Earthquakes list August 20, 2010

M 4.3 2010-08-20   23:19   Depth 1 km SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
Very shallow earthquake but luckily not powerful enough to be dangerous and in the middle of the wilderness..
M 6.4      2010/08/20 17:56   Depth 50.9
BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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M 4.8      2010/08/20 17:26   Depth 54.1 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Aftershock from the M 7.3 earthquake from a couple of weeks ago
M 5.2      2010/08/20 16:57   Depth 10.0 KYRGYZSTAN
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M 5.3      2010/08/20 16:40   Depth 105.4 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
Near the coastline of Akutan
M 5.0      2010/08/20 13:08   Depth 77.4 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
In the middle of the Southern Atlantic Ocean
M 4.9  2010-08-20   14:12   Depth 55 km SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
Moderate earthquake at least 120 km out in th sea. Not dangerous
M 5.0   08:47   Depth 85.8 km
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Too far away in the Solomon Sea to harass the islands
M 4.3   06:14   Depth 9.5 km FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
Aftershock from the powerful M +6 earthquake from a couple of weeks ago
M 5.1   02:52   Depth 52.2 km ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Very active seismic area in an unpopulated part of the world
M 4.9   01:12   Depth 56.6 km PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean

green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries
The page is regularly updated to add new earthquakes.

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 reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

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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Papua New Guinea – M 6.4 – Heavy earthquake in the Solomon Sea, 70 km from Bougainville Island

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Earthquake Report comment :
A rather deep (51 km) earthquake occurred in the Solomon Sea at a reasonable distance from the Bougainville Island coast.
Papua New Guinea has almost daily earthquakes and this one has only a limited chance on damage and injuries.
The main danger of these earthquakes are local, sometimes devastating tsunamis, triggered bu undersea landslides.
A good look on the satllite Google map will reveal an epicenter just on the steep ridge where one of the 2 plates is subducting the other.
This earthquake happened in the middle of the night (4 AM).
On the positive side, GDACS has issued a GREEN earthquake report.
NOAA has NOT issued a tsunami report nor GDACS

Earthquake Seismogram from the Port Moresby station, PNG

Earthquake Seismogram from the Port Moresby station, PNG

Bougainville island is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The Pacific Ring of Fire (or sometimes just the Ring of Fire) is an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 03:56:19 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 51 km
Geo-location(s) :
165 km (105 miles) WSW of Arawa, Bougainville, PNG
260 km (160 miles) SSE of Taron, New Ireland, PNG

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.

Kyrgyztan – M 5.2 – Dangerous shallow earthquake near the Tajikistan border

A view of Sary Tash village, in Kyrgyzstan. Be...

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Earthquake Report comment :
A moderate but dangerous shallow earthquake occurred near Sarigon in the border area of Kyrgyztan and Tajikistan
As the earthquake occurred at 11 PM in a remote mountainous area of the country, it can easily last more than 12 hours before additional details are published.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, August 20, 2010 at 10:57:15 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
119 km (74 miles) WSW (250°) from Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan
153 km (95 miles) SSE (148°) from Quqon (Kokand), Uzbekistan
273 km (170 miles) ENE (71°) from DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

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.

In memory of the victims of August 20, 19XX – Philippines, Djibouti, Iran and Nepal

Pashupatinath, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

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“In memory of” is highlighting deadly earthquakes of the past.
People have forgotten a lot of these human tragedies.

M 7.3  20-08-1937   Philippines Depth 35 km  – killing 1 person
No details found

M 5.0  20-08-1954   Iran Depth ?  – killing 1 person
No details found

M 6.8  20-08-1988   Nepal Depth 57 km  – killing 1450 people (other sources report 721)
Seven hundred twenty-one people killed, 6,553 injured and 64,470 buildings damaged in eastern Nepal, including the Kathmandu Valley. Maximum intensity VIII.  Liquefaction observed in a 5,500 sq. km area of southern Nepal.  At least 277 people killed, thousands injured and extensive damage in northern Bihar, India, particularly in the Darbhanga-Madhubani-Saharsa area.  Damage in the Gangtok area, Sikkim and in the Darjiling area, India.  Felt in large parts of northern India from Delhi to the Burma border and in much of Bangladesh.  The focal mechanism is moderately well controlled and corresponds to reverse faulting with a large strike-slip component.

M 6.5  20-08-1989   Djibouti Depth 12 km  – killing 2 people
Two people killed, two injured and damage and rockslides caused in the Galafi-Yoboki area, Djibouti. Ground cracks were observed at Galafi and four springs were destroyed in the area.  Felt strongly throughout Djibouti. Damage and landslides occurred in northeastern Ethiopia, particularly along the Aseb-Adis Abeba highway. Felt at Aseb.  The focal mechanism is moderately well controlled and corresponds to normal faulting with a moderate strike-slip component.

“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.

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