Earthquake in Navarra, Spain

This article is in Spanish, but you can easily translate it by plugging it into Google translate. Most of the facts will be obvious to an English-speaking reader without relying on outside resources, however. (Sorry, I’m a Spanish major so “El País” is a news source I use a lot!)

On March 10th of this year, a 4.4 scale earthquake hit the Autonomous Community of Navarra in Northern Spain (in the Pyrenees, bordering France). The best-known city in this area is Pamplona, where they host the famous Running of the Bulls. According to the article, there was some property damage; several people reported broken windows and other household objects. Luckily, there were no fatalities reported, and apparently no injuries. I imagine the experience was somewhat like our experience in the late-summer of 2011: extremely surprising, and disruptive in many cases to be sure, but not at all detrimental. Scary, shocking, but not devastating. I’m sure the bulls will be running just fine come summer!

Fun vocab word of the day: terremoto = earthquake. Make sure you roll the R sound!

2.3 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Central Virginia

A small, but considerable earthquake occurred this past week just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The United States Geological Survey reported the magnitude-2.3 earthquake struck at about 10:11 p.m. (The quake was first reported as 2.1-magnitude, but was later revised as is often the case.) It was centered about three miles northeast of Goochland Courthouse and not far from Oilville.

While Earthquakes of less than a magnitude of 2.5 are normally not even felt, people from Hanover and Powhatan counties, as well as others in Short Pump and other nearby locations, reported feeling the quake.

No reports of injuries or damages resulting from the earthquake have been reported as of 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Goochland County and VDEM requested citizens to check over their homes and property for any visual or hidden damages. Attention should be paid to foundations, chimneys, and sheetrock of homes and businesses.

While this event is clearly not a disaster in terms of property damage and/or death tolls, I found it a good thing to post about since earthquakes are so rare in Virginia. This goes back to our discussions with people not really knowing what to do when these natural hazards that are so uncommon in our area are able to reach their potential and actually threaten our way of life. Even though we have only experienced a handful of notable earthquakes in Virginia in the last few years, it is still a good wake up call to always be aware of the unpredictability of the world around us.

Guam Hit By 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake

“United States Geological Survey recorded a 5.5 magnitude earthquake 11 miles north of Rota and at a depth of 104.5 kilometers at 6:49 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time.

No reports of injuries or damages from this earthquake have been recorded, according to Jenna Gaminde, public information officer for Guam Homeland Security.

Residents are advised to conduct the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” procedure when an earthquake happens, she added.

According to Guam Power Authority Spokesman Art Perez, no circuits were lost after the earthquake.”

Dozens injured after M5.9 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

A shallow Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Surigao del Norte, Philippines at 00:08 UTC (08:08 PHT) on March 5, 2017. The quake struck at a depth of 13 km (8 miles), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). The agency said the tremor was an aftershock of the magnitude-6.7 quake that hit Surigao on February 10.  Hospitals reported some 29 people were injured, most of them had only minor wounds such as lacerations and abrasions. 24 of them were released home. One elderly woman reportedly died of a heart attack from the quake, but officials are yet to confirm this. earthquake-philippines-march-5-2017-shakemap

Quake hits off Japan’s Fukushima, no tsunami risk

AFP | Updated: Feb 28, 2017, 02.42 PM IST


(Image courtesy: Google Maps)(Image courtesy: Google Maps)

TOKYO: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday struck northeastern Japan near the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant but there was no fear of a tsunami, Japanese and US authorities said.

The quake struck at a depth of 42.3 kilometres (26 miles) in the Pacific Ocean 34 kilometres east-northeast of the town of Namie, the US Geological Survey said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which caused some swaying in high-rise buildings in Tokyo.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries though some local service train services stopped, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Tokyo Electric Power, operator of the Fukushima plant, said no abnormalities were detected.A massive undersea quake on March 11, 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into the northeast coast, leaving more than 18,500 people dead or missing and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

In November a powerful 6.9-magnitude quake sparked panic and triggered a one-metre (three-foot) tsunami that washed ashore at the Fukushima plant but caused no damage.

Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.

With Japan being a very seismically active place, It would seem Japan is accustomed to earthquakes that occur frequently, as those in California and other west coast United States places. Little damage may occur as building codes are designed to harden  structures from earthquake damage. I can also imagine that the catastrophe that occurred in 2011 is probably also in people’s minds. I can’t imagine a total recovery occurred from 2011 when thousands were killed and the significant catastrophic infrastructure  and property damage and probably wouldn’t be finished for sometime.  Between the Japanese being accustomed to earthquakes, some of which are violent, and the fact that they are a More Developed Country, they are more readily able to recover from the 2011 catastrophe. Granted, these was probably a significant influx of aid and assistance from the rest of the world.



6.7 Earthquake hits the Philippines

On February 10, a 6.7 earthquake hit the Philippines, killing 8 people. 200 more people were injured and 1,000 homes in Surigao were destroyed. Damage was also extensive to other structures, such as schools, bridges, stores, some water pipes and other infrastructure. Surigao City was placed under a state of emergency to provide for the most efficient distribution of assistance including medical aid and food.

137 aftershocks had been experienced as of Sunday, February 12. Even the President of the Philippines was delayed in making it to the city because of damage to the airport. He has pledged financial assistance to those hurt by the earthquake.

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Central New Zealand Shaken By Earthquake

“A ‘severe’ magnitude 5.2 earthquake in North Canterbury has been felt across the country.

The quake, which struck at 9.19am, was centered 15km north-west of Culverden at a depth of 9km, GeoNet reported.

It was felt by more than 1300 people.

GeoNet duty seismologist Dr Anna Kaiser said it was certain the shake was an aftershock from the big Kaikoura one on November 14.

‘That’s definitely within the aftershock area of the Kaikoura earthquake.’

She said it was ‘very typical’ to see that type of aftershock following a quake of the magnitude of the one in November.

As of January 19, GeoNet had predicted an 89 per cent chance of one or more aftershock between magnitude 5 and magnitude 5.9 occurring on the next 30 days.”


Taiwan Hit By Earthquake

Early Saturday morning four people were injured by a minor earthquake that hit Taiwan. This was a great victory for the country, as they have been working on improving their safety conditions. One year ago a magnitude 6.4 earthquake destroyed a 16-story apartment and killed 115 people. This incident contributed to to stricter safety and building regulations.

The Saturday morning earthquake was a magnitude 5.6 and hit near the coast of Tainan city around 1:12 a.m. News sources reported over 50,000 homes were affected by a brief power outage. Fortunately there were no deaths reported as a result of this incident.

Earthquakes in the Caribbean

A series of small earthquakes has struck the Caribbean this past week. On February 7th, Puerto Rico experienced a 3.4 magnitude earthquake and then another 3.4 magnitude earthquake on February 9. A 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico that same day. Two more earthquakes hit Puerto Rico on February 8, about 5 hours apart. At 3:36am, a 2.9 magnitude earthquake hit, and then at 9:30am, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit. The Dominican Republic also experienced a 3.7 magnitude earthquake this week.