The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded a strong earthquake which struck in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to a magnitude of 7.1.
The quake was first reported with a magnitude of7.3 which, due to the logarithmic nature of the Richter scale, means the new value of 8.1 released nearly twice as much energy as the previous estimate.
A very strong earthquake has taken place in the South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the South Sandwich Islands (UK) which are east of the southern tip of South America. The magnitude 7.3 quake occurred at 5:47 AM eastern US time today, Saturday, May 28, at a depth of about 58 miles.
It appears that NO Tsunami has been generated by this earthquake. The Atlantic Tsunami Warning Center advises:
We are awaiting reports about any damage or injuries in the Sandwich Islands and will update this story as information becomes available.
There were no immediate reports of casualties. Numerous aftershocks were reported in the region. There are no people living within 100 km radius.
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There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
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Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them. Earthquake are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland. It’s easy to forget what a earthquake is capable of doing. The U.S. has not been directly impacted by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) in more than a decade. However, hurricanes such as Ike, Sandy and Isaac reminded us that significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. Many people are suffering from earthquake amnesia in the forms of complacency, denial and inexperience. This remarkable earthquake streak is going to end, and we have to be ready for it to happen .
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The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a earthquake zone if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a earthquake . If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.
The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a earthquake evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a earthquake . If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhapIf you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local earthquake building code specifications.
You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the earthquake but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger.
If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local earthquake building code specifications. Many of these retrofits do not cost much or take as long to do as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be ablefor earthquake .
The time to prepare for earthquake is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a earthquake is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your earthquake plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a hurricane warning is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a earthquake threatens, makes you resilient to the earthquake impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a earthquake victim and a earthquake survivor.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis that might have contributed to losses.
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