Quakes – String of Pearls 5s Asia, 6.2 New Guinea

Well, looks like things have started “lighting up” again. We’ve got a very interesting set of “5.x” quakes (often in pairs) scattered all around asia:

Asia 15 December 2010

Asia 15 December 2010

Look at the line of “pairs” from Southern Japan up through Kamchatka. Notice, too, the pair in Pakistan. The Indonesia / Australia / New Zealand map also has a lot of “pairs” in it.

Austrlia / Indonesia / New Zealand / Papua 15 December 2010 Quakes

Austrlia / Indonesia / New Zealand / Papua 15 December 2010 Quakes

(The “live” Indonesia map is down below).

Live Asia Map:

Asia Quakes

Asia Quakes

Original Image with clickable areas

And in Papua New Guinea a 6.2 a couple of days ago

You know something is “up” when you’ve gotten jaded about a long series of “only” 6.x over near all those loverly Indonesian Volcanoes…

Magnitude 6.2 – BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
2010 December 13 01:14:43 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.2
Date-Time Monday, December 13, 2010 at 01:14:43 UTC
Monday, December 13, 2010 at 11:14:43 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 6.563°S, 155.640°E
Depth 146.9 km (91.3 miles) set by location program
Region BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances 40 km (25 miles) SSE of Arawa, Bougainville, PNG
105 km (65 miles) W of Chirovanga, Choiseul, Solomon Islands
990 km (610 miles) ENE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2325 km (1450 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.2 km (8.2 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=410, Nph=453, Dmin=466.4 km, Rmss=0.97 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=C
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0000n0r

Australia and Indonesia

Australia Region Quake Map

Australia Region Quake Map

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

The Rest of the World Earthquakes

Here is a Pacific centric view:

With quite a bit of action North of New Zealand. Seems to me I’ve been saying that for about half a year now. I wonder if those islands have a history of volcanos from, oh, the 1800’s…

Pacific Centric Quake Map

Pacific Centric Quake Map

Original Image with Clickable Details

Both Hemispheres

Looks like in / near Chile there is another set of two 5.x quakes, though a bit further apart than a ‘pair’.

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

A bit of interesting action continuing on the mid-Atlantic spreading zone and some mild stuff down in Mexico. So we’ve got three 5.x quakes on that Mid Atlantic ridge.

North America and Mid Atlantic Ridge Quake Map

North America and Mid Atlantic Ridge Quake Map

Original with clickable details

Live USA Quake Map

Zooming in just a bit on the USA.

Live USA Quake Map

Original Image

There is an odd string of “Dinky” quakes near Memphis… Hope that fault doesn’t decide to wake up… And what’s the deal with Oklahoma City, did they build it on top of the only fault line they could find? ;-)

Quakes Near Memphis and Little Rock

Quakes Near Memphis and Little Rock

Quakes in Oklahoma

Quakes in Oklahoma

Original Image with clickable details

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’.

Hmmm… Looks like the “Baja” action has moved up a bit closer to the Salton Sea with a 4.4. Need to watch that… That’s the line where California is slowly splitting off from the rest of the continent. (Why Death Valley is below sea level… eventually the line of split will join it and the Salton Sea to the Gulf of California… but it may take a few million years ;-)

Magnitude 4.4 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
2010 December 15 19:16:47 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 4.4
Date-Time Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 19:16:47 UTC
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:16:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 33.033°N, 115.543°W
Depth 13.2 km (8.2 miles)
Region SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances 6 km (4 miles) N (354°) from Brawley, CA
7 km (5 miles) E (94°) from Westmorland, CA
11 km (7 miles) SSW (195°) from Calipatria, CA
27 km (17 miles) N (3°) from El Centro, CA
149 km (93 miles) ENE (68°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles)
Parameters Nph= 45, Dmin=7 km, Rmss=0.24 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=9
Source California Integrated Seismic Net:
USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
Event ID ci14898996

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 – String of Pearls 5s Asia, 6.2 New Guinea

  1. George says:

    “And what’s the deal with Oklahoma City, did they build it on top of the only fault line they could find?”

    Subsidence from pumping all that oil out from under OKC.

  2. Baa Humbug says:

    Reading thru that I couldn’t but feel you were like a kid with a toy preparing this post lol

  3. pyromancer76 says:

    So glad you have this indefatigable curiosity. All of us who read your blog will have been warned! I’m always interested in the Mammoth-Long Valley area because of a residence there plus mother, brother and his family. Not much action these days, but I was at the fair grounds when the 1980s quakes were moving humans and animals around big-time. Scary.

    I, too, have been watching the earthquakes to the east of the San Andreas. “That’s the line where California is slowly splitting off from the rest of the continent. (Why Death Valley is below sea level… eventually the line of split will join it and the Salton Sea to the Gulf of California… but it may take a few million years ;-)” Will this rift become serious and take over from the San Andreas, or move the SA east? That’s a good question, but unfortunately we probably will not be around to know the answer, or our children, or their children. But so fascinating.

    I have been enjoying the debate “plate v plume” proposed so elegantly by Gillian Foulger (and colleagues) on mantleplumes.org. Don’t know how much subduction and the related volcanic activities contribute to climate issues via ocean circulation, heating. Maybe not much, but the idea that more “surface” activity, including plate delamination and surface extension rather than deep mantle plumes, is responsible for volcanism, reheating (remelting), rifting might give a different insight into climate regime changes that might be connected to plate tectonics (movements of large sections of Earth’s crust, crumpling some of it into mountains, and parting some of it into new oceans).

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Baa Humbug:

    Well, having ridden a 7.2, I’m kind of looking foward to an 8 sometime ;-)

    Yeah, “sick puppy”… but it IS fun 8-}

    @Pyromancer:

    Glad you like it. We ought to get about a 2 week ‘lead in’ quake cluster for any major eruption, so it’s not a big load of time to take a peak once or twice a week.

    I’m right on the edge of Mammoth historical fall patterns, so I don’t NEED to scoot, but might want to if it’s bad enough.

    Son is down near that Salton Sea rift, so has a ringside seat for the fission. Just needs a couple of hundred million years worth of popcorn, soda, and a very large place to put it ;-)

    Lawn chair optional 8-)

    Oh, and that line of quakes shaping up on the run from California into Yellowstone is a touch of a worry too… We don’t need a supererruption to have a Very Bad Day and Yellowstone has “minor” erruptions far more often than “the big ones”. It could easily put on a show that could mess up a lot of things, without being a supervolcano event. Having it start to quake does NOT make my day…

    Hmmmm….

    That patch above New Zealand is just rocking and rolling. Just had this one happen:

    Magnitude 5.4 – KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
    2010 December 16 02:10:25 UTC
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.4
    Date-Time Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 02:10:25 UTC
    Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 02:10:25 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 30.173°S, 177.932°W
    Depth 37.5 km (23.3 miles) set by location program
    Region KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
    Distances 100 km (60 miles) S of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
    170 km (105 miles) NE of L’Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
    1005 km (620 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand
    1395 km (870 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17.5 km (10.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters NST=161, Nph=168, Dmin=102.4 km, Rmss=0.92 sec, Gp= 61°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0000pql

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    California is just looking like it’s broken out in measles.

    I’m sorry, but this is just way more spots than in the last couple of years. Something is up. I don’t know what, but this just looks SOOO wrong. And they are popping up off the usual lines. Out in the middle of nowhere.

    Then those two hemisphere views have more 5’s on them than I care to count, with more racking up all the time. Yeah, it’s in “the usual places”, but still…

    I know it’s an irrational feeling kind of thing, but something just doesn’t feel right about this. It’s got that feeling of “impending diaster” about it. I really wish we’d just have a volcano or two blow off, a 7 quake somewhere, and all the spots fade back to low levels…

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, the “misc. 5.x” are continuing to stack up. And, in Iran, we’ve got a bigger one, a 6.5:

    Magnitude 6.5 – SOUTHEASTERN IRAN
    2010 December 20 18:41:59 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.5
    Date-Time Monday, December 20, 2010 at 18:41:59 UTC
    Monday, December 20, 2010 at 10:11:59 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 28.491°N, 59.117°E
    Depth 11.8 km (7.3 miles) set by location program
    Region SOUTHEASTERN IRAN
    Distances 100 km (60 miles) SE of Bam, Iran
    205 km (125 miles) WSW of Zahedan, Iran
    210 km (130 miles) NW of Iranshahr, Iran
    1080 km (670 miles) SE of TEHRAN, Iran
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.9 km (8.6 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters NST=244, Nph=245, Dmin=488.7 km, Rmss=1.76 sec, Gp= 25°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=F
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0000rak

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