(Major) Earthquakes list August 23, 2012 – Earthquake in the western Nepal Himalaya

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Earthquake in the Nepal Himalaya
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Based on the number of visitors in our site, we see a moderate earthquake in Nepal.
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Based on our preliminary findings, we expect a Magnitude in between M4.5 and M5.0
Preliminary epicenter is located in the western part of the Nepali Himalaya (West of Annapurna)
If people residing in Pokhara are reading this page, please let us know how the shaking was experienced.
A M5.1 is a moderate shaking but can create in the high mountains some serious avalanches/landslides of rock, snow, ice or even mud.
Update : USGS is confirming the Magnitude of M5.0 however at a less dangerous deeper depth of 38.3 km.
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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Chile Aug 23 19:03 4.6 30 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Flores Sea Aug 23 17:21 4.8 416 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Flores Sea Aug 23 17:21 4.6 409 MAP I Felt It
USGS Nepal Aug 23 16:30 5.0 38 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Nepal Aug 23 16:30 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Nepal Aug 23 16:30 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
ER Nepal (emsc Preliminary Data) Aug 23 16:30 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Kathmandu - I felt some shaking
  • Surkhet, Nepal - Moderate shaking here in Surkhet
  • NEPAL - Light shaking
  • kathmandu - Light shaking
  • Kathmandu - Very weak shaking in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu - very light shaking here in kathmandu
  • Pokhara - Moderate MMI V shaking here in Pokhara
  • NEPAL - didn't experienced anything like that.....
  • Kathmandu - I felt it too it was like light shaking but noticable
  • Kathmandu-33 - Mild tremors
  • Noida - I felt at 10:05 PM today
  • Kathmandu - Very weak shaking
  • Pokhara - I felt a mild shake as if it was like when my doggy jumps over the bed. Not serious but felt somewhat Oh! That was a Earthquake.
  • Nepal - last night earthquake passed very light ans slow but the moment was too terrible near syangja
  • Pokhara - I felt light shaking at 10:15 PM. I was in bed at that time. I had also noticed that water in bottles was also shaking.
  • GEOFON Kuril Islands Aug 23 11:04 4.8 57 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands Aug 23 11:04 4.8 60 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near S Coast Of Papua, Indonesia Aug 23 04:02 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia Aug 23 04:02 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    ER Unconfirmed Unlinked Experiences Aug 23 00:00 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • Bridgewater, ma, USA - sitting on futon on the second floor i watched the mirrors shake and could feel moderate shaking while sitting still. also could be felt very faintly from first floor of house.
  • iran - Light shaking

  • Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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

    Solomon Islands Aug 22 21:36 PM M 4.6 Depth 78.6 km

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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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    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) ?
    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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