Thursday, January 5, 2012

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN TURKEY - 6th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck Eastern Turkey at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles), the quake hit at 03:13:35 UTC Friday 6th January 2012
The epicenter was 2 km (1.2 miles) Northwest of Gole, Turkey
No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN TURKEY - 6th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck Eastern Turkey at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 02:06:52 UTC Friday 6th January 2012
The epicenter was 13 km (7.8 miles) North Pervari, Turkey
No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - 6th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck near Christchurch, New Zealand at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 01:20:58 UTC Friday 6th January 2012
The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) Northeast of Christchurch, New Zealand
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

Note: USGS has this earthquake listed as a 4.5 Magnitude

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 6th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:38:48 UTC Friday 6th January 2012
The epicenter was 680 km (422 miles) South of Ascension Island
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN TURKEY - 6th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck Eastern Turkey at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:16:53 UTC Friday 6th January 2012
The epicenter was 51 km (32 miles) Northeast of Van, Turkey
No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEW ZEALAND - 5th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck Taranaki, New Zealand at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles), the quake hit at 23:50:51 UTC Thursday 5th January 2012
The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) Northwest of Hawera, New Zealand
No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 5th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 22 km (13.7 miles), the quake hit at 23:28:44 UTC Thursday 5th January 2012
The epicenter was 100 km (62 miles) Northeast of Iwaki , Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

South Sudan's Jonglei state a 'humanitarian disaster area'

South Sudan's Council of Ministers has declared Jonglei state a "humanitarian disaster area" and called on international aid agencies to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

The declaration came Wednesday during a council meeting led by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, according to a posting Thursday on the government's website.

Government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the council asked that international relief agencies, including the United Nations, provide aid to the Lou Nuer and the Murle ethnic groups and to people in other affected areas in the state.

Marial said the council had resolved to deploy more forces to guarantee security. He further reported that the council had resolved to establish a high-level committee to effect reconciliation between the Lou Nuer and Murle.

The council of ministers directed the two ethnic groups to return women and children from both sides who have been abducted and to reunite them with their communities, Marial said. The council said the national forces were in full control of Pibor, in Jonglei.

The United Nations sent a battalion of peacekeepers to Pibor last week amid reports that members of the Lou Nuer tribe were marching toward the town, which is home to the Murle tribe, after attacking the village of Lukangol. more

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA - 5th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck Kepulauan Batu, Indonesia at a depth of 38.3 km (23.8 miles), the quake hit at 23:14:48 UTC Thursday 5th January 2012
The epicenter was 151 km (93 miles) West of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time