Earthquakes today MAPPED: Indonesia and Papua New Guinea hit as Alaska in mini quake SWARM

Earthquakes today MAPPED: Indonesia and Papua New Guinea hit as Alaska in mini quake SWARM

The Pacific Ring of Fire has drummed up significant earthquake activity today, as a total of 33 earthquakes have been monitored in the area. Normal

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The Pacific Ring of Fire has drummed up significant earthquake activity today, as a total of 33 earthquakes have been monitored in the area. Normally, earthquakes in the area are minor and of a low magnitude, meaning damage is negligible. However, some higher magnitude earthquakes have prompted tsunami fears. Almost a third of the earthquakes felt today took place in Alaska, where eight small tremors have shaken deep below the surface.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) – a body responsible for measuring seismic activity throughout the World – the west Pacific has been the worst hit.

The Mariana Islands saw the most intense earthquake activity today, as magnitude-5.9 tremors have shaken the small island chain.

The USGS analysed the tremors and concluded there was a possibility of both economic loss and death.

They released a green alert for the area, signalling a low likelihood of casualties and economic loss in the millions.

The geological survey has estimated there is a 65 percent chance at least one person could die as a result of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake.

Chances for economic losses of £750,000 ($1 million) are also estimated at 65 percent, according to the USGS because of where local residents live.

They said: “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction.

“The predominant vulnerable building types are informal (metal, timber, etc.) and unknown/miscellaneous types construction.”

Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have also seen high magnitude earthquakes today, although they have not come with the same potential costs.

Sambelia – on Indonesia’s south coast – has been rocked by magnitude-4.6 tremors and there was a similar magnitude-4.5 event north west of the country.

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake south-east of Sarangani, on the Philippines’ south coast caused tsunami fears, but a depth of nearly 50 miles meant it failed to develop.

Papua New Guinea also saw a magnitude-5.1 earthquake, which came with no danger despite being relatively shallow, at six miles deep.

The USGS has also detected clusters of earthquakes in the USA today.

Alaska – a common hub of earthquake activity – has seen the most, with eight small magnitude earthquakes emerging near the city of Anchorage.

The state’s biggest city saw very light earthquakes, all at magnitude-3.0 or lower.

US territory Puerto Rico was much the same, taking no damage from seven magnitude-2.0 and 3.0 events.

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