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Strong Quake Strikes SE of the Loyalty Islands

Posted by feww on December 9, 2009

New Episodes of Intense Seismicity Before Year End Highly Probable

Earthquake Measuring Up to 6.7 Mw Strikes Southeast of the Loyalty Islands

Strong Earthquake Measuring up to Magnitude 6.7 struck 120 km west of Ile Hunter, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, at a depth of about 60km on December 09, 2009 at 09:46 UTC.

The earthquake occurred about 42 km NNW of the Matthew Island volcano. Since November 2008 at least a half dozen strong quakes measuring between 6.1 and 6.8Mw have struck close to the volcano.

Special Interest: Sumatra’s Mt Kerinci Erupts

10-degree Map Centered at 20°S,170°E

Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude:  [Maximum quake magnitude estimated at 6.7 Mw by FEWW]
  • GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
  • Region: Southeast of Loyalty Islands
  • Time: 2009-12-09 09:46:05.7 UTC
  • Epicenter: 170.96°E 22.24°S
  • Depth: 59 km
  • Status: manually revised

Historic Seismicity (Source: USGS/EHP)

Seismic Hazard Map (Source: USGS/EHP)

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4 Responses to “Strong Quake Strikes SE of the Loyalty Islands”

  1. feww said

    2009-12-17 20:01:23.5 51.56 N 179.94 E 51km 6.1Mw RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS

    2009-12-18 07:33:00.3 18.00 S 65.62 E 2Km 6.2Mw MAURITIUS – REUNION REGION

    2009-12-19 23:19:21.7 10.12 S 33.81 E 40Km 6.3Mw MALAWI
    Strong earthquake measuring 6.7 Mw strikes off the coast of Taiwan

    The M6.7 earthquake struck about 25 km (15 miles) SSE of Hua-lien, Taiwan, at a depth of about 40 km on Saturday 19 December 2009 at 13:02 UTC.
    Large Quake Could Strike Near Padang, Sumatra
    Strong Earthquake Measuring 6.2 Mw Strikes Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia

    An earthquake measuring 6.2 Mw struck Kepulauan Mentawai Region, about 115 km (70 miles) WSW of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia, at a depth of about 22km. The mainshock was followed by at least one aftershock measuring 5.3Mw.
    2009-12-24 00:23:29.2 42.26 N , 134.83E 365Km 6.5Mw PRIMOR’YE, RUSSIA
    Region: Banda Sea
    Time: 2009-12-26 08:57:26.2 UTC
    Magnitude: 6.3
    Epicenter: 131.26°E 5.54°S
    Depth: 76 km
    2009-12-24 14:01:59 6.0Mw 15.80 S 74.06 W 54km Near Coast of Peru
    NOTE: Maximum earthquake magnitude estimated by FEWW

  2. feww said

    2009 December 14 08:54:05 UTC

    Location: 6.004°S, 154.382°E
    Depth: 73.8 km (45.9 miles)
    130 km (80 miles) W of Arawa, Bougainville, PNG
    225 km (140 miles) SE of Taron, New Ireland, PNG
    885 km (550 miles) ENE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
    2385 km (1480 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
    Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 7.3 km (4.5 miles); depth +/- 18.3 km (11.4 miles)
    Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID:us2009qeam

  3. feww said

    Magnitude 6.1 – SEA OF OKHOTSK
    2009 December 10 02:30:51 UTC

    Date-Time: Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 01:30:51 PM at epicenter
    Location: 53.459°N, 152.675°E
    Depth : 641.8 km (398.8 miles)
    Region: SEA OF OKHOTSK
    390 km (240 miles) NW of Severo-Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands, Russia
    400 km (250 miles) W of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
    2220 km (1380 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
    6540 km (4060 miles) NE of MOSCOW, Russia
    Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.4 km (2.7 miles); depth +/- 7.7 km (4.8 miles)
    Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID: us2009qaaf

  4. feww said

    Magnitude: 5.9 – SIMEULUE, INDONESIA

    Date-Time: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 at 21:29:05 UTC
    [Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 04:29:05 AM at epicenter]
    Location: 2.745°N, 95.968°E
    Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
    310 km (195 miles) WSW of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
    310 km (195 miles) SSE of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
    335 km (210 miles) WNW of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia
    1545 km (960 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
    Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID: us2009pzbm

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