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October 31 2012

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Portugal, 1755 -  Magnitude : 8.7 - 70000 people killed
70,000 deaths.
One of the world's most destructive earthquakes.
This earthquake occurred on All Saint's Day while many of the 250,000 inhabitants of Lisbon were in Church. Stone buildings swayed violently and then collapsed on the population. Many who sought safety on the river front were drowned by a large tsunami. Fire ravaged the city. One quarter of Lisbon's population perished. This earthquake had a profound effect on the intellectual outlook of Europe.

October 30 2012

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Turkey, 1983 -  Magnitude : 6.9 - 1342 people killed

One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
At least 1,342 people killed, many injured, 534 seriously injured, more than 25,000 people homeless, and 50 villages completely destroyed in the provinces of Erzurum and Kars.

October 29 2012

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Algeria, 1989 -  Magnitude : 5.9 & 5.6 - 30 people killed

Two earthquakes about 12 minutes apart.
At least 30 people killed, 245 injured and damage (VIII) in the Cherchell-Tifaza area. Felt (IV) in the Balearic Islands, Spain.

The Core of the earth
The core of the earth was the first internal structural element to be identified. In 1906 R.D. Oldham discovered the core from his studies of earthquake records. The inner core is solid, and the outer core is liquid and does not transmit the shear wave energy released during an earthquake.

October 28 2012

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USA (Idaho), 1983 -  Magnitude : 6.9 - 2 people killed

The largest historical earthquake in Idaho.
Two people killed, two injured, and considerable damage at Challis. One person injured and extensive damage at Mackay. Maximum intensity VII in the Challis-Mackay area. Total damage from the earthquake estimated at 15 million dollars. System of fault scarps extending for more than 35 kilometers with vertical displacement up to 2.7 meters observed between Mackay and Challis. Landslides, rockfalls and groundwater changes occurred throughout the region, including changes to geyser activity in Yellowstone National Park. The earthquake was felt in Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and parts of Canada.

Which US States had no earthquakes in recent history ?
From 1975-1995 there were only four states that did not have any earthquakes. They were: Florida, Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

October 27 2012

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Japan, 1891 -  Magnitude : 8 - 7000 people killied

Local time: October 28, 6am.  The Great Nobi Earthquake.
Over 7,000 deaths. The earthquake caused damage over a 4200 square mile area. The quake shook Japan from Toyko to Osaka, killing thousands of people. 130,000 houses were destroyed.
This earthquake may be the largest "on land" earthquake in the modern history of Japan.

Does something like "earthquake weather" exists ?
There is no such thing as "earthquake weather". Statistically, there is an equal distribution of earthquakes in cold weather, hot weather, rainy weather, etc. Furthermore, there is no physical way that the weather could affect the forces several miles beneath the surface of the earth. The changes in barometric pressure in the atmosphere are very small compared to the forces in the crust, and the effect of the barometric pressure does not reach beneath the soil.

October 26 2012

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Yugoslavia, 1969 -  Magnitude : 6.4 - 20 people killied

This severe earthquake in the Banja Luka area of Yugoslavia killed 20, seriously injured 150, and left 65,000 homeless. Banja Luka, a city of about 50,000 inhabitants, located about 240 miles west of Beograd, had about 60 percent of the dwellings razed. Three neighboring villages were reportedly destroyed. Among the major buildings razed by the shock were the city hall, cultural center, 15 schools, and 5 doritories. A textile factory damaged during the earthquake began leaking sulphuric acid and other chemicals, contaminating the river and water supply.

Earthquakes and earthquake frequency in the Utah (ski) mountains
The Wasatch Range, with its outstanding ski areas, runs North-South through Utah, and like all mountain ranges, was produced by a series of earthquakes. The 386 km (240-mile) long Wasatch Fault is made up of several segments, each capable of producing up to a M7.5 earthquake. During the past 6000 years, there has been a M6.5+ about once every 350 years.

October 25 2012

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Afghanistan, 1990 -  Magnitude : 6.0 - 11 people killied

Eleven people killed, more then 250 injured and damage in the Chitral-Mardan-Malakand area, Pakistan. Felt throughout northern and central Pakistan. Also felt in northwestern India. Felt (IV) at Ishkashim; (III) at Andizhan, Dushanbe, Dzhirgatal, Fergana, Khorog, Kulyab, Nurek and Tashkent; (II) at Samarkand, USSR.

About Magnitude and Intensity values
The magnitude of an earthquake is a measured value of the earthquake size. The magnitude is the same no matter where you are, or how strong or weak the shaking was in various locations. The intensity of an earthquake is a measure of the shaking created by the earthquake, and this value does vary with location.

October 24 2012

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Mexico, 1980 -  Magnitude : 7.0 - 500 people killied

At least 300 people killed, many injured, approximately 150,000 homeless and extensive damage in central Mexico, mainly in the Huajuapan de Leon area. Felt throughout central and southern Mexico and in Guatemala.

Earthquakes in Southern California
Each year the southern California area has about 10,000 earthquakes. Most of them are so small that they are not felt. Only several hundred are greater than magnitude 3.0, and only about 15-20 are greater than magnitude 4.0. If there is a large earthquake, however, the aftershock sequence will produce many more earthquakes of all magnitudes for many months.

October 23 2012

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Oklahoma, 1992 -  Magnitude : 5.2

The epicenter was located about 70 kilometers south of Er-Rachida and 390 kilometers southeast of Rabat.
There was damage and at least two people were killed in the Rissani area.
The earthquake was felt throughout much of Morocco from Fes to Marrakech.

What is a seiche ?
A seiche (pronounced SAYSH) is "an internal wave oscillating in a body of water" or, in other words, it is the sloshing of the water in any body of water, caused by the ground shaking in an earthquake. It may continue for a few moments or hours, long after the generating force is gone. A seiche can also be caused by wind or tides.

October 22, 2012

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Oklahoma, 1882 -  Magnitude : 4.9

The most severe damage was limited to the shaking of loose bricks from chimneys at Ft. Smith, Arkansas (northwest of Little Rock), and the knocking of bricks from the top of a wall at Bonham, Texas (northeast of Dallas). Felt over a wide area, including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

1906 San Fransisco earthquake
More damage was done by the resulting fire after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake than by the earthquake itself.

October 21, 2012

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Russia, 1907 -  Magnitude : 8.0 - 12,000 people killied

12,000 deaths.
One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
Two earthquakes destroyed Qaratog and many mountain villages in the Gissar and Denau areas of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

How many earthquakes in a year, worldwide ?
It is estimated that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage.

October 20, 2012

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Canada, 1870 -  Magnitude : 6.5

This damaging earthquake was apparently centered between Montreal and Quebec in the Saint Lawrence Valley. The shock was felt over an area estimated to be at least a million square miles including Sault Sainte Marie.

Origin of Himalaya and Karakorum mountain ranges
The world's greatest land mountain range is the Himalaya-Karakoram. It contains 96 of the world's 109 peaks of over 7317 meters (24,000 feet). The longest mountain range is the Andes of South America which is 7564 km (4700 miles) in length. Both were created by the movement of tectonic plates.

October 18 2012

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Peru, 1992 -  Magnitude : 7.2 - 1 person killed

One person killed, 50 injured and damage in the Murindo-Apartado-Medellin area. At least ten people killed, 65 injured and 1,500 homeless by the explosion of a mud volcano in the San Pedro de Uraba area. Slight damage at Bogota. Felt in much of northwestern Colombia as far south as Cali. Felt strongly in Darien Province, Panama. Also felt (IV) on the Azuero Peninsula and at Panama City, Panama. Felt at Caracas and Valencia, Venezuela. Also felt on Aruba. Landslides occurred in the epicentral area. Liquefaction was observed in the Murindo area and as far north as Apartado. small island emerged from the Caribbean Sea off San Juan de Uraba.

Epicenter and hypocenter of an earthquake
The hypocenter of an earthquake is the location beneath the Earth's surface where the rupture of the fault begins. The epicenter of an earthquake is the location directly above the hypocenter on the surface of the Earth.

October 17 2012

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Peru, 1966 -  Magnitude : 8.1

This earthquake, centering just off the coast from Callao, claimed about 125 lives and injured some 3,000 persons. The town of Huacho was the most severely damaged with over 20,000 inhabitants left homeless. A religious festival was being held in Callao and several were killed when some of the churches collapsed. One street in this city was split by a chasm several feet wide. In Lima, 2,300 houses suffered severe structural damage. Cars were tossed about, cornices plunged into streets, and traffic was snarled for hours. Landslides and huge ground cracks were reported along the Pan American Highway north of Ancon. This shock generated a tsunami with heights of 11.3 feet at La Punta-Callao.

Difference between a tidal wave and a tsunami
Although both are sea waves, a tsunami and a tidal wave are two different unrelated phenomena. A tidal wave is a shallow water wave caused by the gravitational interactions between the Sun, Moon, and Earth. A tsunami is a sea wave caused by an underwater earthquake or landslide displacing the ocean water.

October 16 2012

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California, 1999 -  Magnitude : 7.1

Four people slightly injured when an Amtrak train derailed near Ludlow. Damage (VII) at Landers, Ludlow, Twentynine Palms and Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base. Slight damage (VI) at Amboy, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Cima, Crest Park, Desert Center, Essex, Fawnskin, Fort Irwin, Hemet, Highland, Hinkley, Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Newberry Springs, Olancha, Palm Springs, Phelan, Ridgecrest, Tecopa, Thousand Palms and Victorville. Also slight damage (VI) at Laughlin, Nevada. Felt (V) at many localities in southern California, southern Nevada and western Arizona. Also felt at Ensenada, Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana, Baja California. Surface faulting observed along a 45-kilometer segment of the Lavic Lake Fault with as much as 2.8-4.7 meters of right-lateral displacement. Complex earthquake begins with tiny precursor followed by major events about 4 and 7 seconds after the onset.

Are there earthquakes on the moon ?
Moonquakes ("earthquakes" on the moon) do occur, but they happen less frequently and have smaller magnitudes than earthquakes on the Earth. It appears they are related to the tidal stresses associated with the varying distance between the Earth and Moon. They also occur at great depth, about halfway between the surface and the center of the moon.

October 15 2012

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Hawaii, 2006 – Magnitude : 6.7
Numerous people suffered minor injuries, at least 1,173 buildings damaged, roads damaged and landslides blocked roads on Hawai`i. Power outages occurred throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Damage estimated at 73 million dollars. Felt (VII-VIII) in northern and western Hawai`i and (V-VI) in eastern and southern Hawai`i. Also felt (VI) on Maui; (V) on Lana`i, Moloka`i and O`ahu; (IV) on Kaua`i. A tsunami with a wave height of 10 cm was recorded at Kawaihae Harbor.

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Australia, 1968 – Magnitude : 6.9
The earthquake wrecked the town of Meckering and ruptured all major roads and railways nearby. A survey revealed a fracture of the earth’s crust along an arc 29 kilometers in length which passed 1 kilometer northwest of Meckering. Minor damage was also sustained in Perth, the capital city.

The East African Rift System is a 50-60 km (31-37 miles) wide zone of active volcanics and faulting that extends north-south in eastern Africa for more than 3000 km (1864 miles) from Ethiopia in the north to Zambezi in the south. It is a rare example of an active continental rift zone, where a continental plate is attempting to split into two plates which are moving away from one another.

October 13 2012

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Tajikistan, 1985 - Magnitude : 5.9 - 29 people killed
At least 29 people killed, 80 injured and about 8,000 homeless in the Kayrakkum-Gafurov area. About 90 percent of multi-story brick buildings destroyed (IX) at Kayrakkum and about 900 buildings destroyed (VIII) at Gafurov. Damage (VII) at Leninabad. Landslides reported in the area. Felt (VI) at Isfara and Proletarsk; (V) at Tashkent and in the Fergana Basin; (IV) at Samarkand and in the Dushanbe-Kulyab area and (III) at Khorog.

Average motion of the San Andreas fault
The average rate of motion across the San Andreas Fault Zone during the past 3 million years is 56 mm/year (2 inches/year). This is about the same rate at which your fingernails grow. Assuming this rate continues, scientists project that Los Angeles and San Francisco will be adjacent to one another in approximately 15 million years. (USGS)

October 12 2012

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Egypt, 1992 - Magnitude : 5.8 - 552 people killed
At least 552 people killed, more than 9,929 injured and 8,300 buildings damaged or destroyed in the Cairo area. Preliminary estimates of damage about 300 million U.S. dollars. Felt in much of Egypt from Alexandria to Aswan and in Israel from Elat to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Somebody working at INGV Italy wrote :
Hundreds of staff (including myself) of the INGV in Italy are risking to find themselves without a new contract from 1 January 2013 on. This is a very grave situation, which threatens to completely paralyze not only the lives of the concerned people, but also the functioning of the whole institute, mainly the surveillance of seismic and volcanic activity in Italy. The round-the-clock service in the control rooms of the Earthquake Center in Rome, at the Vesuvius Observatory in Naples, and at the Etna Observatory in Catania might completely break down, and quick response to emerging crises might be hampered. You would be indirectly affected because real-time seismic data and webcams would be taken offline.
In this moment there are continuous meetings between different parties in order to seek for solutions, but my personal feeling, in this moment, is rather dark.

October 11 2012

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Puerto Rico, 1918 - Magnitude : 7.5 - 118 people killed
The most destructive earthquake in the history of Puerto Rico.
The epicenter was located northwest of Aguadilla in the Mona Canyon (between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic). The earthquake was accompanied by a tsunami which got up to 6 meters (19.5 feet) high. Damage was concentrated in the western area of the Island because this was the closest zone to the earthquake. The earthquake killed about 116 people and caused more than 4 million dollars of damage. Numerous houses, factories, public buildings, chimneys, bridges and other structures suffered severe damage.

October 10 2012

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El Salvador, 1986 - Magnitude : 5.5 - 1000 people killed
One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
At least 1,000 people killed, 10,000 injured, 200,000 homeless and severe damage and landslides in the San Salvador area. Some damage at Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Felt strongly in parts of Guatemala and Honduras.

October 9, 2012

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Mexico, 1995 - Magnitude : 8.0 - 49 people killed
At least 49 people killed, 100 injured, nearly 1,000 homeless and extensive damage in the states of Colima and Jalisco.
Most of the damage and casualties were in the Cihuatlan-Manzanillo area, Colima.
Some damage also occurred in the states of Guerrero and Michoacan. Felt strongly at Mexico City. Felt by people in high-rise buildings as far as Dallas and Houston, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Landslides blocked roads between Guadalajara and Manzanillo. Tsunami generated with estimated runup heights of 200 to 500 cm in the Manzanillo area. Maximum wave heights (peak-to-trough) recorded at the following selected tide stations: 51 cm at Cabo San Lucas and 20 cm on Isla Socorro, Mexico; 100 cm on Hiva Oa, 30 cm on Nuku Hiva and 7 cm at Papeete, French Polynesia; 37 cm at Hilo, 34 cm at Kahului, 12 cm at Nawiliwili and 11 cm at Kawaihae, Hawaii; 37 cm at Pago Pago, American Samoa; 4 cm at Southport, Australia. Land subsidence of approximately 14 cm observed at the Manzanillo harbor.

October 8, 2012

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Pakistan, 2005 - Magnitude : 7.6 - 86,000 people killed

At least 86,000 people killed, more than 69,000 injured and extensive damage in northern Pakistan. The heaviest damage occurred in the Muzaffarabad area, Kashmir where entire villages were destroyed and at Uri where 80 percent of the town was destroyed.
At least 32,335 buildings collapsed in Anantnag, Baramula, Jammu and Srinagar, Kashmir. Buildings collapsed in Abbottabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Maximum intensity VIII. Felt (VII) at Topi; (VI) at Islamabad, Peshawar and Rawalpindi; (V) at Faisalabad and Lahore. Felt at Chakwal, Jhang, Sargodha and as far as Quetta. At least 1,350 people killed and 6,266 injured in India. Felt (V) at Chandigarh and New Delhi; (IV) at Delhi and Gurgaon, India. Felt in Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh, India.
At least one person killed and some buildings collapsed in Afghanistan. Felt (IV) at Kabul and (III) at Bagrami, Afghanistan. Felt (III) at Kashi, China and (II) at Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Also felt at Almaty, Kazakhstan. An estimated 4 million people in the area were left homeless.
Landslides and rockfalls damaged or destroyed several mountain roads and highways cutting off access to the region for several days.
Landslides also occurred farther north near the towns of Gilgit and Skardu, Kashmir. Liquefaction and sandblows occurred in the western part of the Vale of Kashmir and near Jammu. Landslides and rockfalls also occurred in parts of Himachal Pradesh, India. Seiches were observed in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, India and in many places in Bangladesh.

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October 7, 2012

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New York, 1983 - Magnitude : 5.3

One person injured at New Baltimore. Slight damage (VI) at Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Minerva and North River. Felt (V) at Adirondack, Childwold, Moriah Center, Newcomb, North Creek, Old Forge, Olmstedville, Piercefield, Severeance, Wanakena and many other areas of upstate New York. Felt throughout the northeastern United States and in parts of Canada.

October 6, 2012

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Indonesia - Sumatra, 1995 - Magnitude : 6.8 - 84 people killed

Eighty-four people killed, 2,178 injured, nearly 65,000 homeless and over 18,900 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed in Jambi Province. Landslides occurred in the epicentral area. Felt in many parts of central Sumatra and as far as southern Malaysia and Singapore.

Be prepared for an earthquake (we cannot repeat it enough)
Look for items in your home that could become a hazard in an earthquake.
Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
Fasten shelves to walls.
Brace high and top-heavy objects.
Anchor overhead lighting fixtures.
Bolt down water heaters and gas appliances. 

October 5, 2012

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Turkmenistan, 1948 - Magnitude : 7.3 - approx. 110,000 people killed

Extreme damage in Ashgabat (Ashkhabad) and nearby villages, where almost all brick buildings collapsed, concrete structures were heavily damaged and freight trains were derailed. Damage and casualties also occurred in the Darreh Gaz area, Iran. Surface rupture was observed both northwest and southeast of Ashgabat. Many sources list the casualty total at 10,000, but a news release on 9 Dec 1988 advised that the correct death toll was 110,000.

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Be prepared for an earthquake!
Look for items in your home that could become a hazard in an earthquake.
Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
Fasten shelves to walls.
Brace high and top-heavy objects.
Anchor overhead lighting fixtures.
Bolt down water heaters and gas appliances.

October 4, 2012

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Russia (Kuril Islands), 1994 - Magnitude : 8.3 - 10 people killed

At least 10 people killed or missing and extensive damage on Iturup; extensive damage and possibly some deaths and injuries on Kunashir, Shikotan and other islands in the Kuril chain from the earthquake and tsunami. One person died from a heart attack, at least 340 people injured and extensive damage occurred along the east coast of Hokkaido, Japan. Felt strongly in northern Honshu and also felt in the Tokyo area, Japan. Tsunami wave heights from selected tide stations (peak-to-trough) were as follows: 346 cm. at Hanasaki, 164 cm. at Kushiro, 162 cm. at Chichijima, 144 cm. at Miyako, 130 cm. at Hachinohe, 92 cm. at Ofunato, 62 cm. at Onahama, 46 cm. at Omae-zaki, 42 cm. at Choshi and 26 cm. at Abashiri, Japan; 300 cm. at Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Kunashir Island, 15 cm. at Shemya, Alaska, 17 cm. at Wake Island, 50 cm. at Midway Island and 48 cm. at Hilo, Hawaii.

Is Vietnam Song Tranh Hydropower Plant strong enough to resist earthquakes ?
Although the State Council has affirmed that the dam at Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant is safe from earthquakes upto 5.5 on the Richter scale, the public remains anxious because of recurring and frequent earthquakes in Bac Tra My District in the central province of Quang Nam, where the plant is located. Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper interviewed Dr. Tran Chung on this issue, and according to him, frequent earthquakes in the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant area were induced by water accumulation at the plant reservoir. Read more ….

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Pipeline design has avoided an ecological disaster during the M7.9 Alaska earthquake in 2002 
A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Alaska on November 3, 2002, rupturing the Earth's surface for 209 miles along the Susitna Glacier, Denali, and Totschunda Faults. Striking a sparsely populated region, it caused thousands of landslides but little structural damage and no deaths. Although the Denali Fault shifted about 14 feet beneath the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, the pipeline did not break, averting a major economic and environmental disaster. This was largely the result of stringent design specifications based on geologic studies done by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and others 30 years earlier. Studies of the Denali Fault and the 2002 earthquake will provide information vital to reducing losses in future earthquakes in Alaska, California, and elsewhere.

18 school children buried by Yunnan landslide
Nineteen people, including 18 students who followed classes during a China festival week to make up for lost days during the Yunnan earthquake who killed 81 people, were buried in a landslide that occurred on Thursday in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said. The accident happened around 8:00 a.m. in the village of Zhenhe, located in Yiliang County of Zhaotong City, the county government said.The landslide, estimated to be around 10,000 cubic meters, engulfed a primary school building, trapping 18 students, the government said. Read more ...

October 3, 2012

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Peru, 1974 - Magnitude : 7.6 - 78 people killed

This destructive earthquake struck near the coast of Peru about 80 kilometers southwest of Lima. The earthquake killed 78, injured more than 2,400, and caused extensive damage in sections of metropolitan Lima. The MM intensities were as high as IX in some isolated areas. The earthquake generated a minor tsunami that was recorded in Peru, Hawaii, Samoa, and California.

Did You Feel It (USGS) and I Have Felt It (ER)
Did You Feel It? Since the early 1990s, the magnitude and location of an earthquake have been available within minutes on the Internet. Now, as a result of work by the U.S. Geological Survey and with the cooperation of various regional seismic networks, people who experience an earthquake can go online and share information about its effects to help create a map of shaking intensities and damage. Such "Community Internet Intensity Maps" (CIIMs) contribute greatly toward the quick assessment of the scope of an earthquake emergency and provide valuable data for earthquake research.
Comment ER : The approach is sharing your real earthquake experience with our readers. Your experience is also used by the specialists in evaluating the  damage risk in the greater epicenter area. is the ONLY specialised and structured I Have Felt It source in the world.

October 2, 2012

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Peru, 1987 - Magnitude : 5.4 - 3 people killed

Three people killed and several homes damaged at Santiago de Chuco. Felt (IV) at Trujillo and (III) at Chimbote.

Coping with seismic hazards
National maps of earthquake shaking hazards provide information essential to creating and updating the seismic design provisions of building codes used in the United States. Scientists frequently revise these maps to reflect new knowledge. Buildings, bridges, highways, and utilities built to meet modern seismic design provisions are better able to withstand earthquakes, not only saving lives but also enabling critical activities to continue with less disruption. (USGS)

October 1, 2012

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Peru, 1969 - Magnitude : 6.4 - 136 people killed
This earthquake struck in the Pariahuanca area of Central Peru. The villages of Lampa and Chilifruta were completely razed, and nearby Comas was 60 percent destroyed. Reports indicate that at least 136 were killed and 216 or more injured. The seismic activity began on July 24, 1969, when a magnitude 5.9 shock caused severe damage. During this shock, a visible fault movement of .4-meter vertical displacement was produced. The Huancayo seismograph station, located 18 miles southwest of the epicenter of the main shock, recorded more than 220 aftershocks. These were decreasing until this stronger shock, which had the same epicenter and was 3 kilometers deeper, produced up to 1.6-meter vertical displacement and .7-meter horizontal displacement of the fault displaced by the July 24 shock. Many landslides and ground cracks were observed. More than 1,375 aftershocks were recorded through October 17 at the Huancayo station. All were generally light and caused no serious damage.

USA earthquake hazard maps - a necessity for engineering
Hazard Maps show the distribution of earthquake shaking levels that have a certain probability of occurring in the United States. These maps were created to provide the most accurate and detailed information possible to assist engineers in designing buildings, bridges, highways, and utilities that will withstand shaking from earthquakes in the United States. These maps are used to create and update the building codes that are now used by more than 20,000 cities, counties, and local governments to help establish construction requirements necessary to preserve public safety.

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