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)

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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

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.

South Sandwich Islands – Penguins, Glaciers, Earthquakes and volcanoes

NASA satellite photograph of Montagu Island

Nasa Image of Montagu Island and erupting Mount Belinda via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
All elements of nature are constantly hammering on this volcano island arc, the South Sandwich Islands.
This is the purest nature one can find on our planet. Located in the influence of Antarctica, an eternal icecap is covering the volcano archipelago.  Those who have traveled to Antarctica (like me) know the places very well. An abundance of birds and thousands of all species of Penguins. The South Sandwich islands are not often visited because of its distance (a limited number of cruises are inserting South Georgia ( a little … to the northwest) but the beaty of these places is astonishing. Purer than pure !
Today’s earthquake is a moderate normal one in this area of the world. It struck near Montagu island. Montagu island is home for Mount Melinda, a stratovolcano who erupted in 2005 leaving a 3.5 km lava flow on the virginlike ice and snow. The volcano only came awake in 2001.

Wikipedia explanation on Mount Belinda
Mount Belinda is 1,370 meter high stratovolcano located on Montagu Island, in the South Sandwich Islands of the Scotia Sea. Belinda was inactive until late 2001, when it erupted. The eruption produced large quantities of basaltic lava, melting the thick cover of ice that had accumulated while the volcano lay dormant, and “producing a marvelous ‘natural laboratory’; for studying lava-ice interactions relevant to the biology of extreme environments as well as to processes believed to be important on the planet Mars.” Mount Belinda has been in a persistent state of eruption since 2001. Far from slowing down, the activity throughout 2005 marks the highest levels yet. An increase in activity in the fall of 2005 has produced an active 3.5-kilometre-long lava flow, extending from the summit cone of Mount Belinda all the way down into the sea. The flow spreads northeast from the volcanic vent, and then becomes diverted due north by an arête.

Some text : courtesy wikipedia, the great Internet encyclopedia

Wikimedia picture of colonies of roosting penguins in the South Georgia and Sound Sandwich islands archipelago

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :
Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 09:51:59 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 35 km
Geo-location(s) :
55 km (35 miles) E of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map (as penguins cannot send a message, no Felt signal will arrive from here, but the maps are automatically generated 🙂
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.

Powerful aftershock rattles Christchurch and Canterbury, New Zealand

Earthquake Report comment :
A Magnitude 5.1  aftershock struck in the late afternoon in the same epicenter area of the massive quake.
The many aftershocks are very dangerous for already unstable constructions to collapse.
Read more about the main earthquake and all updates in our extensive report.
The epicenter was only a few kilometers away from the epicenter of the main quake.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :
Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:55:55 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 8 km
Geo-location(s) :
55 km (35 miles) WNW of Christchurch, New Zealand
190 km (120 miles) S of Westport, New Zealand

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

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.

Indonesia – Magnitude 5.6 strikes the Sumatra coast

Sumatra earthquake

Earthquake Report comment :
A rather deep but heavy earthquake struck Sumatra.
The closest villages rae Lais, Pondok, Kelapa and Kerkap.
590,000 people live in a radius of 50 km around the epicenter
Maximum calculated shaking will be moderate

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.6
Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 12:06:50 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 72 km
Geo-location(s) :
40 km (25 miles) WNW of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
110 km (70 miles) WSW of Lubuklinggau, Sumatra, 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
GDACS ORANGE earthquake report
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.

Zimbabwe – Powerful shallow M 5.5 earthquake near Kariba dam

Kariba Dam of the Zambezi (Zambia/Zimbabwe)

Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
A powerful and shallow earthquake occurred this morning (local time) on the Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The epicenter of the earthquake was only 5 km from the lake, also feeding the Zambesi river.  Many Zimbabwe  National Parks are located in this area like Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools national park.
The closest settlement to the epicenter is the Charara Safari area.
A number of tourists visiting the area will certainly have felt this tremor.
We call this earthquake moderately dangerous as people are living in rudimentary houses and as the earthquake was at the same time powerful and shallow.
On the picture one can see the Kariba Dam very close to the epicenter (satellite view of the dam)

Earthquake-report.com has doubts about this earthquake as :
a) the local press in Zimbabwe and Zambia has not reported any news
b) even more important : the Tsumeb, Namibia seismograph has not showed any trace of this nearby earthquake.
EMSC itself has received the data from South African Seismological Network Pretoria, South Africa.

Data sources : EMSC

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Ml 5.5
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 08:19 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
45 km E of Kariba, Zimbabwe
161 km from Lusaka (Zambia)

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.

China – Magnitude 5.0 earthquake injures 14 people and damages 7,354 houses

People check up damaged houses in Qiaojia County - click on the picture for the original photo

Earthquake Report comment :
A moderate, seemingly not harmful earthquake made a lot of damage and injured at least 14 people in the border region of the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in Southwest China.

Thirteen people were injured in the latest earthquake, and 7,354 houses were destroyed in the quake, including 122 houses being toppled, plus road cave-ins in Qiaojia County of Yunnan, according to Zhou Yingbin, deputy head of the county government.

Another person was slightly injured in Ningnan County of Sichuan, local officials said, who added that nobody was reported dead or missing in the quake.

Some text courtesy xinhuanet.com

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.0 (local authorities mention 4.8)
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 08:53:31 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km (local authorities mention 10 km)
Geo-location(s) :
145 km (90 miles) ENE of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China
185 km (115 miles) WNW of Lupanshui (Liupanshui), Guizhou, China

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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