Vanuatu – M 7.3 – Today’s Port-Vila earthquake has beaten a Magnitude record

Last update, see below in green

Earthquake Report comment :
Very strong shaking expected on the Vanuatu island of Efate.  Epicenter is only 20 km from the Efate beaches. Luckily 66 km deep. GDACS has issued a green tsunami alert, which indicates that the Tsunami treat for greater Pacific area is very limited. Port Vila got a wave amplitude of 23 cm shortly after the quake.
26,000 people live in a radius of 50 km around the epicenter
46,700 people live in an area of 100 km around the epicenter.
A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Hawaii or Alaska coast. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.
Update UTC 6:08 : NOAA issued a new report stating that a limited Tsunami risk exists for the neighboring islands in the Pacific  :

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. A RECORDED
 WAVE AMPLITUDE OF 23 CM HAS BEEN OBSERVED AT PORT VILA, VANUATU.
 THIS IS ONLY AN INITIAL MEASUREMENT OF THE FIRST ARRIVING TSUNAMI
 WAVE. HIGHER WAVE AMPLITUDES MAY YET TO BE OBSERVED ALONG COASTS
 NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. FOR THOSE AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR
 WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF
 ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS
 THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED.
 DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
 CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO THE CONTINUING SEA LEVEL
 CHANGES AND RAPID CURRENTS.  AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE
 VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST
 BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

Latest report from Reuters Alertnet :  Vanuatu issues alert after small tsunami

Update 7:53 UTC : So far no news from the local press

Update 8:00 UTC : Don Miller, a New Zealand Scientist working in Port Vila did post his experience in facebook a little while ago :
Magnitude 7.5 about 50km away.
Biggest shake I have ever felt – lateral and vertical movement was massive but house has held together ok.  Small 23 cm tsunami has been and gone.

Update 8:08 UTC : A number of powerful aftershocks measuring M 5.8 and M 4.8 are shaking the area again.
So far NO damage has been reported.
Don Miller reports a couple of minutes ago : Another substantial wiggle at 6:58pm (2 hours 35 minutes after the first massive shock)

Update 10:06 UTC : 2 more noticeable aftershocks of M 4.3 at 09:21 UTC and M 5.0 at 9:53 UTC

Update 10:47 UTC : Today’s Port-Vila earthquake has beaten a record : A SOPAC report from the 2002 Earthquake and Tsunami in Port-Vila  from Dr. Shorten states :
On Thursday 3rd January 2002, a magnitude Mw 7.1 earthquake, the largest recorded so far in the vicinity, struck Port Vila (Figure 1). Although a significant event, it was by no means the largest possible in this setting. Estimates of maximum possible seismicity sit around magnitude 7.8.
We can only have respect for his scientific prediction : a 7.5 comes very near the 7.8 he was assuming that could happen.

Update 14:16 UTC : Witnesses said people working in the capital’s tallest buildings were also evacuated, while the powerful quake was felt in the archipelago’s other islands further north. “People were moving to higher ground,” resident Steve Ayong-Nirua told AFP.  Read the Full AFP report
More aftershocks of M 5.1, M5.0 and M 4.7 the last couple of hours.
Magnitude downgraded to 7.3 by USGS

Update 20:48 UTC : New aftershock of Magnitude 5.3 at 35 km depth.
Radio New Zealand International reports : Reports from Vila indicate the quake shook goods off shelves, forcing many shops in town to close early, but there were no immediate reports of major structural damage.
Read the full report

Most important Earthquake Data:
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 04:23:46 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 66 km (afterwards recalculated at 33 km)
Geo-location(s) :
35 km (28 miles) WNW (291°) from PORT-VILA, Vanuatu
240 km (152 miles) SSE (161°) from Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu

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 Shaking map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)
GDACS Green Tsunami alert

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world.  GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

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Earthquakes list August 10, 2010

Useful 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 page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
Minor earthquakes are earthquakes without or with little damage risk.  In most cases these earthquakes have a Magnitude smaller than M 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)

M 5.8      2010/08/10 23:18  Depth 202 km    VANUATU (too deep to be dangerous)
M 4.9      2010-08-10   20:56  Depth 160 km   GUATEMALA
M 4.2      2010/08/10 19:54   Depth 590     MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES (aftershock)
M 4.8      2010/08/10 16:00  Depth 10 km     OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
M 5.1      2010/08/10 15:48      Depth 50 km   RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
M 4.8      2010-08-10   14:04     Depth 10 km  EASTERN XIZANG (Tibet), CHINA
VANUATU, multiple aftershocks varying from M 4.3 tot M 5.3
M 3.7      2010/08/10 09:54   Depth 2 km   CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, USA
M 4.4      2010-08-10   09:34   Depth 1 km – KYRGYZSTAN
M 3.6      2010-08-10   09:25    Depth 5 km  DUISBURG, GERMANY
M 5.3      2010/08/10 06:14      Depth 37 km  VANUATU
M 5.8      2010/08/10 05:50   Depth 21 km  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
M 7.5      2010/08/10 05:23   Depth 35 km  VANUATU
M 3.7       2010-08-10   04:56      Depth 5 km ICELAND REGION
M 5.0      2010/08/10 04:52    Depth 87 km  CENTRAL PERU
M 3.5      2010/08/10 02:12         Depth 9 km   NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA
M 5.1      2010/08/10 01:41          Depth 10 km  BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
M 3.9      2010/08/10 00:51         Depth 5 km   NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

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In memory of the victims of August 10, 19XX – China, Iran and Solomon Islands

“In memory of” will highlight 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.

M 7.9  10-08-1931 – Depth 35 km – China    – approx. 10,000 people killed
The 1931 Fuyun earthquake occurred on August 10, 1931 at 21:18 UTC. The epicenter was near Fuyun County of northern Xinjiang, China. It was a Mw 8.0 earthquake and had a surface rupture of 171 km with a maximal horizontal displacement of 14 m along the Koktokay-Ertai fault zone. The Koktokay-Ertai fault has a slip rate of 4±2 mm per year. The rupture of this earthquake was caused by right-lateral strike-slip movement with normal component. The rupture is well preserved and becomes one of the main features of the Koktokay National Geopark located in Koktokay. This earthquake took more than 10,000 lives.

M 7.5  10-08-1988 – Depth 34 km – Solomon Islands – 1 person killed
Two events about 10 seconds apart.  One person killed and about 100 homes washed away in 13 villages along the southwestern coast of San Cristobal where a tsunami flooded 50-100 meters inland. Felt widely on Guadalcanal, San Cristobal, Malaita and neighboring Islands.  Seventeen cm tsunami (peak to trough) recorded at Honiara, Guadalcanal.

M 4.5  10-08-1999 – Depth 20 km – Iran – 1 person killed
One person killed, one person injured and several houses damaged at Momenabad.

M 5.3  10-08-2004 – Depth 13 km – China – 4 people killed
At least 4 people killed, nearly 200 seriously injured, 400 slightly injured, more than 120,000 homeless, 18,556 houses destroyed and 65,601 damaged in Ludian County, Yunnan. Twenty-two reservoirs damaged in Yunnan Province.

Japan – M 5.8 – Powerful earthquake near the coast of Honshu

Earthquake Report comment :
1,269,000 people will have experienced light shaking (Mercalli IV).
Biggest towns in the area are Miyako (52,000), Morioka (295,000) and Hachinohe (239,000). All have probably experienced a Mercalli IV shaking.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 03:50:37 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 21 km
Geo-location(s) :
173 km (107 miles) E (99°) from Morioka, Honshu, Japan
236 km (146 miles) NE (55°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan
516 km (320 miles) NE (34°) 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
USGS Shaking map
Report of the Japan Meteorological Agency

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.

Peru – M 5.0 – Moderate and deep earthquake in the greater Cuzco area

Earthquake Report comment :
Luckily this earthquake occurred deep in the earth, otherwise it would have been very dangerous. The epicenter is located very near to a number of Andean villages and towns.

Update 8:56 UTC : El Comercio (Peru) : El departamento de Apurímac fue estremecido al filo de la medianoche por un sismo que inquietó a la población pero no causó daños materiales ni humanos que lamentar.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday, August 09, 2010 at 11:52:41 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 87 km
Geo-location(s) :
4 km of Chuquibambilla, Peru
40 km of Abancay, Peru
100 km (60 miles) SW of Cusco (Cuzco), Peru
170 km (105 miles) ENE of Puquio, Peru
195 km (120 miles) ESE of Ayacucho, Peru

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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