What is known as the most powerful earthquake for more than 50 years, tremors were felt across Pakistan, India and parts of the Middle East. The epicentre of the massive 7.8 earthquakes
was near the South-eastern city of Khash, close to Pakistan. The earthquake event was deep and in a remote area, which was good news for the heavily populated areas. The bad news is that 30 people were killed in Pakistan, many offices were evacuated in Karachi, Pakistan, and several Gulf cities.
“The epicentre of the quake was located in the desert, and population centres do not surround it. There were no fatalities in the towns around the epicentre,” an Iranian crisis centre official, Morteza Akbarpour, was quoted as saying by the Iranian news agency Isna.” – http://www.bbc.co.uk
All communications to the region have been cut, and the Iranian Red Crescent said it was sending 20 search-and-rescue teams to the area, along with 3 helicopters. Across the border in Pakistan, 34 people were killed and 80 were injured from the tremor, according the army. Disrupted communications remain in Mashkel, which has a population of about 45,000.
The earthquake that took place on Tuesday was 180 times stronger than the energy release of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that took place on April 10th near the nuclear plant at Bushehr in south-western Iran. The earthquake killed at least 37 people and wounded 850 people. Thankfully this particular earthquake did not affect a larger populated zone.
Keep in mind, that in 2003 a 6.6 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of southeastern Bam, and killed some 26,000 people.
Update: the death toll from the powerful 7.8 earthquake in iran now stands at 34.
The powerful earthquakes didn’t stop in Iran, another 6.8 earthquake jolted the Papua New Guinea area, with no tsunami triggered in the event. The Pacific Tsunami warning center did not immediately issue any alerts for the area.
The area of Papua New Guinea is subject to frequent seismic activity because of its location near the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” along with an arc of volcanoes as well as fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
Overall, it has been a busy day for earthquakes, as a swarm of 5 earthquakes hit Oklahoma today, with the highest magnitude earthquake hitting at 1:56 a.m Central Time. The earthquakes began at around 1:25 a.m near the city of Changler Oklahoma.
The earth is going through a phase of unrest, and it remains to be seen if we are witnessing a gravitational pull and push of plate tectonics from planet x or something else. Before we state that planet X is the cause of these strong earthquakes we will have to gather more evidence.
Here is a list of the most recent magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquakes according to the U.S Geological survey:
Click event below for details
|6.6||23km ESE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea||3.218°S||142.543°E||13.0|
|7.8||83km E of Khash, Iran||28.107°N||62.053°E||82.0|
|6.6||101km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea||6.479°S||154.584°E||35.3|
|6.0||60km NE of Isangel, Vanuatu||19.135°S||169.637°E||270.7|
Below is a map of some of the areas affected by the large earthquake events:
In most cases, when there is earthquake activity, there is also volcanic activity to report at one of the worlds volcanoes. Volcanic-and seismicity continues at a strong level at the Nevado Del Ruiz volcano in Columbia. so far, a magnitude 3.2 earthquake struck the volcano early this morning ,
accompanied by six events having magnitudes equal to or larger than 2.5. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake showed prominent low-frequency signals on the Colombian seismograph.
Volcanic-seismicity continues at a high rate at the Telica volcano in Nicaragua. Volcanic tremor activity has increased at nearby San Cristobal volcano again overnight. Tremor activity remains unstable at the Masaya volcano.An earthquake swarm is well underway southwest of Yellowstone Lake in Wyoming. A few earthquakes dot the southern
boundary of Long Valley Caldera. Tremors and explosions have strengthened at the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala during the past few days. Earthquakes have also increased at the Cotopaxi volcano, and seismicity remains high at the Reventador volcano.