(Major) Earthquakes list December 16, 2012 – Moderate earthquake in between San Antonio and Melipilla, Chile

Last update: December 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm by By

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Moderate earthquake in between San Antonio and Melipilla, Chile
The earthquake was moderate in strength and will certainly not be damaging but as the epicenter was below land it was felt stronger than where they normally are happening in the Pacific Ocean.
Universidad de Chile Santiago reports however the lower Magnitude  of M4.4 at a depth of 65 km
Algarrobo was mentioned by Onemi Chile with a IV MMI (light shaking)

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Moderate earthquake along the Kyrgyzstan / China border
Based on the data from CENC who are reporting a lower Magnitude than western agencies, we think that this earthquake will not cause any serious damage. CENC reports a Magnitude of 4.7 at a depth of 8 km. Chinese data has to be respected as China puts a lot of effort in seismology and has a vast network of instruments.
In 1920, 200,000 people lost their lives during the great Gansu earthquake (Magn. 7.8 – MMI XII!)

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Strong Earthquake Dec 16 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Valparaiso, Chile Dec 16 22:46 4.6 54 MAP I Felt It
USGS Valparaiso, Chile Dec 16 22:46 4.8 54 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tarapaca, Chile Dec 16 20:39 4.9 120 MAP I Felt It
USGS Tarapaca, Chile Dec 16 20:39 4.9 108 MAP I Felt It
USGS South Of Panama Dec 16 16:49 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Of Panama Dec 16 16:49 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON South Of Panama Dec 16 16:49 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea Dec 16 16:10 4.6 91 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 16 16:10 4.6 91 MAP I Felt It
USGS Rota Region, Northern Mariana Islands Dec 16 15:52 5.3 24 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Rota Region, N. Mariana Islands Dec 16 15:52 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Mariana Islands Dec 16 15:52 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Antofagasta, Chile Dec 16 11:46 4.8 39 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Antofagasta, Chile Dec 16 11:46 4.8 42 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Dec 16 11:46 4.9 41 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Xinjiang, China Dec 16 10:29 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kyrgyzstan-xinjiang Border Reg. Dec 16 10:29 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Xinjiang, China Dec 16 10:29 4.9 8 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off Coast Of Costa Rica Dec 16 10:23 4.7 47 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica Dec 16 10:23 4.6 40 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The Coast Of Costa Rica Dec 16 10:23 4.6 44 MAP I Felt It
USGS Guatemala Dec 16 10:07 5.2 113 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Guatemala Dec 16 10:07 5.1 115 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Guatemala Dec 16 10:07 5.0 107 MAP I Felt It
USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska Dec 16 09:17 4.6 21 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands Dec 16 09:17 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands Dec 16 09:17 4.6 30 MAP I Felt It
USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region Dec 16 08:04 4.8 99 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bonin Islands, Japan Region Dec 16 08:04 4.8 100 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Bonin Islands, Japan Region Dec 16 08:04 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Dodecanese Islands, Greece Dec 16 07:03 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Dec 16 06:04 4.7 154 MAP I Felt It
USGS Santa Cruz Islands Dec 16 06:04 4.7 153 MAP I Felt It
USGS Offshore Guatemala Dec 16 03:06 4.8 72 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Guatemala Dec 16 03:06 4.8 60 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico Dec 16 03:06 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Pagan Region, Northern Mariana Islands Dec 16 02:30 4.8 55 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Mariana Islands Region Dec 16 02:30 4.8 40 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Mariana Islands Region Dec 16 02:30 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It

Data sources courtesy :  USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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

Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 15 21:23 PM M 4.8 Depth 34.1 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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