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Significant Quake Strikes the Red Sea

Posted by feww on December 24, 2013

M5.3 quake Strikes  195km (121mi) W of Al Qunfidhah, Saudi Arabia

Earthquake Details

Event Time: 2013-12-23 18:44:22 UTC
Location: 19.200°N 39.224°E
Depth: 10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 179km (111mi) ENE of Tokar, Sudan
  • 195km (121mi) W of Al Qunfidhah, Saudi Arabia
  • 199km (124mi) E of Sawakin, Sudan
  • 215km (134mi) ESE of Port Sudan, Sudan

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1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ earthquakes Worldwide- December 23-24, 2013. There are 28 Earthquakes on the map. Multiple earthquakes striking the same location aren’t visible due to size restriction. Source: USGS/EHP. Map created by FIRE-EARTH blog.

Other Significant Quakes

M4.3 – 51km S of Lone Pine, California
Event Time: 2013-12-23 13:39:26 UTC
Location: 36.141°N 118.065°W depth=2.1km (1.3mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 51km (32mi) S of Lone Pine, California
  • 67km (42mi) NNW of Ridgecrest, California
  • 86km (53mi) E of Porterville, California
  • 92km (57mi) E of Lindsay, California
  • 367km (228mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada

M 3.3 – 1km S of Reno, Texas
Event Time: 2013-12-23 13:11:34 UTC
Location: 32.927°N 97.577°W depth=6.5km (4.0mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 1km (1mi) S of Reno, Texas
  • 4km (2mi) NW of Azle, Texas
  • 281km (175mi) S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

M5.2 – North Atlantic Ocean
Event Time: 2013-12-23 16:45:49 UTC
Location: 25.722°N 66.600°W depth=4.3km (2.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 661km (411mi) NE of Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 774km (481mi) NNE of Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic

M5.8 – 186km WSW of Merizo Village, Guam
Event Time: 2013-12-23 09:12:28 UTC
Location: 12.757°N 143.033°E depth=103.2km (64.2mi)

M5.1 – 93km NE of Visokoi Island
Event Time: 2013-12-23 12:05:47 UTC
Location: 56.130°S 26.087°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities: 2632km (1635mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina

Source: USGS/EHP

M5.8  Kanto Toho-oki region, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan)
Time 09:25 UTC 23 December 2013
Location: 35.7°N, 142.3°E
Depth: 10 km

Approximate Distances to Nearest Cities

  • 120km (76mi) E of Hasaki, Japan
  • 140km (86mi) E of Asahi, Japan
  • 225km (140mi) E of Tokyo, Japan

M5.7  Kanto Toho-oki region, Japan
Time 06:57 UTC 23 December 2013
Location: 35.7°N, 142.2°E
Depth: 10 km

Approximate Distances to Nearest Cities

  • 120km (76mi) E of Hasaki, Japan
  • 140km (86mi) E of Asahi, Japan
  • 225km (140mi) E of Tokyo, Japan

Source: JMA (distances from global maps)

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Significant Quake Strikes near Lost Hills, California

Posted by feww on December 14, 2013

M4.1 strikes 24km NNW of Lost Hills, CA

Centered at 35.811°N, 119.801°W, the quake struck at a depth of 22.2km (13.8mi), reported USGS/EHP.

  • Event Time: 2013-12-13 07:49:57 UTC
  • Epicenter: 35.811°N 119.801°W
  • Depth: 22.2km (13.8mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 24km (15mi) NNW of Lost Hills, California
    • 35km (22mi) SE of Avenal, California
    • 39km (24mi) SW of Corcoran, California
    • 49km (30mi) WNW of Wasco, California
    • 341km (212mi) SSE of Sacramento, California

Earthquake Location Map

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.  Location and Magnitude contributed by: Northern California Seismic System, UC Berkeley and USGS Menlo Park

 

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Shallow Quakes Continue to Rattle AL, OK, TX, WY, WA, MT, NV, CA

Posted by feww on December 9, 2013

Another shallow quake strikes near Mineral Wells, Texas

An earthquake measuring 3.7Mw rattled Mineral Wells , Texas on Monday.

Centered at 32.957°N, 98.061°W, the quake struck at a depth of 5.0km (3.1mi) on Monday at 09:23UTC, reported USGS/EHP.

The epicenter was located about 48km (30mi) W of Azle, Texas, and 282km  S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Earthquake Location Map

 

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Map of earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw greater during the past 30 Days. Source: USGS/EHP

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M3.6 Quake Strikes Azle, Texas

Posted by feww on December 9, 2013

Shallow earthquake measuring 3.6Mw strikes 3km NW of Azle, Texas

The event was  the latest of more than two dozen quakes to strike the region since early November.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]
Magnitude: 3.6Mw
Depth: 5.0km
Location: 32.915°N 97.577°W
Time: 2013-12-08 06:10:03 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 3km (2mi) NW of Azle, Texas
  • 20km (12mi) WNW of Saginaw, Texas
  • 20km (12mi) NNW of White Settlement, Texas
  • 26km (16mi) NE of Weatherford, Texas
  • 283km (176mi) S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Earthquake Location Map

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Source: USGS/EHP

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M4.5 Quake Strikes NE Edmond Oil and Gas Field, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 8, 2013

Significant Earthquake Strikes 11km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma

A magnitude 4.5Mw earthquake struck within NE Edmond Oil and Gas Field at a shallow depth of 5km, at 18:10 UTC2 on December 07, 2013. The quake was followed by a small cluster of aftershocks, with the largest two measuring 3.1Mw, as of posting.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.5Mw
Event Time: 2013-12-07 18:10:23 UTC
Location: 35.680°N, 97.355°W
Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 11km (7mi) ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 21km (13mi) NNW of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  • 23km (14mi) SSE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 25km (16mi) N of Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • 27km (17mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Source: USGS/EHP

Latest Oklahoma Earthquakes

  1. M3.1 8km N of Spencer, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 15:27:33 UTC+09:00 5.0 km
  2. M3.1 7km E of The Village, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 08:58:19 UTC+09:00 8.9 km
  3. M2.8 6km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 04:26:29 UTC+09:00 5.0 km
  4. M4.5 11km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2013-12-08 03:10:23 UTC+09:00 5.0 km

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

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41 Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma in November

Posted by feww on December 1, 2013

A large cluster of small but shallow quakes rattles Oklahoma City in November

At least 41 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater struck the state of Oklahoma in November 2013, according to data provided by USGS/EHP.

The largest shock in the cluster (No. 11 on the table below) measured 3.8Mw, striking at a depth of 5.9km on November 11, 2013 some 5km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma.

  • The average depth of the November quakes was 5.3km.

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Map of earthquakes in Oklahoma – Nov 2013. Source: USGS/EHP. Map Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

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List of Oklahoma Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater, November 2013.

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The following information is mirrored from USGS Site.

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. [...]

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included

  • Impoundment of water behind dams,
  • Injection of fluid into the earth’s crust,
  • Extraction of fluid or gas, and
  • Removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations.

In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced.  [...]

Latest Significant Quakes  (US and Global)

M5.5 – 221km W of Brookings, Oregon 2013-12-01 03:19:37 UTC
Location: 41.652°N 126.891°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:
+ 246km (153mi) WNW of McKinleyville, California
+ 481km (299mi) SW of Salem, Oregon

M6.4 – Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia 2013-12-01 01:24:13 UTC
Location: 7.014°S 128.376°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:
+ 340km (211mi) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
+ 353km (219mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor

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Earthquake No. 19 Strikes N. Texas

Posted by feww on November 29, 2013

STAY TUNED for Important Announcements Concerning the State of Texas Starting Late 2014

M3.1 Strikes near Reno, Texas

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake, the 19 to strike northern Texas in the past 24 days,  occurred at 06:39 UTC November 29, 2013 .

  • Magnitude: 3.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-11-29 06:14:10 UTC [2013-11-29 00:14:10 UTC-06:00 at epicenter]
  • Location: 32.899°N 97.626°W
  • Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 6km (4mi) SW of Reno, Texas
    • 7km (4mi) W of Azle, Texas
    • 22km (14mi) NE of Weatherford, Texas
    • 22km (14mi) NW of White Settlement, Texas
    • 285km (177mi) S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Texas and Oklahoma Earthquakes Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ 19 northern TexasTexas Earthquakes Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

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List of Texas Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater since November 6, 2013 [Excludes No. 19, listed above.]  Source: USGS/EHP – Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Blog – Nov. 29, 2013.

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Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included

    • Impoundment of water behind dams
    • Injection of fluid into the earth’s crust,
    • Extraction of fluid or gas, and
    • Removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations.

In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. [...] —USGS

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Two More Quakes Strike North Texas

Posted by feww on November 29, 2013

STAY TUNED for Important Announcements Concerning the State of Texas Starting Late 2014

18 Earthquakes strike North Texas in 23 Days

16 of the quakes measure greater than M2.5 with the largest two recorded as magnitude 3.6Mw.

More than 80 minor shocks have occurred in the built-up areas of Johnson, Ellis and Parker counties in the last five years.

In May 2001, after a 3.3Mw shock occurred in Northern Texas, FIRE-EARTH Blog said: Texas quake likely caused by oil and natural gas drilling activities

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Map of N. Texas Earthquakes – 30 day shocks measuring 2.5 or greater as of November 29, 2013. Source: USGS/EHP

Details of the Latest Events

Event near Jacksboro, Texas

  • Magnitude: 2.8Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-11-28 08:41:07 UTC
  • Location: 33.020°N 98.209°W
  • Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 22km (14mi) SSW of Jacksboro, Texas
    • 25km (16mi) NNW of Mineral Wells, Texas
    • 48km (30mi) NW of Weatherford, Texas
    • 63km (39mi) WNW of Azle, Texas
    • 278km (173mi) SSW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Event N of Mineral Wells, Texas

  • Event Time: 2013-11-28 07:58:36 UTC
  • Location: 32.955°N 98.131°W
  • Depth: 5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 16km (10mi) N of Mineral Wells, Texas
    • 38km (24mi) NW of Weatherford, Texas
    • 55km (34mi) W of Azle, Texas
    • 66km (41mi) WNW of White Settlement, Texas
    • 284km (176mi) SSW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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List of Texas Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater since November 6, 2013.  Source: USGS/EHP – Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Blog – Nov. 29, 2013.

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Texas and Fracking

Oil and gas drilling rigs are moving ever closer to populated areas in Texas, causing air quality problems for the residents. “Today there are over 12,000 gas wells in the Barnett Shale surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition to the wells, infrastructure such as compressor stations are springing up near the drill sites, adding to air quality problems. In towns like DISH, TX – where 11 high-pressure gas pipelines and their associated compressor stations all converge – residents have reported serious health impacts and severely degraded air quality.” —EarthJustice

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M3.3 Quake Strikes Azle, Texas

Posted by feww on November 25, 2013

STAY TUNED for Important Announcements Concerning the State of Texas Starting Late 2014

Shallow quake strikes 7km (4mi) W of Azle, Texas

The quake measuring 3.3Mw, centered at 32.897°N 97.628°W, about 10km ESE (255 degrees) of Pelican Bay, struck at a shallow depth of 5.0km (3.1mi) on Monday at 01:43am local time.

The shock was latest in a series of 16 earthquakes to hit North Texas this month.

More than 80 minor shocks have occurred in the built-up areas of Johnson, Ellis and Parker counties in the last five years.

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USGS Community Internet Intensity Map – Northern Texas.

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Million People Affected after Earthquakes Hit NE China

Posted by feww on November 23, 2013

45,000 People lose their homes after a swarm of earthquakes strikes China

The quakes have affected more than 260,000 families, or at least one million people, in 125 villages across two counties in NE China’s Jilin Province, leaving more than 45,000 people displaced, and causing direct economic losses of 2 billion yuan ($328 million), said Xinhua.

A significant quake measuring 5.8Mw, centered at 44.6ºN, 124.1ºE, struck at a depth of about 9km at 6:04am Beijing Time, said China Earthquake Networks Center.

A significant aftershock measuring 5.0Mw struck close to the epicenter at a depth of about 8km some 28 minutes later. The quakes were followed by a swarm of at least 280 smaller aftershocks.

There were no reports of casualties available, as of posting (November 23, 2013 at 14:50UTC).

“All schools and kindergartens in Songyuan City have been suspended due to the quakes. Education authorities in Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County have asked schools in the region to close for the following one to two weeks,” reported Xinhua.

The latest shocks followed another shallow quake measuring 5.3Mw, centered at 44.7ºN, 124.1ºE,  which struck at a depth of about 8km, shaking the city of Songyuan in northeast China’s Jilin Province on Friday at 4:18 p.m. , the EQ Center said.

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Earthquake Location Map (44.7ºN, 124.1ºE). Source: GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN)

“The earthquake lasted for about 3 seconds. I felt it was more severe than the last time, and my house was partly damaged,” a resident in Yingtu Village of Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County, told Xinhua.

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ORIGINAL CAPTION: A house is damaged at quake-hit Yingtu Village of the Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County, Songyuan City, northeast China’s Jilin Province, Nov. 23, 2013. From Friday afternoon to Saturday morning, three earthquakes measuring above 5 magnitude were reported in the Qian Gorlos or the border area between Qian Gorlos and Qian’an county in Songyuan City. (Xinhua/Zhang Nan). More images…

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Earthquakes Destroy or Damage Thousands of Homes in NE China

Posted by feww on November 1, 2013

Quakes injure a dozen people, but cause much devastation in Jilin Province, NE China

Two moderate earthquakes, measuring magnitudes 5.5 and 5.0 respectively, struck Songyuan City in NE China’s Jillin Province Thursday morning local time, destroying at least 55 homes and damaging more than 4,100 others, said a report.

The larger of the two quakes was centered at 44.6ºN, 124.2ºE, according to the country’s Earthquake Networks Center.

Local officials have relocated more than 14,400 residents in Chaganhua Town, the report said.

“Telecommunications have been cut off in Dongbaiyinhua Village, located at the quake’s epicenter, according to an officer from Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County.”

The cost of damage and associated economic losses have been estimated at about 130 million yuan ($21.33 million).

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Original Caption: Rescuers set up tents at a temporary shelter in quake-hit Qian’an County of Songyuan City, northeast China’s Jilin Province, Nov. 1, 2013. Two earthquakes, 5.5-magnitude and 5.0-magnitude respectively, jolted Songyuan City of Jilin Province Thursday morning, leaving at least 12 people injured and many houses damaged. The Jilin provincial government has allotted 10 million yuan (about 1.6 million U.S. dollars) in disaster relief funds to the quake-hit region. Relief teams have also been sent there. A shipment of 1,100 tents, 1,000 quilts and 100 folding beds has been sent to the area. Bottled water, bread and instant noodles are being given out to quake victims.(Xinhua/Zhang Nan). More images…

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M6.6 Quake Strikes Off Chile Coast

Posted by feww on November 1, 2013

Strong Quake Strikes 43km SW of Coquimbo, Chile

The quake follows an earlier strong shock that occurred at 35.413°S, 72.368°W on October 30, 2013.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.6Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-10-31 @ 23:03:56 UTC
  • Location: 30.315°S 71.733°W
  • Depth: 10.7km (6.6mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 43km (27mi) SSW of Coquimbo, Chile
    • 47km (29mi) NW of Ovalle, Chile
    • 52km (32mi) SW of La Serena, Chile
    • 73km (45mi) NW of Monte Patria, Chile
    • 360km (224mi) NNW of Santiago, Chile

Earthquake Location Map

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Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

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Strong Quake Strikes Taiwan

Posted by feww on October 31, 2013

UPDATE: The quake magnitude has been downgraded to 6.3Mw by Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau

 

Strong, Shallow Quake Strikes 45km SSW of Hualian, Taiwan

Members Note: Multiple plates going through a laborious algorithm to produce the desired outcome!

REVISED EQ Details

  • Magnitude: 6.3Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-10-31 @ 12:02UTC
  • Location: 23.55°N, 121.42°E
  • Depth: 19.5km
  • Source: Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan

Nearby Cities

  • 53km SSW of Hualien County, Taiwan
  • 760km (472mi) ENE of Hong Kong

NO local reports of damage or casualties available  as of posting.

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Source: Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

More detail to follow …

Seismic activity along the boundaries of the Philippine Sea Plate (Allen et al., 2009) has produced 7 great (M>8.0) earthquakes and 250 large (M>7) events. Among the most destructive events were the 1923 Kanto, the 1948 Fukui and the 1995 Kobe (Japan) earthquakes (99,000, 5,100, and 6,400 casualties, respectively), the 1935 and the 1999 Chi-Chi (Taiwan) earthquakes (3,300 and 2,500 casualties, respectively), and the 1976 M7.6 Moro Gulf and 1990 M7.6 Luzon (Philippines) earthquakes (7,100 and 2,400 casualties, respectively). There have also been a number of tsunami-generating events in the region, including the Moro Gulf earthquake, whose tsunami resulted in more than 5,000 deaths. –USGS/EHP

Typhoon KROSA Image Update

The quake struck Taiwan as the outer bands of Typhoon KROSA battered the coastal areas south and southeast of the island.

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Typhoon KROSA Visible/IR  satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 12:30UTC on October 31, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Deadly Aftershock Strikes NNE of Awaran, Pakistan

Posted by feww on September 28, 2013

M6.8 strikes at a depth of 14.8km near Awaran

The quake has killed at least a dozen people and injured more than two dozen others, after it destroyed several houses in Nokjo district of Awaran, Baluchistan, according to early reports.

Meantime, death toll from an earlier earthquake that struck the region on September 24 has reached 515, with about 1,000 others injured, according to local officials.

The earlier quake, which was followed by several  significant aftershocks, destroyed thousands of homes in villages near the epicenter, affecting more than 300,000 people in the sparsely populated region.

This earthquake was an aftershock which occurred approximately 30 km to the NNE of the September 24, 2013 M7.7 event, according to USGS/EHP.

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EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Event Time: 2013-09-28 07:34UTC
  • Epicenter: 27.263°N, 65.587°E
  • Depth: 14.8km (9.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 96km NNE of Awaran, Pakistan
    • 135km NNW of Bela, Pakistan
    • 811km ENE of Muscat, Oman

Tectonic Summary

The September 28, 2013 M6.8 earthquake in south-central Pakistan occurred as the result of oblique-strike-slip motion at shallow crustal depths. This earthquake is an aftershock located approximately 30 km to the north-northeast of the September 24, 2013 M7.7 event, which struck with a similar faulting mechanism. As with the September 24 event, the September 28 earthquake mechanism and location are consistent with rupture within the Eurasia plate above the Makran subduction zone. The event occurred within the transition zone between northward subduction of the Arabia plate beneath the Eurasia plate and northward collision of the India plate with the Eurasia plate. … Makran subduction zone has produced large devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. Read more…

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 25, 2013

Posted by feww on September 25, 2013

Toll from Pakistan quake rises

About 1,000 people were killed or injured after a powerful 7.7Mw quake on Tuesday struck Baluchistan region in SW Pakistan, reports said.

“Two hundred and eighty five bodies have so far been recovered in the Awaran district,” the deputy commissioner of Awaran, the worst affected area, told Reuters.

“And 42 bodies were found in the neighboring Kech district,” he added.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Typhoon USAGI Kills Dozens in China

Typhoon USAGi has killed at least 29 people since making landfall in Shanwei City, in south China’s Guangdong Province on Sunday, authorities said.

As of Tuesday evening, the typhoon had affected 9.23 million people, forcing more than 530,000 residents in the province to relocate, said a report.

USAGI has ruined 152,000 hectares of crops of and destroyed 15,000 houses, causing direct economic losses of 17.76 billion yuan ($2.9billion), the report said.

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120,000 displaced Filipinos face humanitarian crisis: UN

Two weeks of fighting between government troops and rebels has forced more than 138,000 Filipinos to flee their homes. The clashes have left about 132 people dead, and more than 10,000 home destroyed in Zamboanga and the neighboring Basilan province.

The displaced victims are at risk of disease from unsanitary conditions, said the UN.

  • Estimated no of people affected in Zamboanga City and Basilan: 257,131
  • Estimated no of people displaced in Zamboanga City: 119,952
  • Estimated no of people displaced in Basilan: 18,890
  • Source: UNOCHA

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Iraq Body Count for September rapidly reaching 1,000

At least 22 more people were killed in Iraq on Tuesday, raising the September death toll so far to 940 civilians, according to IBC.

As of September 24, at least 5,550 people, both civilians and military personnel, have been killed and more than 13,000 other wounded in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to figures procvided by UNAMI and others.

Meantime, “insurgents on Wednesday carried out a coordinated gunfire and car bomb attack on government facilities and security forces in the Hawijah city in Iraq’s oil-rich province of Kirkuk, killing 15 people and wounding 30 others,” said a report.

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The health situation continues to deteriorate across Syria

“Some 60 per cent of public hospitals, 34 per cent of public health centres and 92 per cent of public ambulances have been affected. Around 212 health care staff have been killed, injured or kidnapped. In some locations, including Homs, 50 per cent of doctors have left  the country. In and around Aleppo city, only 36 doctors are practicing comp ared to 5,000 before the crisis. Around 70 per cent of pharmaceutical plants in the country have been impacted,” said UN OCHA.

Current Humanitarian Crisis
Population: 21.4m
No. of people in need: 6.8m
No. of IDPs: 4.25m
No. of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries & North Africa: 2.1m

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State of Emergency declared around Olympic city Sochi due to flooding

Russian authorities declared a state of emergency in Sochi and evacuated a village after flooding and mudslides swamped the city that will host the Winter Olympics, said a report.

“A highway leading to some of the Alpine event venues was flooded by up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) of water, which emergency workers said they were trying to drain, the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said.”

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Monsoon rains enhanced by USAGI kill dozens in Vietnam and Cambodia

Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by Typhoon USAGI have buffeted  parts of Vietnam and Cambodia, triggering severe flooding and mudslides and killing at least 36 people, authorities said.

The death toll from USAGI exceeds 100, as of posting. Countries  worst-affected by the powerful typhoon were Philippines, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

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Deadly Quake Prompts New Island to Rise Off Pakistan Coastline

Posted by feww on September 25, 2013

Death toll from powerful quake rises to 100, with more than 200 others injured in Pakistan

The quake measuring 7.7Mw struck 66km north-northeast of Awaran, a remote part of the Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan.

The quake and its aftershocks destroyed scores of mud houses near the epicenter in sparsely populated Baluchistan region.

EQ Details

  • Event Time: 2013-09-24 11:29:48 UTC
  • Location: 27.000°N, 65.514°E
  • Depth: 20.0km (12.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 66km (41mi) NNE of Awaran, Pakistan
    • 116km (72mi) NW of Bela, Pakistan

New Island Emerges from Arabian Sea

The powerful quake caused the seabed to rise and form a small island in the Arabian Sea, about 500 meters off Pakistan’s coastline.

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Powerful earthquake hits Baluchistan, forcing the sea bed to rise and form a new island in the Arabian Sea. Image sourced from news.cn/gmw.cn

EQ Location Map

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Powerful Quake Kills Dozens in Pakistan

Posted by feww on September 24, 2013

M7.7 earthquake strikes 66km NNE of Awaran, Pakistan

A powerful quake measuring 7.7Mw struck 66km north-northeast of Awaran, a remote part of the Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan, USGS/EHP reported.

The quake, centered 27.000°N, 65.514°E, struck at a depth of about 20km. Tremors were felt as far east as the Indian capital New Delhi, as well Karachi in Pakistan.

The quake has left at least 100 people dead or injured, and destroyed scores of mud houses in Awaran, according to early reports.

Aftershocks

At least 5 significant aftershocks followed the mainshock, as of posting, with the strongest measuring 5.9Mw.

EQ Location Map [USGS/EHP]

awaran quake

EQ Details

  • Event Time: 2013-09-24 11:29:48 UTC
  • Location: 27.000°N, 65.514°E
  • Depth: 20.0km (12.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 66km (41mi) NNE of Awaran, Pakistan
    • 116km (72mi) NW of Bela, Pakistan

Estimated Fatalities: Red Alert

USGS has issued a Red Alert Level for shaking-related fatalities, which means high casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.

Estimated Economic Losses

USGS has issued an Orange Alert Level for economic losses. Significant damage is likely. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Pakistan.


Tectonic Summary [USGS]

The September 24, 2013 M7.7 earthquake in south-central Pakistan occurred as the result of oblique-strike-slip type motion at shallow crustal depths. The location and mechanism of the earthquake are consistent with rupture within the Eurasia plate above the Makran subduction zone. The event occurred within the transition zone between northward subduction of the Arabia plate beneath the Eurasia plate and northward collision of the India plate with the Eurasia plate. The epicenter of the event is 69km north of Awaran, Pakistan, and 270km north of Karachi, Pakistan (population 11.6 million). Read More…

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M6.5 Quake Strikes Guatemala

Posted by feww on September 7, 2013

Strong quake strikes near Mexico-Guatemala border

The quake was centered at 14.7°N, 92.1°W and struck at a depth of about 68km, according to USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt strongly in the capital Guatemala City, about 170km to the east of the epicenter, but there were no immediate report of damage, as of posting.

The mainshock was followed by at least one significant aftershock measuring 5.4Mw.

Quake Details

Time: 2013-09-07 09:13:30 UTC+09:00
Location: 14.668°N 92.075°W
Depth: 67.7km

Nearby Cities

  • 6km (4mi) SW of Pajapita, Guatemala
  • 8km (5mi) E of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala
  • 20km (12mi) NE of Suchiate, Mexico
  • 22km (14mi) W of Coatepeque, Guatemala
  • 168km (104mi) W of Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

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Busy Day at the Pacific Rim of Fire

Posted by feww on September 4, 2013

M6.5 quake strikes near Atka, Alaska

Strong quake measuring 6.5Mw struck about 77km (48mi) SSW of Atka, Alaska at 02:32 UTC, Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

The quake was centered at 51.592°N 174.760°W, and struck about 39.9km (24.8mi) deep, USGS/EHP reported.

NO tsunami reported.

Two significant aftershocks followed the mainshock, as of posting.

  • 5.5Mw + 78km SSW of Atka, Alaska 2013-09-04 13:16:31 UTC+09:00 D=34.6 km
  • 5.2Mw + 80km SW of Atka, Alaska 2013-09-04 14:15:56 UTC+09:00 D=44.8 km

The quake followed similar size shocks that struck Izu Islands, Japan Region and Bella Bella, Canada since late Tuesday.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map No. 2, Sept. 4, 2013. at 06:10UTC. Image source: USGS/EHP.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map No.1, Sept. 4, 2013 at 01:20UTC. Image source: USGS/EHP.

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Strong Quakes Strike Japan, Canada Regions

Posted by feww on September 4, 2013

M6.9 Strikes Izu Islands, Japan Region

The quake, measuring 6.9MW and centered at 29.8°N, 139°E, struck at a depth of about 400km, according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). NO tsunami expected.

The event occurred at about 00:18UTC on Wednesday September 4, 2013.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map, Sept. 4, 2013. Image source: USGS/EHP.

M6.0  quake strikes 191km WSW of Bella Bella, Canada

A magnitude 6.0 quake struck offshore about 191km (119mi) WSW of Bella Bella, Canada, USGS/EHP reported.

The shallow quake occurred at a depth of about 1km, centered at 51.2°N 130.4°W, said USGS.

The mainshock was followed by several significant aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5.9Mw as of posting.

  1. 5.9Mw + 163km SW of Bella Bella, Canada 2013-09-04 09:23:12 UTC+09:00 Depth of 9.9 km
  2. 5.0Mw + 188km SW of Bella Bella, Canada 2013-09-04 07:29:32 UTC+09:00 9.8 km

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Significant Aftershocks Continue to Rock Aleutian Islands

Posted by feww on August 31, 2013

8 significant aftershocks strike Aleutian Islands, following M7.0 quake

At least 8 significant aftershocks, measuring 5.0Mw or larger, were among a swarm of dozen quakes that hit Aleutian Islands, Alaska, following a powerful 7.0 mainshock that occurred ESE of Adak, Alaska earlier today.

West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami advisory, watch or warning in effect after the mainshock.

The M7.0 quake struck about 94km (58mi) ESE of Adak, Alaska and was strongly felt in Adak, about 2,000km southwest of Anchorage, according to reports.

There was no report of major damage or injuries, as of posting.

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Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Details of Mainshock

  • Event Time: 2013-08-30 16:25:02 UTC
  • Location: 51.610°N 175.361°W depth=33.5km (20.8mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 94km (58mi) ESE of Adak, Alaska
    • 1,520km (944mi) SSE of Anadyr’, Russia

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Irish Sea earthquakes send tremors across British Isles

Posted by feww on August 26, 2013

Earthquakes felt both in Ireland and the UK

Two earthquakes struck in the Irish Sea early Sunday, said the British Geological Survey.

The strongest shock measured 3.3 on the Richter scale at a depth of about 5km some 25km off the coast of Blackpool at 10.58am (BST), and was reportedly felt by people on the British mainland.

An earlier quake measuring about 2.4 magnitude at a depth of 3km occurred about 4 hours earlier.

[Really?]

“The Irish National Seismic Network , which monitors seismic activity, has said that today’s earthquakes were ‘most likely the result of glacial rebound, the process whereby stresses built up the weight of glaciers from the last Ice Age are slowly released,'” said a report.

“It was not as strong as the Irish Sea earthquake on May 29th this year. The epicenter of the quake, which registered at magnitude 3.8, was 15km away from the town of Abersoch in Gwynedd, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.”

A magnitude 4.0 quake struck the Iceland Region (62.90°N, 25.18°W) on Sunday at 07:00 UTC.

Local geologists would be advised to investigate connection between those quakes.

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Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured in Gansu Quakes, China

Posted by feww on July 22, 2013

Headline News July 22, 2013

At least 75 killed, 400 injured in NW China earthquakes

Magnitude 6.6 quake struck NW China’s Gansu Province killing at least 75 people and  leaving more than 400 others injured, most of them seriously.

At least 30,000 homes have been damaged and as many as 2,000 have collapsed after the earthquakes.

The mainshock, which was reported  as a magnitude 5.9 event by USGS/EHP, was followed by at least one significant aftershock measuring 5.6Mw, as of posting.

Earthquake Details

  • Time: 2013-07-22 08:45:56 [UTC+09:00]
  • Location:  34.499°N,  104.243°E  [USGS]
  • Depth: 9.8km[USGS],  20km [Official China sources]

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Original caption: Photo taken on July 22, 2013 shows a damaged house in quake-hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China’s Gansu Province. Fifty-four deaths have so far been confirmed in the 6.6-magnitude earthquake which jolted a juncture region of Minxian County and Zhangxian County in Dingxi City Monday morning. (Xinhua/Tu Guoxi)

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Original caption: Photo taken with a mobile phone shows rescuers work in quake-hit Meichuan Town of Minxian County, northwest China’s Gansu Province, July 22, 2013. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted a juncture region of Minxian County and Zhangxian County in Dingxi City Monday morning.  (Xinhua). More images …

Deadly Earthquakes in China

  • Apr 2013 – M6.6  earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 160
  • Sept 2012 – M5.6 earthquake in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces killed at least 80
  • Mar 2011 – M5.4 earthquake in Yunnan province killed at least 22
  • Apr 2010 – M6.9 earthquake in Qinghai province killed more than 1,100
  • May 2008 – M7.9 earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 86,000

See blog content for details.

UPDATED Monday July 22, 2013 @ 11:45UTC

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Global Seismicity in the Past Hour

Posted by feww on July 8, 2013

Another Unmistakable Pattern !

Significant earthquakes on 2013-07-08 @ 22:38:59 UTC+09:00

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Global Seismic Map showing 25 earthquakes on 2013-07-08 @ 22:38:59 UTC+09:00. Source: USGS/EHP

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 20 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 20, 2013

UPDATE 6: Powerful Earthquake Kills up to 200, injures many thousands in China

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county  of Ya’an city in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m. Saturday  Beijing Time [00:02 UTC,] killing about 200 people and injuring  many thousands more.

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Displaced residents rest next to ruins of houses after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Longmen Township, Lushan County, Ya’an City of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoli). More images …

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OTHER GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Missouri declares a state of emergency after rainstorm triggers worst flooding in century

Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to heavy rain and flash flooding in much of the state.

Many portions of NE Missouri received up to 5 inches of rain this week, causing streams and rivers to rise above flood stage, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

Several Missouri counties have independently declared states of  emergency issuing mandatory evacuation orders for hundreds of residents.

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Indiana Pounded by Extreme Rain Events, Counties Declare States of Emergency

Several counties in Indiana, including Boone and Tipton counties, north of Indianapolis, has declared states of emergency since Friday.

  • NWS issued a flash flood warning for much of Indiana after most of the state received up to 5 inches of rain.
  • Emergency workers have rescued dozens of people from flooded homes using boats.
  • “Numerous homes are underwater or flooded, stranding homeowners and their families,” said Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Flooding reported along dozens of rivers across the Midwest.

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Latest Disaster Declarations

  • Iowa Gov. Bransted has issued a disaster declaration for five eastern counties:  Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington.
  • Illinois Gov. Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas.
    • “Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days. ” Quinn said.

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Lee County in Iowa Declares a State of Emergency amid Flooding

Lee County, Iowa, has declared a state of emergency due to recent heavy rains that have caused the Mississippi, Des Moines and Skunk rivers to begin rising and the expected flooding that will cause severe damage to public and private property, critical infrastructure, disruption of utility service, including but not limited to power generation, water and waste-water, and endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of Lee County within the disaster area.The Lee County Board of Supervisors have declared.

  • The Mississippi River’s level at Keokuk rose to 21.06 feet on Friday, more than 5 feet above the flood stage, and is expected to crest at 22.8 feet on Saturday, said a report.

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Canada: Ontario Towns Declare States of Emergency

The towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville in Central Ontario, Canada have declared states of emergency, said a report.

  • Heavy rain in Bracebridge has damaged infrastructure and evacuations in low lying areas could follow, the report said.

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China confirms 96 cases of H7N9 infections, 18 fatalities

Chinese health officials confirmed 5 new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza—one in Shanghai, one in Jiangsu and three in Zhejiang—raising the total number of reported cases to 96, with 18 fatalities, Xinhua reported.

  • “A total of 33 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported in Shanghai. Twenty-three cases, including three deaths, have been reported in Jiangsu Province, and 33 cases, including three deaths, in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases, with one ending in death. Beijing has reported one case and three have been reported in Henan Province,” said the report.
  • At least 69 of the patients are receiving treatment in designated hospitals.

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