Nothing significant to report
- January 1st, 1.2 recorded in Perthshire
- October 4th, 1.2 recorded in Dumfries & Galloway
- August 2nd, 1.5 recorded under County Donegal, Ireland
- July 28th, 3.8 + 2.2 recorded in West Highlands of Scotland
- July 23rd, 2.3 recorded in West Highlands of Scotland
- June 30th, 4.4 recorded under North Sea, felt in Kirwall, Orkney Islands
- June 5th, 2.1 recorded in Lincolnshire
- June 2nd, 2.0 recorded in Great Glen, Scotland
- May 16th, 1.9 recorded in Yorkshire
- April 27th, 1.7 recorded in Cumbria
- March 3rd, 2.6 quake recorded in Staffordshire
- January 24th, 2.4 quake recorded in Argyll and Bute
- January 15th, 1.1 quake recorded under Gywnedd
- December 28th, 0.7 quake felt under Caernarfon
- October 27th, 2.3 quake recorded in Cornwall
- July 27th, 1.1 quake recorded in Scottish Borders
- June 29th, 1.4 quake felt under Manchester
- June 13th, 1.9 quake recorded in Colwyn Bay, Wales
- March 7th, 2.3 quake recorded across Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire
- May 19th, 1.5 quake recorded in Oban, Scotland
- May 18th, 1.9 quake recorded in Argyll, Scotland
- September 22nd, 2.8 recorded under Rutland
- May 26th, 3.0 quake recorded in North Wales
- May 22nd, 4.2 quake recorded in Kent
- February 25th, 2.9 quake recorded in Channel Islands
- February 9th, 2.0 quake recorded in Cumbria
- January 28th, 3.8 quake recorded in Rutland.
- January 27th, 2.9 quake recorded in Hampshire.
- December 24th, 2.0 quake recorded in Lake District.
- November 14th, 2.2 quake recorded in Midlothian, Scotland.
- November 7th, 2.2 quake recorded on Jersey.
- October 28th, 2.2 quake recorded in Nottinghamshire.
- July 11th, 4.2 quake recorded on island of Jersey and 4.6 quake under Exeter, Devon
- July 3rd, 2.9 quake recorded at Fort William, Scotland
- April 18th, 3.4 aftershock recorded in Rutland
- April 17th, 3.2 quake recorded in Rutland
- March 19th, 2.4 quake recorded in Wexford, Eire
- February 20th, 4.1 quake recorded under Bristol Channel
- January 21st, 2.1 tremor recorded in Cumbria
- December 26th, 2.9 tremor recorded on Jersey, Channel Isles
- December 4th, 2.6 tremor recorded off west coast of Cork
- October 13th, 1.0 tremor recorded in Gwynedd, Wales
- August 28th, 1.3 tremor recorded in Powys, Wales
- August 25th, 3.3 + 2.4 tremors hit Blackpool
- July 26th: 2.2 + 3.2 tremors recorded under Irish Sea
- July 16th: 2.8 tremor hits Wester Ross, Scotland
- June 27th: 2.7 tremor rattles County Clare in Eire
- June 26th: 2.8 tremor felt across Gynedd, Wales
- June 25th: 2.8 tremor measured in Irish Sea
- May 29th: a magnitude 3.8 tremor strikes the island of Angelsey
- February 27th: a magnitude 1.8 tremor strikes the Scottish Borders
- February 7th: a magnitude 2.3 tremor strikes the Caernafon area of North West Wales
Earthquakes over magnitude 3.0 that have hit the headlines around the world in the last month. (Please note that because of the proven effects of "fracking" some of the earthquakes reported across the lower 48 states of the USA may be from human rather than tectonic origin).
All magnitudes expressed use the Richter Scale unless otherwise stated. All events are dated by local time.
Iran struck by nine quakes over 48 hour period.
December 31st, Magnitude 3.6, USA (California)
December 31st, Magnitude 5.2, Philippines
December 31st, Magnitude 4.6, Greece
December 30th, Magnitude 3.2 + 3.0 + 3.5, USA (California)
December 30th, Magnitude 3.6, Fiji
December 30th, Magnitude 3.8 + 3.5, Spain
December 30th, Magnitude 4.5 + 3.2, Philippines
December 30th, Magnitude 4.2, Iran
December 30th, Magnitude 4.7, Antigua
December 30th, Magnitude 4.1, USA (Alaska)
December 30th, Magnitude 3.9, Iran
December 30th, Magnitude 5.1, Chile
December 29th, Magnitude 5.7, Philippines
December 29th, Magnitude 5.2, Nicobar Islands
December 29th, Magnitude 3.8 + 3.5, Spain
December 28th, Magnitude 3.8, USA (California)
December 28th, Magnitude 4.1, Canada (Quebec)
December 28th, Magnitude 4.7, India
December 28th, Magnitude 4.7, Trinidad
December 28th, Magnitude 3.8, USA (Oklahoma)
December 28th, Magnitude 4.2 + 5.7, Philippines
December 28th, Magnitude 4.5, Nepal
December 28th, Magnitude 5.1, USA (Alaska)
December 28th, Magnitude 5.5, Guam
December 27th, Magnitude 5.5, Chile
December 27th, Magnitude 3.0, USA (Utah)
December 27th, Magnitude 3.3, USA (California)
December 27th, Magnitude 3.7, Aegean
December 27th, Magnitude 3.0, USA (Colorado)
December 27th, Magnitude 4.7, Fiji
December 26th, Magnitude 4.4, Chile
December 26th, Magnitude 3.0 + 3.1, Spain
December 26th, Magnitude 3.1 + 3.8, USA (California)
December 26th, Magnitude 3.8, New Zealand
December 26th, Magnitude 4.6 + 3.5, Philippines
December 26th, Magnitude 3.4, Greece
December 25th, Magnitude 4.5, Chile
December 25th, Magnitude 4.7, Mexico
December 25th, Magnitude 5.2 + 4.2 + 3.1, Philippines
December 25th, Magnitude 4.8, Turkey
December 25th, Magnitude 3.2, Vietnam
December 24th, Magnitude 5.2, Barbados
December 24th, Magnitude 5.3, Indonesia (Irian Jaya)
December 23rd, Magnitude 3.3, USA (California)
December 23rd, Magnitude 4.4, Chile
December 23rd, Magnitude 5.4, Russia (Kamchatka)
December 22nd, Magnitude 5.1, Fiji
December 22nd, Magnitude 5.0, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
December 22nd, Magnitude 4.6, Afganistan
December 21st, Magnitude 3.1 + 3.8, Philippines
December 20th, Magnitude 5.2, Iran
December 20th, Magnitude 5.0 + 4.9 + 5.2 + 5.7 + 5.1, Japan
December 20th, Magnitude 4.9, Trinidad
December 20th, Magnitude 5.0 + 3.2, Tibet
December 19th, Magnitude 3.2, USA (California)
December 19th, Magnitude 4.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.1, USA (Oklahoma)
December 18th, Magnitude 3.0, USA (California)
December 17th, Magnitude 5.1 + 4.4, Philippines
December 17th, Magnitude 5.0, Fiji
December 16th, Magnitude 3.0, USA (Texas)
December 16th, Magnitude 4.2, Canada (British Columbia)
December 15th, Magnitude 6.5, Indonesia (Java)
December 15th, Magnitude 4.5, Japan
December 15th, Magnitude 4.6, Pakistan
December 15th, Magnitude 5.0, New Caledonia
- January 14th, Magnitude 5.2, Burma
- January 13th, Magnitude 6.0, Solomon Islands
- January 13th, Magnitude 3.8, Philippines
- January 13th, Magnitude 3.2, USA (Oklahoma)
- January 12th, Magnitude 6.0, Burma
- January 12th, Magnitude 3.5, USA (California)
- January 11th, Magnitude 4.9 + 4.8 + 5.6 + 5.4 + 5.0 + 5.0 + 5.0 + 5.0, Iran
- January 11th, Magnitude 4.0, Costa Rica
- January 11th, Magnitude 4.3, El Salvador
- January 11th, Magnitude 3.1, Malaysia (Ranau)
- January 11th, Magnitude 5.1, Japan
- January 11th, Magnitude 5.5, Fiji
- January 10th, Magnitude 3.3, USA (California)
- January 10th, Magnitude 4.6, Iran
- January 10th, Magnitude 5.0, Russia (Kamchatka)
- January 10th, Magnitude 4.2, Kyrgyzstan
- January 9th, Magnitude 7.6, Honduras
- January 9th, Magnitude 5.1, Ecuador
- January 8th, Magnitude 3.4, Netherlands
- January 8th, Magnitude 3.0, Bulgaria
- January 7th, Magnitude 5.5 + 6.30, India
- January 7th, Magnitude 3.1, USA (Oklahoma)
- January 7th, Magnitude 5.0 + 3.1, Philippines
- January 6th, Magnitude 5.1, Iran
- January 6th, Magnitude 3.7, USA (California)
- January 6th, Magnitude 3.5, USA (Texas)
- January 6th, Magnitude 4.5, New Zealand
- January 6th, Magnitude 5.0, Philippines
- January 6th, Magnitude 4.9 + 4.7 + 4.3, Japan
- January 5th, Magnitude 4.1, Iran
- January 4th, Magnitude 3.1 + 4.5 + 4.4, USA (California)
- January 4th, Magnitude 5.1, Montenegro
- January 4th, Magnitude 4.1, Philippines
- January 4th, Magnitude 5.4, Sudan
- January 4th, Magnitude 4.1, Crete
- January 4th, Magnitude 5.4, Japan
- January 3rd, Magnitude 5.1, El Salvador
- January 3rd, Magnitude 5.1, Guam
- January 3rd, Magnitude 4.5, Trinidad
- January 3rd, Magnitude 3.9 + 4.14, Philippines
- January 2nd, Magnitude 3.9, USA (Washington)
- January 2nd, Magnitude 5.0, Algeria
- January 2nd, Magnitude 5.1, Greece
- January 2nd, Magnitude 3.2, India
- January 2nd, Magnitude 4.4, Philippines
For a list of all recorded earthquakes, visit the United States Geological Survey website:Earthquakes
Alert raised on Mount Mayon following phreatic explosion.
Volcanos Active in the Twelve Months
- Klyuchevsky, Russia - Kamchatka (January 2018)
- Mount Mayon, Philippines (January 2018)
- Kadovar Island, Papua New Guinea (January 2018)
- Reventador, Ecuador (December 2017)
- Mount Agung, Bali (December 2017)
- Mount Agung, Bali (November 2017)
- Popocatapetl, Mexico (November 2017)
- Mount Manaro, Vanuatu, (October 2017)
- Mount Shinmoedake, Japan (October 2017)
- Mount Sinabung, Indinesia (October 2017)
- Popocatapetl, Mexico (September 2017)
- Mount Sinabung, Indinesia (August 2017)
- Bogoslov, Alaska (July 2017)
- Bogoslov, Alaska (May 2017)
- Popocatapetl, Mexico (May 2017)
- Kambalny, Russia (April 2017)
- Kluchevskoy, Russia (April 2017)
- Kambalny, Russia (March 2017)
- Mount Etna, Sicily (March 2017)
- Bogoslov, Alaska (March 2017)
- Mount Etna, Sicily (February 2016)
- Barren Island, Andaman Islands (February 2017)
- Chalk deposits may have been formed by the same annual algal blooms currently observed in the South Atlantic.
- Jack (John R.) Horner retires from the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana after 20 years as curator.
- New Delhi, India: National Museum of Natural History badly damaged by fire.
- A new hominid species, which has been named "Homo naledi", has been discovered in a cave 50 km (30 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. The fossil remains are of 15 separate individuals and date from 2 million years ago.
- First elasmosaur fossils found in Alaska.
- Two 4th Grade schoolchildren (about 9 years old) have been killed in a landslide while collecting fossils along the Mississippi River.
- Tusks found on beach at Herne Bay. Click here for further information.
- A whale fossil with teeth twice as long as those of a T. Rex has been discovered in the Ocucaje Desert of southern Peru. The fossil dates from 12 million years ago and is an ancestor of the Sperm Whale of today. Named Leviathan melvillei - after Herman Melville, the author of the novel Moby Dick - the find was unique in that the entire skull, including the lower jaw and 10 well preserved teeth, were found.
- Spain is to re-open the Altamira caves to the public.
- A nearly complete skeleton of a previously unknown sauropod has been found in southern Utah, USA. Named Seitaad ruessi, the 10-15 foot long fossil dates from 185 million years ago. "Seitaad" is the Navajo word for a sand monster and "ruessi" is in honour of the naturalist Everett Ruessi, who disappeared in southern Utah in 1934.
- Russian scientists have decoded genetic material from a human ancestor that lived in Siberia 40,000 years ago. The DNA does not match either modern homo sapiens or neanderthals and may indicate existence of a new off-shoot in the human tree of evolution.
After 20 years of reporting regular mine disasters in the Chinese coalmining industry, incidents in 2017 appear to have dropped to an all time low while coalming deaths almost double in the United States.
- 15 coalmining deaths across the United States during 2017 (up from 8 in 2016) in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.
- 5 coalminers dead and 1 missong following a tunnel collapse in Samangan, Afganistan.
- Fatalities in South Africa's deep mines has risen from 73 in 2016 to 76 in 2017.
- Offshore prospecting for oil and gas to start off the coast of Macedonia.
- 7 dead and one missing after a collapse at a coalmine in Sirnah, Turkey.
- 9 dead and 8 rescued following a methane gas explosion in a Heilongjiang coalmine, China.
- 3 dead and 2 miners missing following an earth tremor at Kusasalethu Gold Mine in South Africa.
- 4 miners killed during an earth tremor at the Tau Lekoa Gold Mine, South Africa.
- 6 dead following an explosion at an illegal gold mine in Antioquia, Colombia.
- 3 dead and several injured after a methane gas explosion in an arctic nickel mine.
- 8 coalminers dead and 5 missing after an underground methane gas explosion in Cucunuba, Colombia.
- 2 miners still missing 10 days after an underground flood in the Aysen goldmine in Chile.
- New Zealand plans to drill wells offshore to harvest fresh water from an underground aquifer.
- Huge offshore gas deposit found off the coast of Egypt prompts Cyprus to start exploration programme along its southern coastline.
- A 709 carat egg-sized diamond has been discovered in the eastern Kono region of Sierra Leone. This is the second largest diamond ever found in West Africa - the largest being a 968.9 carat stone found also in Sierra Leone in 1972.
- 42 coalminers dead and 30 injured following a methane gas explosion in Zemestanyart, Iran.
- 1 miner killed in underground collapse at Green Hill No. 51 coalmine in Kentucky, USA.
- 8 miners dead and 6 injured following a methane gas explosion in a coalmine in Lviv, Ukraine. 14 miners reported as missing have been rescued safely.
- 3 Chinese engineers killed in an underground gas explosion in a Chromium mine in Bulquize, Albania.
- 7 coalminers dead following gas outburst in Henan, China.
- 16 dead and some miners trapped following a coalmine collapse in Jharkhand, India.
- 7 dead and 4 missing following a coalmine explosion in Hubei, China.
- 17 dead and 10 trapped underground following a coalmine explosion in Chifeng, China.
- A giant jade stone weighing 175 tonnes has been uncovered by miners in Myanmar. The stone is 4.3m (14ft) high and 5.8m (19ft) long, and is reportedly worth an estimated $170m (£140m) and was was found in a mine in the jade-producing Kachin state, in the north of the country.
- Major new oil and gas discovery made in West Texas with projected reserves of 3 billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of gas.
- Offshore oil and gas deposits found off Guyana.
- USGS confirms that Oklahoma earthquakes are caused by fracking. Studies of similar tremors in Alberta, Canada, seem to confirm this. Indications are that it may be the storage of wastewater underground that causes the quakes rather than the fracking itself.
- Better relations between United States and Cuba could lead to development of major new offshore oil deposits under the Caribbean.
- Offshore oil discovered at the Russian Universitetskaya-1 Platform in the Arctic. With estimated reserves of up to 100 million tonnes of oil and 338 billion cubic metres of gas, the field is located in the Kara Sea, an area of water bordered by Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya and Siberia.
- Offshore gas found in the Nile Delta.
- Oil finally comes to the surface in Kazakhstan fields following $50bn cost and 10 years development.
- Offshore gas find in Gabon, West Africa.
- Oil exploration planned in Morocco, Malta and Spain.
- Cuban offshore oil exploration put on hold due to "difficult" geology.
- Cyprus to exploit offshore gas reserves.
- Aggresive exploration for offshore oil commences in Caribbean.
- BP plan to drill 5 test wells in the Claire Field off the Shetland Islands.
- A new venture is being planned to recover the minerals contained within the millions of manganese nodules on the Pacific Ocean floor.
- Offshore oil may provide Ireland with up to 143,000 barrels a day, making the Repubic self sufficient and saving 5bn euro a year in imports.
- UK Department of Energy & Climate Change gives go ahead for exploration of shale gas reserves having imposed new controls to stem seismic events triggered by "fracking".
- China to undertake research into developing large shale gas deposits over the next two years.
- Trillions of carats of diamonds have been discovered in the 100-kilometer (60-mile) wide Popigai crater in eastern Siberia, Russia. Produced by the impact of a giant meteorite 35 million years ago, the diamonds are industrial grade and not suitable for jewellery.
- North Dakota has passed Alaska to become the second largest produced of oil in the United States. Texas is still in pole position.
- Oil discovered in the Lake Albert rift basin of Uganda with estimated reserves of 2.5 billion barrels. Production is expected to commence in 2012.
- Drilling for oil and prospecting for zinc to begin in arctic Greenland commences as the icecap melts and exposes rock.
- Major find of rare earth elements have been discovered in Pennsylvania, USA.
- Large shale gas field goes on line in Pennsylvania, USA.
- A new on-shore production well has commenced operations at Singleton, near Chichester, West Sussex. Since the start of operations in 1989, this oilfield has produced almost 4 million barrels of oil.
- A new oil field has been discovered in the Barents Sea with estimated reserves of half a billion barrels.
- New oil and gas field discovered off Mexico's Gulf coast.
- 4.5 trillion feet of natural gas reserves have been proven in Patagonian shale deposits in southern Argentina.
- Drill cores have indicated the possibility of major new uranium-copper-gold deposits in South Australia.
- A huge gas and oil field has been discovered off the coast of Lebanon. Estimates range up to 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil. If accurate, this would make the field one of the world's largest.
- Gold discovered in the Komana region of Mali, West Africa, with estimated reserves of 1.25 million ounces.
- Fireball recorded over Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
- 100kg meteor impacts in Finland after fireball seen across Norway, Finland and Norway.
- Giant 30 tonne meteorite discovered at Campo del Cieto, Argentina.
- Small meteorite explodes over the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. No fragments yet found.
- The two newly discovered moons of Pluto have been named as Vulcan and Cerberus.
- Substantial meteorite activity over Russia, Cuba and California in the wake of the Asteroid 2012 DA14 that passed Earth within 17,200 miles.
- A meteorite weighing 8oz hit a doctor's surgery in Virginia, USA. No-one was hurt. The meteorite has been donated to the Smithsonian Institute.
- A pioneering project to drill geothermal wells outside the city of Basel, Switzerland, has been scrapped following concerns that the drilling is causing small earthquakes in the area.
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