Earthquake overview : A major earthquake has hit off Jan Mayen Island in Norway in the Arctic Ocean. 44 people live there, no injuries have been reported, but some damage and a rockslide has occurred.
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UPDATE AND FINAL SUMMARY:-
Station manager Paul Thor Gjelseth the Jan Mayen barely managed to steer clear of large rocks rolled down a hill when the earthquake struck Jan Mayen.
Many items fell in houses. In the bar they require new glasses after they smashed, and many items fell from shelves in laundries etc.
The station chief was out on tour with a film crew when the earthquake struck.
He told a news network – “We were on the ground the car when we noticed the earthquake. Coincidentally, we look up the mountainside above us that it comes small stones at us. Soon after that, the larger stones. Luckily we managed to get off the road before a large rockslide whizzes past us with only 30-40 meters of space” said Gjelseth.
In addition to the 18 residents, there were yesterday 26 visitors on the island. These are currently being transported back to the mainland and then there will only be the 18 residents again.
So in summary from this earthquake:- “The quake was strongly felt at Jan Mayen, and some property damage and local landslides are reported.”
UPDATE:- This is reported to be one of the largest Norwegian earthquakes on record.
In 2008, a M6.2 was reported in Svalbard.
According to NORSAR “The largest earthquakes in historical times in Norway and surrounding offshore areas occurred in the Rana region in 1819, M 5.8, in the Vøring Basin in 1866, M 5.7, in the outer Oslofjord in 1904, M 5.4 and in the Viking Graben in 1927, M 5.3. The last earthquakes above M 5 include an M 5.3 event in the Vøring Basin in 1988, in an area with almost no earlier seismicity, and an M 5.2 event in the northeastern North Sea in 1989.”
The Oslofjord earthquake of 1904 is the best known earthquake causing damage in Norway.
So it looks like another earthquake record has been broken – as will continue to occur as better recording of earthquakes through time continues worldwide leading to better hazard maps in the future.
Further damage is yet to be confirmed as well as a possible tsunami caused by a underwater landslide.
A major earthquake has hit off Jan Mayen Island in Norway in the Arctic Ocean.
44 people currently live on the small island of which the main export is gravel and also doubles as a telecommunications base for Norway.
There has been reports of some damage and a rockslide, but no injuries among the 44 people living there.
A M5.2 aftershock also hit around 8 mins after the mainshock.
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw
UTC Time : 13:43:24 UTC on August 30th, 2012
Local time at epicenter : 12:43:24 UTC on August 30th, 2012
Depth (Hypocenter) : 8km
Geo-location(s) : 93km NW away from Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
|EMSC||Jan Mayen Island Region||Aug 30 13:51 PM||5.3||10||MAP I Felt It|
|GEOFON||Jan Mayen Island Region||Aug 30 13:51 PM||5.4||10||MAP I Felt It|
|USGS||Jan Mayen Island Region||Aug 30 13:51 PM||5.2||12||MAP I Felt It|
|USGS||Jan Mayen Island Region||Aug 30 13:43 PM||6.8||9||MAP I Felt It|
|GEOFON||Jan Mayen Island Region||Aug 30 13:43 PM||6.6||10||MAP I Felt It|
|EMSC||Jan Mayen Island Region||Aug 30 13:43 PM||6.7||2||MAP I Felt It|
|EMSC||Jan Mayen Island Region||Aug 30 13:40 PM||6.3||10||MAP I Felt It|
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