My God … It’s an earthquake ! What to know ?

Image Courtesy earthquakecountry.info

1.Where to go if it starts ? (added on August 13)
When an earthquake starts, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table (make sure that you define these places before something happens), and hold on to it firmly.
Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.
The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be.
Windows, facades and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse.  Stay away from this danger zone, stay inside if you are inside and outside if you are outside.

2. What to do when you are in bed ? (added on August 18)
Reality tells us that there will be +30% chance that you are in bed when the shaking starts.
If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
You are less likely to be injured staying where you are.
Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.

The text is based on trusted ways to protect yourself, as specified and told by most governmental agencies. We know that other experimental opinions exist on this subject, but Earthquake Report will stay on the secure and proven path. This mainly to avoid confusion. Other articles in the future may cover these methods.

Other tips will follow.
Some text courtesy wikipedia.org, earthquakecountry.info, usgs.org, etc.

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In memory of the victims of August 18, 19XX – United States, Ecuador and Algeria

(Photograph by J.R. Stacy.) - Courtesy USGS

“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 7.3 – 18-08-59 – Depth 15 km –
United States – killing 28 people
This earthquake caused 28 fatalities and about $11 million in damage to highways and timber.
The most spectacular and disastrous effect of the earthquake was the huge avalanche of rock, soil and trees that cascaded from the steep south wall of the Madison River Canyon. This slide formed a barrier that blocked the gorge and stopped the flow of the Madison River and, within a few weeks, created a lake almost 53 meters deep. The volume of material that blocked the Madison River below Hebgen Dam has been estimated at 28 – 33 million cubic meters. Most of the 28 deaths were caused by rockslides that covered the Rock Creek public campground on the Madison River, about 9.5 kilometers below Hebgen Dam.
On the basis of vibration damage (and excluding geologic effects), damage to buildings along the fault zone was singularly unspectacular (MM intensity VIII at places, intensity VII generally). Minor damage occurred throughout southern Montana, northeast Idaho, and northwest Wyoming. Felt as far as Seattle, Washington, to the west; Banff, Canada, to the north; Dickinson, North Dakota, to the east; and Provo, Utah, to the south. This area includes nine Western States and three Canadian Provinces. Aftershocks continued for several months.

M 5.9 – 18-08-80 – Depth 56 km – Ecuador – killing 8 people
Eight people killed, 100 injured and extensive damage in the Guayaquil area.

M 5.8 – 18-08-94 – Depth 9 km – Algeria – killing 171 people
At least 159 people were killed, 289 injured, 8,000 to 10,000 left homeless and thousands of mud-brick houses destroyed in Mascara Province.

Earthquakes list August 18, 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 offer 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)
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

M 4.9      2010/08/18 19:49   Depth 132.3 km TONGA
M 4.5      2010-08-18 18:43   Depth 1 km NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
M 4.8      2010/08/18 15:12   Depth 114.5 km GUATEMALA
M 6.2      2010/08/18 16:28   Depth 53.0 km MARIANA ISLANDS REGION (aftershock)
M 4.8      2010/08/18 10:52   Depth 319.6 km BANDA SEA
M 4.5      2010/08/18 07:38   Depth 35 km WEST COAST COLOMBIA
M 4.5      2010-08-18   01:27   Depth 10 km KYRGYZSTAN

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.

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.

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