Chile – M 5.0 – Here we go again ! Living with almost daily aftershocks since February 27

Chile Earthquake

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Earthquake Report comment :
Here we go again. Since August 9 the Chileans were free of relatively strong aftershocks, the longest period since the devastating earthquake from February 27 when a major Magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the same area, making 577 casualties.
Yesterdays earthquake in neighboring Argentina was a bad sign for the Chileans. That quake was triggered by the same tectonic plates who are trying to settle down since February 27.
A Magnitude 5.0 is mostly heavy in other parts of the world, but in Chile they are used to much more, although M 5.0 brings February 27 back live again.
This earthquake was felt up to Santiago de Chile, the capital.

Testimonies from the field :
Maritza Bravo Valenzuela : very very strong here in talcahuano
Brunilda Jilbert Miranda : We keep a lantern close to us in the event that there will be more aftershocks
Gilbert Arevalo Navarro : DIEGO Y DE QUE COMUNA ERES TU…FUE MUY FUERTE EN STGO EL TEMBLOR QUE TU SENTISTES…YO SOY DE CURICO Y HOY SE AN SENTIDO VARIOS SISMOS, QUE LAS OFICINAS DE SISMOLOGIA DE CHILE NO LOS INFORMA.-PARECE QUE,TENDREMOS QUE PREPARARNOS, COMO DIC…

Diego Henriquez Campos: I am from Maipu and it felt very strong ! (yo soy de maipu y se sinto muy fuerte!)
More testimonies via our Facebook site : También sentí este terremoto en Chile

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:50:03 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 26 km
Geo-location(s) :
40 km (25 miles) N of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile
85 km (50 miles) SW of Cauquenes, Maule, Chile
85 km (55 miles) W of Chillan, Bio-Bio, Chile
400 km (250 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO

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.

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Taiwan – M 5.0 – Moderate earthquake in the coastal waters at approx. 15 km from Fongbin

Earthquake Report comment :
A moderate earthquake inly 15 km out of the coast.
As Taiwan had a very good established earthquake prevention and strict earthquake-proof building rules, ER do not expect any damage or injuries from this quake.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 12:37:59 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 35 km
Geo-location(s) :
50 km (31 miles) S (172°) from Hua-lien, Taiwan
103 km (64 miles) NNE (29°) from T’ai-tung, Taiwan

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.

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Peru – M 4.3 – Moderate earthquake 60 km from Ica

Two people on the shore of the Pacific Ocean

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Earthquake Report comment :
A moderate earthquake at a reasonable depth of 38 km.
What makes it special is the short distance to the coastline and to the city of Ica.
Ica had +260,000 inhabitants at the latest census.
Earthquakes in this area are the result of the convergent boundaries in between the Nazca plate (Pacific Ocean) and the South American plate (continent).
The Nazca plate is subducting the South American plate along a big distance of the South American coastline. Volcanoes and and (sometimes massive) earthquakes are a result of this process.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 07:40:46 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 38 km
Geo-location(s) :
60 km (35 miles) WSW of Ica, Peru
90 km (55 miles) S of Chincha Alta, Peru
255 km (160 miles) SSE of LIMA, Peru

Links to important maps
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.

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.

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.

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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.

Pakistan – M 5.0 – moderate but very dangerous shallow earthquake in Baluchistan

Earthquake Report comment :
Although we can state that this earthquake is only moderate in strength, Earthquake Report declares this earthquake as very dangerous. Epicenter (if confirmed) is very near the small villages of Anjira and Nokjo at an altitude of approx. 1700 meter.
The mountainous terrain however is an easy target for landslides and the poor construction of the houses in this area is well known. Additionally we don’t know whether the heavy rains from the last few weeks made the ground unstable.
We would be very surprised if we will be further informed from this earthquake, as the Pakistani government has other issues to cope with at the moment (the flood disaster).
Additionally the earthquake occurred at 1:18 am at night.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 01:18:01 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 26 km
Geo-location(s) :
80 km (50 miles) SSW of Kalat, Pakistan

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
Panoramio Picture near the epicenter
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.

USA, Alaska – M 5.8 – Weak and deep earthquake near Alaska’s Mount Redoubt volcano

Earthquake Report comment :
The hypocenter (depth) of this weak earthquake was measured at a comfortable 143 km.
It was well felt at the other side of the Cook Inlet, although people reported only weak to light shaking.
Most of the earthquakes in this area (Lake Clark and further north) have a deep hypocenter.
The Pacific plate subducts the North American plate at a speed of approx. 70 mm (25 in.) / year.

Image courtesy National Park Service.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve was created to protect scenic beauty (volcanoes, glaciers, wild rivers and waterfalls), populations of fish and wildlife, watersheds essential for red salmon, and the traditional lifestyle of local residents.
Iliamna and Redoubt are two active volcanoes in Lake Clark National Park. Iliamna has not erupted in historic time, but is frequently  seen steaming from its summit fumaroles. Redoubt’s most recent eruptive period occurred during the spring of 2009. Redoubt dusted the region with volcanic ash and sent lahars (mudflows) down the Drift River. Both volcanoes are continuously monitored by the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 03:02:59 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 142 km
Geo-location(s) :
65 km (40 miles) SSW of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska
100 km (60 miles) ENE of Iliamna, Alaska

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

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.

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