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As The World Moves – Japanese Ground ‘Liquification’ During Earthquake

04/14/2011 Leave a comment

The ground moves.  Sways.  Buckles.  And all right before your very eyes. Disorientating. Unsettling. These are not the type of video clips that will encourage Japanese tourism.    Almost makes you wonder if everything will one day just suddenly sink into the Pacific.

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan

03/27/2011 Leave a comment

(AP) “A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the quake-ravaged coast on Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting Japan to issue a tsunami alert.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a tsunami of up to 1.6 feet (a half meter) may wash into Miyagi Prefecture.

The alert was prompted by a quake that the U.S. Geological Survey measured at 7:23 a.m. Monday Japan time (2223 GMT Sunday) near the east coast of Honshu.

The USGS said the quake was 3.7 miles deep.”  Read more.

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6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Burma

03/24/2011 Leave a comment

“A powerful earthquake struck northeastern Burma on Thursday night, killing one woman and shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated.

The quake hit in an area where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet, about 70 miles from Chiang Rai. The northern Thai city sustained minor damage, according to Thai television.

A woman in an area north of Chiang Rai, just two miles from the border, died when a brick wall collapsed on her, according to police Capt. Weerapon Samranjai.

“It was like somebody was running on the roof. Everybody was in a panic. They came out of their houses and wondered what happened,” said Maj. Gen. Mongkol Sampawapon, a police chief from another district near Chiang Rai.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the Myanmar side, a remote area where communications, even in the best of times, are difficult. The country’s military-controlled government also tightly controls information.

The 6.8-magnitude quake was just six miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At that strength and depth, it said 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent. It added that since buildings in the area are considered vulnerable, moderate to very heavy damage could be expected.

Buildings swayed in Bangkok, about 480 miles south of the epicenter.”  Read more.

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 6.8
Location 20.705°N, 99.949°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)
Distances 89 km (55 miles) N of Chiang Rai, Thailand
168 km (104 miles) SSW of Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China
589 km (365 miles) NE of Rangoon, Myanmar
772 km (479 miles) N of BANGKOK, Thailand
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 15.4 km (9.6 miles); depth +/- 5.8 km (3.6 miles)
Parameters NST=109, Nph=109, Dmin=234.9 km, Rmss=0.88 sec, Gp= 36°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=C
Event ID usc0002aes
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March’s Seismic Window: Does This ‘Perfect Storm’ Point to a California Quake Next?

03/16/2011 1 comment

Jim Berkland, a geologist who predicted the 1989 “World Series” quake, says that a “seismic window” coming up around March 19th may be pointing to the possiblity that California, or even Mexico, could soon experience their own big event.


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