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EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES: Earthquake strikes US: California, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska hit in quick succession

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EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES: Earthquake strikes US: California, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska hit in quick succession
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A STRING of powerful earthquakes have rocked the west and central US with several of them hitting near to the dreaded RING OF FIRE.

Some eight earthquakes have rocked the United States in quick succession, all of which have taken place on April 9.
The strongest of the earthquakes, and also the most recent, came in Perry, Oklahoma, when a 4.3 magnitude tremor hit the central US state.

However, there have been no reports of damage to buildings in the area.
People took to social media to share their experience, with one writing: “Another earthquake in Oklahoma, shaking us awake just now!”
Other people share similar views, with Twitter user Arianna saying that she believes this is a sign that a bigger earthquake is coming.
She wrote: “All these little earthquakes just leading up to the big earthquake soon that destroys us”.
Since midnight, there have also been earthquakes in Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and three in California.
Both California and Alaska sit on the deadly Ring of Fire – the largest and most active fault line in the world, stretching from New Zealand, all around the east coast of Asia, over to Canada and the USA and all the way down to the southern tip of South America – which causes more than 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.
Also in California sits the San Andreas fault, where two huge plates meet.
This has also caused many earthquakes over the years, including the recent 5.3 magnitude tremor striking just off the Pacific coast on April 6, rattling Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Researchers believe that the San Andreas fault is overdue the ‘Big One’ – a potentially catastrophic earthquake which could cause widespread destruction in the southwest of the US.
Last year, Robert Graves, a research geophysicist at the USGS, said that the Big One could be overdue by 10 years.
He told Raw Story: “The San Andreas fault in southern California last had a major quake in 1857 (magnitude 7.9).
“Studies that have dated previous major offsets along the fault trace show that there have been about 10 major quakes over the past 1,000-2,000 years.
“The average time between these quakes is about 100-150 years.”

 

 

The San Andreas runs through CaliforniaThere is a 1-in-20 chance of Thursday’s quake leading to a bigger one in the next few weeks, John Vidale, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC told the Los Angeles Times.
He said: “A 5.3 could be damaging if it was right under our feet.
“It’s right on the edge of being an earthquake that could be dangerous.It’s a reminder that we need to be ready in the future.”

 

 

 

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Hurricane Matthew Drives Storm Surge Into Northeast Florida; Coastal Flood Damage Already in South Carolina; Dangerous Flood Threat in Carolinas, Georgia

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Matthew’s precarious track in which the eyewall may scrape the coast with destructive hurricane-force winds will spread north through Saturday along the northeast Florida coast, Georgia coast, and parts of the South Carolina coast.

Storm surge flooding has already occurred along the northeast Florida coast, including in Daytona Beach, St. Augustine and Jacksonville Beach areas, and has already spread as far north as South Carolina during Friday afternoon’s high tide.

According to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Florida, Friday morning, “Barrier islands are likely to be breached and it is extremely possible that new inlets will be cut off in the worst affected areas.” The NWS office in Charleston, South Carolina, said Friday tide levels at both Charleston, South Carolina, and Ft. Pulaski, Georgia, could approach or even surpass those seen during the October 2015 epic flood event.

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Isolated tornadoes are also possible. A tornado watch is in effect for parts of southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina until 12 a.m. EDT. That watch area includes Savannah and Charleston.

Latest Status and Storm Reports

Satellite and radar imagery show the eye of Matthew marching north-northwest roughly paralleling the northeast Florida coast.

Matthew’s tropical storm-force wind field (at least 39 mph sustained winds) extends up to 185 miles from the center, and hurricane-force winds extend up to 60 miles from the center.

The center of Matthew has remained within 25-40 miles of the northeast Florida coast much of Friday, but has been close enough to bring hurricane-force wind gusts to some coastal areas.

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Storm Surge Reports

Early Friday afternoon, significant flooding affected the St. Augustine area, including major flooding on Anastasia Island where water was reported to be 2.5 feet above ground level. To the south in nearby Flagler Beach, Florida, parts of A1A were washed out by the storm surge.

Storm surge was also seen pushing ashore in parts of Jacksonville Beach.

Friday afternoon, water levels were near 5 feet above normal at Fernandina Beach, Florida, and 3 to 4 above normal at Ft. Pulaski, Georgia, according to NOAA/National Ocean Service data. The St. Johns River at Mayport reached its second highest level on record.

Farther south, the storm surge peaked at roughly 4 feet at Trident Pier, near Cape Canaveral early Friday.

Wind gusts as high as 107 mph have been clocked at Cape Canaveral, Florida, prompting a rare NWS “extreme wind warning”, as the hurricane’s western outer eyewall scraped the Space Coast, and now the strongest winds are pummeling areas farther north including Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, with damage reported.

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