(Major) Earthquakes list December 10, 2012 - Moderate to strong earthquakes in 3 continents (Indonesia, Chile, Peru and Russia)

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Moderate shallow earthquake on the shores of the Black Sea
Epicenter close to Anapa. The epicenter was under land and shallow ! As this area of the world has no frequent earthquakes people seems to have been really frightened with the shaking.
The earthquake happened 16km from Verkhnebakanskiy. The nearest populated places are: Rayevskaya (16km), Gaykadzory (18km), Rassvet (15km), Bol'shevik (15km), Amanat (19km), Anapskaya (17km), Natukhayevskaya (8km), Sergeyevskiy (12km), Kamatyr' (12km), Grecheskoye (18km), Ol'khovka (19km), Mnogopol'nyy (12km), Damanskiy (16km), Khutora Vozdvizhenskiye (17km), Kutok (8km), Krasnyy Pakhar' (8km), Gladkovskaya (12km), Shumayka (4km), Akkermanka (10km), Novomikhaylovskiy (18km), Gostagayevskaya (8km), Shkol'nyy (8km), Sirotskiy (13km), Pavlovskiy (19km), Chekon (15km), Novogeorgiyevskiy (18km), Yurovka (20km), Varenikovskaya (17km), Varenikovskaja (17km). The closest civilian airport is Anapa / Olkhovka (19km).
Update 18:31 UTC : The power went off at Novorossiysk which adds to the frightening experience (the earthquake happened in the Russian evening hours)
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We got dizzy here from the many earthquakes at the same time - no relation certainly but first a moderately dangerous one in Chile  followed by a massive quake in Indonesia and a short time thereafter quakes in Peru and Russia (see list).

Massive but normally harmless earthquake in the Banda Sea Indonesia
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Why harmless : because the hypocenter is at +150 km in the hot solid mantle of the earth.
This generates shaking in a huge area (probably the reason that so many Australians are online at the moment).
Normally NO danger for a tsunami though (too deep).
Update 17:14 UTC : The expected shaking will be light to very weak in a radius of +1000 km. Most people will sleep though it we think and hope. Distances to the epicenter (of less importance in this case)
208km (129mi) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
343km (213mi) WSW of Tual, Indonesia
386km (240mi) SSE of Ambon, Indonesia
393km (244mi) SSE of Amahai, Indonesia
511km (318mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor
Update 17:19 UTC : The quake struck in an area were 2 major fault lines meet in the middle of the ocean.

Moderate shallow earthquake in Central Chile
Epicenter very close to Penehue.
The international agencies are reporting a depth from 23 to 29 km.
Universidad de Chile Santiago reports a Magnitude of Ml4.7 at a depth of 45 km.
Onemi Chile has however published a strong shaking in and near Toltén (MMI VI), surprising if we look at the Magnitude and depth.   The main reason for these high intensities is probably the soil composition (soft soil).

For our report on the earthquake in Mindanao (Davao Oriental), Philippines, Click here (Major earthquakes list)

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ER I Felt A (not Listed) Strong Earthquake Dec 10 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 22:08 4.8 44 MAP
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 22:08 5.1 31 MAP
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 22:08 4.8 43 MAP
EMSC Banda Sea Dec 10 20:47 5.3 174 MAP
GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 10 20:47 5.3 170 MAP
USGS Banda Sea Dec 10 20:47 5.3 166 MAP
EMSC Banda Sea Dec 10 19:58 4.8 164 MAP
GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 10 19:58 4.8 165 MAP
EMSC Banda Sea Dec 10 18:55 4.9 160 MAP
GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 10 18:55 4.6 164 MAP
EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia Dec 10 17:34 4.9 10 MAP
GEOFON Talaud Islands, Indonesia Dec 10 17:34 4.9 10 MAP
GEOFON Northwestern Caucasus Dec 10 16:56 4.8 10 MAP
USGS Caucasus Region, Russia Dec 10 16:56 4.9 33 MAP
  • Novorossiysk - Scary
  • Novorossiysk - Ребенок 2 лет почувствовал что-то и спросил-"Мама, это что?" (via emsc)
  • Novorossiysk - Некоторое время не работала мобильная связь (МТС пропала, теле2 - сеть перегружена), затем отключился проводной телефон не на долго, пропали аналоговые каналы в кабельной сети телевещания, цифровые каналы работали, проводной интернет работал без перебоя провайдер "СПРИНТ"
  • Novorossiysk - Confirmed. Strong shaking 20-58 local time.
  • Krasnodar - Почувствовали легкую тряску
  • Krasnodar - Yobannyi pizdets
  • Anapa - The time was about 8.54. p.m. Anapa, Novorossisk,Krimsk.
  • Novorossiysk - Yes, we felt light shaking about 2 hours ago. As per officials earhquake force is about M 4.8
  • Новоросийск - Почувствовали тряску! Страшновато! Уже ходят слухи, что будет второй толчок около 01.00 (по московскому времени)! Это правда или не более чем слухи? Как-то не по себе становится..
  • Krasnodar - 21:00 Moscow time. Krasnodar. 2 shaking. 9 store.
  • Anapa - Перетрухнуть можно было.
  • Novorossiysk - 7th floor. First a tech sound - like if someone used a large drill or similar motorized tool and a shaking like that from a vibro-massager, then poweroff. And it is the poweroff moment that made it more scary, pointing me to think of an earthquake, which mom promptly confirmed. Despite rumors of a coming second strike, nothing happened - and cats held in private houses felt it. Soon after the quake, a relative's cat finally went home, refusing to get in for all day.
  • EMSC Southwestern Russia Dec 10 16:56 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Banda Sea Dec 10 16:53 7.1 162 MAP
  • Darwin NT, Australia - Its 0228 in Darwin, noticed monitor shaking then looked at a water bottle I had nearby because I thought I was imagining. both it & the computer monitor were shaking. Initially felt for about 20(?) sec. then little ones then back to a stronger shake for about 10-20 Sec. then little ones for about followed for about 30 sec- 1 minute. Was in a ground level house about 1 km from beach area with cliffs
  • Darwin Australia - 0224 am woken from sleep on 6th floor of hotel bed an wardrobe shaking
  • Outside Darwin, NT - Dec. 11th here in Darwin. 2.30AM. Just felt light back and forth movement. Water in the pool rippled for quite some time. Can only assume epicentre was Banda Sea region.
  • Tiwi Islands, NT - Woke me up, humming sound and ratting objects in my house.
  • Darwin city - Bed rocked back and forth few objects shaking I.e blinds etc
  • Darwin - Woken up by bed shaking side to side, wardrobe rattling rhythmically, weak at first, then stronger before becoming weak again. Lasted approx 20 to 30 sec. Never woken or felt an earthquake this strong before. Hope all well
  • Manokwari, Indonesia - aku lagi pipis & tiba2 air di ember bergoyang, kuali yg tergantung menjadi bergetar.
  • Kununurra, WA - We live in an old house on stilts and woke up to bed shaking and whole house moving. Lasted about 30secs
  • Elcho Island nt Australia - It woke me up at around 2:27am. Also woke my husband, son and daughter inlaw!
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - on 15th floor. desk vibranted
  • Dili, Timor - Woke to bed moving in room on first floor and other objects disturbed.
  • Kununurra, Western Australia - I just couldn't believe it
  • USGS Banda Sea Dec 10 16:53 7.1 159 MAP
    USGS Banda Sea Dec 10 16:53 7.2 155 MAP
  • Darwin - The entire three storey building shook
  • Darwin NT Australia - I was awoken by slight shaking at approx 2.30am (Darwin time) which within about 5 - 10 mins intensified and woke my partner as the whole building was shaking and items falling off shelves and the bed moving. First earthquake experience and very frightening!
  • GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 10 16:53 7.0 164 MAP
    EMSC Taiwan Region Dec 10 16:40 4.6 13 MAP
    USGS Araucania, Chile Dec 10 15:25 4.8 29 MAP
  • Temuco - Estaba en el colegio lo fue corto pero fuerte
  • GEOFON Central Chile Dec 10 15:25 5.1 24 MAP
    EMSC Araucania, Chile Dec 10 15:25 4.8 10 MAP
  • Pitrufquen - Miedo a replica
  • Pucón - IX Región (near Temuco and Pit - Light shaking, walking through teh house I bared felt but my wife was sitted working on computer and felt it "good". Lasted around 7-10 seconds, no more. Not frighten experience, but we felt "near".
  • EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 12:43 4.6 2 MAP
    USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 12:43 4.6 34 MAP
    USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 09:09 4.9 30 MAP
    EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 09:09 4.9 38 MAP
    GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 09:09 4.9 35 MAP
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 08:41 4.7 32 MAP
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region Dec 10 08:41 4.7 3 MAP
    USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region Dec 10 08:41 4.7 7 MAP
    EMSC Banda Sea Dec 10 00:30 4.6 310 MAP
    GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 10 00:30 4.6 310 MAP
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Dec 10 00:18 4.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Dec 10 00:18 5.0 10 MAP
    EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 00:09 5.0 10 MAP
    USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 00:09 4.8 33 MAP
    GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 10 00:09 4.8 10 MAP

    Data sources courtesy :  USGS - EMSC - GFZ - GEONET

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

    Davao Oriental, Mindanao, Philippines Dec 09 21:45 PM M 5.8 Depth 32.0 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) ?
    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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