Quakes – Mexico 7.6

UPDATE: Chile gets a 7.6 as well

Adding a South American quake map, as there’s action in the Latin Quarter… For some odd reason, no tsunami warnings…

South America Quake Map - Live

South America Quake Map - Live

Original Image with Clickable Areas

Well, that was quick… It’s already been downgraded to a 7.1 on the details:

Magnitude 7.1 – MAULE, CHILE
2012 March 25 22:37:06 UTC

Versión en Español

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 7.1
Date-Time Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 22:37:06 UTC
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 06:37:06 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 35.183°S, 71.792°W
Depth 34.8 km (21.6 miles)
Region MAULE, CHILE
Distances 27 km (16 miles) NNW of Talca, Maule, Chile
55 km (34 miles) WSW of Curico, Maule, Chile
99 km (61 miles) NNE of Cauquenes, Maule, Chile
219 km (136 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17.2 km (10.7 miles); depth +/- 3.5 km (2.2 miles)
Parameters NST=434, Nph=442, Dmin=23.4 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 58°,
M-type=(unknown type), Version=8
Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0008pwq

Informe Preliminar de Sismo
Magnitud 7.1 MAULE, CHILE
domingo, 25 de marzo 2012 a las 22:37:06 UTC Magnitud 7.2
Fecha-Hora domingo, 25 de marzo 2012 a las 22:37:06 (UTC) – Tiempo Universal Coordinado
domingo, 25 de marzo 2012 a las 07:37:06 PM hora local al epicentro
Hora del Terremoto en otras zonas de horario
Localización 35.20S 71.78W
Profundidad 30.0 kilómetros
Región MAULE, CHILE
Referencia 27 km (16 miles) NNW of Talca, Maule, Chile
55 km (34 miles) WSW of Curico, Maule, Chile
99 km (61 miles) NNE of Cauquenes, Maule, Chile
219 km (136 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
Calidad de la Localización Error estimate
Parámetros de calidad
de localización Nst=336, Nph=342, Dmin=24.5 km, Rmss=0.84 sec, Gp=93.6 degrees
Fuente de información USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Código de Identificación del Evento usc0008pwq

A Major Quake in Mexico at 7.6

Magnitude 7.6 – OAXACA, MEXICO
2012 March 20 18:02:48 UTC

Earthquake Details
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 7.6
Date-Time Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 18:02:48 UTC
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:02:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 16.662°N, 98.188°W
Depth 17.5 km (10.9 miles)
Region OAXACA, MEXICO
Distances 136 km (84 miles) SSW of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico
162 km (100 miles) WSW of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
170 km (105 miles) SE of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico
322 km (200 miles) SSE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 15.8 km (9.8 miles); depth +/- 6.5 km (4.0 miles)
Parameters NST=438, Nph=440, Dmin=312.8 km, Rmss=0.88 sec, Gp= 79°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0008m6h

Static Image of the area:

Mexico 7.2 Quake 20 March 2012

Mexico 7.2 Quake 20 March 2012

Live Image:

Mexico Quakes - Live Image

Mexico Quakes - Live Image

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

Northern Hemisphere

North Polar Earthquake Map

North Polar Earthquake Map

Original Image with Clickable Details

Southern Hemisphere

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

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 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

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

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/

USGS Page listing recent major quakes:

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

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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51 Responses to Quakes – Mexico 7.6

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    I note in passing that California is down to 322 on the quake count. With Mexico letting loose, my thesis is that the energy we’ve seen being released in South America has propagated further north. That the quake is set back from the fault line implies some subduction related nature. IF (and it’s a very big if…) the energy / stress is getting more focused on the ‘stuck bits’, that’s closer to me and L.A. It’s also possible that a Great Quake on the Alaska / Cascadia chunk could be a precursor event to California. (The historical record is a bit ambiguous. In the ancient past, the north section went first, then the San Andreas. In the lastest quakes, it’s been the south that went first, unzipping the other direction – toward San Franciso from the south, instead of the North).

    At any rate, we’re getting things in the range of 7.x to 9.x working their way around the Ring of Fire, from Indonesia and Japan to Chile and Mexico. Not much left… IMHO, of course.

    Sometimes I think living in Hurricane Country would be easier, at least you can see them coming…

  2. omanuel says:

    Thanks for unvarnished information – in sharp contrast to “official” information distributed by government agencies promoting some unstated agenda of the politicians that control their funds!

    Our ability to predict weather, climate and earthquakes will not advance unless leaders of nations and scientific communities are willing to renounce Climategate-type manipulation of observations and data.

    Manipulation of information apparently produced the current crisis in world governments
    http://omanuel.wordpress.com/about/

    I do not know about the rest of the world, but many ordinary citizens in Cape Girardeau, MO realize now that our “ship of state” is sinking, and politicians are “whistling in the dark.”

  3. R. de Haan says:

    Acapulco just escaped disaster but who knows what the aftershocks will bring.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17452834

    As for the ship of state it’s sinking all right
    http://rarereaders.seablogger.com/2012/03/without-any-comment/

    Thanks for the fast info on the event E.M.

  4. Power Grab says:

    I was looking for a notable EQ on longitude 97 today, but 98 will do. I also have notes to expect EQs on March 22, 25, and 28.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    @PowerGrab:

    Well if you get any “notable looking fors” about Latitude 36 to 38, do please holler!!!

    Yes, tides are running strong now, so “on your toes” all you folks in Quake Land ;-)
    (at least, I hope it’s a ‘smiley’… he said whistling as he walked…)

    @R. de Haan & Oliver:

    You are most welcome. And thanks for the links to fresh info.

    I’m always happy when I can grab an image with the red squares in it. Means I caught it in the first hour ;-)

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    And a 3.7 in the subducting part of The Cascadia:

    Magnitude 3.7 – OFFSHORE OREGON
    Earthquake Details
    This is a computer-generated message — this event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 3.7
    Date-Time Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 09:28:37 UTC
    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 02:28:37 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 44.383°N, 124.454°W
    Depth 33.4 km (20.8 miles)
    Region OFFSHORE OREGON
    Distances 29 km (18 miles) WNW (286°) from Yachats, OR
    31 km (20 miles) W (261°) from Waldport, OR
    42 km (26 miles) SW (228°) from Newport, OR
    113 km (70 miles) WNW (289°) from Eugene, OR
    191 km (119 miles) SW (229°) from Portland, OR
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles); depth +/- 1.1 km (0.7 miles)
    Parameters Nph= 24, Dmin=42 km, Rmss=0.23 sec, Gp=227°,
    M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=6
    Source Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
    Event ID uw60403916

  7. Pascvaks says:

    Not trying to be ‘funny’. I keep getting the impression that we’re just not ‘listening’ to what the Earth is telling us; basically because we can’t hear well enough what it is she’s saying over and over and over. I know seismigraphs are improving and computers are monitoring better and better, but I still think we’re a little too undeveloped in our technology and the scale of networks we have and, as a result, we’re still in the dark. All the little monitors are doing the best they can but they can’t ‘hear’ the music, they can’t even make sense of the rythem. One day I’m sure it will happen. (In the meantime I’ll bet there’s already some university that’s just been given millions of $ to simulate something really neat and new, you know, like they do climate;-)

  8. Power Grab says:

    The latitudes aren’t as easy to spot. I’m using Tolenio’s method as a jumping-off point, counting days from the occurrence of spikes in the K index chart (level 3 or higher) on spaceweather.com. Apparently, the K index spikes when a plasmoid (launched during the previous solar flare or CME) finally hits Earth, apparently around the Indian Ocean (for some reason).

    The longitudes are calculable based on the number of days from the spike in the K index. The latitudes (indeed, the hemisphere!) is determined by whether the plasmoids flow more to the north, to the south, or are big enough to affect both hemispheres. If they flow to the south, there’s not much land in the Pacific to trigger EQs, so lots of times the southern ones show up on the west coast of South America suddenly, without leaving a trail of other EQs west of there. The northern ones tend to leave a trail of EQs, often starting in Japan within 1-2 days of the K index spike. Then you might see one at Kamchatka, the Aleutians, Alaska, Oregon/California, Yellowstone before the one at about longitude 97 finally shows up, usually ~13 days after the K index spike. So when I see a spike of 3 or higher on the K index chart, I make a note 13 days in the future on my Daytimer to watch for an EQ at longitude 97 or thereabouts.

    I’m in Oklahoma. Longitude 97 is roughly the center of the state, and there have been lots of EQs east of OKC during the past 2-3 years. I understand there are very busy injection wells east of OKC, and I believe activity there is related to setting up the area for an EQ when a plasmoid “grounds out” in that area. Holidays and bad weather seem to prevent them from occurring, I assume because the trucks/trains aren’t running to the injection wells during holidays and bad weather.

    The reason I think injection wells are involved is that, in my simplistic way, I reasoned that the Ring of Fire is around the Pacific but not the Atlantic because the Pacific is so large that it absorbs charge from the sun that isn’t countered by grounding by the surrounding land, and eventually there has to be an equalization of the charge differential, which we notice as an EQ. The Atlantic doesn’t do that because there is never a time when the sun shines on just its water and not on its surrounding landmasses, so it always stays grounded.

    I figure injection wells are prone to be a target for an EQ because brine is a much better conductor of electricity than petroleum is. If you remove the petroleum from a well, then refill it with brine, you have set up a situation where, instead of having petroleum that can function as an insulator, blocking the flow of electricity, you’ve created the equivalent of a circuit in the ground which enables the easy transfer of electricity. If and when a plasmoid comes along and wants to ground out, it will have a bigger impact.

    Tolenio doesn’t make the connection to injection wells. I started doing that when I first started tracking the OK EQs in 2009. It’s so unusual for us to have noticeable EQs in Oklahoma that I started posting them on a Google map. They were more widely spaced throughout the state in 2009. After about a year’s posting, I stopped and looked up every latitude/longitude on a map that shows railroad tracks. All but one of them were right next to a railroad track. That made me think that oilfield brine and other hazardous waste was being hauled by train (say, from Arkansas, where they made it illegal to use injection wells, but some say the military are still doing it near Little Rock) to injection wells in those locations. Now, when I look them up, it’s usually on a satellite map, and I can see there is usually a tank battery very close to the epicenter.

    Tolenio says there is a magnetic anomaly in NW OK that attracts the plasmoids to ground out there. I happened to take a short trip to the Panhandle in recent weeks. My cell phone battery discharged REALLY QUICKLY during that trip. It usually lasts ~3 days. This time it only lasted about 1 day. It made me wonder if the magnetic anomaly had anything to do with it. We also stopped at a scenic turnout and climbed a mesa at the Glass (Gloss) Mountains while we were out there, which meant we were close to the anomaly for about an hour longer than we might otherwise have been.

    I don’t know enough about electromagnetism to even be dangerous, but I have noticed that batteries and battery-driven things can behave strangely when touched by unusual EM activity. I haven’t yet tried to research that issue.

    One more thing I’m starting to see is that, rather than an EQ occurring on the date I note, we might instead have a thunderstorm. Since both are electrical phenomena, I go ahead and log the thunderstorm. I have no idea why sometimes we might have an EQ instead of a thunderstorm, but this past fall we had both! We had an EQ during a thunderstorm. People started joking about not knowing whether to exit the building for the EQ, or take shelter from the severe storm!

    I am wondering if the difference in effect (EQ vs. t-storm) is caused by which direction the grounding out takes – up or down. If you look at the Picture of the Day on thunderbolts.info today (March 21, 2012), there is an image of the sun with loops standing up from the surface. Sometimes when I watch storm fronts on TV weather radar, they make it look like something is causing a similar loop. I’m wondering if Earth does have similar loops, and whether the phenomena observed at either end of the loop are different, with a rising at one end and falling at the other end. I wonder if “down drafts” are the downward flow, and hailstones are created because of the upward flow.

    I guess I’m just a curious individual. But the 13-day lag between the K index spike and some event at longitude 97 does seem to be a thing you could follow. If I had a way to track the activity at injection wells, and/or track ground-based EM activity, it might be possible to come closer to predicting EQs.

    I have to admit, weather forecasters have gotten pretty good (in our area) at predicting days when there will be severe weather. When I was growing up, I can remember having no more notice to take cover from a tornado than the police car driving through our neighborhood with its siren going. Now, we might have 3 days’ notice.

    If we can predict severe weather that much in advance, why shouldn’t we be able to do better at predicting EQs?

    With all the cell phone towers and wind turbines throughout the country, and they’re hard-wired to a network, I would think we could rig up something at those locations that would help detection efforts.

    LOL! Of course, by the time I think of such things, someone already has it nearly ready to roll out for commercial use!

  9. R. de Haan says:

    Quite some after shocks that make the Magnitude 4.0 threshold:
    DATE and TIME (UTC) LAT-ITUDE LONG-ITUDE MAG-NITUDE DEPTH km REGION
    21-MAR-2012 06:44:23 15.47 -98.27 4.4 14.8 OFF COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    21-MAR-2012 06:04:53 16.01 -98.34 4.4 10.4 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    21-MAR-2012 05:58:28 15.95 -98.02 4.6 10.1 OFF COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    21-MAR-2012 04:02:36 16.32 -98.29 4.9 10.7 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    21-MAR-2012 02:54:39 16.74 -98.21 5.3 20.9 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    21-MAR-2012 02:25:33 16.35 -98.48 5.3 10.4 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    21-MAR-2012 02:07:45 16.27 -98.42 5.4 10.4 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    21-MAR-2012 00:27:48 16.22 -97.97 4.3 20.0 OAXACA, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 23:03:56 18.74 -96.85 4.0 20.0 VERACRUZ, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 22:25:42 16.52 -98.70 5.0 10.0 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 21:43:37 16.23 -98.30 4.6 10.0 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 20:14:38 16.41 -98.11 5.1 10.9 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 19:34:12 16.36 -98.16 4.9 18.7 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 19:19:51 16.15 -98.31 4.7 13.1 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 19:02:44 16.38 -98.33 5.1 25.9 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 18:35:40 16.53 -98.10 5.1 10.1 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 18:22:34 16.30 -98.18 5.3 18.0 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO
    20-MAR-2012 18:02:48 16.66 -98.19 7.4 17.5 NEAR COAST OF GUERRERO, MEXICO

  10. R. de Haan says:

    Nice view from the Modern Survival Blog:

    Baja Earthquake Gash While Sea Rushes In
    http://modernsurvivalblog.com/earthquakes/

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Papua got a nice one:

    Magnitude 6.6 – NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    2012 March 21 22:15:05 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.6
    Date-Time Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 22:15:05 UTC
    Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 08:15:05 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 6.244°S, 145.959°E
    Depth 105.9 km (65.8 miles)
    Region NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    Distances 66 km (41 miles) ESE of Goroka, New Guinea, PNG
    114 km (70 miles) S of Madang, New Guinea, PNG
    382 km (237 miles) NNW of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
    2469 km (1534 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.6 km (8.5 miles); depth +/- 5.9 km (3.7 miles)
    Parameters NST=138, Nph=141, Dmin=489.8 km, Rmss=1.12 sec, Gp= 18°,
    M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=5
    Source Magnitude: NOAA West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, Palmer, Alaska, USA
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008mye

  12. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.:On this applet, which appeared at NIA:
    http://www.jgiesen.de/planets/index.html
    Set coordinates of the Mexican earthquake (16.62 N, 98.18 W) and time at 12:02:48 and you´ll see where all planets Sun and Moon were at the time of the earthquake

  13. Pascvaks says:

    @ Power Grab –
    There otta’ be a law: that once ya hit Medicare/SS Check age ya can go to any college/university and ‘monitor’ any course they offer for free. (I guess they’d try to limit it to ‘In State of Residence’ but that would be OK too; and probably want ya to buy yer own pencils and paper.) Not sure what they do now in the People’s Republic of Kaliforniestan, they probably already have something like that; probably already have it for all the illegals no matter what age they are too. Utopia sure sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? I understand that they’re still trying to get somebody else to pay for it for them too. What a life! (Well as long as it lasts, ‘piece man!’, right?;-(

    PS: I used to be from Oklahoma. A couple times.

  14. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: People’s Republic of Kaliforniestan where the famous three stooges discovered “Hollywood Science”, the new paradigm of knowledge among comrades of the not less famous climate scientist and foremost ecologist “Terminator”.

  15. Pascvaks says:

    Went to see how ‘unusual’ the recent EQ in central Oz was, appears it’s not that unusual –
    http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_c0008nw3_h.html

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Very Interesting…

    Two quakes, about the same latitude, almost exactly opposite sides of the globe, Australia and Chile… time is offset by about one rotation… and South Africa got a ‘dinkey one’ at about the same latitude… And Asia-Middle East has an interesting string of three, each side of the Mesopotamian Tigris / Euphrates valley and then the other side of Turkey… like Africa gave a push to the Arabian plate and that corner of Eurasia…

    Magnitude 5.6 – SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    2012 March 23 09:25:16 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.6
    Date-Time Friday, March 23, 2012 at 09:25:16 UTC
    Friday, March 23, 2012 at 07:55:16 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 26.068°S, 132.123°E
    Depth 10.7 km (6.6 miles)
    Region SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Distances 317 km (196 miles) SSW of Alice Springs, Northern Terr., Australia
    370 km (229 miles) WNW of Oodnadatta, South Australia, Australia
    415 km (257 miles) NW of Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
    1926 km (1196 miles) WNW of CANBERRA, A.C.T., Australia
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 15.7 km (9.8 miles); depth +/- 6.6 km (4.1 miles)
    Parameters NST= 84, Nph= 87, Dmin=321.7 km, Rmss=1.24 sec, Gp= 36°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=5
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008nw3

    Magnitude 5.1 – REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE
    2012 March 24 07:28:33 UTC
    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 5.1
    Date-Time Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 07:28:33 UTC
    Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 03:28:33 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 33.083°S, 70.865°W
    Depth 66.7 km (41.4 miles)
    Region REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE
    Distances 37 km (22 miles) SW of Los Andes, Valparaiso, Chile
    45 km (27 miles) NNW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
    68 km (42 miles) E of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile
    90 km (55 miles) NE of San Antonio, Valparaiso, Chile
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17.8 km (11.1 miles); depth +/- 7.9 km (4.9 miles)
    Parameters NST=180, Nph=196, Dmin=18.9 km, Rmss=0.95 sec, Gp= 58°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=9
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008pgw

  17. R. de Haan says:

    Central Chili this time
    DATE and TIME (UTC) LAT-ITUDE LONG-ITUDE MAG-NITUDE DEPTH km REGION
    25-MAR-2012 22:37:06 -35.20 -71.78 7.2 30.0 CENTRAL CHILE

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @R. de Haan:

    I’ve added a S. America lice map above. When I first clicked on the spot it was reported as a 7.6, now it’s down to a 7.1 (as often seems to happen).

    Sure seems to me like we’re getting a lot of 7.x scale events…

  19. George says:

    1 to 2 M7.x per month is normal. But sometimes they “bunch up” and then we go a while without one.

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Looking at some ‘update flicker’, there were small quakes running up the South American coast and some in the islands near Puerto Rico along with a cluster near New Zealand. Like the energy was creaking on up both sides….

    @George:

    I’ve seen (but don’t have the link to hand) a summary showing a ramp in totals in the last few years. Things are running faster, not just being stochastic chatter. No idea if that ‘faster’ can be shown to be a ‘normal statistical spread’ on a much longer time scale, though…

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, found it:

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

    Notice the ‘dip’ to 10 and 9 in the 2005 / 6 area and the bump up in 2010 / 2011. As 2012 is still in progress and I don’t think the last 2 have been put into this report yet, I’d project us for about a 20 this year as well. Some of the other size ranges have similar interesting patterns.

    Size range. Years from 2000 to 2012 with count.
    7.0 to 7.9 14 15 13 14 14 10 9 14 12 16 23 19 3

  22. R. de Haan says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    26 March 2012 at 6:18 am

    Thanks for adding the S. American map E.M

  23. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: A soccer game did not stop during the 7.1 richter earthquake in Chile:

  24. R. de Haan says:

    6.0 hits Tokyo
    27-MAR-2012 11:00:43 39.87 142.12 6.0 10.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120327-336098.html

    This is the second 6.0 tis month. The first one struck March 16th.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    Hey, everyone knows soccer is more important than an earthquake ;-)

    @R. de Haan:

    Also picked up a 6 down near Mexico… action moving back to the N side of the Pacific…

    Magnitude 6.0 – NORTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE
    2012 March 26 18:12:54 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.0
    Date-Time Monday, March 26, 2012 at 18:12:54 UTC
    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 11:12:54 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 10.198°N, 104.030°W
    Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
    Region NORTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE
    Distances 568 km (352 miles) E of Clipperton Island
    862 km (535 miles) SSW of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
    864 km (536 miles) SSW of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
    1146 km (712 miles) SSW of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 20.3 km (12.6 miles); depth +/- 2.7 km (1.7 miles)
    Parameters NST=315, Nph=315, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.45 sec, Gp= 97°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008qdx

    Magnitude 6.0 – NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    2012 March 27 11:00:43 UTC

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.0
    Date-Time Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11:00:43 UTC
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 08:00:43 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 39.866°N, 142.116°E
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)
    Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    Distances 85 km (52 miles) ENE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
    90 km (55 miles) SE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
    157 km (97 miles) SE of Aomori, Honshu, Japan
    509 km (316 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.6 km (9.1 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
    Parameters NST=592, Nph=597, Dmin=254.9 km, Rmss=0.73 sec, Gp= 22°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008qvj

  26. R. de Haan says:

    Over the past few weeks I have noticed these “calm quake tides” at http://www.iris.edu/seismon/
    Just like today.
    The entire map is completely cleared of red circles.
    But the obvious pause until now was followed by a bug one followed by a wave of smaller quakes all along the tectonic plate zones, not limited to the Pacific Ring of Fire.

    So here we have this silence before the storm.

  27. Pascvaks says:

    @ R. de Haan –
    I have noticed the lulls too (and ‘spikes’) and I can’t seem to get it out of my mind that there’s a mechanism (or twenty) working undetected, and or unrecognized, that gives us these apparent lulls and the sporadic popcorn explosions of quakes (some big) and the ‘normal’ ho-hum everyday quakes (most small). I know that ‘gravity’ is a weak force, unless you take it personal about not being able to jump over tall buildings, but it seems the as yet un-known is how much does the big bad sun’s ‘vibrations’ and the galactic ‘vibrations’ and the inter-galactic ‘vibrations’ tend to play with our planet’s ‘normal’ little moans and groans

  28. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: I should add to your keen observations, that the last earthquakes have been movements with a predominance of horizontal waves. “Musings from the Chiefio” regular M.Vukcevic has explained this:
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/gms.htm
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/MF.htm
    (where the earth´s magnetic field is changing rapidly)
    And, worst of all, the Sun is at the ER:
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LFC2.htm
    The death of the Mayan “fifth Sun”?
    All this happens while “blessed” speculators want to control the world…

  29. R. de Haan says:

    Pascvaks says:
    29 March 2012 at 12:12 pm

    For what’s worth my two cents worth of observations, I noticed that the lull in activity took place when the big coronal hole and the CME spewing sunspot region 1429, active from the beginning of this month had moved to the backside of the sun.
    Within five days this still active region 1429 will be visible to us again. Even yesterday this region produced another CME.
    http://www.arrl.org/news/active-sunspot-region-1429-produces-solar-flares-coronal-mass-ejections

    As for gravity effects you could be right.
    Our nutty professor Piers Corbyn, I really like this guy, talks about solar-moon effects and coronl holes triggering the bigger quakes, even allowing him to predict them (for what ever it’s worth)
    http://climaterealists.com/?id=9340

  30. R. de Haan says:

  31. adolfogiurfa says:

    Fortunately the Sixth Sun is already born (?):

  32. adolfogiurfa says:

    @R. de Haan: I liked his “our carbon foot-print is much less than Met Office´s” (LOL!)

  33. R. de Haan says:

    Yeah, Corbyn is quite a CAGW denier and he absolutely hates the Met Office.
    When he speaks about the Met Office or the BBC for that matter spit is flying out of his mouth.
    He really is a character.

    What I really love is the way he presents his weather forcast’s.
    He sits in front of a wobbly camera in a shabby office with no computer in sight and pulls up a map which most of the time is upside down.

    Hilariously he did the same act during an RT interview. Against the time he had his map in the right position, the camera zoomed out again. Great show which leaves me with tears in my eyes from laughing.

  34. R. de Haan says:
  35. adolfogiurfa says:

    @R. de Haan : The slide in spanish he shows in his presentation I did it, I took it from Timo Niroma, where you can see it in its simplest form, I added that “Here we are” and the probable year of the next minimum, which I have seen Prof.Corbyn has added “2035”.
    The original is here:
    http://www.giurfa.com/clima.pdf
    His 60 year cycle, which has been mentioned also by Nicola Scafetta, is from the original work of
    Leonid B. Klyashtorin for UN´s FAO, which contradicts UN´s IPCC
    ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/005/y2787e/y2787e08.pdf
    Chapter 8th from:
    ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/005/y2787e/

  36. R. de Haan says:

    adolfogiurfa says:
    29 March 2012 at 3:58 pm
    Amazing Adolfo
    Looks like you two are in agreement.
    Better steal a good graph and modify it than making your own (LOL).

    Just kidding.
    I think this the correct presentation of real world data.
    And what it screams to the world is “it’s not CO2 you morons”.

    Anyhow this kind of info should be pushed because it shows people in a most visual and confrontational way why we have a problem with the CAGW doctrine.
    A picture tells more than a thousand words.

  37. R. de Haan says:

    That sunspot area 1429 again: Potential for large solar flares and CME’s may be with us again soon
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/29/potential-for-large-solar-flares-and-cmes-may-be-with-us-again-soon/

    And so an increase in quakes….

  38. E.M.Smith says:

    Cascadia picked up a modest one couple of days ago and California has picked up a couple of 3.x near the semi-volcanic area near Clear Lake:

    Magnitude 4.4 – OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
    2012 March 28 05:42:26 UTC
    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 4.4
    Date-Time Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 05:42:26 UTC
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 09:42:26 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 43.636°N, 127.364°W
    Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles)
    Region OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
    Distances 256 km (159 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon
    286 km (177 miles) WSW of Newport, Oregon
    307 km (190 miles) NW of Brookings, Oregon
    374 km (232 miles) WSW of SALEM, Oregon
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 22.8 km (14.2 miles); depth +/- 2.9 km (1.8 miles)
    Parameters NST=140, Nph=140, Dmin=260.5 km, Rmss=1.27 sec, Gp=202°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008rc3

    Magnitude 3.2 – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    2012 April 01 06:17:51 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This is a computer-generated message — this event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 3.2
    Date-Time Sunday, April 01, 2012 at 06:17:51 UTC
    Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:17:51 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 38.958°N, 122.689°W
    Depth 3.8 km (2.4 miles)
    Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Distances 5 km (3 miles) W (277°) from Clearlake, CA
    7 km (4 miles) SSW (194°) from Clearlake Oaks, CA
    9 km (6 miles) NW (308°) from Lower Lake, CA
    33 km (21 miles) ENE (58°) from Cloverdale, CA
    50 km (31 miles) ESE (115°) from Ukiah, CA
    115 km (71 miles) WNW (293°) from Sacramento, CA
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
    Parameters Nph= 50, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.1 sec, Gp= 94°,
    M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3
    Source California Integrated Seismic Net:
    USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
    Event ID nc71756740

    Magnitude 3.5 – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    2012 April 01 01:28:54 UTC
    Earthquake Details
    This is a computer-generated message — this event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 3.5
    Date-Time Sunday, April 01, 2012 at 01:28:54 UTC
    Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 06:28:54 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 38.809°N, 122.792°W
    Depth 1.4 km (~0.9 mile)
    Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Distances 2 km (1 miles) NE (46°) from The Geysers, CA
    7 km (4 miles) WSW (245°) from Cobb, CA
    10 km (6 miles) WNW (294°) from Anderson Springs, CA
    20 km (12 miles) E (87°) from Cloverdale, CA
    41 km (25 miles) N (349°) from Santa Rosa, CA
    118 km (74 miles) WNW (284°) from Sacramento, CA
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.1 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles)
    Parameters Nph= 53, Dmin=0 km, Rmss=0.06 sec, Gp= 22°,
    M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3
    Source California Integrated Seismic Net:
    USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR
    Event ID nc71756570

    Normally I don’t pay much attention to anything smaller than a 5.0 but the context on these makes them possible pre-shocks. (The whole Cascadia / Japan correlation and the tendency for the Hayward / Calaveras / Rogers bit to move after a large quake on the San Andreas and we’ve been a while since Loma Preita without a H/C/R event… )

    There’s also a ‘3’ out in the Santa Barbara Channel and the part of the San Anreas south of me is almost a solid line of small dots… As is the part leading into the Salton Sea.

    I can’t describe why, but something about it just looks like a lot of movement on some places that must be hanging up and focusing on spots that are “about due”…

  39. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like a 6.3 aftershock in Mexico…

    Magnitude 6.3 – OAXACA, MEXICO
    2012 April 02 17:36:43 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.3
    Date-Time Monday, April 02, 2012 at 17:36:43 UTC
    Monday, April 02, 2012 at 12:36:43 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 16.477°N, 98.287°W
    Depth 12.3 km (7.6 miles)
    Region OAXACA, MEXICO
    Distances 158 km (98 miles) SSW of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico
    174 km (108 miles) SE of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico
    175 km (108 miles) ESE of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
    338 km (210 miles) SSE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 15 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 7.7 km (4.8 miles)
    Parameters NST=379, Nph=379, Dmin=329.5 km, Rmss=1.01 sec, Gp= 47°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008ui2

  40. p.g.sharrow says:

    Heads up ! 2 new quakes at Frasier Park at the San Andreas -Tehachapi fault junction 12 and 13 km deep, both 2.1 20 minuets apart. pg

  41. E.M.Smith says:

    The California map is approaching 400 in total count, too. When it ramps over 400, things often get ‘interesting’…

    Also some blue spots showing up on the Calaveras / Rogers area (up near me so I care more than down near Tehachapi … hey, I can be selfish too ;-)

    South America and Indonesia both lit up with a line of ‘modest’ sized blue squares. It does look like things are waking up again. Wonder what the moon phase is ;-)

  42. p.g.sharrow says:

    All of the Pacific”ring” is lite up by large quakes Except U.S. and Canadian portion. Are we next? Right after the new moon is the most stress released. pg.

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.Sharrow:

    The Pacific View is startling. Almost 200 quakes (and more off toward Indonesia off map) even one in the middle of the south pacific

    The California map is now over 400 ( 407 as I type) though it reports smaller quakes than the Pacific view.

    Makes that ‘locked section’ of the Cascadia stand out.

    There’s been a real string of 1x and 2.x each side of me, and there’s a bunch of 5.x all over Indonesia and S.America. Heck, even another 4 in Oklahoma.

    Then there is this interesting on at nearly 80 degrees North in the Arctic:

    Magnitude 4.9 – GREENLAND SEA
    2012 March 30 11:19:19 UTC

    Earthquake Details
    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 4.9
    Date-Time Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:19:19 UTC
    Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:19:19 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 79.942°N, 0.985°E
    Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
    Region GREENLAND SEA
    Distances 386 km (239 miles) ESE of Nord, Greenland
    1055 km (655 miles) ENE of Alert, Nunavut, Canada
    1249 km (776 miles) NNW of Tromso, Norway
    1898 km (1179 miles) NNE of REYKJAVIK, Iceland
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 17 km (10.6 miles); depth +/- 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
    Parameters NST=202, Nph=205, Dmin=252.7 km, Rmss=0.85 sec, Gp= 40°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
    Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usc0008suw

  44. R. de Haan says:
  45. Pascvaks says:

    @ R. de Haan –
    “April 6 = full moon”

    Hummmmm… Passover and Good Friday can’t be far;-)

  46. R. de Haan says:

    Yep, some folks will have their Easter Eggs shaken.

  47. R. de Haan says:

    Iris seismic monitor registers another pause in quake activity (>4.0)
    http://www.iris.edu/dms/seismon.htm

  48. R. de Haan says:

    Full Moon, almost spotless sun and Iris shows another lull in seismic activity.
    Just watching.

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, almost 500 quakes on the California map (494 as I type) and a remarkable string of 4.x quakes up the Mexican coast toward California.

    Looks like energy building up toward my area (and several blue dots all along the local fault systems).

    Rest of the world looking a bit quiet (lots of yellow, not so much blue, no red).

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