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5.3 magnitude quake shakes Greek capital, sends residents to the streets in fear

A strong earthquake hit Friday near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear and firefighters to check for people trapped in elevators.

The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey tagged it as a magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:13 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) some 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) north of Athens.

Authorities inspected areas close to the epicenter by helicopter and police patrols but no deaths or serious injuries were reported. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said one abandoned building had collapsed in a western district of Athens and that several other abandoned buildings had suffered serious damages in other parts of the city.

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People stand outside the building they work in after a strong earthquake hit near the Greek capital of Athens, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:38 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) about 26 kilometers (13.7 miles) north of Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

7.3 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SHAKES EASTERN INDONESIA, CAUSES PANIC

“There are no reports of serious injuries … I urge members of the public to remains calm, in Greece we are well acquainted with earthquakes,” he said.

The quake caused limited power cuts and communication problems around Athens and the fire brigade reported receiving calls about people being trapped in elevators. The shock was caught live in the studios of state broadcaster ERT.

The most powerful quake to hit the Greek capital in the last 20 years came in 1999, when a temblor of magnitude 6.0 caused extensive damage and killed more than 140 people.

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The bell tower of Pantanassa church at the Monastiraki square is damaged following an earthquake in Athens, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:38 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) about 26 kilometers (13.7 miles) north of Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Gerasimos Papadopoulos, the senior seismologist at the Geodynamics Institute said Friday’s quake was felt across southern Greece.

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“It had a very shallow depth and that’s why it was felt so strongly,” he said. “It is too early to say whether this was the main earthquake, but there have been aftershocks of magnitude 3.5, 2.5 and 3.2 and that is encouraging. But we need more time and data to have a clear picture.”

Earthquakes are common in Greece and neighboring Turkey.

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Authorities ID Nevada man found dead under vehicle after California quakes

Authorities in Nevada have identified a man who was found dead this week under a vehicle that may have collapsed on him during strong earthquakes in Southern California.

Nye County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Troy Ray’s rural home in Pahrump on Tuesday; they found him pinned under a Jeep. Sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Tippetts said Ray, 55, was last seen alive at a nearby gas station on July 3.

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This undated booking photo provided by the Nye County, Nev., Sheriff’s Office shows Troy Ray. (Nye County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A day later, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck 95 miles away from Ray’s home in Ridgecrest, Calif. The quake was followed by a 7.1 tremor the next day in the same area.

Authorities ruled Ray’s death an accident from asphyxia and blunt trauma. Police believe the vehicle may have come crashing down on Ray during one of the quakes.

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The Jeep where Troy Ray was found dead. Officials think it collapsed on him due to earthquakes last week. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

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“The vehicle that the male was found pinned under had been jacked up safely and, based on the positioning of the body and the tools found at the scene, the male appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death,” Tippetts said.

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California earthquakes have everyone asking the Big Question — when will the Big One come?

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I was born and reared in Southern California, so the quakes now rattling the northern Mojave Desert area 150 miles east of Los Angeles are nothing new to me. Some things never change – and in this case, never will or should.

Earthquakes are called natural disasters. But in fact they are Earth’s way of releasing internal stress. Without quakes, the stress would build and build until the planet exploded.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COULD SEE MORE MAGNITUDE 6 EARTHQUAKES ‘IN THE NEXT WEEK’ AS TEMBLORS BECOME ‘WAKE-UP CALL’

That’s small comfort to quake victims, of course. Including those now enduring hundreds of nerve-wracking tremors, which so far have been punctuated by a 6.4 on the Fourth of July and a 7.1 the day after – the largest tremblors to rock California in two decades.

But quakes have been and always will be a way of life in the Golden State. That’s because it has the great misfortune of straddling the San Andreas fault, a major north-south fracture in the Earth’s crust where North America butts up against the Pacific Ocean plate.

Because the two massive crustal plates move in opposite directions (at about the rate your fingernails grow), the constant grinding and scraping between them causes the ground up and down the San Andreas to shudder. Sometimes the jagged edges catch and tension builds until the whole thing snaps catastrophically.

That’s what happened to San Francisco in 1989. A monster 6.7 quake, which I covered for ABC News, killed 67 people and caused more than $5 billion in damage.

The seismic hazards don’t stop there. Like a major river, the San Andreas has many tributaries – faults big and small that fan out and fracture the state from top to bottom. As a result, most Californians live within thirty miles of an active fault line, of which there are more than five hundred.

USGS supercomputers say there is a 31 percent chance The Big One will happen by mid-century – that a magnitude 7.5 quake will clobber Los Angeles. But that’s another thing that will never change: sketchy predictions.  

The two small faults causing the current commotion are new and unnamed. But they lie squarely within the notorious Little Lake Fault Zone between four volcanic mountain ranges, just north of a major east-west crack known as the Garlock Fault – all together a seismic hell once dubbed “the earthquake capital of the world.”

One thing that has changed in my lifetime is the science of earthquakes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) now has California wired with a vast network of super-sensitive quake detectors. Seismometers, tiltmeters, creepmeters, strainmeters, and other kinds of devices instantly pick up on the slightest movement, tilt, displacement, or pressure in Earth’s crust and alert scientists in Menlo Park, California.

The USGS is also experimenting with an early warning system for the public called ShakeAlert, which I wish had existed when I was growing up in Los Angeles. The moment the ground begins to significantly misbehave somewhere, the ShakeAlert app broadcasts a warning at the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second – far faster than the quake’s damaging wavefront, which typically advances at only 2 miles per second.

“ShakeAlert can give enough time to slow trains and taxiing planes,” the official website explains, “to prevent cars from entering bridges and tunnels, to move away from dangerous machines or chemicals in work environments and to take cover under a desk, or to automatically shut down and isolate industrial systems.”

All of this is welcome news for Californians who, as I did for so many years, live in constant dread of The Big One. But nothing will ever change the fact that The Big One will happen – ShakeAlert or no – and the damage and death toll will be staggering.

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USGS supercomputers say there is a 31 percent chance The Big One will happen by mid-century – that a magnitude 7.5 quake will clobber Los Angeles. But that’s another thing that will never change: sketchy predictions.

Consider that after the 6.4 quake on the Fourth of July, seismologists predicted a mere 2 percent chance that within a week there would be a magnitude 7-plus quake. Not only did a 7.1 quake strike with 100 percent certainty, it did so the very next day.

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California earthquakes have everyone asking the Big Question — when will the Big One come?

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I was born and reared in Southern California, so the quakes now rattling the northern Mojave Desert area 150 miles east of Los Angeles are nothing new to me. Some things never change – and in this case, never will or should.

Earthquakes are called natural disasters. But in fact they are Earth’s way of releasing internal stress. Without quakes, the stress would build and build until the planet exploded.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COULD SEE MORE MAGNITUDE 6 EARTHQUAKES ‘IN THE NEXT WEEK’ AS TEMBLORS BECOME ‘WAKE-UP CALL’

That’s small comfort to quake victims, of course. Including those now enduring hundreds of nerve-wracking tremors, which so far have been punctuated by a 6.4 on the Fourth of July and a 7.1 the day after – the largest tremblors to rock California in two decades.

But quakes have been and always will be a way of life in the Golden State. That’s because it has the great misfortune of straddling the San Andreas fault, a major north-south fracture in the Earth’s crust where North America butts up against the Pacific Ocean plate.

Because the two massive crustal plates move in opposite directions (at about the rate your fingernails grow), the constant grinding and scraping between them causes the ground up and down the San Andreas to shudder. Sometimes the jagged edges catch and tension builds until the whole thing snaps catastrophically.

That’s what happened to San Francisco in 1989. A monster 6.7 quake, which I covered for ABC News, killed 67 people and caused more than $5 billion in damage.

The seismic hazards don’t stop there. Like a major river, the San Andreas has many tributaries – faults big and small that fan out and fracture the state from top to bottom. As a result, most Californians live within thirty miles of an active fault line, of which there are more than five hundred.

USGS supercomputers say there is a 31 percent chance The Big One will happen by mid-century – that a magnitude 7.5 quake will clobber Los Angeles. But that’s another thing that will never change: sketchy predictions.  

The two small faults causing the current commotion are new and unnamed. But they lie squarely within the notorious Little Lake Fault Zone between four volcanic mountain ranges, just north of a major east-west crack known as the Garlock Fault – all together a seismic hell once dubbed “the earthquake capital of the world.”

One thing that has changed in my lifetime is the science of earthquakes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) now has California wired with a vast network of super-sensitive quake detectors. Seismometers, tiltmeters, creepmeters, strainmeters, and other kinds of devices instantly pick up on the slightest movement, tilt, displacement, or pressure in Earth’s crust and alert scientists in Menlo Park, California.

The USGS is also experimenting with an early warning system for the public called ShakeAlert, which I wish had existed when I was growing up in Los Angeles. The moment the ground begins to significantly misbehave somewhere, the ShakeAlert app broadcasts a warning at the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second – far faster than the quake’s damaging wavefront, which typically advances at only 2 miles per second.

“ShakeAlert can give enough time to slow trains and taxiing planes,” the official website explains, “to prevent cars from entering bridges and tunnels, to move away from dangerous machines or chemicals in work environments and to take cover under a desk, or to automatically shut down and isolate industrial systems.”

All of this is welcome news for Californians who, as I did for so many years, live in constant dread of The Big One. But nothing will ever change the fact that The Big One will happen – ShakeAlert or no – and the damage and death toll will be staggering.

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USGS supercomputers say there is a 31 percent chance The Big One will happen by mid-century – that a magnitude 7.5 quake will clobber Los Angeles. But that’s another thing that will never change: sketchy predictions.

Consider that after the 6.4 quake on the Fourth of July, seismologists predicted a mere 2 percent chance that within a week there would be a magnitude 7-plus quake. Not only did a 7.1 quake strike with 100 percent certainty, it did so the very next day.

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Californians brace for aftershocks following biggest earthquake in two decades

Communities in Southern California were bracing for hundreds of aftershocks Saturday after the region was rattled by two of the largest earthquakes felt there in two decades, resulting in multiple fires, punctured water and gas lines and infrastructure damage.

Seismologists warned of large aftershocks following Friday’s 7.1-magnitude tremor, which happened just after 8 p.m. local time. The quake was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the site where a 6.4-magnitude tremor hit a day earlier.

The aftershocks are expected to last days, if not weeks.

The rumbling on Friday was felt as far away as Las Vegas and Mexico. No fatalities were reported in either quake, police said, but the California National Guard was sending 200 troops, along with logistical support and aircraft, to affected areas.

NO INJURIES REPORTED AFTER POTENT QUAKE RATTLES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; AUTHORITIES ASSESSING SCENE

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Katherine Johnson-Coates stands outside of a neighbor’s burned down mobile home in the aftermath of an earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure Saturday after the largest earthquake the region has seen in nearly 20 years jolted an area from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Ridgecrest, a city of about 28,000 people sandwiched between Southern California and Las Vegas, experienced two fires that were quickly extinguished.

April Hamlin, a Ridgecrest resident, said she thought Friday’s quake was another aftershock. She was wrong.

“But it just kept on intensifying,” she said. “The TV went over, hanging by the cord. We heard it break. We heard glass breakage in the other rooms, but all we could do was stay where we were until it stopped.”

The second quake resulted in the postponement of several NBA Summer League games being played in Las Vegas. Play was stopped Friday night during the fourth quarter of a game between the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Thomas & Mack Center, where the scoreboard swayed and the structure shook.

League play was expected to resume Saturday.

‘SWARMAGEDDON’ OF 1,000 EARTHQUAKES HIT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SHOULD THEY BE NERVOUS?

In Los Angeles, about 150 miles southwest of Ridgecrest, the quake rattled Dodger Stadium in the fourth inning of the team’s game against the San Diego Padres. There were no reports of serious damage in and around Los Angeles.

Scientists said the initial quake on Independence Day and its small aftershocks were actually foreshocks to Fridays larger tremor, which is the most powerful since a 7.1 quake shook the Mojave Desert in 1999.

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This still image taken from video shows bottles and debris on the floor of a liquor store as a result from the earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest, the same area of the Mojave Desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit just a day earlier. (AP Photo/APTN)

NAVAL WEAPONS BASE NEAR QUAKES’ EPICENTER CLOSED FOR SAFETY INSPECTIONS

Around 500 small aftershocks were recorded as of Saturday morning, according to the United State Geological Survey.

Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology, said the chances of another 7.0 quake hitting the region within the week was  one in 20.

The chance of a 5.0 is “approaching certainty,” she said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday requested federal assistance and the Office of Emergency Services was placed on high alert.

“I have determined that the damages caused by the July 4 and 5 earthquakes are of such severity and magnitude that continued effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments,” Newsom wrote in a letter to President Trump.

In addition to fires and structural damage, Ridgecrest suffered water-main breaks and power and communications outages. Authorities have reported thefts from some businesses, Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden said.

She said some “bad people” tried stealing items from local businesses after the quake, and Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said “a very expensive piece of equipment [was] stolen” from one business. A 30-mile stretch of highway on State Route 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona, a nearby city of about 2,000, was also closed off because of rock slides and road cracking.

A tweet from Newsom’s office on Saturday said the Democratic governor was headed to Ridgecrest to asses quake damage and speak with residents.

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Ron Mikulaco, left, and his nephew, Brad Fernandez, examine a crack caused by an earthquake on highway 178 outside Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Antoun Abdullatif, 59, said much of his inventory from his liquor stores and other businesses in Ridgecrest and Trona was destroyed.

“I would say 70 percent of my inventory is on the floor, broken,” he said Saturday morning in Ridgecrest. “Every time you sweep and you put stuff in the dustbin, you’re putting $200 in the trash.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Naval weapons base near quakes’ epicenter closed for safety inspections

As Southern California dealt with the impact of Friday evening’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake, an important U.S. Navy facility near the quake’s epicenter was still dealing with the impact of Thursday’s 6.4 temblor in the area.

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was closed Friday as officials assessed infrastructure damage from the earlier quake, Stars & Stripes reported.

The base is located just northwest of Ridgecrest, the quake epicenter that is about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The city in Kern County has about 29,000 residents.

‘SWARMAGEDDON’ OF 1,000 EARTHQUAKES HIT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SHOULD THEY BE NERVOUS?

No casualties or injuries were reported at the base after Thursday’s quake, the base posted Friday on its Facebook page. But there was no immediate information about whether Friday evening’s quake had caused any damage.

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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, in Ridgecrest, Calif. (Facebook)

A team composed of personnel from the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Geological Survey was conducting inspections of the base’s buildings and other infrastructure, the post said.

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The shutdown of the base was expected to continue until 5 a.m. Monday, but whether Friday’s quake would extend that closure was not immediately known.

The base supports Navy research, testing and evaluation operations, according to Stars & Stripes.

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New 7.1 earthquake hits Southern California — 1 day after largest temblor in decades

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A magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit Southern California on Friday evening — just a day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that was the largest temblor in the region in two decades.

The newest earthquake’s epicenter was about 10 miles north northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif., about 150 northeast of Los Angeles.

The Ridgecrest area has had more than 100 aftershocks since Thursday’s earthquake and experts warn there could be more to come.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Off the coast of Portugal, the Earth’s crust might be peeling in two

Westlake Legal Group off-the-coast-of-portugal-the-earths-crust-might-be-peeling-in-two Off the coast of Portugal, the Earth's crust might be peeling in two Yasemin Saplakoglu, Staff Writer LiveScience fox-news/world/disasters/earthquakes fox-news/science/planet-earth fnc/science fnc article a87af6e7-bb64-519b-86f0-4498af466d69

In 1969, a giant earthquake off the coast of Portugal kicked up a tsunami that killed over a dozen people. Some 200 years prior, an even larger earthquake hit the same area, killing around 100,000 people and destroying the city of Lisbon.

Two earthquakes in the same spot over a couple hundred years is not cause for alarm. But what puzzled seismologists about these tremors was that they began in relatively flat beds of the ocean — away from any faults or cracks in the Earth’s crust where tectonic plates slip past each other, releasing energy and causing earthquakes.

So what’s causing the rumbles under a seemingly quiet area? [In Photos: Ocean Hidden Beneath Earth’s Crust]

One idea is that a tectonic plate is peeling into two layers — the top peeling off the bottom layer — a phenomenon that has never been observed before, a group of scientists reported in April at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly held in Vienna. This peeling may be creating a new subduction zone, or an area in which one tectonic plate is rammed beneath another, according to their abstract.

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The peeling is likely driven by a water-absorbing layer in the middle of the tectonic plate, according to National Geographic. This layer might have undergone a geological process called serpentinization, in which water that seeps in through cracks causes a layer to transform into soft green minerals. Now, this transformed layer might be causing enough weakness in the plate for the bottom layer to peel away from the top layer. That peeling could lead to deep fractures that trigger a tiny subduction zone, National Geographic reported.

This group isn’t the first to propose this idea, but it’s the first to provide some data on it. They tested their hypothesis with two-dimensional models, and their preliminary results showed that this type of activity is indeed possible — but is still yet to be proven.

This research has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Originally published on Live Science.

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SEE IT: Water from rooftop pool falls 600 feet down Manila penthouse during Philippines earthquake

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Water from a rooftop pool was seen cascading 600 feet down a Manila skyscraper on Monday as a powerful earthquake ripped through the northern Philippines, damaging multiple buildings and causing at least 11 deaths.

The dramatic footage captured the moment when water from an 82-foot-long lap pool and a children’s pool poured down the side of the Anchor Skysuites as the building swayed in the 6.1 earthquake. The video was shared online by The Manila Bulletin and credited to Michael Rivo.

Monday’s earthquake collapsed a supermarket and damaged other buildings and an airport in the country’s north. Rescuers worked overnight to recover bodies from the rubble. The death toll is now at 11 and at least 24 remain missing.

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Another earthquake struck Tuesday centered near the country’s Eastern Samar province, prompting residents to dash out of houses and office workers to scamper to safety. The U.S. Geological survey pinpointed Tuesday’s quake at 6.3.

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There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the new quake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fukushima plant operator begins removing fuel from melted reactor

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant for the first time is removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday workers started removing the first of 566 fuel units stored in the pool at Unit 3. The fuel units in the pool are not enclosed and their removal to safer ground is crucial to avoid disaster in case of another major quake.

TEPCO says the removal at Unit 3 would take two years, followed by the two other reactors.

The step comes ahead of the real challenge of removing melted fuel from inside the reactors, but details are largely unknown.

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