Indonesia – Moderately dangerous shallow M 5.4 earthquake a few km from Labuha (Pulau Bacan)

Courtesy Panoramia picture from Merky Bolung

Earthquake Report comment :
Dangerous shallow earthquake with an epicenter under Pulau Bacan, an island with 3 volcanoes.
Labuha is  a port town is only a few kilometers away from the epicenter (if confirmed ).
If the epicenter will be confirmed, Labuha will be at risk.  Although we have no exact number of the Labuha population, the satellite image gives a clue it must be at least several thousand.
The earthquake hit at 2:34 AM in the morning.

Wikipedia information on Labuha
Labuha is a small port town on the eastern Indonesian island of Pulau Bacan. It is the capital of the South Halmahera Regency, part of the province of North Maluku. The town is served by Labuha Airport.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.4
Monday, September 06, 2010 at 02:34:18 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 35 km
Geo-location(s) :
4 km from Labuga, Pulau Bacan
155 km (95 miles) S of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

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

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New Zealand earthquake : the best video’s of the earthquake

Here is an overview of the best video’s we found on the internet


Just after the earthquake hit


Damage during daylight


News footage from Ten News – video from the first hours after the quake


Aerial footage from the quake – sorry for the noise of the helicopter


Very good news footage of Australia 7 news


GNS Science video – Geologist fly over the new 22 km long fault line
VERY INTERESTING helicopter footage

Geologist Dr Mark Quigley on the Christchurch  earthquake…
A very interesting witness report from a geologist living  in Christchurch
It takes a while to sit out the publicity, but please wait, this video is very informative

Earthquakes list September 5, 2010

M 5.4      2010/09/05 23:48   Depth 523.6 km      SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
Hypocenter in the mantle of the earth. Nobody will feel it.

M 4.9      2010/09/05 20:33   Depth 71.4 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Moderate relatively deep earthquake very near the following villages : Sieigit, Dulagoa, Hulem and Utkihu

M 5.4      2010/09/05     17:34   Depth 35.0 km     HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
Dangerous shallow earthquake with an epicenter right under Pulau Bacan, an island with 3 volcanoes.
Labuha, a small port town is only a few kilometers away from the epicenter (if confirmed afwterwards).
If the epicenter will be confirmed, Labuha will be at risk.  Although we have no exact number of the Labuha population, the satellite image gives a clue it must be at least several thousand.

M 5.0      2010/09/05 16:27   Depth 35.0 km     ANATAHAN REG., NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Epicenter at a safe distance of the Northern Mariana islands

M 4.9      2010/09/05 16:06   Depth 167.2 km     ORURO, BOLIVIA
An earthquake with a normal harmless depth near the Salar de Coipasa and Salar de Uyuni

M 5.0      2010/09/05 12:19   Depth 72.9 km     MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
Deep moderate earthquake at least 50 km out in the sea. No problem

M 4.0      2010/09/05 10:41   Depth 4.3 km     CENTRAL ALASKA
Weak earthquake in Tanana Valley State Forest. Closest villages are Fort Greely and Tok.

M 4.1      2010/09/05 10:35   Depth 35.0 km     OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO
An aftershock of the heavy (but safe) Magnitude 6.1  earthquake from August 24

M 5.0      2010/09/05 10:07   Depth 94.7 km     KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
Too deep to cause any problems for the neighboring islands of Salawesi Utara and the Sangir Islands (about 50 km from the epicenter)

M 4.6      2010/09/05 09:08   Depth 15.7 km     SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Moderate on a safe distance from Bengkulu, Sumatra

M 5.3      2010/09/05 08:20   Depth 56 km     EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
110 km from Lae. Near Kelanoa, Tunga and Sikikia. Based on the depth, we call this earthquake green = very limited chance on damage or injuries.

M 4.8      2010/09/05 03:43   Depth 48.2 km      KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
Moderate earthquake near a subduction trench at a safe distance from the tiny Kermadec Islands archipelago

M 4.8      2010/09/05 01:49   Depth 196.8 km      VANUATU
A moderate earthquake, but almost on the beaches of Melva, Magam and Olal on the Vanuatu island of Ambrym. Look at the 2 beautiful volcano craters on this island

M 4.5      2010/09/05 00:46   Depth 10.0 km      OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
An epicenter 165 km from Coos Bay. Same area had a number of similar earthquakes the last several weeks

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

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.

Christchurch massive earthquake : A “live” view on the many aftershocks

The good news : The last 5 hours, no important aftershocks have been registered, although M +4 aftershocks can be felt well by the local population
The bad news : Local people have experienced already a lot of aftershocks and a lot more to come (based on other earthquakes with this magnitude)

Although almost no major aftershocks have occurred the last 24 hours (earthquakes of M 4.5 or more are internationally published on USGS en EMSC, but the last 24 hours no new quakes have been registered by them), the image hereunder shows tens and tens of aftershocks as measured in Mc Queens Valley on Banks Peninsula, Canterbury.
The seismograph (Courtesy GeoNet New Zealand – click on the image to go to their scientific website) is a live picture with the most recent timestamp. The original M 7.1 quake cannot be seen on this picture.

The timestamp shown at the top right of the seismograph drum shown below is the time when this image was last refreshed. Each horizontal line (or trace) represents 30 minutes, each vertical line is spaced 1 minute apart; 24 hours of recording are displayed in total. The most recent signal is drawn at the bottom right hand corner of the drum. Then read the traces from right to left, bottom to top, to get from the most recent to the oldest signals. The trace will appear red if the signals are very large; this means they have been clipped to stop them overwriting too much of the surrounding image.

The seismograph gives an idea about the frightening experience people from Canterbury are living in at the moment.

People who want to see the details of the latest tremor of importance have to click here
To see  a list of the latest series of earthquakes as measured by the GNS Science click here

Earthquake-Report.com comment : Looking into the detailed list of GNS Science from today, we have noticed that USGS has missed a big one with Magnitude 5 at 1:04 PM (Sept. 5)

Live seismogram in Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand - Click on the picture to go directly to the GNS Science website)

Live seismogram in Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand - Click on the picture to go directly to the GNS Science website)

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