Quakes – Ecuador 7.1

Ecuador Gets A 7.1

Ecuador Quake Map

Ecuador Quake Map

Clickable map with details.

If you were supposed to be in Ecuador right now and got delayed by a month or two, perhaps that was a good thing…

Details:

Magnitude 7.1 – ECUADOR
2010 August 12 11:54:16 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 7.1
Date-Time
Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 11:54:16 UTC
Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 06:54:16 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 1.260°S, 77.312°W
Depth 211 km (131.1 miles) set by location program
Region ECUADOR
Distances
145 km (90 miles) E of Ambato, Ecuador
155 km (95 miles) ENE of Riobamba, Ecuador
155 km (95 miles) SSW of Nueva Loja, Ecuador
175 km (110 miles) SE of QUITO, Ecuador
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 3.3 km (2.1 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters
NST=523, Nph=523, Dmin=752.8 km, Rmss=0.87 sec, Gp= 14°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2010zwa5

So this looks like it’s on the backside of the mountains to me; but I don’t know the geography of Ecuador all that well. There ought to be aftershocks for a while, but it looks to be far enough from major cities to avoid too much damage.

It seems odd to me that the plate boundary is so far off shore but they get a major quake behind the mountains. Then again, we get uplift on the backside of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California too. Subduction does that…

(h/t to boballab in comments)

Here is a South America centric view:

South America Centric Quake Map

South America Centric Quake Map

Original Image with Clickable Details

Active, along with ‘near Australia’.

Both Hemispheres

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

Original Image with Clickable Details

North Polar Earthquake Map

North Polar Earthquake Map

Original Image with Clickable Details

If you click the links to the originals you can not only ‘click through’ to any given area or quake, but by clicking on the little blue diamonds you can rotate the globe to different points of view. It’s kind of fun…

The Whole World View

Current quake map

Current quake map

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

Australia and Indonesia

How about a look at that Near Australia edge of the Ring of Fire? “What’s happened lately” where those pesky Indonesian volcanos sporadically cause a little ice age?

Australia Region Quake Map

Australia Region Quake Map

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

Yup, that’s ANOTHER “Big ‘un” Near Australia

Just like a couple of weeks ago, another 7.3 (that I’d ignored because it looked like the old one… and I didn’t expect a ‘2 fer’…) This one is in Vanuatu, though.

The New:

Magnitude 7.3 – VANUATU
2010 August 10 05:23:46 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 7.3
Date-Time
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 05:23:46 UTC
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 04:23:46 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 17.561°S, 168.028°E
Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region VANUATU
Distances
36 km (22 miles) NW (306°) from PORT-VILA, Vanuatu
245 km (152 miles) SSE (157°) from Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu
255 km (159 miles) NNW (329°) from Isangel, Vanuatu
1895 km (1178 miles) ENE (57°) from Brisbane, Australia
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 7 km (4.3 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters
NST=185, Nph=185, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.22 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2010zuaq

The Old One:

Magnitude 7.3 – NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
2010 July 18 13:35:02 UTC
Magnitude 7.3
Date-Time
* Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:35:02 UTC
* Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 11:35:02 PM at epicenter

Location 6.019°S, 150.497°E
Depth 57.6 km (35.8 miles)
Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances 65 km (40 miles) SE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
105 km (65 miles) ENE of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
525 km (325 miles) NE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2385 km (1480 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.6 km (4.7 miles); depth +/- 14.5 km (9.0 miles)
Parameters NST=223, Nph=223, Dmin=525.6 km, Rmss=1.29 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

Event ID us2010ywbr

North America Map

Simply because it’s where one side of the Ring of Fire goes.

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’.

Live USA Quake Map

Zooming in just a bit on the USA.

Live USA Quake Map

Alaska and California getting some action. Lots of small ones.

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.

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’.

Looks like a little more fresh action in Baja and the rest of the place is still shaky.

Mammoth Lakes / Long Valley Volcano

Because I want to know if it starts to blow it’s top…

Mammoth Mountain - Long Valley Super Volcano

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19 Responses to Quakes – Ecuador 7.1

  1. boballab says:

    I’m just thankful that 5.4 quake out in the middle of the Atlantic wasn’t bigger and caused a Tsunami. It would really suck getting woken up at 6am by the cops driving by with a loudspeaker saying “evacuate”. I live maybe 2 miles from the bay that lies just behind Ocean City Maryland. Here is a link to tinypic (free online hosting of pictures) which is a Google Earth image of where I live (Home pin) in relation to the water.

    http://tinypic.com/m/b8r1go/1

    As you can see a Tsunami coming along would not be a “good thing”.

  2. pyromancer76 says:

    Thanks for all the earthquake heads-up. I keep waiting for the solar minimum to make a bigger splash — earthquake’s, volcanoes, plates moving, shoving, extending, and subducting — but not on boballub’s house.

    Another item for a head’s up. Karl Denninger just posted a chart of EUR/USD that took a nose dive. He said, what’s up with this? Caution! Do you have any thoughts? Is this something to worry about, as if we don’t have enough of those these days.

    By the way, getting a better tip jar has nothing to do with capitalism. It’s about merit and gratitude!

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    @Boballab: That funnel up the bay would caused some focus amplification. Yeah, not good…

    @Pyromancer: I’ll comment more on the dollar on the money pages. While quakes do have a relationship to money (what doesn’t? 8-) some folks only look at some topics, so it’s a bit better to keep things on related pages. The “short form” is that between central banks and hedge funds, the movement of currencies mostly tells you what those two herds of elephants are doing. Related to Hedgies is broad buying of assets in a country (stocks, bonds). So you can mostly just see folks bailing from Euro on the PIGS / Greek thing, then rushing back as the dollar peaked and Greece was semi-baled out. Now it’s trying to find a return to equilibrium. Frankly, I’d measure both against the Swiss Franc / Japanese Yen rather than each other…

  4. boballab says:

    Well another big quake has happened in the pacific:

    Magnitude 7.2
    Date-Time Friday, August 13, 2010 at 21:19:32 UTC
    Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 07:19:32 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 12.409°N, 141.487°E
    Depth 4.7 km (2.9 miles) (poorly constrained)
    Region MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
    Distances 375 km (230 miles) WSW of HAGATNA, Guam
    445 km (275 miles) WSW of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands
    485 km (300 miles) NE of Yap, Micronesia
    550 km (340 miles) WSW of SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands

    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.6 km (9.1 miles); depth +/- 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
    Parameters NST=294, Nph=296, Dmin=389.6 km, Rmss=1.3 sec, Gp= 32°,
    M-type=(unknown type), Version=6
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID us2010zxcf

  5. That ecuadorean earthquake was in the middle of nowhere and at 131.1 miles deep, it was felt also in northern Peru. You ask about the plates, the epicenter was at 148 km. east of the plates´boundaries. That fault runs about 200 kms. east from the coast (which you can see at google-earth).

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmm… A 5.1 off Venezuela and then we’ve got a little more action toward one end of the Cascadia Fault system:

    Magnitude 4.5 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    2010 August 16 12:05:15 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
    Magnitude 4.5
    Date-Time
    Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:05:15 UTC
    Monday, August 16, 2010 at 05:05:15 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 40.759°N, 125.190°W
    Depth 7.4 km (4.6 miles) (poorly constrained)
    Region OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Distances
    81 km (50 miles) WNW (285°) from Ferndale, CA
    83 km (52 miles) W (272°) from Humboldt Hill, CA
    85 km (53 miles) W (270°) from Bayview, CA
    87 km (54 miles) W (268°) from Eureka, CA
    402 km (250 miles) NW (309°) from Sacramento, CA
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 1.2 km (0.7 miles); depth +/- 29 km (18.0 miles)
    Parameters
    Nph=154, Dmin=79 km, Rmss=0.34 sec, Gp=227°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=4
    Source
    California Integrated Seismic Net:
    USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
    Event ID nc71442000

    It looks like there is more action near Cascadia than in the past. Would be nice to have a long duration histogram, but I’ve not seen such a thing on their site.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    Humpft…

    We’ve got small ones bracketing each end of the Cascadia again AND we’ve got another 6.3 scale in the Pacific Islands near Australia:

    Magnitude 6.3 – MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
    2010 August 18 16:28:15 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
    Magnitude 6.3
    Date-Time
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 16:28:15 UTC
    Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 02:28:15 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 12.218°N, 141.513°E
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
    Region
    MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
    Distances
    375 km (235 miles) WSW of HAGATNA, Guam
    455 km (280 miles) WSW of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands
    475 km (295 miles) NE of Yap, Micronesia
    560 km (350 miles) SW of SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 4.7 km (2.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters
    NST=160, Nph=160, Dmin=394.6 km, Rmss=1.02 sec, Gp= 29°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
    Source
    USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2010aca6

  8. boballab says:

    EM it might be time to start looking for better real estate, becuase these earthquskes seem to be walking north. First you had Chile, then Ecuadoe and now you got this:

    Magnitude 6.1
    Date-Time Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 02:12:00 UTC
    Monday, August 23, 2010 at 07:12:00 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 18.867°N, 107.327°W
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
    Region OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO
    Distances 290 km (180 miles) SW of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
    315 km (195 miles) W of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
    325 km (205 miles) WSW of Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico
    855 km (530 miles) W of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico

    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 11.5 km (7.1 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters NST= 90, Nph= 90, Dmin=598.9 km, Rmss=1.4 sec, Gp=202°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID us2010aiad

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    Yep, that’s a ‘nice one’. But I’m not worried about it enough to move.

    I did a pretty good job of site selection for where we are, including looking at the fault maps and shake hazard maps. During the Loma Prieta quake ( 7.2 ) we lost one wine glass from the mantel (and none in the cupboards) and with no structure damage. (House is bolted to the foundation…)

    We’re just about ideal placement relative to the faults, AND the San Andreas ‘near us’ has already let loose in that quake. So what ought to go next is either the part under S.F., or, IMHO more likely, the Hayward / Calaveras system. That’s bad news for Berkeley, but not for me. The energy from that travels south and east of me. There was a ‘5 something’ over there a couple of years back and we didn’t even notice.

    So, for better or worse, my ‘site pre-work’ has probably assured that I’ll never get to use my fairly decent ‘quake kit’ ( that includes full family tent, stove, lighting, food, water, water purification, lighting, generator, chemical toilet, outside fridge, beverages… see the ‘Emergency Preparation and Risks’ category and scroll back to my ‘kits’ for full details). I can put out 1 kw from the generator and another 1500 watts from inverters in the cars… The whole ‘camp site’ can be up and running in under 2 hours including a community kitchen with minimum of 4 burners. Oh, and I’ve not got 4 LED flashlights of various capacities including a 4 D cell one that will last darned near forever…. And don’t forget it will take significantly over a 7.2 to get me to even need that gear.

    There is also a small creek walking distance from here and I’ve got 2 or 3 water purifiers (personal sized, family sized, etc.) should the stored water run low.

    Last time we had friends over from the dark areas to watch the quake on satellite TV. The local stations were down, so it was kind of fun to ‘watch the terrible disaster’ while asking who needed more cheese or wine?… I did fire up the generator just to make sure it was working, but didn’t need it. Power was out 3 blocks away, though…

    At any rate, the historic pattern is a San Andreas quake, then the Hayward / Calaveras goes a few years later. It’s now a few years later and we’ve got little dots all over the Hayward / Calaveras side of things on the California map…. (all that stuff east of the red line where it passes through San Francisco).

    Guess where I expect the next one? Guess from where I would move, if I were living there? Guess where I’d move TO. But wait, I’m already there…

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US2/36.38.-123.-121.php

    If you look on this map, I’m near that black dot of San Jose, but on solid base (not the alluvial or mud fill that shakes like jello). Notice that it’s about as far as you can get from the San Andreas (long red line to the West) and the Hayward / Calaveras (long red lines to the East) without getting closer to the other one. “This behaviour is by design”. The shake impact energy tends to travel strongest long the fault line, and more poorly laterally away from it. By the time the shake gets to me, it’s pretty weak compared to folks along the line. Add that I’m on more solid dirt, and the shake goes way down.

    Two of the selection criteria when we were looking for a house. “Away from the major faults” and “on solid ground”.

    Loma Prieta pretty much confirmed that I did an OK job. (Folks in Los Gatos, nearer the fault, had their houses knocked off their foundations… downtown Santa Cruz was a mess. I drove past both during the aftermath.)

    So, for better or worse, I’m not real worried. As long as it isn’t a 8.5+ kind of event with both faults rocking and rolling we ought to just have a ‘fun ride’. The last couple of 5s and 6s have just been boring as all get out. I think I’m jaded by a 7.2 and wanting more ;-)

  10. boballab says:

    Well something hitting The Peoples Republic is……… :)

    Back in 89′ I spent sometime at Treasure Island (back when it was a Naval Station and not the Mythbusters playground) and got to experience the “local” atmosphere. Took a trip out to Berkeley and it was like stepping into Bizzaro land. That was my conclusion after spending 2 years in Japan and visiting Frisco a time or two.

    After those experiences I usually just took the bus to the nearest Bart station and got as close to Concord as I could then back onto the bus. The people there at least seemed to be sane and the weather was better.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, the guys I went to school with, including one who transfered to Berkeley to get a Business degree (my ag school would give you an “Ag Econ” degree and call it close to a business degree… and he did not want to be hauling “Ag” around the rest of his life, so the transfer…) had a special name for Berkeley:

    Berzerkly

    Yeah, it’s a very looney place. A prime example of what happens when liberal ideals are taken “over the edge”. And I don’t begrudge them their corners of the world. I just wish they would be content to leave a few for me… but they are not. They INSIST on everyone agreeing with them and living according to Their Rules. I believe in “Live and let live”, they believe in “Live as I live”.

    FWIW, UC Santa Cruz is even worse. My son and I toured the campus when he was selected a school. After 3/4 of a day I was agast (but keeping my mouth shut, his school to choose…) when he suggested that the place was just too looney and hostile to folks not like them. He has his mothers predilection toward religious belief. The more Looney Left has a strong anti-Christian thread in what they say and do (though they will deny it if challenged). He could feel that hostility toward his beliefs oozing from the campus… (and, frankly, read the direct published hostility toward white males in their posters, web pages, class offerings, etc. and being an innocent white male felt strongly, and wrongly, vilified. So much for “inclusion” and “acceptance”…) So we left before the day was done.

    Beautiful campus. Started with a decent set of ideas, but since I looked at attending several decades ago has mutated into a gross caricature of “academic freedom”. A society as tightly closed against acceptance of outside ideas as any convent or monastery (or Imams court or..)

    So he ended up at UC Riverside. A basically ‘middle of the road’ campus politically and quite good academically. It is in Orange County that was one of the last bastions of true conservative thought in California, so it could hang on as a ‘neutral’ place. Actual conservative ideals are not espoused, but at least they allowed that maybe folks wanting to run a business were OK after all and that maybe it was OK to be white, or a male. (Though the bulk of the students were not. Both UCR and Berkeley look to me to be Asian dominated. But that’s OK, makes his honors at graduation all that more impressive 8-) Even the Asians had to work to keep up with “some white guy” ;-)

    So yes, California is a “Poster Child” for what Liberal Loony Left policies can do to wreck one of the greatest economies in the world (we WERE a world leader a couple of decades ago, ahead of most countries in the world…). And our Universities are falling to the same sword. But there are still a couple of campuses that are hanging in there.

    FWIW, we got a modest quake off the California coast now too. Makes you go HMMmmmm…

    Magnitude 4.0 – CHANNEL ISLANDS REGION, CALIFORNIA
    2010 August 24 05:42:16 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
    Magnitude 4.0
    Date-Time
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 05:42:16 UTC
    Monday, August 23, 2010 at 10:42:16 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 33.511°N, 119.052°W
    Depth 15.8 km (9.8 miles)
    Region CHANNEL ISLANDS REGION, CALIFORNIA
    Distances
    75 km (50 miles) S of Oxnard, California
    85 km (55 miles) WSW of Long Beach, California
    95 km (60 miles) SW of Los Angeles, California
    605 km (375 miles) SSE of SACRAMENTO, California
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles); depth +/- 2 km (1.2 miles)
    Parameters
    Nph= 55, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.49 sec, Gp=166°,
    M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3
    Source
    California Integrated Seismic Net:
    USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
    Event ID ci10785197

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    The “last day” blue dots up the San Andreas and Hayward / Calaveras (and all the way down into Baja…) look like pearls on a neckless.

    I hope that doesn’t “mean” anything 8-}

  13. Kevin Crossey says:

    It’s Sunday August 29, 2010, 11:01 AM GMT +07:00 in Bangkok and Indonesia issued a red alert after the Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted, reports say its spewing smoke and ash 1,500 metres into the air and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.

  14. boballab says:

    The South Island of New Zealand just ate a 7.0:

    Magnitude
    7.0
    Date-Time
    Friday, September 03, 2010 at 16:35:46 UTC
    Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:35:46 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location
    43.375°S, 172.016°E

    Depth
    12 km (7.5 miles) set by location program
    Region

    SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
    Distances
    55 km (35 miles) WNW of Christchurch, New Zealand
    185 km (115 miles) S of Westport, New Zealand
    305 km (190 miles) NNE of Dunedin, New Zealand
    325 km (200 miles) SW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 11.2 km (7.0 miles); depth fixed by location program

    Parameters
    NST= 98, Nph= 98, Dmin=86.7 km, Rmss=1.69 sec, Gp= 32°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

    Source
    USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID
    us2010atbj

  15. Chuckles says:

    Boballab, Thanks for that, and thanks to Ruhroh for the heads-up on the Seagate thread.

    Report from the Telegraph is here –

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/7981518/New-Zealand-earthquake-state-of-emergency-declared.html

    It’s abysmal reporting, ‘the shattered city’ without mentioning WHICH city for us non locals, but there is at least some info there. Sounds serious.

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm… And a 6.3 yesterday or so in Alaska.

    Magnitude 6.3 – ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
    2010 September 03 11:16:08 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
    Magnitude 6.3
    Date-Time Friday, September 03, 2010 at 11:16:08 UTC
    Friday, September 03, 2010 at 02:16:08 AM at epicenter

    Location 51.785°N, 176.010°W
    Depth 50.8 km (31.6 miles)
    Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
    Distances 45 km (30 miles) E of Adak, Alaska
    130 km (80 miles) WSW of Atka, Alaska
    1905 km (1180 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska
    2715 km (1680 miles) W of JUNEAU, Alaska
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 6.7 km (4.2 miles); depth +/- 4.2 km (2.6 miles)
    Parameters NST=242, Nph=250, Dmin=505.4 km, Rmss=0.77 sec, Gp= 79°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2010ata9

    Also, looking at the above charts, right now there are little red ones scattered around the planet. South America, Kamchatka … “The game is afoot”!

  17. boballab says:

    @Chuckles

    I saw it earlier from CNN and they stated the city is ChristChurch. To check out “newspaper” coverage i use Google news and typically you find all the articles on agiven subject that way.

    http://news.google.com/news/story?pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&topic=h&ncl=dT3UV1Hmd7YzOMMjG5B-R9xkstArM

  18. Chuckles says:

    @Boballab, Yes I know, it’s a good example of journalism at work though, assuming that they are writing for a local audience, and that everyone will know which city is being referenced.
    Since the article is from a London newspaper, published on the opposite end of the world, I guess I should rail against dreadful editing, but I guess that’s not done any more..(the editing I mean, not the railing)

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    There is a video in the (newly put up) New Zealand quake thread..

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