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August 29, 2016 (04:29:57 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 North of Ascension Island

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has occurred 975 km (605 miles) northwest of Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).  There are no reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings issued.

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August 24, 2016 (01:36:33 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 6.2 Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in a mountainous region in Italy at a depth of 6–10 km. Early reports indicate that 120 people have been killed and many more are trapped under debris.  

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11 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 4.72 MB / pdf 1.38 MB)

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Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 4.72 MB / pdf 1.28 MB)

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August 19, 2016 (07:22:32 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.4 South Georgia Island Region

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred in the South Georgia Island Region.  South Georgia Island is a British territory in the South Atlantic Ocean that lies about 800 miles east of the Falkland Islands.  It is a remote and inhospitable island.
 

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10 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animation 7.76 MB / pdf 958 kB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 7.76 MB / pdf 963 kB)

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August 12, 2016 (01:26:35 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 New Caledonia

A major earthquake struck in the southwest Pacific Ocean 515.8 km (320.5 mi) southeast of Vanuatu.

There are no reports of damage and no threat of a tsunami.

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July 29, 2016 (21:18:25 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.7 Mariana Islands

A strong magnitude 7.7 earthquake has occurred near the Mariana Islands.  The earthquake was located about 366 km (227 miles) north of Saipan and approximately 30 km (18 miles) southwest of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands, at a depth of 212.4 km (132 miles).

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11 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 2.77 MB / pdf 1.22 MB)

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Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 2.76 MB / pdf 1.14 MB)

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May 28, 2016 (09:46:59 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 South Sandwich Islands

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred in the South Sandwich Islands, an uninhabited British territory off the coast of Argentina in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

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11 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animation 9.61 MB / pdf 1.1 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 9.61 MB / pdf 1.1 MB)

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April 28, 2016 (19:33:24 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Vanuatu

A major earthquake struck in the southwest Pacific Ocean at a depth of 27 km beneath the island of Melampa in the Vanuatu island chain.

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En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 3.39 MB / pdf 742 kB)

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April 16, 2016 (23:58:37 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.8 Near the Coast of Ecuador

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred near the coast of Ecuador. According to a statement from the government, more than 1,550 people were injured, 235 dead, at least 370 buildings were destroyed and another 151 buildings and 26 schools were affected by the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning center issued a Tsunami Threat Message of possible waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above tide level for some Ecuadorian coasts.  There were preventative evacuations in coastal areas because of possible tsunami risks. 

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11 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animation 37 MB / pdf 1.29 MB)

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April 15, 2016 (16:25:06 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Japan

Three strong to major earthquakes have occurred in Japan, including two foreshocks of M 6.2 and M 6.0 on April 14th and a M 7.0 early Saturday morning local time.  The foreshocks caused severe shaking in the region and resulted in 9 reported fatalities and more than 1000 injuries.  Early reports indicate that 32 people have died in the M 7.0 earthquake.

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12 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 13.7 MB / pdf 1.5 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 13.7 MB / pdf 1.69 MB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


March 2, 2016 (12:49:48 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.8 Indonesia

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred 800 km off the west coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia, as a result of strike ­slip faulting within the mantle lithosphere of the Indo-­Australia Plate. 

Teachable Moment Presentation

11 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 9.55 MB / pdf 1.33 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 9.55 MB / pdf 1.25 MB)

IRIS Data Management Center (DMC) Pages


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