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Significant Quake Strikes Ibaraki, Japan

Posted by feww on December 31, 2013

M5.4 Earthquake Strikes Near Ibaraki,  Japan

The event was centered near 36.7ºN, 140.7ºE and occurred at a depth of 10km. The quake was followed by several aftershocks, with the largest measuring 3.6Mw, as of posting.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 5.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-12-31 01:03:00 UTC
  • Location: 36.789°N 140.591°E depth=9.9km (6.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 13km (8mi) NW of Takahagi, Japan
    • 14km (9mi) W of Kitaibaraki, Japan
    • 21km (13mi) NNW of Hitachi, Japan
    • 21km (13mi) E of Daigo, Japan
    • 146km (91mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

EQ Details [JMA]
Magnitude: 5.4Mw
Event Time: 2013-12-31 01:03:00 UTC
Location: 36.7°N 140.7°E depth=10km
Region:  Ibaraki-ken Hokubu

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Earthquake Location Map.  Maximum intensity of 5 on Japan’s 1-7 scale recorded near epicenter. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).


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Magnitude 5.5 Quake Shakes Tokyo

Posted by feww on December 14, 2013

Significant earthquake strikes offshore eastern Japan

Quake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 5.4
Event Time: 2013-12-14 04:06:14UTC
Epicenter: 35.621°N, 140.686°E
Depth: 36.0km (22.4mi)
Nearby Cities
11km (7mi) SSE of Asahi, Japan
90km (56mi) E of Tokyo, Japan

Quake Details [Japan Met]
Magnitude: 5.5
Time:  13:06 JST 14 Dec 2013 (JST)
Epicenter: 35.6ºN, 140.8ºE ( Chiba-ken, Toho-oki)
Depth: 50 km
Max JMA Seismic Intensity: 4

Earthquake Location Map

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: Japan Met

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Significant Aftershocks Follow Powerful Japan Quake

Posted by feww on October 26, 2013

Quake magnitude revised down to 7.1Mw, as significant aftershocks strike

Magnitude of the powerful earthquake that struck off Fukushima coast has been revised down to 7.1Mw by USGS/EHP.

The revised details are as follows

  • Magnitude: 7.1Mw
  • Time: 2013-10-26 02:10:16 UTC+09:00
  • Location: 37.170°N, 144.665°E [475km (295mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan]
  • Depth: 10.0km

At least 4 significant aftershocks have occurred, as of posting, the largest of which measured 5.5Mw.

Meantime, the authorities evacuated the crippled Fukushima Power Plant, after Tsunami Advisories were issued.

The plant operator said on Saturday there was no damage or change in radiation levels at the station following the quake, according to reports.

A 30cm tsunami reached Japan’s east coast, NHK reported.

The quake reportedly shook buildings far away as Tokyo, about 230 km south of Fukushima nuclear plant, and 475km WSW of the epicenter.

Earthquake Location Map

japan quake aftershocks 26oct13
Source: USGS/EHP

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Strong Quake Shakes Fukushima NPP

Posted by feww on September 19, 2013

M5.8 Strikes 42km SE of Fukushima Nuke Plant

A strong quake measuring 5.8Mw struck 42km southeast (230º) of the disaster-ridden Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant at a depth of 20km, Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported.

Centered at 37.1N, 140.7E, the quake struck at 02:25 JST on September 20, 2013.

Tremors were felt in 17 prefectures across Japan, causing buildings to sway in the capital Tokyo, about 170km away, according to eyewitnesses.

Earthquake Information (Information is based on seismic intensity detected at various sites throughout Japan) – Issued at 02:31 JST – 20 Sep 2013

Event Date and Time: 02:25 JST on 20 Sep 2013
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 20km
Location: 37.1N, 140.7E
Region Name: Fukushima-ken, Hamadori
Source: JMA


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Busy Day at the Pacific Rim of Fire

Posted by feww on September 4, 2013

M6.5 quake strikes near Atka, Alaska

Strong quake measuring 6.5Mw struck about 77km (48mi) SSW of Atka, Alaska at 02:32 UTC, Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

The quake was centered at 51.592°N 174.760°W, and struck about 39.9km (24.8mi) deep, USGS/EHP reported.

NO tsunami reported.

Two significant aftershocks followed the mainshock, as of posting.

  • 5.5Mw + 78km SSW of Atka, Alaska 2013-09-04 13:16:31 UTC+09:00 D=34.6 km
  • 5.2Mw + 80km SW of Atka, Alaska 2013-09-04 14:15:56 UTC+09:00 D=44.8 km

The quake followed similar size shocks that struck Izu Islands, Japan Region and Bella Bella, Canada since late Tuesday.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map No. 2, Sept. 4, 2013. at 06:10UTC. Image source: USGS/EHP.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map No.1, Sept. 4, 2013 at 01:20UTC. Image source: USGS/EHP.

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Strong Quakes Strike Japan, Canada Regions

Posted by feww on September 4, 2013

M6.9 Strikes Izu Islands, Japan Region

The quake, measuring 6.9MW and centered at 29.8°N, 139°E, struck at a depth of about 400km, according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). NO tsunami expected.

The event occurred at about 00:18UTC on Wednesday September 4, 2013.

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Pacific Ring of Fire – Earthquake Location Map, Sept. 4, 2013. Image source: USGS/EHP.

M6.0  quake strikes 191km WSW of Bella Bella, Canada

A magnitude 6.0 quake struck offshore about 191km (119mi) WSW of Bella Bella, Canada, USGS/EHP reported.

The shallow quake occurred at a depth of about 1km, centered at 51.2°N 130.4°W, said USGS.

The mainshock was followed by several significant aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5.9Mw as of posting.

  1. 5.9Mw + 163km SW of Bella Bella, Canada 2013-09-04 09:23:12 UTC+09:00 Depth of 9.9 km
  2. 5.0Mw + 188km SW of Bella Bella, Canada 2013-09-04 07:29:32 UTC+09:00 9.8 km

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 14 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 14, 2013

H7N9 avian flu human infections in China climb to 60, with 13 fatalities

Latest Update [2013-04-14 19:23:48 local time]: Shanghai reported two more deaths from H7N9 bird flu on Sunday, while three new cases were confirmed, local health authorities said in a statement,” said a report.

  • The latest update raises the infection toll to 60, and the fatalities to at least 13.

Earlier on Sunday…

Two new infections of H7N9 avian flu were reported in east China’s Jiangsu Province on Sunday, bringing the total number of such cases in China to 57.

“Eight new cases of human infection were reported nationwide on Sunday, with two in Henan Province in central China, two in Jiangsu Province and four in Zhejiang Province in east China. Of the 57 people infected thus far, 11 have died,” said a report.

All four patients in east China’s Zhejiang Province were in serious condition, according to the provincial health department, said a report.

Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus

This is a “novel” (non-human) virus and therefore has the potential to cause a pandemic if it were to change to become easily and sustainably spread from person-to-person. So far, this virus has not been determined to have that capability. However, influenza viruses constantly change and it’s possible that this virus could gain that ability. CDC takes routine preparedness actions whenever a new virus with pandemic potential is identified, including developing a candidate vaccine virus to make a vaccine if it were to be needed. There is no licensed H7 vaccine available at this time. —CDC


UPDATE: Earthquake that hit “birthplace of Japan” caused by “unknown active fault”

The magnitude 6.0 quake that hit Awajishima Fukin on Apr 13, 2013, at 05:33 local time has reportedly injured two dozen people, 7 of them seriously, and damaged more than 1,900 homes.

  • “The government’s earthquake research committee said Sunday an unknown active fault may have caused a magnitude 6.3 [revised down to M6.0 by JMA] earthquake that jolted western Japan early Saturday.” Kyodo reported.
  • The fault reportedly extends about 10 km from north to south of the island, according to the committee.
  • “There are many as-yet-unrecognized active faults,” warning that  M6  quakes could occur anywhere in Japan, the committee chief has said.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.0
  • Depth: 10 km
  • Date and Time: April 13,  2013 at 05:33 JST (local time)
  • Epicenter:  34.4ºN, 134.8ºE
  • Region: Awajishima Fukin (Source: JMA)

EQ Location Map

Awajishima EQ
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.


U.S. Weather:  Major winter storm to impact the north central United States

A major winter storm will impact the north central United States through Monday morning, where total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches will be common. Some locales in central North Dakota could experience more than 15 inches of new snow. Strong gusty winds will also lead to considerable blowing and drifting snow and near blizzard conditions, creating hazardous travel conditions. —NWS

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US Weather Hazards Map. The map shows 10 different Weather Warnings, including Red Flag Warnings across parts of 5 states. Source: NWS

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