Earthquake 8.8 – Chile with Tsunami Warning

Current quake map

Current quake map

Original Image, with captions and description. The original is interactive with clickable regions for ‘close ups’.

The Ryukyu Islands in Japan had a 7.0 as well.

Here’s the South American Map

Current quake map in South America

Current quake map in South America

Original Image, with captions and description. The original is interactive with clickable regions for ‘close ups’.

That is one big square in Chili! And they are now taking aftershocks of some size.

Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 06:34:14 UTC
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 03:34:14 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
35.846°S, 72.719°W
35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
100 km (60 miles) NNW of Chillan, Chile
105 km (65 miles) WSW of Talca, Chile
115 km (70 miles) NNE of Concepcion, Chile
325 km (200 miles) SW of SANTIAGO, Chile
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 7.2 km (4.5 miles); depth fixed by location program
NST=255, Nph=255, Dmin=988 km, Rmss=1.12 sec, Gp= 36°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Event ID

And Asia

Current quake map in Asia

Current quake map in Asia

Original Image, with captions and description. The original is interactive with clickable regions for ‘close ups’.

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 20:31:27 UTC
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 05:31:27 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
25.902°N, 128.417°E
22 km (13.7 miles) set by location program
80 km (50 miles) ESE of Naha, Okinawa, Japan
455 km (285 miles) ENE of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
665 km (415 miles) SSW of Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan
1530 km (950 miles) SW of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 4.4 km (2.7 miles); depth fixed by location program
NST=281, Nph=281, Dmin=104 km, Rmss=1.16 sec, Gp= 14°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
Event ID

North America Map

Current quake map in North America

Current quake map in North America

Original Image, with captions and description. The original is interactive with clickable regions for ‘close ups’.

California Having a Bit of Action too.

Current quake map in California

Current quake map in California

Original Image, with captions and description. The original is interactive with clickable regions for ‘close ups’.

Volcanos? Why not – Here Are Some Maps

I like this nice interactive global volcano map. You can click on a volcano and get a report about it.

The USGA US Volcano Status map gives a more focused look at the US action.

About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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  3. Otter says:

    Global warming caused it.

    Yes that is a joke. Just like ‘man-made’ global warming.

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  8. boballab says:

    6.3 aftershock and a 6.3 quake NE from the Chile quake over in Argentina, that is alot of released energy. Looking at the map besides that action you had the 7.0 over by Okinawa. This past week you had +5 quakes over by Tonga and two 5.6 quakes in Central America. A +5 up in the Aleutians and another further east at the Kamatcka pennisula.

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  11. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Another good place to find out about specific volcanos by country is John Seach’s website. I like Smithsonian/USGS too but they are a bit variable in their documentation (the individual volcano photos are really cool though).

    Seach’s website:

  12. charlesesser says:


    It is quite obvious that earthquakes are unleashing worldwide. There is a free book on forthcoming events such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and eventually Earth’s pole shift, all of them triggered by the approach of planet Hercolubus or Nibiru. That book is an important alert and a guide to prepare ourselves for the coming times.

    Just go to and click on the ‘free copy’ link. There are translations to several languages.

    REPLY:[ While I find the Nibiru stories interesting, I’m more inclined to the orbital mechanics explanation. I’ve got no problem with a “KBO” type object on a very long elliptical orbit; but the problem is that when it’s further out than Neptune, it’s so cold that even nitrogen is frozen. Not much going to live on that… But it would carry one heck of a lot of angular momentum ( due to the math of it, you get more AM from something far away than up close… things ‘way out there’ must travel a very long ways very fast and that V and D make up for the large M of a Jupiter). The other problem, of course, is that even Pluto has a 270 ish (?) year orbital period. Something so far out as to be invisible that would ‘suddenly’ appear has to be going unbelievably fast. You are basically talking “giant comet”. So I’ll take a look at the book, but realize that much of the math for orbital mechanics of such an object is, er, challenged… -E.M.Smith ]

  13. gcb says:

    Looking at the North American map reminds me again why I no longer live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Down along the Pacific coast of the US you have lots of tiny quakes, releasing pressure. Up through Alaska you have lots of tiny quakes, releasing pressure. The BC coast is dreadfully quiet…

  14. P.G. Sharrow says:

    We just had a 3 quake under my chair :-) boom and very short rattle. this is becoming a more common thing in this area. good thing my cabin is renforced concrete and mortise and tendon oak framed in the ground. Should be good for a 9 quake ;-q

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Yeah, I’ve been getting 2’s and 3’s under my (posterior) for the last week… Something is Different… and a bit creepy.

    I’m just waiting for a big volcano somewhere to punctuate this Major Minimum and make it official ;-)

    ( There has been a pattern of big volcano’s during Grand Minima Solar events… It’s caused endless bickering over ‘sun did it’ vs “no, volcano did it”. The Barycenter folks assert “they both come together when they come”… So were one Giant Volcano away from an answer. Provided you can chisel it in stone somewhere before civilization collapses under the Ice Age it could start ;-)

    And poor Chile is getting 5 and 6+ sized aftershocks… Talk about a bother… and it’s knocking S.E. Asia off the news. You KNOW something is up when 6+ quakes don’t even get a peep on the general news.

    Hopefully it will all just settle down and we’ll get the other answer and won’t need a chisel and mountainside to preserve it 8-}

  16. P.G. Sharrow says:

    Yeah! the California map is lite up like a christmas tree. that is good, relieves the strain. Oregon and Washington very quite, very bad. :-[ they are way overdue for a 9 or higher.
    New Madras and st.Laurance seaway also acting up.
    According to the Barycenter guys and cyclic charts the next 6 years will be most the most interesting of times.

  17. boballab says:

    I’ll be heading on vacation in the Mt. Hood, Mt St. Helen’s area with a stop in Yellowstone starting in early June. Notice a bunch of volcanoes there? Well the first and last time I was that close to a volcanoe was May and June 1991, when that little volcanoe called Mt. Pinatubo erupted. So I will be testing my natural disaster magnet at that time. Typically starting with in a few days to when I arrive somewhere new to until a few days after a leave a place a natural disaster will occur in that area.

    89 few days after I left Treasure Island – Loma Prieta
    87 few days after arriving in Sasebo Japan they get a Typhoon landing with in 25 miles for the first time in a century. (look at a map of the island of Kyushu to see how hard it is for that to happen)
    85 Great Lakes Naval Training Center – A blizzard strikes that drops temperatures to -32 F, 5 days after I arrive.
    91 Pinatubo erupts and the Philippines gets hit with a Typhoon at the same time.
    93 While in San Diego the Northridge quake
    96 Out of the Navy back in my home town, get hit with 2 Tornadoes in the same night. The town had never been hit with a Tornado before, let alone two.
    99 on moved to Ocean City Md. After a very long time with out a Hurricane making landfall nearby (since the 60’s) they got 3 in one year and cherry on this icing the 5 largest snowfalls they have ever seen starting with the one in 99. Snow just doesn’t accumulate on land that is close to the Gulf Stream normally so 12+ inches is rare normally.

    So lets see what happens this time……

  18. E.M.Smith says:


    If your family has not seen all the wonderful monuments in Washington DC i strongly recommend them! Go when congress is in session, please ;-)

    And could you work in an extended visit / tour of the UN building in New York on your way back? …

    Just a thought ;-)

  19. boballab says:


    I live about 1 to 1.5 hours east of Washington DC. Why do you think they got all the snow they have had this past winter? I was thinking more along the lines of being in Mexico City when the UN has there next big AGW kaffeklatsch. You know there is a nasty fault line there…..

  20. P.G. Sharrow says:

    I will be disappointed when this thread falls off the list, as I have been checking it every time I am on your blog. Right now the swarm from Haiti is heading out to sea east of Hispanola Is. And a swarm is moving through southern Alaska and down Southeastern Alaska towards BC.

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G. Sharrow

    No real problem, just bookmark it. Or you can click on the “Earth Sciences” category on the right hand side of the page and it’s on top. Or you can just cut / past the URL for the page, of for the category, and save them in a doc, or …

    Oh, and a while after the “quake thread” rolls off the bottom, a new quake happens somewhere and I start a new one about THAT quake. They are just one of those things that I care about, so there will always be a ‘quake’ link near the top of the topics or the Earth Sciences category. I use it as an easy “what’s shaking” check too ;-) Like those “bookends” on California where we’ve had about a 4+ down near Oxnard and that other 4 off the coast of Oregon just north of where we had a bigger one a while back…

    Makes for just a tiny bit of worry being in the middle…

    There is a historical pattern of The San Andreas alternating with the Hayward / Calaveras system with “a few years” delay. Well, we had Loma Prieta on The San Andreas… so…

    But Loma Prieta was really only 1/2 the typical break, so…

    Could be today, could be 100 years. But the high activity right now is just a bit worrying. (And a couple of neighbors animals have been acting oddly – a system that has had some predictive ability is animal behaviour. One thought is they might be hearing infrasound and reacting.)

    So I have a page like this where I can keep an eye on things


  22. mddwave says:

    I noticed you posted on “Wattsupwiththat” that you can “sense” earthquakes.

    You said “After a 7.2 the 5.x are just no fun anymore.”

    So did you “sense” today’s Baja quake?

    REPLY: [ As is common for me for “small ones” or “big ones far far away” I had a momentary “slight dizzy” at about the time of the quake, but just ignored it as “probably nothing”… So there are two “issues” with “sensing quakes”.

    1) For me it’s an “as it happens” thing, so not useful for predicting. Helpful for detecting those that are less than “rock and roll” but otherwise pointless as you are already rocking and rolling…

    2) When it’s below that “rock and roll” threshhold it’s just a “damned annoyance” as it doesn’t give my any information I can really use. So I get this slight disoriented / dizzy like you just got off a carnival ride and “down” is a bit vague feeling for a couple of seconds. What does it mean? A 4 under your feet? A 5 that’s 100 miles away? A 7 in Mexico? And what do you do with it?

    As near as I can tell it’s just that my inner ear is mildly vibrated by the infrasound from the quake (i.e. vibrated vestibular canals) and that causes the balance center to say “Hey, stop that! We’re trying to keep track of ‘down’ in here!”. Then it’s gone. So yes, yesterday was an “on and off ‘down is a bit vague’ day” starting a bit before the 7.2 and continuing a while after ( I suspect that there was likely a major foreshock and then all the aftershocks are clearly there). I was preparing for entertaining a group at my house so I was was focused on “getting the meal in the oven” and other preparations and had to wait until the event was over to check the quake maps. By then it was on the news (as I was putting my posting up).

    So, at the end of it all, could I have ‘run to the USGS site” and seen a 6 ish foreshock, put up a posting and perhaps been ‘ahead of the curve’ on the 7.2? Maybe, but I’m much more likely to just “check later” and keep focused on what I’m doing. FWIW, I’m still getting a few 1 second “moments” this morning. Probably will for a couple of more days as the aftershocks drop below 5. -E.M.Smith ]

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