Earthquakes list August 16, 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 5.0      2010/08/16 22:19   Depth 61.6 JAVA, INDONESIA
M 5.9      2010/08/16 19:35   Depth 597.1 FIJI REGION
M 5.3      2010/08/16 18:56   Depth 137.9 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
M 5.2      2010/08/16 17:20  Depth 14.1 VANUATU
M 4.5      2010-08-16   12:54   Depth 10 EOLIAN ISLANDS, SICILY, ITALY
M 4.4      2010/08/16 12:05   Depth 7.4 OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA
M 4.8      2010/08/16 11:38   Depth 42.5 MOLUCCA SEA, INDONESIA
M 4.1      2010-08-16   06:41   Depth 15 EASTERN TURKEY
M 4.6      2010/08/16 04:30   Depth 127.4 DOMINICA, LEEWARD ISLANDS
M 4.7      2010/08/16 04:01   Depth 91.8 SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA
M 6.3      2010/08/16 03:30   Depth 10.6 MAURITIUS – REUNION REGION
M 4.9      2010/08/16 03:05   Depth 67.6 NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
M 4.5      2010/08/16 01:14   Depth 316.6 FIJI REGION

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Italy – Eolian Islands (Sicily) – at least 7 people injured in a shallow moderate earthquake

Earthquake Report comment :

Update 14:51 UTC : Italian sources indicate that at least 7 people are injured in this moderate, but shallow earthquake with epicenter at the Southern tip of Isola Vulcano, an active volcano island.
Authorities are checking the villages whether any damage has been occurred on houses and infrastructure.

Update 15:17 UTC : A number of landslides have injured people. The earthquake has been felt also on the Sicilian coast.  Renato Schifani, the Italian Senate chairman happens to be in the area (on vacation) and follows the situation personally. The Italian Civil Protection Agency is in continuous contact with the mayors of the towns closest to the epicenter (like Lipari) to find out if there is more damage or injured people.
This light but shallow earthquake is breaking the vacation atmosphere on this beautiful island archipelago.

By TheMayoman @ Photobucket.com

Update 15:54 UTC : Stones from the landslides have been tumbling down nearby boats enjoying the beautiful blue waters, narrowingly next to the boat of the Italian Senate chairman.
Most of the landslides happened in the Valle Muria area on the island of Lipari. When the shaking started, people ran in panic into the streets. For a lot of tourists, on visit in the Eolian Islands, this must have been a scary experience.
7 people so far have been confirmed receiving aid for very slight injuries.
A lot of the Italian Rich and Famous own condominiums on one of the Eolian islands, especially at the islands of Panarea and Lipari.

Link to an article in Palermo’s La Repubblica with a picture of the dust of the landslide

Google earth 3-dimensional view on the landslide area

Google earth 3-dimensional view on Isola Vulcano, the volcano and the epicenter location

Panoramio picture from Vulcano crater and the island of Lipari where one can see the cliffs where the landslide occurred

Extract of our first report, just after the quake happened :

A very shallow earthquake of Magnitude 4.5  just occurred in the waters of the Eolian islands.
August is the top tourist month on the Liparian islands, so a lot of people will have felt the shaking.
The epicenter is located on the shores of southern Vulcano island, a still active volcano. The Italian authorities are very alerted on the whereabouts of this volcano, which is seen as ‘possible to erupt’ in the (near) future.

The Eolian islands are an island archipelago in between Sicily and Italy. The islands are or active or dormant or old volcanoes. The most famous volcano on the islands is Stromboli volcano, constantly active since long time.

Read our full report here (we have issued a first report just after the quake occurred)

Italy – M 4.5 – Moderate earthquake in the waters of the Sicilian Eolian Islands

Earthquake Report comment :
Latest updates in bold green, hereunder
A very shallow earthquake of Magnitude 4.5  just occurred in the waters of the Eolian islands.
August is the top tourist month on the Liparian islands, so a lot of people will have felt the shaking.
The epicenter is located on the shores of southern Vulcano island, a still active volcano. The Italian authorities are very alerted on the whereabouts of this volcano, which is seen as ‘possible to erupt’ in the (near) future.

The most recent deadly earthquake occurred in Sicily January 15, 1968 killing 231 people.
The most fatal of all Italian earthquakes was a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake followed by a destructive tsunami and killing more than

70,000 people. The epicenter was located near Messina, at the eastern tip of Sicily.

The Eolian islands are an island archipelago in between Sicily and Italy. The islands are or active or dormant or old volcanoes. The most famous volcano on the islands is Stromboli volcano, constantly active since long time.

By TheMayoman @ Photobucket.com

Update 14:51 UTC : Italian sources indicate that at least 7 people are injured in this moderate, but shallow earthquake with epicenter at the Southern tip of Isola Vulcano, an active volcano island.
Authorities are checking the villages whether any damage has been occurred on houses and infrastructure.

Update 15:17 UTC : A number of landslides have injured people. The earthquake has been felt also on the Sicilian coast.  Renato Schifani, the Italian Senate chairman happens to be in the area (on vacation) and follows the situation personally. The Italian Civil Protection Agency is in continuous contact with the mayors of the towns closest to the epicenter (like Lipari) to find out if there is more damage or injured people.
This light but shallow earthquake is breaking the vacation atmosphere on this beautiful island archipelago.

Update 15:54 UTC : Stones from the landslides have been tumbling down nearby boats enjoying the beautiful blue waters, narrowingly next to the boat of the Italian Senate chairman.
Most of the landslides happened in the Valle Muria area on the island of Lipari. When the shaking started, people ran in panic into the streets. For a lot of tourists, on visit in the Eolian Islands, this must have been a scary experience.
7 people so far have been confirmed receiving aid for very slight injuries.
A lot of the Italian Rich and Famous own condominiums on one of the Eolian islands, especially at the islands of Panarea and Lipari.

Link to an article in Palermo’s La Repubblica with a picture of the dust of the landslide
Google earth 3-dimensional view on the landslide areaGoogle earth 3-dimensional view on Isola Vulcano, the volcano and the epicenter location
Panoramio picture from Vulcano crater and the island of Lipari where one can see the cliffs where the landslide occurred

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday 2010-08-16, local time 14:54
Depth (Hypocenter) : 2 km
Geo-location(s) :
13 km S of LIPARY, Sicily, Italy

Links to important maps

USGS Did You Feel It map
EMSC Fault line map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
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.

Dominica – M 4.5 – Light earthquake in the coastal waters of Caribbean Dominica

Atlantic plate diving under the Caribbean plate

Atlantic plate diving under the Caribbean plate

Earthquake Report comment :
With an epicenter of only 30 km from Roseau, Dominica, a light and very deep earthquake happened 7 hours ago.
Only few people will have felt a very light tremor because of the depth of the hypocenter.
If you look into the details of the Google map, you will see clearly the  Atlantic plate diving underneath the Caribbean plate, which create the  relatively seismically active area.

Dominica has seven volcanic centres, the highest concentration of “live” volcanoes in the world.
The Caribbean ‘plate’ is overriding the Atlantic ‘plate’, which is being ‘subducted’ down and providing materials which become part of the magma which fuels the Lesser Antillean volcanoes.
The edge of the Caribbean ‘plate’ is perhaps 50 miles east of Dominica, and the crumbling edges of both plates are responsible for the seismic activity so common off east Dominica and in Southern Dominica. (courtesy : avirtualdominica.com)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:30:15 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 127 km
Geo-location(s) :
30 km (20 miles) E of ROSEAU, Dominica
75 km (45 miles) N of FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique

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.

Reunion / Mauritius – M 6.3 – Heavy earthquake in the Indian Ocean

Earthquake Report comment :
The epicenter of this earthquake  is far away from the islands of La Reunion and Mauritius.
It occurred in the immediate vicinity of the fault line zone where the divergent boundaries of the African plate and the Australian plate are pulling apart.
NO people live in a radius of 200 km around the epicenter.
The earthquake was NOT powerful enough to generate a Tsunami.

Mauritius  sits on the African Tectonic Plate, but not near enough to any plate boundaries or fault lines to experience any major earthquakes or tectonic activity.
Mauritius  is an island nation, with rugged volcanic features and a large fertile plain. The compact main island is the worn and eroded base of an extinct volcano. It stands on a mostly undersea feature called the Mascarene Plateau (a ridge that for much of its length now lies underwater in the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south). The Mascarene Plateau was once a land bridge between Asia and Africa.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday, August 16, 2010 at 07:30:55 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 11 km
Geo-location(s) :
320 km (200 miles) NE of Ile Rodrigues, Mauritius
Earthquake Parameters :
NST=142, Nph=146, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.27 sec, Gp= 36°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8

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
USGS historic earthquakes map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* 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

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 16, 19XX – Iran, China and The Philippines

Courtesy Q13Fox.com

“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.

M 6.7  16-08-1958    16-08    Iran Depth 35 – killing 200 people
The Nahavand (Firuzabad) earthquake of 16 August 1958 killing at least 200 people. No further details.

M 5.5  16-08-1971    16-08    China Depth 22.7 – killing 10 people

No details found

M 8.0  16-08-1976    16-08    Philippines Depth 57.9 – killing 8,000 people
The 1976 Moro Gulf earthquake and tsunami took place on August 16, 1976, near the islands of Mindanao and Sulu, in the Philippines. Its magnitude was calculated as being as high as 8.0 on the moment magnitude scale. The epicenter was in the Celebes Sea between the islands of Mindanao and Borneo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center’s preliminary magnitude was given as 8.0 on the Richter scale and as 7.9 by other sources. There were many aftershocks following the main earthquake. A major aftershock on August 17 (local date) had a magnitude of 6.8. It was proceeded by at least fifteen smaller aftershocks. According to reports, the earthquake was recorded around 16:10 UTC.

The initial earthquake was widespread and was felt as far as the central Philippine islands of the Visayas. A massive tsunami devastated 700 kilometers of coastline bordering the Moro Gulf in the North Celebes Sea, resulting in destruction and death in the coastal communities of the Sulu Archipelago and southern Mindanao, including Zamboanga City and Pagadian City. At least 5,000 people died during the earthquake and tsunami, with thousands more remaining missing.  Some reports say that as many as 8,000 people lost their lives in total, with ninety percent of all deaths the result of the following tsunami.

Initially over 8,000 people were officially counted as killed or missing, 10,000 injured, and 90,000 homeless, making the 1976 Moro Earthquake and Tsunami one of the most devastating disasters in the history of the Philippine Islands.[3] After the initial earthquake the people were unaware of the need to move to higher ground; when the tsunami hit it sucked most of the victims out to sea. Based on the investigation on the affected region it was confirmed that the waves reached up to 4.0 to 5.0 meters (14-15 feet) when they hit the areas. There were reports of weak tsunami activity as far as Japan, as well as Indonesian Hydrographic Office reports of unusual wave activity affecting the islands of Sulawesi (Celebes Island) and Borneo.

M 5.4  16-08-2003    16-08    China Depth 23.3 – killing 4 people

At least 4 people killed, more than 1,000 injured, 7,900 houses destroyed and 83,000 damaged in the Lindong-Tianshan area. Felt as far as Beijing.

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