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‘Strong’ Quake Strikes Wellington, New Zealand

Posted by feww on October 22, 2015

M4.4 strikes 30km east of NZ capital

Centered at 41.20S, 175.08E, the quake occurred at a depth of 6km, according to geonet.org.nz

Date/Time: October 22 2015, 9:43:59UTC

There were no immediate reports of damage, however the quake was described as “huge” in online chatter.

Search blog content for additional information concerning seismicity of New Zealand.

Recent Earthquakes – NZ Region

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The 837th Quake Strikes Oklahoma in 2014

Posted by feww on August 9, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07
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‘It feels like the earth is opening up and you are falling’

At least 837 earthquakes measuring magnitude  2.5 or greater have struck the state of Oklahoma, so far this year, according to the USGS archives.

At least 285 of the quakes measured 3.0Mw, or greater. This compares with only 277 quakes that occurred during the previous 14 years.

“The houses are bouncing. It is frightening,” said the information manager for the Oklahoma Corporations Commission, the state regulator for the oil and gas industry.

Fracking Oklahoma to Death

More than 90 percent of Oklahoma produces oil and gas, and the industry’s wastewater is injected into thousands of disposal wells, usually old gas wells, around the state, said a report. “Scientific studies have shown wastewater activity may cause quakes when occurring near geologic faults.”

However, regulators still claim ignorance concerning the link between the disposal wells, and the spike in the seismic activity.

“It feels like the earth is opening up and you are falling,” said a resident in Guthrie, a town of about 11,000 people, located 40km west of Oklahoma City, which has been hit by at least 11 quakes M3.0 or greater, so far this month. “It’s scary.”

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M6.8 Strikes Offshore Panama

Posted by feww on May 13, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 07, 08
.

Strong quake occurs 105km SE of Punta de Burica, Panama

Centered at 7.249°N, 82.330°W the quake struck close to the Panama Fracture Zone at a depth of about 10.0km (6.2mi), said USGS/EHP.

The quake was followed by at least one aftershock measuring 4.4Mw , as of posting.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.8Mw
Event Time: 2014-05-13 06:35:24 UTC
Location: 7.249°N 82.330°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 105km (65mi) SE of Punta de Burica, Panama
  • 124km (77mi) S of Pedregal, Panama
  • 128km (80mi) SSE of Puerto Armuelles, Panama
  • 130km (81mi) S of David, Panama
  • 354km (220mi) SSE of San Jose, Costa Rica

EQ Location Map

Panama EQ
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.

Tsunami Evaluation

A destructive tsunami is not expected.


FIRE-EARTH EQ Forecast

The next detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be released together with Bulletin NO. 97 on May 14, 2014.


 

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Ohio Finally Links Fracking to Earthquakes

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
FRACKING-RELATED SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
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Earthquakes Continue to Rattle Oklahomans

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has finally conceded that the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking), which involves injecting sand, water and chemicals at high pressure deep underground to help release oil and gas, may have produced earthquakes in Poland Township in March.

“Regarding the seismic events in Poland Township, ODNR geologists believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” said ODNR in a statement release on Friday.

At least 161 earthquakes measuring magnitude 2.5 or greater, occurring  in and near the state, have rattled Oklahomans in the past 30 days.

OK quakes to April 12
Updated: 2014-04-12 07:59:47 UTC. 30 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ (161 earthquakes in map area). Source; USGS/EHP.

Magnitude 4.2+ Since March 30

At least 7 quakes measuring 4.0 or greater have struck Oklahoma in the past three weeks including 4 shocks measuring 4.2 or greater occurring since Mach 30.

  • M4.2 about 6km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-04-07 at 16:03:03 UTC at a  depth of 5.2 km
  • M4.2 about 6km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-04-06 at 14:58:54 UTC at a  depth of5.1 km
  • M4.3 about 20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma 2014-03-30 at 08:42:36 UTC at a  depth of 5.0 km
  • M4.3 about 21km N of Crescent, Oklahoma 2014-03-30 at 06:51:56 UTC at a  depth of 5.0 km

In Another Shallow Quake Strikes Oklahoma posted on April 6, 2014 the blog said: FIRE-EARTH Models show Oklahoma seismicity WILL continue intensifying

That post and all other FIRE-EARTH blog entries concerning disasters or ‘impending’ disasters in the U.S. continue to be heavily censored, blocked or buried by Google, WordPress and others.

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast

For the next FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast see April 12 Bulletin, which would be released later today – members only.

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Significant Quakes Strike Oklahoma, Wyoming

Posted by feww on March 30, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
.

Swarms of significant quakes rattle Oklahoma

A large cluster of earthquakes including more than a dozen shocks measuring 2.7Mw to 4.4Mw struck Oklahoma between 03:08UTC and 14:09 UTC on March 30, 2014.

The most significant quakes in the cluster so far include three shocks measuring 4.3 and 4.4Mw.

  • Magnitude 4.4, 20km NNW of Crescent, Oklahoma at 14:09:59 UTC  2014-03-30,   36.129°N 97.647°W, Depth= 4.7km
  • M 4.3,  20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma at  08:42:36 UTC 2014-03-30, 36.140°N 97.616°W, Depth=5.0km
  • M 4.3, 21km N of Crescent, Oklahoma at 06:51:56 UTC 2014-03-30, 36.142°N 97.592°W, Depth=5.0km

Oklahoma quakes 30march14
Oklahoma Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Since March 2, 2014 at least 112 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw to 4.4Mw  have struck the state of Oklahoma.

M4.8 Strikes 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

A swarm of earthquakes including a magnitude 4.8Mw shock struck the Yellowstone national park about 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana earlier today.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.8Mw
Event Time: 2014-03-30 12:34:39 UTC
Location: 44.778°N 110.683°W depth=6.8km (4.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 37km (23mi) ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

Earthquake Location Map

YNP quakes 30mar2014
Source: USGS/EHP

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M4.4 Quake Strikes Near Beverly Hills, California

Posted by feww on March 18, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
.

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattles Los Angeles area

Centered at 34.135°N, 118.486°W, 10km (6mi) NW of Beverly Hills, California, the quake struck at a depth of 9.9km (6.1mi) on Monday March 17, 2014 at 13:25:36UTC.

The event was followed by a small aftershock measuring 2.6Mw, which occurred three minutes later.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.4Mw [USGS/EHP]
Event Time: 2014-03-17 at 13:25:36UTC
Location: 34.135°N 118.486°W depth=9.9km (6.1mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 9km (6mi) NNW of Westwood, California
  • 10km (6mi) NW of Beverly Hills, California
  • 12km (7mi) W of Universal City, California
  • 12km (7mi) N of Santa Monica, California

Earthquake Location Map

LA Quakes 17mar2014
Earthquakes Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts for California

Due to the reasons explained previously on this blog, FIRE-EARTH Science Team has suspended its research on California seismicity.

 

 

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M3.8 Strikes Montana

Posted by feww on February 26, 2014

Seismic Hazard
.

Shallow earthquake strikes S of Plentywood, Montana

The quake struck at a depth of 5km about 59km S of Plentywood, NE Montana.

Meantime, at least 16 shocks measuring between M2.5 and 3.5 occurred in the state of Oklahoma in the past 7 days.

Preferred Location Parameters
Event Time: 2014-02-25 22:45:38 UTC
Magnitude: 3.8 mb_lg (± 0.07)
Location: 48.250°N, 104.699°W
Dept:h 5.0 km  (± 2.0 km)
Number of Phases Used 12
Minimum Distance 44.6 km (0.40°)
Travel Time Residual 0.63 sec
Azimuthal Gap 148°
Nearby Cities:

  • 59km (37mi) S of Plentywood, Montana
  • 81km (50mi) W of Williston, North Dakota
  • 244km (152mi) S of Regina, Canada

Review Status MANUAL
Event ID usc000my5t [USGS/EHP]

montana quake

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ML4.3 Quake Strikes UK Region

Posted by feww on February 21, 2014

Seismic Hazard
.

Shallow earthquake strikes Bristol Channel Region UK

Richter magnitude scale 4.3 earthquake struck at a depth of 5km about 36 km S of Swansea, United Kingdom at 13:21:28UTC on February 20, 2014, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC).

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: ML4.3
  • Region:BRISTOL CHANNEL REGION, U.K.<
  • Date – time: 2014-02-20 13:21:28.0 UTC
  • Location: 51.31 N ; 4.08 W
  • Depth: 5 km
  • Distances:
    • 233 km NW of Saint Peter Port, Guernsey [pop: 16,488]
    • 65 km W of Cardiff, Wales, UK [ pop: 302,139]
    • 36 km S of Swansea, United Kingdom [ pop: 170,883]
    • 11 km N of Ilfracombe, United Kingdom [pop: 10,486]

Earthquake Location Map

Euro-Med Earthquakes 24hrs
Euro-Med Earthquakes – 24 hrs to 01:44UTC on February 21, 2014. Source: EMSC

Recent UK Earthquake

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Strong Quake Strikes Off the Coast Mexico

Posted by feww on September 24, 2009

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Jalisco,Mexico

Strong earthquake measuring 6.4 Mw struck off SW of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, at a depth of 35 km, on Thursday,  September 24, 2009, at 07:16 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.

This event will almost certainly affect the outcome of the FEWW northern California earthquake forecast.

The earthquake was preceded by a foreshock measuring 5.6Mw which occurred on Friday,  September 18,  2009, at 18:46 UTC.

FEWW Comments: This earthquake may have primed for eruption either one or both of two volcanoes Bárcena, which forms the island of San Benedicto, and Socorro, located on island of the same name, about 380 km to the west of the EQ location.

10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,105°W

OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO - MEXICO
EQ Location Map. Source: USGS

This Earthquake:

  • Magnitude: 6.4
  • Date/Time: Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 07:16:24 UTC [Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 12:16:24 AM at epicenter]
  • Location: 18.992°N, 107.350°W
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles)
  • Region: OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO
  • Distances:
    • 285 km (175 miles) SW of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
    • 315 km (195 miles) W of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
    • 325 km (200 miles) WSW of Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico
    • 855 km (530 miles) W of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 6.5 km (4.0 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009lyat

The associated Press quoted the USGS as follows:

The U.S. Geological survey says the temblor struck about 170 miles (275 kilometers) southwest of Puerto Vallarta at 0716 GMT (3:16 a.m. EDT) Thursday. It occurred at a depth of about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).

Tsunami Bulletin:

PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
Issued the following at 07:28UTC 24 SEP 2009

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME –  0716Z 24 SEP 2009
COORDINATES –  19.1 NORTH  107.3 WEST
DEPTH       –   10 KM
LOCATION    –  OFF COAST OF JALISCO  MEXICO
MAGNITUDE   –  6.7

EVALUATION

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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California Earthquake Forecast – Update 3

Posted by feww on September 24, 2009

For background and latest update see:

Up to three earthquakes measuring magnitude 6.2 or greater could strike Western US in 2009

California Earthquake Forecast: UPDATE #3

Magnitude 7.6  to  7.9 earthquake could strike the SF Bay Area, northern California in 2009

FEWW Moderators Forecast a magnitude 7.6 to 7.9  earthquake and two possible aftershocks measuring about 5.5 Mw (subject to the magnitude of the mainshock) for the San Francisco Bay Area, northern California in 2009.

Details of EQ Forecast

  • Magnitude: 7.6 to 7.9 Mw
  • Provisional date:  September 28, 2009
  • Date uncertainty: ~ 90 Days
  • Epicenter: 37° 52′ 20″N, 122° 15′ 10″W
  • Depth: 9.0 km
  • Depth uncertainty: ±2.8 km
  • Location: ~2.88 km (1.79miles ) east of Berkeley Fire Departments: Fire Prevention & Disaster Preparedness (CA 94702).
  • Location uncertainty:
    • Up to 5 km to the west of Hayward Fault
    • Up to 14 km NNW within a 5-km corridor along the Hayward Fault
    • Up to 22 km SSE within a 5-km corridor along the Hayward Fault
  • Probability of of occurrence 0.8 [77%]

Map of Hayward Fault
Map of N California Fault Lines. Source: USGS

Satellite map
Satellite map of forecast epicenter.
Source: Google Maps [See terms of use for copyright information.]

Hayward EQ Forecast
FEWW Bay Area Earthquake Forecast Uncertainty Zone.
Source: Google Earth [See terms of use for copyright information.]

Note: This forecast does NOT preclude the possibility of other seismic events in the area at any time.

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California Earthquake Forecast – Update 2

Posted by feww on August 11, 2009

California forecast earthquake may be more powerful than originally estimated

FEWW Moderators have upgraded their forecast for a California earthquake to a Magnitude 7.9 event.

For initial forecast see California Earthquake Forecast 2009 [March 24, 2009]

For Update # 1 see:  California Earthquake Forecast 2009 – UPDATE [August 4, 2009]

San Andreas Fault


The topographic texture of western California is controlled by the San Andreas fault system, the tectonic expression of the Pacific plate sliding northwestward along the western margin of the North American plate. Hundreds of miles long and up to a mile wide, the San Andreas Fault Zone has been active since its original development in the Tertiary.  About 10 percent of the present plate motion is compressional, which means horizontal forces are shortening and wrinkling the crust along the fault zone. This movement has created the parallel coastal northwest-southeast mountain ranges such as the Coastal Ranges along California’s central coast. Comparatively quiet during the period between the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the 1989 Loma Prieta event, the fault is again showing activity. Image and caption: nationalatlas.gov


Fault map for San Francisco Bay Area from http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/eqmaps/pickcity.html, annotated and colors modified by User: Leonard G. Released into the public domain (
Leonard G. ).

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California Earthquake Forecast 2009 – UPDATE

Posted by feww on August 4, 2009

For initial forecast see:

California Earthquake Forecast 2009

Based on the recent seismic activity in the Gulf of California, FEWW Moderators revise their forecast for California earthquakes in 2009 as follows:

(i) A magnitude 7.4 earthquake and two strong aftershocks (5.5+ Mw) could strike California in 2009 with a probability of 0.9 (88%).

(ii) The estimated date of occurrence:  September 28, 2009

(iii) The occurrence date uncertainty: ~ +90 days from the forecast date

(iv) The epicenter is located in a built-up area. [Further information may be released later.]

(v) In addition to the above event, two other powerful earthquakes could strike the western United States in 2009.  (Probability of occurrence for a  single event is 77% and for the two events, 64%).

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Magnitude 6.3 Quake Strikes Hokkaido Japan

Posted by feww on June 5, 2009

Strong earthquake strikes Hokkaido, Japan

The earthquake measuring 6.3 MW in line with FEWW forecast

Hokkaido us2009hmai

Earthquake Location. 10-degree Map Centered at 40°N,145°E – USGS

Earthquake details:

  • Magnitude 6.3
  • Date-Time: Friday, June 05, 2009 at 03:30:34 UTC [Friday, June 05, 2009 at 12:30:34 PM at epicenter]
  • Location:  41.858°N, 143.399°E
  • Depth 41.6 km (25.9 miles)
  • Region:  HOKKAIDO ISLAND, JAPAN
  • Distances
    • 150 km (90 miles) SW of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
    • 215 km (135 miles) SE of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
    • 220 km (135 miles) NE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
    • 755 km (470 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles); depth +/- 7.1 km (4.4 miles)
  • Parameters: NST=185, Nph=185, Dmin=26.6 km, Rmss=0.81 sec, Gp= 36°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009hmai

Hokkaido us2009hmai pop shake

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake and tsunami occurred in the Japan region 92 km northwest of the location of this earthquake on March 21, 1982 (UTC), with estimated population exposures of 48,000 at intensity VIII and 170,000 at intensity VII, with no reported fatalities. On July 12, 1993 (UTC), a magnitude 7.7 earthquake and tsunami occurred near the Hokkaido Nansei-Oki, Japan, region 360 km west of the location of this earthquake, with estimated population exposures of 4,000 at intensity VIII and 84,000 at intensity VII, resulting in an estimated 230 fatalities. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused, landslides and fires that may have contributed to losses. USGS.

NO tsunami warning has been issued.

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Earthquake Forecast 2009

Posted by feww on December 18, 2008

Earthquake Forecast 2009 – country in focus: Japan

eq-2009-forecast-japan
2009 Earthquake Forecast by FEWW / CASF –
Release Date: December 18, 2008. [All data are subject to updates and changes.]

Historic Japan earthquakes: 2008 [as of  December 18, 2008]

See Also:

[Earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or greater or ones that caused fatalities, injuries or substantial damage. Source: Data Compiled by Pamela J. Benfield and NEIC Operations Staff.]

Historic japan earthquake: 2007

earthquakes-map-2008

Earthquake Density Map of Japan [USGS]

Seismicity Map

Credit: USGS

Seismic Hazard Map of Japan

Credit: USGS

Notable Earthquakes in Japan [USGS]

earthquakes
Source: USGS

no-of-eq-worldwide

no-of-eq-worldwide-1990s
Source: USGS

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