Earthquakes in the world on January 21, 2013 (M4.5 or more) - 9 year old girl dies when parents house collapses in Indonesia

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Dangerous earthquake below Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Local BMKG reports however M6.0 at a depth of 84 km (vs 37 km USGS)
Epicenter 33km SSW of Reuleuet following USGS preliminary reports
Lets hope that the BMKG depth of the earthquake is right as otherwise damage can be expected.
84 km depth means only a light to very weak shaking but in a very wide radius.
The earthquake occurred at 05:47 local time.
ER considers BMKG as a very good seismological agency and hopes that BMKG is right with the below map.
Important Update Jan. 2207:16 UTC : The good news we expected to confirm today is unfortunately bad news. A 9 year old was crushed by the rumble of her house and died. 7 other people were injured. Tens of houses collapsed and a lot of people have been moved to temporary shelters as their houses were damaged. A mosk did also collapsed.
An aftershock measuring M5.1 at a depth of only 12 km occurred later but normally the people must have been living on the street then.
As the girl was from Pidie which is located at the edge of the VII MMI intensity map from USGS (upper map), we believe that the USGS data may have been better this time.
Update January 22 19.00 UTC: Recent news from Indonesia give a total number of 15 injured persons from this quake. 5 of them were seriously injured. All of them are from Mane district close to the epicenter.

Shaking map of the M6.0 Northern Sumatra earthquake of January 21/22 2013

Shaking map of the M6.0 Northern Sumatra earthquake of January 21/22 2013

Japan, Honshu earthquake
JMA Japan reports a max. 4 JMA intensity at Kamisu-shi Mizoguchi only.
ER considers 5+ as a potentially dangerous intensity.
Local seismological agency : M5.2 at 20 km depth

Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 9.57.34 PMModerate but dangerous shallow earthquake in Iran, Kerman province
ISC Teheran reports a Magnitude of Mn5.5 at a depth of only 10 km.
ER calls this earthquake moderately dangerous. Damage (even serious damage) cannot be excluded.
22 Km of Sirch, kerman, 24 Km of Shahdad, kerman, 38 Km of Kerman, Kerman
Iran is known to be vulnerable for damage if greater than M5.0
As it is night right now in Iran, we do not expect detailed assessments before the morning hours.
The earthquake occurred at 23:19 Iran time.
ER calls the village of Bagh-E-Almas as the most dangerous. This village (see image below) is only at 6 km from the epicenter. It is a farming community
Update 09:41 UTC : GDACS reports that 301 people are living within a radius of 5 km from the epicenter. 1151 people live within a radius of 10 km.
Update 09:48 UTC : Rescue teams have been send to the greater Sirch area.
Update Jan. 22 08:26 UTC : After reviewing the many sources in Iran, we are happy to report that no serious damage has been inflicted.

Iran January 21 Kerman earthquake

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Strong Earthquake Jan 21 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 21 22:48 4.7 15 MAP
GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 21 22:48 4.7 10 MAP
USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 21 22:48 4.7 14 MAP
EMSC South Atlantic Ocean Jan 21 22:34 5.8 15 MAP
USGS South Atlantic Ocean Jan 21 22:34 5.8 15 MAP
USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 21 22:22 5.9 16 MAP
EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 21 22:22 6.0 2 MAP
GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 21 22:22 6.0 10 MAP
EMSC Eastern Iran Jan 21 19:49 5.4 37 MAP
GEOFON Northern And Central Iran Jan 21 19:49 5.3 10 MAP
USGS Eastern Iran Jan 21 19:49 5.3 31 MAP
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 21 19:46 5.0 10 MAP
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 21 19:46 4.9 2 MAP
  • Narita, Japan - Was awake lying in bed in hotel on 8th floor when felt vibration which Continued to get stronger until room was shaking. Woke my husband who said oh yeah most definitely is & can't believe how long it's lasting.
  • Shinjuku, Japan - Unsure of time. still dark, early morning Tues 22 Jan 13. I thought somebody had broken into the apartment, and then felt bed gently nudge and then a series lasting no more than a few seconds of stronger rocks/nudges. I'm up on the 17th floor so unsure how strong it was on the ground. Possibly just a tremor? ER : a M5.2 @ 20 km
  • Narita, Japan - Very early morning, not sure of time. Quite a long time until the swaying stopped.
  • Tokyo (Akasaka) - Woken up out of sleep with sensation of mattress undulating (20th floor)
  • Narita - First earthquake experience, woke me p as the bed and walls shook, then fell straight back to sleep.
  • USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 21 19:46 4.9 5 MAP
    EMSC Mindanao, Philippines Jan 21 19:27 4.8 50 MAP
    GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines Jan 21 19:27 4.8 53 MAP
    USGS Near The South Coast Of Papua, Indonesia Jan 21 18:32 5.4 27 MAP
    EMSC Near S Coast Of Papua, Indonesia Jan 21 18:32 5.3 20 MAP
    GEOFON Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia Jan 21 18:32 5.3 10 MAP
    EMSC Vanuatu Jan 21 16:32 4.7 196 MAP
    USGS Vanuatu Jan 21 16:32 4.7 195 MAP
    GEOFON Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands Jan 21 11:32 4.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is. Jan 21 11:32 5.1 10 MAP
    USGS Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska Jan 21 11:32 5.1 7 MAP
    EMSC Molucca Sea Jan 21 03:16 4.8 75 MAP
    USGS Molucca Sea Jan 21 03:16 4.8 77 MAP
    GEOFON Southern Molucca Sea Jan 21 03:16 4.9 67 MAP
    EMSC Guatemala Jan 21 00:33 4.8 25 MAP
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico Jan 21 00:33 4.8 25 MAP

    Data sources courtesy : USGS - EMSC - GFZ - GEONET (New Zealand only)

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

    Taiwan Region Jan 20 19:09 PM M 4.9 Depth 114.4 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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    1. Joseph Martin says

      Dog's acting strange tonight. Any seismic activity expected in central Ohio?

      • Armand Vervaeck says

        Until now behavior of animals have no confirmed prediction effect, unfortunately - otherwise a lot of people's lives would have been saved.

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