Nature just has no respect for my “beauty sleep”… I’m about 1/2 way into a nice sleep, after about 20 hours of being awake, and it goes and sneaks in a 7.x scale quake in Japan, then seasons it with an interesting North Island New Zealand quake.
Well, at least Crosspatch was watching in T8 to h/t!
As the prior posting was also about Pacific Quakes, I’m going to reproduce some of it here. These just might be a continuation of some larger process. I also note in passing that California is back over 500 on the chart ( 300 ish more typical) and with more of them in the ‘volcanic’ areas like Salton Sea, Death Valley, Mammoth “Lakes”, etc.
Static Images of Japan and New Zealand
That looks like it’s mighty close to where the “Big One” was. Hope it’s an aftershock and not the start of something new.
Magnitude 7.3 - OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN 2012 December 07 08:18:24 UTC Earthquake Details This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 7.3 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 08:18:24 UTC Friday, December 07, 2012 at 06:18:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.889°N, 144.090°E Depth 36.1 km (22.4 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 245 km (152 miles) SE of Kamaishi, Japan 245 km (152 miles) ESE of Ofunato, Japan 251 km (155 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan 251 km (155 miles) SE of Otsuchi, Japan Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.9 km (8.6 miles); depth +/- 7 km (4.3 miles) Parameters NST=421, Nph=421, Dmin=465.3 km, Rmss=0.94 sec, Gp= 32°, M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9 Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Event ID usc000e5n4
So far this is a ‘one and done’. That is often what a ‘fore shock’ looks like. IIRC there’s a big central lake there that is some kind of caldera and there are volcanic hot springs nearby. (But it’s been 40 years so probably ought to check that ;-)
Magnitude 6.3 - NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND 2012 December 07 18:19:07 UTC Earthquake Details This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.Magnitude 6.3 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 18:19:07 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 07:19:07 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.321°S, 176.086°E Depth 166.8 km (103.6 miles) Region NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND Distances 18 km (11 miles) SE of Tokoroa, New Zealand 27 km (16 miles) SW of Rotorua, New Zealand 39 km (24 miles) N of Taupo, New Zealand 72 km (44 miles) S of Tauranga, New Zealand Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12 km (7.5 miles); depth +/- 5.9 km (3.7 miles) Parameters NST=381, Nph=401, Dmin=90.2 km, Rmss=1.25 sec, Gp= 14°, M-type=(unknown type), Version=B Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Event ID usc000e5z5
There were not a lot of folks out there when I drove it, but there was a very nice restaurant with a great steak and good wine. Just a random roadside stop on the road that went over toward / past the lake.
Again I hope it isn’t the ‘start of something big’.
UPDATE: Adding a “live map” of Indonesia as they just had a 7.x
Live Maps of Japan and New Zealand
We’ve had an interesting set of quakes here. A 6 ish in the Philippines, another 6 ish in British Columbia, but a bit further south than the last one and near the subduction fault. Then there’s a 7.4 down offshore Guatemala.
The ‘pattern’ looks like activity moving consistently closer to the locked fault system in California nearer to me. Then again, it could easily be mild paranoia on my part. Living on top of a seismic bomb can make you ‘twitchy’ ;-)
I’m going to leave in the “static image” from the prior 7.7 in B.C. as it was just a bit north of the present quake, so related. Here’s the static image of right now:
British Columbia 6.3
Magnitude 6.3 - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION This webpage is being phased out and is no longer maintained. Please use the new Real-time Earthquake Map instead and update your bookmark. See Quick Tips & User Guide. 2012 November 08 02:01:51 UTC Earthquake Details This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 6.3 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:01:51 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 06:01:51 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 49.185°N, 128.528°W Depth 16.6 km (10.3 miles) Region VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION Distances 186 km (115 miles) SSW of Port Hardy, Canada 255 km (158 miles) WSW of Campbell River, Canada 262 km (162 miles) W of Courtenay, Canada 271 km (168 miles) W of Port Alberni, Canada Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 18 km (11.2 miles); depth +/- 8.2 km (5.1 miles) Parameters NST=329, Nph=332, Dmin=128 km, Rmss=0.6 sec, Gp=144°, M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7 Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Event ID usc000dnxu
British Columbia has a 7.7 (a while ago…)
Static captures of image:
Magnitude 7.7 - QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION 2012 October 28 03:04:10 UTC Earthquake Details This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 7.7 Date-Time 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) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION 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 Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Event ID usb000df7n
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:
Guatemala gets a 7.4 quake
Static Capture of image:
Magnitude 7.4 - OFFSHORE GUATEMALA 2012 November 07 16:35:50 UTC Earthquake Details This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 7.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 16:35:50 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:35:50 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.083°N, 91.916°W Depth 41.6 km (25.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 24 km (14 miles) S of Champerico, Guatemala 56 km (34 miles) SSW of Retalhuleu, Guatemala 61 km (37 miles) SSW of San Sebastian, Guatemala 61 km (37 miles) SSE of Suchiate, Mexico Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 15 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 9 km (5.6 miles) Parameters NST=635, Nph=635, Dmin=244.9 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp= 58°, M-type=(unknown type), Version=7 Source Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D) Event ID usb000dlwm
Asia and Russia
Australia / New Zealand
This is a live map of the Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand area:
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:
Map of Plates
You can see it is where plates collide here:
Some Volcano Stuff
The Smithsonian page:
USGS Page listing recent major quakes: