Powerful seaquake at intermediate depth before the coast of Hokkaido and Honshu (Japan)

Earthquake Report comment :
The Magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred in a bay close to the shores of Hokkaido and Honshu, 2 main islands in Japan.
Because of the depth of approx. 60 km the inhabitants of large areas will have felt a light shaking but damage or injuries are not expected.
GDACS issued a GREEN earthquake alert for this earthquake = very limited chance on damage or injuries

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw 5.8
Monday, September 13, 2010 at 02:47:49 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 60 km
Geo-location(s) :
110 km (70 miles) ESE of Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
120 km (75 miles) NNE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
680 km (420 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan

Links to important maps
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
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

* 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.

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Earthquakes list September 8, 2010

M 5.1      2010/09/08 19:26   Depth 35.0 km     KURIL ISLANDS
Same area than the M 5.5 shock from earlier today.

M 5.5      2010/09/08 17:39   Depth 10.0 km     KURIL ISLANDS

Epicenter in the immediate area of the 1963 Great Kuril Islands Earthquake. The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.5 and was followed by an aftershock of M 7.8. Both earthquakes triggered tsunamis that were observed around the northern part of the Pacific ocean. Luckily, no damage, deaths or injuries are recorded for these two earthquakes or their associated tsunamis. The epicenter of this earthquake was located on the edges of the island arc and the Kamchatka, Kuril trench (see satellite image)

M 4.9      2010/09/08 14:47   Depth 107.7 km     TARAPACA, CHILE
Northern Chilen near the border with Bolivia and Peru.

M 4.6      2010/09/08 14:17   Depth 78.8 km      MICHOACAN, MEXICO
Magnitude / Depth = many people will not have felt this quake

M 4.7      2010/09/08 12:33   Depth 35.1 km     SOUTHERN IRAN
In the desert, close to Ashna. Combination of depth and Magnitude may not lead to problems

M 6.2      2010/09/08 11:37   Depth 54.1 km      VANUATU
Read our extensive report

M 5.0      2010/09/08 10:54   Depth 36.1 km      BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Faw away out of the coast to be harmless

M 5.3      2010/09/08 08:01   Depth 10.0 km      VANUATU
Almost the same area than the more powerful M 6.2 earthquake of 11:37 (see detailed report above)

M 4.0      2010/09/08 03:58   Depth 10.0 km      GULF OF CALIFORNIA
Just in the middle of the Gulf of California. Closest city Puerto Penasco

M 4.6      2010/09/08 03:05   Depth 563.6 km      FIJI REGION
Near Ono-i-Lau :  a volcanic and coral island in Fiji’s Lau archipelago. In the earth’s mantle

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

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.

Heavy M 6.2 shallow seaquake a few kilometers from Qelelevu (Fiji)

Oelelevu Fiji islands - Panoramio picture

Earthquake Report comment :
GDACS nor USGS are mentioning the fishing community of Qelelevu, which is only 10 to 15 km from the shallow epicenter.
NO instances have issued a Tsunami bulletin.
Earthquake-Report.com calls Qelelevu at risk. Hopefully nobody got hurt on this beautiful island.
A VI to VII Mercalli can be expected on the small coral islet.

Wikipedia report on Qelelevu
Qelelevu is a coral islet in Fiji, a member of the Ringgold Isles archipelago, which forms an outlier to the northern island of Vanua Levu. Apart from three nearby coral islets, it is 80 kilometers from the nearest island. Qelelevu covers an area of 1.5 square kilometers. Its maximum elevation is 12 meters. The small village of Nalutu is located on Qelelevu. Fishing is the only significant economic activity.
Panoramio view on Oelelevu

Most important Earthquake Data:
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 04:13:33 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
10 km from Qelelevu, Fiji
145 km (90 miles) ENE of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji
220 km (135 miles) SW of Sigave, Ile Futuna, Wallis and Futuna

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
Pager map (impact on population)
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* 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 but dangerous shallow earthquake on the Kyrgyzstan – Tibet border

Karakul Lake

Earthquake Report comment :
A very shallow earthquake happened right on the Kyrgyzstan/ Tibet (China)/Tajikistan border.
If the preliminary epicenter location will be confirmed, the danger might be limited.
Because of the Chinese Tibet policy, it is very hard to focus on satellite details in this area of the world.
600 mountain villagers will experience a VI Mercalli shaking (Strong shaking)
20,000 people a moderate shaking (Mercalli V)
Landslides and poor construction of the houses are the biggest dangers with an earthquake of this magnitude.
About 20 km from Karakul lake.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.5
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 09:41:37 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 5  km
Geo-location(s) :
45 km (28 miles) NNE (24°) from Karakul, Tajikistan
66 km (41 miles) ESE (118°) from Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan

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 (impact on the population)

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 earthquake close to San Cristobal (Solomon Islands)

Pool Views in Honiara - Solomon Islands

Image by whl.travel via Flickr

Earthquake Report comment :
A dangerous shallow earthquake (if the preliminary data are confirmed) struck close to the coastal villages on San Cristobal Island.
The depth was 17.5 km. The combination  with a magnitude 5.5 tremor makes it a potentially dangerous cocktail.
The Solomon Islands are used to earthquakes as they are located close to a fault line where 2 tectonic plates meet each other.  USGS has calculated that max. moderate to strong shaking may be expected.
5,000 people might have encountered a VI Mercalli shaking = strong shaking
13,000 people a V = Moderate shaking
No Tsunami Bulletins have been issued by NOAA at this time.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Moment Magnitude 5.5
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 12:46:25 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 17 km
Geo-location(s) :
10 km from San Cristobal Island, Solomon Isl.
75 km (45 miles) SE of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.

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 (impact on the population)

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)

New Zealand Christchurch hit by a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake (part 2)

Link to the first part of our reporting who starts just a couple of minutes after the earthquake struck

Earthquake-report.com was one of the first blogs in the world to report in-depth about this massive earthquake. Follow us on twitter or in Facebook for this and future events.

Update 23:52 UTC : Urban Search and Rescue teams are being flown from the North Island to help with the assessment process. One person in intensive care after being crushed by a crumbling chimney. Earlier reports of looting were exaggerated. City center closed to people not living in that area. Major damage reported in the historic town of Lyttelton.

Update 08:10 UTC : More than 80 police are being transferred from Auckland this afternoon (local time) to protect   the city at night.  A Night curfew has been called from 7 PM to 7 AM to prevent looting and to protect people from falling stones etc.

Update 08:51 UTC : Stormy weather expected in Christchurch area tomorrow. Gales can worsen the situation of the unstable houses even more than the aftershocks do.

Update 09:25 UTC : Aftershock from 16:35 has just been updated to a higher M 5.3 value (a heavy one)

Flat in fire - Click on the thumbnail to go to the original article

Update 10:56 UTC : At least 7 aftershocks have been hit the area.  Prime Minister told the press that it was a MIRACLE that no more people were hurt or killed.  Still big areas in and around Christchurch without power. Great parts of the area also without water system.
SAR (Search and Rescue) teams with especially trained dogs are underway from other parts in the country. The bigger local and National companies are starting to set up and to donate to relief funds.
Curfew area imposed from 7 PM to 7 AM : CBD block Kilmore Street., Madras Street, Montreal Street and St Asaph Street + shopping centre + Kaiapoi. A fire breaks out in a flat in the city.

Update 17:13 UTC : All press reports from the south islands are mentioning the disturbing treat of high winds on Sunday.  New Zealand weather service warns the civil service to follow the detailed weather reports very carefully as wind gales of more than 100 km/hour can create more damage on unstable buildings and damaged roofs.
Scientists are currently examining the origin and specific details of the earthquake. The 3 quake scenario is getting more credibility. This scenario is actually stating that what was sensed as the main shock might have been 3 seperate shocks one after each other.

Update 23:02 UTC : Cellular networks did a great job during and after the earthquake. Even with the main power down, most of the networks continued working for 3 to 8 hours, vital for urgent communications. Civil Defense minister said that New Zealand was blessed that no one died.
In big contrast with the miraculous zero casualties of this massive quake, was a plane crash at the South Island glaciers where 9 people lost their lives.
As residents return to their homes or begin to assess damage, they need to be aware of a cold weather front moving across Canterbury throughout the day.
More than 250 people used the Civil defense shelters during the night.
An estimated 500 buildings have been damaged during the earthquake.
Although authorities are still examining the cost to rebuild huge parts of Canterbury, the initial number goes beyond 2 billion NZ$.
For some Christchurch residents the power outage may last several days.

Most important Earthquake Data (final numbers after multiple recalculations by scientists):
Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:35:46 AM at epicenter (south of Darfield)
Depth (Hypocenter) : 5 km
Geo-location(s) :
44 km (27 miles) W (273°) from Christchurch, New Zealand
200 km (124 miles) S (169°) from 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
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map (impact on population)

* 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.

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