Earthquake today: Earthquakes hit Indonesia, Japan, Iran and Hawaii TODAY – latest alerts

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

A MASS of new earthquakes shook the planet today with tremors threatening new areas and bringing aftershocks to places already devastated by killer quakes.

By LIAM DOYLE
Express.co.uk
Tue, Oct 2, 2018

The latest batch of shockwaves threatened Hawaii where the earthquake-linked Kilauea volcano has been wreaking havoc.

Fresh earthquakes have left their mark in the US, South America, Asia and the coast of Africa today.

Shifting tectonic plates which make up the Earth’s crust have been highly active, clashing with one another around major activity zones.

While most resulting earthquakes are fairly low in terms of magnitude, some tremors have been exacerbating activity around already earthquake-stricken regions.

Indonesia faced further major earthquake activity following a devastating tsunami last week.

After striking with 7.7 magnitude shockwaves, the island of Sulawesi has been left devastated, with more than 1200 presumed dead.

Now, Sulawesi has been struck by two large magnitude 5 tremors.

Just 15 miles north of Palu – where the tsunami struck – was a 5.2 magnitude earthquake, and just southwest of Kasigunku was a magnitude 5 event.

Both earthquakes struck with relative shallowness of 6 miles in depth.

Indonesia has been particularly targeted today, as a further batch of earthquakes took place in an isolated area of the coast off Nggongi island.

Just 20 miles southwest off the coast of Nggongi, were a collection of earthquakes measuring from just 4.2 magnitude to a massive magnitude 6.

Depths of each tremor measure from 6 to 21 miles, prompting tsunami fears.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there is a four percent chance 100 people will die and costs up to £77 million ($1 million) could be incurred.

Landslides have also resulted from the earthquakes, which are expected to further complicate matters and possibly raise deaths.

Hawaii’s Big Island, no stranger to seismic activity, has just felt a smaller 2.5 magnitude tremor on the border of the Leilani estates.

The Leilani Estates were until recently under an evacuation order from Hawaii Civil Defence, due to the active Kilauea volcano.

The tremors are no cause for concern from USGS, who have mentioned no change from previously background activity in the region of the volcano.

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