Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits Crete.

5.1 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.1 Earthquake hits the south went Indian ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Azerbaijan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake his the Bouvet Island region.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Crete.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Wildlife

New Whale Stranding Is Painful Evidence for Naval Sonar Risks

On April 1, while the U.S. and other navies played war games somewhere offshore, Cuvier’s beaked whales began stranding along the southern coast of Crete. Those on the scene knew right away what they were dealing with, for the strandings were only the most recent in a line of similar calamities in the region, going back two decades. And in this case, as in the previous ones, all signs pointed to the U.S. Navy and its allies.

Cuvier’s beaked whales are a remarkable species. They have the deepest recorded dives of all marine mammals, some descending an astonishing 9,500 feet (3,000 meters) below the water’s surface before coming up for air. Favoring deep water, they don’t strand nearly as often as coastal species, and they don’t strand in large numbers, and they don’t strand New Whale Stranding Is Painful Evidence for Naval Sonar Risksalive.

Yet, that is exactly what happened on April 1. Beginning around noon, three Cuvier’s beaked whales came ashore in one spot along the Cretan coast, two others beached some 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) further west, and two more turned up another mile or two from there. All were alive when they stranded; rescuers managed to return most to the water, but, based on past experience, biologists in the region fear that they stranded again or perished at sea.

For the last week, the U.S., Greek and Israeli navies have been running a joint military exercise off Crete known as Operation Noble Dina. The exercise includes anti-submarine warfare training, which requires the use of high-powered military sonar.

Each of these events is tragic in its way, but this one feels particularly cruel. Just last year, the Scientific Committee of the Agreement for the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black and Mediterranean Seas (ACCOBAMS), drew a map where sonar training should be avoided. One area on the map is off southeastern Crete — exactly where the new mass stranding occurred — around a highly sensitive marine area known as the Hellenic trench. But Greece fought the recommendation, and it wasn’t adopted.

Now experts are despairing that, with stranding after stranding, the region’s beaked whale populations are being decimated.

Beaked whales that have died from sonar exposure — at least the ones recovered in time for investigation — have suffered from a suite of severe, telltale pathologies, similar to those seen in decompression sickness, or the bends. Sonar is believed to kill them by disrupting their dive patterns. The ones that reach shore are considered the tip of an iceberg.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits Crete.

6.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

6.0 Earthquake hits offshore Sucre, Venezuela.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern California.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Crete.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Crete, Greece.

5.8 Earthquake hits the MacQuarie Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the MacQuarie Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

Some reports of damage to structures. One person died of shock. Nicaragua’s seismological institute declared a tsunami alert as a precaution because of the earthquake’s strength, which was later withdrawn.

6.2 Earthquake hits Crete, Greece.

6.1 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits Morelos, Mexico.

The earthquake caused landslides along several roads and collapsed walls in Jiutepec, Morelos. No injuries have been reported.

5.8 Earthquake hits the North Pacific Ocean.

5.5 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.7 Earthquake hits the China-Russia-North Korean border region.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.3 Earthquake hits western Russia.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits new Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Crete.

5.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan,

5.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7, 5.7, 5.6, 5.0, 4.9, 4.9, 4.9 Earthquakes hit the Santa Cruz Islands, near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.

5.2 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands, off Japan.

4.8 Earthquake hits Crete.

Earthquakes

5.9 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit south of the Mariana Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits Crete, Greece.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippine Island Region.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Crozet Islands far south of Madagascar in the southern Indian Ocean.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril islands off Alaska.

4.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.