(Major) Earthquakes list April 17, 2012 – Very strong to massive (deep) earthquake in Papua New Guinea

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Very strong Mw6.2 earthquake east of the South Sandwich Islands
South Sandwich island are unpopulated sub-antarctic islands with a lot of birds and penguins!
This kind of earthquakes occur very regularly in this area.

Japan, Honshu is still getting impounded by many aftershocks.
3 earthquakes so far today, Magnitudes 4.9, 4.8 and 4.6

Very strong to massive (deep) earthquake in Papua New Guinea
The earthquake struck at a depth of 202 km is therefore probably harmless.
130 km (81 miles) N (10°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG
156 km (97 miles) ESE (104°) from Madang, New Guinea, PNG
This earthquake will be felt by millions of people in a very wide area because of the depth of the hypocenter
Update 07:33 UTC :
Geofon reports a Magnitude of 6.6 at a depth of 199 km. EMSC a Magnitude of 7.1 at a depth of 190 km.

All data captured so far are confirming the probably harmless character of this earthquake
Update 07:38 UTC : The epicenter of this earthquake is on the coast of  Long Island, an island to the north of Eastern PNG. The epicenter is however of less importance in deep earthquakes as the seismic waves are radiating to the surface from deep within the hot solid earth.
Update 07:41 UTC : There absolutely NO risk for a tsunami for the same reason as described above.
Update 07:42 UTC : Due the energy in this quake USGS expects that 108,000 people will have experienced a moderate MMI V shaking, 2.6 million people a light shaking.

Very strong earthquake in the greater Valparaiso area
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M 4.6      2012/04/17 02:01     Depth 10.0 km      KENYA
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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra Apr 17 17:06 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra Apr 17 17:06 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Apr 17 15:15 4.9 215 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Apr 17 15:15 4.8 201 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 14:29 4.6 60 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 14:29 4.6 56 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 14:29 4.5 50 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 12:29 4.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 12:29 4.7 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 12:29 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Peru Apr 17 12:26 4.8 73 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The Coast Of Southern Peru Apr 17 12:26 4.5 65 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Near Coast Of Southern Peru Apr 17 12:26 4.5 60 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kuril Islands Apr 17 10:49 4.9 80 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kuril Islands Apr 17 10:49 4.6 63 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Kuril Islands Apr 17 10:49 4.6 54 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kermadec Islands Region Apr 17 08:51 5.6 44 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kermadec Islands Region Apr 17 08:51 5.6 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Kermadec Islands Region Apr 17 08:51 5.6 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra Apr 17 07:58 4.8 28 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra Apr 17 07:58 4.8 27 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra Apr 17 07:58 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea Apr 17 07:13 6.8 208 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g. Apr 17 07:13 6.8 211 MAP I Felt It
  • Port Moresby - Light shaking indicated
  • USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea Apr 17 07:13 7.0 202 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g. Apr 17 07:13 6.8 207 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Tonga Apr 17 06:07 4.4 100 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Samoa Islands Region Apr 17 06:07 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Tonga Apr 17 06:07 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON North Indian Ocean Apr 17 05:58 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 04:25 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 04:25 4.8 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Apr 17 04:25 4.9 31 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Apr 17 04:03 4.8 39 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Apr 17 04:03 5.0 40 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Apr 17 04:03 5.1 36 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON North Indian Ocean Apr 17 03:57 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Valparaiso, Chile Apr 17 03:50 6.7 37 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Valparaiso, Chile Apr 17 03:50 6.7 30 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Apr 17 03:50 6.7 29 MAP I Felt It
  • Santiago, Chile - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Santiago - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Mendoza - Se sintio muy fuerte el temblor..
  • CHILE - No sorry I felt it and this was as strong as the quake in S. Chile a few years ago. It --- aftershock right now
  • Viña del Mar, Chile - Between moderate and strong shaking for more than a minute
  • Santiago - I woke up due to strong shaking. Power went out and car alarms started. Shaking lasted 60 to 90 seconds. Power has now returned.
  • Mendoza, Argentina - Estaba en la cama y comencé a sentir un ruido extraño x alrededor d 1 min, luego comenzó el movimiento pero moderado x otro minuto, y luego paró. No pasó desapercibido.. muy feo..
  • Valparaiso Chile - second aftershock weaker than the fist aftershock. Guessing second was a 3 first was a 4.3 the actual earthquake was more than a 6.4... maybe it just feels stronger because I am on the 10th floor of a tower... in the big one 2 years ago the shaking was less but I was in Puerto Varas and in a house.
  • Santiago, Chile - I am at the Radisson Hotel. The paintings started shaking and the ground as well. Nothing fell off the counters but it was strong and lasted for about 45 seconds.
  • santiago, chile - 25-30 seconds
  • santiago - long shaking, and strong... 1st floor and all moving... Good night
  • Santiago Chile - I am at the Cesar Business Hotel and I felt the shake for few seconds
  • Cordoba - Movemends of my bed for more or less 1 min.
  • Las Condes - Santiago - horizontal moving - more than a minute
  • Mendoza, Argentina - I was awake anyway, but my husband was awoken from sleep. The glass doors to the terrace shook very loudly and the bed noticeably moved. I unlocked the door in case we had to leave. I could hear other people in the hostel unlocking theirs too. The shaking was mild at first but got stronger and lasted maybe 30-40 seconds.
  • Las Condes - Santiago - Weak shaking indicated
  • Córdoba, Argentina - I was in my bed then I felt a light swinging motion and noticed the dream-catcher attacked to the ceiling above my bed was also swaying. I was in a a 13-story apartment building on the 6th floor in Cordoba, Argentina.
  • Santiago, Chili - We woke up due to strong shaking. The shaking felt like the earthquake of feb. 2010. we heard some objects fell and break. Telephones went down inmediately, but electricity keeps working.
  • Valparaiso - No previous sound, It started reaaally strong, right from the beggining, some things fell, the sad thing is telephones lines went down... again
  • Santiago - Estou no hotel Cesar Busness. Primeira vez que vive esta experiencia. Fiquei bastante preocupada, vizinhos de quarto me tranquilizaram.
  • Las Condes, Santiago - No horizontal shaking. Strong shaking and wake us up. Last longer than last time (march -12) about one minute. We are on the fifth floor and we felt hard shaking and end of the shaking our building start to wave.
  • CHILE - it was very long it started and i was like ok just a tremor and than ok small qauke it will over soon then i was like ok time to go i ran out the house family was freaked people were running in the streets its crazy because a scientist predicted this quake my friends are in vina and they said it was awful and several weeks ago a 7.1 that lasted for minutes they say its the weapon designed by usa called the haarp a meteor or solar flares i dont but i dont do quakes im ready to go back to md
  • Santiago - Strong shaking indicated
  • GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Apr 17 03:24 4.9 57 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Apr 17 03:24 4.9 43 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Apr 17 03:24 5.1 41 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 17 02:37 4.7 34 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Iran Apr 17 02:37 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kenya Apr 17 02:01 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Nairobi, Kenya - Woke me from sleep at appox 0515 local time. I thought it was a subway passing, until I remembered that there is no subway in Kenya. My wife was up country in Embu, Kenya and felt it too.
  • Nairobi, Kenya - Weak shaking indicated
  • Nairobi @ 5.00am 16/04/2012 - Glazing in the window rattled and the bed vibrated and shook lightly this morning at 5.00am in Nairobi Tuesday 16-April-2012
  • Nairobi - Felt a small tremor just before 5.05 am. Lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. Decreasing intensity.
  • Nairobi - i thought it was an explosion
  • Kilimani, Nairobi - Just a approx. 10 sec light tremor, while in bed, window rattling, nothing really moving.
  • Rongai-Kiserian - Rongai-Kiserian/; it shook the roof of my house. thought it was an aeroplane passing but then i concluded that it must have been a tremor.
  • Runda - Light shaking indicated
  • Kitengela - Was getting dressed and he also felt the shaking. It lasted 10-15 seconds. There was an audible humming sound and the tremor seemed to move from one end of our house to the other. My sister who lives about 80Km away also felt the tremor.
  • Nairobi, South C - I live in Nairobi South C, I was having nightmares and woke up to some rattling on the window and vibrations. it was like a heavy truck was passing by my house andthen i realized there was an earth quake. As i thought of going under my bed the vibrations stopped.I checked the time and it was 5.02am.
  • Kasarani/Mwiki - The roof and the window started shaking.I was asleep but any noice at night must wake me up.the train passes close to where i stay but this one was much stronger and there was not the train noice.I noticed it was an earthquake. I woke up may wife.It took about 30sec.
  • Lavington, Nairobi - I was woken up by the vibration of windows pane and shaking of my bed at 5.01am. It was however not very strong and lasted for about 15 seconds. I knew it was a tremor immediately.
  • Nairobi - It was about 5.00am felt a slight tremor with windows rattling.and immediately knew it was tremor.
  • Kijabe Hospital - i was doing my studies,felt it at exactly 5 min past 5am on 17th April 2012 at Kijabe Mission Hospital
  • Nairobi - Vers 5 heure locale,un bruit et le lit qui bouger ....
  • Nairobi - J'habite Nairobi, et vers 5 h du matin un bruit et une secousse
  • Loresho - Slight shaking, woke me up from my sleep and moved tiny things around the room. Nothing serious
  • USGS Kenya Apr 17 02:01 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Mid-indian Ridge Apr 17 01:41 4.8 33 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Mid Indian Ridge Apr 17 01:41 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mid-indian Ridge Apr 17 01:41 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Port Louis, Mauritius - No shaking at all

  • Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

    Earthquakes occurred yesterday (UTC time), but today local time

    - Continuing aftershocks in the Indian Ocean / Sumatra after the Mw8.6 earthquake
    - A deep (150 km) below Taupo, New Zealand


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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