Bolivia rattled by a large earthquake

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Bolivia on Tuesday, but the epicenter was deep underground and there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The US Geographical Survey said the earthquake’s epicenter was 331.4 miles (533.3 kilometers) underground and located 37 miles south-southwest of Trinidad, the capital of Bolivia’s northern Beni region.

Magnitude: 6.2 2011 Bolivia earthquake 6.2 magnitude
Location 15.345°S, 65.110°W
Depth 533.3 km (331.4 miles)
Distances 60 km (37 miles) SSW of Trinidad, Bolivia
251 km (155 miles) NNE of Cochabamba, Bolivia
342 km (212 miles) NW of Santa Cruz, Bolivia
350 km (217 miles) ENE of LA PAZ, Bolivia

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma

After all the foreshocks today in Oklahoma we have now seen the earthquake that the earth was warning us about. The 5.6 magnitude quake hit less than 45 miles away from Oklahoma city and has residents checking their foundations as the initial reports are coming in that this quake has done some damage.  Inital reports suggest no deaths but injuries have been reported in and around Oklahoma city.

Magnitude 5.6
Location 35.599°N, 96.752°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles)
Distances 34 km (21 miles) NNE of Shawnee, Oklahoma
63 km (39 miles) SSE of Stillwater, Oklahoma
68 km (42 miles) ESE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
71 km (44 miles) ENE of OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma

China’s Halloween Earthquakes rattling the heartland

two earthquakes rattles China today on this Halloween holiday…

Magnitude 5.5
Location 32.559°N, 105.324°E
Depth 16.1 km (10.0 miles)
Distances 48 km (29 miles) WNW of Guangyuan, Sichuan, China
104 km (64 miles) NNE of Jiangyou, Sichuan, China
352 km (218 miles) NNW of Chongqing, Chongqing, China
1286 km (799 miles) SW of BEIJING, Beijing, China


Magnitude 5.4
Location 43.633°N, 82.383°E
Depth 27.9 km (17.3 miles)
Distances 95 km (59 miles) ESE of Yining, Xinjiang, China
289 km (179 miles) SW of Karamay, Xinjiang, China
302 km (187 miles) WSW of Shihezi, Xinjiang, China
2837 km (1762 miles) WNW of BEIJING, Beijing, China

Large earthquake rattles coast of Peru

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Peru today ratting the nearby towns.  The earthquake was centered off Peru’s central coast has rattled Peru’s capital but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.  No tsunami alert was issued for this earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says it was centered 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Ica at a depth of 9.2 miles (15 kilometers). The location is 186 miles (299 kilometers) southwest of Lima.

Magnitude: 6.9 6.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Peru
Location 14.457°S, 75.990°W
Depth 34.9 km (21.7 miles)
Distances 51 km (31 miles) SSW of Ica, Peru
112 km (69 miles) S of Chincha Alta, Peru
201 km (124 miles) W of Puquio, Peru
288 km (178 miles) SSE of LIMA, Peru


Turkey:7.2 magnitude with at least 8 strong aftershocks

Buildings collapsed during the 7.2 magnitude earthquakeA powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey Sunday, collapsing about 45 buildings according to the deputy prime minister. The worst damage was caused to the town of Ercis, in the mountainous eastern province of Van, close to the Iranian border. The city of Van also suffered substantial damage. The quake had a depth of 12.4 miles, which is relatively shallow and could potentially cause more damage. Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, which is crossed by fault lines. In 1999, about 18,000 people were killed by two powerful earthquakes that struck northwestern Turkey. Authorities blamed shoddy construction for many of the deaths.


Magnitude: 7.2 Earthquake swarm in Turkey, Started with a 7.2 magnitude
  • Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 10:41:21 UTC
  • Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 01:41:21 PM at epicenter
Location 38.628°N, 43.486°E
Depth 20 km (12.4 miles) set by location program
  • 17 km (10 miles) NNE (32°) from Van, Turkey
  • 117 km (72 miles) N (349°) from Hakkari, Turkey
  • 128 km (80 miles) SSE (163°) from Karakose (Agri), Turkey
  • 194 km (120 miles) SSW (207°) from YEREVAN, Armenia

7.6 Magnitude Earthquake near the Kermadec Islands

Although probably not a very big deal for many people due to the location of the earthquake, its 7.6 magnitude is still very notable. If we look back to the magnitude 7.6 on July 6th 2011 it created a tsunami.  The Kermadec tsunami on July 6th 2011 was generated by a Mw 7.6 earthquake (29.312°S, 176.204°W ), at 19:03:16 UTC, 163 km (101 miles) E of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands (according to the USGS). This is almost exactly where today’s 7.6 earthquake occured.  This one will likely not cause a tsunami as it was a little deeper.  Tsunami prediction/update will follow shortly.

The earth is grumbling and producing a larger than average number of earthquakes. Although they do not seem to be that much stronger than normal earthquakes we are seeing some in places that I have never seen a strong (4+ magnitude) earthquake before. What does this all mean? Probably nothing but I have a feeling that we are going to see a few more like this over the next 48 hours.


Today’s Earthquake
 Kermadec earthquake 2011
  • Friday, October 21, 2011 at 17:57:17 UTC
  • Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 05:57:17 AM at epicenter
Location 28.941°S, 176.046°W
Depth 39.8 km (24.7 miles)
  • 180 km (112 miles) E (79°) from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
  • 870 km (541 miles) S (185°) from NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga
  • 2978 km (1851 miles) WSW (240°) from PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Texas: 4.8 Magnitude earthquake has parts of Texas rocking

Parts of Texas were rocking when a shallow 4.8 magnitude earthquake rocked that region early today.  Just as most people were on their way to work or getting ready the 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit only 3 miles underground.  A fairly shallow earthquake as earthquakes go but not centered over a heavily populated area.  With the epicenter only ~50 miles out of San Antonio and ~100 miles from Austin, many people are reporting feeling it.  Although their are no reports of injuries or damage at this point, information is still being gathered from all the rattled communites.

Magnitude: 4.8  4.6 Texas Earthquake near San Antonio
Location 28.806°N, 98.147°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles)
Distances 60 km (37 miles) NW of Beeville, Texas
76 km (47 miles) SSE of San Antonio, Texas
92 km (57 miles) E of Pearsall, Texas
166 km (103 miles) SSW of AUSTIN, Texas

Large earthquake in Argentina – 6.2 magnitude

A 6.2 magnitude quake struck northern Argentina Thursday, centered some 139 kilometers (87 miles) from the city of Salta, US geologists said.

The quake, which had a depth of some 5.9 miles, struck at around 8:12 am (1112 GMT) according to the United States Geological Survey, which monitors seismic activity around the world.

Magnitude 6.2  Earthquake in Argentina 2011
Location 24.181°S, 64.250°W
Depth 9.5 km (5.9 miles)
Distances 106 km (65 miles) E of San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy, Argentina
129 km (80 miles) N of El Quebrachal, Salta, Argentina
135 km (83 miles) ENE of Salta, Salta, Argentina
1274 km (791 miles) NNW of BUENOS AIRES, D.F., Argentina

Japan: Magnitude 5.7 – BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

5.7 Earthquake in the Japan region
5.7 Earthquake in the Japan region
Magnitude: 5.7  
Location 26.767°N, 140.462°E
Depth 437.5 km (271.9 miles)
Distances 177 km (109 miles) W of Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan
236 km (146 miles) NNW of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan
706 km (438 miles) S of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan
990 km (615 miles) S of TOKYO, Japan

Noah’s ark for the next Tsunami in Japan?

Modern Noah's Ark (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Modern Noah's Ark - A Cosmo Power Co. employee crawls out from a spherical earthquake and tsunami shelter "Noah" made of fiber enforced plastic at the company's factory in Hiratsuka, west of Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. The Japanese generator maker has developed a modern version of Noah's Ark in case Japan is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami. The company of just 10 employees completed the first Noah, that has 1.2 meters (4 feet) in diameter and can hold up to four adults inside, earlier this month and already has 500 orders. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

While not 100% accurate as these are mini Noah’s arks, that title is very close!  A power company in Japan has devised a unique “lifeboat” of sorts that could possible save 4 lifes in the event another tsunami hits Japan.   Since the chances of another catastrophic tsunami are very low in general, the noah’s ark lifeboat also doubles as a kids room toy.  Clever use of a safety device, I wonder if I can get it in any color? Anyway,  here is the story as reported by the AP

 TOKYO (AP) — A small Japanese company has developed a modern, miniature version of Noah’s Ark in case Japan is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami: a floating capsule that looks like a huge tennis ball.

Japan’s Cosmo Power says its “Noah” shelter is made of enhanced fiberglass that can save users from disasters like the one on March 11 that devasted Japan’s northern coast, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.

Company president Shoji Tanaka says the capsule can hold four adults, and that it has survived many crash tests. It has a small lookout window and breathing holes on top. It also can be used as a toy house for children.

The company completed the capsule earlier this month and already has 600 orders, including two delivered.