Japan – M 4.9 – Moderate and deep earthquake on Honshu

Earthquake Report comment :
Very active seismic area.
Earthquake occurred at a depth of 89 km.
This earthquake will be hardly felt by humans.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 at 07:30:48 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 89 km
Geolocation(s) :
56 km (35 miles) NNW (333°) from Mito, Honshu, Japan
68 km (42 miles) WSW (246°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
105 km (65 miles) SSW (193°) from Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
134 km (83 miles) NNE (17°) from TOKYO, Japan

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

Minor Earthquakes list August 2, 2010

Minor earthquakes are earthquakes less than Magnitude 5.0 OR earthquakes with an hypocenter (depth) of more than 100 km OR earthquakes up to M 5.9 with an epicenter far away from populated areas.
The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
More important earthquakes are described in detail in this blog

M 4.7  2010/08/02  09:36:08  Depth 44.6 km  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA

M 4.8  2010/08/02  12:00:45  Depth 10.0 km  NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

M 5.3  2010/08/02  14:17:15  Depth 10.0 km  MAGADANSKAYA OBLAST’, RUSSIA (Far away from the nearest village)

M 4.1  2010-08-02  13:18:40.6  Depth 119 km  HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION

M 4.4  2010-08-02  12:12:44.7  Depth 120 km  TAJIKISTAN

M 4.7  2010/08/02  17:14:08  Depth 65.3 km  SOLOMON ISLANDS

M 4.4 2010-08-02 18:50:54.6 Depth 28 km NIAS REGION, INDONESIA

M 4.0 2010-08-02 17:25:53.5 Depth 10 km CRETE, GREECE

Southern Iran – M 5.3 – Another earthquake strikes near Negar (Update 3)

Earthquake Report comment :
Less than 24 hours after a powerful earthquake struck close the city of Torbat-e Heydariyeh in Northern Iran, another earthquake struck the Southern part of the country 32 km northeast of the city of Baft (population 43,077)
As this earthquake occurred at a depth of 22 km (EMSC states 10 km) , damage and injured people are possible.

Based on our experience with recent earthquakes, Iran media are disclosing only drops of information mostly after many hours.
We keep you updated.

Update 1 : Baft is a town in the Kerman province of Iran (population 37,000, elevation 2270 m), The city is located in 155 kilometers southwestern of Kerman city.], administrative center of the Baft county.
Kerman, the closest big city ca 95 km from the epicenter has a population of 533,799 (2005).
(Source wikipedia)

Update 2 (more than 24 hours after the earthquake !) :
Most of the earthquakes damage was located in Negar,
Excerpt of the Tehran times from August 1 : There have been no reports of casualties but many homes have been damaged.
Rescue teams have been dispatched to the stricken region from the neighboring cities, an official from Kerman’s Red Crescent said.
20 percent of buildings have sustained 15 to 40 percent damages, the local official added.
“Due to the town’s ancient structure, today’s earthquake damaged about 700 houses,” Ali Reza Kazemi, the mayor of Negar, told the IRNA news agency.

Update 3 (August 2, 16:15 UTC)
At least one person was killed, and 300 others were injured.An estimated one-third of the buildings in four villages were demolished.The official Iranian News Agency quoted one Red Crescent official as saying there was a danger of worse earthquakes because one of the two quakes Friday night and Saturday was not followed by aftershocks.The stricken areas did not include the Islamic Republic’s nuclear sites.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:22:57 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 22 km
Geolocation(s) :
32 km  of Baft  Iran
95 km (60 miles) SSW of Kerman, Iran
110 km (70 miles) E of Sirjan, Iran
135 km (85 miles) SE of Rafsanjan, Iran

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

QuakeSOS, a must have iPhone application when living in Earthquake areas

Though I’ve seen a pretty wide variety of iPhone apps in every category and admittedly don’t know all of them by a long shot, Quake SOS is the first app I’ve seen that is designed for use in a natural disaster emergency. A combination of an alert system for victims of earthquakes and an earthquake information guide, Quake SOS is a free app and requires registration to use effectively.

Quake SOS allows users to provide contact information of family and friends and to alert them if you are in an earthquake. You can notify your contacts that you are safe, or that you need help, whichever your situation would warrant.

Other useful information includes an earthquake database of sorts that updates every time you launch Quake SOS. It provides information such as when and where earthquakes have occurred, the Richter scale magnitude and depth of the quake, and a map displaying the actual location.

Registered users can notify others if they felt the quake and see the number of users reporting safe. Quake SOS also includes news pertaining to specific quakes.

While the one notable issue regarding the effectiveness of Quake SOS is the fact that a signal is required for it to work, it remains a plausible source of information and assistance in the face of a natural disaster. The signal requirement could certainly pose a problem, depending on the situation. Obviously smaller quakes probably won’t take out satellite towers and internet signals, but larger ones certainly could. In that case, no information could be sent or gathered. It would really depend and reliability is certainly unpredictable.

Available for free in the iTunes App store :

iPhone App review @ Appcraver.com


Russia – M 5.2 – Shallow earthquake in Magadan Oblast district

Earthquake Report comment :
Scarcely populated area at a distance of ca 200 km north of the Sea of Okhotsk

Most important Earthquake Data:
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 at 02:17:14 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geolocation(s) :
310 km (190 miles) SSE of Ust’-Nera, Sakha, Russia
320 km (200 miles) NNE of Okhotsk, Russia
395 km (245 miles) NW of Magadan, Russia

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

Picture from the landscape around the epicenter

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