Two elderly women were killed by the strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 6.1 which occurred today at 9:10 a.m. 13 kilometers west of Lefkada, according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute. Eight people were also injured.
Scientists have detected heightened levels of radioactivity in the waters along the west coast of Canada and the United States, which can be traced back to the Japanese earthquake nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011.
A 6.1 earthquake was measured in the Atacama Desert near Diego de Almagro, Chile on July 25th. According to USGS, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 71.5 km. Scientists believe the impact was low and was generated by low intensity shaking over a large area.
Early Wednesday morning, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy. Some of the most heavily affected areas were the cities of Arquata de Tronto, Accumoli, and Amatrice. In addition to the earthquake itself, a large number of aftershocks were recorded over the following days, most measuring above a magnitude of 4.0. These aftershocks have slowed rescue efforts and caused many of the already damaged buildings to collapse. As of today, the disaster has left over 250 dead and injured over 360 more.
After the initial quake Wednesday morning, rescue crews began providing aid and searching affected areas for survivors. Not long after, many areas were again affected by a number of aftershocks. Many unstable buildings collapsed and the narrow roadways common in the affected cities were blocked in many places. Rescue efforts have been slow as a result. While crews work to clear rubble away from roads, other rescuers use sound detection equipment in an effort to find anyone trapped in collapsed buildings.
It was not only major cities affected. Some small rural villages have been completely cut off from the outside by landslides. Heavy lifting equipment is being used to clear roads and collapsed buildings. Some residents have taken to even using farm equipment and hand tools to clear rubble. It is estimated that over 1200 people have been displaced by the quakes.
In the city of Amatrice alone, 193 people were killed and many more injured. The historic city which is known for its narrow roads and brick buildings was devastated by the earthquake. According to USGS, many of the buildings in these areas were highly susceptible to failure from shaking. Despite the widespread damage and destruction, hope remains as many citizens are banding together to offer aid in any way they can, from medical and rescue efforts to offering their homes to others who lost theirs in the disaster.
A serious 6.2 R earthquake hit central Italia on Wednesday morning. Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto and Arquata del Tronto were subjected to the deady earthquake and have been severely damaged. 247 people were killed and 400 are injured. Among them many are children.
On Saturday, September 3rd, an earthquake struck northern Oklahoma at around 7 am. The quake was also felt accross Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. The epicenter was determined to be near Pawnee, about 74 miles north of Oklahoma City at a depth of 3.7 miles.
The quake was initially measured at a 5.6 magnitude, tying the state record. After further depth analysis, the USGS has updated the reading to a 5.8, making it the largest earthquake on record in the state of Oklahoma.
This week, several smaller earthquakes struck the same part of Oklahoma. So far, there have been 8 recorded earthquakes over a magnitude of 3.0. The Oklahoma Geological Survey believes it is possible that these quakes my be linked wastewater injection wells from fracking. They are beginning a study to determine ways to reduce the chances of "inadvertently inducing a seismic event". At this time, the USGS believes the event was a result of shallow strike-slip faulting.