(Major) Earthquakes list December 4, 2012 – Strong but deep earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska

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Strong but deep earthquake 44km from Anchorage, Alaska
A strong 5.8 Magnitude earthquake at a depth of 50km struck 44km from Anchorage, Alaska (population- 380,000 people). The earthquake, if preliminary reports are confirmed, could had been felt as a IV-VI on the Mercalli scale (Light to Strong shaking), this means there can be minor damage around the area. We will update if more news comes.
The magnitude is not big enough to create a tsunami.
Update: Alaska Airlines says that there has been no damage to its buildings following this evening’s earthquake. There are no operational delays (from twitter).
Update: AP news reports that the earthquake knocked items off shelves around Anchorage, we expect this kind of  minor damage (knocked items, broken windows, etc.) from this earthquake.
Update: Alaska Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) uses a formula to estimate the number and size of aftershocks, but it can’t predict when or where they will hit. AEIC said following the earthquake “expect 10 aftershocks at magnitude 4.7, 100 at 3.7, 1,000 at 2.7 and so on”.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Dec 04 23:58 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Asia - the workstation felt a strong vibration and the table and stuff around shook a bit. others in the office felt it too in cyber greens area in gurgaon phase 3.
  • north waterboro maine - Getting my child ready for school and my house rumbled as if a plane flew just above the house. Nothing fell off the shelf nut windows rattled.
  • Maine - Sounded like my furnace coming on, but with more rumbling. Around 6 a.m. in York County Maine. Reminded me of the last time. Didn't last very long, but made an impression.
  • 04076 Shapleigh ME - Loud rumbling and shaking for about 10 seconds
  • 04064 - about 30 seconds. less than half as much as the october 16, 2012.
  • Maine - Felt the one in York County, Maine about 6:12 am. Sounded like a rumble of thunder and shook my bed.
  • Hollis Center, Maine - Around 6:15 I awoke to what sounded like a small tree possibly hitting my house, however I knew from our experience from October 16 that this was just another earthquake. But minor compared to that of October.
  • Portland, Maine - There was an earthquake; I slept through it so I can not personally confirm or deny
  • Brownfield - Sounded like a very large truck going by way too close to the house causing the ground to vibrate . Similar to the November 2012 but quicker.Loud enough to wake me up !
  • Ottawa - Tried to find otheres who felt it in ottawa and tired to find information on it but nothing. i felt my appartment shake a couple times last night dec 3 at around 10:30 eastern pacific time im i the only one that felt it
  • Standish, Maine - I was just standing there and i felt this shaking and heard a rumble, I knew it was an earthquake!
  • South Central Manitoba, Canada - Suddenly heard doors rattle loudly and quickly for no apparent reason at about 12:10pm local (central) time. Water in pot on stove rippled alot at the same time. No trucks going by or any type of fracking/large machinery around this area at all! Even large trucks going by can't make that happen. Freaked me out!
  • Tewksbury, ma - The shaking woke me and my boyfriend up
  • Sedona AZ area, USA - Sedona area, Dec. 4/2012, ca. 5:30pm: 3 sequences of strong, rumbling noises/rattling of items/doors, felt here like 2-3 or 4 (Richter Sc.). In the past, I noticed cracks in the tile floors appearing/widening. I have felt quakes here before but as a slight vibration and without any noise. A fault line runs through the location of the Oak Creek, in the Sedona AZ area; thus one mountainous side of the creek is higher than the other side. Thank you for your information on earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Toronto - felt the apartment building shaking,very slightly. Fire Alarm went on right after.
  • USGS South Of The Kermadec Islands Dec 04 23:12 4.7 73 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region Dec 04 21:52 4.6 56 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Greece Dec 04 18:59 4.7 18 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Greece Dec 04 18:59 4.9 12 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Dec 04 09:26 4.6 46 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Fiji Region Dec 04 03:54 5.3 543 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Fiji Islands Region Dec 04 03:54 4.9 542 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Alaska Dec 04 01:43 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Alaska Dec 04 01:42 5.8 53 MAP I Felt It
  • Anchorage, Ak - Initial hard hit & boom followed by very hard shaking then slowly died down.
  • 3136 discovery bay dr. - our chandelier was shaking and had to go under a door way
  • Anchorage, AK - Hard initial jolt & shaking and gradually the shaking eased, books fell off bookshelf.
  • Anchorage Alaska - car rocked and rolled. Trailers weaving
  • Kenai, AK - Slow start then a strong jolt or two followed by some slow rols that tapered off.
  • EMSC Southern Alaska Dec 04 01:42 5.7 67 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Alaska Dec 04 01:42 5.7 66 MAP I Felt It

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

    Ryukyu Islands, Japan Dec 03 14:29 PM M 4.6 Depth 47.0 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) ?
    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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    1. lina lozada says:

      I tried to find comments about it, but found nothing. Am I the only one that felt something in Maine?

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