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Quake Watch 2012

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posted on Oct, 26 2012 @ 07:14 PM
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-50C is a bit too much




posted on Oct, 26 2012 @ 10:32 PM
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Reference for Mw6.8 ± 0.1 stress on Húsavík Flatey Fault (HFF)

fulltext(accepted version, not 'of record') hosted at Sabrina Metzger's ETH Zürich page

www.n.ethz.ch/~smetzger/download/GJI_accepted.pdf :

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05176.x/abstract
dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05176.x

Locking depth and slip-rate of the Húsavík Flatey fault, North Iceland, derived from continuous GPS data 2006–2010

Sabrina Metzger 1,
Sigurjón Jónsson 2,
Halldór Geirsson 3,4

Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05176.x

Geophysical Journal International

Volume 187, Issue 2, pages 564–576, November 2011

Author Information

1 Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland. E-mail: smetzger@erdw.ethz.ch
2 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
3 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
4 Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), Reykjavík, Iceland

Publication History

Issue published online: 14 OCT 2011
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011
Accepted 2011 July 29. Received 2011 June 29; in original form 2011 March 11

Keywords:

Time series analysis;
Satellite geodesy;
Radar interferometry;
Oceanic transform and fracture zone processes;
Kinematics of crustal and mantle deformation

SUMMARY

Located at the northern shore of Iceland, the Tjörnes Fracture Zone (TFZ) is a 120 km offset in the mid-Atlantic Ridge that connects the offshore Kolbeinsey Ridge to the on-land Northern Volcanic Zone. This transform zone is seismically one of the most active areas in Iceland, exposing the population to a significant risk. However, the kinematics of the mostly offshore area with its complex tectonics have not been adequately resolved and the seismic potential of the two main transform structures within the TFZ, the Grímsey Oblique Rift (GOR) and the Húsavík Flatey Fault (HFF) in particular, is not well known.

In summer 2006, we expanded the number of continuous GPS (CGPS) stations in the area from 4 to 14. The resulting GPS velocities after four years of data collection show that the TFZ accommodates the full plate motion as it is predicted by the MORVEL plate motion model. In addition, ENVISAT interferograms reveal a transient uplift signal at the nearby Theistareykir central volcano with a maximum line-of-sight uplift of 3 cm between summers of 2007 and 2008. We use a combination of an interseismic backslip and a Mogi model in a homogeneous, elastic half-space to describe the kinematics within the TFZ. With a non-linear optimization approach we fit the GPS observations and estimate the key model parameters and their uncertainties, which are (among others) the locking depth, the partition of the transform motion between the two transform structures within the TFZ and the slip rate on the HFF.

We find a shallow locking depth of 6.3+1.7− 1.2 km and transform motion that is accommodated 34 ± 3 per cent by the HFF and 66 ± 3 per cent by the GOR, resulting in a slip velocity of 6.6 ± 0.6 mm yr−1 for the HFF. Assuming steady accumulation since the last two large M6.5 earthquakes in 1872 the seismic potential of the fault is equivalent to a Mw6.8 ± 0.1 event.



(...)

The magnitude estimation of the accumulated moment along
the HFF of Mw = 6.8 ± 0.1 is based on four assumptions: (1)
Complete stress relaxation by the 1872 Mw = 6.5 earthquakes and
steady stress accumulation since then, (2) uniform slip rate and a
constant locking depth, (3) a rupture along the whole total fault
plane with a dimension constrained by the locking depth and (4) the
fault model length, which is the sum of the segments B and C in
Fig. 7. In fact, the onshore segment C ends within the Theistareykir
fissure swarm and is ∼18 km shorter than the model segment.
Using eqs (4) and (5) with the adapted length reduces the magnitude
estimation only within the rounding precision (Mw ± 0.05). Also,
the stress accumulation on HFF might have been influenced by
the Krafla rifting episode 1975–1984 that appears to have reduced
the seismicity on the eastern end of the fault (Rögnvaldsson et al.
1998). Another fact that might be taken into account to estimate the
potential devastating energy would be the direction of rupture. If this
potential event would initiate at the northwestern end of the fault,
the rupture would propagate ‘towards’ Húsavík and the surrounding
farms, which causes a superposition and thus enhancement of the
surface waves.

(...)

7 CONCLUSION

The CGPS time-series presented in this paper covers the whole
TFZ (150 km by 100 km) in North Iceland expanding the existing
network from 4 to 14 stations. The resulting GPS velocities from
4 yr of data show clearly the transformmotion in the TFZ and the full
plate spreading between the North American and the Eurasian Plate.
The transform motion is accommodated by the HFF and the GOR
in a ratio of 34 per cent/66 per cent with an uncertainty of ±3 per
cent. In addition, the GPS velocities show influence from uplift
at Theistareykir central volcano, which likely is caused by magma
accumulation at ∼8.5 km depth. We used a combined backslip and
Mogi source model to describe the surface deformation as seen
with the CGPS data, and for the first time key parameters of the
kinematics of the TFZ were estimated with uncertainties.

(...)

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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 09:32 AM
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Just had another one here in Gippsland, Australia.

Not very big, only a 2.8. But its about the 400th since the big one a few months ago and this time, a little desturbing.

The depth of the original 5.6 was 10km, this latest one to hit was at 0.0km.Since the large one they have been getting visibly shallower over time.

Understanding the type of fault lines that criss-cross the Gippsland region, this could be the worst case scenario building up.

Gippy's faults are "thrust" faults. Meaning that the eastern side of the AU plate is relletively thin and pourus, allowing magma and pressure from the mantle access to push up in places. This is the mountain building type of activity that created the Australian Alpine region and the great divide. The whole of gippsland is in an active mountain building phase and in some places, the ground has been raised as much as 10m in the last 100k years.

There are over 40 potentially active volcanoes in Western Victoria and Eastern SA.

Having activity this close to the surface is highly disturbing for me, knowing that these faults were created by upward movement of magma, which caused the surface to fracture and form faults. If EQ activity is at 0km, this ccould be the start of something monsterous..

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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 12:51 PM
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Geez Mate, there isn't a quieter place in the World for earthquakes and erupting volcanoes than Australia.
If you can put up with the Fires and the Flies and the PM, I'd be counting my blessings and just get on with the Rugby training


400 quakes since the 5.6 eh?
A link to this data anywhere ?

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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 01:19 PM
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125 hour aftershock report for the
San Andreas Fault 26km ENE of King City, California, 5.3Mw, 21/10/2012
143 aftershocks, mostly mag 1-2, has elapsed time on each event tag
screenshot

I also did a 564 hours (3 weeks) fore shock map too, new idea, just in case anything was obvious and the scientists missed it ( can't see anything that causes concern, looks like background activity), has the elapsed time prior to the 5.3 on each tag.
and an ANSS seismic History that goes back to 1932.(searched to 1800) with new calc. on each tag of how far before in years they were.



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 01:25 PM
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Felt this one early this morning, just a jolt

Public ID 2012p812341
Universal Time October 27 2012 at 13:35:44
NZ Daylight Time Sunday, October 28 2012 at 2:35:44 am
Latitude, Longitude -40.14, 174.87
Intensity ? moderate
Focal Depth 34 km
Magnitude 4.4
Location 30 km south-west of Wanganui
www.geonet.org.nz...

edit on 27-10-2012 by muzzy because: took out the h in Whanganui because thats how its said, not Fonganui



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 03:50 PM
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Hmm is it me or is it getting very active today ????

Magnitude: 5.5
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 20:13:01 UTC
Region: New Britain region, Papua New Guinea
Depth: 22.7 km
Source: USGS Feed

Magnitude: 5.1
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 20:14:59 UTC
Region: southeast of the Loyalty Islands
Depth: 35.7 km
Source: USGS Feed

Magnitude: 5.2
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 20:14:55 UTC
Region: Southeast Of Loyalty Islands
Depth: 2 km

Magnitude: 4.9
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 20:55:31 UTC
Region: Pagan region, Northern Mariana Islands
Depth: 77.6 km
Source: USGS Feed

Magnitude: 4.7
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 20:56:46 UTC
Region: Tonga
Depth: 355.6 km
Source: USGS Feed

Magnitude: 4.7
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 21:10:23 UTC
Region: Molucca Sea
Depth: 56 km

Magnitude: 4.3
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 21:10:41 UTC
Region: Ceram Sea, Indonesia
Depth: 35 km
Source: USGS

Magnitude: 4.4
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 21:17:01 UTC
Region: Banda Sea
Depth: 621.9 km
Source: USGS Feed

Magnitude: 4.8
DateTime: Saturday October 27 2012, 22:23:15 UTC
Region: Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea
Depth: 62.1 km
Source: USGS Feed


edit on 7/30/2012 by dreamfox1 because: ???


edit on 7/30/2012 by dreamfox1 because: quakes.globalincidentmap.com...



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 06:33 PM
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Well now, since you asked, you have to forgive me if I say it is you. Mag 4.5+ global numbers are steady over the past 7 days.



ETA: And just for good measure, the month to date.




edit on 27/10/2012 by PuterMan because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:12 PM
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ALERT

Magnitude: 7.1
DateTime: Sunday October 28 2012, 03:04:11 UTC
Region: Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada region
Depth: 19 km
Source: USGS Feed
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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:14 PM
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With this AND Hurricane Sandy it looks like Mother Earth is getting pissed...:


7.1 earthquake, 128km S of Masset, Canada. Oct 27 20:04 at epicenter (depth 19km).

2012-10-28 03:04:11 UTC
2012-10-27 20:04:11 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
2012-10-27 23:04:11 UTC-04:00 system time
Location
52.863°N 131.942°W depth=19.0km (11.8mi)

Nearby Cities
128km (80mi) S of Masset, Canada
194km (121mi) SW of Prince Rupert, Canada
287km (178mi) SW of Terrace, Canada
562km (349mi) NW of Campbell River, Canada
625km (388mi) SSE of Juneau, Alaska
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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:14 PM
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From the USGS (just accidentally erased the address field, y'all know the address anyway)


7.1 128km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 03:04:11 52.863°N 131.942°W 19.0

Whoa, WHAT??



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:18 PM
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Revised (7.1 -> 7.7): 7.7 earthquake, 139km S of Masset, Canada. Oct 27 20:04 at epicenter (depth 9.9km)

2012-10-28 03:04:08 UTC
2012-10-27 20:04:08 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
2012-10-27 23:04:08 UTC-04:00 system time
Location
52.774°N 131.843°W depth=9.9km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
139km (86mi) S of Masset, Canada
199km (124mi) SSW of Prince Rupert, Canada
288km (179mi) SW of Terrace, Canada
551km (342mi) NW of Campbell River, Canada
636km (395mi) SSE of Juneau, Alaska
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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:19 PM
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Originally posted by kennvideo
Revised (7.1 -> 7.7): 7.7 earthquake, 139km S of Masset, Canada. Oct 27 20:04 at epicenter (10m ago, depth 9.9km)


Magnitude 7.7 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes)
Date-Time

Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 03:04:08 UTC
Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 08:04:08 PM at epicenter

Location 52.774°N, 131.843°W
Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
Distances

199 km (123 miles) SSW (212°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
262 km (163 miles) S (184°) from Metlakatla, AK
278 km (173 miles) SSE (166°) from Hydaburg, AK
722 km (449 miles) NW (306°) from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST= 11, Nph=0, Dmin=0 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp=202°,
M-type="moment" magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=B
Source

NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Event ID pt12302000



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:24 PM
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About how far was this one from Seattle, do you think? I have a friend there that I cannot get a hold of, and am curious if they felt in some form or another. Would they have been able to feel it in that area of WA? (probably, I assume)



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:31 PM
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Originally posted by Nyiah
About how far was this one from Seattle, do you think? I have a friend there that I cannot get a hold of, and am curious if they felt in some form or another. Would they have been able to feel it in that area of WA? (probably, I assume)


507 miles



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:36 PM
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ANOTHER ONE:

5.8 earthquake, 154km S of Masset, Canada. Oct 27 20:14 at epicenter (depth 10km).

2012-10-28 03:14:10 UTC
2012-10-27 20:14:10 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
2012-10-27 23:14:10 UTC-04:00 system time
Location
52.629°N 132.243°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
154km (96mi) S of Masset, Canada
227km (141mi) SW of Prince Rupert, Canada
319km (198mi) SW of Terrace, Canada
567km (352mi) WNW of Campbell River, Canada
646km (401mi) SSE of Juneau, Alaska



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:40 PM
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Ok here they have two 7.1 & a 7.7
dynamic.pdc.org...


ok just got a after shock 5.8
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Ok make that 11 Buoys in event mode now.
www.ndbc.noaa.gov...
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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:42 PM
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Originally posted by Trillium
Ok here they have two 7.1 & a 7.7
dynamic.pdc.org...


No, they upped the 7.1 to a 7.7, same first quake, AND they had a second one after that...



posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:43 PM
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Just got off the phone with the son-in-law in Edmonton AB, they hadn't heard of the quake

was only 21 minutes old at that time.
MM5 Intensity, Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, 13 responses, 255km away earthquake.usgs.gov...

click on the "Responses" tab then click on MMI column header to shift them into order

MM2 Long Beach, CA , 1 response, 2378km away
eh

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posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 10:45 PM
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keep an eye on that 3.5 in Montana.

Happened about the same time.
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