Author Archives: Jay Patton

Earthquake Report: Guatemala

This morning we had an earthquake offshore of Guatemala with a magnitude M = 6.8. Here is the USGS website for this earthquake. This earthquake occurred to the east of a sequence from about a week ago. Here is my … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Guatemala

There was a really cool earthquake sequence a few days ago on and offshore of Guatemala. Offshore of Guatemala in the Pacific Ocean, the Cocos plate subducts beneath the North America and Caribbean plates (NAP & CP). The transform plate … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Westernmost Aleutian Arc

This earthquake happened a couple weeks ago, but was interesting and I have been looking forward to following up on this with a report. Here is the USGS website for this M 6.8 earthquake. The M 6.8 earthquake happened in … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Turkey!

We had a couple of earthquakes in western Turkey today (in the Aegean Sea offshore of the Island of Lesbos, part of Greece). The M 6.3 earthquake shows evidence for extension (normal fault), based on the moment tensor (read below). … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Trinidad, California

Early this morning, I was awakened by a mild jolt. I thought, well, seems like a M 3+- nearby. I did not get out of bed. The main shaking lasted a couple of seconds, though it seemed that there was … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Sulawesi, Indonesia

There was a series of earthquakes in Sulawesi, Indonesia earlier today, with a mainshock having a magnitude of M 6.8. This series of earthquakes is interesting as it does not occur on the main plate boundary fault, but on upper … Continue reading

Posted in asia, earthquake, education, Extension, Indonesia, plate tectonics

Earthquake Report: El Salvador

There were a couple interesting earthquakes offshore of El Salvador “today.” These earthquakes occurred along the Middle America Trench, a low spot in the ocean formed by the subduction of the Cocos plate beneath the Caribbean plate (a convergent plate … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Aleutian Trench

Well, well, well. What have we here. We have some earthquakes that are related to each other and some earthquakes that are not. Less than 2 weeks ago there initiated a sequence of earthquakes along a fault splaying off of … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Vanuatu!

There was an earthquake along the New Hebrides Trench this morning (my time in northern California). This earthquake is located deep, possibly below the subduction zone megathrust (but probably is a subduction zone earthquake). The hypocentral depth is 169 km, … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Denali fault, British Columbia

This is an interesting earthquake for a number of reasons. The epicenters of the largest earthquakes in this series (M 6.2 and M 6.3) align just off-strike from the Dalton section of the Denali fault (DF) which was mapped as … Continue reading

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