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Strong Earthquake Strikes Offshore N Venezuela

Posted by feww on September 13, 2009

Magnitude 6.4 Quake Strikes Offshore Aragua, Northern Venezuela

An earthquake measuring 6.4 Mw struck offshore Aragua, northern Venezuela about 100 km west of Caracas, the Venezuelan capital at a depth of 10 km on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 20:06 UTC, according to USGS/EHP.

NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issue the following Tsunami Information Statement on 09/12/2009 at 4:15PM AST:

A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the coasts of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico states, and Eastern Canadian provinces. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.

Based on the earthquake location, magnitude, and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami IS NOT expected along the Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, U.S. Atlantic, Eastern Canadian and Gulf of Mexico coasts.

USGS/EHP had again downgraded their original reading from 7.0 to 6.4Mw.

Venezuelan Interior Minister reported that two people had received major leg injuries, with 12 others suffering less serious injuries as a result of the damage caused by the quake.

Venezuela’s emergency services chief, Luis Diaz Curbelo, reportedly said the quake was felt across the country.

At least seven people were injured and several buildings were damaged in the NW state of Falcon, the worst hit area, he said.

Another report  said the parts of the capital and several other regions were left without electricity.

10-degree Map Centered at 10°N,70°W

venezuela 12-09-09
Earthquake Location. Source of Original map: USGS

Seismic Hazard Map

venezuela  Seismic Hazard Map
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

Historic Seismicity

Historic Seismicity venezuela
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

Earthquake details

  • Magnitude: 6.4
  • Date-Time:
  • Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 20:06:25 UTC [ Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 08:06:25 PM at epicenter]
  • Location: 10.757°N, 67.847°W
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 35 km (25 miles) NNE of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
    • 60 km (35 miles) NNE of Valencia, Venezuela
    • 100 km (65 miles) W of CARACAS, Venezuela
    • 2115 km (1310 miles) SE of Miami, Florida
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 5.4 km (3.4 miles);
  • Parameters:  NST=197, Nph=197, Dmin=806.2 km, Rmss=1.12 sec, Gp= 36°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009llbc

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Magnitude MW 5.7 Quake Hits Southern Alaska

Posted by feww on January 26, 2009

Magnitude MW 5.7 Earthquake Strikes West of Nanwalek, Alaska

This Earthquake

Magnitude MW 5.7

  • Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 18:09:50 UTC
  • Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 09:09:50 AM at epicenter

Location:  59.389°N, 152.811°W
Depth:  100 km (62.1 miles) set by location program

  • 51 km (32 miles) W (275°) from Nanwalek, AK
  • 56 km (34 miles) W (275°) from Port Graham, AK
  • 62 km (39 miles) W (265°) from Seldovia, AK
  • 262 km (162 miles) SW (221°) from Anchorage, AK

Location Uncertainty Error:  estimate not available

Source: Alaska Earthquake Information Center
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Event ID: ak00088513

Seismic Hazard Map

Source of all images on this page: USGS

FEWW Forecast: An area within approximately 300-km radius of Anchorage would be one of the seismic zones in Alaska to experience continued intense seismic activity this year possibly including a magnitude MW 7.9 or larger quake close to Anchorage  (south of the city, north of Rugged Island).

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Major Earthquakes Increase 47 % in 3 Decades

Posted by feww on December 13, 2008

Worldwide Earthquakes [Magnitude 6 to 9.9] have increased by 47 percent in under 3 decades

A total of  1,085 earthquakes measuring magnitude 6 or greater occurred between 1980 to 1989, averaging 109 per year over the decade. In the 1990s the decadal total increased to 1,492 averaging at 149 major earthquake  per year over the period.

Since January 1, 2000 [ see table below for the date and time] a total of 1,438 major earthquakes have so far occurred worldwide raising the annual total over the last 9 years to 160 with more than 12 and a half months to go to the decade’s end.

The increase from 109 to 160 major earthquakes per year in the 1980 to 2008 period translates to a rise  of 47 percent in just under three decades.

Major Worldwide Earthquakes [Magnitude 6 to 9.9] – 1980 to 2008 – Source of data: USGS.

Other Data

With an estimated total death toll of 88,072 [as of Dec 3, 2008,] this year has seen the second worst number of human casualties caused by earthquakes since 1980. The largest earthquake/ tsunami related casualties for the 29-year period occurred in 2004 with an estimated total of 228,802 deaths.  [The stats are based on USGS data.

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