Category Archives: strike-slip

#Earthquake Report: North Bismarck plate

Well, what have we here? We have an interesting crustal earthquake in the North Bismarck plate. Why is it interesting? This is an interesting earthquake because of its orientation and mechanism. This region of the world is one of the … Continue reading

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Earthquake Report: Mid Atlantic Ridge (Chain fracture zone)

If there was an earthquake in the middle of the ocean, and nobody felt it… would it still be an earthquake? Maybe we need to get the Karl Popper out for a good read… There was a good sized shaker … 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: 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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