5.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Eritrea region of Ethiopia

June 17, 2011ETHIOPIAA 5.5 magitude earthquake has occurred in the Eritrea region of Ethiopia where the Nabro volcano is presently erupting. A this phase of the eruption, such large earthquakes don’t usually occur under a volcano- so there could be more to this eruption than meets the eye. From what we can tell, there still appears to be very little coverage of this event or someone on the ground monitoring the phases of this eruption – so the geological extent of what’s actually occurring with this portion of Africa is still not fully known.
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16 Responses to 5.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Eritrea region of Ethiopia

  1. Blacktail says:

    Its not good for this area, quake >5.0 and volcano …

  2. Laura says:

    I dont understand the media blackout, If it wasnt for this site I wouldnt know a thing about this? The only mention I saw was about Clinton having to cut a visit short due to the eruption? Does anyone know why this is…… Chile and Iceland made worldwide headlines but not this one?? Im no expert but this one seems to be esculating….. It make me so cross were not being informed. Thank goodness I found this site. Blessing Alvin & Everyone xx

    • Maiden PEI says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Laura!

      I find it so hard, not knowing what is happening around the world with all that people are going through these days.

      So I rely on Alvin’s site, this site, all through the day.

      THENK-YOU Alvin!!!!!

      Things are so intense lately so remember to take time out…make sure you get enough hugs every day & do lots of hugging back!

      PS: have you hugged your cat today????? ;-)

      Love & support to everyone.

  3. Johnny says:

    Over 80% of what is posted here never makes mainstream news…but this in particular is a strange one
    as this is a serious situation going on there now and maybe they know more than they want the general public
    to know about…Only for this blog i would be in the dark about whats going on

    • We’re grateful for you and the smaller independents that cover these vital issues- thus we’re glad to be synchrony point for the collection of stories.

      • traurig says:

        Alvin, can I blame the “all-silent” attitude by all media on Nabro’s vicinity to Israel?
        BTW, the volcanic plume looks apocalyptic on the satellite map = =

      • So much for the argument; we’re all more technologically connected and people are just more aware of these events because of the internet, FB and twitter.

  4. Cosmetic Brain Surgery says:

    It’s Africa, it’s remote and it’s not affecting western flights (yet). The media have decided, bizarrely, that the public don’t care about this, which is odd considering the recent focus on iceland and chile. I did think the shallow m5.5 today was odd.

  5. Rick says:

    Greetings all. Been following this story. Is this now the second earthquake in two weeks? Also someone has mentioned seeing a satellite video. Where may one see that video?
    Thanks.
    Rick

  6. Jens Skapski says:

    Maybe the experts know, that Nabro is a supervolcano and they don’t want to make panic! Maybe they think: “Oh, it’s only Eritrea! Nobody in America or Europe will care! When it snows next June we will tell them!”

  7. luisport says:

    Ilvar Khorstoon on June 17, 2011, 12:17 PM
    While Nabro has clearly quit smoking (yeap it’s good for your health, specially with such age), it seems to be far from quiet. Djibouti’s Arta Observatory (http://www.oga.dj/index_fr.html) shows 4 more earthquakes, including a 5.8, which corresponds to the 5.5 from USGS and 5.6 EMSC. The last one occurred some 7 hours ago.

    Arta Observatory has levels a bit higher than other centers but some, including me, consider this perfectly natural as they are closer to the quake zone (just as a reference I shall note Japan pointed to higher values on their recent earthquake).

    Meanwhile, all I have seen today were MODIS frames, showing some large field with anomalous temperatures, which is highly suggestive of an efusion process going on there. However, with such squeezed frames, lots of smog and the markups themselves, it is really hard to figure what is going down there.

    Ilvar Khorstoon on June 17, 2011, 12:30 PM
    A better view of Nabro, today (courtesy MODIS):

    http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2011168-0617/Eritrea.A2011168.1020.1km.jpg

  8. Laura says:

    Thanks Maiden – Its nice to share like mind views xx

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