Quake Colombia 7.3

Colombia has a 7.3

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Quake Colombia 7.3  30 Sept 2012

Quake Colombia 7.3 30 Sept 2012

Quakes 30Sept2012 N_America

Quakes 30Sept2012 N_America

Magnitude 7.3 – COLOMBIA

2012 September 30 16:31:35 UTC

Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 7.3

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 16:31:35 UTC
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:31:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 1.972°N, 76.329°W
Depth 162.1 km (100.7 miles)
Distances 9 km (5 miles) WNW of Isnos, Colombia
33 km (20 miles) WNW of Pitalito, Colombia
61 km (37 miles) SSE of Popayan, Colombia
66 km (41 miles) SW of La Plata, Colombia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.9 km (1.8 miles); depth +/- 6.4 km (4.0 miles)
Parameters NST=800, Nph=800, Dmin=388.7 km, Rmss=0.92 sec, Gp= 14°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=C


Event ID us2012gdap

Note: The USGS is now putting up a red border box; warning folks to move to their new interactive pages (as these are deprecated). Eventually they will just pull the plug and these postings will all fail to load images that are live.

The interactive stuff is interesting, but you can’t embed images from it the way you can with the old stuff, so I don’t really have a choice (yet). Maybe I’ll figure out how to imbed live versions of the ‘new stuff’ eventually… but don’t be surprised if ‘someday’ the Quake postings just fail.

The saved static images will still exist, but all the live images below will fail.

Live Close up:

Quakes Colombia live map

Quakes Colombia live map

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Global Views

30 Days:

30 Day Global View

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Quakes Last 7 Days Live

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Northern Hemisphere

North Polar Earthquake Map

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North America

Quakes North America Live Map

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Southern Hemisphere

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

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Asia and Russia

Asia Quake Map

Asia Quake Map

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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

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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

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Map of Plates

You can see it is where plates collide here:

Plates Of The World

Plates Of The World

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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:


USGS Page listing recent major quakes:


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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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18 Responses to Quake Colombia 7.3

  1. Pascvaks says:

    Over time quakes happen, maybe it’s a little like a decent sized stream with a waterfall. During warm phases things move along pretty well and there’s rarely a clog –not saying there isn’t the occassional Big One, just saying things move pretty well and Big Ones are rarer, oodles of minis, averages, and the rare Big . During cold phases more clogs happen and things are real ‘yerky’; not so many oodles of minis, maybe a lot more averages, and much more frequent Bigs. When I speak of cold phases I’m thinking of the last 12-16 million years. What’s the waterfall in the picture for? During warm phases it goes along like a painting (no ice), during the cold phases it clogs up, backs up, freezez, thaws, and roars at breakup (so to speak) as the earth warms and cools during the glacial-interglacial seasons. My analogy to the stream and waterfall has probably fallen apart by now, maybe when things are coldest (and the stream is frozen — 80K year glacial periods) we actually get the worst Big Ones, but maybe we get the worst of it –as with the stream and waterfall in winter/spring– at the beginning of the interglacials (16-14KY BCE).

    PS: Originally, I thought to myself that as the earth cooled –in other words, Now– things got more jerky and Big, but I decided to stay with the Spring/Waterfall analogy and guess that the real BIG ONES come when the earth thaws and now, in the Fall so to speak and Freeze Up, we get more but not as many. How’s that for critical scientific thought in the 21st Century? Those “Global Warmers” really left a dent in my head;-)

  2. wayne says:

    Think that’s a great question Pascvaks. I posted something similar to that at watts about two years ago. What does the crust of the Earth do if there is a *global* wide cooling in the shallow boreholes of let’s say 0.5C? Does it shrivel up a bit closing some of the soil inter-grain seeps trapping pressure or does the cooling open up these pores a very tiny bit due to the contraction horizontally? Or nothing at all? Never could answer that to myself one way or the other but never gave it any real time searching either..

  3. BobN says:

    It would be interesting to plot the temperature that the quakes occur at. In particular it would be nice to know the temperature of all 7 and above quakes. I would like to know the before and after temperatures, it seemed like it got very warm after the Loma Prieta quake.

  4. Pascvaks says:

    @Wayne & BobN –
    Don’t think there’s much of an issue with temperature below a certain depth (sea or land) as that would/should be fairly constant, and perhaps it’s not so much ‘temperature’ in and of itself as it is something else that ‘happens’ at certain temps; that temps aren’t causal, maybe catalytic, or just an observed ‘points’ at which things start slipping and sliding, or causing goosebumps? Way above my paygrade, but it all makes you wonder, and maybe some geologist Einstein will hear us chatting and think, “That’s funny! It couldn’t be that, it’s probably…” and BINGO! we get anothe EUREKA! moment for All Mankind!

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    Not to rain on the parade too much… but there’s a problem with the whole ‘temperature change shrink’ idea. The temperature doesn’t change more than a few meters down. Quakes happen far lower than that…


    At soil depths greater than 30 feet below the surface, the soil temperature is relatively constant, and corresponds roughly to the water temperature measured in groundwater wells 30 to 50 feet deep. This is referred to as the “mean earth temperature.” Figure 2 shows the mean earth temperature contours across the United States. In Virginia, the mean earth temperature ranges from 52ºF in the northern Shenandoah Valley and Winchester area to 62ºF in coastal Tidewater.

    Maybe if you stretch it out to centuries and include change from “summer in the 90 F range” to “summer under glacier in ice age glacial event” you can get 10 F variation down 100 feet, but even that’s a couple of miles short…

    But at that scale, I think things like magnetic stirring of the earth core from solar changes or planetary stirring via lunar tides will do a lot more… Heck, just think “piezo-electric”… it works both ways. So not only does squeezing quarts make electricity, but change the electric flow and quartz changes shape. So what happens when a big CME dumps a few zillion charged particles that flow through quartz rich granite?….

  6. wayne says:

    Sorry, forgot to mention that my comment was on the lines of very long period volcanic activity instead of earthquakes. That does make a difference.

    EM, thanks for the heads up of the new USGS interactive interface. I like it. Changed the dataset to 7 days-all and the lowered the displayed period way down to just 0.2 days so the refresh stayed at one minute and you can now watch the exactly action where it is occurring. Better. We keep getting these small flurries in OK & north TX and that does simplifies the monitoring.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    Over very long periods, rocks are plastic…

  8. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Over very long periods….How is it the Solar system and what man is?…A neutrino standing on an electron?

  9. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo –
    I don’t know, there’s some pretty D-branes and stringy strings, and funny looking quarks, on my 26 spacetime dimensions microscope slide; are you sure you have your lab book on the right page?;-)

  10. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: Yes, “As Above so Below”.

  11. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo –
    We are not the smallest things in the universe, but we’re so damn far down on the scale that it doesn’t make much difference at all, does it? That quote you gave, how do you say that in Spanish? Have a feeling that it is a good one to remember, and better to remember in the native tongue of the man who made it stick in my brain;-)

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo: A quark on a hydrogen…


    I’m pretty sure “as above so below” was first in something like Sumerian or ancient Greek… It’s been around a very long time…


    The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus is a short work which coins the well known term in occult circles “As above, so below.” The actual text of that maxim, as translated by Dennis W. Hauck is “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing”. The tablet also refers to the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe. Hermes claims his knowledge of these three parts is why he received the name Trismegistus (thrice-great, or Ao-Ao-Ao meaning “greatest”). As the story is told, this tablet was found by Alexander the Great at Hebron supposedly in the tomb of Hermes.


    The Emerald Tablet, also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes, is a text purporting to reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. It claims to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus (“Hermes the Thrice-Greatest”), a legendary Hellenistic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.

    Below are shown several translations including the Arabic, the Latin, and one from Isaac Newton. The compact and cryptic text was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its Hermetic tradition. Interpreting the layers of meanings of the Emerald Tablet, from individual words to the overall meaning, is fraught with possibilities, but certainly Alchemy’s Magnum opus and the ancient, classical, element system are the basis of any sound explanation, as they provide a key to the ideas of earth, fire, sun, moon, etc., common to all the translations.
    The oldest documentable source for the text is the Kitab Sirr al-Asrar, a compendium of advice for rulers in Arabic which purports to be a letter from Aristotle to Alexander the Great. This work was translated into Latin as Secretum Secretorum (The Secret of Secrets) by Johannes “Hispalensis” or Hispaniensis (John of Seville) ca. 1140 and by Philip of Tripoli c. 1243.

    In the 14th century, the alchemist Ortolanus wrote a substantial exegesis on “The Secret of Hermes,” which was influential on the subsequent development of alchemy. Many manuscripts of this copy of the Emerald Tablet and the commentary of Ortolanus survive, dating at least as far back as the 15th century.

    The Tablet has also been found appended to manuscripts of the Kitab Ustuqus al-Uss al-Thani (Second Book of the Elements of Foundation) attributed to Jabir ibn Hayyan, and the Kitab Sirr al-Khaliqa wa San`at al-Tabi`a (“Book of the Secret of Creation and the Art of Nature”), dated between 650 and 830 AD.

    Though it looks like the Greek has been washed through Arabic…

    So my advice would be to just stick with the English: As above, so below.

    Much more compact, easily understood, and not nearly so cryptic…

  13. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Here a magnificent work on Alchemy, published many years ago in a Californian magazine:
    Ηερμε χοσμοχρατορ, ενχαρδιε, χιχλε σελενεσ, στρογγυλε χαι τετραγονε, λογον αρχεγετα
    γλοσσεσ, πειτοδιχαιοσινε, χλαμιδεφορε, πτενοπεδιλε, παμφονου γλοσσεσ μεδεον, τνετοισι προφετα.

    (Without accents-symbol characters in word lack these)-
    Hermes, Lord of the World, who lives in our hearts , orbit of the moon , round and square , the inventor of words, language, he who obeys justice, wearing the chlamidę , winged feet, lord of issuing all the sounds of language , prophet of mortals …

  14. Pascvaks says:

    ;-)Thanks, that reply helped too. I know I’d heard it a thousand times. It was just on reading Adolfo’s use of it –at that moment– it said something so much more and I thought, “How do the Spanish speakers say it?”. Sometimes we get one of those moments(-;

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, we’ve got a 5.x in the Gulf of California and the California count is headed toward 400. Guess it’s time to start watching again ;-)

    Magnitude 5.0 – GULF OF CALIFORNIA

    Earthquake Details

    * This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 5.0

    * Friday, October 05, 2012 at 20:02:08 UTC
    * Friday, October 05, 2012 at 02:02:08 PM at epicenter
    * Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 23.502°N, 108.680°W
    Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)
    Distances 115 km (71 miles) ENE of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
    143 km (88 miles) ENE of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    162 km (100 miles) SW of El Dorado, Mexico
    172 km (106 miles) SW of Navolato, Mexico
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 20.7 km (12.9 miles); depth +/- 7.7 km (4.8 miles)
    Parameters NST=223, Nph=223, Dmin=130.2 km, Rmss=1.63 sec, Gp=130°,
    M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=9

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

    Event ID usc000d2jc

    * Did you feel it? Report shaking and damage at your location. You can also view a map displaying accumulated data from your report and others.

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, the “pattern” to me says rising probability of a 6+ to 7 in the LA Basin in the next couple of months / year+. Hayward / Calaveras / Rogers fault system showing a lot of consistent ‘action’ too, so maybe a Berkeley Buster… We’ve had consistent movement of the “energy” or “action” up from deep South America, through Columbia, and now in to the Gulf of California.

    Hope I’m very wrong and my “visioning” is just seeing faces in clouds…

    The California count is now well over 400 and that Gulf of California quake was a ‘pre-shock’ as 4 days ago we had:

    Magnitude 6.0 – GULF OF CALIFORNIA
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    2012 October 08 06:26:22 UTC

    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 6.0

    Monday, October 08, 2012 at 06:26:22 UTC
    Monday, October 08, 2012 at 12:26:22 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 25.125°N, 109.698°W
    Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
    Distances 73 km (45 miles) SW of Topolobampo, Mexico
    92 km (57 miles) SW of Los Mochis, Mexico
    92 km (57 miles) SSW of Ahome, Mexico
    101 km (62 miles) SW of General Juan Jose Rios, Mexico
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.1 km (8.1 miles); depth +/- 3.9 km (2.4 miles)
    Parameters NST=544, Nph=544, Dmin=161.4 km, Rmss=1.15 sec, Gp= 68°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=D

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

    Event ID usc000d3ne

  17. p.g.sharrow says:

    Nice set of quakes up by Prince Rupert,BC. Full moon Monday and peak stress relief 24 hours after. pg

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.: Nice catch! A 7.7 (!)


    2012 October 28 03:04:10 UTC

    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 7.7

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 03:04:10 UTC
    Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 08:04:10 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 52.769°N, 131.927°W
    Depth 17.5 km (10.9 miles)
    Distances 139 km (86 miles) S of Masset, Canada
    202 km (125 miles) SSW of Prince Rupert, Canada
    293 km (182 miles) SW of Terrace, Canada
    556 km (345 miles) NW of Campbell River, Canada
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14 km (8.7 miles); depth +/- 4 km (2.5 miles)
    Parameters NST=716, Nph=716, Dmin=267.2 km, Rmss=0.95 sec, Gp= 58°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A

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

    Event ID usb000df7n

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