Harmless M 6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Ifalik, Micronesia

Eathquake registered as M 6.1 (USGS/EMSC) struck off the coast of Ifalik, Federated states of Micronesia, on May 14, 2014 at 20:56 UTC. Both USGS and EMSC report depth of 10 km. (Preliminary data)Epicenter was located 99 km (62 miles) SSE of Ifalik, 760 km (472 miles) W of Weno, Micronesia and 773 km (480 miles) S of Mangilao Village, Guam.GDACS estimated there are about 311 people living within 100 km radius.USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.Seismotectonics of the Philippine Sea and VicinityThe Philippine Sea plate is bordered by the larger Pacific and Eurasia plates and the smaller Sunda plate. The Philippine Sea plate is unusual in that its borders are nearly all zones of plate co… »

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Diamond planets more common than thought

Carbon-rich planets may be more common than previously thought, according to a new research by Yale University astronomers.Some of these planets, all located far beyond Earth’s solar system, could contain vast deposits of graphite or diamonds, and their apparent abundance prompts new questions about the implications of carbon-intense environments for climate, plate tectonics, and other geological processes, as well as for life.”Despite the relatively small amount of carbon on Earth, carbon has been critical for the emergence of life and the regulation of our climate through the carbon-silicate cycle,” said Yale doctoral candidate John Moriarty, who led the research, recently published in Astrophysical Journal. “It’s an open question as to how carbon-rich ch… »

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