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Significant Seismicity – April 20, 2016

Posted by feww on April 20, 2016

M6.1 event occurs in coastal Ecuador

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

  • 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


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

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

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Earthquake Strikes SSE of Sendai Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on August 17, 2015

M5.1 earthquake strikes 100km SSE of Sendai, Japan

Centered at 30.8N, 131.1E the quake struck at a depth of about 10km and was felt across the southern tip of Kyushu island, according to Japan’s weather agency.

At the Sendai earthquake monitoring station, the quake registered 3 on Japan’s Seismic Intensity Scale (1 to 7).

Other Significant Earthquakes:

  • M5.2, 145km E of Chichi-shima, Japan, 2015-08-17 at 00:45:42UTC depth=7.4km
  • M4.0, 1km N of Piedmont, California 2015-08-17 at 13:49:17UTC depth=5.4 km

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Volcano Erupts 160km S. of Sendai Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on May 29, 2015

Japan’s Mt. Shindake erupts prompting highest level alert on Kuchinoerabujima island

Officials are considering evacuation of about 150 residents of the small island of Kuchinoerabujima, reported NHK.

The explosion was followed by a pyroclastic flow of super-heated volcanic matter which swept down the side of the mountain and reached the ocean, NHK said.

It’s unclear whether the eruption and recent earthquakes in the region, or anything short of another direct nuclear catastrophe, would affect the restart of Kyushu Electric’s Sendai nuclear power plant, which the nuclear regulator cleared on Wednesday.

Shindake erupted about 10:00am local time, ejecting a large plume of black smoke and ash into the air, promoting the weather agency to issued a level-five warning for the area, the highest on its scale, and advising evacuations.

The Kuchinoerabujima island [area of 38.04km², population of 149 persons] is located about 160km south of the Sendai nuclear plant, on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu.

EQ Details (recent seismic activity)

  • M4.8 quake strikes 10km ESE of Makurazaki, Japan 2015-05-27 at 01:51:25 UTC depth=150.2 km (USGS/EHP)
  • M4.5 quake 4km E of Makurazaki, Japan 2015-05-24 at 00:09:38 UTC depth=161.7 km (USGS/EHP)
  • M4.0 quake strikes Fukuoka pref. (33.0N, 130.5E) 27 May 2015-05-27 at 16:11 JST (UTC + 9 hrs.)  depth=10 km  (JMA)
  • M5.2 quake 24km NNE of Naze (28.573°N 129.567°E), Japan 2015-05-22 at 13:28:49 UTC Depth=35.9 km

Current Volcanic Alerts in the Region (JMA)

  • Kuchinoerabujima, Level 5 (Evacuate)   10:07 JST, 29 May 2015
  • Sakurajima,  Level 3 Alert ,  since 21 March 2012
  • Asosan,  Level 2 Alert (Do not approach the crater) since 30 August 2014
  • Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake),  Level 2 Alert,  since 22 October 2013
  • Suwanosejima, Level 2  Alert, since 01 December 2007
  • Kirishimayama,  volcano is potentially active, since 01 May 2015

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Magnitude 6.2 Quake Strikes Kyushu, Japan

Posted by feww on September 3, 2009

Strong 6.2 Mw quake strikes off the south-western tip of the Island of Kyushu, Japan

The earthquake, reported by various seismic monitoring centers, occurred on Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 13:26 UTC at a depth of about 160 km some 70 km SW of Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan.

The 6th strong quake to strike Japan Region in the past several weeks, this event was consistent with FEWW earlier forecast. On August 17, FEWW Moderators  forecast a series of  powerful earthquakes in the region and said as many as 10 additional magnitude 6+ quakes could yet strike the region in coming weeks.

Summary of this earthquake:

GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region:     Kyushu, Japan
Time:     2009-09-03 13:26:18.4 UTC
Magnitude:     6.2
Epicenter:     130.19°E   31.18°N
Depth:     166 km

© Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum – GFZ

JMA Map shows the intensity of th equake as recorded by various stations throughout the Islands of Kyushu and Honshu, Japan.
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Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported NO tsunami caused by  this quake.

There was no report of any casualties at the time of posting.

10-degree Map Centered at 30°N,130°E

Magnitude 6.2 - KYUSHU - JAPAN 3-09-09

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

Seismic Hazard Map [Source: USGS]

kyushu 3-09-09  neic_lcaq_w -
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

Historic Seismicity [Mag 7+ EQs since 1900] – USGS

kyushu 3-09-09 neic_lcaq_7
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

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Magnitude 6.2 Quake Hits Honshu, Japan

Posted by feww on December 4, 2008

UPDATE: The Honshu quake detailed below has been downgraded to a 5.7Mw by USGS.

A Large Mag 6.2 Earthquake Hits Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan

The following details were provided by USGS Earthquake Hazards Program:

Magnitude: Mw 6.2 [Later downgraded to Mw 5.7]


  • Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 23:16:58 UTC
  • Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 08:16:58 AM at epicenter

Location: 38.566°N, 142.762°E
Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan


  • 170 km (105 miles) ENE of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
  • 190 km (120 miles) SE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
  • 220 km (140 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
  • 420 km (260 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan

[Mainshock was followed by a strong aftershock measuring Mw5.2 located at 38.555°N, 142.840°E, Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 12:10:54 PM time at epicenter.]

Source: USGS

No immediate reports of tsunami, damage or injuries as yet.


Map of MMI contours plotted over population per ˜1 square km (see gray scale bar on top of map). The regions of integer MMI values are separated by the thick contour lines and labeled with Roman numerals. The total population exposure to a given MMI value is obtained by summing the population between the thick contour lines. This total is shown in population exposure table. Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction. A magnitude 6.6 earthquake 378 km Northeast of this one struck Niigata, Japan on October 23, 2004 (UTC), with estimated population exposures of 481,000 at intensity IX or greater and 386,000 at intensity VIII, resulting in an estimated 67 fatalities. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused, landslides and fires that may have contributed to losses. USGS

Map of japan. USGS


Earthquake Location: USGS

Japan sits atop the Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American tectonic plates whose movements cause numerous earthquakes. The country experiences about 20 percent of the world’s major earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

Did you know?

With an estimated total death toll of 88,072 [as of yesterday, Dec 3, 2008,] this year has seen the second worst number of human casualties caused by earthquakes since 1980. The largest earthquake/ tsunami related casualties for the 29-year period occurred in 2004 with an estimated total of 228,802 deaths.  [The stats are based on USGS data.

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Honshu, Japan

Posted by feww on June 14, 2008

Japan Quake Update [June 18, 2008]

  • Death toll: At least 10 people
  • Missing: 12 people
  • Injured: About 250 people
  • Evacuees: About 300 people spent Saturday night in evacuation centers

Recent quake history:

  • October 2004. A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Niigata prefecture in northern Japan, killing 65 people and injuring about 3,500 others.
  • January 1995. A Mw 6.8 [the Moment magnitude scale, USGS,] struck the city of Kobe in 1995, killing 6,434 people, many were injured and up to 500,000 people lost their homes.
  • September 1923. The worst earthquake in Japan, the Great Kantō earthquake, estimated to have had a magnitude between 7.9 and 8.4, claimed up to 142,000 lives. The biggest cause of death was the fires which spread rapidly due to high winds from a typhoon. In the worst single incident, up to 40,000 people who had fled their homes and businesses gathering in an Army Parade Ground in central Tokyo were incinerated by a firestorm. Tokyo, the port of Yokohama, neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka were devastated by the quake. the quake caused the equivalent of about $200 billion in damage, more than 2.5% of Japan’s GDP that year.

6.8Mw Quake Occurred Near Akita, Japan

A Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake struck Japan’s Iwate prefecture, east of the main island of Honshu Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 08:43:46 AM local time. At least six people have been killed with 8 others missing and more than 200 injured.

The mainshock was followed by a cluster of aftershocks including at least 12 strong aftershocks measuring between 4.5 to 5.5Mw as of 07:11:57 PM (time at epicenter.)

A highway bridge lies in ruins in Ichinoseki city, Iwate Prefecture, June 14, 2008. A powerful earthquake rocked rural northern Japan on Saturday sparking huge landslides that blocked roads and isolated residents. REUTERS/KYODO.
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The following details were reported by USGS:

  • Magnitude: 6.8
  • Date-Time: Friday, June 13, 2008 at 23:43:46 UTC
    Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 08:43:46 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 39.103°N, 140.668°E
  • Depth: 10 km
  • Distances: 80 km SSW of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
    85 km SE of Akita, Honshu, Japan
    95 km N of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
    390 km NNE of TOKYO, Japan

Image: USGS

Map of Japan. Source: USGS

The local news sources in Japan have reported the quake as 7.2 magnitude [presumably using the old, or the revised JMA magnitude scale.]

Tectonic Summary
The Mw 6.8 Honshu earthquake of June 13th 2008 occurred in a region of convergence between the Pacific Plate and the Okhotsk section of the North American Plate in northern Japan, where the Pacific plate is moving west-northwest with respect to North America at a rate of approximately 8.3 cm/yr. The hypocenter of the earthquake indicates shallow thrusting motion in the upper (Okhotsk) plate, above the subducting Pacific plate, which lies at approximately 80 km depth at this location.

The earthquake occurred in a region of upper-plate contraction, probably within the complicated tectonics of the Ou Backbone Range, known to have hosted several large earthquakes in historic times. The largest of these events occurred in 1896, approximately 70km north of the June 13th event, and killed over 200 people in the local area. [Source: USGS]

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