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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M6.2 – 61km S of Pirgos, Greece

 2013-06-15 16:11:00 UTC

Earthquake location 34.449°N, 25.044°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 16:11:00 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 18:11:00 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 11:11:00 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.449°N 25.044°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 61km (38mi) S of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 88km (55mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 97km (60mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 98km (61mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 409km (254mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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Instrumental Intensity

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M4.9 – 73km S of Pirgos, Greece

2013-06-15 16:28:56 UTC

Earthquake location 34.339°N, 25.059°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 16:28:56 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 18:28:56 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 11:28:56 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.339°N 25.059°E depth=21.6km (13.4mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 73km (45mi) S of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 96km (60mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 109km (68mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 110km (68mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 421km (262mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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M4.6 – 73km S of Pirgos, Greece

2013-06-15 16:51:14 UTC

Earthquake location 34.349°N, 25.000°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 16:51:14 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 18:51:14 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 11:51:14 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.349°N 25.000°E depth=24.5km (15.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 73km (45mi) S of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 99km (62mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 109km (68mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 110km (68mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 419km (260mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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M4.8 – 87km S of Pirgos, Greece

 2013-06-15 16:59:34 UTC

Earthquake location 34.216°N, 25.049°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 16:59:34 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 18:59:34 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 11:59:34 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.216°N 25.049°E depth=28.4km (17.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 87km (54mi) S of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 108km (67mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 123km (76mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 124km (77mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 434km (270mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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M4.9 – 67km SSW of Pirgos, Greece

 2013-06-15 17:02:05 UTC

Earthquake location 34.413°N, 24.958°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 17:02:05 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 19:02:05 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 12:02:05 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.413°N 24.958°E depth=30.2km (18.8mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 67km (42mi) SSW of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 97km (60mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 102km (63mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 103km (64mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 411km (255mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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M4.9 – 73km SSW of Pirgos, Greece

2013-06-15 17:22:02 UTC

Earthquake location 34.348°N, 24.984°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 17:22:02 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 19:22:02 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 12:22:02 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.348°N 24.984°E depth=3.2km (2.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 73km (45mi) SSW of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 100km (62mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 109km (68mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 110km (68mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 418km (260mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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M4.5 – 76km S of Pirgos, Greece

2013-06-15 18:24:50 UTC

Earthquake location 34.319°N, 24.993°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 18:24:50 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 20:24:50 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 13:24:50 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.319°N 24.993°E depth=10.6km (6.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 76km (47mi) S of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 102km (63mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 112km (70mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 113km (70mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 422km (262mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Mediterranean Region and Vicinity

The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary. This convergence began approximately 50 Ma and was associated with the closure of the Tethys Sea. The modern day remnant of the Tethys Sea is the Mediterranean Sea. The highest rates of seismicity in the Mediterranean region are found along the Hellenic subduction zone of southern Greece, along the North Anatolian Fault Zone of western Turkey and the Calabrian subduction zone of southern Italy. Local high rates of convergence at the Hellenic subduction zone (35mm/yr) are associated with back-arc spreading throughout Greece and western Turkey above the subducting Mediterranean oceanic crust. Crustal normal faulting throughout this region is a manifestation of extensional tectonics associated with the back-arc spreading. The region of the Marmara Sea is a transition zone between this extensional regime, to the west, and the strike-slip regime of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, to the east. The North Anatolian Fault accommodates much of the right-lateral horizontal motion (23-24 mm/yr) between the Anatolian micro-plate and Eurasian plate as the Anatolian micro-plate is being pushed westward to further accommodate closure of the Mediterranean basin caused by the collision of the African and Arabian plates in southeastern Turkey. Subduction of the Mediterranean Sea floor beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Calabrian subduction zone causes a significant zone of seismicity around Sicily and southern Italy. Active volcanoes are located above intermediate depth earthquakes in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and in southern Italy.

In the Mediterranean region there is a written record, several centuries long, documenting pre-instrumental seismicity (pre-20th century). Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete, the Nile Delta, Northern Libya, the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. The 1903 M8.2 Kythera earthquake and the 1926 M7.8 Rhodes earthquakes are the largest instrumentally recorded Mediterranean earthquakes, both of which are associated with subduction zone tectonics. Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey’s most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people. Although seismicity rates are comparatively low along the northern margin of the African continent, large destructive earthquakes have been recorded and reported from Morocco in the western Mediterranean, to the Dead Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. The 1980 M7.3 El Asnam earthquake was one of Africa’s largest and most destructive earthquakes within the 20th century.

Large earthquakes throughout the Mediterranean region have also been known to produce significant and damaging tsunamis. One of the more prominent historical earthquakes within the region is the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, whose magnitude has been estimated from non-instrumental data to be about 8.0. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake is thought to have occurred within or near the Azores-Gibraltar transform fault, which defines the boundary between the African and Eurasian plates off the west coast of Morocco and Portugal. The earthquake is notable for both a large death toll of approximately 60,000 people and for generating a tsunami that swept up the Portuguese coast inundating coastal villages and Lisbon. An earthquake of approximately M8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily’s east coast. The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M3.6 – 23km WNW of Afton, Wyoming

2013-05-16 05:23:52 UTC

 

Earthquake location 42.773°N, 111.207°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 05:23:52 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 23:23:52 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-16 00:23:52 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

42.773°N 111.207°W depth=4.8km (3.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 23km (14mi) WNW of Afton, Wyoming
  2. 99km (62mi) SE of Ammon, Idaho
  3. 101km (63mi) E of Pocatello, Idaho
  4. 102km (63mi) SE of Idaho Falls, Idaho
  5. 230km (143mi) NNE of Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Instrumental Intensity

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M5.3 – South of Africa

 2013-05-16 03:18:24 UTC

 

Earthquake location 53.058°S, 22.177°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 03:18:24 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 04:18:24 UTC+01:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-15 22:18:24 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

53.058°S 22.177°E depth=15.8km (9.8mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 1247km (775mi) E of Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island
  2. 2065km (1283mi) S of Bredasdorp, South Africa
  3. 2084km (1295mi) S of Hermanus, South Africa
  4. 2113km (1313mi) S of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  5. 2672km (1660mi) S of Maseru, Lesotho

 

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M5.0 – Southwest of Africa

 2013-05-16 05:19:40 UTC

 

Earthquake location 52.881°S, 10.365°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 05:19:40 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 06:19:40 UTC+01:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-16 00:19:40 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

52.881°S 10.365°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 493km (306mi) ENE of Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island
  2. 2168km (1347mi) SSW of Hermanus, South Africa
  3. 2178km (1353mi) SSW of Bredasdorp, South Africa
  4. 2191km (1361mi) SSW of Grabouw, South Africa
  5. 2968km (1844mi) SSW of Maseru, Lesotho

 

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M5.0 – South of Africa

 2013-05-16 05:42:51 UTC

 

Earthquake location 53.004°S, 22.413°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 05:42:51 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 06:42:51 UTC+01:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-16 00:42:51 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

53.004°S 22.413°E depth=16.5km (10.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 1264km (785mi) E of Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island
  2. 2060km (1280mi) S of Bredasdorp, South Africa
  3. 2080km (1292mi) S of Hermanus, South Africa
  4. 2106km (1309mi) S of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
  5. 2663km (1655mi) S of Maseru, Lesotho

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M4.6 – 14km WNW of Kitaibaraki, Japan

 2013-05-15 09:35:04 UTC

Earthquake location 36.814°N, 140.590°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-15 09:35:04 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 18:35:04 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-15 04:35:04 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

36.814°N 140.590°E depth=8.3km (5.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 14km (9mi) WNW of Kitaibaraki, Japan
  2. 15km (9mi) NW of Takahagi, Japan
  3. 22km (14mi) ENE of Daigo, Japan
  4. 24km (15mi) NNW of Hitachi, Japan
  5. 148km (92mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

 

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M4.9 – 29km ESE of Hachinohe, Japan

 2013-05-15 23:46:30 UTC

Earthquake location 40.399°N, 141.821°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-15 23:46:30 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 08:46:30 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-15 18:46:30 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

40.399°N 141.821°E depth=25.9km (16.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 29km (18mi) ESE of Hachinohe, Japan
  2. 49km (30mi) ENE of Ichinohe, Japan
  3. 50km (31mi) SE of Misawa, Japan
  4. 85km (53mi) N of Miyako, Japan
  5. 555km (345mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

 

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M4.7 – 192km E of Chichi-shima, Japan

 2013-05-16 05:18:09 UTC

Earthquake location 26.838°N, 144.137°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 05:18:09 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 15:18:09 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-16 00:18:09 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

26.838°N 144.137°E depth=17.7km (11.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 192km (119mi) E of Chichi-shima, Japan
  2. 989km (615mi) SSE of Katsuura, Japan
  3. 990km (615mi) SSE of Tateyama, Japan
  4. 993km (617mi) SSE of Kawaguchi, Japan
  5. 1068km (664mi) SSE of Tokyo, Japan

 

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M4.4 – 69km SE of Hasaki, Japan

 2013-05-16 07:12:21 UTC

Earthquake location 35.365°N, 141.456°E

 

 

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M4.5 – 32km ENE of Iwaki, Japan

 2013-05-16 07:39:51 UTC

Earthquake location 37.111°N, 141.236°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 07:39:51 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 16:39:51 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-16 02:39:51 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

37.111°N 141.236°E depth=35.0km (21.8mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 32km (20mi) ENE of Iwaki, Japan
  2. 46km (29mi) SSE of Namie, Japan
  3. 56km (35mi) NE of Kitaibaraki, Japan
  4. 63km (39mi) NE of Takahagi, Japan
  5. 209km (130mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

 

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M4.5 – 225km ESE of Kamaishi, Japan

 2013-05-16 08:03:51 UTC

Earthquake location 38.747°N, 144.395°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-16 08:03:51 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 18:03:51 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-16 03:03:51 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

38.747°N 144.395°E depth=35.0km (21.7mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 225km (140mi) ESE of Kamaishi, Japan
  2. 226km (140mi) ESE of Yamada, Japan
  3. 226km (140mi) ESE of Otsuchi, Japan
  4. 232km (144mi) ESE of Miyako, Japan
  5. 537km (334mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

 

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of Japan and Vicinity

Japan and the surrounding islands straddle four major tectonic plates: Pacific plate; North America plate; Eurasia plate; and Philippine Sea plate. The Pacific plate is subducted into the mantle, beneath Hokkaido and northern Honshu, along the eastern margin of the Okhotsk microplate, a proposed subdivision of the North America plate. Farther south, the Pacific plate is subducted beneath volcanic islands along the eastern margin of the Philippine Sea plate. This 2,200 km-long zone of subduction of the Pacific plate is responsible for the creation of the deep offshore Ogasawara and Japan trenches as well as parallel chains of islands and volcanoes, typical of Circumpacific island arcs. Similarly, the Philippine Sea plate is itself subducting under the Eurasia plate along a zone, extending from Taiwan to southern Honshu that comprises the Ryukyu Islands and the Nansei-Shoto trench.

Subduction zones at the Japanese island arcs are geologically complex and produce numerous earthquakes from multiple sources. Deformation of the overriding plates generates shallow crustal earthquakes, whereas slip at the interface of the plates generates interplate earthquakes that extend from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. At greater depths, Japanese arc earthquakes occur within the subducting Pacific and Philippine Sea plates and can reach depths of nearly 700 km. Since 1900, three great earthquakes occurred off Japan and three north of Hokkaido. They are the M8.4 1933 Sanriku-oki earthquake, the M8.3 2003 Tokachi-oki earthquake, the M9.0 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the M8.4 1958 Etorofu earthquake, the M8.5 1963 Kuril earthquake, and the M8.3 1994 Shikotan earthquake.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

 

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M4.6 – 95km SE of Sucua, Ecuador 2013-05-12 13:14:28 UTC

Earthquake location 3.109°S, 77.589°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-12 13:14:28 UTC
  2. 2013-05-12 08:14:28 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-12 08:14:28 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

3.109°S 77.589°W depth=23.5km (14.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 95km (59mi) SE of Sucua, Ecuador
  2. 105km (65mi) SSE of Macas, Ecuador
  3. 134km (83mi) E of Gualaceo, Ecuador
  4. 144km (89mi) ESE of Azogues, Ecuador
  5. 334km (208mi) SSE of Quito, Ecuador

 

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M4.3 – 41km ESE of Tena, Ecuador 2013-05-14 13:16:35 UTC

Earthquake location 1.142°S, 77.477°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-14 13:16:35 UTC
  2. 2013-05-14 08:16:35 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-14 08:16:35 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

1.142°S 77.477°W depth=171.0km (106.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 41km (25mi) ESE of Tena, Ecuador
  2. 60km (37mi) SW of Boca Suno, Ecuador
  3. 66km (41mi) ENE of Puyo, Ecuador
  4. 119km (74mi) E of Pelileo, Ecuador
  5. 154km (96mi) SE of Quito, Ecuador

 

 

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of South America (Nazca Plate Region)

The South American arc extends over 7,000 km, from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America. It marks the plate boundary between the subducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America. The convergence associated with this subduction process is responsible for the uplift of the Andes Mountains, and for the active volcanic chain present along much of this deformation front. Relative to a fixed South America plate, the Nazca plate moves slightly north of eastwards at a rate varying from approximately 80 mm/yr in the south to approximately 65 mm/yr in the north. Although the rate of subduction varies little along the entire arc, there are complex changes in the geologic processes along the subduction zone that dramatically influence volcanic activity, crustal deformation, earthquake generation and occurrence all along the western edge of South America.

Most of the large earthquakes in South America are constrained to shallow depths of 0 to 70 km resulting from both crustal and interplate deformation. Crustal earthquakes result from deformation and mountain building in the overriding South America plate and generate earthquakes as deep as approximately 50 km. Interplate earthquakes occur due to slip along the dipping interface between the Nazca and the South American plates. Interplate earthquakes in this region are frequent and often large, and occur between the depths of approximately 10 and 60 km. Since 1900, numerous magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes have occurred on this subduction zone interface that were followed by devastating tsunamis, including the 1960 M9.5 earthquake in southern Chile, the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world. Other notable shallow tsunami-generating earthquakes include the 1906 M8.5 earthquake near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, the 1922 M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile, the 2001 M8.4 Arequipa, Peru earthquake, the 2007 M8.0 earthquake near Pisco, Peru, and the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake located just north of the 1960 event.

Large intermediate-depth earthquakes (those occurring between depths of approximately 70 and 300 km) are relatively limited in size and spatial extent in South America, and occur within the Nazca plate as a result of internal deformation within the subducting plate. These earthquakes generally cluster beneath northern Chile and southwestern Bolivia, and to a lesser extent beneath northern Peru and southern Ecuador, with depths between 110 and 130 km. Most of these earthquakes occur adjacent to the bend in the coastline between Peru and Chile. The most recent large intermediate-depth earthquake in this region was the 2005 M7.8 Tarapaca, Chile earthquake.

Earthquakes can also be generated to depths greater than 600 km as a result of continued internal deformation of the subducting Nazca plate. Deep-focus earthquakes in South America are not observed from a depth range of approximately 300 to 500 km. Instead, deep earthquakes in this region occur at depths of 500 to 650 km and are concentrated into two zones: one that runs beneath the Peru-Brazil border and another that extends from central Bolivia to central Argentina. These earthquakes generally do not exhibit large magnitudes. An exception to this was the 1994 Bolivian earthquake in northwestern Bolivia. This M8.2 earthquake occurred at a depth of 631 km, making it the largest deep-focus earthquake instrumentally recorded, and was felt widely throughout South and North America.

Subduction of the Nazca plate is geometrically complex and impacts the geology and seismicity of the western edge of South America. The intermediate-depth regions of the subducting Nazca plate can be segmented into five sections based on their angle of subduction beneath the South America plate. Three segments are characterized by steeply dipping subduction; the other two by near-horizontal subduction. The Nazca plate beneath northern Ecuador, southern Peru to northern Chile, and southern Chile descend into the mantle at angles of 25° to 30°. In contrast, the slab beneath southern Ecuador to central Peru, and under central Chile, is subducting at a shallow angle of approximately 10° or less. In these regions of “flat-slab” subduction, the Nazca plate moves horizontally for several hundred kilometers before continuing its descent into the mantle, and is shadowed by an extended zone of crustal seismicity in the overlying South America plate. Although the South America plate exhibits a chain of active volcanism resulting from the subduction and partial melting of the Nazca oceanic lithosphere along most of the arc, these regions of inferred shallow subduction correlate with an absence of volcanic activity.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M4.8 – 78km SSE of Bitung, Indonesia 2013-05-13 00:00:29 UTC

Earthquake location 0.760°N, 125.368°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-13 00:00:29 UTC
  2. 2013-05-13 08:00:29 UTC+08:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-12 19:00:29 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

0.760°N 125.368°E depth=85.7km (53.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 78km (48mi) SSE of Bitung, Indonesia
  2. 78km (48mi) SE of Tondano, Indonesia
  3. 86km (53mi) SE of Tomohon, Indonesia
  4. 99km (62mi) SE of Manado, Indonesia
  5. 1030km (640mi) N of Dili, East Timor

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M4.4 – 145km ENE of Amahai, Indonesia 2013-05-13 13:21:10 UTC

Earthquake location 3.003°S, 130.185°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-13 13:21:10 UTC
  2. 2013-05-13 22:21:10 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-13 08:21:10 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

3.003°S 130.185°E depth=36.7km (22.8mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 145km (90mi) ENE of Amahai, Indonesia
  2. 235km (146mi) ENE of Ambon, Indonesia
  3. 262km (163mi) SSW of Sorong, Indonesia
  4. 409km (254mi) NW of Tual, Indonesia
  5. 798km (496mi) NE of Dili, East Timor

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M4.7 – 239km NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia 2013-05-13 14:46:43 UTC

Earthquake location 6.509°S, 129.702°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-13 14:46:43 UTC
  2. 2013-05-13 23:46:43 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-13 09:46:43 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.509°S 129.702°E depth=158.6km (98.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 239km (149mi) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
  2. 350km (217mi) WSW of Tual, Indonesia
  3. 353km (219mi) SSE of Ambon, Indonesia
  4. 361km (224mi) SSE of Amahai, Indonesia
  5. 508km (316mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor

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M4.2 – 153km ENE of Amahai, Indonesia 2013-05-13 23:37:13 UTC

Earthquake location 3.037°S, 130.264°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-13 23:37:13 UTC
  2. 2013-05-14 08:37:13 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-13 18:37:13 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

3.037°S 130.264°E depth=37.8km (23.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 153km (95mi) ENE of Amahai, Indonesia
  2. 242km (150mi) ENE of Ambon, Indonesia
  3. 262km (163mi) SSW of Sorong, Indonesia
  4. 400km (249mi) NW of Tual, Indonesia
  5. 801km (498mi) NE of Dili, East Timor

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M4.7 – 222km NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia 2013-05-14 08:36:28 UTC

Earthquake location 6.540°S, 129.879°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-14 08:36:28 UTC
  2. 2013-05-14 17:36:28 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-14 03:36:28 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.540°S 129.879°E depth=148.3km (92.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 222km (138mi) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
  2. 332km (206mi) WSW of Tual, Indonesia
  3. 366km (227mi) SSE of Ambon, Indonesia
  4. 370km (230mi) SSE of Amahai, Indonesia
  5. 524km (326mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor

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M4.6 – 32km NNE of Kotabaru, Indonesia 2013-05-14 12:09:36 UTC

Earthquake location 8.236°S, 122.099°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-14 12:09:36 UTC
  2. 2013-05-14 20:09:36 UTC+08:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-14 07:09:36 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

8.236°S 122.099°E depth=204.1km (126.8mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 32km (20mi) NNE of Kotabaru, Indonesia
  2. 44km (27mi) NNW of Maumere, Indonesia
  3. 82km (51mi) NE of Ende, Indonesia
  4. 183km (114mi) ENE of Ruteng, Indonesia
  5. 384km (239mi) W of Dili, East Timor

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M5.7 – Off the west coast of northern Sumatra 2013-05-14 19:18:18 UTC

 

Earthquake location 0.775°N, 92.437°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-14 19:18:18 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 01:18:18 UTC+06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-14 14:18:18 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

0.775°N 92.437°E depth=32.5km (20.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 477km (296mi) WSW of Sinabang, Indonesia
  2. 553km (344mi) SW of Meulaboh, Indonesia
  3. 618km (384mi) SSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia
  4. 642km (399mi) SW of Sigli, Indonesia
  5. 1061km (659mi) WSW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

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Instrumental Intensity

ShakeMap Intensity Image

 

 

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M4.6 – 111km WNW of Sorong, Indonesia 2013-05-14 23:32:36 UTC

Earthquake location 0.556°S, 130.303°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-14 23:32:36 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 08:32:36 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-14 18:32:36 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

0.556°S 130.303°E depth=25.3km (15.7mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 111km (69mi) WNW of Sorong, Indonesia
  2. 343km (213mi) NNE of Amahai, Indonesia
  3. 356km (221mi) ESE of Ternate, Indonesia
  4. 358km (222mi) ESE of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
  5. 988km (614mi) SSW of Koror Town, Palau

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

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Indonesia – 2 Earthquakes 5.0 to 4.4 Magnitude May 10th and 11th , 2013. Total of 17 EQ’s in the last 9 days .

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Indonesia  –  6  Earthquakes  Ranging From  5.0 to 4.4 Magnitude  May 8th to 9th , 2013.   Total of 15 EQ’s in the last 7 days

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Indonesia- 6 Earthquakes Ranging From 5.0 to 4.5 Magnitude May 3rd and 4th , 2013. Total of 9 EQ’s in the last 3 days

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Indonesia- 3 Earthquakes Ranging From 5.3 to 4.3 Magnitude May 2nd , 2013

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Indonesia

Seismicity Map – 1900 to Present

Seismicity Map

5.6

123km N of Saumlaki, Indonesia

2013-02-12 22:25:02

6.838°S

131.349°E

40.3

M5.6 – 123km N of Saumlaki, Indonesia 2013-02-12 22:25:02 UTC

Earthquake location 6.838°S, 131.349°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-02-12 22:25:02 UTC
  2. 2013-02-13 07:25:02 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-02-12 16:25:02 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

6.838°S 131.349°E depth=40.3km (25.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 123km (76mi) N of Saumlaki, Indonesia
  2. 201km (125mi) SW of Tual, Indonesia
  3. 472km (293mi) SE of Amahai, Indonesia
  4. 494km (307mi) SE of Ambon, Indonesia
  5. 624km (388mi) N of Darwin, Australia

5.3

146km ENE of Amahai, Indonesia

2013-02-13 05:21:17

2.988°S

130.189°E

23.9

M5.3 – 146km ENE of Amahai, Indonesia 2013-02-13 05:21:17 UTC

Earthquake location 2.988°S, 130.189°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-02-13 05:21:17 UTC
  2. 2013-02-13 14:21:17 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-02-12 23:21:17 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

2.988°S 130.189°E depth=23.9km (14.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 146km (91mi) ENE of Amahai, Indonesia
  2. 236km (147mi) ENE of Ambon, Indonesia
  3. 260km (162mi) SSW of Sorong, Indonesia
  4. 410km (255mi) NW of Tual, Indonesia
  5. 800km (497mi) NE of Dili, East Timor

Earth Watch  Report  –  Earthquakes

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5.6

42km ESE of Qayen, Iran

2012-12-05 17:08:12

33.520°N

59.570°E

5.4

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M5.6 – 42km ESE of Qayen, Iran 2012-12-05 17:08:12 UTC

Earthquake location 33.520°N, 59.570°E

Event Time

  1. 2012-12-05 17:08:12 UTC
  2. 2012-12-05 20:38:12 UTC+03:30 at epicenter
  3. 2012-12-05 11:08:12 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

33.520°N 59.570°E depth=5.4km (3.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 42km (26mi) ESE of Qayen, Iran
  2. 79km (49mi) NNE of Birjand, Iran
  3. 123km (76mi) SE of Gonabad, Iran
  4. 175km (109mi) SW of Taybad, Iran
  5. 503km (313mi) SSE of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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Qaen
قاین
Ghayen, Qayen
—  city  —
English: West-south view of Qayen from Jungle Park

English: West-south view of Qayen from Jungle Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Motto: Qayen is the capital of red gold (saffron)
Qaen is located in Iran

Qaen

Location of Ghayen in Iran

Coordinates: 33°43′36″N 59°11′04″E

Earthquakes

 

 EMSC     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
4.9     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
5.0     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 23:44 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 23:37 PM
2.6     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 23:36 PM
2.8     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
4.9     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
4.5     29.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.6     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.5     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.3     3.0     MAP

USGS     Washington
Apr 14 21:50 PM
2.7     5.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
4.4     14.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
4.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.9     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.9     28.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.5     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.5     18.3     MAP

EMSC     Kashmir-xizang Border Region
Apr 14 20:50 PM
4.1     38.0     MAP

USGS     Kashmir-xizang Border Region
Apr 14 20:50 PM
4.1     37.9     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.5     26.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Sichuan, China
Apr 14 20:31 PM
4.9     40.0     MAP

USGS     Western Sichuan, China
Apr 14 20:31 PM
4.9     20.7     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 20:19 PM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwest Of Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.8     60.0     MAP

USGS     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.9     49.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.8     63.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 18:11 PM
4.4     27.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 18:11 PM
4.4     27.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 17:52 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 17:45 PM
3.2     25.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 14 17:21 PM
2.8     25.9     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.3     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 16:54 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

GEONET     Taranaki
Apr 14 16:29 PM
3.5     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 14 16:09 PM
4.1     100.0     MAP

USGS     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 14 15:53 PM
4.3     209.0     MAP

EMSC     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 14 15:53 PM
4.3     209.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Xinjiang, China
Apr 14 15:45 PM
3.8     1.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
3.3     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.5     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.3     14.7     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 15:16 PM
2.7     105.4     MAP

GEOFON     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.5     74.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.6     63.8     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 14 15:05 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 15:04 PM
4.5     51.2     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 15:04 PM
4.5     51.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 14 14:21 PM
2.9     29.8     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 13:06 PM
3.0     26.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 12:43 PM
2.5     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Kyushu, Japan
Apr 14 12:39 PM
4.8     55.0     MAP

GEOFON     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 14 12:39 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 12:30 PM
2.8     8.2     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.1     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.1     3.0     MAP

USGS     Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 14 12:13 PM
2.6     6.3     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 14 11:34 AM
2.7     7.2     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 11:24 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

EMSC     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

USGS     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     9.9     MAP     

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:51 AM
4.8     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:51 AM
4.9     14.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     24.3     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     16.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     12.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.6     9.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.4     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 09:34 AM
4.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 09:34 AM
4.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.8     29.5     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.7     11.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 14 09:00 AM
3.3     38.2     MAP

EMSC     Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 14 08:58 AM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 14 08:47 AM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 08:46 AM
4.4     52.4     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 08:46 AM
4.4     52.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:28 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 08:22 AM
2.9     9.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.3     10.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 14 07:51 AM
2.5     7.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 14 07:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 14 07:34 AM
2.6     6.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 07:23 AM
2.6     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 07:06 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 14 06:41 AM
3.4     39.6     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 14 06:25 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 14 06:23 AM
4.3     560.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 14 06:23 AM
4.4     553.6     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 06:05 AM
2.4     31.0     MAP

USGS     Maharashtra, India
Apr 14 05:27 AM
4.3     11.1     MAP

EMSC     Maharashtra, India
Apr 14 05:27 AM
4.3     11.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico
Apr 14 05:25 AM
2.7     27.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.3     29.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.3     28.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 14 05:20 AM
3.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 14 05:15 AM
3.4     23.7     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 05:13 AM
2.5     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 14 04:13 AM
4.3     160.0     MAP

USGS     Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 14 04:13 AM
4.3     160.4     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 04:06 AM
2.5     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 04:03 AM
4.2     14.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 04:03 AM
4.2     14.3     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 14 04:03 AM
2.9     72.5     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 03:56 AM
2.5     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 03:19 AM
2.4     18.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 03:13 AM
3.5     2.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 14 03:10 AM
2.8     12.7     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 02:49 AM
2.9     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     15.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 14 02:05 AM
2.7     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:04 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:03 AM
4.5     13.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:03 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 01:43 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 01:29 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 01:00 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 01:00 AM
3.1     8.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 14 00:52 AM
2.8     83.4     MAP

EMSC     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.5     24.9     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.4     35.0     MAP

EMSC     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

 

 

2 earthquakes shake Gujarat, Maharashtra

The Indian Express

Agencies : Pune/Ahmedabad

Rann of Kutch

Two earthquakes of mild intensity shook parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat today, but there were no reports of any casualty.

A quake measuring 5 on the Richter scale was experienced in parts of western Maharashtra at 10.50 am. Its epicentre was Goshatwadi village, about 10km from Koyana dam in Satara district, the Met office here said.

An aftershock of 4.4 magnitude was registered an hour later, it said. The Koyna dam, situated in a quake-prone region, is safe, officials said.

The tremors were also felt in several parts of Mumbai, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

There were no reports of any damage to life or property, they added.

A quake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, was felt at 8.55 AM in parts of Gujarat. The earthquake had its epicentre at Vamka taluka in Kutch, which is an active fault line, scientists at Institute of Seismological Research said.

An aftershock measuring 2.9 was also felt, they said.

Besides Kutch district, tremors were experienced in parts of Saurashtra region.

No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far in Gujarat, officials said.

Among those who felt the tremors in Mumbai were megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who resides in suburban Juhu.

“Earthquake in Mumbai ! Did you feel it… I did.. .Shutters and building shook twice for few seconds,” Bachchan tweeted.

 

 

Earthquake Alert 6.2 Earthquake Drake Passage

Published on Apr 14, 2012 by

This 6.2 Earthquake was reviewd and has been posted by the USGS. This is a Earthquake Alert by MrHurricaneTracker. This earthquake was on the Ring of Fire and we are watching it real close due to the passed few days and earthquake activity. Stay tuned right here on MHTAlerts. The Earthquake location 57.588°S, 65.414°W

 

 

USGS reports 5.9 magnitude quake off western Java

(Reuters) – A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck offshore western Java in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait at a depth of 30.5 miles (49 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said on Saturday.

The USGS initially reported the quake as measuring 5.8 and a depth of 27.3 miles (44 km). It revised the location to 97 miles (157 km) south of T.Telukbetung in Sumatra, after first reporting it at 111 miles (178 km) west of Sukabumi in Java.

There were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami warning from the quake, which was 109 miles (177 km) west-southwest of the capital Jakarta on Java.

(Writing by Eric Walsh)

 

  Asia Pacific News

Strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattles Vanuatu

Posted: 15 April 2012 0651 hrs

SYDNEY: A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage either.

The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of eight kilometres, around 150 kilometres south east of the capital Port Vila.

Vanuatu lies on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.

The earthquake hit shortly after 9:00am (around 2200 GMT Saturday), USGS said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued an information bulletin but no alert, saying “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii”.

– AFP/de

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  14.04.2012 Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Alaska, [Juneau area] Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Extreme Weather India MultiStates, [States of Bengal and Kolkata] Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Technological Disaster Pakistan State of Punjab, Gujranwala Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Tornado USA State of Oklahoma, Norman Damage level Details

 

Red Flag Warning -FIRE WEATHER

LUBBOCK TX
AMARILLO TX
EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM
MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
 ALBUQUERQUE NM
GOODLAND KS

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Storms, Flooding

More  photos of the phenomenal  hailstorm  in the Texas  Panhandle on  Wednesday April 11th, 2012

Texas Hailstorm Leaves Panhandle Chest-High In Ice And Mud (PHOTO)

For over two hours Wednesday afternoon, cities in the Texas panhandle were hammered by a hailstorm that left quarter-sized balls of ice stacked chest-high in some areas, Time NewsFeed reports.

The deluge began around 3:30 a.m. Over the next few hours, fast-moving hailstones pummeled the area north of Amarillo, Tex., which had lately been sitting in mud and dust due to a lack of precipitation, according to the news organization. The hail mixed with the mud and dust to create four-foot high mounds that shut down a major highway for the next 18 hours.

Read Full Article Here

Hailstones the size of golf balls in East China

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Towns in East China’s Fujian Province have been devastated by hailstones the size of golf balls. . Report by Katie Lamborn

http://provokedrage.webnode.com


Tornado Warning &Tornado Watch

TOPEKA KS
WICHITA KS
DES MOINES IA

HASTINGS NE
NORMAN OK

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
HASTINGS NE
DODGE CITY KS

Flash Flood Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
OMAHA/VALLEY NEBRASKA

Flood Warning

LITTLE ROCK AR
LAKE CHARLES LA
NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LASHREVEPORT LA
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
SPRINGFIELD MO
ST LOUIS MO

High Wind Warning

MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
ALBUQUERQUE NM
EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr14: ‘100 Tornados Possible’ & Quake Watch


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Denied as Sonic Boom

Posted: April 13th, 2012 in Earthquake, San Diego by LALATE

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Prompts Sonic Boom Sound


LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A San Diego “earthquake” mystery today Friday April 13, 2012 has been denied as a sonic boom. San Diego residents reported an earthquake like event at 8:38 am to 9 am PST today. While a light San Diego neighboring earthquake did happen this morning, there was no sonic boom from MCAS Miramar, officials tell news.

Earlier today, local news erroneously reported that there wasn’t an earthquake at the time. But USGS does confirm to news that a neighboring earthquake did strike around that time. But the quake wasn’t substantial. And it wasn’t precisely in San Diego either.

Read Full Article  Here

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Wildlife / Radiation

Study: Wildlife survive nuclear accidents
by Staff Writers
Portsmouth, England (UPI) Apr 11, 2012


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Radiation from nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima may not present as much of a threat to wildlife as previously thought, British researchers say.

Earlier studies on the impact on birds of the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Russia in April 1986 have been put in doubt by new research, the University of Portsmouth reported Wednesday.

The findings by Portsmouth researcher Jim Smith and colleagues from the University of the West of England are likely to also apply to wildlife at Fukushima in Japan following its nuclear disaster in 2011, the university said.

“I wasn’t really surprised by these findings — there have been many high profile findings on the radiation damage to wildlife at Chernobyl but it’s very difficult to see significant damage and we are not convinced by some of the claims,” Smith said.

“We can’t rule out some effect on wildlife of the radiation, but wildlife populations in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl have recovered and are actually doing well and even better than before because the human population has been removed.”

Previous studies had suggested radiation affected bird populations following the Chernobyl disaster because it damaged to birds’ antioxidant defense mechanisms, but the new research found the birds’ antioxidant mechanisms could easily cope with radiation at density levels similar to those seen at Chernobyl and Fukushima.

The researchers said their finding would likely apply to other forms of wildlife as well.

“We would expect other wildlife to be similarly resistant to oxidative stress from radiation at these levels,” Smith said.

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Articles of Interest

Summer temperature variability may increase mortality risk for elderly with chronic disease

by Staff Writers
Boston, MA (SPX)


Although heat waves can kill in the short term, the authors say, even minor temperature variations caused by climate change may also increase death rates over time among elderly people with diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, or those who have survived a previous heart attack.

New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings-as little as 1 degrees C more than usual-may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. While previous studies have focused on the short-term effects of heat waves, this is the first study to examine the longer-term effects of climate change on life expectancy.

The study will be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The effect of temperature patterns on long-term mortality has not been clear to this point. We found that, independent of heat waves, high day to day variability in summer temperatures shortens life expectancy,” said Antonella Zanobetti, senior research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and lead author of the study. “This variability can be harmful for susceptible people.”

In recent years, scientists have predicted that climate change will not only increase overall world temperatures but will also increase summer temperature variability, particularly in mid-latitude regions such as the mid-Atlantic states of the U.S. and sections of countries such as France, Spain, and Italy. These more volatile temperature swings could pose a major public health problem, the authors note.

Previous studies have confirmed the association between heat waves and higher death rates. But this new research goes a step further. Although heat waves can kill in the short term, the authors say, even minor temperature variations caused by climate change may also increase death rates over time among elderly people with diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, or those who have survived a previous heart attack.

The researchers used Medicare data from 1985 to 2006 to follow the long-term health of 3.7 million chronically ill people over age 65 living in 135 U.S. cities. They evaluated whether mortality among these people was related to variability in summer temperature, allowing for other things that might influence the comparison, such as individual risk factors, winter temperature variance, and ozone levels. They compiled results for individual cities, then pooled the results.

They found that, within each city, years when the summer temperature swings were larger had higher death rates than years with smaller swings. Each 1 degrees C increase in summer temperature variability increased the death rate for elderly with chronic conditions between 2.8% and 4.0%, depending on the condition.

Mortality risk increased 4.0% for those with diabetes; 3.8% for those who’d had a previous heart attack; 3.7% for those with chronic lung disease; and 2.8% for those with heart failure. Based on these increases in mortality risk, the researchers estimate that greater summer temperature variability in the U.S. could result in more than 10,000 additional deaths per year.

In addition, the researchers found the mortality risk was 1% to 2% greater for those living in poverty and for African Americans. The risk was 1% to 2% lower for people living in cities with more green space.

Mortality risk was higher in hotter regions, the researchers found. Noting that physiological studies suggest that the elderly and those with chronic conditions have a harder time than others adjusting to extreme heat, they say it’s likely these groups may also be less resilient than others to bigger-than-usual temperature swings.

“People adapt to the usual temperature in their city. That is why we don’t expect higher mortality rates in Miami than in Minneapolis, despite the higher temperatures,” said Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology at HSPH and senior author of the paper.

“But people do not adapt as well to increased fluctuations around the usual temperature. That finding, combined with the increasing age of the population, the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, and possible increases in temperature fluctuations due to climate change, means that this public health problem is likely to grow in importance in the future.”

** How to Prepare For an Earthquake **

By Eddie Sage on 14 April 2012

One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible aftereffects. An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock as it releases strain that has accumulated over a long time.

For hundreds of millions of years, the forces of plate tectonics have shaped the earth, as the huge plates that form the earth’s surface slowly move over, under and past each other. Sometimes, the movement is gradual. At other times, the plates are locked together, unable to release accumulated energy. When the accumulated energy grows strong enough, the plates break free. If the earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause many deaths and injuries and extensive property damage.

While earthquakes are sometimes believed to be a West Coast occurrence, there are actually 45 states and territories throughout the United States that are at moderate to high risk for earthquakes including the New Madrid fault line in Central U.S.

The 2011 East Coast earthquake illustrated the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

Read Full Article Here

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Earthquakes

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 23:20 PM
3.4     2.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 13 22:18 PM
3.5     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.4     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 21:39 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Syria
Apr 13 21:33 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 21:31 PM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 13 21:20 PM
3.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:48 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     30.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     9.8     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 13 20:39 PM
4.1     80.0     MAP

USGS     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:04 PM
2.4     25.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.6     27.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.7     8.0     MAP     I Felt It

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:56 PM
2.9     141.0     MAP

USGS     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.2     MAP

EMSC     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.7     16.8     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.8     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:50 PM
3.1     151.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.8     66.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.5     64.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.7     64.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 19:34 PM
2.5     14.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 19:16 PM
3.4     139.8     MAP

GEONET     Bay Of Plenty
Apr 13 19:05 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 18:47 PM
3.0     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 18:42 PM
2.6     21.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Ionian Sea
Apr 13 17:50 PM
2.7     11.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 13 17:45 PM
2.7     1.5     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.5     80.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.4     67.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     502.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     488.6     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.9     420.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     35.8     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.2     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.4     14.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:09 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Mexico-guatemala Border Region
Apr 13 13:50 PM
4.6     129.0     MAP

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     111.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     102.5     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.3     14.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     35.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.6     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.3     30.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     11.2     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 11:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Gibraltar
Apr 13 11:01 AM
3.1     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 10:30 AM
3.2     15.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 10:16 AM
3.3     12.8     MAP

GEOFON     Myanmar-india Border Region
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.4     70.0     MAP

USGS     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     73.4     MAP

EMSC     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.1     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Tyrrhenian Sea
Apr 13 09:59 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 13 09:54 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 09:45 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 13 08:10 AM
2.7     4.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:54 AM
2.7     31.1     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 13 07:47 AM
2.9     37.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 07:46 AM
3.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 07:15 AM
2.9     6.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:07 AM
3.2     137.6     MAP

USGS     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     63.4     MAP

EMSC     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:44 AM
2.4     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 13 06:39 AM
3.2     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

USGS     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     26.8     MAP

GEOFON     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.3     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.0     MAP

USGS     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.3     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 05:50 AM
3.3     12.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.9     17.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 05:31 AM
2.9     5.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     15.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.2     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.5     21.0     MAP

USGS     San Pedro Channel, California
Apr 13 04:18 AM
2.6     0.1     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.8     56.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.9     60.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
5.0     46.5     MAP

GEOFON     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     162.0     MAP

EMSC     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     154.0     MAP

USGS     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.5     154.8     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 13 03:52 AM
2.6     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 13 03:51 AM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.7     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.5     15.5     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 03:23 AM
3.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.4     14.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 13 02:20 AM
3.2     68.2     MAP

EMSC     Russia-mongolia Border Region
Apr 13 01:35 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 01:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 00:54 AM
3.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Armenia-azerbaijan-iran Border Reg.
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.3     2.0     MAP

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Ruins left over from the 2004 temblor that nearly destroyed Banda Aceh.
The Nation/Asia News Network
Friday, Apr 13, 2012

A fierce earthquake from the Nicobar Islands could strike over Songkran, sending a tsunami crashing into the Andaman Coast, an expert warned yesterday after finding that the 8.6magnitude Sumatran tremor three days ago was exceptionally deep.

“Whenever there is a quake rooted in the [Earth’s] mantle, a following quake will be likely in the next few days,” said Professor Thanawat Jaruphongsakul, a senior seismologist at Chulalongkorn University.

Fear of another devastating tsunami panicked Thailand and Southeast Asia on Wednesday.

An underwater quake, with its epicentre at the Nicobar Islands, about 150 kilometres north of Aceh on Sumatra, would affect six coastal provinces of Thailand on the Andaman Sea, especially Ranong, which lies closest to a fault line connecting with the Nicobar Islands, he said.

The quakes on Wednesday originated from mantlelevel crust, 20 kilometres below the Earth’s surface, which is regarded as a layer that would cause very high magnitude tremblers.

The quake that hit Japan in March came from a shallower layer, so it would take up to 100150 years for the next quake. However Wednesday’s quakes, with their epicentre at Aceh, followed just eight years after the massive one that triggered a continentwide tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in many countries, he said.

“Why did Wednesday’s quakes emerge just eight years afterwards? This is new to most seismologists and geologists, who are unfamiliar with quakes with depth rooting to the mantle layer,” he said.

Seismologists were closely watching and cautiously studying the 9.0 quake that devastated Sendai in Japan on March 11 last year. The first tremor on March 9 was recorded at 7.3 on the Richter scale. That one was understood by seismologists as the main shock, but there were two aftershocks on an even greater scale at 9.0 on March 11 that followed, he said.

The tsunamis created on Wednesday were not powerful or harmfully high because the quake was the horizontal dipslide type. But a mantlebased quake at an island with active underwater volcanoes located north of the Nicobar Islands would probably be a vertical strikeslip type, which would directly impact the six Thai coastal provinces, and possibly deluge them with tsunamis, he added.

Professor Michio Hashzume, a wellknown Japanese seismologist, said Wednesday’s quakes were a new type known to have started in the mantle. It was difficult to tell whether a new quake would follow within a few days, like the Sendai quakes, which were similar to Wednesday’s quakes. Then there was a 7.3, followed by a 9.0 two days later.

If there are quakes near the Nicobar Islands, they may cause huge collapses in the seabed and outer crust. The seabed may rise and form new islands, he said.

Minor earthquake in sea off Italy’s Sicily

  • From: AAP
  • April 13, 2012 5:50PM

A 4.3 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck in the sea off Italy’s Sicily, sending residents into the streets but with no immediate reports of victims or injuries, officials said.

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Volcanic Activity


Turrialba Volcano Increases Activity

Thursday morning the Turrialbla volcano unleashed a new series of eruptions, with experts converging on the colossus to take a close look at the smoke emanations coming from its centre.



For a live view of the volcano (photos update every 10 seconds) click here.

According to the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) and the Observatorio Vulcanologio y Sismologico de Costa Rica (OVISCORI) the activity does not present any danger, but will continue to monitor the volcano much closer.

The alert followed reports by area residents of hearing a large rumble and then the sighting of dark coloured smoke, produced by gas fumes from the volcano.

Last January the volcano became a concern for residents and experts following the emanation of white gas fumes.

Several RSN experts are on their way to the top of the volcano and the OVISCORI is keeping the national park closed and under a green alert.

Fiery lava and ash spew from Italy’s Mount Etna volcano

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by itnnews

Mount Etna has begun spewing blood-red lava and grey and white ash into the air, the volcano’s 24th eruption in a series that started this year. Report by Sophie Foster.



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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard USA State of Alaska, [Juneau area] Damage level Details
  Today Extreme Weather India MultiStates, [States of Bengal and Kolkata] Damage level Details
  Today Technological Disaster Pakistan State of Punjab, Gujranwala Damage level Details
  Today Tornado USA State of Oklahoma, Norman Damage level Details
  13.04.2012 Volcano Activity Costa Rica Cartago, [Turrialba Volcano, Turrialba County] Damage level Details
1 13.04.2012 Hailstorm China MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Jiangxi and Guizhou] Damage level Details

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

Fire Weather Watch

Lubbock,Texas
Tiyan, Guam

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Storms, Flooding

Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 164
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
340 AM CDT SAT APR 14 2012
  OKLAHOMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

CRAIG                CREEK               DELAWARE
KAY                  LINCOLN             LOGAN
MAYES                NOBLE               NOWATA
OSAGE                OTTAWA              PAWNEE
PAYNE                ROGERS              TULSA
WAGONER              WASHINGTON

Flash Flood Watch

St. Louis , Missouri
Springfield, Missouri

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Norman, Oklahoma

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Radiation

Fukushima leak may have flowed into Pacific: TEPCO

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP)

About 12 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with the facility’s operator saying Thursday that some may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the leak was found early Thursday from a pipe attached to a temporary decontamination system, and the water had already gone through some of the cleansing process.

The water, once it has been used to cool the reactors, contains massive amounts of radioactive substances and is put into the water-processing facility so it can be recycled for use as a coolant.

“Our officials confirmed that cooling water leaked at a joint in the pipes,” a TEPCO spokesman told AFP, adding that “it is possible that part of the water may have flowed outside the facility and poured into the ocean”.

The leak has since been plugged, the spokesman added, saying the utility was probing the cause of the accident and how much, if any, water flowed into the Pacific.

The accident was the latest of several leaks of radioactive water at the troubled plant, undermining the government’s claim made in December that the shuttered Fukushima reactors were now under control.

In one incident last month, about 120 tonnes of radioactive water leaked at the plant’s water decontamination system and about 80 litres (21 gallons) seeped into the ocean, according to TEPCO.

The plant about 220 kilometres (135 miles) northeast of Tokyo was crippled by meltdowns and explosions caused by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.

Radiation was scattered over a large area and made its way into the sea, air and food chain in the weeks and months after the disaster.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes around the plant and swathes of this zone remain badly polluted. The clean-up is proceeding slowly, amid warnings that some towns could be uninhabitable for three decades.

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Climate Change

Key ice shelf in Antarctica has shrunk by 85 percent

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP)

A vast ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula, a hotspot for global warming, has shrunk by 85 percent in 17 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

Images taken by its Envisat satellite show that the so-called Larsen B ice shelf decreased from 11,512 square kilometres (4,373 square miles) in 1995, an area about the size of the Gulf state of Qatar, to only 1,670 sq km (634 miles) today.

Larsen B is one of three ice shelves that run from north to south along the eastern side of the peninsula, the tongue of land that projects towards South America.

From 1995 to 2002, Larsen B experienced several calving events in which parts of the shelf broke away. It had a major breakup in 2002 when half of the remainder disintegrated.

Larsen A broke up in January 1995.

“Larsen C so far has been stable in area, but satellite observations have shown thinning and an increasing duration of melt events in summer,” the agency said in a press release.

Ice shelves are thick floating mats of ice, attached to the shore, that are created by the runoff into the sea from glaciers.

Scientists say they are extremely sensitive to changes in atmospheric temperature and can be hollowed out from below by warmer ocean currents.

The northern Antarctic peninsula has been subject to atmospheric warming about 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over the last 50 years, a figure that is several times greater than the global average.

Ice shelves are not the same as ice sheets, the vast blanket of frozen water that covers Antarctica.

If these melted, even partially, they would drive up sea levels, threatening small island states and coastal cities. But the scientific evidence is that the icesheets so far are stable.

“These observations are very relevant for measuring the future behaviour of the much larger ice masses of West Antarctica if warming spreads further south,” ESA quoted Helmut Rott, a professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, as saying.

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Solar  Activity

Massive Solar Flare rocked Earth with Earthquakes & Volcano eruptions this week! (April 13, 2012)

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by adrinilinjunky

A massive Earth directed Solar Flare that launched off the Sun on (April 9th 2012). The expected arrival date was 2 days later which was (April 11th 2012). This was also the day; the Earth just got rocked by all the magor Earthquakes such as a 8.6 off the coast of Sumatra, 7.0 Michoacan Mexico, 6.2 the off the coast of Oregon, 4.3 Utah, 5.0 North Indian Ocean, 6.9 in the Gulf of California & many other less magnitude quakes. So it clearly shows that Solar Flares/CME affect & have a magor impact on our Seismic activity dealing in reguards to Earthquakes & volcano eruptions.

http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater
http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/
http://spaceweather.com/

2MIN News Apr13: MAGNETIC STORM

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Articles of Interest

Long-term studies detect effects of disappearing snow and ice

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX)


File image: sea ice.

Ecosystems are changing worldwide as a result of shrinking sea ice, snow, and glaciers, especially in high-latitude regions where water is frozen for at least a month each year-the cryosphere.

Scientists have already recorded how some larger animals, such as penguins and polar bears, are responding to loss of their habitat, but research is only now starting to uncover less-obvious effects of the shrinking cryosphere on organisms.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

The article, by Andrew G. Fountain of Portland State University and five coauthors, is one of six in a special section in the issue on the Long Term Ecological Research Network. The article describes how decreasing snowfall in many areas threatens burrowing animals and makes plant roots more susceptible to injury, because snow acts as an insulator.

And because microbes such as diatoms that live under sea ice are a principal source of food for krill, disappearing sea ice has led to declines in their abundance-resulting in impacts on seabirds and mammals that feed on krill. Disappearing sea ice also seems, unexpectedly, to be decreasing the sea’s uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

On land, snowpack changes can alter an area’s suitability for particular plant species, and melting permafrost affects the amount of carbon dioxide that plants and microbes take out of the atmosphere-though in ways that change over time. Shrinking glaciers add pollutants and increased quantities of nutrients to freshwater bodies, and melting river ice pushes more detritus downstream.

Disappearing ice on land and the resulting sea-level rise will have far-reaching social, economic, and geopolitical impacts, Fountain and his coauthors note. Many of these changes are now becoming evident in the ski industry, in infrastructure and coastal planning, and in tourism. Significant effects on water supplies, and consequently on agriculture, can be predicted.

Fountain and his colleagues argue that place-based, long-term, interdisciplinary research efforts such as those supported by the Long Term Ecological Research Network will be essential if researchers are to gain an adequate understanding of the complex, cascading ecosystem responses to the changing cryosphere.

Other articles in the special section on the Long Term Ecological Research Network detail further notable scientific and societal contributions of this network, which had its origins in 1980 and now includes 26 sites.

The achievements include contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, to ecological manipulation experiments, to bringing decision makers and researchers together, and to mechanistic understanding of long-term ecological changes.

Deadly March Tornadoes Were First Billion-Dollar Disaster of 2012

The swarms of March caused more than $1.5 billion in damage and killed 40. However, the drama is difficulty to qualify because tornadoes are ‘atypical events’ by nature

By Andrea Mustain and OurAmazingPlanet

tornado damage

Tornado damage in Henryville, Ind., after a tornado swept through the small community on March 2, 2012. Image: Michael Raphael/FEMA

A swarm of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Southeast in early March has earned the grim title of the nation’s first billion-dollar weather disaster of 2012.

From March 2 through the early hours of March 3, 132 tornadoes were reported across nine states. Although those numbers are preliminary, and will undoubtedly decrease once overlapping reports are eliminated, their aftermath was devastating, causing more than $1.5 billion in damage and killing 40 people.

The storms killed four people in Ohio, but they took the greatest toll in Indiana, killing 13, and Kentucky, where 23 people died.

The costly disaster follows on the heels of a record-breaking year for devastation wrought by the vagaries of the weather and longer-term climate conditions. Last year, the United States experienced 14 separate events that caused $1 billion or more in damage. Five of those events were tornado outbreaks.

 

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