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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.

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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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M7.0 Quake Strikes 50km S of Acari, Peru

Posted by feww on September 26, 2013

Powerful Quake Strikes Off the Coast of Peru

The 7.0 quake centered at  15.882°S, 74.543°W struck 40km  deep in the Pacific Ocean, about 50km south of Acari in the southern Arequipa region, Peru, said USGS/EHP.

The quake has reportedly caused landslides, toppling adobe houses, killing at least three people and injuring 12 others in the Arequipa region, according to El Comercio.

The reported deaths and injuries occurred when a copper mine collapsed in the district of Chaparra trapping an unspecified number of miners.

The quake shook buildings in the capital of Lima more than 500km away, said the report.

Tsunami Status

Peruvian government has not issued any tsunami alerts.
NO destructive tsunami reported.

EQ Location Map

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ Details

  • Event Date and Time: 2013-09-25 16:42:42 UTC
  • Epicenter: 55.845°N, 135.970°W
  • Depth: 40.0km (24.9mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 50km (31mi) S of Acari, Peru
    • 95km (59mi) SE of Minas de Marcona, Peru
    • 502km (312mi) SSE of Lima, Peru

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Strong Quake Shakes Fukushima NPP

Posted by feww on September 19, 2013

M5.8 Strikes 42km SE of Fukushima Nuke Plant

A strong quake measuring 5.8Mw struck 42km southeast (230º) of the disaster-ridden Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant at a depth of 20km, Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported.

Centered at 37.1N, 140.7E, the quake struck at 02:25 JST on September 20, 2013.

Tremors were felt in 17 prefectures across Japan, causing buildings to sway in the capital Tokyo, about 170km away, according to eyewitnesses.

Earthquake Information (Information is based on seismic intensity detected at various sites throughout Japan) – Issued at 02:31 JST – 20 Sep 2013

Event Date and Time: 02:25 JST on 20 Sep 2013
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 20km
Location: 37.1N, 140.7E
Region Name: Fukushima-ken, Hamadori
Source: JMA


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Busy Day at the Pacific Rim of Fire

Posted by feww on September 4, 2013

M6.5 quake strikes near Atka, Alaska

Strong quake measuring 6.5Mw struck about 77km (48mi) SSW of Atka, Alaska at 02:32 UTC, Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

The quake was centered at 51.592°N 174.760°W, and struck about 39.9km (24.8mi) deep, USGS/EHP reported.

NO tsunami reported.

Two significant aftershocks followed the mainshock, as of posting.

  • 5.5Mw + 78km SSW of Atka, Alaska 2013-09-04 13:16:31 UTC+09:00 D=34.6 km
  • 5.2Mw + 80km SW of Atka, Alaska 2013-09-04 14:15:56 UTC+09:00 D=44.8 km

The quake followed similar size shocks that struck Izu Islands, Japan Region and Bella Bella, Canada since late Tuesday.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map No. 2, Sept. 4, 2013. at 06:10UTC. Image source: USGS/EHP.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map No.1, Sept. 4, 2013 at 01:20UTC. Image source: USGS/EHP.

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New Zealand Earthquake Damage Estimate

Posted by feww on July 24, 2013

Credit Suisse says the cost would be less than US$1 billion

[A billion here, 10 billion there, and pretty soon…]

“Sunday’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake, centered in Cook Strait, released energy equivalent to 100 nuclear bombs of the size which devastated Hiroshima,” said NZ scientists.

[Before FIRE-EARTH using Hiroshima atom bomb as a unit of measuring destructive energy for a visualization of  stress energy released by earthquakes no one else had made the comparison. Now everyone and their uncle copy the blog.]

Credit Suisse has estimated the cost of Sunday night’s quake in Cook Strait to be below US$1 billion ($1.3 billion), according to the Insurance Council of New Zealand.

[NZ may well prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s bank!]

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The dealing room in BNZ’s Harbour Quay building following Sunday’s M6.5 quake. The building will remain closed until further notice. Image: BNZ via Stuff New Zealand.

“Damage in Wellington has been limited largely to burst pipes, some internal damage to buildings and superficial structural damage. Cordons were still up in Featherston St today because of the dangers of loose masonry and glass.

“The Marlborough town of Seddon was also affected by the quake, with cracks opening up in a dam built on Starborough Creek which flows through the township about 15km away. The dam held 250,000 tonnes of water, being slowly released under an emergency action plan, and was not considered a threat to people living below.

“Out of the 2500 buildings in Wellington’s CBD, much of the area on reclaimed land, 35 were found to have external damage,” said the report.

NZ Quake Links:

On June 13, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

As if by a massive irony, your most populated cities are situated right above geological nightmares–a fact that your government scientists don’t know, or won’t tell you.

On March 4, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

Our advice to YOU and all intelligent people in Wellington area
1. There’s a frighteningly large buildup of tectonic stress energy right under your feet.
2. RUN while you’re still alive, before the next exodus bottleneck makes it impossible to flee the danger zone.
For additional FIRE-EARTH comments on NZ seismic hazards, see also

To New Zealand PM and his censorship psychos:

We haven’t started laughing yet, but it’s getting increasingly more difficult to hold back the giggles.

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Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured in Gansu Quakes, China

Posted by feww on July 22, 2013

Headline News July 22, 2013

At least 75 killed, 400 injured in NW China earthquakes

Magnitude 6.6 quake struck NW China’s Gansu Province killing at least 75 people and  leaving more than 400 others injured, most of them seriously.

At least 30,000 homes have been damaged and as many as 2,000 have collapsed after the earthquakes.

The mainshock, which was reported  as a magnitude 5.9 event by USGS/EHP, was followed by at least one significant aftershock measuring 5.6Mw, as of posting.

Earthquake Details

  • Time: 2013-07-22 08:45:56 [UTC+09:00]
  • Location:  34.499°N,  104.243°E  [USGS]
  • Depth: 9.8km[USGS],  20km [Official China sources]

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Original caption: Photo taken on July 22, 2013 shows a damaged house in quake-hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China’s Gansu Province. Fifty-four deaths have so far been confirmed in the 6.6-magnitude earthquake which jolted a juncture region of Minxian County and Zhangxian County in Dingxi City Monday morning. (Xinhua/Tu Guoxi)

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Original caption: Photo taken with a mobile phone shows rescuers work in quake-hit Meichuan Town of Minxian County, northwest China’s Gansu Province, July 22, 2013. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted a juncture region of Minxian County and Zhangxian County in Dingxi City Monday morning.  (Xinhua). More images …

Deadly Earthquakes in China

  • Apr 2013 – M6.6  earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 160
  • Sept 2012 – M5.6 earthquake in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces killed at least 80
  • Mar 2011 – M5.4 earthquake in Yunnan province killed at least 22
  • Apr 2010 – M6.9 earthquake in Qinghai province killed more than 1,100
  • May 2008 – M7.9 earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 86,000

See blog content for details.

UPDATED Monday July 22, 2013 @ 11:45UTC


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Mega Quake Strikes Sea of Okhotsk

Posted by feww on May 24, 2013

Magnitude 8.2 Mega Quake Hits Sea of Okhotsk as Forecast

 The quake, centered at 54.870°N, 153.334°E, some 360km WSW of Esso, Russia, struck at a depth of about 600km.

On March 1, 2013 in  Significant Earthquakes Strike off Kuril Islands, Eastern Russia FIRE-EARTH said:

FIRE-EARTH models suggest a Mega Quake could strike the region in the next few weeks with a probability of about 70 percent.

EQ Details

  • Event Time: 2013-05-24 05:44 UTC [2013-05-24 15:44:49 UTC+10:00 at epicenter]
  • Location: 54.870°N 153.334°E
  • Depth: 601.8km (373.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  • 359km (223mi) WSW of Esso, Russia
  • 379km (235mi) WNW of Yelizovo, Russia
  • 396km (246mi) NW of Vilyuchinsk, Russia
  • 403km (250mi) WNW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
  • 2375km (1476mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

Tsunami Status

  • NO major tsunami expected.

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Earthquake details and map sourced from USGS/EHP.

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FIRE-EARTH Forecast for the Next Mega Quake

FIRE-EARTH will NOT release details of its forecast for the next Mega Quake as a continued protest to the ongoing censorship, hacking and theft of the intellectual property that are posted on this blog.

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Significant Earthquake Strikes Northern Calif

Posted by feww on May 24, 2013

M5.7 quake strikes near Canyondam, California at a depth of about 10 km. The shallow quake was centered at 40.190°N, 121.061°W, USGS/EHP reported.

The quake was followed by at least two dozen aftershocks measuring 2.5 – 3.6 magnitude, as of posting.

The event was felt in downtown Sacramento, some 145 miles south of the epicenter, according to locals.

[Canyondam, a census-designated place (CDP) in Plumas County, California, is located near the dam that forms Lake Almanor.]

Quake Details

  • Event Time: 2013-05-24 03:47 UTC [2013-05-23 20:47 UTC-07:00 at epicenter]
  • Location: 40.190°N 121.061°W
  • Depth: 11.0km (6.8mi)

Nearby Cities

  • 11km (7mi) WNW of Greenville, California
  • 43km (27mi) SW of Susanville
  • 60km (37mi) NE of Magalia
  • 67km (42mi) NE of Paradise
  • 159km (99mi) NW of Carson City, Nevada

Earthquake Map

Norcal 5-7M



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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 21 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 21, 2013

UPDATE [April 21, 2013 @ 07:00UTC] :  More than 200 dead or missing up to 12,000 injured.

China Quake official death toll climbs to 179, many thousands injured

Search and recovery teams continued to dig bodies out of rubble Sunday as the official death toll from Saturday’s devastating earthquake climbed to 179 with as many as 7,000 people injured and tens of thousands of people made homeless in SW China’s Sichuan Province.

  • “In Baoxing, a county isolated by the 7.0-magnitude quake, 26 people were confirmed dead and about 2,500 were injured, county head Ma Jun told Xinhua.
  • “He said the quake damaged almost every home in Baoxing, with a population of 58,000, including newly-built homes after the devastating quake of 2008.”
  • The Longmen township located close to the quake epicenter has been almost entirely leveled.
  • Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan; however, more than 90 survivors were pulled out of rubble in the county.

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Rescuers head for Baosheng Township in the quake-hit Lushan County, Ya’an City, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, April 20, 2013. Roads connected to townships like Baosheng and Taiping in Lushan were damaged or blocked by landslides due to a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which occurred on Saturday.(Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing). More images…


Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

US Flood Update
“The recent torrent of rainfall in the Midwest has sent river levels rising across the region. Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan have been hardest hit states. Some river levels will approach and even break records. Numerous flood warnings are in effect [across parts of at least 16 states.]” —NWS

  • Thousands of homes have been flooded in the Midwest.
  • More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Illinois towns of Marseilles and London Mills.
  • The raging Des Plaines River has inundated the town of Forest View, flooding 90 percent of the community and prompting a massive evacuation of at least 700 people [families?]
  • Plaza Towers hotel and apartments in Grand Rapids has been evacuated due to flooding of the Grand River.
  • A mandatory flood evacuation order has been issued for the residents of  Spring Bay and portions of Creve Coeur, Illinois.

April 2013 Record River Crests

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Preliminary record crests for rivers that have crested in northern Illinois. Source: NWS, Chicago

Latest Disaster and Emergency Declarations

  • Iowa Gov. Bransted has issued a disaster declaration for five eastern counties:  Cedar, Johnson, Mahaska, Scott and Washington.
  • Illinois Gov. Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas.
    • “Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days. ” Quinn said.
  • Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in response to heavy rain and flash flooding in much of the state


SoCal fire forces mass evacuation in Monrovia

“Residents of about 200 homes in Monrovia have been forced to evacuate after a brush fire erupted in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills east of Los Angeles,” said a report.

The blaze has scorched more than 170 acres and was 10 percent contained, as of posting. 


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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.

Related Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Chile: Large Earthquake May Be Imminent

Posted by feww on February 13, 2011

Large Earthquake May Strike Offshore Chile: FIRE-EARTH

FEWW Moderators believe a large earthquake measuring about 8.2Mw could strike offshore Chile close to the location of the ongoing seismic activity. [Probability ≈ 0.6]

An intense wave of activity which struck offshore Bio-Bio region, Chile on February 12 has so far produced at least a half dozen significant shocks including the following two events which occurred today, according to USGS/EHP.

  • Magnitude 6.0 on February 13 at 10:35:06 UTC
  • Magnitude 5.8 on February 13 at 08:51:33 UTC

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Intense Wave of Seismicity Strikes Bio-Bio, Chile

Posted by feww on February 12, 2011

6.9Mw Shock Hits Offshore Bio-Bio, Chile

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

Earthquake Details

  • Region: Near Coast of Central Chile
  • Time: 2011-02-11 20:05:31.9 UTC
  • Magnitude: 6.9
  • Epicenter: 73.07°W 36.39°S
  • Depth: 28 km
  • Status: Revised by a seismologist
  • Source: GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
  • Other Shocks: 5 (with the two largest measuring Mag 5.9 and 6.1Mw)

Distances (USGS)

  • 45 km (30 miles) N of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile
  • 80 km (50 miles) SW of Cauquenes, Maule, Chile
  • 85 km (55 miles) WNW of Chillan, Bio-Bio, Chile
  • 395 km (245 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile

Tsunami Status

  • NO Warning, Watch or Advisory issued by PTWC or WCATWC

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Earthquake Forecast 2009

Posted by feww on December 18, 2008

Earthquake Forecast 2009 – country in focus: Japan

2009 Earthquake Forecast by FEWW / CASF –
Release Date: December 18, 2008. [All data are subject to updates and changes.]

Historic Japan earthquakes: 2008 [as of  December 18, 2008]

See Also:

[Earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or greater or ones that caused fatalities, injuries or substantial damage. Source: Data Compiled by Pamela J. Benfield and NEIC Operations Staff.]

Historic japan earthquake: 2007


Earthquake Density Map of Japan [USGS]

Seismicity Map

Credit: USGS

Seismic Hazard Map of Japan

Credit: USGS

Notable Earthquakes in Japan [USGS]

Source: USGS


Source: USGS

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