Another large earthquake, along strike with the M8.3

here is an update to this series of interesting earthquakes.
M8.3 earthquake map

this one is along strike and at a similar depth to the M8.3. also an extensional earthquake, but with a more intermediate dip. it will be interesting to see what the microseismicity (or slow slip earthquakes, or non volcanic tremor, each filling in different parts of the “bandwidth” of known seismic phenomena) is doing updip of this M6.8.
will these all be foreshocks to a large subduction zone earthquake? or, as suggested above, is this part of the subduction zone “slipping” in different ways, possibly aseismically? there have been large to great subduction zone earthquakes in this region before, but that does not necessarily rule out some different fault behavior. alternately, these all could be a result of the earthquake in 2006 (tho a while ago, and stress changes due to nearby earthquakes are small, the 2006 eq is in the region to the south of this current swarm). see the usgs page below for a map of historic earthquakes, including 2006.
we would generally expect large to great earthquakes again in this location, but we learn new things every day. subduction zone geology is a rapidly evolving field.
here is the usgs link (check out the moment tensor by clicking “technical information”)
update 10:22 AM: the 1952 earthquake was also in this region. actually, now that i look at it, these M4-5’s are in a region of the 1952 EQ that did not slip!
Click on the map for a pdf from the USGS:USGS map

M 8.3 deep earthquake in the Sea of Okhotsk

wowo, busy tonight. here is a pretty big quake
M8.3 earthquake map

the kuril trench has been active (subduction zone where the pacific plate subducts beneath the north america plate) and the yellow and orange dots in my map show recent quakes there. this 8.2 (which may change) seems to be directly down-dip of the swarm. i have placed a red symbol in the approximate epicenter because the data are not yet updated on google earth. the usgs page has an excellent summary map for the region.this large earthquake is pretty deep.
here is the usgs map that shows the historic segmented rupture along that subduction zone. (funny, it does not have the 2011 tohoku-oki earthquake)
this region is interesting because to the north, we do not really yet understand how the north america plate connects with the eurasia plate. the mid atlantic ridge passes north through iceland, then goes through the arctic ocean, and is thought to form the boundary between the NAP and the EAP.
here is an update: a post from

2013 Kinetic Madness Celebration

Please come to my Twelfth Annual Kinetic Madness Celebration THIS SAT AT NOON: manila beach bungalo.
i have been celebrating the kinetic sculpture race since i moved to manila in 1996. the race rides directly in front of my house (well, almost directly).
The details to this VEGETARIAN POTLUCK are on this page.
I have more maps and photos from previous kinetic years here .
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