Moderate earthquake in the desert of Southern California

Ocotillo, CA

Ocotillo area - Image by moominsean via Flickr

Earthquake Report comment :
Epicenter in the desert of southern California on a safe distance from Mexicali (57 km) and San Diego.
Closest village : Ocotillo
Expected Mercalli values : V in the desert and IV in Ocotillo, III in Mexicali

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Ml 4.6
Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:39:59 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 13.5 km
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Geo-location(s) :
40 km (25 miles) W of El Centro, California
45 km (30 miles) WSW of Brawley, California
55 km (35 miles) WNW of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

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 (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.

Powerful earthquake close to Pangai island, Tonga

Downtown Pangai, Lifuka, Ha'apai, Tonga

Pangai Tonga - Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
Very powerful earthquake with epicenter about 30 km from the island of Lifuku,  Pangai. The last couple of days multiple earthquakes occurred in the same area.
Epicenter on the upper slopes of the subduction zone!
Maximum expected shaking V to VI Mercalli = moderate shaking
No Tsunami Bulletins have been issued at this time by NOAA.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 6.0 (Preliminary)
Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:34:44 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33.2 km
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http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/Contribute/testimonies.php?lang=en&id=196
Geo-location(s) :
30 km south east of Pangai
120 km (75 miles) NE of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga

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
USGS Pager map
USGS Seismic Hazard Map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)
GDACS Green Tsunami alert

* 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.

Moderate harmless earthquake near Canakkale, Turkey

Canakkale harbour

Canakkale harbor - Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
Shallow earthquake with epicenter only 35 km (20 miles) NNW of Canakkale, Turkey. Epicenter is luckily located in the sea.
No report of casualties in the local press. We could find out  that the shock lasted about 8 seconds.  We have downgraded our category alert to GREEN instead of red.
The earthquake was felt as far as Istanbul.
People ran scared out of their houses. They returned to their homes after staying some time in the streets.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 5.1
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 04:51:27 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 9.6 km
Geo-location(s) :
35 km (20 miles) NNW of Canakkale, Turkey
55 km (35 miles) SE of Alexandroupolis, Greece
120 km (75 miles) WSW of Tekirdag, Turkey

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
EMSC  Seismic hazard map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

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.

Moderate but dangerous earthquake near Chincha Alta, Central Peru

UPDATE 16:17 UTC :
5 hours after the quake occurred, no new reports have been published by the local Ica, Pisco press. Contrary to the USGS who puts the epicenter on the mainland and very close to the city of Chincha Alta , the Peruvian seismological service IGP puts the epicenter in the Pacific Ocean (about 30 km in the Ocean ) and near the city of Pisco.

Pisco - Chincha Alta earthquake Peru November 3 2010 - Courtesy igp.gob.pe

Update 13:41 UTC :
Peruvian newspapers have published the information of the earthquake (M 4.8 (IGP) vs M 5.0 (USGS), but have no other reports of damage or injuries so far. We will following up eventual new reports from various sources, but based on the newspaper reporting and the USGS “felt” reports, we have downgraded the danger probability to ORANGE (moderately dangerous).

Update 11:50 UTC :
No reports so far in the Peruvian media.
First USGS “felt” reports give a maximum of IV Mercalli – light shaking.

Boulevard en Chincha Alta

Earthquake Report comment :
Earthquake Report calls this earthquake very dangerous (RED)  for damage and possibly injuries as the epicenter is too close to the city of Chincha Alta. The red code is based on the preliminary location of the epicenter.
Chincha Alta has 153,076 inhabitants!
The earthquake was shallow at a depth of 35 km, which increases the risk on potential damage.
The earthquake happened in the early morning hours at 05:45 AM

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 5.0
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 05:45:22 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 34.8 km (21.6 miles)
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Geo-location(s) :
23 km (14 miles) SSE (147°) from Chincha Alta, Peru
51 km (32 miles) NNW (333°) from Ica, Peru

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
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

* 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.

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes the Chile – Bolivia salar region

Salt mounds in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The Sa...

Salar de Uyuni - Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
Initially marked by GDACS as 6.1 and a depth of 100 km,  USGS later published a value of M 5.6 at a depth of 88 km.
The quake occurred in the greater Salar de Uyuni area, a natural wonder and also Unesco World Heritage.
The depth of the earthquake is normal for this subduction zone.
The last several weeks many a little weaker earthquakes occurred in this area.
GDACS issued immediately after the quake  a GREEN earthquake alert = very limited chance on damage and/or injuries
USGS Felt reports confirm a light shaking in de greater desert area of Bolivia and Chile.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.6
Friday, October 22, 2010 at 03:31:33 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 88.4 km
Geo-location(s) :
175 km (110 miles) WSW of Uyuni, Bolivia
185 km (115 miles) NNE of Calama, Antofagasta, Chile
195 km (120 miles) ESE of Iquique, Tarapaca, Chile

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
USGS Pager Map
Live Seismograph in Chile

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.

Shallow moderately dangerous earthquake near Islamabad Pakistan

Bird's eye view of Islamabad, Pakistan

Skyline of Islamabad - Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
A moderately shallow earthquake occurred at only 20 km from the Tarbela dam and at 45 km from one of the main cities in Pakistan  : Islamabad following USGS data.
According to Pakistan News sources, who are citing a Pakistani seismological organisation, the epicenter was only 20 km from Islamabad.
Although the Magnitude is not that heavy, the poor house construction in Pakistan is the reason why ‘earthquake report’ is labelling this earthquake as moderately dangerous.
As Pakistani are still struggling with the massive inondations, eventual damage or injuries will normally not reach the local or international press.
The earthquake happened at 2:44 AM at night.
People ran on the streets wen it happened. Local sources say that ‘immediatly after the earthquake, it started to rain heavily’. We can confirm that there is no link whatsoever in between earthquakes and rain.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.1
Monday, October 11, 2010 at 02:44:26 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km
Geo-location(s) :
45 km (25 miles) NW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
105 km (65 miles) SSE of Mingaora, Pakistan

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.

Bolivia – M 4.2 – Deep light earthquake 150 km from Salar de Uyuni (Unesco World Heritage)

Earthquake Report comment :
This altiplano area is a seismic very active area with a lot of volcanoes and numerous earthquakes (most of them very deep).
Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world! Located in southeast Bolivia, at an altitude of 3,653 meters (11,984 ft), the enormous salt flat covers an area of 10,582 km², like a static sea touched by the southern winds. This semi-desert region includes volcanic lands and natural resources of extraordinary beauty, all united by a surprising characteristic: the color. The Uyuni Salt Flat and Heavenly Lake, Yellow Lake, Green Lake, and Red Lake (so named because of the existence of different types of algae) exemplify how colorful this region is.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 08:30:51 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 128 km
Geo-location(s) :
150 km (95 miles) SSW of Uyuni, Bolivia
165 km (105 miles) NE of Calama, Antofagasta, Chile
195 km (120 miles) W of Tupiza, Bolivia

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.

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