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Philippines earthquake M7.2 October 14, 2013

Major earthquake in the Philippines last night.  The event occurred in the middle of a region of higher probability, but the exact location had a lower probability as shown in the attached images.

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Venezuela Earthquake M6.1 October 11, 2013

An earthquake having moment magnitude 6.1 occurred at 9:40 pm local time.  Located on the boundary of the Carribbean and South American tectonic plates, this event had both thrust (compressional) and strike slip (horizontal slip) components.  As an offshore event, it could be anticipated that there would not be significant damage or injuries.

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Shutdown Tuesday

There are a group of Tropical Cyclones/Depressions in the northwest Pacific area, and one in the Atlantic.  Problem is that with the US Government shutdown, it may not be possible to track them adequately if they become dangerous.  

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China Syndrome

Last time I asked that you stay tuned for the ‘Worst Dam Disaster in History’.  From the title of this blog you might guess where that happened.  Yep, China.  The year, 1975 – not that long ago really.

From the late 1950’s to mid 1970’s, China went on a dam building binge. Lacking local talent, Russians largely supervised the design, engineering, and construction of 100s of dams. Impoundment and distribution of irrigation water to grow food for the masses drove the frenzy.

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Update on Yesterday's Pakistan Earthquake M7.7

Latest reports now indicate that as many as 200+ persons may have died in the disaster.  Contours of earthquake probability show significant changes from yesterday as would be expected.

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Another M7.7 Earthquake on the Pakistan-Iran-India Border

In the post from 4/16/2013, we discussed the M7.8 earthquake on the Pakistan-Iran-India border.  In today's earthquake, it is reported that 45 persons were killed and more injured. 

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Inside Super Typhoon Utor

 

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Tropical Storm Wednesday

Not too much happening in earthquakes right at the moment, but the tropical cyclone - typhoon - hurricane season is about to ramp up, according to the forecasters.  So take a look at our sister social networking site or the master link at http://social.openhazards.com for some content and descriptions about the current state of the global storm system.

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Teton Trouble

In the 1960s, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation drew plans for Teton River Dam in eastern Idaho. Like most of their type, Teton River intended to be of multi-value to nearby inhabitants in the forms of irrigation, flood control, hydro-power and recreation. The earth-fill barrier, 93 meters high and 520 meters across fitted out in May, 1976.

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M6.5 Earthquake Near Blenheim, NZ

A magnitude M6.5 earthquake has just occurred (2:31 UTC) near Blenheim, NZ, a town on the northern end of South Island, just across the Cook Strait from Wellington.

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