Quakes – 7.2 Papua Indonesia

Papua goes for another 7.2

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

Magnitude 7.2 – NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 7.2
Date-Time
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 17:11:24 UTC
Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 02:11:24 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 4.920°S, 133.783°E
Depth 12.3 km (7.6 miles)
Region NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
Distances
105 km (65 miles) NNW of Dobo, Kepulauan Aru, Indonesia
310 km (190 miles) WSW of Enarotali, Papua, Indonesia
900 km (560 miles) NNE of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia
2985 km (1850 miles) E of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 13.7 km (8.5 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
Parameters
NST=143, Nph=146, Dmin=279.4 km, Rmss=1.36 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2010bubv

Just like a few weeks ago, we had a couple of ’em.
This 7.3 in Vanuatu:

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

And this one in New Britain, Papua New Guinea

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

Not that I’m thinking a string of 7.x is a worry… /sarcoff>

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’.

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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6 Responses to Quakes – 7.2 Papua Indonesia

  1. Buy more popcorn!….though I am on one of the preferred spots!
    Just to stir things up a little!
    The way to know it before hand: Whenever one of these is about to come the earth EM field increases (remember Argon gas?) and Gravity acceleration decreases:

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting 4.4 on the Calif / Nevada border just south east of mammoth mountain…

    I know it’s slightly irrational, but the history of loads of quakes and volcanoes during grand minimum events, the present “fullness’ of the quake maps, the oral history / mythology of a time of more quakes and volcanos coming, and the LOD changes with angular momentum change: They all argue for something big in the next decade or two.

    Don’t know if I can stand the waiting…

    Wonder if there is a live EM field map for embedding anywhere…

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    Cascadia is moving a bit again, and Japan got a 6.3.

    Odd that I’m now to the point where if it’s “only” a 6.3 I’m thinking it’s not enough for its own posting… I think the string of 7.x in Indonesia has made me a bit jaded…

    Magnitude 6.3 – SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.3
    Date-Time Monday, October 04, 2010 at 13:28:39 UTC
    Monday, October 04, 2010 at 10:28:39 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 24.286°N, 125.305°E
    Depth 35.9 km (22.3 miles)
    Region SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
    Distances 115 km (70 miles) E of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
    320 km (200 miles) SW of Naha, Okinawa, Japan
    350 km (220 miles) E of Su-ao, Taiwan
    1875 km (1170 miles) SW of TOKYO, Japan
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.9 km (5.5 miles); depth +/- 17.2 km (10.7 miles)
    Parameters NST= 51, Nph= 51, Dmin=900.4 km, Rmss=1.15 sec, Gp= 32°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2010bzat

    The on on the Cascadia is at the upper Y junction of the plates. “Only” a 4.8 …

    Magnitude 4.8 – VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 4.8
    Date-Time Monday, October 04, 2010 at 14:51:56 UTC
    Monday, October 04, 2010 at 07:51:56 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 49.317°N, 129.235°W
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
    Region VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
    Distances 196 km (122 miles) SW (220°) from Port Hardy, BC, Canada
    298 km (185 miles) WSW (257°) from Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
    354 km (220 miles) WNW (289°) from Neah Bay, WA
    437 km (272 miles) WNW (284°) from Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
    443 km (275 miles) W (273°) from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.6 km (6.6 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters NST= 79, Nph= 79, Dmin=430.5 km, Rmss=1.34 sec, Gp=176°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2010bza3

    So looks like the top half of the Pacific Basin is getting squeezed this week…

    It seems to me that after a long time of seeing nothing on the Cascadia, we’re now getting 3-5 range quakes on each end an occasionally in the middle.

    This has me worried. Yeah, it could be 100 years before it goes… but we’re about on schedule given past cycles and this fault has looked like it was just locked for quite a while. No, not geologic ‘quite a while’… and that’s the problem. We don’t have a 400 year instrumental history to know if this activity is ‘normal’ or ‘preshocks’.

    OK, I’m not owning anything up in Redmond anyway, but I’d be cautious about putting a large stake in companies that are heavily Seattle / Vancouver / Portland based. (SBUX Starbucks and MSFT Microsoft come to mind. But there are others.) Trades? Sure. But not large positions and not for ‘hold and forget’ investing.

    Same thing for Indonesia. I’m out of IDX for a while. I’ll be assessing it again soon, but with the quakes and the volcano alerts (see:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/more-unbunging/ )
    I’m not going to put on the added risk for a while.

  4. Chuckles says:

    Russian pragmatism and common sense (and science) surfaces again –

    http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2010/may/21may2010a2.html

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    @Chuckles: Hmmm… Interesting citation…

    I noticed, though, that they did not allow for the “both caused by something else” choice. It’s all “which one is cause and which one is effect”. IMHO, we’ve got an exterior force acting to cause both. The liquid oceans AND the liquid deep in the earth are both being swirled about by “something” else.

    Best candidates are gravitational (planets via something like a macro ‘spin-orbit coupling’ or angular momentum changes); and electromagnetic (dramatic changes in solar EM fields leads to different electrical flows in the planet that then stirs both fluids, perhaps via magnetohydrodynamic forces.)

    Good thing the “science is settled” or I’d think we didn’t have a clue what really makes the climate change ;-)

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and probably ought to note that in addition to the “small ones” outlining the Cascadia Subduction Zone, we’ve had a 6.1 in Alaska:

    Magnitude 6.1 – ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.1
    Date-Time Friday, October 08, 2010 at 03:49:11 UTC
    Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 06:49:11 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 51.499°N, 175.261°W
    Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
    Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
    Distances 105 km (65 miles) ESE of Adak, Alaska
    105 km (65 miles) SW of Atka, Alaska
    1890 km (1170 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska

    and a 6.3 in Indonesia:

    Magnitude 6.3 – HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.3
    Date-Time Friday, October 08, 2010 at 05:43:10 UTC
    Friday, October 08, 2010 at 02:43:10 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 2.754°N, 128.198°E
    Depth 144.9 km (90.0 miles)
    Region HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
    Distances 235 km (145 miles) NNE of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
    400 km (245 miles) ENE of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    1530 km (950 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines
    2565 km (1600 miles) ENE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 6.4 km (4.0 miles); depth +/- 15.4 km (9.6 miles)
    Parameters NST= 90, Nph= 90, Dmin=772.6 km, Rmss=0.81 sec, Gp= 54°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2010cdaz
    2685 km (1670 miles) W of JUNEAU, Alaska
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 4.7 km (2.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters NST=223, Nph=223, Dmin=468.3 km, Rmss=0.86 sec, Gp= 94°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID us2010cdam

    And a dinky little 5.0 in Chile continuing that pattern of shifting about.

    It just looks like that whole “ring of fire” is getting squashed together. Add that the folks in Iceland are saying a couple of their volcanoes may be getting ready to blow and it’s looking like the Atlantic mid-ocean ridge is trying to spread some more. (Wonder what that does to the Gulf Stream when a load of boiling water erupts along it’s preferred path?)

    Then we had all those Indonesian volcanoes put on warning status. 18 IIRC. So we’ve got well over 20 volcanoes in two of the most active places being flagged as “ready”…

    Add in the history of volcanism during Grand Minimum events, and that paper showing a connection statistically, and I’m just not getting a good feeling about this…

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