Category Archives: subduction

Earthquake Report: Guatemala and Mexico

This morning (my time) there was a moderately deep earthquake along the coast of southern Mexico and northern Guatemala. Here is my Temblor article about this M=6.6 earthquake and how it might relate to the 2017 M=8.2 quake. Offshore of … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Chile

There was a very interesting earthquake in central coastal Chile yesterday. I spent some time putting together a Temblor article about it. I also took the opportunity to create an interpretive poster in portrait format to help with people using … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: 2018 Summary

Here I summarize Earth’s significant seismicity for 2018. I limit this summary to earthquakes with magnitude greater than or equal to M 6.5. I am sure that there is a possibility that your favorite earthquake is not included in this … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Philippines

Earlier there was an earthquake in the Philippines. This magnitude M = 7.0 earthquake is related to the subduction zone that forms the Philippine trench (where the Philippine Sea plate subducts beneath the Sunda plate). Here is the USGS website … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Bering Kresla / Pacific plate

We just had a large earthquake in the region of the Bering Kresla fracture zone, a strike-slip fault system that coincides with the westernmost portion of the Aleutian trench (which is a subduction zone further to the east). At first, … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Greece

Well, I was about to head to town and noticed a magnitude M = 5.0 earthquake in Greece. I thought to myself, I wonder if that is a foreshock. It was. Then, the M 6.8 mainshock hit while i was … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: New Britain!

Just a few hours ago there was a subduction zone megathrust earthquake along the New Britain Trench in the western equatorial Pacific Ocean. In this region of the world, the Solomon Sea plate and the South Bismarck plate converge to … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Kermadec

The earthquakes continue, every day. Today, there was a large earthquake associated with the subduction zone that forms the Kermadec Trench. This earthquake was quite deep, so was not expected to generate a significant tsunami (if one at all). There … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Hokkaido, Japan

Following the largest typhoon to strike Japan in a very long time, there was an earthquake on the island of Hokkaido, Japan today. There is lots on social media, including some spectacular views of disastrous and deadly landslides triggered by … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Loyalty Islands

The earthquakes continue, every day. Today, there was a large earthquake along the southern New Hebrides Trench. Today’s M 7.1 earthquake happened along one of the more active subduction zones in the world. The hypocentral (3-D location) depth of ~26 … Continue reading

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