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ISSAC: Four Gulf Coast States Declare Emergencies

Posted by feww on August 27, 2012

Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama declare states of emergency, issue evacuation orders as TS ISSAC approaches

Four Gulf Coast states declared states of emergency as tropical storm ISSAC reached the mouth of GoM. Evacuation orders have been issued for the residents in the storm’s path.  The storm was expected to intensify to hurricane strength over the warmer waters.

Tropical Storm ISSAC. VIS/IR Sat Image. See inset for time. Source UW-CIMSS

ISSAC as of 03:00 UTC Sun Aug 26
Location: 24.2°N 82.9°W
Moving: WNW at 14 mph
Min pressure: 993 mb
Max sustained winds: 65 mph

 Tropical Storm Force Wind Probability

TS ISAAC. Tropical Storm Force Wind Probability Chart.
Source: NHC/NWS

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • El Salvador.  Powerful Magnitude 7.3 quake struck offshore El Salvador about 133 km (82 miles) S of Santiago de Maria, at 04:37UTC on Monday, August 27, 2012, USGS/EHP reported.
    • The quake was epicentered 12.278°N, 88.528°W and struck at a depth 20.3 km (12.6 miles).
    • A tsunami warning was issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico, but no significant wave was reported, as of posting (~ 11:40UTC).
  • Kuril Islands, Russia. The Ivan Grozny (“Ivan the Terrible”) volcano on Iturup Island (Kuril islands group) erupted again, early Monday.
    • The volcano first erupted Thursday morning spewing a column of ash onto the surrounding towns of Goryachiye Klyuchi (10 km) and Kurilsk (25 km).

Other Storms

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Offshore Guatemala

Posted by feww on January 19, 2010

Quake Measuring Up to Magnitude 6.1 Strikes Offshore Guatemala

Strong earthquake measuring as large as 6.1Mw struck south of Guatemala about 85 km (55 miles) WSW of Santa Ana, El Salvador and 105 km (65 miles) SSE of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, at a depth of  about 50km on January 18, 2010 at 15:40 UTC.

This quake may (have) cause (caused) landslides in the mountainous regions of both El Salvador and Guatemala, which have not yet been detected (reported).

Tsunami Report

The quake was not large enough, and struck deep, to create a tsunami.

Location Reports:

The earthquake shook the buildings in El Salvador capital city of  San Salvador  causing panic among the residents, but did not cause any damage, according to Latin Press.

“We felt a tremor that was a bit strong. We are monitoring the area but there is no damage here. It was a light movement that lasted for a few seconds,” said a tourism official from the Guatemalan tourist office in Puerto Quetzal, on the country’s south coast, according to Reuters.

10-degree Map Centered at 15°N,90°W

Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 5.8 [FEWW Estimate: As large as 6.1Mw ]
  • Date-Time:
    • Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:40:27 UTC
    • Monday, January 18, 2010 at 09:40:27 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 13.696°N, 90.333°W
  • Depth: 54.8 km (34.1 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 85 km (55 miles) WSW of Santa Ana, El Salvador
    • 105 km (65 miles) SSE of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
    • 115 km (75 miles) W of SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador
    • 1140 km (710 miles) ESE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 6.3 km (3.9 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010rqb3

Seismic Hazard Map

Click image to enlarge. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

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