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Significant Earthquakes Strike Reykjanes Ridge, Tibet, New Zealand

Posted by feww on May 11, 2016

M5.0 quake strikes Bight Fracture Zone, Reykjanes Ridge

EQ Details
Magnitude 5.0 [USGS/EHP]
Location: 57.627°N 32.866°W
Time: 2016-05-10 17:21:02UTC
Depth: 23.6km
Distances:

  • 765.0 km (475.3 mi) ESE of Nanortalik, Greenland
  • 935.0 km (581.0 mi) SW of Reykjavik, Iceland

M5.5 quake strike  NW of Gyamotang, China (TAR)

Magnitude: 5.5Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 32.038°N 94.987°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-11 01:15:47UTC
Distances:

  • 70.0 km (43.5 mi) NW of Gyamotang, China
  • 233.0 km (144.8 mi) WNW of Qamdo, China
  • 429.0 km (266.6 mi) N of Along, India
  • 723.0 km (449.3 mi) NE of Thimphu, Bhutan

‘Strong’ earthquake strikes 10km SE of Christchurch

Magnitude: 4.7 [geonet]
Location: 43.59°S, 172.70°E  (10km southeast of Christchurch)
Depth: 7km
Universal Time: May 11 2016, 8:45:53

NZ Volcano Alerts
Volcano, Alert Level, Aviation Color Code
Ruapehu, 2, YELLOW
White Island, 1, YELLOW

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Strong Earthquake Strikes near Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico

Posted by feww on May 8, 2016

M5.9 quake occurs S of Santa Maria Asuncion Tlaxiaco, Mexico

Centered at 16.569°N, 97.694°W the quake occurred at a depth of 24.4 km (15.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.9Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 16.569°N 97.694°W depth=24.4 km (15.2 mi)
Time: 2016-05-08 07:34:02 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 29.0 km (18.0 mi) NE of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico
  • 44.0 km (27.3 mi) NE of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico
  • 77.0 km (47.8 mi) S of Santa Maria Asuncion Tlaxiaco, Mexico
  • 78.0 km (48.5 mi) E of Ometepec, Mexico
  • 351.0 km (218.1 mi) SSE of Mexico City, Mexico

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Significant Events – April 30, 2016

Posted by feww on April 30, 2016

Strong aftershocks continue to rattle Vanuatu

Latest Events [USGS/EHP]

  • M5.1 (16.262°S, 167.205°E) 27km SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 09:26:30 UTC; depth=12.1km
  • M4.7 28km SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 08:45:57 UTC 7.3 km
  • M6.0 (16.306°S, 167.188°E) 32km SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 08:35:42 UTC; depth=4.8km
  • M5.0 31km SW of Norsup, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 04:38:28 UTC; depth=10.0km
  • M4.8 48km W of Norsup, Vanuatu 2016-04-29 22:50:14 UTC;depth=19.3km

Philippines: Drought and dry spells [OCHA]

Some 42 per cent of the Philippines is currently experiencing drought or dry spells brought on by El Niño effect. As of 15 April, 39 provinces, cities, municipalities and villages have declared a state of calamity. The worst affected areas are Mindanao and the Visayas regions. According to UN OCHA, around 181,687 farmers and 224,834 hectares of agricultural land have been affected since January 2016. Already, an estimated CHF 81 million in agricultural production has been lost. Rainfall for March was again well below normal.

Most of the affected areas are in Mindanao. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as of April 16, a total of 457,497 families or 2,124,790 persons from Regions NCR, I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, XII, and ARMM have been affected by El Nino.

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Significant Quakes Strike Both Sides of Pacific; NZ Volcanoes Awaken

Posted by feww on April 29, 2016

DET

M7.0 earthquake strikes Vanuatu followed by M6.6 at Northern East Pacific Rise

M7.0 earthquake occurred beneath the island of Melampa in the Vanuatu island chain of the southwest Pacific Ocean as a result of thrust faulting on or near the boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates, USGS/EHP reported.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 7.0Mw [1km SE of Norsup, Vanuatu]
Location: 16.074°S, 167.393°E; depth=27.2 km (16.9 mi)
Time: 2016-04-28 19:33:24 (UTC)
Distances:

1.0km (0.6 mi) SE of Norsup, Vanuatu
64.0km (39.8 mi) SSE of Luganville, Vanuatu
208.0km (129.2 mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
536.0km (333.1 mi) N of We, New Caledonia

Magnitude: 6.6Mw [Northern East Pacific Rise]
Location: 10.271°N, 103.715°W; depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2016-04-29 01:33:38 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 602.0 km (374.1 mi) E of Clipperton Island, France
  • 838.0 km (520.7 mi) SSW of Acapulco de Juarez, Mexico
  • 838.0 km (520.7 mi) SSW of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico
  • 844.0 km (524.4 mi) SSW of Petatlan, Mexico
  • 1,126.0 km (699.7 mi) SSW of Mexico City, Mexico

NO major tsunami threats generated by the two quakes.

Two NZ Volcanoes Show Signs of Unrest

Mt Ruapehu

A volcanic earthquake swarm has been reported at Mt Ruapehu. The seismicity began on April 26. The Crater Lake temperature, which has been rising since October 2015,  has now reached 40°C (from 25°C in mid-April). Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (Minor volcanic unrest), Geonet reported.

White Island

A minor eruption occurred at White Island (Whaakari) at about 11:00 pm on Wednesday, 27 April 2016. Moderately elevated seismic activity is occurring, said Geonet. Additionally:

  • Water level in the Crater Lake has fallen by 2m in the last 2 weeks.
  • Lake temperature has increased by 2°C, to 58°C, since February.
  • SO2 output ranging from 90 to 480 tons per day reported over the last 5 weeks, but said to be typical values for White Island.

“A dark-green ash deposit from the eruption covers at least 80% of the floor of Main Crater, and up the sides of the crater wall on both the north and south sides. At a distance of 500 m from the eruption site the ash deposit is about 5 mm thick. The green colour is due to minerals on the ash.”

Alert Level was initially raised to Level 3 (Minor Volcanic Eruption) and the Aviation Color Code to Orange. The Alert Level was lowered to 2 from 3 on Thursday.

 

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Significant Earthquake Strikes SW France

Posted by feww on April 28, 2016

ANN

Rare earthquake strikes near La Rochelle, SW France

Many of the region’s residents who reported the event described it as being like an “explosion,” lasting about 6 seconds.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.0ML [emsc-csem.org]
Region: SW FRANCE
Location: 46.06ºN, 1.11ºW
Depth: 10km
Date & time: 2016-04-28 06:46:50.4 UTC
Distances:

  • 2 km SW of Châtelaillon-Plage, France / pop: 6,059
  • 12 km S of La Rochelle, France / pop: 76,810
  • 125 km SW of Poitiers, France / pop: 85,960
  • 356 km S of Saint Helier, Jersey / pop: 28,000

The largest of 51 earthquakes ever reported in the region [50-km radius of latest event]

  • M5.2 France (45.930°N 1.310°W; depth=10.0 km)2005-04-18 06:42:50 UTC 10.0 km

The largest of 12 earthquakes ever reported in the region [25-km radius of latest event]

  • M3.9 France (46.208°N 1.515°W; depth=2.0 km) 2013-03-06 at 22:40:58 UTC  [USGS/EHP]

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3.5 Million People Affected by Climatic Events in Philippines

Posted by feww on April 25, 2016

Global Disasters/ Significant Events – April 25, 2016

An estimated 3.5 million people have been affected by climatic events, including El Niño, across the Philippines, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

As of  April 20, DSWD released US$14.8 million for food assistance and cash-for-work programs, officials said.

Japan

Following the two powerful earthquakes that struck Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 and 16, an estimated 60,000 people remain in more than 600 evacuation shelters. “The Government has secured apartment units for 8,350 households as temporary accommodation,” said UNOCHA.

The official toll stands at 48 fatalities and more than 1,400 injuries.

Timor Leste

An estimated 120,000 people are in need of water, food sanitation, health, and education support across five municipalities of Lautém, Viqueque, Baucau, Covalima and Oecusse, which have been severely impacted by El Niño-induced drought, said UNOCHA.

Myanmar

High winds, hail and torrential rains have buffeted more than 40 townships across Mandalay and Sagaing regions and Shan, Kachin and Chin states in Myanmar. Destroying or damaging thousands of houses damaged. “As of 25 April, authorities confirmed 14 deaths and 18 people injured due to the severe weather conditions – these figures are expected to change as more information becomes available. In Kachin, strong winds destroyed internally displaced persons (IDP) shelter and camp structures.”  [UNOCHA]

“On 16 and 19 April, fighting reportedly broke out between the military and an armed group identified as part of the Arakan Army in Kyautaw and Rathedaung townships, Rakhine State. Village authorities confirmed that about 80 households (380 people) were displaced. Local authorities and the military provided rice and basic health care services to the displaced people.”

Samoa

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone AMOS brought heavy rains triggering landslides in Upolu Island and flooding low lying coastal areas [April 23 -24.] “Electricity and water supply was temporarily disrupted across the archipelago – power outages affected 70 per cent of the country. No fatalities have been reported.” [UNOCHA]

 

 

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Earthquake Impact: Ecuador, Nepal

Posted by feww on April 24, 2016

Two powerful earthquakes impact millions of people

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8Mw struck offshore northwest Ecuador, devastating coastal areas. Hundreds of aftershocks, including several significant events, have been registered to date.

States of emergency have been declared in the six provinces that have been hit hardest including Manabi, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos.

Pedernales a cantons in Manibi, the worst affected province, has been declared a “disaster zone.”

About 720,000 people out of a population of 7 million in those provinces have been impacted by the disaster, authorities said.

The seismic disaster has killed at least 650 people, left 155 missing and almost 8,500 injured. About 7,000 buildings have been destroyed and more than 25,000 people were living in shelters, as of posting, according to local reports.

“These have been sad days for the homeland… [our] country is in crisis,” said President Correa in his weekly public broadcast. He has estimated the damage at up to $3 billion.

Nepal Earthquake

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8Mw struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015, killing about 9,000 people, destroying or damaging  800,000 homes, and devastating the public infrastructure. One year on, an estimated four million people are still living in sub-standard temporary shelters in conditions that pose a threat to their health and well-being.

‘How ruthless child traffickers exploited Nepal’s earthquake’

As the poverty stricken nation struggles to recover from the disaster, “the shocking scourge of child slavery and sex trafficking is worse than ever.”

Read more…

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Significant Events – April 23, 2016

Posted by feww on April 23, 2016

EQ death toll exceeds 600, as significant aftershocks continue to rattle Ecuador

More than 600 people have now been killed following Ecuador’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake last Saturday, as significant aftershocks continue to plague the disaster areas.

The devastating earthquake, the worst in almost seven decades, has left about 12,500 people injured with many others missing, the national authorities said.

Latest Significant Event

M5.8 at 0.601°N, 80.270°W about 26km W of Muisne, Ecuador; depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)

Today’s Seismicity

  • 4.8 40km W of Muisne, Ecuador 2016-04-23 04:06:33 UTC 10.0 km
  • 4.8 53km NW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ec
  • 5.8 26km W of Muisne, Ecuador 2016-04-23 01:24:34 UTC 10.0 km
  • uador 2016-04-22 15:39:05 UTC 10.0 km
  • 4.8 50km NNW of Manta, Ecuador 2016-04-22 15:36:27 UTC 10.0 km

deadly heat wave, the number of victims since the beginning of the 2016 has reached 220, local media reported Saturday.

Heatwaves claim 220th victim in India

The official death toll from heatwaves that have plagued India has reached 220, so far this year, local media reported.

At least 150 people have died from scorching heat in the last two weeks alone, with as many as 120 of the them in the southern states Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

On Thursday, the maximum daily temperature climbed to 47.5 degrees Celsius (117.5 Fahrenheit) in Titlagarh, Odisha (Orissa), eastern India.

“Sonepur was the second hottest place with mercury rising to 46.3 degrees Celsius. Most of the areas in western Orissa have been reeling under intense heat wave conditions with temperature hovering around 44 degree Celsius,” said a report.

Major U.S. cities plagued by record number of rats

Several major U.S. cities—including Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.— have been plagued by record number of rats in recent months, according to a report.

“In Chicago, which historically notches more rat complaints than any other city, residents’ reports of rodent activity rose by about 70% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year,” the report said.

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Significant Seismicity Occurs near Ecuador Disaster Area

Posted by feww on April 22, 2016

M6.0 and aftershocks rattle Ecuador coastal area

M6.0 event occurs 33km NNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.0Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 0.328°S, 80.543°W
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-04-22 03:03:41 UTC
224.0 km (139.2 mi) W of Quito, Ecuador

Aftershocks

  • M4.8 about 39km NNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador 2016-04-22 08:52:24 UTC; depth=46.6 km
  • M5.0 about 27km NW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador 2016-04-22 04:31:34 UTC; depth=11.0 km
  • M5.8 about 36km NNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador 2016-04-22 03:20:13 UTC; depth=10.0 km

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Significant Seismicity – April 20, 2016

Posted by feww on April 20, 2016

M6.1 event occurs in coastal Ecuador

Details
Magnitude: 6.1Mw  [emsc-csem.org]
Location: 0.67°N, 80.17°W
Depth: 15km
Time: 2016-04-20 at 08:33:48 UTC
Distances:

  • 208 km NW of Quito, Ecuador [pop: 1.4 million]
  • 17 km NW of Muisne, Ecuador [pop: 14k]

M7.8 Ecuador Earthquake Casualty Update

  • Death toll: About 500 dead, more than 100 others missing
  • Injuries: About 5,000 injured
  • Damage: 1,500 buildings destroyed, many others damaged, multiple landslides have destroyed roads and other public infrastructure
  • Estimated Damage: USD2.5 Billion

Japan

Magnitude: 5.8Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 37.83°N, 141.60°E  [About 90km east of Fukushima NPP]
Depth: 38.8km
Time: 2016-04-20 12:19:45.1 UTC
Distances:

  • 80 km SE of Sendai-shi, Japan [ pop: 1,037,562]
  • 65 km NE of Namie, Japan [pop: 21,866 ]

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Volcanoes Awakening Globally by Strong Seismicity

Posted by feww on April 19, 2016

ILT

Interesting times: 25 volcanoes firing

Popocatépetl volcano erupts again shooting ash 3km into the sky

The 5,426-meter stratovolcano, Mexico’s most active volcano, erupted overnight ejecting a large column of ash into the air and spewing lava.

The latest eruption forced the authorities to close Puebla airport, located east of the volcano, urging residents to wear masks and avoid inhaling volcanic ash.

About 25 million people live within a 100-kilometer radius of the active volcano.

Popocatépetl Volcano (“smoking mountain” in Aztec) is North America’s 2nd-highest volcano. The massive stratovolcano stands 5,450m high and lies about 65 kilometers (40 miles)  southeast of  Mexico City (19.023°N, 98.622°W) in the eastern segment of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt.

Latest Volcanic Eruptions/ Recent Activity [AZ]

  • Aso (Kyushu, Japan)
  • Cleveland (Alaska)
  • Kerinci (Indonesia)
  • Klyuchevskoy (C. Kamchatka, Russia)
  • Langila (New Britain – PNG)
  • Pavlof (Alaska)
  • Popocatepetl (Mexico)
  • Sangay (Ecuador)
  • Villarrica (Chile)

Ongoing Activity

  • Aira Kyushu (Japan)
  • Alaid (Kuril Islands, Russia)
  • Chirpoi (Kuril Islands, Russia)
  • Colima (Mexico)
  • Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia)
  • Fuego (Guatemala)
  • Karymsky (E. Kamchatka,Russia)
  • Kilauea (Hawaii)
  • Masaya (Nicaragua)
  • Momotombo (Nicaragua)
  • Sheveluch (C. Kamchatka, Russia)
  • Sinabung (Indonesia)
  • Soputan (Sulawesi, Indonesia)
  • Telica (Nicaragua)
  • Tengger Caldera (E. Java, Indonesia)
  • Zhupanovsky (E. Kamchatka, Russia)

[Sources: AVO, HVO, USGS, CENAPRED, GVP and others.]

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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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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Ecuador

Posted by feww on April 17, 2016

NTE

State of Emergency Declared after M7.8 quake strikes near Muisne, Ecuador

Centered at 0.371°N, 79.940°W, the powerful quake struck at a depth of 19.2km about 27km SSE of Muisne, Ecuador, offshore of the west coast of northern Ecuador, just north of the equator, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 4 dozen people have reportedly been killed according to initial reports.

A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces and the National Guard has been mobilized, according to local reports.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 7.8Mw
Location: 0.371°N 79.940°W depth=19.2 km (11.9 mi)
Time: 2016-04-16 23:58:37 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 27.0 km (16.8 mi) SSE of Muisne, Ecuador
  • 52.0 km (32.3 mi) W of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
  • 68.0 km (42.3 mi) SSW of Propicia, Ecuador
  • 111.0 km (69.0 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador
  • 170.0 km (105.6 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

 

Aftershocks

Five significant aftershocks reported, as of posting including one measuring 5.4Mw.

USGS Pager: Orange

  • Fatalities: 10 – 1,000 [P: 34%]
  • Damage: USD10 – 100Million [P: 32%]

INITIAL TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST

  • HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN 300 KM OF THE EPICENTER ALONG THE COASTS OF ECUADOR AND COLOMBIA – [US Tsunami Center]

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST [UPDATED]

  • THE TSUNAMI THREAT HAS NOW LARGELY PASSED.
  • MINOR SEA LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS OF UP TO 0.3 METERS ABOVE AND BELOW THE NORMAL TIDE MAY CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

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Deadly Kyushu Earthquakes – April 16 Update

Posted by feww on April 16, 2016

Aftershocks continue to rock Kyushu

The latest significant aftershocks are listed below:

00:19 JST 17 Apr 2016 00:14 JST 17 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M4.9 (4)
21:08 JST 16 Apr 2016 21:05 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.5 (4)

16:05 JST 16 Apr 2016 16:02 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.3 (5-)
14:30 JST 16 Apr 2016 14:27 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.5 (4)
14:07 JST 16 Apr 2016 14:03 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M4.5 (4)
09:51 JST 16 Apr 2016 09:48 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.4 (6-)
09:20 JST 16 Apr 2016 09:16 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.5 (4)
08:23 JST 16 Apr 2016 08:20 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.6 (4)
07:27 JST 16 Apr 2016 07:23 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.8 (5-)
07:14 JST 16 Apr 2016 07:11 JST 16 Apr 2016 Oita-ken Chubu M5.3 (5-)
03:59 JST 16 Apr 2016 03:55 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M5.8 (6+)

03:09 JST 16 Apr 2016 03:03 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Aso-chiho M5.8 (5+)
02:09 JST 16 Apr 2016 02:04 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.9 (4)
02:03 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:56 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.7 (4)
01:58 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:46 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.0 (6-)
01:47 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:44 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.3 (5-)

USGS has upgraded its casualty and damage estimates for the 7.1Mw event [widely reported as a magnitude 7.3 quake by the local media.]

RED Pager

  • Estimated Fatalities: 1,000 – 10,000 [P: 56%]
  • Estimated Economic Losses: USD10 – 100 billion  [P:42%]

Official Figures: About 3 dozen fatalities and up to 2,000 injuries reported, including 200 in a serious condition, as of posting.

Extent of reported Damage:

  • Scores of homes, buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels and highways have been destroyed or damaged.
  • A major, 200-m long bridge has collapsed.
  • Major landslides, mudslides and earth movement (up to 97cm) reported.
  • About 150mm of rain expected to exacerbate the damage across the disaster area.
  • About 100,000 families evacuated.
  • Tens of thousands of home s are without power and natural gas.
  • Up to 2 million people (400,000 households) are left without water.
  • Earthquake-triggered ash-eruptions eruptions reported at Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan.

 

 

 

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Powerful Earthquake Rocks Kyushu, S. Honshu, Japan

Posted by feww on April 15, 2016

M7.1 event strikes Kyushu, felt in southern Honshu, Japan

The powerful quake occurred at a depth of 10km about 5km ENE of Kumamoto city.

USGS/EHP has issued a RED Pager for this event:

  • Yellow alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties are possible. Estimated fatalities between 10 and 100 with a probability of 57%.
  • Red alert level for economic losses. Extensive damage is probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Japan. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response. Damage estimated between USD1 billion and USD10 billion, with a probability of 42%, as of posting.

Kyushu 7-1 JMA 20160416013006395-160125

EQ Details [JMA]
Magnitude: 7.1Mw
Location: 32.8N, 130.8E ( Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho)
Depth: 10 km
Time: 01:25 JST (UTC -9hrs) 16 Apr 2016

Nearby Cities:

  • 5.0 km (3.1 mi) ENE of Kumamoto-shi, Japan
  • 9.0 km (5.6 mi) SW of Ozu, Japan
  • 15.0 km (9.3 mi) SE of Ueki, Japan
  • 17.0 km (10.6 mi) NE of Uto, Japan
  • 633.0 km (393.3 mi) SE of Seoul, South Korea

The event registered 6+ on Japan’s s seismic intensity scale (1 – 7) at 10 seismic monitoring stations, JMA said.

The quake was immediately followed by three significant aftershocks:

01:50 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:46 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.0 (6-)
01:47 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:44 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.3 (5-)
01:37 JST 16 Apr 2016 01:30 JST 16 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.4 (4)

  • Figures in brackets indicate intensity on Japan Seismic scale (1 – 7).

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Earthquake Update – Kyushu, Japan

Posted by feww on April 15, 2016

Aftershocks Plague Kumamoto, Kyushu

Earthquake death toll has been revised down to [at least] 9 by Japanese authorities, while more than 1.3k people have been injured.

About 170 aftershocks of all sizes have been registered as of posting, with the two most significant events detailed below

01:56 JST 15 Apr 2016 01:53 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.8 (5-)
00:09 JST 15 Apr 2016 00:03 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.4 (6+)

  • JST = UTC -9 hrs.
  • Figures in brackets indicate intensity on Japan Seismic scale of 1 to 7.

The 6.4-magnitude and its aftershocks have destroyed or severely damaged scores of homes, other buildings, roads and highways.

Part of the walls and roof of Kumamoto castle have been severely damaged.

About 45,000 people fled to designated earthquake shelters.

The quake cut power to more than 12,000 homes and left about 60,000 others without water.

Operations have been suspended at many factories operating in the region including Toyota, Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Bridgestone, and others.

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Japan Earthquake Fatalities, Damage Upgraded by USGS

Posted by feww on April 14, 2016

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Kyushu, Japan

The event occurred at a depth of 10km about 65km east of Nagasaki. It registered a maximum “7” on Japan’s seismic intensity scale at Mashiki-machi Miyazono monitoring station.

USGS/EHP has now upgraded the estimated fatality and damage from the event and its aftershocks, so far, as follows.

RED Pager:

  • Yellow alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties are possible. Estimated fatalities between 10 and 100 with a probability of 57%.
  • Red alert level for economic losses. Extensive damage is probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Japan. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response. Damage estimated between USD1 billion and USD10 billion, with a probability of 42%, as of posting.

Significant Aftershocks

00:09 JST 15 Apr 2016 00:03 JST 15 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.4  (6+)
23:47 JST 14 Apr 2016 23:43 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.0 (4)
23:32 JST 14 Apr 2016 23:28 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.4 (4)

22:46 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:43 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.3 (4)
22:43 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:38 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.0 (5-)

22:27 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:22 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.6 (4)

22:20 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:16 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.2 (4)
22:15 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:09 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.3 (4)
22:12 JST 14 Apr 2016 22:07 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M5.7 (6-)

21:58 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:53 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.0 (4)
21:48 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:42 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M4.9 (4)
21:44 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:37 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M3.9 (4)
21:32 JST 14 Apr 2016 21:26 JST 14 Apr 2016 Kumamoto-ken Kumamoto-chiho M6.4  (7)

  • JST = UTC -9 hrs.
  • Figures in brackets indicate intensity on Japan Seismic scale of 1 – 7.

NHK Report

  • At least 12 people confirmed dead.
  • Dozens injured.
  • At least 19 buildings have collapsed.

 

 

 

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Kyushu, Japan

Posted by feww on April 14, 2016

TEN

[CJ Members: EQ Corresponds to April 8 Event]

The quake registered a maximum “7” on Japan’s seismic intensity scale

The quake struck at a depth of 10km about 65km east of Nagasaki. It registered a maximum “7” on Japan’s seismic intensity scale at Mashiki-machi Miyazono monitoring station.

Magnitude: 6.4 [JMA]
Location: 32.7N, 130.8E [Kumamoto-ken/ Kumamoto-chiho]
Date & Time: 14 Apr 2016 at 21:26 JST [12:26 UTC]
Depth: 10 km

USGS Model: Yellow Pager

  • Estimated Fatalities: 1
  • Possible damage: up to USD100 million (p: 42%)
  • Secondary Effects: Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Aftershocks: At least a dozen aftershocks have been reported, as of posting, with the most significant ones measuring 5.7 and 5.0Mw respectively.

Nearby Cities:

89 km S of Fukuoka-shi, Japan [pop: 1,392,289] 21:26:36.2 2016-04-14
11 km W of Kumamoto-shi, [pop: 680,423] – emsc-csem.org

kumamoto EQ location map - JMA
Image Source: JMA

Map of Japan's NPP and 6-4 Kumamoto EQ Location

 

Felt reports

Witness location : Shinjuku-ku (Japan) (893 km E from epicenter)
We are on the 21 floor of the Keio Plaza in Toyko. I barely felt it but my wife did not.

Witness location : Seoul (South Korea) (623 km NW from epicenter)
Was lying in bed and started gentle rocking from side to side. Looked at clock and it read 9.26 pm (KST). Went to google and saw a tremor in Japan at the same time. Just wondering is Seoul too far away to be felt?

Witness location : Shimonoseki (Japan) (129 km N from epicenter)
Quake motion was sharp side to side movement for 5 seconds, then slowed down for 3 seconds then much stronger for another 5 seconds. We are located 70 miles north of the epicenter.

Witness location : Shimonoseki (Japan) (129 km N from epicenter)
Quake motion was sharp side to side movement for 5 seconds, then slowed down for 3 seconds then much stronger for another 5 seconds. We are located 70 miles north of the epicenter. [emsc-csem.org]

Police told NHK they had received reports of a dozen people being trapped under collapsed houses.

 

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Strong Earthquake Strikes W. Burma

Posted by feww on April 13, 2016

WNE

M6.9 quake strikes SE of Mawlaik, Burma

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.9Mw  [Subject to change due to procedural issues at USGS/EHP]
Location: 23.133°N, 94.900°E  about  74km SE of Mawlaik, Burma
Depth: 134.8 km
Time: 2016-04-13  at 13:55:17 UTC

Probability of casualties and damage according to USGS models

  • About 10 fatalities: 34% (yellow)
  • Damage: Low level  (Green)

Secondary Effects

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses. [USGS/EHP]

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Significant Quakes Occur off Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Posted by feww on April 12, 2016

Significant earthquakes strike near Kiska Volcano

Details of the Latest EQ

Magnitude: 5.6Mw  – 73km WSW of Kiska Volcano, Alaska
Location: 51.843°N, 176.623°E [73km WSW of Kiska Volcano, Alaska]
Depth: 21.5km
Time: 2016-04-11 20:10:35 UTC

Earlier EQ

Magnitude: 5.4Mw
Location: 51.032°N, 179.621°E [92km WSW of Amatignak Island, Alaska]
Depth: 47.4km
Time: 2016-04-10 19:34:05 UTC

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Another Strong Earthquake Rattles Hindu Kush

Posted by feww on April 10, 2016

M6.6 quake jolts Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan

Centered at 36.492°N, 71.156°E the quake struck at a depth of 210.4km, reported USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt within a 400-km radius of the epicenter, in as many as six countries, and as far south as northern Faisalabad, Pakistan.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.6Mw [Subject to change due to procedural issues at USGS/EHP]

Location: 36.492°N 71.156°E depth=210.4 km (130.7 mi)
Time: 2016-04-10 10:28:58 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 39.0 km (24.2 mi) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan
  • 48.0 km (29.8 mi) WSW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan
  • 50.0 km (31.1 mi) SE of Jarm, Afghanistan
  • 86.0 km (53.4 mi) SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan
  • 282.0 km (175.2 mi) NE of Kabul, Afghanistan

A deadly earthquake measuring  7.5Mw struck the Hindu Kusnh region on October 26, 2015 killing at least 300 people with more than  2,000 others injured.

The quake has affected a vast region, and caused major devastation to multiple communities.

In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, killing more than 75,000 people.

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Strong Seismicity Continues in Vanuatu Region

Posted by feww on April 7, 2016

PPV

Third significant earthquake in four days strikes north of Sanma

M6.7 quakes Jolts Sanma, Vanuatu, the third significant event to occur in the area within four days.

Tsunami Evaluation

This event did not generate a destructive tsunami.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.7Mw
Location: 14.217°S, 166.554°E;
Depth: 35km
Time: 2016-04-06 at 06:54:54 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 106km (65.9 mi) W of Sola, Vanuatu
  • 181km (112.5 mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  • 454km (282.1 mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
  • 769km (477.8 mi) N of We, New Caledonia

[USGS/EHP]

7apr-16 sanma
[EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP]

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2ND Significant Earthquake Strikes Vanuatu Region

Posted by feww on April 6, 2016

M6.9 Quakes Jolts Sanma, Vanuatu

The quake was the second significant event to occur in the area within three days.

Tsunami Evaluation

This event did not generate a destructive tsunami.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.9Mw
Location: 14.110°S, 166.567°E; depth=33.7 km (20.9 mi)
Time: 2016-04-06 06:58:50 (UTC)

Nearby Cities:

  • 109km (68mi) WSW of Sola, Vanuatu
  • 170km (106mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  • 442km (275mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
  • 756km (470mi) N of We, New Caledonia
  • 887km (551mi) SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands

[USGS/EHP]
vanuatu 6apr2016
[EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP]
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Strong Earthquake Jolts Port-Olry, Vanuatu

Posted by feww on April 3, 2016

M6.9 Quake Strikes Vanuatu Region

EQ Locations
Magnitude: 6.9Mw
Location: 14.352°S 166.821°E
Depth: 35.0 km
Date/ Time: 2016-04-03 @ 08:23:53 UTC
Nearby Cities

  • 81km (50mi) NNW of Port-Olry, Vanuatu
  • 135km (84mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu
  • 407km (253mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

[Source: USGS/EHP]

Felt Areas Include Sanma, Torba and Luganville

Tsunami Evaluation Issued by PTWC [09:12UTC SUN APR 3 2016]-

  • MINOR SEA LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS OF UP TO 0.3 METERS ABOVE AND BELOW THE NORMAL TIDE MAY CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS.
  • THE TSUNAMI THREAT FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE HAS NOW MOSTLY PASSED. ANY REMAINING THREAT SHOULD BE EVALUATED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN IMPACTED AREAS.

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Strong Earthquakes Strike Alaska, PNG

Posted by feww on April 2, 2016

VSR

M6.2 quake strikes Alaska Peninsula, NNE of Chignik Lake

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.2Mw
Location: 57.026°N, 157.897°W; depth=17.9 km (11.1 mi)
Time: 2016-04-02 05:50:00 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 100km (62mi) NNE of Chignik Lake, Alaska
  • 653km (406mi) SW of Anchorage, Alaska
  • 687km (427mi) SW of Knik-Fairview, Alaska

Tsunami Evaluation: No destructive tsunami generated as a result of this event.

[Source: USGS/EHP]

M6.1 quake strikes offshore NE of Angoram, PNG

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.1Mw
Location: 3.433°S,, 144.949°E; depth=14.8 km (9.2 mi)
Time: 2016-04-01 19:24:56 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 120km (75mi) NE of Angoram, Papua New Guinea
  • 147km (91mi) E of Wewak, Papua New Guinea
  • 708km (440mi) NNW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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