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Strong Quake Strikes Off the Coast Mexico

Posted by feww on September 24, 2009

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Jalisco,Mexico

Strong earthquake measuring 6.4 Mw struck off SW of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, at a depth of 35 km, on Thursday,  September 24, 2009, at 07:16 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.

This event will almost certainly affect the outcome of the FEWW northern California earthquake forecast.

The earthquake was preceded by a foreshock measuring 5.6Mw which occurred on Friday,  September 18,  2009, at 18:46 UTC.

FEWW Comments: This earthquake may have primed for eruption either one or both of two volcanoes Bárcena, which forms the island of San Benedicto, and Socorro, located on island of the same name, about 380 km to the west of the EQ location.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,105°W

OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO - MEXICO
EQ Location Map. Source: USGS

This Earthquake:

  • Magnitude: 6.4
  • Date/Time: Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 07:16:24 UTC [Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 12:16:24 AM at epicenter]
  • Location: 18.992°N, 107.350°W
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles)
  • Region: OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO
  • Distances:
    • 285 km (175 miles) SW of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
    • 315 km (195 miles) W of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
    • 325 km (200 miles) WSW of Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico
    • 855 km (530 miles) W of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 6.5 km (4.0 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009lyat

The associated Press quoted the USGS as follows:

The U.S. Geological survey says the temblor struck about 170 miles (275 kilometers) southwest of Puerto Vallarta at 0716 GMT (3:16 a.m. EDT) Thursday. It occurred at a depth of about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).

Tsunami Bulletin:

PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
Issued the following at 07:28UTC 24 SEP 2009

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME –  0716Z 24 SEP 2009
COORDINATES –  19.1 NORTH  107.3 WEST
DEPTH       –   10 KM
LOCATION    –  OFF COAST OF JALISCO  MEXICO
MAGNITUDE   –  6.7

EVALUATION

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.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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Swine Flu Death in Texas

Posted by feww on April 29, 2009

First Swine Flu Death in the US Was a Baby in Texas

FEWW suspects that the young Texas victim was Hispanic. No further details have been released.

See also

Swine Flu: A Deadly $100 billion Scam?

The following news item was released by Reuters moments ago:

Texas baby first flu death reported outside Mexico

By Jason Lange

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A baby in Texas became the first confirmed death outside Mexico on Wednesday from the new H1N1 flu strain.

A U.S. government official said a 23-month-old child in the southern state had died from the virus, which Germany said it had found in three cases — the eighth country to do so.

There were no further details about the death in the United States, most of whose 65 confirmed cases of swine flu have proved mild.

Nearly a week after the threat of a pandemic emerged in Mexico, that country remained the hardest hit, with up to 159 people killed.

France said it would seek on Thursday a European Union ban on all flights to Mexico because of the flu. The EU, like the United States and Canada, has already advised against nonessential travel to the popular tourist destination.

Cases have now been confirmed in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Britain, Spain and, on Wednesday, Germany.

Germany’s infectious diseases agency found swine flu in a man and a woman in their late 30s in Bavaria, and a 22-year-old woman in Hamburg at the other end of the country, all of whom had recently returned from Mexico.

The World Health Organisation said it may raise its pandemic alert level to phase five — the second highest — if it was confirmed that infected people in at least two countries were spreading the new disease to other people in a sustained way.

Before the U.S. death was reported, Keiji Fukuda, acting WHO assistant director for health security and environment, said it could be a “very mild pandemic,” adding, however, that influenza “moves in ways we cannot predict.”

Stock markets in Asia and Europe rose on Wednesday, partly on optimism the world could be spared a major deadly pandemic.

(Reporting by Jason Lange, Catherine Bremer Alistair Bell and Helen Popper in Mexico City, Andrew Quinn in Washington and Eric Burroughs in Hong Kong; Writing by Andrew Marshall, edited by Richard Meares). Copyright Reuters

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The Show Must Go On!

Posted by feww on April 28, 2009

Image of the day: The Masked Mariachi


A Mariachi wears a mask as he plays the violin at Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City April 25, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Dan. Image may be subject to copyright.

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