Author Archives: Jay Patton

Earthquake Report: Bengkulu (Sumatra)!

Last night (my time) while I was tending to other business, there was an earthquake along the Sunda Megathrust. Here is the USGS website for this M 6.4 earthquake. This M 6.4 earthquake happened down-dip (“deeper than”) along the megathrust … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Philippines!

There was a deep focus earthquake in the Philippines today. This shaker was located near the city of Manila (I live in Manila. Manila, California). The hypocenter was quite deep (168 km) so (a) had lesser shaking due to the … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: China #2!

We had another earthquake in China today! This one along the northern Tian Shan Mountains, on the other side of the orogenic wedge from the earthquakes from earlier today. This M 6.3 earthquake is along a thrust fault, while the … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: China!

This morning (my time) there was a shallow earthquake in western China, near a region that was shocked by an M 7.9 earthquake in 2008 (the “Wenchuan Earthquake”). Here is the USGS website for this M 6.5 earthquake. Below is … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Gorda plate

We just had an earthquake in the Gorda plate. The USGS magnitude is 5.1. This earthquake happened a few kilometers southwest of the 2014 M 6.8 earthquake. Based upon the orientation of the faults in the region, today’s earthquake may … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Turkey

We just had a good shaker in western Turkey. At the moment, there are over 400 reports of ground shaking to the USGS “Did you Feel It?” web page. The USGS PAGER report estimates that there may be some casualties … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Bering fracture zone: UPDATE #1

Well, based upon a comment on twitter, I thought it prudent to review the seismicity of this region at the westernmost part of the western Aleutian Islands. For many years I considered this region part of the subduction zone that … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Western Aleutians

We just had an earthquake along the western Aleutian Islands, very close to the international date line. In this region places often have more than two names, depending upon who drew the map. The majority of the Aleutian Islands are … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Ecuador

Earlier today there was a moderate sized earthquake (M 6.0) along coast of Ecuador. This earthquake happened in the region of the 2016.04.16 M 7.8 subduction zone earthquake. Based upon the depth and our knowledge of this region, this earthquake … Continue reading

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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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