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

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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 :
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quakesos-rt-news-earthquakes/id372398998?mt=8

iPhone App review @ Appcraver.com

http://www.quakesos.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

Geography in action : Follow the earthquake trip of “Fault Line Living”

Fault Line Living are winners of the 2010 ‘Go Beyond’ bursary from The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Land Rover.  This annual award aims to promote a wider understanding and enjoyment of geography as well as facilitate individuals going beyond their normal limits and boundaries.  Find out more about the bursary and how to apply here.

Fault Line Living is a 15,000 mile expedition and multi-media project exploring the human stories of people living on fault lines. Fault lines are where the natural world most catastrophically collides with the human world. Cities can be torn apart, children can grow up knowing an earthquake drill before knowing a nursery rhyme. On the other hand, the benefits and even the allure of living near a fault line can outweigh the risks.

Fault Line Living explores the human stories of those living in such environments. Driving along some of the world’s most active fault lines, the journey will explore what it’s really like to live in these danger zones, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Along the way we will be working with school students, seismologists and citizens of each country to investigate how different communities adapt to the challenges of life on a fault line.

Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) said, “This project, made possible through our partnership with Land Rover, shows the power of geography and its impact on people, places and environments. The team will, as well as ‘going beyond’ their normal limits and boundaries, be supporting one of the Society’s objectives which is to promote the wider understanding of our world.”

Serena Davies

Serena is a producer and director of factual television and previously worked in the BBC Science and History department. Serena has worked on programmes such as David Attenborough on Climate Change: Britain Under Threat, the history series Timewatch and the critically acclaimed series Last Man Standing.

Tamsin Davies

Tamsin heads up the Innovation department at Fallon, one of the UK’s leading advertising agencies. Recently, she has been involved in the conception and development of START – a nationwide initiative by The Prince’s Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living. With a degree in Geography, Tamsin has always been a keen traveller and has lived in New York, Buenos Aires and Lagos.

Adam Whitaker

Adam is a graduate of Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, and has been working as a designer and photographer based in London and New York for fifteen years. He has undertaken assignments worldwide in places such as Africa, Cuba, Russia, Argentina, Mongolia, Ecuador and Syria, and has exhibited his photography in New York and London. Adam has been awarded many dimes by D&AD, The One Show (New York), The Art Directors Club Of New York and The Design Week Awards. Last year he completed the Mongol Rally with Tamsin.

As part of Land Rover’s commitment to sustainability, the carbon emissions from the manufacturing and mileage of the Defender 110 are being offset through ClimateCare, who run Land Rover’s CO2 Offset Programme all over Our Planet.

Southern Iran – M 5.3 earthquake July 31 – update – 1 dead, 30% of the houses demolished in 4 villages

Puzzling pieces together is the only way to find out what really happened and is happening in both earthquake areas struck by M 5.3 and M 5.8 earthquakes last Friday and Saturday.

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.

Israeli press states : the stricken areas did not include the Islamic Republic’s nuclear sites.

(Source : www.israelnationalnews.com)

Earlier Remark of Earthquake Report:
Earthquake Report is not sure at all that all the details have been given.
The town of Baft was also very nearby and the given information does not look complete, no word on Baft.
If many houses were badly damaged, there must certainly be at least injured people.
As there are no independent journalists to report, we are cautious to believe the government reports.

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



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