Category Archives: subduction

Earthquake Report: Loyalty Islands Update #1

I just got back from one of the best conferences that I have ever attended, PATA Days 2017 (Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics, and Archeoseismology). This conference was held in Blenheim, New Zealand and was planned to commemorate the 300 year anniversary … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Puebla, Mexico Update #1

Well, the responses of people who are in the midst of a deadly disaster have been inspiring, bringing tears to my eyes often. Watching people searching and helping find survivors. This deadly earthquake brings pause to all who are paying … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Chiapas, Mexico Update #1

Well, after about 4 hours sleep, my business partner woke me up to talk about the fire alarms we were installing in a rental (#safetyfirst). Now that I have had some breakfast, I here provide some additional observations that people … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Chiapas, Mexico

While I was spending time with my friend Steve Tillinghast (he is getting married on Saturday), there was a Great Earthquake offshore of Chiapas, Mexico. This is one of four M 8 or greater earthquakes ever recorded along the subduction … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Mentawai, Sumatra

We just had an earthquake in the Mentawai region of the Sunda subduction zone offshore of Sumatra. Here is the USGS website for this M 6.3 earthquake. Based upon the hypocentral depth and the current estimate of the location of … Continue reading

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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: 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: 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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