June 30, 2013

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:
USGS
CNN
NOAA Tsunami Watch Center

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.”

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

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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

EMSC/CEMS

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Person Finder

Google has set up a Japanese Earthquake Person Finder to help coordinate efforts to locate and identify people who have been affected by the devastation of the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan.

Japan Earthquake Person Finder

Screenshot of the Google Japan Earthquake Person Finder

Here is the link:  Japan Earthquake Person Finder

If you are looking for someone who you think has been affected by the earthquake in Japan, be sure to check into this resource.

For more information on how to prepare for an earthquake, read about how to make an earthquake survival kit.

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In Japanese:

Googleが検索し、日本の地震の荒廃の影響を受けている人々を特定の努力を調整するために日本の地震人Finderを設定している。

日本地震人ファインダー:ここでリンクされている

あなたは日本の地震の影響を受けていると思う人を探している場合は、このリソースに確認してください。

地震の準備をする方法の詳細については、読んだ どのように地震のサバイバルキットを作成する

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan

The USGS is reporting that a 8.9 magnitude earthquake has hit Japan, hitting about 150 km offshore of mainland Japan.

Japan Earthquake

Google Maps showing where the earthquake hit Japan.

While the epicenter of the quake is offshore, the effects were felt all over Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Here is the USGS Incident Report:  USGS Earthquake Report

At present, a tsunami is sweeping across the low lying coastal areas of Miyangi Sendai Japan and a tsunami warning is in effect for Marianas, Russia, Marcus Islands, Taiwan, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Easter Island, and other Asian coastal and island areas.

Here is a link to the NOAA Tsunami Warning System For the Pacific Area

Many news sources are reporting this earthquake, and most of the sources are reporting it as a 8.8 magnitude earthquake, but the USGS has it listed at magnitude 8.9.

Several aftershocks have registered – ranging from 6.1 to 7.1

All transportation systems and airports in Japan have closed, Reuters is reporting.

For more information on how to prepare for an earthquake, read about how to make your own earthquake survival kit.