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Powerful Quake Strikes Gulf of California

Posted by feww on April 12, 2012

M6.9 Earthquake Rattles Gulf of California

The quake followed a strong foreshock measuring 6.2Mw which occurred 9 minuets earlier.


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

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.9
  • Date-Time: Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 07:15:48 UTC
  • Location: 28.790°N, 113.142°W
  • Depth: 10.3 km (6.4 miles)
  • Distances
    • 133 km (82 miles) NE of Guerrero Negro, Baja Calif. Sur, Mexico
    • 179 km (111 miles) NNW of Santa Rosalia, Baja Calif. Sur, Mexico
    • 215 km (133 miles) W of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
    • 526 km (326 miles) SSW of PHOENIX, Arizona
  • Location Uncertaint: horizontal +/- 18.1 km (11.2 miles); depth +/- 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Other Significant Quakes

  • Magnitude 6.5, MICHOACAN, Mexico;  Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 22:55:10 UTC; 18.272°N, 102.732°W; depth of 20 km (12.4 miles);  USGS NEIC.
  • Magnitude 5.9, OFF THE COAST OF OREGON; Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 22:41:47 UTC; 43.593°N, 127.557°W; 271 km (168 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon; depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles); USGS NEIC.

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Pakistan: Powerful Quake Strikes SW

Posted by feww on January 19, 2011

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 – 7.4Mw strikes SW Pakistan

The quake, epicentered at 63.97°E   28.75°N, occurred at a depth of 84km, striking a sparsely populated area some 45 km (30 miles) west of the town of Dalbandin on Tuesday at 20:23UTC.

There were no reports of major damage or casualties, as of posting.


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

Earthquake Details
GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region: Southwestern Pakistan
Date/Time: 2011-01-18 20:23:25UTC
Magnitude: 7.4
Epicenter: 63.97°E 28.75°N
Depth: 82 km
Status: manually revised

[USGS]

  • Magnitude: 7.2
  • Date-Time: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 20:23:26 UTC
  • Location: 28.838°N, 63.947°E
  • Depth: 84 km (52.2 miles)
  • Region: SW PAKISTAN
  • Distances
    • 45 km (30 miles) W of Dalbandin, Pakistan
    • 260 km (160 miles) W of Kalat, Pakistan
    • 310 km (190 miles) ESE of Zahedan, Iran
    • 1,035 km (640 miles) WSW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
    • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 7.1 km (4.4 miles)
    • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

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Earthquakes: Human Enhanced Disasters – UPDATE 3 Oct 2009

Posted by feww on October 3, 2009

Previous Updates:

As of Saturday, October 3, virtually no help has reached rural areas.

Up to 4,000 people (figure provided by UN officials) are feared trapped under hundreds of thousands of tons of rubble after a magnitude 7.9 quake destroyed more than 25,000 houses and buildings across  seven districts on a 100-km stretch along  the western coast of Sumatra island, Indonesia on September 30, 2009.

“We estimate there are still eight people trapped alive under Ambacang Hotel. We are still trying hard to evacuate them,” a rescuer  told reporters, in Padang.

Indonesia Earthquake
Indonesians look at bodies from under a cloth barrier after they were pulled from the rubble of buildings, at a hospital in the Sumatran Island city of Pedang, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Medical teams, search dogs, backhoes and emergency supplies were flown into the devastated western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island Friday to bolster frantic rescue attempts for thousands buried by a powerful earthquake. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer). Image may be subject to copyright.

Indonesia Earthquake
An Indonesian man climbs down from a house that collapsed on top of a car in Wednesday’s earthquake ,in Padang, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Medical teams, search dogs, backhoes and emergency supplies were flown into the devastated western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island Friday to bolster frantic rescue attempts for thousands buried by a powerful earthquake. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer). Image may be subject to copyright.

Situation in the Disaster Areas:

  • Power outages are reported in most districts, phone lines are down.
  • Water and food are in very short supply.
  • Villagers  are digging out the dead with bare hands.
  • Cost of recovery operation is estimated at least $400 million, according to Indonesia’s Vice President.
  • Rural areas are cut off by massive landslides, which have reportedly blocked roads and destroyed a number of villages, killing about 300 people.
  • There are no structures standing in the district of Pariaman, a hilly community of about 370,000 about 80 km north of Padang, an AP journalist has reported.

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