Category Archives: plate tectonics

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

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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: Cotobato Trench, Philippines

Earlier in April (2017) there was some activity in 4 different regions of the Philippines. Based upon the low magnitudes and large epicentral distances, these earthquakes were most unlikely to be directly related to each other. A couple days ago, … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Chile Update #2

Today the swarm has reminded us to stay vigilant. This region of the Chile subduction zone is pretty active and adjacent to the most active part of the Chile subduction zone. Today there was a series of earthquakes with a … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: 1992.04.25 M 7.1 Petrolia

The 25 April 1992 M 7.1 earthquake was a wake up call for many, like all large magnitude earthquakes are. Here is my personal story. I was driving my girlfriend’s car (Jen Guevara) with her and some housemates up to … Continue reading

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