Quakes – Pacific while I was sleeping…

Nature just has no respect for my “beauty sleep”… I’m about 1/2 way into a nice sleep, after about 20 hours of being awake, and it goes and sneaks in a 7.x scale quake in Japan, then seasons it with an interesting North Island New Zealand quake.

Well, at least Crosspatch was watching in T8 to h/t!

As the prior posting was also about Pacific Quakes, I’m going to reproduce some of it here. These just might be a continuation of some larger process. I also note in passing that California is back over 500 on the chart ( 300 ish more typical) and with more of them in the ‘volcanic’ areas like Salton Sea, Death Valley, Mammoth “Lakes”, etc.

Static Images of Japan and New Zealand

Quakes Japan 7Dec2012

Quakes Japan 7Dec2012

That looks like it’s mighty close to where the “Big One” was. Hope it’s an aftershock and not the start of something new.

Magnitude 7.3 - OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

2012 December 07 08:18:24 UTC 

Earthquake Details
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude	7.3
Date-Time	Friday, December 07, 2012 at 08:18:24 UTC
Friday, December 07, 2012 at 06:18:24 PM at epicenter 
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location	37.889°N, 144.090°E
Depth	36.1 km (22.4 miles)
Region	OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances	245 km (152 miles) SE of Kamaishi, Japan
245 km (152 miles) ESE of Ofunato, Japan
251 km (155 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan
251 km (155 miles) SE of Otsuchi, Japan
Location Uncertainty	horizontal +/- 13.9 km (8.6 miles); depth +/- 7 km (4.3 miles)
Parameters	NST=421, Nph=421, Dmin=465.3 km, Rmss=0.94 sec, Gp= 32°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
Source	Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID	usc000e5n4
Quake N.Z. 7 Dec 2012

Quake N.Z. 7 Dec 2012

So far this is a ‘one and done’. That is often what a ‘fore shock’ looks like. IIRC there’s a big central lake there that is some kind of caldera and there are volcanic hot springs nearby. (But it’s been 40 years so probably ought to check that ;-)

Magnitude 6.3 - NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

2012 December 07 18:19:07 UTC 

Earthquake Details
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude	6.3
Date-Time	Friday, December 07, 2012 at 18:19:07 UTC
Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 07:19:07 AM at epicenter 
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location	38.321°S, 176.086°E
Depth	166.8 km (103.6 miles)
Region	NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Distances	18 km (11 miles) SE of Tokoroa, New Zealand
27 km (16 miles) SW of Rotorua, New Zealand
39 km (24 miles) N of Taupo, New Zealand
72 km (44 miles) S of Tauranga, New Zealand
Location Uncertainty	horizontal +/- 12 km (7.5 miles); depth +/- 5.9 km (3.7 miles)
Parameters	NST=381, Nph=401, Dmin=90.2 km, Rmss=1.25 sec, Gp= 14°,
M-type=(unknown type), Version=B
Source	Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID	usc000e5z5

There were not a lot of folks out there when I drove it, but there was a very nice restaurant with a great steak and good wine. Just a random roadside stop on the road that went over toward / past the lake.

Again I hope it isn’t the ‘start of something big’.

UPDATE: Adding a “live map” of Indonesia as they just had a 7.x

Indonesia Close Up live view

Indonesia Close Up live view

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/130_-5.php>Original Image

Live Maps of Japan and New Zealand

Japan live view

Japan live view

Original Image

New Zealand North Island live view

New Zealand North Island live view

Original Image

Prior Series

We’ve had an interesting set of quakes here. A 6 ish in the Philippines, another 6 ish in British Columbia, but a bit further south than the last one and near the subduction fault. Then there’s a 7.4 down offshore Guatemala.

The ‘pattern’ looks like activity moving consistently closer to the locked fault system in California nearer to me. Then again, it could easily be mild paranoia on my part. Living on top of a seismic bomb can make you ‘twitchy’ ;-)

I’m going to leave in the “static image” from the prior 7.7 in B.C. as it was just a bit north of the present quake, so related. Here’s the static image of right now:

British Columbia 6.3

Quake 6.3 BC 8 Nov 2012

Quake 6.3 BC 8 Nov 2012

Magnitude 6.3 - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
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2012 November 08 02:01:51 UTC

Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude	6.3
Date-Time	

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:01:51 UTC
    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 06:01:51 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location	49.185°N, 128.528°W
Depth	16.6 km (10.3 miles)
Region	VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Distances	186 km (115 miles) SSW of Port Hardy, Canada
255 km (158 miles) WSW of Campbell River, Canada
262 km (162 miles) W of Courtenay, Canada
271 km (168 miles) W of Port Alberni, Canada
Location Uncertainty	horizontal +/- 18 km (11.2 miles); depth +/- 8.2 km (5.1 miles)
Parameters	NST=329, Nph=332, Dmin=128 km, Rmss=0.6 sec, Gp=144°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source	

    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID	usc000dnxu

British Columbia has a 7.7 (a while ago…)

Static captures of image:

Quakes 7.7 British Columbia. 28 Oct 2012 230_55

Quakes 7.7 British Columbia. 28 Oct 2012 230_55

Magnitude 7.7 - QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION

2012 October 28 03:04:10 UTC

Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude	7.7
Date-Time	

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 03:04:10 UTC
    Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 08:04:10 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location	52.769°N, 131.927°W
Depth	17.5 km (10.9 miles)
Region	QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
Distances	139 km (86 miles) S of Masset, Canada
202 km (125 miles) SSW of Prince Rupert, Canada
293 km (182 miles) SW of Terrace, Canada
556 km (345 miles) NW of Campbell River, Canada
Location Uncertainty	horizontal +/- 14 km (8.7 miles); depth +/- 4 km (2.5 miles)
Parameters	NST=716, Nph=716, Dmin=267.2 km, Rmss=0.95 sec, Gp= 58°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
Source	

    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID	usb000df7n

Note: The USGS is now putting up a red border box; warning folks to move to their new interactive pages (as these are deprecated). Eventually they will just pull the plug and these postings will all fail to load images that are live.

The interactive stuff is interesting, but you can’t embed images from it the way you can with the old stuff, so I don’t really have a choice (yet). Maybe I’ll figure out how to imbed live versions of the ‘new stuff’ eventually… but don’t be surprised if ‘someday’ the Quake postings just fail.

The saved static images will still exist, but all the live images below will fail.

Live Close up:

Quakes British Columbia live map

Quakes British Columbia live map

Original Image

Guatemala gets a 7.4 quake

Static Capture of image:

Quake 7.4  Guatemala 8 Nov 2012

Quake 7.4 Guatemala 8 Nov 2012

Magnitude 7.4 - OFFSHORE GUATEMALA

2012 November 07 16:35:50 UTC

Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude	7.4
Date-Time	

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 16:35:50 UTC
    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:35:50 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location	14.083°N, 91.916°W
Depth	41.6 km (25.9 miles)
Region	OFFSHORE GUATEMALA
Distances	24 km (14 miles) S of Champerico, Guatemala
56 km (34 miles) SSW of Retalhuleu, Guatemala
61 km (37 miles) SSW of San Sebastian, Guatemala
61 km (37 miles) SSE of Suchiate, Mexico
Location Uncertainty	horizontal +/- 15 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 9 km (5.6 miles)
Parameters	NST=635, Nph=635, Dmin=244.9 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp= 58°,
M-type=(unknown type), Version=7
Source	

    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID	usb000dlwm

Live View:

Guatemala Quake 7.4

Guatemala Quake 7.4

Global Views

30 Days:

30 Day Global View

30 Day Global View

Recent:

Quakes Last 7 Days Live

Quakes Last 7 Days Live

Northern Hemisphere

North Polar Earthquake Map

North Polar Earthquake Map

Original Image with Clickable Details

North America

Quakes North America Live Map

Quakes North America Live Map

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Southern Hemisphere

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

Original Image with Clickable Details

Asia and Russia

Asia Quake Map

Asia Quake Map

Original Image with clickable areas

Australia / New Zealand

This is a live map of the Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand area:

Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand Quake Map

Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand Quake Map

Original with clickable regions to zoom in

California Map

Action Closer to Me

As I live in California, it makes it easier for me if I keep them in the list where I can see what’s shaking near me.

Here is an alternative view of things with the fault lines highlighted:

California Quakes with fault lines

California Quakes with fault lines

Original Image

Map of Plates

You can see it is where plates collide here:

Plates Of The World

Plates Of The World

Original Image, and with other language options.

Some Volcano Stuff

The Smithsonian page:

http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/

USGS Page listing recent major quakes:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/

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6 Responses to Quakes – Pacific while I was sleeping…

  1. ChrisM says:

    Geonet lists the Whakamaru NZ earthquake as 175km depth. That seems more likely. I didn’t feel it in Taupo nor did a friend in Tokoroa. I’ve just come back from driving through there and there is nothing untoward. All the cows were quite content in their pasture. There is a big substation at Whakamaru and it would be the first to suffer if we had ChCh type ground waves.
    It shook Napier Hasting 120km further away quite a lot. that is alway the way with those deep ones with the energy going back up the subduction zone.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Crosspatch caught another one (In T8) so another h/t:

    Magnitude 7.1 – BANDA SEA
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    2012 December 10 16:53:09 UTC
    Details
    Summary
    Maps
    Scientific & Technical
    Tsunami
    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 7.1
    Date-Time Monday, December 10, 2012 at 16:53:09 UTC
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 01:53:09 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 6.522°S, 129.813°E
    Depth 157.7 km (98.0 miles)
    Region BANDA SEA
    Distances 229 km (142 miles) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
    338 km (210 miles) WSW of Tual, Indonesia
    360 km (223 miles) SSE of Ambon, Indonesia
    366 km (227 miles) SSE of Amahai, Indonesia
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.2 km (8.2 miles); depth +/- 6.8 km (4.2 miles)
    Parameters NST=381, Nph=385, Dmin=230.4 km, Rmss=0.97 sec, Gp= 14°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc000e7j6

    I’ve captured two images of it, but don’t know as I’ll make a new posting out of it. I will add a ‘live page’ for the area up above, though.

  3. BobN says:

    I read on Drudge this morning that San Fransisco had unknown lights over the city. That has been reported and even photographed as a precursor to earthquakes. May be nothing, but something to be aware of.

  4. R. de Haan says:

    6.4 of the California coast plus several after shocks. Shaky, shaky

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    h/t Crosspatch & Sabertoothed…. on two other threads…

    Looks like a 7.7 or 7.5 (as they make up there mind) off of Alaska on the part north of Cascadia. Now the question: Is it just a fore shock of a 9 class Great Quake (as has happened there before..)

    Looks to me like it is just north of the B.C. quake (noted in the original posting here). So at least things are moving away from me ;-) But two 7.x scale near each other on the same fault is “not good” and looking a bit like a ‘getting ready for bigger’ in the area…

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