Sunday, August 31, 2008

China steelmaker Panzhihua checking quake damage

SHANGHAI-PZH Steel, a listed unit of the Panzhihua steel group, one of western China's top steel makers, said on Monday it had incurred some damage from a major earthquake at the weekend but was still checking on the extent of its losses. An earthquake on Saturday about 20 miles southeast of Panzhihua city, near Sichuan province's border with Yunnan, killed 27 people, damaged or destroyed more than 180,000 homes and affected at least 800,000 residents, state media said on Sunday.The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7, while China's official Xinhua news agency said it measured 6.1.PZH Steel said in a statement to the Shenzhen stock exchange that further investigation was required to assess the extent of damage from the quake.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSSHA30712320080831
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China Quake Toll May Be Worse Than Initially Feared

SHANGHAI-The devastation from an earthquake that struck southwestern China on Saturday is much worse than initially feared, state-run news media reported on Sunday, saying that the quake had damaged 258,000 homes and killed at least 32 people.The earthquake, which was centered in Sichuan Province and had a magnitude of 6.1, damaged highways, reservoirs, bridges and hundreds of schools, and it forced the evacuation of more than 40,000 people in Sichuan and neighboring Yunnan Province, reported Xinhua, the state news agency. More than 230 people were reported injured.Sichuan was devastated on May 12 by China’s worst natural disaster in over 30 years, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people and left millions homeless, so thoroughly damaging the region that recovery efforts were expected to take years, if not decades.Since the quake hit at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the region has suffered hundreds of aftershocks. The strongest was Sunday afternoon, when one with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1, was reported in Sichuan, but it was unclear whether there was any new damage, Chinese officials said.Over the weekend, poor communication in the southern part of Sichuan was making it difficult for the government and news agencies to determine the scale of the damage or how many people had died.The earthquake was centered near the city of Panzhihua, in the southern part of Sichuan, far south of the May 12 earthquake, according to the state-run news media. The China Earthquake Administration ordered an emergency response to the area after early reports of heavy damage in some places.Sichuan is one of China’s largest provinces, and Sichuan and Yunnan are home to millions of people from ethnic minorities.The government said that about 70,000 people in Panzhihua alone were affected by Saturday’s earthquake. And in one part of Sichuan, about 660 school buildings were destroyed.The tremors were felt as far north as Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, and also in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan to the south.
By DAVID BARBOZA


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PACIFIC RING OF FIRE RECENT QUAKES

4.8 Mb - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.8 Mb
Date-Time
24 Aug 2008 01:01:00 UTC
24 Aug 2008 13:01:00 near epicenter
23 Aug 2008 19:01:00 standard time in your timezone
Location
14.699S 175.901W
Depth
35 km
Distances
458 km (285 miles) WSW (257 degrees) of APIA, Samoa
485 km (301 miles) NNW (335 degrees) of Neiafu, Tonga
2828 km (1758 miles) W (273 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 32.3 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 63; Dmin = 728.8 km; Rmss = 0.93 seconds; Gp = 183°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008wcad
4.4 Mb - SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.4 Mb
Date-Time
26 Aug 2008 08:23:02 UTC
26 Aug 2008 20:23:02 near epicenter
26 Aug 2008 02:23:02 standard time in your timezone
Location
25.312S 179.620E
Depth
475 km
Distances
808 km (502 miles) S (171 degrees) of SUVA, Fiji
1365 km (848 miles) NNE (21 degrees) of Auckland, New Zealand
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.9 km; Vertical 12.1 km
Parameters
Nph = 30; Dmin = 855.1 km; Rmss = 1.01 seconds; Gp = 133°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008wea2

4.7 Mb - FIJI REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.7 Mb
Date-Time
24 Aug 2008 15:35:05 UTC
25 Aug 2008 03:35:05 near epicenter
24 Aug 2008 09:35:05 standard time in your timezone
Location
21.231S 176.862W
Depth
220 km
Distances
169 km (105 miles) W (267 degrees) of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
416 km (258 miles) SW (226 degrees) of Neiafu, Tonga
2889 km (1795 miles) WSW (257 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 16.8 km; Vertical 22.1 km
Parameters
Nph = 35; Dmin = 973.7 km; Rmss = 1.01 seconds; Gp = 90°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008wcak

5.3 Mb - SOUTH OF KERMADEC ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.3 Mb
Date-Time
24 Aug 2008 05:23:45 UTC
24 Aug 2008 17:23:45 near epicenter
23 Aug 2008 23:23:45 standard time in your timezone
Location
33.237S 179.439W
Depth
45 km
Distances
468 km (291 miles) SSW (198 degrees) of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
1407 km (874 miles) SSW (196 degrees) of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
3453 km (2146 miles) SW (234 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 18.7 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 38; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 1.14 seconds; Gp = 79°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wcah

5.7 Mw - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.7 Mw
Date-Time
19 Aug 2008 13:37:28 UTC
20 Aug 2008 01:37:28 near epicenter
19 Aug 2008 07:37:28 standard time in your timezone
Location
14.901S 173.227W
Depth
10 km
Distances
201 km (125 miles) SW (232 degrees) of APIA, Samoa
281 km (175 miles) WSW (255 degrees) of PAGO PAGO, American Samoa
425 km (264 miles) N (11 degrees) of Neiafu, Tonga
2541 km (1579 miles) W (273 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.2 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 116; Dmin = 191.2 km; Rmss = 1.09 seconds; Gp = 126°M-type = Mw; Version = R
Event ID
US 2008vxa7 ***This event has been revised.

4.8 Mb - SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.8 Mb
Date-Time
21 Aug 2008 17:03:59 UTC
22 Aug 2008 05:03:59 near epicenter
21 Aug 2008 11:03:59 standard time in your timezone
Location
25.108S 177.730W
Depth
191 km
Distances
461 km (286 miles) N (2 degrees) of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
509 km (316 miles) SSW (210 degrees) of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
3030 km (1883 miles) WSW (249 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.1 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 37; Dmin = 926.5 km; Rmss = 1.16 seconds; Gp = 100°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vzbl

5.3 Mb - TONGA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.3 Mb
Date-Time
21 Aug 2008 08:33:24 UTC
21 Aug 2008 21:33:24 near epicenter
21 Aug 2008 02:33:24 standard time in your timezone
Location
15.164S 173.208W
Depth
10 km
Distances
218 km (136 miles) SW (226 degrees) of APIA, Samoa
288 km (179 miles) WSW (249 degrees) of PAGO PAGO, American Samoa
396 km (246 miles) NNE (12 degrees) of Neiafu, Tonga
2535 km (1575 miles) W (273 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 11.5 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 124; Dmin = 207.5 km; Rmss = 0.64 seconds; Gp = 165°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vzax

5.3 Mb - SOLOMON ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.3 Mb
Date-Time
20 Aug 2008 19:33:00 UTC
21 Aug 2008 06:33:00 near epicenter
20 Aug 2008 13:33:00 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.145S 161.425E
Depth
76 km
Distances
65 km (40 miles) WNW (301 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
174 km (108 miles) SSE (153 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
178 km (111 miles) ESE (115 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1560 km (970 miles) E (94 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 10.6 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 45; Dmin = 180.3 km; Rmss = 1.08 seconds; Gp = 64°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vybl

6.1 Mw - TONGA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
6.1 Mw
Date-Time
19 Aug 2008 16:30:13 UTC
20 Aug 2008 05:30:13 near epicenter
19 Aug 2008 10:30:13 standard time in your timezone
Location
15.115S 173.548W
Depth
10 km
Distances
243 km (151 miles) SW (233 degrees) of APIA, Samoa
320 km (199 miles) WSW (253 degrees) of PAGO PAGO, American Samoa
396 km (246 miles) N (7 degrees) of Neiafu, Tonga
2571 km (1598 miles) W (272 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 9.0 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 166; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.86 seconds; Gp = 61°M-type = Mw; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vxbi ***This event supersedes event PT08232006.

5.2 Mb - SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.2 Mb
Date-Time
18 Aug 2008 09:53:26 UTC
18 Aug 2008 21:53:26 near epicenter
18 Aug 2008 03:53:26 standard time in your timezone
Location
19.471S 179.968E
Depth
489 km
Distances
221 km (137 miles) SE (133 degrees) of SUVA, Fiji
1999 km (1242 miles) NNE (16 degrees) of Auckland, New Zealand
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 10.5 km; Vertical 14.8 km
Parameters
Nph = 119; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.67 seconds; Gp = 122°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vwa3 ***This event supersedes event PT08231000.

5.0 Mb - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.0 Mb
Date-Time
18 Aug 2008 09:16:21 UTC
18 Aug 2008 20:16:21 near epicenter
18 Aug 2008 03:16:21 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.636S 164.602E
Depth
10 km
Distances
293 km (182 miles) E (94 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
476 km (296 miles) ESE (116 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
526 km (327 miles) ESE (105 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
1909 km (1187 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.6 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 36; Dmin = 527.5 km; Rmss = 1.07 seconds; Gp = 129°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vwa1
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Surveyhttp://neic.usgs.gov/
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CHINA AFTERSHOCKS

4.8 Mb - SICHUAN-YUNNAN BORDER REG, CHINA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.8 Mb
Date-Time
31 Aug 2008 09:34:50 UTC
31 Aug 2008 17:34:50 near epicenter
31 Aug 2008 03:34:50 standard time in your timezone
Location
26.232N 102.174E
Depth
10 km
Distances
56 km (35 miles) SE (129 degrees) of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China
139 km (86 miles) NNW (339 degrees) of Kunming, Yunnan, China
225 km (140 miles) ENE (66 degrees) of Dali, Yunnan, China
691 km (429 miles) NNW (328 degrees) of HANOI, Vietnam
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 9.5 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 44; Dmin = 886.4 km; Rmss = 1.24 seconds; Gp = 54°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wjau
5.6 Mb - SICHUAN-YUNNAN BORDER REG, CHINA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.6 Mb
Date-Time
31 Aug 2008 08:31:11 UTC
31 Aug 2008 16:31:11 near epicenter
31 Aug 2008 02:31:11 standard time in your timezone
Location
26.229N 101.949E
Depth
10 km
Distances
42 km (26 miles) SSE (149 degrees) of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China
148 km (92 miles) NNW (331 degrees) of Kunming, Yunnan, China
205 km (127 miles) ENE (64 degrees) of Dali, Yunnan, China
704 km (437 miles) NW (326 degrees) of HANOI, Vietnam
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 5.2 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 95; Dmin = 877.8 km; Rmss = 0.91 seconds; Gp = 39°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wjar ***This event supersedes event AT00017147.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Surveyhttp://neic.usgs.gov/

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China quake damages more than 180,000 homes, 27 dead

Li Fucui, 47, cries in front of the debris of her collapsed house, which buried her brother-in-law, after an earthquake hit Lixi town of Huili County, Sichuan province, August 31, 2008.
BEIJING-An earthquake that hit southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces has killed 27 people, damaged or destroyed more than 180,000 homes and affected at least 800,000 residents, state media said on Sunday.The epicenter of Saturday's quake, which struck around 4:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT), was about 20 miles southeast of Panzhihua, near Sichuan's border with Yunnan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was about 6 miles deep.The USGS put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7, while China's official Xinhua news agency said it measured 6.1.A 5.6-magnitude aftershock hit the same area 24 hours later, the USGS said on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of further damage.Xinhua said Saturday's quake had injured more than 350 people, and three more were missing in addition to the 27 already confirmed dead."More than 800,000 people were affected by the disaster. About 40,000 were evacuated to safe places," it said. "In addition, around 180,000 houses were destroyed. Three large bridges in Sichuan's Panzhihua city, the epicenter of the quake, were damaged. Cracks were found in three reservoirs."It added that 656 schools had also been damaged and that heavy rain and difficult terrain were hampering rescue efforts, with mobile telephone communications patchy.State media showed pictures of houses with large cracks in their sides, broken tiles on the road and people receiving medical attention under tents.But state television said that operations at the Panzhihua steel group, one of western China's largest steel makers, had only been slightly affected, without providing further details.
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JAPAN:Nationwide quake drill held on disaster preparedness day

TOKYO-The government held a nationwide quake drill Monday, with 590,000 people from 30 of Japan's 47 prefectures taking part under the assumption that a major quake had taken place in the morning. This year's drill comes after a series of disasters within and outside of Japan including powerful quakes in Japan's Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in June and China's Sichuan Province in May as well as flooding caused by torrential rain in Japan's Tokai region last week.In the government's drill, Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura announced that a magnitude-8.6 earthquake centering on the southern coast of Wakayama hit a wide area covering Aichi, Mie, Wakayama and Kochi prefectures around 6:30 a.m.An emergency team consisting of bureau chiefs of the government ministries and agencies gathered at the prime minister's office to deal with the disaster. Then an extraordinary Cabinet meeting was held. Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said in a press conference that the government has set a disaster task force and called on people in Japan "to respond calmly to this major disaster and please cooperate to expedite rescuing people and put out the fires."The main drill site is in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture, where the Self- Defense Forces, police, firefighters and the Japan Coast Guard will participate in various exercises such as rescue operations in a train derailment and those involving collapsed buildings.This is first time that the government has conducted a quake drill assuming a magnitude-8 class earthquake centering on areas between the coasts of Shizuoka Prefecture and Shikoku. Such quakes occur in approximately 100-year cycles.The quakes in such regions last occurred in 1944 and 1946, raising the possibility that the next quake may take place within the first half of this century.Earthquake drills were also held in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture assuming a Tokai quake, and in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, simulating a metropolitan area quake.Japan's "disaster preparedness day" commemorates the Sept. 1, 1923, Great Kanto Earthquake, in which more than 140,000 people died or went missing in Tokyo and surrounding areas.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D92TKFQG1&show_article=1&catnum=0
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Deadly earthquake hits China

China quake death toll rises to 25: state press

BEIJING-Rescuers were rushing Sunday to the epicentre of a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China leaving at least 25 people dead and over 300 injured, state press reported.The quake struck the border region between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces late Saturday afternoon leaving up to 130,000 homes damaged or collapsed in Yunnan alone, Xinhua news agency reported.Sichuan was struck by a 8.1-magnitude quake on May 12 that left nearly 88,000 people dead or missing in the most devastating earthquake to strike China in over 30 years.Xinhua reported that 17 people were confirmed dead, three missing and 192 injured in Sichuan's Huili county as of Sunday morning in the latest quake.Three others were also killed in Sichuan's Panzhihua city near the epicentre, while five were confirmed dead in Yunnan province, the agency said.China's civil affairs ministry put the toll at 21 dead on Sunday morning.Over 2,000 rescuers had been sent to the quake zone, bringing in tents, food, water and medical supplies, the Xinhua report said.It added since Saturday's quake there have been 176 aftershocks, including 20 measuring over 3.0 in magnitude.

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Rescuers Head to Quake Site in Southwest China

BEIJING - Rescue teams headed to China's southwestern Sichuan province after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed 22 people and injured hundreds, local authorities said Sunday. Saturday's quake killed 17 people in Sichuan and five others in the neighboring province of Yunnan, the China Earthquake Administration said in a statement posted on its Web site.The official Xinhua News Agency put the death toll at 25 and said it was not known how many people were buried in the rubble.Another 361 people were injured by the earthquake that hit 31 miles southeast of Panzhihua city in the southwestern corner of Sichuan late Saturday afternoon, the administration said.Nearly 400 houses were destroyed in Panzhihua while another 1,000 homes collapsed in the neighboring farming town of Liangshan, the statement said.A woman who answered the phone at Sichuan provincial seismological bureau said the region was hit by about 300 aftershocks on Sunday morning, with the biggest measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale. She declined to give her name, saying she was not authorized to speak to the media.The earthquake administration sent teams and seismic experts to the quake-hit area while the Yunnan provincial civil affairs bureau and the Yunnan Red Cross Society sent 3,400 tents and 2,000 quilts, Xinhua said.Relief efforts were hampered by heavy rains and the region's rugged terrain, it said.Dozens of evacuees were assembled on a field of a primary school in Panzhihua, footage from state broadcaster China Central Television showed Sunday in its midday bulletin.Wrapped in quilts, the evacuees who included children and the elderly lay on plastic sheets and mats on the ground, the footage showed.Also Saturday, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck the northwestern region of Xinjiang, Xinhua said in a separate report.No casualties were reported from the quake that hit the sparsely inhabited Tianshan mountains although the tremor was felt in nearby counties and the city of Korla, the agency reported.On May 12, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in northern Sichuan killed nearly 70,000 people and left 5 million homeless. The region has been hit by scores of aftershocks, keeping people there on edge.

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China quake damages more than 100,000 homes, 25 dead


In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, residents gather around a bonfire as they evacuate following an earthquake in Yinlu Village, Datian Town, Renhe District of Panzhihua City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Rescue teams headed to China's southwestern Sichuan province after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake killed 22 people and injured hundreds, local authorities said Sunday.(AP Photo/Xinhua News Agency, Chen Haining)
BEIJING-An earthquake that hit southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces has killed 25 people, damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 homes and affected at least 440,000 residents, state media said on Sunday.The epicenter of Saturday's quake, which struck around 4:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT), was about 20 miles southeast of Panzhihua, near Sichuan's border with Yunnan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was about 6 miles deep.The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7, while China's official Xinhua news agency said it measured 6.1.Xinhua said the quake had injured 192 people, and three more were missing.It added that 656 schools had also been damaged and that heavy rain and difficult terrain were hampering rescue efforts, with mobile telephone communications patchy.State television showed pictures of houses with large cracks in their sides, broken tiles on the road and people receiving medical attention under tents.Parts of Sichuan province were devastated by an earthquake that killed about 70,000 people in May. The province, known for its pandas and fiery cuisine, has struggled to rebuild after the disaster, which left 10 million people homeless.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSPEK7860020080831
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6.3 Mw - EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.

6.3 Mw - EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
6.3 Mw
Date-Time
30 Aug 2008 06:54:06 UTC
30 Aug 2008 16:54:06 near epicenter
30 Aug 2008 00:54:06 standard time in your timezone
Location
6.194S 147.255E
Depth
56 km
Distances
68 km (42 miles) NNE (25 degrees) of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
189 km (118 miles) SE (124 degrees) of Madang, New Guinea, PNG
204 km (126 miles) E (94 degrees) of Goroka, New Guinea, PNG
364 km (226 miles) N (1 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 6.7 km; Vertical 14.6 km
Parameters
Nph = 68; Dmin = 355.4 km; Rmss = 0.96 seconds; Gp = 28°M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wiaq ***This event supersedes event PT08243011.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Surveyhttp://neic.usgs.gov/
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Strong quake rattles Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA-A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rattled the second largest town in the Pacific islands nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, with witnesses saying it lasted several seconds and shook buildings.The quake, centered on land about 80 km (50 miles) northeast of the north coast city of Lae, hit at 4:54 p.m. (10:54 a.m. EDT) and was about 30 km deep, Geoscience Australia seismologist Clive Collins told Reuters.There were no immediate reports of damage in Lae, but news from outlying villages can take days to reach authorities in PNG, a mountainous tropical country of about 6 million people on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea."We haven't heard any reports of any damage," Collins said. Magnitude 6 quakes are capable of causing severe damage, but they are relatively common in PNG, which lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of intense seismic activity.A police spokesman in Lae, which has a population of about 120,000, said there had been no reports of damage, but it could be another day before they had checked with all the local villages.Witness Anna Ring said the quake was clearly felt in Lae, where she works for a local hotel."It was a big one. It lasted several seconds, but then everything was fine again," she told Reuters from Lae, adding there were no reports of damage in the city.Another witness, Scholly Basiou, said the quake was quite powerful. "It just shook the whole building," she said. "But we haven't had any reports of damage in Lae."
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CHINA RECENT QUAKES

4.6 Mb - WESTERN XIZANG
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.6 Mb
Date-Time
30 Aug 2008 21:31:15 UTC
31 Aug 2008 05:31:15 near epicenter
30 Aug 2008 15:31:15 standard time in your timezone
Location
30.951N 83.343E
Depth
10 km
Distances
217 km (135 miles) NNE (31 degrees) of Jumla, Nepal
308 km (192 miles) N (349 degrees) of Pokhara, Nepal
363 km (226 miles) NNE (27 degrees) of Nepalganj, Nepal
409 km (254 miles) NNW (333 degrees) of KATHMANDU, Nepal
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 15.2 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 30; Dmin = 764.0 km; Rmss = 1.34 seconds; Gp = 144°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wic2
5.3 Mb - NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.3 Mb
Date-Time
30 Aug 2008 12:46:48 UTC
30 Aug 2008 20:46:48 near epicenter
30 Aug 2008 06:46:48 standard time in your timezone
Location
42.703N 83.821E
Depth
10 km
Distances
218 km (136 miles) WNW (299 degrees) of Korla, Xinjiang, China
246 km (153 miles) ESE (121 degrees) of Yining, Xinjiang, China
261 km (162 miles) SW (227 degrees) of Shihezi, Xinjiang, China
739 km (459 miles) E (88 degrees) of BISHKEK (Frunze), Kyrgyzstan
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 7.4 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 89; Dmin = 471.2 km; Rmss = 1.11 seconds; Gp = 82°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wibv

5.7 Mw - SICHUAN-YUNNAN BORDER REG, CHINA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.7 Mw
Date-Time
30 Aug 2008 08:30:53 UTC
30 Aug 2008 16:30:53 near epicenter
30 Aug 2008 02:30:53 standard time in your timezone
Location
26.335N 101.906E
Depth
10 km
Distances
29 km (18 miles) SE (144 degrees) of Panzhihua (Dukou), Sichuan, China
161 km (100 miles) NNW (331 degrees) of Kunming, Yunnan, China
206 km (128 miles) ENE (60 degrees) of Dali, Yunnan, China
716 km (445 miles) NW (326 degrees) of HANOI, Vietnam
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 9.0 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 44; Dmin = 887.2 km; Rmss = 1.42 seconds; Gp = 50°M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wia8 ***This event supersedes event AT00008505.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Surveyhttp://neic.usgs.gov/

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Southwest China quake kills 22, hurts 126

SHANGHAI-An earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces on Saturday, killing 22 people and injuring about 126 as homes in rural villages collapsed, state media reported.Nearly 1,000 houses were destroyed, burying some people in the ruins, and cracks appeared in the walls of more than 400 other homes, the Xinhua news agency reported."A large number of houses have collapsed," Qi Kaihong, deputy chief of the Huili county publicity department, told Chinese state television."Locals in the county rushed out into the open. Cracks appeared on house walls and many windows were broken," Xinhua quoted Zheng Zhouwei, a local legislator in Yongren county, as saying.The epicenter of the quake, which struck around 4:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT), was about 20 miles southeast of Panzhihua, near Sichuan's border with Yunnan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was about 6 miles deep.The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7 and Xinhua said it measured 6.1 on the Richter scale.Mobile phone services in the area were disrupted and poor communications were hindering authorities' efforts to make a complete casualty count, Xinhua said.Parts of Sichuan province were devastated by an earthquake that killed about 70,000 people in May. The province, known for its pandas and fiery cuisine, has struggled to rebuild after the disaster, which left 10 million people homeless. http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN3042383220080830
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

5.8 quake strikes off western Canadian coast

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck at sea just west of Vancouver Island, Canada, on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The temblor's epicenter was about 95 miles (153 kilometers) west-southwest of Port Hardy, British Columbia, and about 293 miles (472 kilometers)west-northwest of Vancouver,British Columbia. It struck at 5:37 a.m. (8:37 a.m. ET), the USGS said, and hit at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).The USGS originally reported the quake at 6.1 magnitude.Thursday's quake was the latest of about two dozen temblors of magnitude 4 or above to strike in the area in the past 48 hours, according to the USGS. A 5.2-magnitude quake was the largest of those, striking the same area Wednesday."We're having a series in that area," Julie Martinez, a USGS geophysicist said. She said the number of earthquakes was not unusual. "These earthquakes are too far offshore to be felt on land and too small to generate a tsunami," Natural Resources Canada said on its earthquakes Web site.Vancouver Island sits off Canada's west coast. Its main city of Victoria sits at its southern end.

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VANCOUVER ISLAND,CANADA REGION--RECENT QUAKES-Part II

5.8 Mw - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.8 Mw
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 12:37:35 UTC
28 Aug 2008 05:37:35 near epicenter
28 Aug 2008 06:37:35 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.174N 129.582W
Depth
10 km
Distances
158 km (98 miles) WSW (250 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
311 km (193 miles) W (275 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
413 km (256 miles) WNW (301 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
474 km (295 miles) WNW (285 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 4.9 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 223; Dmin = 476.5 km; Rmss = 1.03 seconds; Gp = 72°M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgb9 ***This event has been revised.
4.8 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.8 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 09:20:30 UTC
28 Aug 2008 02:20:30 near epicenter
28 Aug 2008 03:20:30 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.148N 129.637W
Depth
10 km
Distances
163 km (101 miles) WSW (249 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
315 km (196 miles) W (275 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
415 km (258 miles) WNW (300 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
478 km (297 miles) WNW (284 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 5.8 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 155; Dmin = 479.7 km; Rmss = 1.01 seconds; Gp = 147°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgbu

4.0 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.0 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 07:59:53 UTC
28 Aug 2008 00:59:53 near epicenter
28 Aug 2008 01:59:53 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.143N 129.563W
Depth
10 km
Distances
158 km (98 miles) WSW (248 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
310 km (192 miles) W (275 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
410 km (255 miles) WNW (301 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
472 km (293 miles) WNW (284 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 10.0 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 49; Dmin = 474.5 km; Rmss = 0.83 seconds; Gp = 172°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgbh

4.2 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.2 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 07:28:53 UTC
28 Aug 2008 00:28:53 near epicenter
28 Aug 2008 01:28:53 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.221N 129.398W
Depth
10 km
Distances
144 km (89 miles) WSW (250 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
298 km (185 miles) W (277 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
403 km (251 miles) WNW (303 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
462 km (287 miles) WNW (285 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 9.9 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 90; Dmin = 466.2 km; Rmss = 1.22 seconds; Gp = 172°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgbe

4.0 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.0 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 06:42:21 UTC
27 Aug 2008 23:42:21 near epicenter
28 Aug 2008 00:42:21 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.234N 129.529W
Depth
10 km
Distances
152 km (94 miles) WSW (252 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
308 km (191 miles) W (277 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
412 km (256 miles) WNW (302 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
472 km (293 miles) WNW (285 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.6 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 45; Dmin = 475.5 km; Rmss = 1.06 seconds; Gp = 172°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgbd

4.1 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.1 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 05:38:25 UTC
27 Aug 2008 22:38:25 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 23:38:25 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.014N 129.714W
Depth
10 km
Distances
174 km (108 miles) WSW (246 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
320 km (199 miles) W (272 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
413 km (257 miles) WNW (298 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
481 km (299 miles) WNW (282 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.8 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 32; Dmin = 480.7 km; Rmss = 0.70 seconds; Gp = 198°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgbb

4.4 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.4 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 04:47:54 UTC
27 Aug 2008 21:47:54 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 22:47:54 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.069N 129.680W
Depth
10 km
Distances
169 km (105 miles) WSW (247 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
318 km (198 miles) W (273 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
414 km (257 miles) WNW (299 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
479 km (298 miles) WNW (283 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 9.5 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 66; Dmin = 480.0 km; Rmss = 0.87 seconds; Gp = 176°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wga6

4.2 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.2 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 03:16:07 UTC
27 Aug 2008 20:16:07 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 21:16:07 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.873N 127.294W
Depth
10 km
Distances
91 km (57 miles) S (171 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
148 km (92 miles) W (266 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
251 km (156 miles) WNW (288 degrees) of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
307 km (191 miles) WNW (284 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 25.2 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 28; Dmin = 311.6 km; Rmss = 1.21 seconds; Gp = 194°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgav

4.3 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.3 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 02:08:29 UTC
27 Aug 2008 19:08:29 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 20:08:29 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.093N 129.620W
Depth
10 km
Distances
164 km (102 miles) WSW (247 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
314 km (195 miles) W (274 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
411 km (255 miles) WNW (300 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
475 km (295 miles) WNW (283 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.4 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 61; Dmin = 476.4 km; Rmss = 1.17 seconds; Gp = 194°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008wgan

4.6 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.6 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 01:58:36 UTC
27 Aug 2008 18:58:36 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 19:58:36 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.107N 129.553W
Depth
10 km
Distances
159 km (99 miles) WSW (247 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
309 km (192 miles) W (274 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
407 km (253 miles) WNW (300 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
471 km (293 miles) WNW (284 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 8.0 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 94; Dmin = 472.6 km; Rmss = 0.99 seconds; Gp = 165°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgam

4.6 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.6 Mb
Date-Time
28 Aug 2008 01:15:15 UTC
27 Aug 2008 18:15:15 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 19:15:15 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.159N 129.612W
Depth
10 km
Distances
161 km (100 miles) WSW (250 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
313 km (195 miles) W (275 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
414 km (257 miles) WNW (301 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
476 km (296 miles) WNW (284 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 8.1 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 123; Dmin = 478.4 km; Rmss = 1.19 seconds; Gp = 158°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wgal
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Surveyhttp://neic.usgs.gov/
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VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION--RECENT QUAKES-Part I

4.3 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.3 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 22:45:33 UTC
27 Aug 2008 15:45:33 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 16:45:33 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.092N 129.622W
Depth
10 km
Distances
164 km (102 miles) WSW (247 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
314 km (195 miles) W (274 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
411 km (255 miles) WNW (300 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
476 km (296 miles) WNW (283 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 8.8 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 77; Dmin = 476.8 km; Rmss = 1.01 seconds; Gp = 151°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfea
4.1 Mw - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.1 Mw
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 19:45:04 UTC
27 Aug 2008 12:45:04 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 13:45:04 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.905N 130.009W
Depth
10 km
Distances
198 km (123 miles) WSW (245 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
342 km (212 miles) W (270 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
428 km (266 miles) WNW (296 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
500 km (311 miles) W (281 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: ; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 38; Dmin = 157.1 km; Rmss = ; Gp = 277°M-type = Mw; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008wfc5

4.8 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.8 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 19:59:22 UTC
27 Aug 2008 12:59:22 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 13:59:22 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.207N 129.769W
Depth
10 km
Distances
169 km (105 miles) WSW (253 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
325 km (202 miles) W (276 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
426 km (265 miles) WNW (301 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
488 km (303 miles) WNW (285 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 7.7 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 132; Dmin = 490.7 km; Rmss = 1.16 seconds; Gp = 154°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008wfc7 ***This event supersedes event AT00986716.

4.1 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.1 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 18:10:06 UTC
27 Aug 2008 11:10:06 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 12:10:06 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.977N 129.893W
Depth
10 km
Distances
187 km (116 miles) WSW (246 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
333 km (207 miles) W (272 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
423 km (263 miles) WNW (297 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
493 km (306 miles) WNW (282 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 24.3 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 31; Dmin = 615.4 km; Rmss = 0.98 seconds; Gp = 313°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008wfcn

5.2 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
5.2 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 20:17:35 UTC
27 Aug 2008 13:17:35 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 14:17:35 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.135N 130.095W
Depth
10 km
Distances
194 km (120 miles) WSW (253 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
348 km (216 miles) W (275 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
444 km (276 miles) WNW (298 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
510 km (317 miles) WNW (283 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 6.3 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 165; Dmin = 510.6 km; Rmss = 1.21 seconds; Gp = 136°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfdb ***This event supersedes event AT00986825.

4.0 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.0 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 17:41:52 UTC
27 Aug 2008 10:41:52 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 11:41:52 standard time in your timezone
Location
50.213N 129.778W
Depth
10 km
Distances
170 km (105 miles) WSW (253 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
325 km (202 miles) W (276 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
427 km (265 miles) WNW (301 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
489 km (304 miles) WNW (285 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 20.8 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 28; Dmin = 704.5 km; Rmss = 1.37 seconds; Gp = 172°M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID
US 2008wfch

4.1 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.1 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 07:36:22 UTC
27 Aug 2008 00:36:22 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 01:36:22 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.805N 130.080W
Depth
10 km
Distances
208 km (129 miles) WSW (243 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
348 km (216 miles) W (268 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
429 km (266 miles) WNW (294 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
505 km (314 miles) W (279 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 15.6 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 51; Dmin = 500.5 km; Rmss = 1.43 seconds; Gp = 176°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfa8

4.3 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.3 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 07:31:45 UTC
27 Aug 2008 00:31:45 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 01:31:45 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.914N 129.863W
Depth
10 km
Distances
188 km (117 miles) WSW (244 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
332 km (206 miles) W (270 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
419 km (260 miles) WNW (296 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
490 km (305 miles) W (281 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.0 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 68; Dmin = 488.1 km; Rmss = 1.33 seconds; Gp = 176°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfa6

4.2 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
4.2 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 06:52:24 UTC
26 Aug 2008 23:52:24 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 00:52:24 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.934N 129.804W
Depth
10 km
Distances
184 km (114 miles) WSW (244 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
327 km (203 miles) W (271 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
416 km (258 miles) WNW (297 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
486 km (302 miles) W (281 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 14.9 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 52; Dmin = 484.5 km; Rmss = 1.32 seconds; Gp = 172°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfax

4.1 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.1 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 06:24:39 UTC
26 Aug 2008 23:24:39 near epicenter
27 Aug 2008 00:24:39 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.855N 129.976W
Depth
10 km
Distances
199 km (123 miles) WSW (243 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
340 km (211 miles) W (269 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
424 km (263 miles) WNW (295 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
498 km (309 miles) W (280 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 18.5 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 35; Dmin = 494.4 km; Rmss = 1.34 seconds; Gp = 190°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfar

4.0 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.0 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 05:53:26 UTC
26 Aug 2008 22:53:26 near epicenter
26 Aug 2008 23:53:26 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.863N 130.075W
Depth
10 km
Distances
204 km (127 miles) WSW (245 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
347 km (216 miles) W (270 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
431 km (268 miles) WNW (295 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
505 km (314 miles) W (280 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 21.3 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 26; Dmin = 704.8 km; Rmss = 1.34 seconds; Gp = 176°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfaq

4.2 Mb - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.2 Mb
Date-Time
27 Aug 2008 04:25:26 UTC
26 Aug 2008 21:25:26 near epicenter
26 Aug 2008 22:25:26 standard time in your timezone
Location
49.929N 129.900W
Depth
10 km
Distances
190 km (118 miles) WSW (245 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
334 km (208 miles) W (271 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
422 km (262 miles) WNW (296 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
493 km (306 miles) W (281 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.5 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 56; Dmin = 696.7 km; Rmss = 1.14 seconds; Gp = 180°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008wfai
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Surveyhttp://neic.usgs.gov/

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Strong quake hits Siberia, no deaths reported

MOSCOW-A strong earthquake hit the Lake Baikal area of eastern Siberia on Wednesday, triggering panic, but there were no immediate signs of casualties or major damage, officials said.
Russian news agencies reported that services were hit in the regional capital Irkutsk. "Immediately after the tremors in Irkutsk, there were cuts in electricity, mobile connections and the Internet, banks postponed work. Some houses lost roofs," the state-run RIA news agency reported from the city."There were no victims," a spokesman for the local Emergencies Ministry told Reuters.
He said the epicenter was around 30 km (20 miles) northeast of the town of Baikalsk and the quake struck at 10:35 local time.The spokesman said that on the Richter scale, the tremor measured an intensity of nine, although both the Hong Kong Observatory and the United States Geological Survey recorded it as measuring 6.3."There were no reports of serious destruction or casualties, thank God," the local official said, adding that buildings in the region were designed to stand even stronger tremors.The Emergencies Ministry spokesman said that close to the shore of Lake Baikal, where a major pulp and paper plant is located, the tremor measured eight on the Richter scale.Work at the plant, which environmentalists want closed, was suspended for an hour for safety checks, but had now resumed, said the spokesman.
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PHILIPPINES RECENT QUAKES

5.8 Mw - LEYTE, PHILIPPINES
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.8 Mw
Date-Time
25 Aug 2008 02:43:09 UTC
25 Aug 2008 10:43:09 near epicenter
24 Aug 2008 20:43:09 standard time in your timezone
Location
10.274N 125.249E
Depth
49 km
Distances
60 km (37 miles) NNW (335 degrees) of Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines
100 km (62 miles) SSW (212 degrees) of Guiuan, Samar, Philippines
112 km (69 miles) SSE (167 degrees) of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
670 km (416 miles) SE (136 degrees) of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 9.6 km; Vertical 12.9 km
Parameters
Nph = 78; Dmin = 356.4 km; Rmss = 0.92 seconds; Gp = 75°M-type = Mw; Version = 8
Event ID
US 2008wdab ***This event has been revised.
5.2 Mb - SAMAR, PHILIPPINES
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
5.2 Mb
Date-Time
20 Aug 2008 13:18:05 UTC
20 Aug 2008 21:18:05 near epicenter
20 Aug 2008 07:18:05 standard time in your timezone
Location
12.908N 124.299E
Depth
35 km
Distances
66 km (41 miles) ESE (116 degrees) of Legaspi, Luzon, Philippines
98 km (61 miles) NE (51 degrees) of Masbate, Masbate, Philippines
100 km (62 miles) NNW (339 degrees) of Calbayog, Samar, Philippines
407 km (253 miles) ESE (117 degrees) of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 7.0 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 59; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.74 seconds; Gp = 54°M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID
US 2008vyav
4.9 Mb - LUZON, PHILIPPINES
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude
4.9 Mb
Date-Time
20 Aug 2008 09:37:30 UTC
20 Aug 2008 17:37:30 near epicenter
20 Aug 2008 03:37:30 standard time in your timezone
Location
14.899N 119.985E
Depth
35 km
Distances
33 km (21 miles) WNW (286 degrees) of Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines
67 km (42 miles) WSW (245 degrees) of Angeles, Luzon, Philippines
110 km (68 miles) WNW (287 degrees) of MANILA, Philippines
125 km (78 miles) WSW (238 degrees) of Cabanatuan, Luzon, Philippines
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 13.4 km; Vertical
Parameters
Nph = 28; Dmin = 932.7 km; Rmss = 0.94 seconds; Gp = 147°M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID
US 2008vyar
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or U.S.G.S. Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information CenterU.S. Geological Surveyhttp://neic.usgs.gov/
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