Quakes – Spain

A strange title to be using…

But there were a couple of modest sized quakes in Spain that managed to down some buildings and kill some folks, so are notable. Of course, the big question in any set of 5.x quakes is: Are they just foreshocks of something larger?

We’ll see…

But Africa is headed up toward Europe (thus the Alps)…

Spanish Quakes

Here’s the map with a Spanish / Portuguese close up:

Iberian Quakes

Iberian Quakes

Original Image with clickable details

You can see it is where two plates collide:

Plates Of The World

Plates Of The World

Original Image, and with other language options.

The details:

Originally reported as a 5.3:

Magnitude 5.3 – SPAIN
2011 May 11 16:47:26 UTC

Earthquake Details
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.3
Date-Time Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 16:47:26 UTC
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 06:47:26 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 37.697°N, 1.556°W
Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)
Region SPAIN
Distances 50 km (31 miles) SW of Murcia, Spain
118 km (73 miles) SW of Alicante, Spain
124 km (77 miles) NE of Almeria, Spain
352 km (218 miles) SSE of MADRID, Spain
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14 km (8.7 miles); depth +/- 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
Parameters NST=292, Nph=297, Dmin=301.7 km, Rmss=1.24 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0003c5s

Later downgraded just a little (note that the Event ID matches):

Magnitude 5.1 – SPAIN
2011 May 11 16:47:25 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 16:47:25 UTC
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 06:47:25 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 37.699°N, 1.673°W
Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile) set by location program
Region SPAIN
Distances 50 km (31 miles) SW of Murcia, Spain
118 km (73 miles) SW of Alicante, Spain
124 km (77 miles) NE of Almeria, Spain
352 km (218 miles) SSE of MADRID, Spain
Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST=299, Nph=299, Dmin=295.2 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
Source Instituto Geografico y Catastral, Madrid, Spain
Event ID usc0003c5s

The European Hemispheric View

So we can see if anything more widespread is going on (and if Etna is rumbling ;-)

Europe Hemispheric View

Europe Hemispheric View

Europe with “clickable” areas for more details.

That one in Greece a few days ago was about the same size:

Magnitude 5.1 – DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
2011 May 08 06:50:24 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 06:50:24 UTC
Sunday, May 08, 2011 at 09:50:24 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 36.600°N, 27.227°E
Depth 16.3 km (10.1 miles)
Region DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
Distances 90 km (55 miles) WNW of Rodos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece
122 km (75 miles) SW of Mugla, Turkey
148 km (91 miles) SSW of Aydin, Turkey
345 km (214 miles) ESE of ATHENS, Greece
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.2 km (8.2 miles); depth +/- 8.5 km (5.3 miles)
Parameters NST= 87, Nph= 91, Dmin=116.9 km, Rmss=0.92 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=5
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc00038u7

And it makes an oddly curious line with the one in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean:

Magnitude 5.2 – NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
2011 May 06 16:20:39 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.2
Date-Time Friday, May 06, 2011 at 16:20:39 UTC
Friday, May 06, 2011 at 01:20:39 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 32.328°N, 40.045°W
Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
Distances 1127 km (700 miles) SW of Santa Cruz das Flores, Azores, Portugal
1242 km (771 miles) WSW of Horta, Azores, Portugal
2003 km (1244 miles) SE of SAINT JOHN’S, Nfld. and Labrador, Canada
2945 km (1829 miles) ESE of BOSTON, Massachusetts
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17.3 km (10.7 miles); depth +/- 2.8 km (1.7 miles)
Parameters NST=261, Nph=262, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.89 sec, Gp= 72°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc00037kj

And even extending on into Mexico:

Magnitude 5.7 – GUERRERO, MEXICO
2011 May 05 13:24:06 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.7
Date-Time Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 13:24:06 UTC
Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 08:24:06 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 16.808°N, 98.592°W
Depth 24 km (14.9 miles)
Region GUERRERO, MEXICO
Distances 126 km (78 miles) SE of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico
138 km (85 miles) E of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
140 km (86 miles) SW of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico
295 km (183 miles) SSE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 16.6 km (10.3 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
Parameters NST=321, Nph=324, Dmin=83.5 km, Rmss=0.68 sec, Gp= 58°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc000362l

Odd, that…

Ok, on with the ROW maps:

Southern Hemisphere

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

Original Image with Clickable Details

Northern Hemisphere

North Polar Earthquake Map

North Polar Earthquake Map

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 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

While it’s a bit hard to see in the “clutter” the Philippines and Indonesia picked up a set of 5.x about the same time as Spain:

Quakes - Philippines

Quakes - Philippines

Original with clickable regions to zoom in

Magnitude 5.0 – MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
2011 May 11 01:28:08 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.0
Date-Time Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 01:28:08 UTC
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 09:28:08 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 6.067°N, 126.002°E
Depth 104.8 km (65.1 miles)
Region MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
Distances 91 km (56 miles) E of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines
118 km (73 miles) SSE of Davao, Mindanao, Philippines
949 km (589 miles) W of KOROR, Palau
1092 km (678 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17.8 km (11.1 miles); depth +/- 11.3 km (7.0 miles)
Parameters NST= 81, Nph= 83, Dmin=120.2 km, Rmss=0.97 sec, Gp= 76°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0003bls

And this one in Indonesia:

Magnitude 5.1 – HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
2011 May 11 07:54:30 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 07:54:30 UTC
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 04:54:30 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 1.518°N, 127.239°E
Depth 99.2 km (61.6 miles)
Region HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
Distances 83 km (51 miles) N of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
266 km (165 miles) E of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia
1030 km (640 miles) SW of KOROR, Palau
1602 km (995 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 18.1 km (11.2 miles); depth +/- 7 km (4.3 miles)
Parameters NST= 68, Nph= 71, Dmin=572.2 km, Rmss=0.88 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0003btm

North America

North America and Mid Atlantic Ridge Quake Map

North America and Mid Atlantic Ridge Quake Map

Original with clickable details

And remember, I have a dedicated CSZ page with closeups

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

Just as a reminder, Iceland is continuing to build up a “cumulative seismic moment”:

Grimsvoten Cumulative Seismic Moment

Grimsvoten Cumulative Seismic Moment

Original Image

This is from the Iceland Met Office. Main page: English or Icelandic (At least, it looks like Icelandic to me..)

Some Volcano Stuff

This page:

http://pangea.stanford.edu/~dsinnett/Pages/Links.html has a nice collection of links to volcano monitor pages. Just click the pictures for the different volcano observatories.

The Smithsonian page:

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

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25 Responses to Quakes – Spain

  1. Chuckles says:

    ‘But Africa is headed up toward Europe’

    In more ways than one.

  2. Pascvaks says:

    …the Moon is made of Green Cheese and the World is made of Jell-O…

    …earthquakes happen all the time, eventually you’ll get one in your own backyard..

    …big quakes cause ripples that go around the World…

    …what happened in Japan yesterday will be felt in Spain tomorrow (or the day after)…

    …expect more of the same soon…

    …earthquakes are Mother Nature’s way of reminding us just how insignificant we are…

  3. PhilJourdan says:

    Chuckles – you earned your name with that comment!

    As for the maps, I am sure that there have been some large quakes in Europe in the past. But other than the edge (over by Greece and Turkey), it seems to be very quiet in comparison to other places in the world. I guess that is what makes the 5.3 in Spain noteworthy – and the reason there was – relatively – a large amount of damage and some deaths.

    Perhaps it was just a wake up call that perhaps building codes should be strengthened all over the world, not just on the Pacific rim (where most of the activity seems to be concentrated).

  4. mitchel44 says:

    Chief,

    Is there a site somewhere that graphs total global seismic energy released?

    Along the lines of Dr Maue’s ACE index

    Just curious.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    @mitchel44:

    None that I know of, but if anyone else knows of one I’d add a link to it in a heartbeat…

    @All

    Looks like Hawthorne Nevada isn’t done yet:

    Magnitude 4.1 – NEVADA
    2011 May 12 16:23:48 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 4.1
    Date-Time Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 16:23:48 UTC
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 09:23:48 AM at epicenter
    Location 38.419°N, 118.717°W
    Depth 0 km (~0 mile) set by location program
    Region NEVADA
    Distances 14 km (9 miles) SW (215°) from Hawthorne, NV
    21 km (13 miles) NW (307°) from Qualeys Camp, NV
    28 km (17 miles) SE (125°) from Wichman, NV
    240 km (149 miles) E (93°) from Sacramento, CA
    Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
    Parameters NST= 63, Nph= 63, Dmin=5.7 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp= 58°,
    M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=7
    Source Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno
    Event ID nn00336893

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve added the image of global plates from this posting:

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/plates-ridges-and-north-america/

    to the top of the posting. You can see that the quake is where the two plates collide…

    Thoough, oddly, the ‘force arrows’ show it as not moving much there, yet East Africa is headed up and West Africa is headed sideways… Must be some mighty interesting dynamics going on in Africa…

    http://geology.about.com/library/bl/maps/blplatemo_atlas.htm

    Shows all of Europe headed north, too. Odd, since there is a spreading zone in the Arctic… This really all needs to be animated and on a globe…

  7. Google for Sergio Benandi, the self educated late italian who forecasted an earthquake in Rome for yesterday.

  8. R. de Haan says:

    12-May-2011
    (USGS data through yesterday)

    A different way of looking at quake stats…
    Instead of a rolling avg., a year-to-date.

    Magnitude 8 – 9.9
    2011 Earthquakes (1)
    annual average (1)
    100% of 20yr. YTD avg. until day #132

    Magnitude 7 – 7.9
    2011 Earthquakes (8)
    annual average (14)
    155% of 20yr. YTD avg. until day #132

    Magnitude 6 – 6.9
    2011 Earthquakes (116)
    annual average (134)
    239% of 20yr. YTD avg. until day #132

    Magnitude 5 – 5.9
    2011 Earthquakes (1,139)
    annual average (1,319)
    239% of 20yr. YTD avg. until day #132

    Source: http://modernsurvivalblog.com

  9. R. de Haan says:

    Biggest measured quake in Spain,
    1954, 7.9M 640 km under the surface.
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/events/1954_03_29.php

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    Did. Got:

    Did you mean: “Sergio Benini”

    No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found.

    Your search – “Sergio Benandi” – did not match any documents.

    Suggestions:

    Compare:

    “Google for Sergio Benandi”

    looks like I spelled it right…

    WHACK! Volley….

    @R. de Haan:

    Wow! Maybe Spain does need a bit of watching! Just shy of an 8 is in the “Great Quake” range…

  11. pete says:

    I think adolfo meant :Raffaele_Bendandi

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raffaele_Bendandi

  12. R. de Haan says:

    Here is an article about the population of Rome leaving the city because they fear a ‘big one’.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/8504936/Italians-evacuate-Rome-over-big-one-fears.html

  13. R. de Haan says:

    Here is an article about the deep quake (6.2M) that hit Grenada last month

    http://www.nwofighters.org/earthquake-in-spain-today-6-2-quake-hits-granada-southern-spain/

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    From the R.de Haan linked article:

    Bendandi believed movement of plates and therefore earthquakes were the result of the combined movements of the planets, the moon and the sun and perfectly predictable.

    In 1923 he predicted a quake would hit central Italy on January 2 the following year – he was wrong by two days.

    Looks like Italy is going to be toast… but it might not be until Monday ;-)

  15. R. de Haan says:

    The last time the Italy experienced a devastating earth quake they took steps to prosecute the geologists for not predicting the event with manslaughter.
    http://www.geekosystem.com/italy-earthquake-scientists-charged-manslaughter/

    I wonder what the Romans will do if the predicted quake doesn’t materialize.

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    @R. de Haan:

    I like the way the article shows a related prosecution started on a Geologist who DID predict a quake (presumably canceled after the quake happened…)

    Looks like a great way to assure there are not geologists working in Italy. Predict, you get prosecuted. Don’t predict, you get prosecuted… Um, I’ll take “Alternate Career Path for $1000″…

    Looks like Italy has a very crazy system of law.

  17. mddwave says:

    When you stated “And it makes an oddly curious line with the one in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean”, it reminded me of “a curious line” across United States that I saw around 7-14 days ago from Baja to Quebec. When I saw the “US line”, I thought I was hoping to see a line (order) in a highly random earthquake events. It seemed peculiar that this line was away from the plate boundries.

    When you reported the Greece/Spain/Mexico line around the same time, maybe there is some under”lining” cause.

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like we picked up a 6.0 in Costa Rica and a 6.2 off Japan:

    Magnitude 6.0 – COSTA RICA
    2011 May 13 22:47:55 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.0
    Date-Time Friday, May 13, 2011 at 22:47:55 UTC
    Friday, May 13, 2011 at 04:47:55 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 10.105°N, 84.261°W
    Depth 70 km (43.5 miles)
    Region COSTA RICA
    Distances 25 km (16 miles) WNW (303°) from SAN JOSE, Costa Rica
    126 km (78 miles) SSE (153°) from San Carlos, Nicaragua
    137 km (85 miles) W (275°) from Limon, Costa Rica
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 16.5 km (10.3 miles); depth +/- 8.8 km (5.5 miles)
    Parameters NST=376, Nph=381, Dmin=20 km, Rmss=1.23 sec, Gp=115°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0003et0

    Magnitude 6.2 – NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    2011 May 13 23:35:53 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.2
    Date-Time Friday, May 13, 2011 at 23:35:53 UTC
    Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 08:35:53 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 37.383°N, 141.405°E
    Depth 37.6 km (23.4 miles)
    Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    Distances 59 km (36 miles) NE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
    91 km (56 miles) E of Koriyama, Honshu, Japan
    93 km (57 miles) ESE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
    239 km (148 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.1 km (8.8 miles); depth +/- 7.4 km (4.6 miles)
    Parameters NST=369, Nph=385, Dmin=300.6 km, Rmss=0.94 sec, Gp= 32°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0003etn

  19. vukcevic says:

    Is lower graph giving us a forewarning?
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/EQr.htm

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    @Vukcevic:

    Ah, that interesting state where you want something to be false as you don’t want the result but want it to be true as it would be “way cool” to have new understanding….

    I get the yellow moon is a full moon and the grey moon is a new moon, but what is the PINK moon ? An eclipse?

  21. vukcevic says:

    Hi Mr. Smith
    Yes, full and new moon. Big red dot is Honshu eq., it is in there with due respect of its strength. Hope we do not get another one soon.

  22. R. de Haan says:

    @ Vukcevic,
    Very interesting graph’s, as always. Thanks.

  23. Raffaele Bendandi….Who studies Bendandi is Michele Casati
    http://daltonsminima.altervista.org/

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like a 6.9 in Papua New Gunea and a 6.0 mid-Atlantic. Odd how I keep seeing these things in sort of “pairs”… probably just a sampling artifact of how often I tend to look… I hope…

    Magnitude 6.5 – BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    2011 May 15 18:37:10 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.5
    Date-Time Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 18:37:10 UTC
    Monday, May 16, 2011 at 04:37:10 AM at epicenter
    Location 6.157°S, 154.446°E
    Depth 43.2 km (26.8 miles)
    Region BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    Distances 122 km (76 miles) W (273°) from Arawa, Bougainville, PNG
    248 km (154 miles) WNW (283°) from Chirovanga, Solomon Islands
    331 km (206 miles) SE (131°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
    709 km (441 miles) WNW (301°) from HONIARA, Solomon Islands
    825 km (513 miles) E (86°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.7 km (8.5 miles); depth +/- 8.1 km (5.0 miles)
    Parameters NST=295, Nph=297, Dmin=334 km, Rmss=1.45 sec, Gp= 29°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
    Source U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
    World Data Center for Seismology, Denver
    Event ID usc0003fvs

    Magnitude 6.0 – CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
    2011 May 15 13:08:12 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.0
    Date-Time Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 13:08:12 UTC
    Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:08:12 AM at epicenter
    Location 0.461°N, 25.601°W
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
    Region CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
    Distances 1276 km (793 miles) ENE (57°) from Natal, Brazil
    1624 km (1009 miles) S (188°) from PRAIA, Cape Verde
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 9.5 km (5.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
    Parameters NST=143, Nph=143, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.16 sec, Gp= 43°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=H
    Source U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
    World Data Center for Seismology, Denver
    Event ID usc0003ft5

  25. MichaelM says:

    In the last couple hours we’ve had the iceland volcano start smoking and a 6.1 north of new Zealand. Interesting… wonder if there has been a tsunami alert.

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