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Large Quake Swarm Plagues Mammoth Lakes, CA

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 010, 09, 08, 07, 02
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More than 600 Quakes Strike Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

A large cluster with 608 quakes of all magnitudes including 37 events measuring 2.5Mw or greater have struck California’s Mammoth Lakes area in the past 24 hours.

The largest quake in the swarm so far measured 3.8Mw, according to USGS/EHP website, which occurred 9km E of Mammoth Lakes.

EQ Details

  • Magnitude: 3.8Mw
  • Event Time: 2014-09-26 04:21:19 UTC
  • Location: 37.652°N 118.852°W depth=5.5km (3.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 9km (6mi) E of Mammoth Lakes, California
    • 128km (80mi) NE of Fresno, California
    • 185km (115mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada

Mammoth Lakes EQs --26sep14
1 Day, All Magnitudes Worldwide: 764 earthquakes.  608 Earthquakes in map area. Updated: 2014-09-26 14:36:50 UTC.  Source: USGS/EHP

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Large Cluster of Earthquakes Striking Mammoth Lakes, CA

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 010, 09, 08, 07, 02
.

More than 160 earthquakes strike Mammoth Lakes, Calif

At least 160 earthquakes of all magnitudes have occurred near Mammoth Lakes, Mono County (CA), in the past 24 hours [280 shocks in the past 7 days.]

The largest shock, so far, measured 3.2Mw, and occurred 10km E of Mammoth Lakes, California, said USGS/EHP.

  • Magnitude: 3.2Mw
  • Location: 37.645°N 118.848°W depth=6.6km (4.1mi)
  • Event Time: 2014-09-26 00:30:09 UTC
  • Distances: 10km E of Mammoth Lakes, California

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts for California

FIRE-EARTH Science Team has suspended its research on California seismicity to protest Internet censorship, Google’s manipulation of  information, theft of FIRE-EARTH intellectual property and other reasons, as stated earlier on the blog.

The Team has suspended its research also on Japan seismicity due to the resurgence of militarism in that country and other reasons that have also been  stated previously.

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Strong Quake Strikes Coastal Northern Chile

Posted by feww on March 17, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
.

M6.7  quake strikes offshore  near Iquique, Chile

Centered at 19.925°S, 70.628°W the strong quake struck at a depth of about 20.0km (12.4mi) on March 16, 2014 at a depth of about 20km, according to USGS/EHP.

The event, followed by at least 7 significant aftershocks, confirmed ongoing intense seismicity at the Peru-Chile Trench.

Tsunami Status

No Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches are in effect.

Chile’s National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) confirmed a 32cm local tsunami.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 6.7Mw (downgraded from 7.0)
Location:19.925°S 70.628°W
Depth:20.0km
Time: 21:16:30UTC on 2014-03-16

Earthquake Location Map

chile quake 16mar14
Chile quake and aftershocks as of 02:03UTC, Monday 17,March 2014. Map: USGS/EHP

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More Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Kansas; Ohio Stops Fracking

Posted by feww on March 12, 2014

EARTHQUAKE HAZARD
.

61 Quakes rattled Oklahoma since Feb. 18, as two tremors shut fracking in Ohio well

It must be quite surreal living near Oklahoma city these days, with an average of about three shallow tremors rattling the nearby areas each day.

Three of the tremors measured magnitude 3.8 (Mw) and two others registered at 3.7Mw. Nearly all the tremors have occurred at  a depth of about 5km.

30-day oklahoma and kansas quakes
Earthquake Location Map. Oklahoma Earthquakes since February 18, 2014. Source: USGS/EHP

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region – Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity
[Excerpts from USGS/EHP]

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

Ohio Quakes

Ohio authorities have stopped a fracking operations at Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville, after two temblors hit Mahoning County.

The quakes occurred in Poland Township and the village of Lowellville near the Pennsylvania border on Monday in. The first tremor was a magnitude 3.0 shock, followed by a second measuring 2.6Mw, said USGS/EHP. Local media reported two smaller aftershocks later.

The quakes prompted Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to order suspension of drilling operation at Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville. The area is plagued by up to 20 wells, used by Hilcorp Energy for horizontal drilling.

“Out of an abundance of caution we notified the only oil and gas operator in the area, and ordered them to halt all operations until further assessment can take place,” said the ODNR public information officer.

“ODNR is using all available resources to determine the exact circumstances surrounding this event and will take the appropriate actions necessary to protect public health and safety.” He said.

“It’s an area which [before 2011] had no history of earthquakes,” said John Armbruster, a retired Columbia University geology professor who had worked with Ohio officials to monitor a recent series of earthquakes tied to a fracking-waste injection well near Youngstown.

“It looks very, very suspicious.”

“We never had a recorded earthquake in Mahoning County [before 2011] … then four [strike] in one day,” said Raymond Beiersdorfer, a geologist at Youngstown State University. “It’s definitely a testable hypothesis.”

The U.S. production of crude oil using fracking increased by more than 15 percent in 2013.

Earthquake Related Links

Drilling Related Earthquakes

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More Quakes Strike Oklahoma

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014

Earthquake Hazard
.

Significant Quakes Continue to Strike Oklahoma

At least 10 shallow quakes measuring up to 4.1Mw have occurred in Oklahoma February 5 – 11, 2014.

The quakes have occurred at shallow depths of 3.6 – 5.2km. At least 27 earthquakes have occurred in the state of Oklahoma over the past 30 days.

OK quakes 11feb2014
Earthquake location map. Source: USGS/EHP.

Details of the Most Significant Quake in 30 Days

  • Magnitude: 4.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2014-02-09 02:16:01 UTC
  • Location;: 35.876°N, 97.261°W depth=4.8km (3.0mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 7km (4mi) S of Langston, Oklahoma
    • 50km (31mi) NNE of Oklahoma City

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region – Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity
[Excerpts from USGS/EHP]

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes NW Costa Rica

Posted by feww on September 6, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,287 Days Left

[September 6, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,287 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Global Disasters/ Significant Events

CR Magnitude 7.6 quake felt in Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador

The quake struck beneath the Nicoya peninsula, 137 km (85 miles) west of  the capital, San Jose, USGS/EHP reported.

Earthquake Details  [GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN)]

Magnitude: 7.6 Mw
Date/Time: 2012-09-05 @ 14:42:09.7 UTC
Epicenter: 85.34°W 10.23°N
Depth: 35 km

UPDATE @ 08:16UTC: At least 3 people were killed and 30 injured, reports said.

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Haiti Earthquake Disaster – Update 14 Jan

Posted by feww on January 14, 2010

The Haiti earthquake is the worst disaster, so far, to strike the poverty-stricken nation

The casualty figures, both the dead and injured are very high.


Blood flows along the street in the aftermath of an earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 13, 2010.  Credit:  REUTERS/Joel Trimble. Images may be subject to copyright.

Highlights of News Reports:

  • Large sections of the capital Port-au-Prince have been destroyed. Also many schools, hospitals and other buildings have collapsed.
  • Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive says more than 100,000 people may have been killed as a result of Tuesday’s earthquake, though he did not explain how he had arrived at that figure. [FEWW Moderators believe this figure is highly exaggerated. More on this later.]
  • Brazilian child rights activist Zilda Arns and Port-au-Prince’s Archbishop Serge Miot have been killed in the earthquake.
  • UN Secretary-General BanKi-moon said 11 Brazilian peacekeepers and five international police officers (three Jordanian and one each from Argentina and Chad – were killed in the quake.
  • Brazil’s military said 14 of its soldiers had been killed in the quake.
  • Up to 150 UN staff, including the mission chief and his deputy are still unaccounted for.
  • Eye witness news reports say many sidewalks are lined with corpses covered with white sheets.
  • UNDP said 38 of its staff are unaccounted for.
  • Many Haitians are spending a second night out in the open where they feel safer from the danger of aftershocks.

A few technical details:


Click image to enlarge.

  • Haiti earthquake occurred as a result of friction between the Caribbean plate and the North America plate. The plates boundary in the region “is dominated by left-lateral strike slip motion and compression, and accommodates about 20 mm/y slip, with the Caribbean plate moving eastward with respect to the North America plate.” USGS/EHP reported.
  • “At the longitude of the January 12 earthquake, motion between the Caribbean and North American plates is partitioned between two major east-west trending, strike-slip fault systems — the Septentrional fault system in northern Haiti and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system in southern Haiti.”
  • “The location and focal mechanism of the earthquake are consistent with the event having occurred as left-lateral strike slip faulting on the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system. This fault system accommodates about 7 mm/y, nearly half the overall motion between the Caribbean plate and North America plate.”
  • “The Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault system has not produced a major earthquake in recent decades. The EPGFZ is the likely source of historical large earthquakes in 1860, 1770, 1761, 1751, 1684, 1673, and 1618, though none of these has been confirmed in the field as associated with this fault. ” USGS/EHP said.

Energy Released by Haiti Earthquake was about a half of the estimated impact energy released in forming the 1.2-km diameter Meteor Crater [Barringer Crater] in Arizona

  • FEWW moderators estimate that the energy released by the Haiti earthquake was about 5.3 exp 15 joules [5.3 petajoules, 5.3 x 10^15J] or the equivalent of about 1.35 megatons of TNT. [Estimated energy released by the Hiroshima atom bomb was 15 kilotons, making the Haiti quake about 90 times stronger. See earthquake energy table.]

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For More Information Visit Haiti Earthquake Disaster Links Page!

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Magnitude 7.9 Quake Strikes Tonga Region

Posted by feww on March 20, 2009

A Powerful 7.9 Mw Quake Strikes Tonga Region

A magnitude 5.3 Mw foreshock followed the mainshock about two hours later. Further seismic and volcanic activity in the region can be expected.

This Earthquake

[Data provided by USGS Earthquake Hazard Program]

Magnitude: 7.9

Date and time:

  • Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 18:17:40 UTC
  • Friday, March 20, 2009 at 06:17:40 AM at epicenter

Location: 23.021°S, 174.700°W
Depth:  34 km (21.1 miles) set by location program
Region:  TONGA REGION
Distances:

  • 215 km (135 miles) SSE of NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga
  • 490 km (305 miles) S of Neiafu, Tonga
  • 490 km (305 miles) ESE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
  • 1845 km (1140 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand

Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 6 km (3.7 miles); depth fixed by location program
Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID: us2009ejbr

10-degree Map Centered at 25°S,175°W

tonga-quake-20-mar-09
USGS Map of the quake area. Color code for the aftershock changed for contrast.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (NOAA)

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1932Z 19 MAR 2009

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…
WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

… A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT …

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

TONGA / NIUE / KERMADEC IS / AMERICAN SAMOA / SAMOA /
WALLIS-FUTUNA / FIJI


EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS
TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTLINES OF THE REGION
NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION SHOULD
TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL GAUGES NEAREST THE
REGION AND REPORT IF ANY ADDITIONAL TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY. THE
WARNING WILL NOT EXPAND TO OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC UNLESS
ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED TO WARRANT SUCH AN EXPANSION.

FOR AFFECTED AREAS – WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO
HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE
NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN
ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL
STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS.
AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE
ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL
AUTHORITIES.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS 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
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
——————————– ———— ————
TONGA NUKUALOFA: 21.0S 175.2W;  18:45UTC 19 MAR
NIUE NIUE IS.:  19.0S 170.0W;  19:04UTC 19 MAR
KERMADEC IS RAOUL IS.: 29.2S 177.9W; 19:12UTC 19 MAR
AMERICAN SAMOA PAGO PAGO:  14.3S 170.7W; 19:25UTC 19 MAR
SAMOA APIA: 13.8S 171.8W; 19:34UTC 19 MAR
WALLIS-FUTUNA WALLIS IS.: 13.2S 176.2W; 19:47UTC 19 MAR
FIJI SUVA:  18.1S 178.4E; 20:03UTC 19 MAR

Tsunami Warning Update:
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 3
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
1009 AM HST THU MAR 19 2009
[Message truncated]

EVALUATION

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS CANCELLED THE REGIONAL
TSUNAMI WARNING IT ISSUED FOR ANOTHER PART OF THE PACIFIC. BASED
ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA THERE IS NO DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THREAT TO
HAWAII AND THE ADVISORY FOR HAWAII IS ALSO CANCELLED.

HOWEVER… SOME COASTAL AREAS IN HAWAII COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL
NON-DESTRUCTIVE SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR UNUSUAL CURRENTS
LASTING UP TO SEVERAL HOURS. THE ESTIMATED TIME SUCH EFFECTS
MIGHT BEGIN IS

0236 PM HST THU 19 MAR 2009

THIS WILL BE THE FINAL MESSAGE ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.

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