The world is currently very seismically active. Lots of energy has been released over the last 24 hours. Again, mostly on the Pacific side of the planet (Tonga: M6.2, Macquarie Islands; M6.4, Rat Island in Alaska; M6.2 and a strong volcanic eruption in the Philippines)…
But the first video shows that even much weaker tremor can create damage… A 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit Kuwait on June 4th 2022, sending people into the streets in panic and cracking the walls in buildings…
M6.2 earthquake off Tonga – June 4, 2022 – 13:07 UTC
A deep M6.3 earthquake hit near Neiafu, Vava’u, Tonga at a depth of 237 km on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 2:07 am local time (June 4; 13:07 p.m UTC).
The energy released is equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!
Weak shaking might have been felt in Neiafu (pop. 4,300) located 127 km from the epicenter.
M6.4 earthquake west of Macquarie Island – June 4, 2022 – 13:18 UTC
After a M6.9 earthquake hit the region about 2 weeks ago, a M6.4 quake has struck the west of Australia’s Macquarie Island. No damage has been reported so far.
The island is part of Australia and is governed by Tasmania. Sitting on the boundary between the Australian plate and the Pacific plate, the island has a long history of seismic activity.
The energy released is equivalent to 60036 tons of TNT or 3.8 atomic bombs!
M6.3 earthquake off Rat Islands, Alaska – June 4, 2022 – 23:38 UTC
A M6.3 earthquake was recorded at 3:38 p.m. Saturday about nine miles south of Davidof Island in the western Aleutians. The energy released is equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!
Since that first quake, there have been five additional earthquakes in the area measuring a magnitude 2.9 and higher as of 7 p.m. Saturday.
Stephen Holtkamp, duty seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, says this is a pretty typical sequence for this region.
“We can expect the aftershock sequence to continue for a few days,” said Holtkamp. He also said there is a low chance, about 3 to 5 percent, of a larger earthquake happening in the same area.
There has been no tsunami risk with these earthquakes. Holtkamp says these earthquakes are too deep to create a tsunami. “In order for a tsunami to be generated, it (an earthquake) needs to move the sea floor up and down,” said Holtkamp. “There’s 65 miles of rock between where the earthquake happened and the water,” Holtkamp said.
Davidof Island is in the Rat Islands. The first quake was recorded 36 miles southeast of Kiska Volcano and 55 miles west of Semisopochnoi Island.
Strong eruption of Bulusan volcano, Philippines – June 5, 2022
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has placed Bulusan Volcano under Alert Level 1 status following its explosion Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Alert Level 1 (low level unrest) means that the volcano is currently in an abnormal condition, said Phivolcs.
It said a phreatic eruption occurred at the volcano summit at 10:37 a.m. Sunday and it lasted approximately 17 minutes.
“The event was poorly visible through cloud cover over the edifice although a steam-rich grey plume at least one kilometer tall was observed from Juban, Sorsogon and was subsequently observed to drift west,” said Phivolcs in an advisory.
It added that as of 11:40 a.m. Sunday, ashfall has been reported in Juban and Casiguran, Sorsogon.
Prior to Bulusan’s eruption Sunday, the Bulusan Volcano Network recorded 77 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24-hour observation period, said the agency.
“Ground deformation data from continuous GPS monitoring indicate that the Bulusan edifice has been inflated since February 2021, while electronic tilt monitoring recorded a sudden but isolated inflation of the southeast lower slopes only since April 2022,” it said.
“These parameters indicate that volcanic processes are underway beneath the edifice that are likely caused by shallow hydrothermal activity,” it added.
Phivolcs warned local government units and the public against entry into the four-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).
It also said that vigilance must be observed in the two-kilometer Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southeast sector of the volcano due to the increased possibilities of sudden and hazardous phreatic eruptions.
It also advised civil aviation authorities to inform pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit, as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.
People living within valleys and along river/stream channels especially on the southeast, southwest and northwest sector of the edifice “should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall should phreatic eruption occur,” Phivolcs added. [Alaska News Source, Yahoo]
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