Earthquakes in the world on January 27, 2013 (M4.5 or more) – Earthquake felt in Guam

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Earthquake in Guam
We have received 2 I Have Felt It reports in short notice from Guam mentioning noise an serious shaking.
So far we have no official report of an earthquake.
When you have felt such an earthquake too, please let us know.
Update 22:20 UTC : We still have no report of an earthquake in the Guam area. The reason may be that it was a local weaker earthquake. USGS normally reports M4+ earthquakes from that area of the world.
Update 22:37 UTC : Still no official report. Well, at least it was not a major earthquake otherwise many agencies would have reported it in the meantime.
Important update January 28 19:44 UTC : Finally, after 24 hours we know exactly what happened. The shaking was the result of a Magnitude 4.5 earthquake yesterday. The depth was at 47,7 km.


 

Map courtesy and copyright JMA Japan

Map courtesy and copyright JMA Japan

Ryukyu Island earthquake at intermediate depth
JMA Japan reports a depth of 50 km combined with a Magnitude of 4.9.
ER considers 5+ as a potentially damaging shaking.
The closest islands are Okinoerabujima and Yoron. Okinoerabujima island has approx. 14000 inhabitants (2 main towns). Yoron has a population of 6000 people. No danger for these islands however.  Both islands are located at approx. 20km from the epicenter.


 

Earthquake at intermediate depth below the coastal Hitachi area, Japan
An earthquake struck a short-while ago below the coastal stretch of Hitachi, Honshu, Japan.
The earthquake occurred at 03:42 Japan local time, an awful time to be waken up.
The earthquake will not lead to damage because of the depth of the hypocenter.
JMA Japan is mentioning a Magnitude of 4.9 at a depth of 70 km.
The shaking intensity was set at 5-, just below what we consider as potentially damaging.
The 5- intensity was located in Mito-shi Uchiharacho.
We will follow up local news and will report if damage has been mentioned, but we hope for the best.
Update 21:03 UTC : We are happy to report that NO damage has been reported by the local authorities

Japan earthquake January 27 2013

Shaking intensity image courtesy JMA Japan


Strong earthquake near Tonga
A M5.7 to M6.0 (depending on the reporting seismological agencies) struck about 50 km from Hihifo, Tonga. Nothing too special for Tonga but the population on the island will certainly feel it as a max. light MMI IV shaking was expected.

Tonga January 27 earthquake

MMI intensity map – nearest island in the IV sector

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Strong Earthquake Jan 27 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Kuril Islands Jan 27 23:04 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kuril Islands Jan 27 23:04 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Guam Region Jan 27 21:45 4.5 47 MAP I Felt It
  • Guam - Heard rumbling, then sudden shaking, lasted only a second or two. Was enough to make the house creak and rattle the typhoon shutters.
  • Chalan Pago, Guam - I heard a groaning sound and then my couch jolted and shifted back and forth. Even my 3 year old stopped playing and looked at me.
  • Santa Rita, GUAM - Felt strong shaking indoors for several seconds.
  • Guam - The whole building felt like it was moving.
  • Guam - I felt a quick jolt and then some small tremors afterwards. Did not last long. Nothing fell off shelves
  • Yona, GU - loud noise - then shaking - lasted 1-2 seconds
  • Apra Heights,Guam - Minor shake
  • Yona, Guam - Heard a rumbling sound, then a shake. Lasted a few seconds....
  • Guam - Freight train rumble that went to a wobble and then a sudden stop
  • Yona, GU - much lighter than the earthquake this morning - but def a bit of shaking...
  • Umatac, Guam - Maybe 1-27-13 2130 UTC felt a minor quick jerk that rattled the otherwise unrattleable windows in Umatac. Then again at about 1-28-13 0530 UTC felt a minor quick tremble with rumbling that lasted less than a second.
  • Orote Point, Guam - Heard rumbling, then felt minor jolt, shake of house on Orote Point at approximately 0755 on 27 JAN 2013.
  • Yigo, Guam - Shook bed enough to wake me, am a heavy sleeper. Did not last long.
  • Tumon Bay, Guam - Two noticeable jolts over a 2-3 second period. On the 7th floor of a hotel facing Tumon Bay. Fairly minor as quakes go and nothing moved in room.
  • EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jan 27 20:57 5.4 54 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jan 27 20:57 5.2 57 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jan 27 20:57 5.2 44 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Guatemala Jan 27 20:27 4.5 80 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Guatemala Jan 27 20:27 4.5 67 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico Jan 27 20:27 4.6 37 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Wyoming Jan 27 19:47 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Gillette WY - heard a rumbling, not a blast. then felt shaking and then began to bounce while seated. never experienced that before
  • Gillette, Nickelson Farms - It didn't last long but my house was shaking a fair amount.I have been through some serious quakes in Ca, I am unsure if this was a quake or mine blasting.
  • GEOFON Wyoming Jan 27 19:47 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern East Pacific Rise Jan 27 19:32 5.2 15 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern East Pacific Rise Jan 27 19:32 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern East Pacific Rise Jan 27 19:32 5.2 14 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 27 18:41 5.1 80 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 27 18:41 5.2 72 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 27 18:41 5.1 70 MAP I Felt It
  • Shinagawa - My bed moved during the night. No damage (via emsc)
  • USGS Southern East Pacific Rise Jan 27 14:34 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 27 14:24 4.6 46 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 27 14:24 4.6 45 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern East Pacific Rise Jan 27 13:50 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern East Pacific Rise Jan 27 13:50 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern East Pacific Rise Jan 27 13:50 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Jan 27 11:39 4.7 30 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region Jan 27 11:39 4.6 34 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 27 11:39 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Tonga Jan 27 09:59 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Tonga Islands Jan 27 09:59 5.7 35 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Tonga Jan 27 09:59 5.7 8 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Sandwich Islands Region Jan 27 07:47 4.8 55 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Sandwich Islands Region Jan 27 07:46 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    USGS South Sandwich Islands Region Jan 27 07:46 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Sandwich Islands Region Jan 27 07:24 4.8 56 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Sandwich Islands Region Jan 27 07:24 4.7 30 MAP I Felt It
    USGS South Sandwich Islands Region Jan 27 07:24 4.7 35 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Sichuan, China Jan 27 05:06 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Sichuan, China Jan 27 05:06 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 27 04:05 5.0 64 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 27 04:05 5.1 57 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 27 04:05 5.0 58 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Prince Edward Islands Region Jan 27 00:56 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Prince Edward Islands Region Jan 27 00:56 4.8 15 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Prince Edward Islands Region Jan 27 00:56 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Savu Sea Jan 27 00:27 4.9 80 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Savu Sea Jan 27 00:27 4.9 49 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Savu Sea Jan 27 00:27 4.9 59 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET (New Zealand only)

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

    USGS Philippine Islands Region Jan 26 17:31 PM M 5.0 Depth 119.7 km

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    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) ?
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    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 :
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    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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