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Postby pmforster » Thu 22 Apr 2004 23:50 GMT

In the last 18 hours we've had a couple of earthquakes and lots of little tremors - nothing dramatic, about 5.5 on the Richter scale - just enough to make the house rattle and my beer bottle fall over!. However, I found a very nice web site that does maps of seismic activity. If you're interested it's at:

http://www.iris.edu/seismon/

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Peter
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Postby Graeme » Fri 23 Apr 2004 01:04 GMT

That's a really neat site Peter; I hadn't realised there was that much seismic activity around the world at any one time. I guess you are somewhere under the 5.5 to 6 red circle. Hope all is well, I think your area of the world has had enough problems so far this year.
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Postby pmforster » Sun 25 Apr 2004 00:08 GMT

Graeme wrote:That's a really neat site Peter; I hadn't realised there was that much seismic activity around the world at any one time. I guess you are somewhere under the 5.5 to 6 red circle. Hope all is well, I think your area of the world has had enough problems so far this year.
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Yes, Vanuatu is part of the 'Pacific ring of fire' because it's in the zone where the Pacific tectonic plate is bumping into the Indo-Australian plate. This means earthquakes, several active volcanoes and tsunamis, as well as the annual cyclone season. Environmentally, it is quite an active country...

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