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Strong Quake Strikes Coastal Ecuador

Posted by feww on July 1, 2017

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M 6.0 quake strikes NNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

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M 6.0
0.326°S, 80.503°W [31km NNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador]
10.0 km depth
2017-06-30 22:29:44 UTC
[USGS]

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2ND Strong Shock Rattles Ecuador

Posted by feww on May 18, 2016

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NOTE: Details of this event are subject to change by USGS/EHP

M6.8 event occurs NW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador

Centered at 0.465°N, 79.641°W, 24.0 km (14.9 mi) NW of Rosa Zarate, and  just north of the Equator, the quake occurred at a depth of 31km (19.3 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

  • The event was the second strong shock to rattle NW Ecuador in under 10 hours, today (UTC).

Shallow EQs along Nazca – S. America Plates Subduction Zone

  • 1960. M9.5 in S Chile  (world’s largest instrumentally recorded earthquake)
  • 1906. M8.5 near Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1922. M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile
  • 2001. M8.4 Arequipa, Peru
  • 2007. M8.0 earthquake Pisco, Peru
  • 2010.  M8.8 Maule, Chile  (occurred ~ 200km north of the 1960 event)

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Mache-Chindul Eco Reserve, Ecuador

Posted by feww on May 18, 2016

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M6.7 earthquake occurs WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Centered at 0.428°N, 79.765°W, just north of the Equator, the quake occurred at a depth of depth=32.4 km (20.1 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.7Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 0.428°N, 79.765°W depth=32.4 km (20.1 mi)
Time: 2016-05-18 07:57:05 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 34.0 km (21.1 mi) WNW of Rosa Zarate
  • 35.0 km (21.7 mi) ESE of Muisne
  • 56.0 km (34.8 mi) S of Propicia
  • 101.0 km (62.8 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados
  • 156.0 km (96.9 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Shallow EQs along Nazca – S. America Plates subduction zone

  • 1960. M9.5 in S Chile  (world’s largest instrumentally recorded earthquake)
  • 1906. M8.5 near Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1922. M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile
  • 2001. M8.4 Arequipa, Peru
  • 2007. M8.0 earthquake Pisco, Peru
  • 2010.  M8.8 Maule, Chile  (occurred ~ 200km north of the 1960 event)

 

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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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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

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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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ZIKV Emergency: New Warnings Issued by Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador & Jamaica

Posted by feww on January 23, 2016

One million cases of ZIKV infections worldwide: FIRE-EARTH Models

FIRE-EARTH Models show more than one million incidences of ZIKV infections may have occurred worldwide since October 2015.

Link to Microcephaly

Researchers suspect a possible link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly, a severe birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.

Microcephaly can occur as a result of changes in babies genes, as well as other causes that can include the following exposures during pregnancy:

Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly. Microcephaly is not a common condition. State birth defects tracking systems have estimated that microcephaly ranges from 2 babies per 10,000 live births to about 12 babies per 10,000 live births in the Unites States.

Latest Health Warnings

Authorities in four countries—Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica—have warned women to avoid pregnancy as cases of microcephaly, believed to be caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), continue to multiply.

Brazil. Authorities say the number of babies born with suspected microcephaly has now reached about 4,000 since October, 2015.

Colombia. Health Minister has urged women to delay pregnancies for about eight months.

Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica. Authorities have told women to delay pregnancies by up to two years.

U.S. Last week, explosive outbreaks of ZIKV, a dangerous tropical disease linked to birth defects, prompted the  U.S. health officials to issue a travel alert for people traveling to regions and countries where the virus transmission is spreading: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Countries that have past or current evidence of Zika virus transmission

AFRICA: Angola*, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt*, Ethiopia*, Gabon, Gambia*, Kenya*, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone*, Somalia*, Tanzania*, Uganda and Zambia*.

AMERICAS: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname and Venezuela.

OCEANIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS: Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

ASIA: Cambodia, India*, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan*, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam*.

[*For these countries, the only evidence of Zika virus transmission is from studies that detected Zika virus antibodies in healthy people.  These studies cannot determine where the people were infected or if they were infected with Zika virus because the antibodies may have resulted from infections with other closely related viruses, such a; s dengue virus.]

Ae. aegypti Mosquitoes: The Principal Vectors of ZIKV

Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus are the principal vectors of dengue (DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3, DENV-4), chikungunya (CHIKV), yellow fever (YFV), and Zika (ZIKV) viruses. Of these seven arboviruses, DENV, YFV and CHIKV have caused outbreaks within the United States and its territories in the past 110 years.

With a newly-obtained fiery red blood meal visible through her transparent abdomen, the now heavy female Aedes aegypti mosquito took flight as she left her host’s skin surface. Photo Credit: James Gathany/ CDC

Approximate distribution of Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes in the United States. -CDC-

ZIKV in Brief [CDC]

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries. In December 2015, Puerto Rico reported its first confirmed Zika virus case. Locally transmitted Zika has not been reported elsewhere in the United States, but cases of Zika have been reported in returning travelers.

There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to countries where Zika virus (see map) or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

Zika and pregnancy

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Cotopaxi Volcano Stirs, Ash Eruptions Reported

Posted by feww on August 15, 2015

Ash from Ecuadorian volcano covers parts of Quito

Two small explosions at the giant Cotopaxi volcano ejected plumes of ash to a height of about 5km above the crater on Friday, reported Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute.

Volcanic ash from the eruptions covered southern parts of Quito, Ecuador’s capital and its second most populous city [metro pop: ~ 3.2 million, FIRE-EARTH Population Model.]

The events have been described as “very small explosions” that were “almost imperceptible,” by the officials, who insist the volcano, which has been showing signs of unrest since April, with a large increase in seismicity (including harmonic tremors) and SO2 emissions, is not necessarily about to erupt.

One of the world’s highest volcanoes, Cotopaxi is located about 50 km south of Quito, Ecuador. It is the second highest summit in the Andean country, reaching a height of about 5,900m. Some 90 or so eruption have been recorded since 1534.

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Week 31 Volcano Watch

Posted by feww on August 7, 2008

30 July-5 August 2008

Breaking News:

Color Code Purple

Recent activity at the Kilauea volcano has increased atmospheric levels of sulfur dioxide in the districts of Kau and Puna, Hawaii, resulting in a spike of sulfur of 9 parts per million, which is considered to be extremely high. (Source)

New Activity/Unrest:


Kilauea volcano eruption. Photo dated July 14. 2008. Copyright: Steven and Donna O’Meara. Source: HawaiiMagazine.com. See Fair Use Notice!

Ongoing Activity:

[The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program.]

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Chaitén’s Fury Ending?

Posted by feww on May 31, 2008

Chaitén Update # 3

Is Weary Chaitén Ready to Rest?

Chaitén continues to erupt, although a decline in the height of eruption column in the last two days has been reported. A decline also in its seismic activity is reducing the probability of larger explosive eruptions, though they are not entirely ruled out.

Air Lines Resume Flights Over Central and Southern Chile

Airlines resumed flights to most of southern Chile airports on Thursday after they were briefly suspended because of the high concentration of ash in the atmosphere.

Flights to Puerto Montt and Temuco remain on stand by until further notice; however, flights to Punta Arenas and Balmaceda have resumed.

Chaitén volcano started erupting May 2, after at least 9,000 years of dormancy.

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Typical eruption column of Chaiten Volcano, Chile, on May 26, 2008, between stronger explosive activity. The circular caldera rim is 3 km (1.9 miles) in diameter, which was formed about 9,400 years ago. A lava dome that erupted sometime later is the knobby feature between the billowing ash and rim on the left. A new lava dome is growing in the caldera but it is out of view behind eruption column. U.S. Geological Survey photograph by J.N. Marso. Caption: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Cerro Azul Volcano Erupts

Meanwhile the 1,700-meter high Cerro Azul volcano erupted on Thursday after 10 years of inactivity. Cerro Azul is located on Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos islands.


Cerro Azul volcano at the SW tip of Isabela Island. Photo by Tom Simkin (Smithsonian Institution). Image Maty be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!

The Galápagos archipelago, a province of Ecuador, has a population of around 40,000 and is located the eastern Pacific Ocean at 525 nautical miles (972 km/604 miles) off the west coast of South America. The sparsely archipelago is home to “Galápagos,” the Spanish name for the Giant Land Tortoises that inhabit the islands.


Satellite photo of the Galápagos islands (names of the visible main islands are overlayed).

Unlike the 1998 Cerro Azul eruption in which several giant tortoise were destroyed by molten lava, despite a rescue operation by helicopters, it is thought that the current eruption poses no danger to the animals.

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