoou ave sustained damage or not.  Thank you.
Update 20:27 UTC : People in the city of Luganville on Sanma island did report strong shaking.
Update 20:22 UTC : The local time of the earthquake was 6:33 AM
Update 20:15 UTC : About 17,000 people are at risk for damage (radius 50 km) and about 6,000 for possible injuries. Vanuatu is however an islands archipelago who has multiple massive earthquakes almost avery year and people are more or less acustumed to live with very strong shaking. Most of thease earthquakes epicenters are however ofshore but in this case the epicenter was below the island of Milampa itself.
About tsunami's

A very rare magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit close to the French city of La Rochelle and port town of Rochefort on Thursday, in the strongest quake to hit mainland France since April 1914, the Central French Seismic Office said.

The powerful quake, which lasted several seconds, struck at 8:46am local time (0645 GMT), causing buildings to shake.
The epicentre was between La Rochelle and the popular tourist town of Rochefort in the Charente-Maritime region.

A number of schools and other buildings in La Rochelle have been evacuated, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage, according to a statement released by local authorities

"I was sleeping when I felt a powerful shaking.
At first, I thought that it was just building work, but then I realised it was an earthquake.
It didn't last long, but it was strong enough to be frightening," Julie, a 20-year-old resident of La Rochelle, told the regional daily Sud Ouest.

La Rochelle resident Olivier said that he "thought that a bomb or a gas canister had exploded, the walls were shaking so much I was afraid [my apartment] might collapse".
Another woman in the nearby town of Angoulins told Sud Ouest that part of her ceiling collapsed during the quake.

An estimated population of 3.4 million people live in the affected area, according to the Paris-based real-time earthquake warning organisation EMSC.
Though smaller tremors are frequent in mainland France, strong earthquakes are rare.

More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded as of Thursday in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck central Kyushu, according to the Meteorological Agency.
The frequency, ranging from minor jolts to the magnitude-7.3 temblor that occurred two days after the initial April 14 quake, is unusually high, the agency said, noting the nation’s total last year was 1,842. It warned people should stay alert for more earthquakes.
Major transportation lines have rapidly recovered in the region, with bullet train services on the Kyushu Shinkansen Line resuming on all tracks as of Wednesday. The Kyushu Expressway is expected to fully reopen on Friday.
But repairs to smaller roads have lagged, with rocks, trees and debris from buildings severing routes in at least 295 locations.
Debris generated by the earthquakes has piled up on streets in parts of the city of Kumamoto, with public garbage collection services hard-pressed to cope, prompting the Self-Defense Forces to help haul away waste starting on Thursday.

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