Author Archives: Jay Patton

Earthquake Report: northern Alaska

Well, I awakened shortly after this M 6.4 earthquake hit the northern part of Alaska, along the north Slope, north of the Brooks Range. My inbox has had a lower frequency of USGS ENS notifications since Kilauea has settled down … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Lombok, Indonesia: Update #1

Yesterday morning, as I was recovering from working on stage crew for the 34th Reggae on the River (fundraiser for the non profit, the Mateel Community Center), I noticed on social media that there was an M 6.9 earthquake in … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: San Pablo Bay, CA

Well well. There was a small earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area today, with an epicenter in San Pablo Bay northwest of Richmond and San Pablo, CA. This earthquake is cool, at least in part, because of its location. … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Blanco fracture zone

Well, so exciting to have more earthquakes to write about! This summer has been a low seismic summer. The entire year actually. There was an earthquake within the Gorda plate a few days ago, but these M 5.3 and M … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Lombok, Indonesia

Earlier today there was a shallow M 6.4 earthquake with an epicenter on the island of Lombok, Indonesia. With a hypocentral depth of about 7.5 km, this size of an earthquake can be quite damaging. The USGS PAGER estimate of … Continue reading

Posted in australia, collision, earthquake, education, geology, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, pacific, plate tectonics, subduction

#Earthquake Report: Gorda plate

Over the past night and morning, there was a sequence of earthquakes within the Gorda plate due west of Crescent City. Some people even felt these earthquakes, culminating (so far) with a M 5.6. There was a Gorda plate earthquake … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Madagascar!

Today there was an earthquake in a region that we don’t hear about that often. Madagascar is off the coast of southeastern Africa and the oceanic basin to the west is likely formed as part of the East Africa Rift … Continue reading

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Earthquake-Volcanic Eruption Report: Hawai’i

My USGS Earthquake Notification Service email inbox has been going on overtime. There has been a swarm of earthquakes on the southeastern part of the big island, with USGS volcanologists hypothesizing about magma movement and suggesting that an eruption may … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Channel Islands Update #1

Well well. There was lots of interest in this M 5.3 earthquake offshore of Ventura/Los Angeles, justifiably so. Southern California is earthquake country. Here is an update. There was lots of information that I was trying to incorporate and I … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Channel Islands

I was finally getting around to writing a report for the deep Bolivia earthquake (Bolivia report here), when a M 5.3 earthquake struck offshore of the channel islands (south of Santa Cruz Island, west of Los Angeles). As is typical … Continue reading

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