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Thousands Dead or Injured in SW China Quake

Posted by feww on August 4, 2014

DEADLY EARTHQUAKE
MAJOR DISASTER
MASS CASUALTIES
SCENARIOS 444, 080, 070, 09, 08, 07
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Earthquake kills at least 398, injures 1,881 others in SW China

Death toll has risen to at least 398, with 1,881 others injured, from an earthquake that struck SW China’s Yunnan province on Sunday, August 3, reported Xinhua, the country’s official news agency.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake, said to be the strongest to strike the province in 100 years, has destroyed or damaged more than 42,000 buildings, said the report.

The quake has destroyed or damaged about 90 percent of “wood and earth” houses, which includes most of the structures in the disaster zone, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The deadly quake has affected at least 1.09 million people, forcing more than 230,000 people to relocate.

According to USGS/EHP, at least 4 aftershocks measuring between magnitudes 4.5Mw and 4.7Mw have struck the disaster zone, as of posting.

“As of 8 a.m. Monday, 411 aftershocks had been recorded in the quake-hit region, with four measured between 4.0 to 4.9 magnitude and five between 3.0 to 3.9 magnitude, according to the administration,” said Xinhua.

Meanwhile, China’s National Committee for Disaster Mitigation has upgraded its disaster relief response to the highest-level, said the report.

“[The National Committee for Disaster Mitigation] decided to lift the level of the disaster relief response from grade III to I at 11 a.m. Monday. Grade I is usually issued for ‘especially major natural disasters’ in which more than 200 people are killed or more than 1 million people are relocated.”

Thundershowers are forecast through Wednesday, making the relief work much more difficult in the mountainous disaster zone.

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Alaska Rattled by Earthquake Cluster

Posted by feww on June 8, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
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M5.5 strikes near Noatak, AK followed by dozens of aftershocks

Centered at 67.719°N, 162.385°W, the event occurred at a depth of 16.4km (10.2mi), followed by at least two dozen aftershocks.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 5.5Mw
Event Time: 2014-06-07 at 04:43:33 UTC
Location: 67.719°N 162.385°W depth=16.4km (10.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 35km (22mi) NE of Noatak, Alaska
  • 728km (452mi) WNW of Fairbanks, Alaska

EQ Location Map

Noatak-Alska 7-8-14
1 Day, All Magnitudes Worldwide: 171 earthquakes – DownloadUpdated: 2014-06-08 2014-06-08 04:47:29 UTC– 56 earthquakes in the larger Alaska map area. Source: USGS/EHP


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The next detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be released together with Bulletin NO. 104 later today (June 8, 2014).


 Volcanic Activity in Alaska

PAVLOF VOLCANO (VNUM #312030)
55°25’2″ N 161°53’37” W, Summit Elevation 8261 ft (2518 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

The eruption of Pavlof Volcano continues. Seismicity remains steady and unchanged in the past 24 hours. No thermal or ash signals were visible in cloudy satellite and web camera images.

  • Shishaldin: Color Code: ORANGE/ Alert Level WATCH
  • Cleveland: Color Code YELLOW / Alert Level ADVISORY
  • Veniaminof: Color Code YELLOW / Alert Level ADVISORY

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M7.2 Quake Strikes Balilihan, Philippines

Posted by feww on October 15, 2013

UPDATE at 09:45UTC – October 15, 2013

  • The quake death toll has reached a least 36, with about 100 others injured, or reported as missing both in Bohol and Cebu islands.

UPDATE at 06:00UTC – October 15, 2013

  • Death toll from the quake has climbed to at least 24, with about 20 others injured, according to local sources.
  • USGS has raised its estimate for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses to “Yellow alert.”
  • At least 11 significant aftershocks have occurred, including 9 events on Bohol Island, as of posting.

UPDATE at 02:00UTC – October 15, 2013

PAGER: Green – Estimated Fatalities: Low, with some economic damage
ShakeMap: VIII – severe shaking causing heavy to moderate damage

  • At least 8 people have been killed, according to local reports.

USGS EQ Hazard Program has revised its initial details of the quake as follows

  • Magnitude:  7.1Mw
  • Time: 2013-10-15 09:12:32 UTC+09:00
  • Location: 9.866°N 124.011°E (2km NE of Catigbian, Philippines)
  • Depth: 20.0km

At least 5 significant aftershocks have struck the region , as of UPDATE at 02:00UTC – October 15, 2013

bohol eq
UPDATED Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

Powerful Quake Strikes 5km E of Balilihan, Bohol Island, Philippines

The quake struck onshore at a depth of about 56.8km. The mainshock was followed by at least 2 significant aftershocks measuring 5.4 and 5.3Mw respectively, as of posting.

  • The island province of Bohol is located in the Central Visayas region. Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines with a population of about 1.5 million.
  • Full extent of the damage, or injuries was unknown, as of posting, but there were reports of significant damage to roads and electricity lines throughout the region.
  • NO tsunami warning or advisories issued.

Tsunami Evaluation
[Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS – Issued At 00:22UTC 15 Oct 2013]

No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

Earthquake Location Map

phil quake 15oct2013
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

phil quake -image credit Charlotte Knowles
Quake damage in Bohol. Image credit Charlotte Knowles

Santo Niño de Cebú RC Church damaged by quake
Santo Niño de Cebú RC Church damaged by the quake. Image credit: Franz Estores

More details to follow…

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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.

awaran 223
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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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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Mega Quake Strikes Off the Coast of Sumatra

Posted by feww on April 11, 2012

M8.7 Earthquake strikes off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia

The earthquake was epicentered at  2.348°N, 93.073°E and occurred at a depth of 32km, according to USGS.

Distances:

  • 435 km (270 miles) SW (215°) from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 964 km (599 miles) W (265°) from KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia


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

[NOTE: USGS has since revised quake magnitude to 8.6Mw]


Internet Intensity Map.  (Source USGS).

Tsunami Alert

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0945Z 11 APR 2012
THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

... AN INDIAN-OCEAN-WIDE TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR

 INDONESIA / INDIA / AUSTRALIA / SRI LANKA / MYANMAR / THAILAND /
 MALDIVES / UNITED KINGDOM / MALAYSIA / MAURITIUS / REUNION /
 SEYCHELLES / OMAN / PAKISTAN / SOMALIA / MADAGASCAR / IRAN /
 UAE / YEMEN / COMORES / MOZAMBIQUE / KENYA / TANZANIA /
 CROZET ISLANDS / BANGLADESH / KERGUELEN ISLANDS / SOUTH AFRICA /
 SINGAPORE
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 0839Z 11 APR 2012 COORDINATES - 2.3 NORTH 93.1 EAST LOCATION - OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA MAGNITUDE - 8.7

EVALUATION

 EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A
 WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN AFFECT COASTLINES ACROSS
 THE ENTIRE INDIAN OCEAN BASIN.

 HOWEVER - IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED.  THIS
 WATCH IS BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AUTHORITIES IN
 THE REGION SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THE
 POSSIBILITY OF A WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI. WE ARE STILL
 WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION OF TSUNAMI FROM NEAREST SEA-LEVEL
 STATIONS.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME [Z, UTC, GMT]
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 INDONESIA        SIMEULUE            2.5N  96.0E    0912Z 11 APR
                  BANDA_ACEH          5.5N  95.1E    0933Z 11 APR
                  SIBERUT             1.5S  98.7E    0944Z 11 APR
                  PADANG              0.9S 100.1E    1025Z 11 APR
                  BENGKULU            3.9S 102.0E    1037Z 11 APR
                  CILACAP             7.8S 108.9E    1150Z 11 APR
                  BANDAR_LAMPUNG      5.7S 105.3E    1200Z 11 APR
                  BALI                8.7S 115.3E    1234Z 11 APR
                  BELAWAN             3.8N  98.8E    1326Z 11 APR
                  KUPANG             10.0S 123.4E    1333Z 11 APR
                  BALI                8.7S 115.3E    1234Z 11 APR
 INDIA            GREAT_NICOBAR       7.1N  93.6E    0937Z 11 APR
                  LITTLE_ANDAMAN     10.7N  92.3E    1015Z 11 APR
                  NORTH_ANDAMAN      13.3N  92.6E    1045Z 11 APR
                  PORT_BLAIR         11.9N  92.7E    1050Z 11 APR
                  CHENNAI            13.4N  80.4E    1134Z 11 APR
                  TRIVANDRUM          8.3N  76.9E    1204Z 11 APR
                  KAKINADA           17.2N  82.7E    1204Z 11 APR
                  MANGALORE          13.3N  74.4E    1339Z 11 APR
                  BOMBAY             18.8N  72.6E    1605Z 11 APR
                  GULF_OF_KUTCH      22.7N  68.9E    1636Z 11 APR
 AUSTRALIA        COCOS_ISLAND       12.1S  96.7E    1046Z 11 APR
                  NORTH_WEST_CAPE    21.5S 113.9E    1312Z 11 APR
                  CAPE_INSPIRATIO    25.9S 113.0E    1413Z 11 APR
                  PERTH              32.0S 115.3E    1421Z 11 APR
                  AUGUSTA            34.3S 114.7E    1440Z 11 APR
                  GERALDTOWN         28.6S 114.3E    1456Z 11 APR
                  CAPE_LEVEQUE       16.1S 122.6E    1500Z 11 APR
                  ESPERANCE          34.0S 121.8E    1614Z 11 APR
                  KINGSTON_SOUTH_    37.0S 139.4E    1747Z 11 APR
                  HEARD_ISLAND       54.0S  73.5E    1803Z 11 APR
                  EUCLA_MOTEL        31.8S 128.9E    1824Z 11 APR
                  HOBART             43.3S 147.6E    1858Z 11 APR
                  DARWIN             12.1S 130.7E    1921Z 11 APR
 SRI LANKA        TRINCOMALEE         8.7N  81.3E    1049Z 11 APR
                  DONDRA_HEAD         5.9N  80.6E    1054Z 11 APR
                  COLOMBO             6.9N  79.8E    1121Z 11 APR
                  JAFFNA              9.9N  80.0E    1235Z 11 APR
 MYANMAR          CHEDUBA_ISLAND     18.9N  93.4E    1142Z 11 APR
                  CHEDUBA_ISLAND     18.9N  93.4E    1142Z 11 APR
                  PYINKAYAING        15.9N  94.3E    1152Z 11 APR
                  SITTWE             20.0N  92.9E    1220Z 11 APR
                  MERGUI             12.8N  98.4E    1328Z 11 APR
                  YANGON             16.5N  96.4E    1720Z 11 APR
 THAILAND         PHUKET              8.0N  98.2E    1113Z 11 APR
                  KO_PHRA_THONG       9.1N  98.2E    1203Z 11 APR
                  KO_TARUTAO          6.6N  99.6E    1233Z 11 APR
 MALDIVES         GAN                 0.6S  73.2E    1144Z 11 APR
                  MALE                4.2N  73.6E    1149Z 11 APR
                  MINICOV             8.3N  73.0E    1214Z 11 APR
 UNITED KINGDOM   DIEGO_GARCIA        7.3S  72.4E    1202Z 11 APR
 MALAYSIA         GEORGETOWN          5.4N 100.1E    1303Z 11 APR
                  PORT_DICKSON        2.5N 101.7E    1743Z 11 APR
 MAURITIUS        PORT_LOUIS         20.0S  57.3E    1500Z 11 APR
 REUNION          ST_DENIS           20.8S  55.2E    1514Z 11 APR
 SEYCHELLES       VICTORIA            4.5S  55.6E    1525Z 11 APR
 OMAN             SALALAH            16.9N  54.1E    1537Z 11 APR
                  MUSCAT             23.9N  58.6E    1544Z 11 APR
                  DUQM               19.7N  57.8E    1553Z 11 APR
 PAKISTAN         GWADAR             25.1N  62.4E    1546Z 11 APR
                  KARACHI            24.7N  66.9E    1638Z 11 APR
 SOMALIA          HILALAYA            6.4N  49.1E    1546Z 11 APR
                  CAPE_GUARO         11.9N  51.4E    1547Z 11 APR
                  MOGADISHU           2.0N  45.5E    1602Z 11 APR
                  KAAMBOONI           1.5S  41.9E    1629Z 11 APR
 MADAGASCAR       ANTSIRANANA        12.1S  49.5E    1548Z 11 APR
                  TOAMASINA          17.8S  49.6E    1601Z 11 APR
                  MANAKARA           22.2S  48.2E    1616Z 11 APR
                  MAHAJANGA          15.4S  46.2E    1652Z 11 APR
                  CAP_STE_MARIE      25.8S  45.2E    1716Z 11 APR
                  TOLIARA            23.4S  43.6E    1741Z 11 APR
 IRAN             GAVATER            25.0N  61.3E    1552Z 11 APR
 UAE              FUJAIRAH           25.1N  56.4E    1630Z 11 APR
 YEMEN            AL_MUKALLA         14.5N  49.2E    1637Z 11 APR
                  ADEN               13.0N  45.2E    1722Z 11 APR
 COMORES          MORONI             11.6S  43.3E    1649Z 11 APR
 MOZAMBIQUE       CABO_DELGADO       10.7S  40.7E    1706Z 11 APR
                  ANGOCHE            15.5S  40.6E    1738Z 11 APR
                  QUELIMANE          18.0S  37.1E    1905Z 11 APR
                  MAPUTO             25.9S  32.8E    1955Z 11 APR
                  BEIRA              19.9S  35.1E    2017Z 11 APR
 KENYA            MOMBASA             4.0S  39.7E    1706Z 11 APR
 TANZANIA         LINDI               9.8S  39.9E    1707Z 11 APR
                  DAR_ES_SALAAM       6.7S  39.4E    1710Z 11 APR
 CROZET ISLANDS   CROZET_ISLANDS     46.4S  51.8E    1734Z 11 APR
 BANGLADESH       CHITTAGONG         22.7N  91.2E    1735Z 11 APR
 KERGUELEN ISLAN  PORT_AUX_FRANCA    49.0S  69.1E    1816Z 11 APR
 SOUTH AFRICA     PRINCE_EDWARD_I    46.6S  37.6E    1907Z 11 APR
                  DURBAN             29.8S  31.2E    1910Z 11 APR
                  PORT_ELIZABETH     33.9S  25.8E    2011Z 11 APR
                  CAPE_TOWN          34.1S  18.0E    2111Z 11 APR
 SINGAPORE        SINGAPORE           1.2N 103.8E    2330Z 11 APR

Indian Ocean Tsunami Travel Time Map


A magnitude 9.1 Mw earthquake occurred off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on December 26, 2004. It was the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska, earthquake. The earthquake generated a tsunami that caused more casualties than any other in recorded history. The tsunami was recorded nearly world-wide on tide gauges in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. In total, more than 227,8980 people were killed or missing and 1,126,900 were displaced by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa. Source:  NGDC

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Myanmar Quake Update

Posted by feww on March 26, 2011

First entry:

Magnitude 6.8 Quake Strikes MYANMAR

UPDATE

Death toll from the quake has reached at least 75 with up to  150 people injured, according to various reports.

“The quake also destroyed 390 residential houses, 14 monasteries and 9 government department buildings in the mainly affected areas of Tachileik, Tarlay, Naryaung and Monglin.” Xinhuanet said.


Original caption: “The video image taken from the telecast of Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) on March 25, 2011 shows a big crack on a road damaged in an earthquake in Myanmar’s northeastern region.” Via xinhuanet.

Quake Summary

Magnitude: 6.8
Date-Time: Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 13:55:12 UTC
Location: 20.705°N, 99.949°E
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
Aftershocks: 3 reported, including 2 significant shocks measuring 5.4 and 5.0Mw


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

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Off Papua, Indonesia

Posted by feww on June 16, 2010

UPDATE @ 08:40UTC

At last a half dozen aftershocks have followed the mainshock including a 6.5Mw, as of posting.

Up to a dozen people have been killed or injured, with more than 500 buildings damaged/destroyed near the epicenter, according to local reports.

Fire-Earth Forecast:  A major quake measuring 8.5Mw or larger, with more significant aftershocks could strike the area.

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Powerful Quake Measuring Up To 7.5Mw Strikes Near the North Coast of Papua, Indonesia

The powerful shock was preceded by a foreshock measuring at least 6.4Mw.

Tsunami Status

There’s no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami in the Pacific Region, the Pacific Tsunami Center/NOAA/NWS said.

However, the earthquake and its aftershock may have generated destructive  tsunamis along the local coasts within a 100-km radius of the epicenter, the report said.

10-degree Map Centered at 0°N,135°E


Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by Fire-earth.

Details of Mainshock

GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region: Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Time: 2010-06-16 03:16:29.0 UTC
Magnitude: 7.2
Epicenter: 136.51°E 2.09°S
Depth: 5 km
Status: automatic

Distances (USGS/EHP)

  • 185 km (115 miles) N (5°) from Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 299 km (186 miles) ESE (118°) from Manokwari, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 473 km (294 miles) W (275°) from Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 1,077 km (669 miles) SSE (168°) from KOROR, Palau

Details of Foreshock

GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region: Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Time: 2010-06-16 03:06:04.4 UTC
Magnitude: 6.2
Epicenter: 136.61°E 2.29°S
Depth: 5 km
Status: automatic

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China quake death toll rises to 1,144

Posted by feww on April 17, 2010

The death toll from the powerful earthquake in China’s Qinghai province rises to 1,144, with another 417 missing

About 11,744 have been injured,  Xinhua news agency reported rescue team officials as saying.


Children, showing early signs of frostbite on their faces, prepare to sleep in the open
in sub-zero temperatures at a square in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China’s Qinghai Province, April 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng). Image may be subject to copyright.

An estimated 15,000 homes have been destroyed in Yushu county, leaving  100,000 people homeless, many of them having to sleep in the open in sub-zero temperatures, in the remote high altitude region, which lies at about 4,000m (13,000ft).

Some 500 interpreters have been sent to the quake-stricken region because 97 percent of the Yushu population are ethnic Tibetans.

The 7.0 to 7.1Mw quake, which struck on April 14, 2010,  destroyed homes, schools and other public infrastructure. It knocked out power lines and triggered landslides, blocking roads and access routes.

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Haiti quake catastrophe – Update Jan 13

Posted by feww on January 13, 2010

Port-au-Prince Quake May Be the Last Straw for the Disaster-Stricken Haiti

FEWW Forecast: Another Major Earthquake Could Strike the Region Soon with a Probability of 60% [P ≥ 0.55]

FEWW Comment: The timing of this event may have been particularly “lucky” for the survivors of Haiti earthquake.

First, the event occurred at 04:53:09 pm local time when large numbers of people would have been outdoors.

Second, the earthquake occurred on land. An offshore quake could have generated a major tsunami that would have worsened the extent of the catastrophe.

FEWW Initial  Estimate of EQ casualties

However, the moderators believe up to 20,000 people may have been killed or injured as a result of the Haitian catastrophe caused by the earthquake and its aftershocks.

See also main entry for FEWW earthquake forecast:  Haiti Quake Causes Widespread Death, Destruction

Highlights of reports and eye-witness accounts as the full extent of the Haiti quake catastrophe unfolds:

  • The full scale of the catastrophe has yet to emerge.
  • The poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti hadn’t even remotely recovered from the destructive hurricanes in 2008.
  • About 80 percent of Haiti’s 10 million population live on the equivalent of less than $2 a day.  The capital Port-au-Prince is home to about 2 million people [officially 1.2 million population,]  many of whom live in densely populated shanty towns, locally referred to as bidonvilles.
  • Haiti was devastated by four storms two years ago, which left up to a thousand people dead,  destroyed some 15 percent of the national economy, and cost the nation about $1 billion in damage.
  • Haiti’s Presidential Palace has collapsed.


Presidential Palace. Top: Before the quake. Bottom: After. Credit: AP and AFP. Images may be subject to copyright.

The Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), a five-story  building, has collapsed

  • Many UN staff are missing following yesterday’s quake quake.
  • Eight Chinese peacekeepers were killed in the earthquake and that 10 others are missing, the China Daily newspaper reported.
  • “The United Nations can confirm that the Headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Port-au-Prince has sustained serious damage along with other UN installations,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations said. “For the moment, a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for.”
  • Many buildings have collapsed or seriously damaged throughout the capital, Port-au-Prince. AP reported that a hospital had collapsed.
  • The mainshock struck about 370 km ESE of a M8.0 quake which struck about 65 km off the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic in 1946. The large earthquake was followed by a major M7.6 aftershock.
  • Port-au-Prince was reportedly shrouded in a blanket of dust for about 20 minutes after the earthquake struck.
  • Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic occupy the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago.
  • The most powerful earthquake to strike Haiti part of Hispaniola island occurred 200 years ago. About a dozen or so powerful earthquakes have struck Haiti side of the Hispaniola in the past 5 centuries.
  • The earthquake was also felt on the Dominican side of Hispaniola island, where residents reportedly fled from shaking buildings.
  • According to reports up to quarter of all buildings in Jacmel, another Haitian city [population 50,000,] have been  destroyed. More than 10 percent of the residents had moved to Jacmel airport seeking shelter.
  • The catastrophe will affect most of Haiti’s estimated 10 million population.
  • As of posting, 34 aftershocks measuring magnitude 4.5 or greater have been reported by USGS/EHP.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Baja California

Posted by feww on December 31, 2009

Fire Earth Expects Large-Scale Seismicity in Calif

Earthquake measuring up to M6.1 strikes Baja California, Mexico

Strong earthquake measuring up to 6.1Mw struck Baja, California about 21 km (13 miles) NNW (339°) of Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico, at a depth of 12 km, December 30, 2009 at 10:49 AM local time.

The mainshock was preceded by one or more foreshocks, and up to 4 dozen aftershocks the largest of which measured about 5.0Mw, as of posting.

The quake was felt in Phoenix (dozens of Arizona cities were shaken), San Diego (it caused buildings sway briefly), Tijuana, Yuma (building damage was reported), and even as far away as Los Angeles, according to several reports.

Earthquake Details [as reported by USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 5.8  [Maximum EQ magnitude estimated at 6.1 Mw by FEWW]
  • Date-Time:
    • Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 18:48:57 UTC
    • Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 10:48:57 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 32.464°N, 115.189°W
  • Depth: 6 km (3.7 miles) (poorly constrained)
  • Region: BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
  • Distances:
    • 21 km (13 miles) NNW (339°) from Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico
    • 33 km (21 miles) SE (129°) from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
    • 37 km (23 miles) SE (129°) from Calexico, CA
    • 172 km (107 miles) E (92°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 1.8 km (1.1 miles); depth +/- 31.6 km (19.6 miles)
  • Parameters: Nph= 20, Dmin=36 km, Rmss=0.39 sec, Gp=205°,
  • M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
  • Source: California Integrated Seismic Net: USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
  • Event ID: ci14565620

10-degree Map Centered at 30°N,115°W


Earthquake Location Map. Source USGS/EHP

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Strong Quake Strikes Fiji Region

Posted by feww on November 22, 2009

Earthquake measuring up to 6.5 Mw strikes Fiji Region

A strong earthquake measuring up to M 6.5 struck offshore Fiji Region at 17.789°S, 178.435°W at a depth  of about 520 km November 22, 2009 at 07:48 UTC.

The event occurred about 195 km SE of Taveuni volcano which last erupted about 1550 ± 100 yrs.

Taveuni, the 3-rd largest island in Fiji, is a large shield volcano that rises from the Pacific Ocean floor. A popular tourist destination, the Island has a population of less than 10,000.

Tsunami Information

The earthquake was located too deep to generate a tsunami.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°S,180°E


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

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 6.3 [Maximum quake magnitude estimated at 6.5 Mw by FEWW]
  • Date-Time:
    • Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 07:48:20 UTC
    • Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 07:48:20 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 17.789°S, 178.435°W
  • Depth: 523.1 km (325.1 miles) set by location program
  • Region: FIJI REGION
  • Distances:
    • 275 km (170 miles) ESE of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji
    • 320 km (195 miles) N of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • 335 km (210 miles) E of SUVA, Viti Levu, Fiji
    • 2220 km (1380 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009phaj

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Deadly Quake Strikes Indonesia – UPDATE

Posted by feww on September 2, 2009

Background:

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Java, Indonesia

UPDATE:

  • At least 40 people are killed by the powerful quake, with twice as many missing, feared dead.
  • Up to a thousand buildings have been destroyed or damaged.
  • About 350 people injured.
  • The worst hit areas are  Cianjur, about 100km south of the capital Jakarta, city of Tasikmalaya and the town of Sukabumi.


A couple takes pictures of their damaged house after an earthquake in Pangalengan, West Java, September 3, 2009. REUTERS/Supri. Image may be subject to copyright.

More Images: Reuters

For future  updates, see comments sections.

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