Earthquakes list August 31, 2010

M 5.0      2010/08/31 21:16   Depth 124.8 km GUAM REGION
35 km from Hagatna. Very deep, no problem

M 5.0      2010/08/31 20:47   Depth 48.5 km SERAM, INDONESIA
15 km from Pulau Buru, epicenter near the eastern coast.

M 4.6   2010/08/31 18:27   Depth 40 km NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

74 km from Iwaki (pop. 357,000).  Out in the Sea, not dangerous

M 4.0   2010/08/31 15:38   Depth 2 km POLAND
Unusual earthquake in Poland. Limited magnitude.

M 4.1   2010/08/31 09:33   Depth 15 km GULF OF ADEN
In a 3-country point between Somalia, Djibouti and Yemen. Epicenter in the Gulf of Aden at the entrance of the Red Sea

M 5.5   2010/08/31 06:19   Depth 10 km ZIMBABWE
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We have called this earthquake moderately dangerous based on the data from EMSC.

M 5.2      2010/08/31 02:30   Depth 10 km NEAR THE COAST OF NOSHIRO,HONSHU, JAPAN
Japan Meteorological Agency. Maximum reported intensity in Noshiro on the JMA scale : 3 = felt by most people in a building (JMA scale is used in Japan and is the equivalent of the MM scale)
JMA scale  from 1 to 7 , Modified Mercalli scale from 1 to 12

seismograph - recordingUseful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity. The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, also called GMT)
The page is regularly updated to add new earthquakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

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In memory of the victims of August 31, 19XX – Colombia, Iran and Turkey

M 7.1  31-08-1917   Depth 0 km        Colombia – killing ? people
At August 31, 1917, a M 7.1 earthquake struck the Villavicencio area with a lot of fatalities.
The earthquake caused light damages to many buildings in Bogota. There were 6 deaths caused by the destruction of the temple of Chapinero (Bogota).

1968 Dasht-e Bayaz and Ferdows earthquake

1968 Dasht-e Bayaz and Ferdows earthquake - Image via Wikipedia

M 7.2  31-08-1968   Depth 12.3 km    Iran – killing 15,000 people
Dasht-e Bayaz and Ferdows Earthquake, were two successive earthquakes, which hit Dashte Bayaz, Kakhk and Ferdows, Iran.
The first earthquake occurred on August 31, 1968, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale and destroyed 5 villages totally in the Dasht-e Bayaz area, and at least half of the buildings in another 6 villages from Kakhk to Sarayan. After that, a strong aftershock, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, on September 1 destroyed Ferdows.
More than 175 villages were destroyed or damaged in this earthquake.

M 6.5  31-08-1977   Depth 21.3 km    Colombia – killing 3 people
3 killed in Apartado. Damage in Apartado and Medellin.

M 5.1  31-08-1999   Depth 8.4    Turkey 40.767    29.912      – killing 1 people
One person killed, 166 injured and additional damage in the Izmit area. Felt at Istanbul.

“In memory of” is highlighting deadly earthquakes of the past.
People have forgotten a lot of these human tragedies.
We @ Earthquake Report are hopeful that people in these countries and cities will learn from their history and will make sure that they are building Earthquake Proof houses and that they know what to do when the earth will be shaking again.

QuakeSOS Twitter linkWhat do we offer on our @QuakeSOS twitter link ? :
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– Automatic alerts of all important earthquakes in almost real time as they occur in the world
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Zimbabwe – Powerful shallow M 5.5 earthquake near Kariba dam

Kariba Dam of the Zambezi (Zambia/Zimbabwe)

Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
A powerful and shallow earthquake occurred this morning (local time) on the Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The epicenter of the earthquake was only 5 km from the lake, also feeding the Zambesi river.  Many Zimbabwe  National Parks are located in this area like Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools national park.
The closest settlement to the epicenter is the Charara Safari area.
A number of tourists visiting the area will certainly have felt this tremor.
We call this earthquake moderately dangerous as people are living in rudimentary houses and as the earthquake was at the same time powerful and shallow.
On the picture one can see the Kariba Dam very close to the epicenter (satellite view of the dam)

Earthquake-report.com has doubts about this earthquake as :
a) the local press in Zimbabwe and Zambia has not reported any news
b) even more important : the Tsumeb, Namibia seismograph has not showed any trace of this nearby earthquake.
EMSC itself has received the data from South African Seismological Network Pretoria, South Africa.

Data sources : EMSC

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Ml 5.5
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 08:19 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
45 km E of Kariba, Zimbabwe
161 km from Lusaka (Zambia)

Links to important maps
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Indonesia : Sumatra’s Mount Sinabung volcano still in eruption

Mount Sinabung in eruption

On 29 August 2010, the volcano experienced a minor eruption after several days of rumbling. Ash spewed into the atmosphere up to 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) and lava was seen overflowing the crater. The volcano had been inactive for centuries with the most recent eruption occurring in 1600.

Mount Sinabung is classified as category “B” volcano, which means it is not necessary for it to be monitored intensively. Other volcanoes, in category “A”, must be monitored frequently, the head of the National Volcanology Agency, named only as Surono, told Xinhua over phone from the province.

Government response

The Indonesian government was reported to have evacuated around 17,500 people from the region on and around the volcano. The government issued the highest-level warning for the area, which was expected to remain in force for around a week, since scientists were unfamiliar with the characteristics of the volcano, due to it having been dormant for so long. The government has also set up kitchens for refugees to have access to food, and have handed out 7,000 masks.  Over 10,000 people have been internally evacuated after the eruption, Secretary of the provincial administration, Edy Sofyan told Xinhua by phone. Spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency Priyadi Kardono said the eruption had not been predicted earlier like other volcanoes and authorities must conduct a quick preparation for emergency work as mount Sinabung’s seismic activity has been monitored intensively only since Friday after it showed an increase in activity.

Latest information
Authorities are reporting different numbers of evacuated people. Latest numbers vary from 19,000 to 30,052. Red Cross Indonesia is reporting diarrhea  epidemics in several evacuation camps, due to a lack of clean water. Red Cross Indonesia is doing a great job in distributing medical supplies and setting up public kitchens.
Complaints are growing that not all villages at risk have been reached by humanitarian aid workers. As the roads are still in good shape, local people do not understand why the aid did not reached these critical areas so far. Some people still remain in the affected villages as they did not like to leave their houses.
Police and army have been deployed to facilitate the aid efforts.
Only flights from Medan to Sibolga have been chut down. Authorities are waiting for the ash clouds to disperse before allowing flights again.

10:30 UTC – August 31 : Some villagers are reducing the risk of the volcano and are heading home again.  As people have their own risk scale, they are eager to go back to their fields to do what is necessary to spare their crops and to safeguard their possessions.
The volcano is still active, but as the smoke coming out of the crater is grayer, they y-think the danger has reduced too and they are taking the risk.
Authorities are allowing the people to go back to their homes if they decide so.

Some text : Wikipedia

China – Magnitude 5.0 earthquake injures 14 people and damages 7,354 houses

People check up damaged houses in Qiaojia County - click on the picture for the original photo

Earthquake Report comment :
A moderate, seemingly not harmful earthquake made a lot of damage and injured at least 14 people in the border region of the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in Southwest China.

Thirteen people were injured in the latest earthquake, and 7,354 houses were destroyed in the quake, including 122 houses being toppled, plus road cave-ins in Qiaojia County of Yunnan, according to Zhou Yingbin, deputy head of the county government.

Another person was slightly injured in Ningnan County of Sichuan, local officials said, who added that nobody was reported dead or missing in the quake.

Some text courtesy xinhuanet.com

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.0 (local authorities mention 4.8)
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 08:53:31 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km (local authorities mention 10 km)
Geo-location(s) :
145 km (90 miles) ENE of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China
185 km (115 miles) WNW of Lupanshui (Liupanshui), Guizhou, China

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

In memory of the victims of August 30, 19XX – China and Romania

M 6.8   30-08-1904    30-08    China Depth 0    km  – killing 565 people
Could not trace back enough details – please assist in finding them

M 7.0   30-08-1967    30-08    China Depth 8.1 km  – killing 39 people
Could not trace back enough details – please assist in finding them

M 6.9   30-08-1986    30-08    Romania Depth 136 km  – killing 2 people

Sibiu - Romania's Orthodox Cathedral

Sibiu city Romania - Image by CamilG via Flickr

Damage (VIII) in the Focsani-Birlad area, including the collapse of a church. Felt (VII) at Bucharest. Two people killed, 558 injured, and about 55,000 homes damaged, leaving more than 12,500 people homeless in the Kishinev-Kagul area, USSR.
Felt (VII) in northern Bulgaria; (V) in the Skopje area, Yugoslavia; (IV) at Simferopol and Kiev, USSR and Belgrade, Yugoslavia; (III) at Moscow, USSR and Titograd, Yugoslavia. Felt throughout central and eastern Hungary. Also felt in Greece, Turkey, southern Italy and eastern Poland.  The focal mechanism is well controlled and corresponds to reverse faulting with a moderate strike-slip component.

M 6.0   30-08-2008    30-08    China Depth 10 km  – killing 41 people
At least 32 people killed and 321 injured at Huili; 6 people killed and 132 injured at Chuxiong; 5 people killed and 132 injured at Panzhihua; 4 people injured at Kunming.
At least 392,000 houses damaged or destroyed in the Sichuan-Yunnan area.
At least 66 schools, 22 bridges, 131 roads and 19 reservoirs damaged at Panzhihua. Chengdu-Kunming railroad service interrupted. Strongly felt at Panzhihua and Xichang. Also felt at Kunming, Chengdu, Dali and Yibin.

“In memory of” is highlighting deadly earthquakes of the past.
People have forgotten a lot of these human tragedies.
We @ Earthquake Report are hopeful that people in these countries and cities will learn from their history and will make sure that they are building Earthquake Proof houses and that they know what to do when the earth will be shaking again.

QuakeSOS Twitter linkWhat do we offer on our @QuakeSOS twitter link ? :
– The titles of, and links to the in-depth articles of Earthquake-report.com
– Automatic alerts of all important earthquakes in almost real time as they occur in the world
Try us on twitter and be one of the best informed people on earthquakes in the world.

Papua New Guinea – 2 earthquakes strike near New Britain’s Kimbe

Kimbe Bay @ photobucket.com

Kimbe Bay @ photobucket.com

Earthquake Report comment :
Only 15 km from Kimbe, with a population of more then 18,000 inhabitants, one of the major cities on the island.
Kimbe is a modern city with concrete buildings, which makes these constructions vulnerable if not build with earthquake proof methods. This explains our orange “moderate risk” label.

At 22:35 (10:35 PM) another shallow earthquake struck the same area (distance of 40 km from Kimbe). Although not very powerful, these kind of shallow quakes near modern towns in third world countries can create a lot of damage.

Kimbe is the capital of the province of West New Britain in Papua New Guinea. It is a port town on the great Kimbe Bay which boasts more than 60 percent of the coral species of the entire Indo-Pacific. The bustling town of Kimbe is the third largest port in Papua New Guinea and is the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. Accommodation in Kimbe is readily available in many high-class resorts and hotels, as well as many budget guesthouses and motels dribbled along the province.

Kimbe Bay is set in a tropical setting with coral reefs and live-aboard diving expeditions that attract tourists world-wide. Active volcanic cones encircle Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain.
Blue-eyed cockatoos and the world’s largest moths fill the air, while bandicoots and wallabies share the landscape with one of the world’s greatest number of orchids. (Some text courtesy Wikipedia)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.1 and Mb 5.0
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 10:39:00 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km (Mb 5.1)
Geo-location(s) :
15 km (10 miles) WSW of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG (Mb 5.1)

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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