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Strong Earthquake Strikes near Manus Island, PNG

Posted by feww on August 27, 2017

KLB-034A

M6.4 quake occurs 107km NE of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

Earthquake Details:
Magnitude: 6.4mww  [USGS]
Location: 1.454°S, 148.056°E; 8.1 km depth
Date/Time: 2017-08-27 04:17:50 UTC

Tsunami Status: No destructive tsunami observed.

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M7.7 Earthquake Strikes Southern Chile

Posted by feww on December 25, 2016

Powerful earthquake rocks Los Lagos region, Chile

Magnitude:  7.7Mw [emsc]
Region: ISLA CHILOE, LOS LAGOS, CHILE
Location: 43.36ºS, 73.80ºW
Depth: 47km
Date time: 2016-12-25 14:22:28.2 UTC
Distances:

  • 1,133 km S of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,838,000
  • 221 km S of Puerto Montt, Chile / pop: 161,000
  • 31 km SW of Puerto Quellón, Chile / pop: 21,900

 

...PTWC TSUNAMI THREAT MESSAGE...

EVALUATION
----------

  * AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.7 OCCURRED IN
    SOUTHERN CHILE AT 1422 UTC ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 2016.

  *  BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA... HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES ARE 
     FORECAST FOR SOME COASTS.
TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST...UPDATED
---------------------------------

  * TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 1 TO 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE
    POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF

      CHILE.
ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL
--------------------------

  * ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL -ETA- OF THE INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE
    FOR PLACES WITHIN THREATENED REGIONS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

    LOCATION         REGION             COORDINATES    ETA(UTC)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    CORRAL           CHILE             39.8S  73.5W   1522 12/25
    GOLFO DE PENAS   CHILE             47.1S  74.9W   1531 12/25
    TALCAHUANO       CHILE             36.7S  73.1W   1548 12/25
    PUERTO MONTT     CHILE             41.5S  73.0W   1701 12/25
 

 

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes PNG

Posted by feww on December 17, 2016

M7.9 EQ Strikes 46km E of Taron, New Ireland, PNG

Magnitude: 7.9 mww [USGS/EHP]
Depth: 103.2 km
Location: 4.509°S, 153.450°E [46km E of Taron, New Ireland, PNG]
Time: 2016-12-17 @ 10:51:12.570 (UTC)

This EQ has NOT generated a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.

Aftershocks:

M6.3 – 169km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
depth of 35.9 km [revised]
2016-12-17 11:27:41 (UTC)

M5.5 – 56km E of Taron, Papua New Guinea
depth: 89.2km
2016-12-17 11:22:39 (UTC)

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST...UPDATED
http://ptwc.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=pacific.TSUPAC.2016.12.17.1125
---------------------------------

  * TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 1 TO 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE
    POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF

      PAPUA NEW GUINEA.


  * TSUNAMI WAVES ARE FORECAST TO BE LESS THAN 0.3 METERS ABOVE
    THE TIDE LEVEL FOR ALL OTHER AREAS.

  * ACTUAL AMPLITUDES AT THE COAST MAY VARY FROM FORECAST
    AMPLITUDES DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES IN THE FORECAST AND LOCAL
    FEATURES. IN PARTICULAR MAXIMUM TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ON ATOLLS
    AND AT LOCATIONS WITH FRINGING OR BARRIER REEFS WILL LIKELY
    BE MUCH SMALLER THAN THE FORECAST INDICATES.

  * FOR OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS PRODUCT A FORECAST HAS NOT
    YET BEEN COMPUTED. THE FORECAST WILL BE EXPANDED IF
    NECESSARY IN SUBSEQUENT PRODUCTS.


RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
-------------------

  * GOVERNMENT AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THREATENED COASTAL AREAS
    SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO INFORM AND INSTRUCT ANY COASTAL
    POPULATIONS AT RISK IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR OWN
    EVALUATION... PROCEDURES AND THE LEVEL OF THREAT.

  * PERSONS LOCATED IN THREATENED COASTAL AREAS SHOULD STAY ALERT
    FOR INFORMATION AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FROM NATIONAL AND
    LOCAL AUTHORITIES.


ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL
--------------------------

  * ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL -ETA- OF THE INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE
    FOR PLACES WITHIN THREATENED REGIONS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

    LOCATION         REGION             COORDINATES    ETA(UTC)
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    AMUN             PAPUA NEW GUINEA   6.0S 154.7E   1121 12/17
    RABAUL           PAPUA NEW GUINEA   4.2S 152.3E   1123 12/17
    KIETA            PAPUA NEW GUINEA   6.1S 155.6E   1125 12/17
    FALAMAE          SOLOMON ISLANDS    7.4S 155.6E   1132 12/17
    WOODLARK ISLAND  PAPUA NEW GUINEA   9.0S 152.9E   1133 12/17
    KAVIENG          PAPUA NEW GUINEA   2.5S 150.7E   1146 12/17
    ULAMONA          PAPUA NEW GUINEA   5.0S 151.3E   1156 12/17
    LAE              PAPUA NEW GUINEA   6.8S 147.0E   1203 12/17
    PORT MORESBY     PAPUA NEW GUINEA   9.3S 146.9E   1339 12/17

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Fukushima Coast, Japan

Posted by feww on November 22, 2016

M7.3 quake generates tsunami waves of up to 1.8m*

Major tsunami warnings have been downgraded to tsunami advisories.

Earthquake Details [JMA]
Magnitude: 7.3
Coordinates: 37.3N, 141.6E
Region: FUKUSHIMA COAST (Offshore), Japan
Depth: 10km
Time: 2016-11-21 20:59:49 UTC

*Tsunami Heights at MIYAGI and FUKUSHIMA Prefectures UNKNOWN/ UNDECLARED, as of posting.

  • Further details and analysis available from FIRE-EARTH Pulsars.

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Ecuador

Posted by feww on April 17, 2016

NTE

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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M7.0 quake rattles Sendai NPP

Posted by feww on November 14, 2015

Strong Earthquake Strikes WSW of Makurazaki, Japan

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • M6.7, about 144km WSW of Makurazaki, Japan  (30.998°N, 128.836°E) 2015-11-13 20:51:31 UTC depth=10.0 km

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10003y71#general_map

EQ details according to Japan weather agency

  • M7.0, located in Satsuma-hanto Seiho-oki ( 30.9°N, 128.7°E)  depth=10.0 km at 05:51 JST 14 Nov 2015

Tsunami Report

Tsunami warnings issued for Kagoshima and Satsunan islands was later lifted. Authorities reported  a 30-cm tsunami on Nakanoshima island, south of Kagoshima prefecture.

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Chile Earthquake – Aftershocks Update 2

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

Significant aftershocks continue to strike Chile Coast

Dozens of aftershocks measuring ≥ 5.0Mw have struck the Chilean coast following the 8.3Mw mainshock that struck at 22:54:33UTC on Wednesday.

The quakes have killed at least a dozen people, and forced more than a million people out of their homes. However, there were no reliable reports of the number of injuries or extent of property damage, as of posting.

The ensuing tsunami that followed the mainshock caused extensive flooding in multiple coastal towns including the port city of Coquimbo, which was hit by waves of up to 4.5 meters and sustained significant damage, officials told reporters.

The largest aftershocks, according to USGS/EHP, include:

M6.7, 53km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:10:30 UTC 30.1 km
M6.5, 54km S of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 03:55:06 UTC 35.0 km
M6.4, 64km NW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:41:09 UTC 35.0 km
M7.0, 25km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:18:42 UTC 30.9 km
M6.2, 70km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:16:05 UTC 10.0 km
M6.1, 44km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:03:56 UTC 10.0 km
M6.4, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:59:13 UTC 22.0 km
M8.3, 46km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:54:33 UTC 25.0 km

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Chile Earthquake – Aftershocks Update

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

M6.3 latest significant aftershock to strike Chile

5.5, 80km WNW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:26:39 UTC 17.9 km
5.4, 38km SSW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 04:18:32 UTC 42.4 km
6.3, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:10:31 UTC 40.1 km
5.3, 89km WNW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 04:02:10 UTC 19.5 km
6.2, 44km SSW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 03:55:07 UTC 35.0 km
4.9, 47km SSW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 02:59:29 UTC 35.0 km
6.4, 64km NW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:41:09 UTC 35.0 km
5.8, 84km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:33:03 UTC 10.0 km
5.2, 76km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:21:50 UTC 24.2 km
4.9, 90km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 01:09:49 UTC 35.0 km
4.9, 118km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 00:50:08 UTC 10.0 km
5.0, 54km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 00:42:56 UTC 32.9 km
5.2, 81km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-17 00:22:20 UTC 10.0 km
5.3, 57km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-09-17 00:06:16 UTC 10.0 km
5.7, 76km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:38:05 UTC 35.0 km
7.0, 25km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:18:42 UTC 30.9 km
6.2, 70km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:16:05 UTC 10.0 km
6.1, 44km WSW of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 23:03:56 UTC 10.0 km
6.4, 58km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 22:59:13 UTC 22.0 km
8.3, 46km W of Illapel, Chile 2015-09-16 at 22:54:33 UTC depth= 25.0 km
4.8, 81km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2015-09-16 18:56:10 UTC 12.4 km
4.8, 97km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2015-09-16 18:24:20 UTC 8.1 km
4.6, 98km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2015-09-16 18:19:12 UTC 15.9 km
4.5, 20km S of Tinogasta, Argentina 2015-09-16 13:45:39 UTC 136.9 km

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Large Earthquake Strikes Chile

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

M8.3 quake off Chile generates Pacific-wide hazardous/ destructive tsunami

Centered at 31.570°S, 71.654°W the quake struck at a depth of 25km, USGS/EHP reported.

The quake has been followed by at least a dozen aftershocks measuring ≥ 5.0Mw including four significant aftershocks measuring 6.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 7.0Mw respectively.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 8.3Mw
Location: 31.570°S 71.654°W
Depth: 25.0 km
Time: 2015-09-16 22:54:33 UTC

Tsunami Evaluation

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING MORE THAN 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF CHILE.

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 1 TO 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA.

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF

MEXICO… ECUADOR… PERU… ANTARCTICA… JAPAN… NEW CALEDONIA… NEW ZEALAND… MARSHALL ISLANDS… FIJI… SAMOA… AMERICAN SAMOA… COOK ISLANDS… TOKELAU… VANUATU… KIRIBATI… JOHNSTON ISLAND… PALMYRA ISLAND… HOWLAND AND BAKER… TONGA… WALLIS AND FUTUNA… PITCAIRN ISLANDS… NIUE… SOLOMON ISLANDS… RUSSIA… HAWAII… AND NW HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.

* TSUNAMI WAVES ARE FORECAST TO BE LESS THAN 0.3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL FOR THE COASTS OF

EL SALVADOR… GUATEMALA… HONDURAS… COSTA RICA… NICARAGUA… PANAMA… COLOMBIA… AUSTRALIA… PHILIPPINES… TAIWAN… CHINA… NORTHERN MARIANAS… GUAM… PALAU… YAP… POHNPEI… CHUUK… KOSRAE… NAURU… WAKE ISLAND… MIDWAY ISLAND… JARVIS ISLAND… TUVALU… PAPUA NEW GUINEA… INDONESIA… VIETNAM… MALAYSIA… AND BRUNEI.

* ACTUAL AMPLITUDES AT THE COAST MAY VARY FROM FORECAST AMPLITUDES DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES IN THE FORECAST AND LOCAL FEATURES. IN PARTICULAR MAXIMUM TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ON ATOLLS WILL LIKELY BE MUCH SMALLER THAN THE FORECAST INDICATES.

* FOR OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS PRODUCT A FORECAST HAS NOT YET BEEN COMPUTED. THE FORECAST WILL BE EXPANDED AS NECESSARY IN SUBSEQUENT PRODUCTS.

EVALUATION [NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 3:24 PM HST WED SEP 16 2015]

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER…SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS. THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS 0311 AM HST THU 17 SEP 2015

TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR…

* THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS OBISPO/

FOR OTHER US AND CANADIAN PACIFIC COASTS IN NORTH AMERICA – THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Taiwan Region

Posted by feww on April 20, 2015

M6.3 quake strikes 76.2 km E of Hualien County, Taiwan

Centered at 24.05N 122.37E, the quake struck at a depth of 17.5km, said Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

The event was followed by at least one significant aftershock, measuring 5.0ML, as of posting.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.3ML  [USGS/EHP: 6.4Mw]
Location: 24.05N, 122.37E
Depth: 17.5km
Distances: 76.2 km E of Hualien County

Tsunami Evaluation

Sea-level changes in coastal regions were forecast, but NO tsunami damage is expected.

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Powerful Quake Strikes PNG

Posted by feww on March 30, 2015

M7.5 quake rattles New Ireland Region

Centered at 4.760°S, 152.556°E the quake occurred  at a depth of depth of 40.0 km, USGE/EHP reported.

Tsunami Evaluation
Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 km of the earthquake epicenter, said PTWC in its initial evaluation.

The hazard regions include Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands.

However, the tsunami threat had largely passed, as of posting.

TSUNAMI OBSERVATIONS
--------------------
  * THE FOLLOWING ARE TSUNAMI WAVE OBSERVATIONS FROM COASTAL
    AND/OR DEEP-OCEAN SEA LEVEL GAUGES AT THE INDICATED LOCATIONS.
    THE MAXIMUM TSUNAMI HEIGHT IS MEASURED WITH RESPECT TO THE
    NORMAL TIDE LEVEL.
                            GAUGE      TIME OF   MAXIMUM     WAVE
                         COORDINATES   MEASURE   TSUNAMI   PERIOD
    GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON     (UTC)     HEIGHT    (MIN)
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    TAREKUKURE WHARF SB   6.7S 156.4E    0159   0.03M/ 0.1FT  32

NOTE TIDE GAUGE AT TAREKUKURE WHARF IS 450 KM FROM THE EPICENTER.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude: 7.5Mw (USGS/EHP)
Time: 2015-03-29 23:48:31 UTC
Location: 4.760°S, 152.556°E
Depth: 40.0 km

Distances:

  • 55km (34mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 787km (489mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Aftershocks: The main event was followed by at least 3 significant aftershocks as of posting.

  • M4.8; 56km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 01:51:26 UTC 53.8 km
  • M5.0; 78km SSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 00:43:13 UTC 35.0 km
  • M5.7; 91km SSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 00:15:30 UTC 35.0 km

Other recent significant quakes

  • M4.7; 94km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2015-03-30 02:23:21 UTC 35.0 km
  • M5.0; 144km W of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia 2015-03-30 02:12:47 UTC 54.4 km
  • M4.7; Kuril Islands 2015-03-30 02:05:12 UTC 45.5 km
  • M4.8; 25km S of Garcia Hernandez, Philippines 2015-03-30 01:47:57 UTC 35.0 km
  • M5.4; 29km NW of Qimeng, China 2015-03-30 01:47:35 UTC 14.6 km
  • M4.9; 158km NNE of Bitung, Indonesia 2015-03-29 14:35:38 UTC 81.4 km
  • M5.6; 139km NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia 2015-03-29 07:50:53 UTC 38.5 km
  • M5.8; 40km WSW of Tilamuta, Indonesia 2015-03-28 22:28:51 UTC 123.9 km
  • M5.6; 49km NE of Calama, Chile 2015-03-28 16:36:54 UTC 112.0 km

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Powerful Quake Strikes Molucca Sea

Posted by feww on November 15, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 700, 08, 07, 02
.

M7.1 Quake Strikes Halmahera, Indonesia

Centered at 1.928°N, 126.547°E the quake occurred at a depth of about 35km.

Tsunami Evaluation
Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BKMG) reported a small (9cm) tsunami at Jailolo, said NWS PTWC in Ewa Beach HI.

[Note: Jailolo is located about 20 km north of Ternate. Editor]

EQ Details
[BKMG: M7.3; 1.95°N, 126.46°E; 15-11-2014 @ 9:31:44 depth=48 Km; 137 km BaratLaut HALMAHERABARAT-MALUT]

Magnitude: 7.1Mw [Downgraded from 7.3Mw by USGS/EHP, as usual.]
Event Time: 2014-11-15 02:31:40 UTC
Location: 1.928°N, 126.547°E depth=35.0km (21.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 156km (97mi) NW of Ternate City, Indonesia
  • 156km (97mi) NW of Ternate
  • 160km (99mi) ENE of Bitung
  • 164km (102mi) W of Tobelo
  • 1064km (661mi) SW of Koror Town, Palau

Aftershocks
At least 9 significant, highly localized, aftershocks measuring  between 4.3 and 5.5Mw have occurred, as of posting.

Related Earthquakes
Magnitude 5.8 shock struck 58km S of Molibagu, Indonesia.

[BKMG: M6.3;  0.39°S, 124.1°E; 15-11-2014 @ 10:08:05 WIB;   depth=59 Km; 93 km Tenggara BOLAANGMONGONDOWSEL-SULUT]

  • Magnitude: 5.8Mw [USGS/EHP]
  • Event Time: 2014-11-15 03:08:04 UTC
  • Location: 0.141°S 123.911°E depth=84.7km (52.6mi)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: FIRE-EARTH EQ Forecast For detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts tune into FIRE-EARTH Channel daily @ 06:32UTC.


 

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Significant Quake Strikes Fiji Islands Region

Posted by feww on November 2, 2014

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARD
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07, 02
.

M7.1 quake strikes 141km NE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Centered at 19.698°S, 177.794°W the quake occurred at a depth of 434.4km, said USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Event Time: 2014-11-01 18:57:22 UTC
Location: 19.698°S, 177.794°W depth=434.4km (269.9mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 141km (88mi) NE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
  • 313km (194mi) WNW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
  • 432km (268mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji
  • 470km (292mi) SE of Lambasa, Fiji
  • 546km (339mi) ESE of Nadi, Fiji

Tsunami Evaluation

NO Pacific-wide destructive tsunami generated.

Other Significant Seismicity

M6.0 – Easter Island region
Event Time: 2014-11-01 10:59:55 UTC
Location:  31.823°S, 111.180°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities: 544km (338mi) SSW of Hanga Roa, Chile

M4.0 – 71km W of Anchor Point, Alaska
Event Time: 2014-11-02 07:18:32 UTC
Location: 59.784°N 153.098°W depth=136.0km (84.5mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 71km (44mi) W of Anchor Point, Alaska
  • 237km (147mi) SW of Anchorage, Alaska

M5.4 – 51km SW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Event Time: 2014-11-01 22:13:13 UTC
Location: 9.820°S, 159.685°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:  606km (377mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea

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M7.1 Quake Strikes Southern East Pacific Rise

Posted by feww on October 9, 2014

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARD
TSUNAMI
SCENARIOS 987, 08, 07
.

Powerful earthquake in SEPR generates 0.47-m tsunami at Easter Island/Isla de Pascua: Chilean Navy

Centered at 32.115°S, 110.779°W the quake occurred at a depth of 15.5km (9.6mi), reported USGS/EHP.

Tsunami Evaluation

The quake generated a tsunami wave amplitude of 0.47m at Easter Island/Isla de Pascua, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) quoted the Chilean Navy as saying.

PTWC said a Pacific-wide destructive tsunami was not expected and there was no threat from the tsunami.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 7.1Mw
Event Time: 2014-10-09 02:14:32 UTC
Location: 32.115°S, 110.779°W depth=15.5km (9.6mi)
Nearby Cities: 565km (351mi) SSW of Hanga Roa, Chile

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Strong Quake Strikes Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Posted by feww on July 27, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
.

Significant Quake Strikes Middle of Kane Fracture Zone

Centered at 23.761°N, 45.646°W the magnitude 6.0 quake occurred at a signature depth of 10.0km (6.2mi).

Earthquake Details
Magnitude: 6.0Mw
Event Time: 2014-07-27 01:28:38 UTC

Location: 23.761°N 45.646°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:  1,811km (1125mi) ENE of Grande Anse, Guadeloupe

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 6.6 by USGS/EHP, but was later downgraded.

Tsunami Information Statement [NOAA/NWS]

Evaluation:  A destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However – there is the small possibility of a local or regional tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a few hundred kilometers from the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region near the epicenter should be made aware of this possibility.

Related Seismic Events

M5.1 – Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Event Time: 2014-07-26 17:11:16 UTC
Location: 21.192°S 15.177°W depth=14.5km (9.0mi)
Nearby Cities: 1,155km (718mi) WSW of Jamestown, Saint Helena

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Another Powerful Quake Strikes Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on April 13, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
INTENSE SEISMICITY

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M7.4 Strikes 111km S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

The quake was the second powerful quake occurring along the South Solomon Trench since 20:14UTC on Saturday, and the latest event in the ongoing episode of intense seismicity on or near the boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates.

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast

MEGA EARTHQUAKE COULD STRIKE SOLOMON ISLANDS

A  detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast appeared in the Bulletin NO. 84, which was released on April 12.

The next FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be issued together with the April 13 Bulletin, later today.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 7.4Mw
Event Time:  12:36:18 UTC on 2014-04-13
Location:11.451°S 162.069°E depth=35.0km (21.7mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 111km (69mi) S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
  • 321km (199mi) SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands

South Solomon Trench 7M4
Source: USGS/EHP

solomon islands - EQS 13apr14

 

Tsunami Evaluation

PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 13:18UTC 13 APR 2014

It is not known that a tsunami was generated. This warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation. An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours.  Authorities in the region should take appropriate action in response to this possibility. This center will continue to monitor sea level gauges nearest the region and report if any tsunami wave activity is observed. The warning will not expand to other areas of the Pacific unless additional data are received to warrant such an expansion.

Estimated initial tsunami wave arrival times at forecast points within the warning and watch areas are given below. Actual arrival times may differ and the initial wave may not be the largest. a tsunami is a series of waves and the time between successive waves can be five minutes to one hour.

 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 SOLOMON ISLANDS  KIRAKIRA           10.4S 161.9E    1258Z 13 APR
                  SANTA_CRUZ_ISLA    10.9S 165.9E    1314Z 13 APR
                  AUKI                8.8S 160.6E    1318Z 13 APR
                  HONIARA             9.3S 160.0E    1324Z 13 APR
                  MUNDA               8.4S 157.2E    1336Z 13 APR
                  GHATERE             7.8S 159.2E    1341Z 13 APR
                  FALAMAE             7.4S 155.6E    1355Z 13 APR
                  PANGGOE             6.9S 157.2E    1359Z 13 APR
 VANUATU          ESPERITU_SANTO     15.1S 167.3E    1341Z 13 APR
 PAPUA NEW GUINE  WOODLARK_ISLAND     9.0S 152.9E    1408Z 13 APR
                  AMUN                6.0S 154.7E    1409Z 13 APR
                  KIETA               6.1S 155.6E    1418Z 13 APR

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on April 13, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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M7.6 – 100km SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Centered at 11.315°S, 162.211°E the quake struck at a depth of about 29.3km (18.2mi), said USGS/EHP.

The powerful shock occurred along the South Solomon Trench and was the latest event in an episode of intense seismicity on or near the boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates.

The earthquake was downgraded from an initial magnitude 7.8 to 7.6Mw

The quake was followed by about a dozen significant aftershocks, as of posting.

Tsunami Evaluation

Initially, the PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER (PTWC) issued an expanding tsunami warning and watch for parts of the pacific located close to the earthquake.

In a latest bulletin, ISSUED AT 21:36UTC on 12 APR 2014, PTWC said:

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. FOR THOSE AREAS – WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude: 7.6Mw
Event Time: 20:14:39 UTC on 2014-04-12
Location:11.315°S 162.211°E depth=29.3km (18.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 100km (62mi) SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
  • 323km (201mi) SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands

Earthquake Location Maps

Solomon Island quakes to 12apr14
Source: USGS/EHP

Solomon Island quakes to 12apr14
Source: USGS/EHP

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast

A  FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast appeared in the April 12 Bulletin, which was released on April 12.

The next FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be issued together with the April 13 Bulletin, later today.

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M6.5 Quake Strikes PNG

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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Powerful Earthquake Offshore North Solomons

Centered at 6.855°S, 155.017°E the 6.5Mw quake struck at a depth of 39.4km (24.5mi), about 78km (48mi) SW of Panguna, PNG.

The quake followed heightened seismicity in the area triggered by a M7.1 quake that struck 57km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea on April 11.

Tsunami Evaluation

NO tsunami was detected.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 6.5Mw
Location: 6.855°S, 155.017°E depth=39.4km (24.5mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 78km (48mi) SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  • 91km (57mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 411km (255mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 558km (347mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  • 613km (381mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

Earthquake Location Map

png quake

Latest Seismicity Around PRF

Chile-Peru Trench Continued Seismicity

M6.0 – 84km SW of Iquique, Chile 2014-04-11 00:01:44 UTC

At least two more significant aftershocks struck along the Peru- Chile Trench following the deadly M8.2 quake, which struck Chile on April 1 (UTC).

The other significant aftershock was a M5.0 which struck 88km WNW of Iquique, Chile at 17:49:10 UTC (20.035°S 70.963°W depth=11.8km)

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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M7.1 EQ Strikes Near Panguna, PNG

Posted by feww on April 11, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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M7.1 quake strikes 57km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Centered at 6.625°S, 155.064°E, the quake struck at a depth of 50.0km (31.1mi) on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 07:07:21 UTC.

The mainshock was followed by at least four significant aftershocks measuring 4.8Mw or greater. The largest aftershock measured 6.5Mw and was centered at  6.855°S 155.017°E, occurring at a depth of 39.4km.

Tsunami Evaluation

The quakes did NOT produce a widespread destructive tsunami.

Latest Seismicity Around PRF

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Disaster Declared for Chile Quake Zone

Posted by feww on April 2, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
LARGE EARTHQUAKE ALONG PERU-CHILE TRENCH
DISASTER DECLARED FOR EQ ZONE
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Chile declares disaster zones after major earthquake

Chilean President has declared parts of northern Chile disaster areas after a large earthquake measuring 8.2Mw struck offshore about 95km NW of Iquique.

The quake struck off the northern coast of Chile late Tuesday, triggering tsunami waves of up to 2.1m that hit the coastal areas.

There have been reports of large landslides, fires, power cuts and prison escapes. The landslides reportedly blocked highways, hampering mass evacuation efforts.

Quake-related deaths stood at five, with more than 80,000 people displaced as of posting,  reported the interior ministry.

President Bachelet said she would visit Arica and Tarapaca regions on Wednesday, and would dispatch the military  to the disaster areas to prevent looting and disorder.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 8.2Mw
Location: 19.642°S, 70.817°W
Depth: 20.1km (12.5mi)
Date/Time: 2014-04-01 at 23:46:46 UTC
Nearby Cities: 95km (59mi) NW of Iquique, Chile

Aftershocks

Dozens of aftershocks, including at least 27 significant shocks measuring up to 6.2Mw have struck the area as of posting.

Chile afters 2apr14
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Since march 16, hundreds of earthquakes have occurred along the Peru-Chile trench off the northern coast of Chile. A 6.7 magnitude quake struck the region on March 16, prompting the authorities to evacuate about 120,000 people in low-lying areas.

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast for Chile

On March 17, 2014, FIRE-EARTH posted an Earthquake Forecast for Chile, which was immediately hacked. The update was posted at Another Significant Aftershock Strikes Coastal Chile, on the same day, which stated:

FIRE-EARTH Models show a large earthquake could strike along Peru-Chile Trench in the coming weeks.

Tsunami Forecast: Large tsunami waves highly probable.

Forecast Details

  • Magnitude: ≥8.2Mw
  • Location: 23.6°S, 70.8ºW
  • Depth: 30km
  • Time: March 17 – April 29, 2014
  • Probability of Occurrence: 0.75
  • Total Earthquake Energy for the Episode ≥ 0.25EJ

Tsunami Warning/ Watch/ Advisory

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII, according to NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI.

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The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake – Third Anniversary

Posted by feww on March 11, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
NUCLEAR AGGRESSION AGAINST EARTH
ONGOING DISASTER
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NO Lesson Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake

The so-called ‘Great East Japan Earthquake’ was a magnitude 9.0 (Mw) shock, the most powerful earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and the fifth most powerful earthquake globally in modern record.

The 3.11 Earthquake, centered at 38.322N, 142.369E was an undersea megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday 11 March 2011. The hypocenter was at an underwater depth of about 30 km.

The earthquake spawned powerful tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 41 meters in Miyako,  Iwate Prefecture, and traveled inland at least 10 km in the Sendai area.

The massive shock moved Japan’s main island of Honshu 2.4 m east toward North America and shifted the Earth on its axis by an estimated 10 to  25 cm.

The quake and tsunami double action left up to 20,000 people dead or missing (presumed dead), and more than 6,000 injured across twenty prefectures; destroyed  about 130,000 buildings, left a further 275,000  buildings  seriously damaged, and another 750,000 buildings partially damaged.

The earthquake and tsunami also caused extensive damage to the infrastructure in north-eastern Japan, including severe damage to roads and railroads, sparking fires in many areas, and causing a dam collapse.

“In the 65 years after the end of World War II, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan,” said the then Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Japan 2011 Tsunmai Map-NOAA-2
Japan 2011 Tsunami Map. Source: NOAA

Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

IMPORTANT NOTICE:    The Internet Mafia has previously censored Public Health Emergency, global health warnings and any and ALL information posted on this blog concerning nuclear disasters, nuclear energy and the global nuclear mafia. The cabal have specifically blocked or buried blog entries on Fukushima Daiichi NPP.

The tsunami triggered by the Tōhoku earthquake on March 11, 2011 hit the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, causing a catastrophic failure, resulting in meltdowns at three of the plant’s six nuclear reactors.

The meltdowns became  the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster measuring Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. More than 300,000 people evacuated the area due to the radiation.

To date no short term radiation exposure fatalities have been reported, however, up to 2,000 deaths related to the evacuation conditions have been recorded. The exact cause of most of the  evacuation-related deaths remain unspecified.

On June 11, 2011 in Japan’s Nuclear Industry: Mega Disaster in the Making, FIRE-EARTH noted:

In the hand of the Japanese ruling elite who own, operate and invariably fail to safeguard the country’s nuclear industry, the atomic plants have turned into weapons of mass destruction.

Japan’s ruling elite are the remnants of the same diabolic regime that painted the entire region red with human blood in the last century.

Japan MUST now be disarmed and its nuclear “weapons” removed BEFORE the next Mega Quake strikes the country.

The world community must force Japanese authorities to decommission all of their nuclear power plants forthwith.

Meantime, the deadly farce continues…

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M6.9 Quake Strikes West of Eureka, California

Posted by feww on March 10, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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Strong Earthquake Strikes 81km West Of Eureka, California

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck offshore 81km west of Eureka, California (population: 27,000) at 2014-03-10 05:18UTC.

The quake was preceded by at least 3 foreshocks and followed by 10 aftershocks, with the largest  measuring 4.6Mw, as of posting.

Earthquake Location Map

Eureka quake 9-3-14
Approximate location of the Eureka quake, fore- and aftershocks, as of 07:10UTC March 10, 2014.  Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details

Event Time: 2014-03-10 05:18:12 UTC
Location: 40.821°N, 125.128°W depth=7.0km (4.3mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 77km (48mi) WNW of Ferndale, California
  • 81km (50mi) W of Eureka, California
  • 85km (53mi) WNW of Fortuna, California
  • 87km (54mi) W of McKinleyville, California
  • 398km (247mi) NW of Sacramento, California
  • Source: USGS/EHP

TSUNAMI EVALUATION
NO Tsunami threat to ALASKA/ BRITISH COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA

A WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE INFORMATION REGARDING ANY LOCAL TSUNAMI THREAT TO COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER.

Other Significant Quake(s)

M5.8 – 37km SW of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico
Event Time: 2014-03-10 00:38:15 UTC
Location: 16.080°N,98.267°W; depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 37km (23mi) SW of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico
  • 68km (42mi) SSE of Ometepec, Mexico
  • 131km (81mi) WNW of Puerto Escondido, Mexico
  • 140km (87mi) SE of San Marcos, Mexico
  • 381km (237mi) SSE of Mexico City, Mexico

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Record Outdoor Radiation Level Detected at Nuked Fukushima Plant

Posted by feww on December 9, 2013

Record 25 sieverts per hour detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor: TEPCO

Radiation was detected in an area near a steel pipe that connects reactor buildings and could kill a person in 20 minutes, if exposed, local media reported.

The highest radiation level [so far] was detected at an outdoor location at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear reactor on Dec. 6, said Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the plant’s operator and the utility responsible for the clean-up of the crippled nuclear plant.

The reading of 25 sieverts per hour was taken on steel piping near an exhaust stack for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors, TEPCO reported.

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An exhaust stack sits between the No. 1 and No. 2 reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, March 15, 2011. Source:  TEPCO handout.

In an earlier report, the utility announced high radiation levels of at least 10 sieverts per hour were found on the piping outside the reactor.

“TEPCO measured airborne radiation at eight locations around the piping to calculate surface radiation on two spots with particularly high readings, and found about 25 sieverts per hour and about 15 sieverts per hour, the company said,” local media reported.

Radioactive materials separated from melted fuel may have entered the pipes during venting shortly after the plant was “nuked” in March 2011 and remained there, said a TEPCO official.

The catastrophic mega earthquake that struck the Tōhoku region on March 11, 2011 triggered a major tsunami that inflicted massive damage along Japan’s east coast, paralyzing the Fukushima Daiichi (No. 1) nuclear plant and causing triple meltdown with large-scale radioactive fallout.

More than 400 tons of contaminated water is being produced and stored in hastily prepared, unsuitable containers at the site each day.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proposed last week to consider dumping toxic water into the ocean.

“Regarding the growing amounts of contaminated water at the site, TEPCO should… examine all options for its further management, including the possibility of resuming controlled discharges (into the ocean) in compliance with authorized (!) limits,” said the IAEA in a statement.

Two-thirds of evacuees from Fukushima towns won’t be returning home

A survey conducted in October by  Reconstruction Agency showed that 67.1 percent of respondents from Okuma and 64.7 percent from Futaba  had decided not to return home. The latest figures were up from 42.3 percent and 30.4 percent, respectively from a January survey, which used slightly different wording, said Asahi-Shimbun.

The towns of Okuma and Futaba were turned into ghost town following the mass evacuations that ensued the Fukushima reactor  meltdowns.

At least 73  percent of respondents from Okuma said radiation levelshad   not fallen, while 68 percent of Futaba evacuees said it would take too long before they could return to their hometown.

“The survey covered the heads of 5,043 households in Okuma and of 3,394 households in Futaba,” said the report.

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M7.8 Quake Strikes Scotia Sea

Posted by feww on November 17, 2013

Quake Likely Generated a Local Tsunami —FIRE-EARTH

The powerful quake follows an earlier shock measuring 6.8Mw which struck Scotia Sea centered at 60.213°S 47.108°W on November 16.

There are No official Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches in effect, as of posting.

Earthquake Details

  • Event Time:2013-11-17  at 09:04:55 UTC
  • Location: 60.296°S 46.362°W
  • Depth: 10.0km (6.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities
  • 893km (555mi) SW of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    • 1440km (895mi) SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
    • 1686km (1048mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile

scotia sea - 17nov2013
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog. The quake was followed by at least one significant aftershock, measuring 5.3Mw, as of posting.

Tectonic Summary

The November 17, 2013 earthquake in the Scotia Sea, to the northwest of the South Orkney Islands, occurred as the result of either left-lateral strike slip faulting on an east-west oriented plane, or right-lateral faulting on a north-south plane. The location of the event adjacent to the east-west oriented plate boundary between the Antarctica and Scotia Sea plates implies the left-lateral faulting scenario is most likely. At the latitude of this earthquake, the Antarctica plate moves eastwards with respect to the Scotia Sea plate at a velocity of 6 mm/yr.

The November 17 earthquake is the latest in a series of moderate-to-large earthquakes to strike the same region over the past several days. The sequence began with a M 6.1 event on November 13 approximately 50 km to the west of the November 17 quake. On November 15, a M 6.8 earthquake struck very close to the preceding M 6.1. Since then, 9 aftershocks have been recorded in the area, ranging from M 4.7 to M 5.4, both near the previous earthquakes and in the same approximate location as the November 17 event.

Though the region surrounding the Scotia Sea is familiar with earthquakes, the majority occur around the subduction zone adjacent to the South Sandwich Islands, to the east of the November 17 earthquake. Just two events of M6 or greater have occurred within 250 km of this earthquake over the past 40 years – a M 6.0 230 km to the west in September 1979, and a M 7.6 160 km to the east in August 2003. These two events involved normal and oblique-normal faulting, respectively, associated with the same plate boundary. Neither is known to have caused damage or fatalities. [Source: USGS/EHP]

Details of November 16 Foreshock

  • Time: 2013-Nov-16 at 03:34:31
  • Location: 60.213°S 47.108°W
  • Depth: 10.0km

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Philippine President Lowers the Typhoon Death Toll, for Now

Posted by feww on November 13, 2013

UPDATE [12:00UTC on November 13, 2013]: The official death toll from Super Typhoon HAIYAN has climbed to 2,344 with 3,804 others injured and 79 reported missing, said NDRRMC. Some 188,225 houses have been damaged or destroyed .

UPDATE [05:00UTC on November 13, 2013]: At least eight people were crushed to death in Alangalang municipality, Leyte province, after thousands of hungry typhoon survivors stormed a government rice warehouse and carted away more than 100,000 sacks of rice, reported AP.

Condition of people in hundreds of other towns and villages stretching over thousands of kilometers remains UNKNOWN: MSF

The death toll from Super Typhoon HAIYAN Disaster through the Philippines is closer to 2,000 or 2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated, said President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday.

“Ten thousand, I think, is too much,” Aquino said in an interview. “There was emotional drama involved with that particular estimate.”

However, Aquino acknowledged the fact that the death toll may rise, after information from remote storm-struck areas became available.

“We’re hoping to be able to contact something like 29 municipalities left wherein we still have to establish their numbers, especially for the missing, but so far 2,000, about 2,500, is the number we are working on as far as deaths are concerned,” he said.

HAIYAN has flattened several towns and numerous villages, however the fate of  hundreds of other towns and villages remain unknown, as of posting.

“There are hundreds of other towns and villages stretched over thousands of kilometers that were in the path of the typhoon and with which all communication has been cut,” said an emergency coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières.

“No one knows what the situation is like in these more rural and remote places, and it’s going to be some time before we have a full picture.”

Many aid workers at the disaster zone also believe the casualty figures quoted by the Philippine President to be wildly inaccurate.

“Probably [the casualty figures] will be higher because numbers are just coming in. Many of the areas we cannot access,” secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross told Reuters.

Red Cross has put the preliminary number of missing at 22,000. However that figure could include people who have since been located.

Disaster Stats as of [06:00am local time – November 13, 2013]

NDRRMC UPDATE No 16- 13NOV2013
Source: Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMC). [$1 = 43.20 Philippine pesos]

UN Disaster Stats

More than 11 million people are likely affected, with at least 673,000 displaced, said the U.N.

How high was the “tsunami” that struck the Philippines coast?

On November 8, 2013, FIRE-EARTH moderators posted the following on this blog: Extraterrestrial Typhoon Force Generating 20-Meter “Tsunami”

FIRE-EARTH said: Super Typhoon HAIYAN, Probably the Strongest Storm in Modern Era, Strikes the Philippines

FIRE-EARTH Models show storm surges of up to 20 meters high, generated by the Super Typhoon, striking coastal areas in the Bicol Peninsula.

Our models have since re-simulated the typhoon impact using additional data and show that the initial forecast was accurate. The storm surge generated by Super Typhoon HAIYAN created tsunami-like waves, the largest of which was just over 20 meters high as it hit the shorelines near Tacloban City. The waves quickly lost amplitude, however, as they traveled onshore.

Disaster Stats as of [06:00am local time – November 12, 2013]

  • Tacloban City remains the worst affected area with at least 10,000 dead and counting, according to the government estimates.
    • [The Philippine NDRMC has confirmed the number of dead at 1,774, with 2,487  others injured and 82  missing so far. Senior officials have estimated the death toll at more than 10,000.  FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimated the casualties at up to 40,000. ]
  • Nearly 10 million people have been affected by the HAIYAN, including 3.5 million who lived directly in the path of the deadly typhoon, who have been hit severely.
  • The official number of those who have lost their homes has increased to about two-thirds of a million people (the actual number of people displaced is 659,268, as of posting).
  • Most of the disaster zone lacks clean water, food, shelter, sanitation, medical supplies, transportation or communication links.
  • Large numbers of victims are roaming around like “zombies” begging for help, and scavenging for food, water and medicine.
  • Significant devastation has been reported along the northeast coast of Iloilo province, especially in Conception and San Dionisio municipalities.
  • Many roads throughout the disaster zone are still inaccessible, due to significant amounts of debris.
  • Dozens of towns and villages in the Cebu province have suffered up to 90% devastation.
  • The town of Guiuanin (population: 44,000) in Samar province is almost entirely flattened.
  • The city of Baco (Population 37,000) in Oriental Mindoro province was 80% under water, according to the UN.
  • There is still no information available on the condition of people in remote areas of the country.

Vietnam

Typhoon HAIYAN was the 14th storm to hit Vietnam this year, leaving at least 14 dead, 4 missing and 81 others injured, according to the country’s National Committee for Search and Rescue.

China

HAIYAN killed at least 7 people in China, including five people in Hainan and two in Guangxi, and left 4 others missing. The cyclone destroyed 900 houses and damaged 8,500 others. It also destroyed 25,500 hectares of crops, with the direct economic losses estimated at 4.47 billion yuan ($734 million), said Xinhua.

“The National Disaster Reduction Commission announced that more than 3 million people in China’s southern provinces of Hainan and Guangdong and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region had been affected by the typhoon.”

Previous UPDATE [13:30UTC on November 11, 2013 ]

  • President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity and deployed more than 300 soldiers in Tacloban City to quell looting.
  • Aid agencies say about 3.5 million people directly in the path of the typhoon have been severely affected.
  • More than 300 people are confirmed dead and about 2,000 others have been reported as missing in the town Basey, Samar province, according to the provincial governor.
  • “The situation is bad, the devastation has been significant. In some cases the devastation has been total,” a senior politician told reporters.
  • HAIYAN has destroyed up to 90 percent of structures in its path. Some 350,000 homes have been destroyed according to an aid worker. This figure dwarfs the disaster estimates issued by the NDRMC.
  • Dazed survivors are begging for help and scavenging for food, water and medicine on Monday, reported Reuters.
  • “There’s an awful lot of casualties, a lot of people dead all over the place, a lot of destruction,” Richard Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross, told the BBC.

This post will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.

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