September 19, 2021

7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Philippines Coast

The US Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude 7.6 earthquake has hit 20 miles off the coast of Philippines and that a tsunami warning is in effect for Pacific Ocean islands including the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, and the Philippines.

Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake Off Coast of Philippines

Location of earthquake epicenter on Google Maps:

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For more information:
NOAA Tsunami Watch Center

Powerful Earthquake Shakes Japan – Magnitude 7.0

The USGS is reporting that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Japan in the Izu Islands region at Sunday, January 01, 2012 at 05:27:54 UTC at the exact coordinates of 31.416°N, 138.155°E. This is the first significant earthquake in 2012.

The source location that this earthquake was recorded and detected at is the NOAA West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.

No Damage Reported

No major damage has been reported, and no tsunami warning has yet been issued.

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Hits Japan in Izu Islands Region

Map of the Earthquake Location

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Tsunami Warning

While no tsunami warning has been issued, you can visit the NOAA West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center website for updates.

You can read the USGS report for this earthquake here.

Alaska Hit By Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Issued

The USGS is reporting that a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has hit Alaska along the Aleutian Islands chain of islands and lists the exact location as having these coordinates: 51.807°N, 171.477°W.

Tsunami Warning Issued

A tsunami warning has been issued by the NOAA National Weather Service West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, which can be found here (PDF).

Alaska Earthquake - Magnitude 7.1

Alaska Earthquake - Magnitude 7.1

Estimated arrival times of the tsunami are listed here(Text File).

This area is very remote and the earthquake hit 125 miles from the nearest populated area, but a tsunami could possibly cause flooding in the area, or in other coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean.

Map of Earthquake Location

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Oil Drilling and Pipeline Damage

There are no reports of any damage to oil or natural gas drilling operations or the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, but such damage could prove to be a major ecological disaster if the pipeline was ruptured or if a drilling platform was damaged and spilled any oil.

Offshore oil drilling and exploration, as well as in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), is currently banned under a moratorium, so the potential for an earthquake or tsunami to damage oil and gas production infrastructure is mitigated by this factor, somewhat.

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Virginia

The U.S. Geological Society is reporting that a 5.9 magnitude earthquake has hit Virginia.

The depth of the earthquake is about 0.6 miles, and was located approx. 41 miles NW of Richmond, VA and 83 miles SW of Washington, D.C.

There have been reports of people feeling the tremors all across the East Coast – as far south as Charlotte, NC, which is about 290 miles southwest of the epicenter of the earthquake, and as far north as New York City, Boston and Toronto.

This has been a busy day for seismic activity in the United States, as a 5.3 magnitude quake was felt in Colorado earlier in the day.

Coordinates of the epicenter:  37.975°N, 77.969°W

Google Map of Virginia Earthquake Epicenter

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To read the complete USGS report, click here

Did you feel earthquake?  Have you seen any damage from it?  If so, post your experiences and observations in the comment section below.

Salton Sea Earthquake Threatens California

“We usually hear about earthquakes when it’s too late… that is to say, once they’ve already struck and done massage damage to an area. These events tend to trigger a 20/20 hindsight response in the majority of people. After the earthquake, people beef up their homeowner’s insurance policies. Afher the earthquake, people quake-proof their homes. Emergency stockpiles are created. Town and city structures are strengthened.

Salton Sea Earthquake Threatens California

Today, residents in the Los Angeles area have the opportunity to be proactive. There is research out now that indicates the southern end of the San Andreas Fault could be in for a hugely destructive quake some time in the near future.

Salton Sea, created in 1905, has alternately flooded and dried out many times over the years. This is what has made this body of water such a hotbed for seismic activity.

A report from researchers around the United Stats suggests that a major quake in the Salton Sea area could reach a magnitude of 7. This seems very impressive and fright-inducing considering the largest earthquake magnitude (in Valdivia, Chile) was recorded at 9.5.

We can only imagine the kind of devastation a quake like this will bring to a large, bustling metro area like Los Angeles. Without a doubt lives will be lost. Building will be destroyed. It will take a tremendous effort to restore this area if, not when, a large quake comes.

Some might be lulled into a false sense of security based on the fact that there hasn’t been a significant quake like this for many, many years… in fact it has been 300 years since the southern San Andreas Fault experienced a large earthquake. This is, however, exactly the time people who live in fault areas should be worried… the longer it’s been since the last earthquake the more likely it is that a quake will happen.

Study of previous quake activity in the Salton Sea region found that previous quakes such as the one predicted occurred at 180-year intervals, so after 300 years the area must be longer overdue for a big earthquake. People in the Los Angeles area should definitely be concerned about the warnings of these scientists. In fact all of us around the US should be aware, not only because of what will likely occur in Los Angeles but because disaster could strike anywhere at any time.

We should all make sure we have the best home insurance we can. We should have emergency food and water supplies available. We should know what to do when an earthquake or other disaster strikes. None of us should wait until it’s too late.”

Another Earthquake in Japan – Magnitude 6.7

An area of Japan is still recovering from a catastrophic 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in March 2011, and recently Japan’s northeastern region experienced a 6.7 magnitude quake in the same region, as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey and reported by the USA Today.

Japan Earthquake in June of 2011

Unlike the devastation caused by the earlier quake and tsunami, this most recent quake did not result in the large scale death and destruction. USA Today reports that no injuries or damages have been reported as a result of the quake. The March 2011 quake and tsunami left over 23,000 dead or missing according to previous reports.

Japan is no stranger to earthquakes. It sits squarely above the Pacific Ring of Fire,a 40,000 kilometer basin in the Pacific ocean that is responsible for 90% of earthquakes across the globe, including 80% of the most severe ones. Because of this, Japan experiences frequent earthquakes, though few that are as destructive as the March 2011 one.

The most recent quake occurred 19.9 miles into the earth’s crust at 11:32 local time, and it’s tremors were felt as far as 325 miles southwest in Tokyo. Immediately following the quake, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a tsunami warning but quickly removed the warning less than an hour later reports USA Today.

Following any earthquake of a large magnitude, it is common for the same region to experience hundreds of smaller aftershocks during the ensuing months. The 6.7 magnitude quake to most recently hit the northeastern portion of Japan is one of the larger ones following the March 2011 one.

Luckily, with no reported injuries or damage, this devastated region evaded setbacks to their recovery efforts. Three months past the March 2011 quake, the region is slowly cleaning up and rebuilding ñ hoping to minimize the long-term effects on the economy.

A larger quake with even mild devastation and damage could set the rebuilding efforts back considerably and have lasting effects on both the Japanese economy and the worldwide one. With this most recent quake at least, Japan’s northeastern area residents can rest easy and continue their rebuilding efforts without adding more devastation and heartache to the process.

For more information, read:

USGS Earthquake Report

New York Times article on the Powerful Quake and Tsunami that Devastated Japan on March 11, 2011

Wikipedia Entry on the Pacific Ring of Fire

Daily Mail article (UK newspaper) on Japan’s Recovery from the March Earthquake with Photos Showing Progress

Earthquake in Turkey Kills At Least 2

The Kutahya province of Turkey was hit with a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Thursday killing at least 2 people and injuring over 70 more.

The USGS Report rates the earthquake at a magnitude 5.8, but media sources differ on this point.  Europe’s earthquake tracking center, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (CSEM-ESMC) also rates this earthquake a 5.8.

Earthquake in Kutahya Province of Turkey

Map of 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Kutahya Province of Turkey

There have been reports of significant damage, as can be seen in the Associated Press video posted on YouTube.

Over 50 aftershocks to the main earthquake have been reported.

Turkey is in a very earthquake prone part of the world, and regularly experiences earthquakes like these, or much stronger.

Resources and Links

USGS Earthquake Report

European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (CSEM-ESMC) Earthquake Report

BBC Report

Associated Press Video

Did You Feel It?

Did you feel the earthquake?  Were you there?  Do you have loved-ones in the area that you want to contact there?  Tell your story in the comment section below.

Papua New Guinea Hit By Earthquake – Magnitude 6.5

Papua New Guinea, the Pacific island nation, was hit by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake early Monday morning.

No damage or injury has been reported so far, according to the Associated Press, but it is unclear as to whether any significant tsunami activity is imminent.  No Pacific tsunami warnings have been issued.

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

While Papua New Guinea is a remote island nation, it is still home to almost 7 million people.

Papua New Guinea is located in an area of high earthquake and volcano activity, known as the “Ring of Fire,” in which approximately 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur.  While this is a significant earthquake, it is not uncommon in Papua New Guinea, or in this “Ring of Fire” zone.

Resources and Related Links

USGS Report on this earthquake

Associated Press story on Papua New Guinea Earthquake

Wikipedia Entry on Papua New Guinea

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Fukushima Japan Reactor 1 in Meltdown

NHK and Zero Hedge are reporting that the Reactor #1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is in  state of meltdown.

While the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant has been dire since the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, that it has released a lot of radiation – it has never been a true meltdown until today.

Fukushima Daiichi Japan Nuclear Meltdown

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is in a state of meltdown according to NHK. Image credit:

What does meltdown mean in this situation?  Well it’s not good.  Basically the fuel rods are fully exposed, and have subsequently dropped to the bottom of the reactor.

When this happened exactly, is anyone’s guess – as the disclosures and credible information that have been coming from TEPCO and the Japanese goverment have been suspect at each step of the way – with regards to the timing and fullness of disclosure.

NHK Link about meltdown.

Zero Hedge Link about meltdown.

2 Earthquakes Hit Lorca Spain, Killing at Least 7

BBC News and other media sources are reporting that 2 earthquakes have hit Lorca Spain, killing at least 7 people and injuring many more.

Lorca is in the Murcia region of Spain, and while the most damage was centered in Lorca, effects were felt throughout the Murcia region.

BBC News is also hosting dramatic footage of the magnitude 5.3 earthquake that their field reporters captured.

Lorca is on the southern coast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) which monitors earthquake activity world-wide rates the Lorca earthquake at 5.1 magnitude.

Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake in Lorca Spain

Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake in Lorca Spain

The second earthquake was rated a 4.4 magnitude earthquake – and the two earthquakes happened within one hour of each other.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC/CEMS) is reporting the two earthquakes at 5.2 magnitude and 4.5 magnitude.

No word on whether a tsunami warning for Spain or any other parts of the Mediterranean has been issued.

BBC News Report

USGS Earthquake Report