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Strong Quake Strikes Baffin Bay

Posted by feww on July 8, 2009

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Occurred at Baffin Bay off the NW Coast of Greenland

FEWW Moderators believe magnitude of the seismicity most likely intensified as a result of icemelt in the region.

Other examples of climate-intensified natural events would be posted on this blog when they occur.

Location of earthquake is marked on the Bathymetric map of the Arctic Ocean. Original Map: NOAA

Details of the Earthquake

  • Magnitude: 6.1
  • Date-Time:
    • Tuesday, July 07, 2009 at 19:11:45 UTC
    • Tuesday, July 07, 2009 at 02:11:45 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 75.325°N, 72.312°W
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
  • Region: BAFFIN BAY
  • Distances:
    • 170 km (105 miles) SW of Qaanaaq (Thule), Greenland
    • 315 km (195 miles) ESE of Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada
    • 1455 km (910 miles) NNW of NUUK (GODTHAB), Greenland
    • 3330 km (2070 miles) N of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.8 km (2.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
  • Parameters:  NST=216, Nph=216, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 58°, M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=T
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID us2009iubh

Earthquake Location:

10-degree Map Centered at 75°N,80°W

Seismic Hazard Map


Historic Seismicity

Historic Seismicity - neic_iubh_7


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2 Responses to “Strong Quake Strikes Baffin Bay”

  1. msrb said

    Arctic sea ice has thinned dramatically

  2. […] Strong Quake Strikes Baffin Bay […]

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