(Major) Earthquakes list December 30, 2012

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Moderate shallow earthquake below the center of Taiwan
All reporting agencies are talking about a very shallow depth of 4 to 6 km.
USGS is talking only about a weak shaking, but we have received reports of light to moderate shaking (see below).
Most of the Taiwanese earthquakes are happening just off the coast, but occasionally a below the island earthquake shakes the population. Also in this case.
Luckily the epicenter is below the Yushan National Park, a park with the highest peak of the island, Siouguluan Mountain, towering at 3860 m above sea level! Epicenter is approx. 10 km from the summit.
We are not sure at all whether no damage has been inflicted.
The earthquake occurred 3 minutes after midnight local time.
36km (22mi) SSE of Lugu, Taiwan
49km (30mi) ESE of Douliu, Taiwan
51km (32mi) E of Jiayi Shi, Taiwan
55km (34mi) S of Buli, Taiwan
Update : CWA, the Taiwan seismological bureau reports a Magnitude of Ml 5.4 at a depth of only 5.7 km. The epicenter is however in a wilderness area at several tens of km from nearby cities.  Max. intensity has been reported as 4 in Chiayi county. The CWA intensity scale is more or less the same than the Japan JMA scale. In the case of Japan, we consider 5+ as a potentially dangerous earthquake. Let’s hope that CWA is right here. We will follow up regional reports and will let you know if we find some damage.

Image courtesy CWA Taiwan


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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Strong Earthquake Dec 30 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Pyrenees Dec 30 23:35 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It
  • Gan - Light shaking felt for few seconds enough to wake everybody up!
  • Assat - Toute la maison à tremblé pendant 7-8s
  • Bagnères de Bigorre - I felt this from Bagnéres de Bigorre, which is at least 80km away from the epicentre. The shaking felt was not dissimilar to that of passing traffic, lasting roughly 12-15 seconds.
  • Bizanos, France - Le mur de la maison a craqué et s'est mis a bouger
  • Borce - I was indoor, felt the ground shaking, heard a rumble similar but louder than being close to heavy traffic, walls moving.
  • Ferrieres, Hautes Pyrenees. 65560 - Series of 3/4 major quakes between 12.40 am & 7am, with several (up to 10) minor shakes after each major
  • USGS Central Peru Dec 30 20:49 5.2 41 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Peru Dec 30 20:49 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Central Peru Dec 30 20:49 5.0 14 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Dec 30 19:25 4.6 59 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kep. Mentawai Region, Indonesia Dec 30 19:25 4.6 61 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia Dec 30 19:25 4.7 62 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Fiji Islands Region Dec 30 16:58 4.7 251 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Fiji Region Dec 30 16:58 4.7 245 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Fiji Region Dec 30 16:58 4.7 216 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Taiwan Dec 30 16:03 4.8 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Taiwan Dec 30 16:03 4.8 3 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 30 16:03 5.4 6 MAP I Felt It
  • Tainan, taiwan - Very strong swaying of the building. Made me feel nauseous. Lasted about 1 seconds.
  • Taichung - It's a very sudden swing of the building. I was afraid if its going to continue.
  • Hsinchu Taiwan - We live on the 14th floor and experienced the curtains moving as well as a light swaying of the building. It lasted longer than usual.
  • USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico Dec 30 12:21 5.2 35 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico Dec 30 12:21 5.3 33 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico Dec 30 12:21 5.4 34 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northern Molucca Sea Dec 30 11:33 5.2 58 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Molucca Sea Dec 30 11:33 5.1 58 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Molucca Sea Dec 30 11:33 5.1 71 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Java, Indonesia Dec 30 07:56 5.0 34 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Java, Indonesia Dec 30 07:56 5.0 60 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Java, Indonesia Dec 30 07:56 4.7 49 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Scotia Sea Dec 30 06:44 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Scotia Sea Dec 30 06:44 5.2 30 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Scotia Sea Dec 30 06:44 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It

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

    Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 29 23:05 PM M 5.2 Depth 58.3 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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