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Strong Quake Strikes Coast of Chile

Posted by feww on August 12, 2017

HEBA-329K

M5.8 earthquake occurs 87km SW of Coquimbo, Chile

Magnitude: 5.8Mw
Location: 30.27S, 72.17W
Depth: 2km
Region: OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE
Date-time: 2017-08-12 12:54:11.9 UTC
Distances:

  • 382 km N of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,838,000
  • 97 km SW of La Serena, Chile / pop: 155,000
  • 87 km SW of Coquimbo, Chile / pop: 162,000

Source: EMSC

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Chile

Posted by feww on February 27, 2017

Millions without water in Santiago, Chile amid Deadly Floods

Landslides triggered by severe flooding in Chile capital, Santiago, have contaminated a major river, leaving an estimated 4 – 6 million people without drinking water.

The water supply from the Maipo river has been cut off until further notice, said emergency authorities.

“We are talking about 1.45 million homes that are going to be affected by the cutting off of the water supply, which will be total or partial in 30 districts,” said the intendant of Santiago Metropolitan Region, Claudio Benjamín Orrego Larraín.

“We still do not know when the drinking water will be turned back on,”

“We cannot guarantee resumption of the service until the River Maipo clears up.”

Climatic analysis and forecasts are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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‘A Nightmare Without An End’

Posted by feww on January 28, 2017

Fatal Fires Consume Thousands of Homes in Chile

  • Up to 4,000 km² of forest and agricultural land and scores of farm animals have been consumed by the wildfires since November.
  • The regions of O’Higgins and Maule, Bio Bio, Araucania and Los Lagos are among the most devastated areas.
  • More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in the city of Santa Olga, located about 360 km south of the capital, Santiago, forcing more than 6,000 residents to flee.
  • About 4,500 fire crews are currently deployed to extinguish the wildfires.
  • At least a dozen people, mostly fire crews and policemen, have lost their lives.
  • “States of catastrophe” have been declared in regions of O’Higgins and El Maule.
  • The authorities have reported about 3,000 fires in the drought-stricken regions since July, with more blazes forecast amid high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.
  • Dozens of blazes continue burning uncontrollably.
  • The forest fires are said to be the worst in living memory to hit Chile.
  • “This is an extremely serious situation—of horror, a nightmare without an end,” Carlos Valenzuela, the mayor of the coastal city of Constitucion told DW. “Everything’s burned.”

 

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States of Emergency Declared in Chile amid Major Wildfires

Posted by feww on January 21, 2017

Wildfires plague drought-stricken Chile

Chile has declared a “state of disaster” due to the latest round of wildfires in the drought-stricken provinces of Cardenal Caro and Colchagua, which are also under “agricultural emergency.”

  • Wildfires threaten vineyards and wineries in Colchagua Valley, which have been placed on red alert.
  • The worst affected areas are Malloa, Marchigüe, Palmilla, Peralillo, Pumanque, Rengo and Santa Cruz.
  • More than a dozen blazes have spread across over 135,000 of hectares, according to local news.
  • Fire is spreading at a speeds of up to 4,200 meters per hour.
  • Smoke and ash are affecting the Chilean capital and largest city, Santiago.

Additional details are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Wildfires in Chile

Posted by feww on January 3, 2017

  • CJ Members
  • EAC
  • OC Teams

Wildfires destroy or threaten hundreds of homes in Valparaiso, Chile

  • Details are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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M7.7 Earthquake Strikes Southern Chile

Posted by feww on December 25, 2016

Powerful earthquake rocks Los Lagos region, Chile

Magnitude:  7.7Mw [emsc]
Region: ISLA CHILOE, LOS LAGOS, CHILE
Location: 43.36ºS, 73.80ºW
Depth: 47km
Date time: 2016-12-25 14:22:28.2 UTC
Distances:

  • 1,133 km S of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,838,000
  • 221 km S of Puerto Montt, Chile / pop: 161,000
  • 31 km SW of Puerto Quellón, Chile / pop: 21,900

 

...PTWC TSUNAMI THREAT MESSAGE...

EVALUATION
----------

  * AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.7 OCCURRED IN
    SOUTHERN CHILE AT 1422 UTC ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 2016.

  *  BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA... HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES ARE 
     FORECAST FOR SOME COASTS.
TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST...UPDATED
---------------------------------

  * TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 1 TO 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE
    POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF

      CHILE.
ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL
--------------------------

  * ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL -ETA- OF THE INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE
    FOR PLACES WITHIN THREATENED REGIONS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

    LOCATION         REGION             COORDINATES    ETA(UTC)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    CORRAL           CHILE             39.8S  73.5W   1522 12/25
    GOLFO DE PENAS   CHILE             47.1S  74.9W   1531 12/25
    TALCAHUANO       CHILE             36.7S  73.1W   1548 12/25
    PUERTO MONTT     CHILE             41.5S  73.0W   1701 12/25
 

 

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Global Seismicity – June 6, 2016

Posted by feww on June 6, 2016

M 6.3 – 133km SW of Leksula, Indonesia

Location: 4.584°S, 125.622°E
Depth: 429.0 km
Time: 2016-06-05 16:25:33 UTC

M 6.0 – 143km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
Location: 30.396°S, 177.184°W
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-06-06 02:35:23 UTC

M 5.5 – 27km WSW of Coquimbo, Chile
Location: 30.066°S 71.594°W
Depth: 21.0 km
Time: 2016-06-06 13:21:58 UTC

M 5.4 – 15km SW of Coquimbo, Chile
Location: 30.052°S 71.463°W
Depth: 28.9 km
Time: 2016-06-06 13:16:02 UTC

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Latest Significant Global Seismicity – May 24, 2016

Posted by feww on May 24, 2016

KAH

M5.2 quake strikes 11km W of Cintalapa de Figueroa, Mexico

  • Location: 16.747°N, 93.822°W depth=124.0 km (77.1 mi)
  • Time: 2016-05-23 at 19:20:39 (UTC)

Chile, China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan

  • 4.9 – 50km SSE of Putre, Chile 2016-05-24 00:29:35 UTC 120.7 km
  • M4.6 – 52km N of Miyako, Japan 2016-05-24 09:48:03 UTC 35.0 km
  • M4.8 – 4km SE of Pilar, Philippines 2016-05-23 23:57:33 UTC 74.2 km
  • M4.5 – 178km NNW of Dili, East Timor 2016-05-23 21:14:00 UTC 511.4 km
  • M4.5 – 5km SSW of Yachimata, Japan 2016-05-23 16:42:58 UTC 56.4 km
  • M4.8 – 102km W of Makurazaki, Japan 2016-05-23 15:17:42 UTC 14.8 km
  • M4.8 – 30km WNW of Chaoyang, China 2016-05-22 09:08:06 UTC 16.5 km
  • M4.9 – 20km N of Pingtung, Taiwan 2016-05-22 02:06:18 UTC 10.0 km
  • M5.0 – 21km ENE of Pingtung, Taiwan 2016-05-21 20:51:39 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.8 – 3km N of Carlagan, Philippines 2016-05-21 11:14:49 UTC 40.0 km
  • M4.5 – 107km NE of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands 2016-05-21 08:17:35 UTC 32.0 km
  • M5.5 – 239km S of Hachijo-jima, Japan 2016-05-21 06:06:42 UTC 130.4 km

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Chile Floods Leave 4 Million People Without Drinking Water

Posted by feww on April 19, 2016

Red Alert issued in Santiago as heavy rains pound Chile and Uruguay unleashing severe flooding

An estimated 4 million people without drinking water, as torrential rains triggered severe flooding and major landslides and rivers breached their banks, polluting the drinking water  in the capital Santiago, according to reports.

More than four million Chileans are without drinking water, with seven million in the capital under threat, as tap water production falls to 35 percent of normal, the report said.

Violent storms deluge Uruguay

Extreme rain events have plagued central parts of South America, causing severe flooding in Uruguay, and prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Widespread devastation and multiple fatalities have been reported across the Andean country, with thousands of people left homeless.

At least one tornado has left four people dead in the town of Delores, 250km northwest of the capital, Montevideo.

Up to 190mm of rainfall in 24 hours has been reported in central Uruguay.

 

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Significant Quakes, Aftershocks Hit Chile, Ecuador, Japan, Vanuatu

Posted by feww on April 18, 2016

Powerful earthquake, aftershocks devastate coastal areas of Ecuador

A M7.8 quake and its aftershocks have devastated multiple towns and communities in Ecuador. The death toll from the earthquake and aftershocks has now reached about 370, and could rise further.

Additionally, more than 2,000 people have been injured, many of them seriously.

The worst affected region is the coastal province of Manabi; however, the full extent of damage remains unknown, as of posting.

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked the disaster zone including at least three that measured between 5.4Mw and 5.6Mw.

Japan Deadly Earthquakes

Dozens of significant aftershocks continue to rattle the disaster area in Kyushu, Japan.

Up to 200,000 people have been evacuated following the two deadly quakes that have killed dozens of people, and left thousands more injured.

The quakes and aftershocks have destroyed or damaged more than 3,000 houses. Bridges, tunnels, roads and large sections of highways have also been destroyed.

Ground movements of up to 2 meters have been reported, apparently due to a new active fault line!

Up to a quarter of a million households are without power, natural gas, or water.

Serious food and water shortages have been reported. Piles of garbage are posing a health threat throughout the disaster area.

Chile
M5.6 [31.715°S, 71.175°W] about 9km S of Illapel, Chile 2016-04-18 11:38:38 UTC depth=39.4km

Vanuatu
M5.9 [19.479°S, 169.034°E] 25km WNW of Isangel, Vanuatu 2016-04-18 13:06:11 UTC depth=74.5km

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Chile

Posted by feww on February 10, 2016

M6.3 earthquake occurs 40km W of Ovalle, Chile

Centered at 30.634°S, 71.620 °W the quake occurred at a depth of 31.5 km (19.6 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

The 1960 M9.5 event in southern Chile is so far the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world.

Distances

  • 40km (25mi) W of Ovalle, Chile
  • 64km (40mi) W of Monte Patria, Chile
  • 79km (49mi) SSW of Coquimbo, Chile
  • 87km (54mi) SSW of La Serena, Chile
  • 326km (203mi) NNW of Santiago, Chile

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M6.2 Quake Strikes NNW of Taltal, Chile

Posted by feww on November 28, 2015

Strong earthquake strikes coastal Chile

Centered at 24.817°S, 70.632°W the quake occurred at a depth of about 35km and was followed by a M5.0 aftershock, as of posting.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.2Mw
Location: 24.817°S, 70.632°W (66km NNW of Taltal, 131km S of Antofagasta, Chile)
Depth: 35.0 km
Time: 2015-11-27 21:00:22 UTC
Source: USGS/EHP

Other Notable Earthquakes

M 5.9 – 54km SSW of Shikotan, Russia [Details subject to change!!]
Location: 43.342°N 146.483°E
Depth: 59.9 km
Time: 2015-11-28 02:51:06 UTC

M 5.5 – 52km NW of Monywa, Burma
Location: 22.497°N 94.824°E
Depth: 22.4 km
Time: 2015-11-27 08:33:59 UTC

M 5.4 – 47km S of El Rosario, El Salvador
Location: 13.073°N 88.978°W
Depth: 61.8 km
Time: 2015-11-27 11:46:27 UTC

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Strong Earthquakes Strike Coastal Chile

Posted by feww on November 11, 2015

UPDATE: Correction as expected!

The earthquake parameters listed below may be subject to additional changes due to procedural issues at USGS/EHP.

Two Earthquake Measuring 6.9Mw Strike NW of Coquimbo, Chile

Centered at 29.439°S, 72.105°W the M6.9 earthquake struck at a depth of 10.0 km, reported USGS/EHP.

List of latest events, as of UPDATE:

  • M5.1 strikes 78km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 03:07:49 UTC 15.2 km
  • M6.9 strikes 98km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:46:19 UTC 10.0 km
  • M5.1 strikes 83km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:23:38 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.9 strikes 81km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:18:08 UTC 35.0 km
  • M4.8 strikes 89km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:14:39 UTC 10.0 km
  • M6.9 strikes 93km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 01:54:37 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.4 strikes 92km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-10 23:48:24 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.1 strikes 36km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-11-10 19:38:22 UTC 50.1 km
  • M4.6 strikes 33km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-11-10 12:58:37 UTC 37.6 km
  • M4.4 101km WNW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-10 11:43:46 UTC 10.0 km

TSUNAMI OBSERVATIONS

  • TSUNAMI WAVES WITH A MAXIMUM AMPLITUDE OF 15 CM WERE OBSERVED AT
    COQUIMBO, CHILE, AND 10 CM AT HUASCO, CHILE. [NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI]

 

 

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Strong Earthquake Strikes SW of Ovalle, Chile

Posted by feww on November 7, 2015

Two significant earthquakes strike Peru-Chile Trench

M 6.8 – 47km SW of Ovalle, Chile

Location: 30.905°S, 71.546°W
Depth: 37.6 km
Time: 2015-11-07 07:31:43 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 47km (29mi) SW of Ovalle, Chile
  • 61km (38mi) WSW of Monte Patria, Chile
  • 88km (55mi) NNW of Illapel, Chile
  • 107km (66mi) S of Coquimbo, Chile
  • 295km (183mi) NNW of Santiago, Chile

M 6.2 – 107km WNW of Coquimbo, Chile

Location: 29.454°S, 72.290°W
Depth: 12.0 km
Time: 2015-11-07 07:04:31 UTC

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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Powerful Aftershock Rattles Chilean Coast

Posted by feww on September 22, 2015

M6.6 aftershock strikes WSW of Illapel, Chile

Centered at 31.747°S, 71.629°W the aftershock occurred at a depth of 34.3km, reported USGS/EHP.

The quake didn’t generate a destructive tsunami.

List of recent Chilean events measuring ≥6.0

M6.6, 45km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-21 17:40:00 UTC 34.3 km

M6.3, 52km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-21 05:39:33 UTC 22.8 km
M6.2, 82km W of La Ligua, Chile 2015-09-19 12:52:19 UTC 10.6 km
M6.1, 69km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-19 09:07:08 UTC 23.2 km
M6.3, 90km NW of Valparaiso, Chile 2015-09-18 09:10:44 UTC 8.7 km
M6.7, 53km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:10:30 UTC 30.1 km
M6.5, 54km S of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 03:55:06 UTC 35.0 km
M6.4, 64km NW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:41:09 UTC 35.0 km
M7.0, 25km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:18:42 UTC 30.9 km
M6.2, 70km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:16:05 UTC 10.0 km
M6.1, 44km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:03:56 UTC 10.0 km
M6.4, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:59:13 UTC 22.0 km
M8.3, 46km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:54:33 UTC 25.0km

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Significant Aftershocks Continue to Rattle Chile Coast

Posted by feww on September 19, 2015

M6.2 aftershock latest to strike coastal Chile

Centered at 32.334°S, 72.091°W the aftershock occurred at a depth 10.6 km, reported USGS/EHP.

More than 100 aftershocks measuring ≥4.5Mw have occurred since an 8.3Mw earthquake struck coastal Chile on September 16.

Significant Aftershocks

M6.2, 82km W of La Ligua, Chile 2015-09-19 12:52:19 UTC 10.6 km
M6.1, 69km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-19 09:07:08 UTC 23.2 km
M6.3, 90km NW of Valparaiso, Chile 2015-09-18 09:10:44 UTC 8.7 km
M6.7, 53km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:10:30 UTC 30.1 km
M6.5, 54km S of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 03:55:06 UTC 35.0 km
M6.4, 64km NW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:41:09 UTC 35.0 km
M7.0, 25km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:18:42 UTC 30.9 km
M6.2, 70km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:16:05 UTC 10.0 km
M6.1, 44km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:03:56 UTC 10.0 km
M6.4, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:59:13 UTC 22.0 km
M8.3, 46km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:54:33 UTC 25.0km

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Chile Earthquake – Aftershocks Update 2

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

Significant aftershocks continue to strike Chile Coast

Dozens of aftershocks measuring ≥ 5.0Mw have struck the Chilean coast following the 8.3Mw mainshock that struck at 22:54:33UTC on Wednesday.

The quakes have killed at least a dozen people, and forced more than a million people out of their homes. However, there were no reliable reports of the number of injuries or extent of property damage, as of posting.

The ensuing tsunami that followed the mainshock caused extensive flooding in multiple coastal towns including the port city of Coquimbo, which was hit by waves of up to 4.5 meters and sustained significant damage, officials told reporters.

The largest aftershocks, according to USGS/EHP, include:

M6.7, 53km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:10:30 UTC 30.1 km
M6.5, 54km S of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 03:55:06 UTC 35.0 km
M6.4, 64km NW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:41:09 UTC 35.0 km
M7.0, 25km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:18:42 UTC 30.9 km
M6.2, 70km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:16:05 UTC 10.0 km
M6.1, 44km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:03:56 UTC 10.0 km
M6.4, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:59:13 UTC 22.0 km
M8.3, 46km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:54:33 UTC 25.0 km

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Chile Earthquake – Aftershocks Update

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

M6.3 latest significant aftershock to strike Chile

5.5, 80km WNW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:26:39 UTC 17.9 km
5.4, 38km SSW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 04:18:32 UTC 42.4 km
6.3, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:10:31 UTC 40.1 km
5.3, 89km WNW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:02:10 UTC 19.5 km
6.2, 44km SSW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 03:55:07 UTC 35.0 km
4.9, 47km SSW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 02:59:29 UTC 35.0 km
6.4, 64km NW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:41:09 UTC 35.0 km
5.8, 84km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:33:03 UTC 10.0 km
5.2, 76km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:21:50 UTC 24.2 km
4.9, 90km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:09:49 UTC 35.0 km
4.9, 118km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 00:50:08 UTC 10.0 km
5.0, 54km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 00:42:56 UTC 32.9 km
5.2, 81km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 00:22:20 UTC 10.0 km
5.3, 57km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 00:06:16 UTC 10.0 km
5.7, 76km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:38:05 UTC 35.0 km
7.0, 25km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:18:42 UTC 30.9 km
6.2, 70km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:16:05 UTC 10.0 km
6.1, 44km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:03:56 UTC 10.0 km
6.4, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:59:13 UTC 22.0 km
8.3, 46km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 at 22:54:33 UTC depth= 25.0 km
4.8, 81km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2015-09-16 18:56:10 UTC 12.4 km
4.8, 97km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2015-09-16 18:24:20 UTC 8.1 km
4.6, 98km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2015-09-16 18:19:12 UTC 15.9 km
4.5, 20km S of Tinogasta, Argentina 2015-09-16 13:45:39 UTC 136.9 km

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Large Earthquake Strikes Chile

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

M8.3 quake off Chile generates Pacific-wide hazardous/ destructive tsunami

Centered at 31.570°S, 71.654°W the quake struck at a depth of 25km, USGS/EHP reported.

The quake has been followed by at least a dozen aftershocks measuring ≥ 5.0Mw including four significant aftershocks measuring 6.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 7.0Mw respectively.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 8.3Mw
Location: 31.570°S 71.654°W
Depth: 25.0 km
Time: 2015-09-16 22:54:33 UTC

Tsunami Evaluation

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING MORE THAN 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF CHILE.

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 1 TO 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA.

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF

MEXICO… ECUADOR… PERU… ANTARCTICA… JAPAN… NEW CALEDONIA… NEW ZEALAND… MARSHALL ISLANDS… FIJI… SAMOA… AMERICAN SAMOA… COOK ISLANDS… TOKELAU… VANUATU… KIRIBATI… JOHNSTON ISLAND… PALMYRA ISLAND… HOWLAND AND BAKER… TONGA… WALLIS AND FUTUNA… PITCAIRN ISLANDS… NIUE… SOLOMON ISLANDS… RUSSIA… HAWAII… AND NW HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.

* TSUNAMI WAVES ARE FORECAST TO BE LESS THAN 0.3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL FOR THE COASTS OF

EL SALVADOR… GUATEMALA… HONDURAS… COSTA RICA… NICARAGUA… PANAMA… COLOMBIA… AUSTRALIA… PHILIPPINES… TAIWAN… CHINA… NORTHERN MARIANAS… GUAM… PALAU… YAP… POHNPEI… CHUUK… KOSRAE… NAURU… WAKE ISLAND… MIDWAY ISLAND… JARVIS ISLAND… TUVALU… PAPUA NEW GUINEA… INDONESIA… VIETNAM… MALAYSIA… AND BRUNEI.

* ACTUAL AMPLITUDES AT THE COAST MAY VARY FROM FORECAST AMPLITUDES DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES IN THE FORECAST AND LOCAL FEATURES. IN PARTICULAR MAXIMUM TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ON ATOLLS WILL LIKELY BE MUCH SMALLER THAN THE FORECAST INDICATES.

* FOR OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS PRODUCT A FORECAST HAS NOT YET BEEN COMPUTED. THE FORECAST WILL BE EXPANDED AS NECESSARY IN SUBSEQUENT PRODUCTS.

EVALUATION [NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 3:24 PM HST WED SEP 16 2015]

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER…SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS. THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS 0311 AM HST THU 17 SEP 2015

TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR…

* THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS OBISPO/

FOR OTHER US AND CANADIAN PACIFIC COASTS IN NORTH AMERICA – THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT.

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Environmental Emergency Declared in Santiago amid Hazardous Smog

Posted by feww on June 22, 2015

Suffocating smog forces Chilean govt. to declare state of emergency in Santiago

Chilean officials have declared an environmental emergency in response to PM2.5-rich smog in the capital, Santiago.

The emergency measures requires about 3,000 factories and other polluting businesses to stay closed on Monday. Additionally, 40 percent of the capital’s 1.8 million cars will stay off the roads, said Santiago regional governor Orrego Larrain.

“We’re currently facing unusual conditions, with one of the driest Junes in over 40 years as well as really bad air circulation conditions over the Santiago valley in recent days, which boosts the concentration of contamination,” said  the Environment Ministry.

The restrictions would remain in place for 24 hours, while dangerously high pollution levels persists, but can be extended if no improvement in the conditions results.

Meanwhile, the health officials have urged Santiago residents to avoid outdoor exercise, while the emergency measures last.

Santiago [metro population: ~ 7.5 million] is located in Chile’s central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706 ft) above the sea level.

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M6.4 Quake Strikes Coastal Chile

Posted by feww on June 20, 2015

UPDATED

Strong earthquake strikes 88kmNW of Concepcion, Chile

Centered at 36.329°S, 73.817°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi), said USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.4Mw
Location: 36.329°S, 73.817°W; depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2015-06-20 02:10:06 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 76km (47mi) NW of Talcahuano, Chile
  • 83km (52mi) WNW of Tome, Chile
  • 87km (54mi) WNW of Penco, Chile
  • 88km (55mi) NW of Concepcion, Chile
  • 430km (267mi) SW of Santiago, Chile

[http://www.emsc-csem.org/]

Magnitude: 6.4Mw
Region: OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
Date time: 2015-06-20 at 02:10:05.0 UTC
Location: 36.32 S,73.74 W
Depth: 2 km [unconfirmed]
Distances:

  • 425 km SW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295
  • 84 km NW of Concepción, Chile / pop: 215,413
  • 71 km NW of Talcahuano, Chile / pop: 252,968

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Floods Devastate Communities in China, Chile, Peru

Posted by feww on April 5, 2015

Extreme rain events and hail storms since Friday have damaged about 20,000 hectares of crops in 52 towns and villages in central China’s Hunan Province, affecting up to 240,000 people, and leaving more than 12,000 displaced as of Saturday evening, reported Xinhua.

In the east China’s Jiangxi Province, torrential rains have battered 54 cities and counties as of Saturday,”with some towns flooded and a highway landslide reported on Saturday afternoon. Icy roads have caused several bus accidents in the province,” said the report.

Scores Dead or Missing in Chile Floods

Widespread flash floods and mudslides, triggered by the heaviest rainfall in 80 years, have killed dozens of people, left more than a 100 missing and displaced thousands of others in Chile’s Atacama region.

The extreme weather events have affected tens of thousands of people across the region which reportedly includes the world’s driest desert.

“Rivers have burst their banks, flooding towns, making roads impassable and forcing miners in Chile, the world’s top copper exporter, to suspend operations,” IBT reported.

Peru Declares a State of Emergency

Record rains have also triggered major mudslides in eastern Peru, killing or injuring dozens of people, and leaving at least a dozen others missing.

President Humala of Peru has declared a state of emergency in the region east of the capital Lima that has been affected by the deadly mudslides.

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Powerful Quake Strikes PNG

Posted by feww on March 30, 2015

M7.5 quake rattles New Ireland Region

Centered at 4.760°S, 152.556°E the quake occurred  at a depth of depth of 40.0 km, USGE/EHP reported.

Tsunami Evaluation
Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 km of the earthquake epicenter, said PTWC in its initial evaluation.

The hazard regions include Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands.

However, the tsunami threat had largely passed, as of posting.

TSUNAMI OBSERVATIONS
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  * THE FOLLOWING ARE TSUNAMI WAVE OBSERVATIONS FROM COASTAL
    AND/OR DEEP-OCEAN SEA LEVEL GAUGES AT THE INDICATED LOCATIONS.
    THE MAXIMUM TSUNAMI HEIGHT IS MEASURED WITH RESPECT TO THE
    NORMAL TIDE LEVEL.
                            GAUGE      TIME OF   MAXIMUM     WAVE
                         COORDINATES   MEASURE   TSUNAMI   PERIOD
    GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON     (UTC)     HEIGHT    (MIN)
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    TAREKUKURE WHARF SB   6.7S 156.4E    0159   0.03M/ 0.1FT  32

NOTE TIDE GAUGE AT TAREKUKURE WHARF IS 450 KM FROM THE EPICENTER.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude: 7.5Mw (USGS/EHP)
Time: 2015-03-29 23:48:31 UTC
Location: 4.760°S, 152.556°E
Depth: 40.0 km

Distances:

  • 55km (34mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 787km (489mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Aftershocks: The main event was followed by at least 3 significant aftershocks as of posting.

  • M4.8; 56km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 01:51:26 UTC 53.8 km
  • M5.0; 78km SSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 00:43:13 UTC 35.0 km
  • M5.7; 91km SSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 00:15:30 UTC 35.0 km

Other recent significant quakes

  • M4.7; 94km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 02:23:21 UTC 35.0 km
  • M5.0; 144km W of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia 2015-03-30 02:12:47 UTC 54.4 km
  • M4.7; Kuril Islands 2015-03-30 02:05:12 UTC 45.5 km
  • M4.8; 25km S of Garcia Hernandez, Philippines 2015-03-30 01:47:57 UTC 35.0 km
  • M5.4; 29km NW of Qimeng, China 2015-03-30 01:47:35 UTC 14.6 km
  • M4.9; 158km NNE of Bitung, Indonesia 2015-03-29 14:35:38 UTC 81.4 km
  • M5.6; 139km NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia 2015-03-29 07:50:53 UTC 38.5 km
  • M5.8; 40km WSW of Tilamuta, Indonesia 2015-03-28 22:28:51 UTC 123.9 km
  • M5.6; 49km NE of Calama, Chile 2015-03-28 16:36:54 UTC 112.0 km

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States of Emergency Declared in Indiana, Oklahoma, Chile

Posted by feww on March 28, 2015

HIV Outbreak: Indiana Declares State of Emergency

Indiana Gov. Pence has declared a public health emergency after “the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history.”

Pence said 79 cases had been confirmed, but “we expect that number to go up,” with more testing underway.

Every single confirmed case so far has been related to intravenous use of Opana, an opioid painkiller, said Pence.

“This is a very serious situation,” he said, adding that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had advised for a needle-exchange program to be set up.

“I’m prepared to make an exception to my long-standing opposition to needle-exchange programs,” said Pence. “This is a public health emergency driven by intravenous drug use.”

All of the HIV-infected cases so far detected were either in or connected to Scott County, near the Kentucky border, said a state health official.

Everyone who has tested positive for HIV has admitted to intravenous drug use, although some have also had sex with other users, said a public health nurse at Scott County Health Department.

Fallin Declares State of Emergency After Deadly Tornadoes

Oklahoma governor declared a state of emergency in 25 counties affected by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds.

The twisters destroyed a mobile home park in suburban Sand Springs. At least one person was reported dead and scores of others injured with widespread damage reported across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

An EF-1 tornado spiraled through the suburb of Moore in Oklahoma City, where 24 people were killed by a tornado in May 2013.

Chile declares a state of emergency due to unprecedented deluge

Chile has declared a state of emergency in the northern regions of Atacama and Antofagasta after extreme rain events (EREs) left dozens of people dead or missing, forced thousands of others to flee their homes and closed copper-mining operations.

The EREs triggered an unprecedented flooding in the desert region, as rivers broke banks isolating numerous villages and communities.

The deluge in the north occurs as drought stricken southern Chile struggles with massive forest fires.

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Global Disasters / Significant Events – March 26, 2015

Posted by feww on March 26, 2015

Deadly tornadoes strike Arkansas and Oklahoma

A powerful storm system generated eight tornadoes (SPC confirmed 7 twisters) striking Arkansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, killing at least one person, injuring several others and causing EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN MOBILE HOME PARK NEAR HIGHWAY 51 AND 145 WEST AVENUE, according to reports received by Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

Another tornado swept through Sand Springs, Tulsa, damaging up to 100 buildings, while another twister in Moore, Oklahoma, damaged scores of buildings, tossing and overturning many cars and trucks, according to local reports.

Other tornadoes were reported in Cleveland and Cherokee counties, OK, while Arkansas reported at least 3 twisters in Benton, Madison and Carroll counties.

  • GOLF BALL TO TENNIS BALL SIZE HAIL STRUCK ROCKY BRANCH, ROGERS, BENTON, AR.
  • TENNIS BALL SIZED HAIL  AT INTERSTATE 40 AND MORGAN ROAD, CANADIAN COUNTY, OK.
  • SOFTBALL HAIL AT CAHNDLER PARK, TULSA, TULSA, OK.

Flash floods plague Chile’s Atacama desert region

Flash floods Chile’s Atacama desert have cut off dozens of communities, leaving tens of  thousands of people without electricity or drinking water and forcing authorities to begin mass evacuations.

Torrential rains  in the Andes have unleashed destructive walls of water and mud down in the valleys below inundating communities.

The mining city of Copiapo (po. 160,000) is inundated, after the river running through it burst its banks, while the state of desert commune of Chañaral (pop. 14,000) has been described as “grave.”

Several people have reportedly lost their lives and dozens of others are missing throughout the region.

Authorities have declared a state of disaster and deployed the military to co-ordinate rescue operations, and reinstate civil order.

The deluge in the north occurs as drought stricken southern Chile struggles with massive forest fires.

Saudi Arabia launches major military operation in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has launched a major military operation, backed by air strikes,  in Yemen against Houthi rebels, according to the Saudi ambassador in the US.

The envoy said Saudi Arabia had acted to “defend the legitimate government” of President Hadi, who fled his palace in Aden on Wednesday.

Explosions were reported in the capital Sanaa and its airport, while officials quoted by AFP news agency said at least 13 had been killed in one neighborhood.

Meantime, a senior Houthi rebel has warned that the Saudi aggression against Yemen  could set off a regional war, media reported.

Other parties that directly benefit from the Saudi aggression in Yemen are a Yemeni affiliate of Islamic State (formerly ISIL), and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), analysts say.

Continued…

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