Earthquakes list November 8, 2010

M 5.6      2010/11/08 21:40    Depth 114.7 km     NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
November 09, 2010 at 07:40:10 AM at epicenter
This earthquake looks more impressive than it is.
Initially reported as M 5.8, the value was afterwards decreased to M 5.6 but the depth of 115 km reduces the impact considerably.
Epicenter under the Papua New Guinean part of New Guinea.
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M 4.6      2010/11/08 14:16    Depth 36.8 km     PAGAI ISLANDS, SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
09:16:25 PM (21:16) at epicenter
Moderate aftershock of the October 25 tsunami-earthquake
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M 4.7      2010/11/08 13:01    Depth 15.2 km     TAIWAN
09:01:21 PM (21:01) at epicenter
Weak but shallow earthquake in a wilderness area near Dongshan and Nansi. Because of the earthquake-proof build houses and the exact location of the epicenter, we are convinced that this earthquake would cause no problems.
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M 4.9      2010/11/08 11:45    Depth 4.1 km     SOLOMON ISLANDS
10:45:24 PM (22:45) at epicenter
If the location of the epicenter is confirmed, the epicenter is right under the island of New Giorgia and only a few kilometers from Mbiula and Canaan.
Chance on damage and/or injuries is limited as people do live in primitive houses made of wood.
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M 5.0      2010/11/08 07:37    Depth 10.0 km     MID-INDIAN RIDGE
12:37:09 PM at epicenter
Epicenter approx. 70 km from Martin-de-Viviès
Martin-de-Viviès is the only settlement of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and île Amsterdam, it is on the North coast of île Amsterdam in the Indian Ocean, located at. The station houses about 20 scientists and staff. It has been in operation since 1 January 1981, superseding the first station, La Roche Godon. The base was named after Paul de-Martin-de-Viviès, who along with 10 others spent the winter of 1949 on île Amsterdam. (Source : Wikipedia)

M 4.0      2010/11/08 06:55    Depth 30.0 km     MADEIRA ISLANDS, PORTUGAL REGION
local time 06:55 AM 2010-11-08
In the middle between Portugal and Madeira. No people within hundred’s of kilometers (except people on ships).

M 5.0      2010/11/08 06:18    Depth 294.6 km    NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
04:18:29 PM (16:18) at epicenter
Very deep harmless earthquake near Cape Hollman, a New Britain peninsula and 50 km (30 miles) NNE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
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M 5.2      2010/11/08 06:08    Depth 24.8 km     GUAM REGION
04:08:01 PM (16:08) at epicenter
On top of the subduction zone and 135 km (85 miles) SW of HAGATNA, Guam
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Earthquakes occurred yesterday (UTC time), but today local time

M 4.8      2010/11/07 22:01    Depth 66.7 km     SULAWESI, INDONESIA
November 08, 2010 at 06:01:42 AM at epicenter
Epicenter in the sea in between the Togian Islands and Sulawesi.
The Togian Islands are an archipelago of 56 islands and islets, in the Gulf of Tomini, off the coast of Central Sulawesi, in Indonesia. The three largest islands are Batudaka, Togian, and Talatakoh. (Source : Wikipedia)
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M 5.7      2010/11/07 19:26    Depth 138.2 km     VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
November 08, 2010 at 05:26:48 AM at epicenter
About 70 km from uninhabited Minami-Iwo island

M 4.2      2010/11/07 11:39    Depth 5.0 km     CANTERBURY, NEW ZEALAND
Monday, November 8 2010 at 0:39 am
Aftershock to the south west of Christchurch

seismograph - recordingUseful 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

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Experience the sound of a powerful Earthquake

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Thanks to the great service of USGS, we are able to share the sound of a couple of earthquakes to our readers.
As every earthquake has it’s own fingerprint, the sound  going together with it can be seriously different.  Depending on the  Magnitude, rock material, fault lines, etc. the frequency can be low or high and the sound can be short or rolling.

It may be easier to hear the small triggered earthquakes than it is to see them. The Landers earthquake is far from the seismometer so most of its high frequencies have died away before the waves reach the seismometer. But the small earthquakes have small fault areas and therefore produced high frequency energy and because they are near the seismometer this energy has not died away.

Listen to the seismogram recorded at the Long Valley Caldera and see if you can hear the small earthquakes (high frequency bursts) despite the low rumble of the distant large earthquake. Click the sideways triangle (or play button) to hear the sound.

If you are having trouble picking out the small nearby earthquakes, listen for the two very close to the end and then listen to the seismogram again.

Listen to the seismogram recorded at the Long Valley Caldera and see if you can hear the small earthquakes (high frequency bursts) despite the low rumble of the distant large earthquake. Click the sideways triangle (or play button) to hear the sound.

Long Valley Caldera Seismogram

Earthquake sound 1

If you are having trouble picking out the small nearby earthquakes, listen for the two very close to the end and then listen to the seismogram again.

Here are two more seismograms of the Landers earthquake. One is recorded at Parkfield near Paso Robles and the other is recorded at the Geysers north of San Francisco. Only one of these areas had small earthquakes triggered by the Landers event. Can you tell which one?


Parkfield Seismogram

Earthquake sound 2

Geysers Seismogram

Earthquake sound 3

Serbia, Kraljevo : race against the time to repair houses +volunteers needed

Race against the clock as winter is coming soon.

Damage in Kraljevo, Serbia - Picture courtesy EMSC

Excerpt from Serbias newssite B92
Many Kraljevo residents work to repair their homes even during the night, fearing heavy rainfall, while aftershocks (although weaker and weaker) are continuing to strike the greater Kraljevo area.
The 5.6-magnitude quake hit the town early on November 3, killing two people and leaving thousands of homes either damaged or destroyed.

A commission is currently working to determine which damaged structures have been rendered uninhabitable, but the number will ber  likely approx. 1,000.

Thus far, 13,000 buildings have been reported as unsafe, and the commission has appealed on skilled staff, including engineers, to join them in order to complete the job as soon as possible.
Help is arriving to Kraljevo, but the town needs more volunteers and trucks to transport building material.
Some of the families will likely have to be housed in prefab homes, said reports.
We encourage our readers to read the full article in B92 website



Deadly earthquakes of November 8, 19XX – Belgium, Vietnam, Colombia and Greece

Liege Belgium - Picture of Wikipedia

M 4.9   08-11-1983    Belgium        Depth 10 km – killing 2 people
One person killed, one additional person died of a heart attack, 30 injured, and hundreds of buildings damaged in the Liege area.
Felt (V) in the southern Netherlands.
Also felt in Luxembourg and West Germany.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

M 6.5   08-11-2000    Colombia    Depth 17 km – killing 2 people
Two people slightly injured; 86 houses and some municipal buildings damaged in the Jurado area, Colombia.
Also felt by people in high-rise buildings at Medellin and Cali. Minor cracks in some buildings at Boca de Cupe, Panama. (USGS data)
Other sources report 2 people killed
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

M 5.3   08-11-2005    Vietnam        Depth 14.7 km – killing 1 person
One person killed at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Felt (IV) at Vung Tau and (III) at Ho Chi Minh City. Also felt at Nha Trang.
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

M 6.8   08-11-1905    Greece        Depth ? km – killing ? people
No details found
Google satellite map of the earthquake area

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Indonesia Mount Merapi eruption : 8 rescue workers killed!

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8 Rescue workers killed on Mount Merapi

The bodies of four members of the Disaster Response Team were recovered from the slopes of Mount Merapi on Monday before rescue officials had to retreat as the volcano again roared into life.
Six bodies were recovered from the village of Glagaharjo in Sleman, Yogyakarta. The bodies of another two members of the response team, known as Tagana, believed to have been killed when Merapi exploded last Thursday, are yet to be found or recovered.
Some crazy people are still attempting to take advantage of the situation.
On Sunday, police arrested a man for attempting to steal livestock abandoned by those fleeing the eruptions.
The man was arrested attempting to steal 21 goats and five cows, but two accomplices managed to escape.
Excerpt from a JakartaGlobe article. Please read the much longer original article

People flee Yogjakarta as the eruption of Mount Merapi continues

Frightened residents in a bustling city of 400,000 at the foot of Indonesia’s rumbling volcano headed out of town Monday, cramming onto trains and buses and even rented vehicles to seek refuge with family and friends far away.
“My parents have been calling … saying ‘You have to get out of there! You have to come home!’” said Linda Ervana, a 21-year-old history student who was waiting with friends at a train station in the university town of Yogyakarta, 30 kilometers from Mount Merapi.
After failing to get tickets, they finally decided to rent a minibus with other classmates.
The notoriously unpredictable mountain unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century Friday, sending hot clouds of gas, rocks and debris avalanching down its slopes at highway speeds, smothering entire villages and leaving a trail of charred corpses in its path.
Excerpt from a JakartaGlobe article. Please read the much longer original article

Search for bodies stopped due to too high temperatures

Indonesian rescue workers were forced to abandon efforts to retrieve bodies of victims from the Nov. 5 eruption of Mount Merapi in central Java, as increasing ground temperature and volcanic instability made it unsafe to continue.
Rescuers had been using wooden boards to walk on in areas where the soil reached temperatures higher than 70 degrees Celsius, Oka Hamid, a spokesman at Red Cross Indonesia’s Yogyakarta branch, said today.
“We found five bodies at Glagaharjo village, but only one was removed,” Hamid said by phone. “We are coming down now because the ground there is too hot and Merapi is unstable.”
Non-flammable boots and special gloves are needed to protect rescuers from hot burning soil, Hamid said.
Excerpt from a JakartaGlobe article. Please read the much longer original article

The latest death toll climbs to 141 with still bodies to recover

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