Quake – Sumatra 7.3 Tsunami Warning

There has been a 7.3 just off the coast of Sumatra. ( It will not show up on the global ‘monthly’ map until next week). The details are:

Magnitude 7.3 – OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
2012 January 10 18:37:00 UTC

Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 7.3 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes)
Date-Time

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 18:37:00 UTC
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 12:37:00 AM at epicenter

Location 2.286°N, 93.096°E
Depth 33 km (20.5 miles) set by location program
Region OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
Distances

435 km (270 miles) SW (215°) from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
960 km (597 miles) W (265°) from KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST= 8, Nph=0, Dmin=0 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp=166°,
M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=B
Source

NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Event ID pt12010000

I managed to catch images of it during the first few minutes, so I’ve got them with the Big Red Square on them ;-) These are static captures from the moment.

Sumatra 7.3 magnitude preliminary 10 Jan 2012

Sumatra 7.3 magnitude preliminary 10 Jan 2012

A live closeup:

Sumatra live close up view

Sumatra live close up view

Australia / New Zealand

Static:

Quake 10 Jun 2012 Australia view of Sumatra Quake

Quake 10 Jun 2012 Australia view of Sumatra Quake

This is a live 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

Opposite side of the globe?

Curiously, there is a magnitude 5.0 for almost exactly the antipodal point that is also red at the moment (so nearly coincident in time):

Magnitude 5.0 – NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR
2012 January 10 18:07:11 UTC

Versión en Español

Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 5.0
Date-Time

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 18:07:11 UTC
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 01:07:11 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 0.760°S, 80.265°W
Depth 27.9 km (17.3 miles)
Region NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR
Distances 38 km (23 miles) NNE of Portoviejo, Ecuador
56 km (34 miles) ENE of Manta, Ecuador
95 km (59 miles) WNW of Quevedo, Ecuador
205 km (127 miles) WSW of QUITO, Ecuador
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 16.9 km (10.5 miles); depth +/- 10.3 km (6.4 miles)
Parameters NST=101, Nph=102, Dmin=230.4 km, Rmss=1.5 sec, Gp=101°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
Source

Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID usc0007iq1

Quakes South America 10 Jan 2012

Quakes South America 10 Jan 2012

Quake Map Ecuador - live

Quake Map Ecuador - live

This is isn’t the first time I’ve seen ‘sort of matching quakes’ on opposite sides of the globe. I wonder if one can have antipodal focusing that then jiggles the other fault and sets it off if it is ‘marginal’…

Quakes from 8 to 30 days ago

Quakes last 8-30 days

Quakes last 8-30 days

Original Image with quake list and details clickable

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

New Zealand

As New Zealand had some activity recently, I’m leaving this closeup in place. Just so it’s easy to keep an eye on it.

New Zealand Close Up

New Zealand Close Up

Original Image with Clickable Areas

I’m promoting the Australia / New Zealand / Indonesia map up here to it’s easier to keep an eye on Indonesia as a broad active area.

Pacific View

I find this Pacific Ring Of Fire view interesting…

Pacific Ring Of Fire view

Pacific Ring Of Fire view

Original Image

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

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
en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/articles/nr/2180

Historical Links

This page lists historical quakes by year, with news headlines too. I’ve pointed the link at 2011, but other years are there to choose too.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/

Oddly, just clicking on years and looking how long the list is, I find that 2011 is longer than 2009 is longer than 2005 etc. It looks like, at a gross measure, quake activity is higher. (Presuming they have standard criteria for what makes the list…)

While this page says for the USA 2010 was larger (but global quakes under 4.5 have a 2009 cut off so those numbers are not comparable):

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php

Map of Plates

You can see it is where plates collide here:

Plates Of The World

Plates Of The World

Original Image, and with other language options.

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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17 Responses to Quake – Sumatra 7.3 Tsunami Warning

  1. Thanks for the factual information and insightful maps showing what has and is happening to Mother Earth today.

    Truth is the way – and probably the only way – to defeat the monster and save society from Big Brother’s bluff and bluster:

    http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/the-truth-about-wikipedia/

    Thanks to friends like you,
    All is well today!

  2. J Martin says:

    Curious that the top of the World has just two plates and underneath has 11 plates.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    @J Martin:

    Hadn’t noticed that… and Antarctica is just one…

  4. TIM CLARK says:

    Knowing that you have lots of time with nothing else to look at ;~D :

    Antipodal hotspots and bipolar catastrophes: Were oceanic
    large-body impacts the cause?

    http://www.mantleplumes.org/WebDocuments/Antip_hot.pdf

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    @Tim Clark:

    Yeah, you get these folks endlessly nattering about the comet impact on one side killing the dinosaurs or was it the massive lava flows on the other side. The reality is that one caused the other…

  6. Hugo M says:

    Regarding antipodal associations: There was a similar association for the 2004 quake:

    2004-12-24 22:42:19 5.4 8.60°S 91.10°E 0 A SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN

    2004-12-26 00:58:49 7.0 3.10°N 96.20°E 0 A NORTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA

    If one assumes a velocity of 4000 m/s for earth quake waves traveling straight through the globe, the time needed to influence an event on the antipodal side would be 3000 s.

    While the 2004 event in the south indian ocean is remarkable because it is the only one in the whole month, there is no such event for the Honshu quake of March 11, 2011. Nevertheless, this is a question which can be answered statistically.

  7. Wayne Job says:

    Reciprocal harmonic nodes always occur be it an earthquake or a volcano, the same equations of harmonics are used in atomic weapons. Thus in short time periods reciprocal harmonic places on the earth suffer similar events.

    It is sad that these equations are not used as the time and place of volcanic eruptions can be precisely calculated. They also give a good indication of when catastrophic earthquakes may occur.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting… A moderately large quake near Antarctica…

    Magnitude 6.2 – SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
    2012 January 15 14:21:31 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.2
    Date-Time Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 14:21:31 UTC
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:21:31 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 60.852°S, 55.886°W
    Depth 14.2 km (8.8 miles)
    Region SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
    Distances 568 km (352 miles) W of Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands
    603 km (374 miles) NE of Palmer Station, Antarctica
    1019 km (633 miles) S of STANLEY, Falkland Islands
    2921 km (1815 miles) S of BUENOS AIRES, D.F., Argentina
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17 km (10.6 miles); depth +/- 4.6 km (2.9 miles)
    Parameters NST=160, Nph=164, Dmin=604.5 km, Rmss=1.03 sec, Gp= 61°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=B
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0007l6r

  9. R. de Haan says:

    Also watch Middle America
    DATE and TIME (UTC) LAT-ITUDE LONG-ITUDE MAG-NITUDE DEPTH km REGION
    19-JAN-2012 03:47:44 13.95 -90.64 6.2 95.2 NEAR COAST OF GUATEMALA
    19-JAN-2012 03:47:44 13.95 -90.64 4.4 95.2 NEAR COAST OF GUATEMALA
    18-JAN-2012 19:55:49 18.33 -94.31 6.6 9.6 BAY OF CAMPECHE
    18-JAN-2012 19:55:49 18.33 -94.31 4.6 9.6 BAY OF CAMPECHE
    18-JAN-2012 19:09:57 15.53 -94.71 4.5 42.4 NEAR COAST OF OAXACA, MEXICO
    18-JAN-2012 12:39:09 17.90 -95.08 4.2 123.8 OAXACA, MEXICO
    16-JAN-2012 08:26:17 12.22 -88.03 4.7 33.3 OFF COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA
    16-JAN-2012 08:26:17 12.22 -88.03 6.1 33.3 OFF COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA

  10. P.G. Sharrow says:

    @ all; Vuk just put this up on “Tallbloke’s Talkshop”

    Vuk says:
    January 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    OT:
    Geomagnetic storm is changing rapidly the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field. Any earthquake sensitive area which has already gone ‘critical’ may snap in the next few hours into major quake at Mag 6 or above.

    http://flux.phys.uit.no/cgi-bin/plotgeodata.cgi?Last24&site=tro2a&amp

    This needs to be watched and see if his ideas work out as he spotted the Japan quake as it developed.

    I am watching the Fort Tejon area of the San Andreas from Parkfield to L.A.. A lot of stress is building there . pg

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmm…. Didn’t notice this one in Mexico. I tend to watch there as it looks like they quakes propagate upward along the fault (but that’s a bit speculative) and I often see activity to the south before things happen up here. (Historically, though, the Cascadia ‘went’ before the San Andreas… but that changed the last time..)

    Magnitude 6.3 – OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO
    2012 January 21 18:47:15 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.3
    Date-Time Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 18:47:15 UTC
    Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 12:47:15 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 14.963°N, 93.087°W
    Depth 79.5 km (49.4 miles)
    Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO
    Distances 91 km (56 miles) W of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
    143 km (88 miles) SSE of Tonala, Chiapas, Mexico
    171 km (106 miles) W of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
    811 km (503 miles) SE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12.3 km (7.6 miles); depth +/- 6.1 km (3.8 miles)
    Parameters NST=600, Nph=609, Dmin=178.1 km, Rmss=1.1 sec, Gp= 22°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0007pnj

    We also had an interesting one in Africa about where the continent is rifting. Wonder if the place is starting to open up a bit more? Could there be cycles of compression / stretching that cause the cycle of volcano activity?

    Magnitude 5.2 – LAKE RUDOLF REGION, KENYA
    2012 January 22 21:03:36 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.2
    Date-Time Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 21:03:36 UTC
    Monday, January 23, 2012 at 12:03:36 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 3.623°N, 36.038°E
    Depth 15.2 km (9.4 miles)
    Region LAKE RUDOLF REGION, KENYA
    Distances 74 km (45 miles) NE of Lodwar, Kenya
    185 km (114 miles) NE of Moroto, Uganda
    258 km (160 miles) WNW of Marsabit, Kenya
    549 km (341 miles) N of NAIROBI, Kenya
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 18.4 km (11.4 miles); depth +/- 6.8 km (4.2 miles)
    Parameters NST= 90, Nph= 90, Dmin=542.1 km, Rmss=0.86 sec, Gp= 76°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=3
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0007q8x

    Chile is also continuing to get a long series of “5 ish” quakes. Just sort of rolling along… while the California map is well over 400 quakes in the 2 week display period with a very clear cluster running up the San Andreas then cutting ‘inland’ to the Hayward / Calaveras system. (As I’ve said before, I’m pretty sure it’s the next one to go here in N. Cal when that day comes…)

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm… South Sandwich Island gets a 6 and then Chile gets one a bit later…

    Magnitude 6.0 – SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
    2012 January 22 05:53:41 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.0
    Date-Time Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 05:53:41 UTC
    Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 03:53:41 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 56.670°S, 25.018°W
    Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles)
    Region SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
    Distances 138 km (85 miles) E of Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands
    281 km (174 miles) NNE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
    2195 km (1363 miles) ESE of STANLEY, Falkland Islands
    3532 km (2194 miles) SE of BUENOS AIRES, D.F., Argentina
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17.2 km (10.7 miles); depth +/- 5.7 km (3.5 miles)
    Parameters NST= 41, Nph=158, Dmin=777 km, Rmss=0.7 sec, Gp= 68°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0007pws

    Magnitude 6.2 – OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
    2012 January 23 16:04:54 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.2
    Date-Time Monday, January 23, 2012 at 16:04:54 UTC
    Monday, January 23, 2012 at 01:04:54 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 36.415°S, 73.015°W
    Depth 29.7 km (18.5 miles)
    Region OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
    Distances 50 km (31 miles) N of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile
    80 km (49 miles) SW of Cauquenes, Maule, Chile
    90 km (55 miles) WNW of Chillan, Bio-Bio, Chile
    393 km (244 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.2 km (3.2 miles); depth +/- 4.2 km (2.6 miles)
    Parameters NST=355, Nph=355, Dmin=184.2 km, Rmss=0.75 sec, Gp= 32°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=E
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0007qi0

    Round and Round the energy goes, who gets one next, nobody knows…

    We seem to be picking up 6.x at a fairly good clip and the 5.x are fast enough I’m not even watching them… I figure we’re up for a 7.x pretty soon with a possible 8.x scale out of Alaska and / or Kamchatka possible too.

    Chile, Christchurch, Indonesia (quite a few) and Japan have all been ‘whacked’. Looks to me like that mostly leaves the northern / pacific northwest quadrant… Then again, these things happen on decade to multi-decade time scales, so don’t hold your breath…

  13. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. Did you see M.Vukcevick forecast, yesterday, at WUWT?:
    M.A.Vukcevic says:
    January 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    Geomagnetic storm is changing rapidly the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field. Any earthquake sensitive area which has already gone ‘critical’ may snap in the next few hours into major quake at Mag 6 or above.

    http://flux.phys.uit.no/cgi-bin/plotgeodata.cgi?Last24&site=tro2a&amp

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    Yes, I saw it. So watching and waiting. Though we seem to have a ‘pause’ of a sort today with not many new and with California dropping to significantly below 400 on that map (so about a 50 drop overall). Lunar / tidal would argue for a week or two before the next ‘rush’…

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Vanuatu got whacked again:

    Magnitude 7.1 – VANUATU
    2012 February 02 13:34:40 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 7.1
    Date-Time Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 13:34:40 UTC
    Friday, February 03, 2012 at 12:34:40 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 17.766°S, 167.134°E
    Depth 23.1 km (14.4 miles)
    Region VANUATU
    Distances 124 km (77 miles) W of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
    251 km (155 miles) S of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
    294 km (182 miles) NW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
    1803 km (1120 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.8 km (8.6 miles); depth +/- 2.7 km (1.7 miles)
    Parameters NST=551, Nph=561, Dmin=482 km, Rmss=1.23 sec, Gp= 14°,
    M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=C
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usb0007uiv

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