Earthquake near the Santa Cruz Islands (western Pacific)!

We just had an earthquake near the Santa Cruz Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Here is the USGS web page for this earthquake.

Here is a map that I quickly put together with the moment tensor from the M 7.0 earthquake. I also plot the M 6.7 earthquake from a week ago (here is my page where I discuss that M 6.7 earthquake and the regional tectonics of this region).

There have been some reports of strong ground shaking as evidenced by this “Did You Feel It?” map.


It is interesting that the observations are larger than the modeled estimates of ground shaking:


Here is the pager report that is an estimate of damage to people and their belongings.

Category(s): education, Extension, geology, HSU, plate tectonics, subduction, tsunami

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