Earthquakes list February 16, 2011

M 4.2      2011/02/17 00:04     Depth 12.0 km     ECUADOR
February 16, 2011 at 07:04:44 PM at epicenter
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9 km (5 miles) SSE (162°) from QUITO, Ecuador satellite map + I Did Feel It form
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M 5.5      2011/02/16 23:45    Depth 30.0 km     RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
local time 08:45
UPDATE 17/02 - 00:34 UTC : Earthquakes are being felt differently most of the time. A similar earthquake at an even bigger distance from Okinawa on February 15 had a bigger shaking impact than the present one.

UPDATE 17/02 - 00:23 UTC : JMA reports a magnitude of 5.2 at a depth of 10 km.  The earthquake Felt reports arriving at JMA are giving a JMA value of 2 = III MMI for the southern Okinawa Prefecture and a 1 JMA = 2 MMI for the northern part.
Because of the limited magnitude, a tsunami was immediately excluded.

UPDATE 17/02 - 00:18 UTC :
First felt reports out of Naha are giving a MMI value of II to III = weak shaking, probably caused by the very shallow hypocenter. In such cases the shaking will be very strong just above the epicenter and a lot less 50 km away.

Strong earthquake relatively close to  Okinawa.
49 km SE Haebaru (pop 34,239) and 55 km SE Urasoe (pop 110,282)
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M 4.9      2011/02/16 18:16    Depth 30.0 km     HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
local time 22:46
UPDATE 19:44 UTC : Although the reported magnitude is rather limited, Earthquake-Report calls this earthquake moderately dangerous. The area is quiet unstable the last couple of weeks and the cities described below are close to the epicenter (if confirmed). It will take a number of hours to find out if everything is OK.

Shallow moderate earthquake close to Farkar and Taloqan.
The population was estimated as 196,400 in 2006. Taloqan is located approx. 20 km from the epicenter.
19 km W Farh_ar (pop 10,480) and 73 km E Qunduz (pop 161,902) satellite map + I Did Feel It form
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M 4.1      2011/02/16 10:13    Depth 15.0 km     BURYATIYA, RUSSIA
local time 18:13
Weak earthquake near the Mongolian border approx. 200 km from Lake Baikal, a sensitive earthquake area.
55 km S Orlik (pop 2,008) satellite map + I Did Feel It form
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M 4.7      2011/02/16 10:55     Depth 23.9 km     ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA
04:55:27 PM at epicenter
Moderate shallow seaquake in the Bay of Bengal with an epicenter approx. 50 km out of the Little Andaman Island coast (India)
160 km (100 miles) SW of Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India satellite map + I Did Feel It form
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M 4.6      2011/02/16 08:12     Depth 84.6 km      KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
04:12:44 PM at epicenter
Harmless earthquake at an intermediate depth bur only 10 km from Sulawesi Utara (Talaud Islands).
Talaud Islands is a group of islands located north of Sulawesi island in Indonesia, northeast of the Sangihe Islands. The Talaud Islands are also the northernmost region of Eastern Indonesia, bordering Davao del Sur region of the Philippines.
235 km (145 miles) SE of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines satellite map + I Did Feel It form
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M 5.0      2011/02/16 02:15     Depth 55.2 km      NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
12:15:39 PM at epicenter
Very close to Kandrian, one of the major cities on New Britain Island. Luckily deep enough to be harmless. satellite map + I Did Feel It form
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M 5.0      2011/02/16 15:56     Depth 532.7 km     FIJI REGION

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

M 5.2      2011/02/15 19:01    Depth 13.0 km     OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
local time 04:01
This earthquake was followed by an aftershock measuring 5.1 at a depth of 54 km approx. 100 km out of the coast.
Safe distance from the shores (approx. 150 km)
154 km SE Kamaishi (pop 43,107)
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  1. Arisa Asrul says

    i have question, when earthquake happened, mainshock always be occured at the first time?

    • Armand Vervaeck says

      Normally Yes

    • In many cases there are a lot smaller magnitude earthquakes in the preceding days months or even years for a main shock, which can be tracked to the mainshock.
      Essentiallly the mainshock usually occurs and then an aftershock sequence.
      But in some cases like the Tongan trench, you get many earthquakes of similar magnitudes as similar size mainshocks.
      In other cases you may get a foreshock and then mainshock. Sometimes just the mainshock. It is very variable!

  2. Arisa Asrul says

    Since 12pm (indonesian timezone), there a few small shake in sorowako, when i write this a minute ago i felt a a small shake, do you have any information about, several people still live in open area because they got rumor about middle of the night will occure a big earthquake.

    • Armand Vervaeck says

      Rumors on a big coming earthquake are ridiculous. Earthquakes are UNPREDICTABLE.
      Of course, after an earthquake like yesterday, a lot of aftershocks can scare people a lot. Most of the time aftershocks are always smaller than the mainshock, however even that cannot be predicted. In some cases they can indeed be stronger, but nobody can predict that. BMKG, USGS, EMSC etc, the biggest organizations in the world cannot predict the magnitude of an upcoming earthquake.
      The current aftershocks may go on for days, weeks and even months, but normally the frequency will go down and the magnitude in average also. Some major aftershocks are still possible. The February 27 2010 massive earthquake in Chile still generates aftershocks today.

    • Arisa Asrul says

      There a middle shake at 12:43 am 17 february 2011 in sorowako about 2-3 second, unpredictable

    • Armand Vervaeck says

      Thanks for reporting Arisa.
      The aftershock is a magnitude 4.7 (yesterday it was 6.1) at a depth of 33 km (deeper than yesterday).
      Can you please continue reporting below the following page :
      This is the actual article on the Sulawesi earthquake.
      Please read the latest update stating reports of collapsed houses in Malili, etc.