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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Offshore Taiwan

Posted by feww on April 26, 2010

A Powerful Earthquake measuring up to 7.2Mw Strikes Southeast of Taiwan

A sequence of large shocks could occur in the region extending as far as the east coast of Honshu

The quake struck at a depth of about 10km and could trigger moderate to strong tsunami waves locally.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,125°E

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude [USGS?EHP Estimate]: 6.9
  • Date-Time:
    • Monday, April 26, 2010 at 02:59:50 UTC
    • Monday, April 26, 2010 at 10:59:50 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 22.247°N, 123.733°E
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
  • Region: SOUTHEAST OF TAIWAN
  • Distances:
    • 245 km (150 miles) SSW of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
    • 270 km (170 miles) ESE of T’ai-tung, Taiwan
    • 270 km (170 miles) NE of Basco, Batan Islands, Philippines
    • 2145 km (1340 miles) SW of TOKYO, Japan
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010vnag

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Taiwan Massive Landslide Buries 6-Lane Freeway

Posted by feww on April 26, 2010

The earth and rocks avalanche blocks a 6-lane  freeway over a 300-meter stretch

“A hill ahead suddenly moved and crashed down on the road within five seconds, said entertainer Chen Mei-feng in an interview with cable station Formosa Television. She was traveling in a car approaching the scene of the landslide.” ETaiwanNews reported.


A massive landslide buried a 300-m stretch of the No. 3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung. Photo. Taiwan News. Image may be subject to copyright.

The landslide reportedly blocked a 300-meter long of a major road, the No.3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung earlier today, burying an unknown  number of vehicles under thousands of tons of earth and rocks.

“At 2:33 p.m., the hill slid down at the 3.1-kilometer mark from the northern end, just north of the Chitu toll station, and took down an overpass, Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-jung told reporters.”

The 6-lane Freeway, said to be 100 meters (328 feet) wide, was completely covered by the landslide  over a distance of 300 meters (984 feet).

“The military sent about 200 soldiers to help with relief work, while 36 excavators and 37 trucks arrived at the scene to work through the night, officials said.”

“Experts were still guessing for reasons for the landslide, because there was no earthquake and no rain reported in the area at the time. Media described the incident as the biggest accident on a Taiwanese freeway in 30 years.” The report said. More on this developing news …

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6th Strong Quake Strikes Near Ryukyu Isles, Japan

Posted by feww on September 29, 2009

6 to 8 more EQs may yet strike region

Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes near Ryukyu Islands, close to Iwo-Tori-Shima Volcano

Strong earthquake measuring 5.9 Mw struck near Ryukyu Islands, Japan region, at a depth of 10 km on September 28, 2009 at about 19:23 UTC, USGS EHP reported.

The quake struck about 200 km (125 miles) north of Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Japan Meteorological Agency reported an aftershock measuring 4.3 Mw at 07:48 local time (22:48 UTC). JMA issued NO tsunami warning after the mainshock.

This quake was in line with FEWW forecast made on August 17, 2009.

10-degree Map Centered at 30°N,130°E

Magnitude 5.9 - RYUKYU ISLANDS 28 sep 2009
Earthquake Location Map. Source of the original map: USGS. Map enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 5.9
  • Date-Time: Monday, September 28, 2009 at 19:22:57 UTC  [Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 04:22:57 AM at epicenter]
  • Location: 27.943°N, 127.867°E
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
  • Region: RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
  • Distances:
    • 200 km (125 miles) N of Naha, Okinawa, Japan
    • 480 km (300 miles) SSW of Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan
    • 535 km (335 miles) NE of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
    • 1410 km (880 miles) SW of TOKYO, Japan
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 7.1 km (4.4 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2009mcbr

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5th Strong Quake Strikes Japan Region

Posted by feww on August 17, 2009

Magnitude 6.5 Quake Strikes SW Ryukyu Islands, Japan

FEWW anticipates more earthquakes measuring 6+ to strike Japan Region in 2009

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported an earthquake measuring 6.5 striking Ishigakijima Kinkai area, SW Ryukyu Islands, Japan region at a depth of 10km on  17 Aug 2009 at 19:11 JST ( 10:11UTC).

Details of the earthquake were as follows:

Earthquake Information
Occurred at: 19:11 JST 17 Aug 2009
Region name ISHIGAKIJIMA KINKAI
Latitude: 23.1N
Longitude: 123.7E
Depth: about 10km
Magnitude: 6.5

Tsunami Warning

JMA issued a tsunami advisory/warning for MIYAKOJIMA and YAEYAMA areas cautioning of sea-level rises of about 0.5 meters. However, there were NO reports of damage, it said

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Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Image may be subject to copyright.

USGS reported the event as measuring 6.4Mw [Event ID: us2009kkay] followed by an aftershock of magnitude 5.5 [Event ID: us2009kkaz.]

10-degree Map Centered at 25°N,125°E

125_25  - Location map
EQ Location Map. Source: USGS

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4th Powerful Quake Strikes Japan Region

Posted by feww on August 17, 2009

Magnitude 6.8 Quake Strikes Ryukyu Islands, Japan

FEWW Moderators had predicted more powerful earthquakes in the region last week, and now believe as many as 10 additional magnitude 6+ quakes could yet strike the region in coming weeks

Volcanic Activity Forecast

FEWW Moderators also believe there is a strong probability (0.8+) that the submarine Unnamed Volcano located East of Taiwan at 24.00N, 121.83E could erupt in 2009. [See previous comment.]

This Earthquake:
Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported the EQ details as follows

Earthquake Information
Occurred at: 09:06 JST 17 Aug 2009 [00:10UTC]
Region name: ISHIGAKIJIMA KINKAI
Latitude: 23.2N
Longitude: 123.8E
Depth:  about 10km
Magnitude: 6.8

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Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Image may be subject to copyright.

JMA issued the following tsunami warning:

Tsunami Information NUMBER 2  (High Tide Time and Estimated Tsunami Arrival Time at each place)

Issued at 09:10 JST 17 Aug 2009 [00:10 UTC]

High Tide Time and Estimated Tsunami Arrival Time at each place
Pay attention carefully in case a tsunami comes with a high tide and becomes higher.

Tsunami Forecast Region/ Tsunami Observation Site:
MIYAKOJIMA AND YAEYAMA AREA (*1)

High Tide Time /Estimated Tsunami Arrival Time:

MIYAKOJIMA AND YAEYAMA AREA (*1)
Iriomotejima 18:03 JST 17 Aug (*1)
Yonagunijima Kubura 18:06 JST 17 Aug 09:20 JST 17 Aug
Ishigakijima Ishigaki-ko 18:00 JST 17 Aug 09:30 JST 17 Aug
Miyakojima Hirara 17:55 JST 17 Aug 09:50 JST 17 Aug

[*1 mark: It is estimated that a tsunami has already arrived there.]

Tsunami Warning/Advisory

MIYAKOJIMA AND YAEYAMA AREA
No tsunami damage at some of the other coasts though there may be slight sea level changes.

END.

Meanwhile, USGS Earthquake Hazard Program reported the event as measuring 6.7Mw.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS

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