TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 4  4  0  0  0 1819 -27.300  -70.500   0 8.0   Coast Central Chile

 

A very violent earthquake occurred at Copiapo, Chile (Mw 8.0).  The whole city was destroyed by the shocks of this day and of the 4th and 11th. The inhabitants had barely time to save their lives.  No reports of deaths. (See also April 3, 1819)

 

 4  4 10 13  3 1904  41.800   23.400   6 7.3   Bulgaria

 

Limited damage was suffered in Bulgaria and northern Greece

 

 4  4  0 50  0 1905  33.000   76.000  60 8.6   India

 

The earthquake that struck the Dharamshala-Kangra area in Himachal Pradesh on April 4th, 1905 is among the deadliest earthquakes in the history of India. According to the provincial government of Punjab, 19,727 people were killed at Sialkot. Many of the fatalities were from Dharamshala, Kangra and neighboring towns and villages. Felt from Afghanistan to Bengal.

 

All the buildings were destroyed at Kangra including numerous churches and temples.

 

One major difficulty in this event was that most government officials were killed and there was no one to supervise the rescue and cleanup efforts. Most of the deaths were due to the ground shaking.  Landslides, liquefaction and other earthquake effects caused extensive damage throughout the region. 

 

 

 4  4 15 48 40 1911  36.500   26.500 140 7.2   Aegean Sea

 4  4 18 44 14 1950  51.770  101.000  24 7.0   So. Siberia

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 4  4  0 13  4 1957  58.170 -155.040  89 6.0   Alaska Peninsula

 

 4  4 21 32 10 1961  33.800 -118.200  33 5.0   So. California

 

At Terminal Island, Long Beach Harbor. This shock was only slightly felt in the Long Beach-San Pedro-Wilmington area, but subsurface damage including major pipeline breakage and to oil well pipes on Terminal Island was estimated at $4.5 million. More than 40 wells were damaged and off normal production.

 

 4  4  4 34 57 1964  60.300 -146.500   5 5.0   Central Alaska

 4  4  4 54  2 1964  60.100 -146.700  40 5.6   Central Alaska

 4  4  8 40 30 1964  56.500 -152.600  15 5.3   Southern Alaska

 4  4 17 46  9 1964  56.300 -154.400  18 5.7   Southern Alaska

 4  4 17 59 43 1964  56.400 -154.500  25 6.1   Southern Alaska

 

Aftershocks of the Great Alaska Earthquake of March 28, 1964.

 

 4  4 18 15 52 1964  56.180 -154.490  22 5.0   Southern Alaska

 4  4 22 16 54 1964  59.400 -145.200  10 5.1   Southern Alaska

 4  4 13 45 11 1980  46.364 -122.182   4 5.0   Washington state, TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY U.S.

 

Shocks associated with the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's in May 1980.

 

 4  4 17 21 40 1993  53.980 -165.060  33 5.4   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 4 04 04 29 08 2002  50.530 -130.410  10 5.0   Vancouver B.C. Canada

 4 04 22 40 43 2010  32.297 -115.278   4 7.2   Baja California

 

(NEIC) Two people killed, at least 233 injured and many buildings damaged (VII) in the Mexicali area. Felt (VII) at Guadalupe Victoria and (V) at El Sauzal, Ensenada, Maneadero, Primo Tapia, San Felipe, Tecate and Tijuana. Felt (VI) at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora.  Felt in much of Baja California and northwestern Sonora and as far as Aguascalientes, Ciudad Juarez and La Paz. About 28 km of surface faulting observed on the Borrego Fault southwest of Mexicali. Many buildings damaged (VII) at Calexico and Imperial, California. Felt (VII) at El Centro and Heber; (VI) at Brawley, Calipatria, Holtville and Ocotillo; (V) at Borrego Springs, Boulevard, Campo, Chula Vista, Coachella, Coronado, Jacumba, Lemon Grove, Los Angeles, Niland, Pine Valley, San Diego, San Ysidro, Tecate, Thermal, Westmorland and Winterhaven. Felt (V) at Somerton, Wellton and Yuma, Arizona. Felt throughout southern California, in much of Arizona, in the Henderson-Las Vegas area, Nevada and in parts of New Mexico and Utah. 

 

 4 04 22 50 17 2010  32.097 -115.047  10 5.5   Baja California

 4 04 23 15 14 2010  32.250 -115.300   8 5.4   Baja California

 

(NEIC) Felt at San Quintin. Felt (IV) at Yuma, Arizona. Felt at Campo, Chula Vista, El Cajon, La Mesa, San Diego and Santee, California.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 4  3 15  0  0 1520  33.000  136.000   0 7.4   Central/So. Honshu Japan

 4  3 15  0  0 1819 -27.300  -70.500   0 8.0   Coast Central Chile

 

A very violent earthquake occurred at Copiapo, Chile (Mw 8.0).  The whole city was destroyed by the shocks of this day and of the 4th and 11th. The inhabitants had barely time to save their lives.  No reports of number of deaths.

 

 4  3  1 40  0 1868  19.400 -155.300   5 7.9   Hawaii

 

See yesterday's history for details

 

 4  3  0  0  0 1872  36.200   36.200   0 7.5   Turkey

 

1800 were killed in this devastating earthquake which was felt from Antioch to Beirut to Damascas.

 

 4  3 11 30  0 1881  38.200   26.200   0 7.3   Aegean Sea

 

This was one of the worst seismic tragedies to hit Greece in modern times. A very strong shock in the Aegean Sea with up to 422 aftershocks felt during the next two weeks, 5-6 of which were very strong. Of the 64 villages on the Islands 25 suffered great damage and 15 considerable damage. An estimated 4181 were killed and many thousands injured. Up to 1200 were missing and presumed dead. More than 10,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. A small tsunami (about 1 meter) was also observed.

 

 4  3 15 21 39 1941 -22.500  -66.000 260 7.2   Argentina

 4  3  2 49 57 1983   8.430  -83.180  24 7.2   Costa Rica

 

Five people died from heart attacks, one person killed by a collapsing house, and several people injured in southeastern Costa Rica. Also felt strongly in southwestern Panama.

 

 4 03 02 43 14 2014 -20.518  -70.498  31 7.7   Arequipa, Chile

 

GUC reported this earthquake of M 7.5 was felt with intensity VIII in  Pisagua, Iquique, Alto Hospicio, Cuya, Arica; VII Tocopilla, Sierra Gorda, Quillagua; VI Mejillones, Maria Elena, Calama, V Antofagasta, Amarilla, Alcerra, II Copiapo, Chile, Felt in Arica, Parinacota, Tarapaca, Antofagasta and Atacama, Chile.  GUC reported this earthquake of M 6.3 was also felt with intensity VI at Iquique, Alto Hospicio, Quillagua, V Pisagua, Cuya, Arica,; IV Tocopilla, San PEdro de Atacama, Maria Elena, Putre; III Sierra Gorda, Ollague, Mejillones, Calama, Chile. Felt in Arica, Parinacota and Tarapaca, Chile.  NEIC reported the foreshock to the second major quake of M 6.4 was felt with intensity VI uin Iquique and II in Arica and Copiapo.  NEIC reported the M 7.6-7.8 event was felt with intensity VI in Iquique; V in Arica, IV in La Paz, Bolivia; Calama, Chile and Arequipa, Peru and II-III in Pacocha, Peru, Santiago, Copiapo and Antofagasta, Chile.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 4  3 12 15  0 1872  36.900 -118.200   0 6.6   California/Nevada area

 

A strong aftershock of the earthquake of March 26, 1982.

 

 4  3 20  8  0 1926  34.000 -116.000   0 5.5   So. California

 

Northeast of Banning. Possibly in the region of Twentynine Palms.  Of moderately destructive force, but no damage because of lack of settlements.

 

 4  3 15 54 52 1963  61.200 -147.800  71 5.7   Central Alaska

 

A strong foreshock to the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964.

Felt at Valdez.

 

 4  3  8 38 43 1964  59.600 -144.670  10 5.5   Southeast Alaska

 4  3 22 15 48 1964  57.100 -151.900  15 5.1   Southern Alaska

 4  3 22 33 42 1964  61.600 -147.600  40 6.0   Central Alaska

 

Aftershocks of the Great Alaska earthquake of March 28, 1964.

 

 4  3 13 59  2 1970  51.815 -175.254  57 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4  3  0 26 54 1976  52.150 -169.614  22 5.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 4  3  3 46  4 1980  63.149 -149.567  92 5.0   Central Alaska

 4  3  9 35 27 1980  46.227 -122.172   0 5.1   Washington state,

 4  3 23 57 52 1980  46.212 -122.186   0 5.0   Washington state,

 

Earthquakes preceding the Mt. St. Helens eruption on May 1980.

 

 4  3 19 26 24 1983  51.656 -176.929  61 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4  3  2 57 11 1986  56.257 -153.473  33 5.1   Southern Alaska

 4  3  1 18  5 1989  50.700 -170.100   0 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 4  2 10 48  0 1851 -33.320  -71.420   0 7.1   Central Chile

 

  A strong earthquake did moderate damage in Valparaiso, Chile

 

 4  2  0  0  0 1868  19.500 -155.300  10 7.8   Hawaii

 

This was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Hawaii. Nearly every wooden house at Keiawa, Penaluu, Ninole and beyond was  knocked off it's foundation or tumbled over (recall that the Unimak tsunami hit Ninole on this day in history April 1, 1946). It shock down almost every wall in Hilo and caused landslides beyond Hilo. Fissures opened and brooks became muddy. In one place a fissure opened about two feet and then closed, the two sides were then several inches from coincidence. At Kealakekua strong trees were bent backward and forward like reeds in a storm. At Kohala, it was reported that the force of the shock stopped all sugar mill engines, even the large 75-horsepower engine which was running at the time with a full head of steam. Ground waves estimated at 1-2 feet from trough to crest were observed at Kohala. Rumbling sounds were heard and clocks were stopped at Honolu.

 

A tsunami struck the Kau-Puna coast, adding to the devastation. It was reported that the wave rolled in over the tops of the coconut trees, a height of at least 60 feet.  Most houses were swept out to sea and a number of persons were drowned. At Hilo the tsunami was 10 feet.

 

On April 7 a powerful volcanic eruption began starting in the fissure formed at the time of the earthquake.

 

 4  2  5 45  0 1872  36.200   36.100   0 7.3   Turkey

 

1800 were killed in this devastating earthquake which was felt from Antioch to Beirut to Damascas.

 

 4  2  9 36  0 1921  23.000  123.000  60 7.2   Taiwan

 4  2  5 39 11 1947  -1.500  138.000  60 7.4   West Irian, PNG

 4  2  1 11 55 1964   5.900   95.700 132 7.0   Nicobar Islands

 

Moderate property damage occurred on Sumatra.

 

 4  2  7 15 23 1977 -16.700 -172.100  33 7.6   Tonga Islands

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 4  2  2  0  0 1875  39.500 -115.800   0 5.5   Eureka, Nevada area

 

One building was seriously damaged at Eureka, Nevada

 

 4  2 11 17  0 1896  45.200 -123.200   0 5.0   Oregon state,

 

Three shocks in succession awakened everyone. The main shock was felt at Portand and Salem, Oregon.

 

 4  2  0 39 45 1957  51.100 -173.000  33 6.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4  2 16 18 55 1963  53.100 -171.700  42 6.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4  2  9 57 55 1964  56.590 -152.700  22 5.2   Southern Alaska

 4  2 11 41 11 1964  58.800 -149.600  20 5.4   Southern Alaska

 4  2 20  9 42 1964  59.800 -147.000   9 5.0   Southern Alaska

 4  2 22 34 32 1964  59.760 -144.070  22 5.1   Southeast Alaska

 4  2 15 19 13 1967  66.810 -134.400  33 5.0   Yukon Territory, Canada

 4  2 13  8 19 1972  59.889 -153.350 130 5.1   Southern Alaska

 4  2 16 49 29 1973  51.940 -177.402  63 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4  2  4 53 30 1988  53.600 -164.800   0 5.3   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 4  2 22 12 27 1993  51.460 -176.890  13 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4  2 18 25 50 1997  51.816 -173.718  33 5.7   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4 02 00 42 53 1998  51.356  179.303  33 5.1   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 4 02 06 18 19 2000  19.339 -155.206   4 5.0   Hawaii

 4  2 18 54 59 2001  64.280 -131.000  10 5.1   Yukon Territory, Canada

 4 02 06 39 39 2003  65.284 -150.040  16 5.3   Northern Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt(IV) at Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, Manley Hot Springs, North Pole and Tanana; (III) at Anderson and Eielson AFB.

 

 4 02 05 55 41 2008  44.364 -129.351  10 5.2   Off Coast of Oregon

 4 02 05 50 00 2016  57.042 -157.953  10 6.2   Alaska Peninsula

 

This earthquake of M 6.2 was reported by NEIC to have been felt with moderate to strong intensity VI in Port Heiden, Alaska and II-III in South Naknek, King Salmon, Monokotak, Levelock, North Pole  and North Dillingham, Alaska.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 4  1  0  0  0 1170  45.700   26.600 150 7.0   Romania/Bulgaria

 

Identified in "A new Catalog of Strong Earthquakes in the U.S.S.R.  from Ancient times through 1977", details are not available.

 

 4  1 19  6  9 1927 -20.000 -177.500 400 7.1   Tonga Islands

 4  1  2  9 15 1936   4.500  126.500  60 7.7   Mindanao, Philippines

 

This moderate earthquake did not kill in the Philippines, but an earthquake later in the day (Ms 6.8) did kill 104 in China.

 

 4  1 14 18  8 1943  -6.500  105.500  60 7.0   So. of Java

 4  1 12 28 54 1946  52.800 -163.500  60 7.4   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

This earthquake has been recalculated and was apparently much larger than originally believed. It occurred south of Unimak Island, Alaska.  Minor damage occurred to Navy buildings a short distance inland from Scotch Cap Lighthouse on the southwest coast of the island. A few minutes after the earthquake a tsunami destroyed the lighthouse and took lives of the five attendants. Effects clearly indicated that the wave reached a height of 90  to 100 feet. Minor wave damage in the Aleutians occurred at Dutch Harbor and at Ikatan Island. Many aftershocks were felt, principally on Ikatan Island. Aftershocks were also reported from Chignik, Cold Bay, Sanak Island  and the Shumagin Islands. The great distance between the instrumental epicenter and the aftershock locations suggests they may not have originated at the point of the mainshock.

 

The tsunami effects were disastrous in the Hawaiian Island (called the Laupahoehoe Tragedy of 1946). 173 lives were lost and damage was estimated at $25 million. A major portion of the damage occurred at Hilo. The wave was also noted in the Society and Marquesas Islands and at many points on the Pacific shores of North and South America.

 

 4  1 15 18  5 1961  41.500   78.000   0 7.2   Kirgizstan/Xinjiang

 4  1  0 42  2 1968  32.283  132.533  30 7.8   Kyushu, Japan area

 

Minor property damage occurred at Kyushu where one person died and 22 were injured. A 2.3-meter tsunami was generated on the east coast of Kyushu. It destroyed four homes and capsized several fishing boats.

 

 4  1 17 56 23 1998  -0.544   99.261  56 7.0   So. of Sumatera

 

Felt strongly in Padang. Felt in Singapore and in the Kuala Lumpur area.

 

 4 01 20 39 58 2007  -8.466  157.043  24 8.1   Solomon Islands

 

Fifty-two people killed and several villages destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. About 300 homes, schools and a hospital were destroyed at Sasamunga and about 500 houses were damaged at Gizo. Tsunami damage also occurred on Lefung and Taro. Two people were killed by landslides on Ranongga, where uplift was also observed. Felt (IV) at Honiara. A 3.5-meter tsunami was measured at Unumatana and a 2 meter tsunami was observed at Kelau, Woodlark Island, Papua New Guinea, where 17 houses were destroyed, a church was damaged and the tsunami ran inland up to 1 km. The tsunami also caused damage on Rossel Island and Bougainville. Tsunami wave heights in centimeters

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 4  1 19  0  0 1917  40.000 -118.000   0 5.1   Montana/Idaho

 4  1 10 40 58 1941  55.800 -153.800   0 6.5   Southern Alaska

 4  1 10 40 59 1941  56.000 -153.500   0 6.5   Southern Alaska

 4  1 23 43 42 1945  34.000 -120.017   0 5.4   Off So. California

 4  1 12 28 54 1946  52.750 -163.500  25 7.4   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 4  1 19 21  8 1951  40.470 -125.300   0 5.0   Off Coast of No. California

 4  1  0 38  0 1952  48.000 -113.800   0 5.6   Montana/Idaho

 

Northwestern Montana. A large area of Montana, Idaho and southern British Columbia was affected by this shock. Walls cracked and chimneys twisted and fell at Flathead Lake, Mont. Slight damage at Eureka and Swan Lake, Montana.

 

 4  1 11 35 30 1957  51.000 -173.000   0 5.8   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 4  1 18 18 30 1959  39.717 -120.200  10 5.8   Central California

 

Most of the serious property damage occurred near Loyalton, where several chimneys fell, windows were broken and plaster and walls were cracked. Felt over a large area of northeast California and Nevada.

 

 4  1 14 12  0 1960  49.000 -129.500   0 5.0   Vancouver Island area

 4  1 12 11 60 1962  63.400 -150.700 140 5.5   Central Alaska

 4  1  0  1 12 1964  60.370 -146.480  23 5.1   Central Alaska

 4  1  3 23 17 1964  57.200 -151.300  25 5.1   Southern Alaska

 4  1 20 13  8 1964  58.270 -149.780  24 5.0   Southern Alaska

 

Aftershocks of the great Alaska earthquake of MArch 28, 1964.

 

 4  1  9 13 14 1985  47.900 -115.800   0 5.1   Montana/Idaho

 

Cracked water main at East Helena. Felt (V) at Belt, Big Arm and throughout much of western Montana including Kalispell, Missoula and Helena.

 

 4  1  7 12 27 1995  53.613 -164.438  33 5.1   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 31 19  0  0 1650 -13.500  -71.700  30 8.2   Central Peru

 

Limited damage occurred at Cuzco, Collao, Lima and Bolivia.

 

 3 31  0  0  0 1818  19.100 -103.600   0 7.5   Michoacan, Mexico

 

Major damage occurred in Mexico City, with additional damage at Guadalajara, Zapotlan el Grande and Colima. Many homeless and displaced.

 

 3 31  0  0  0 1893  38.300   38.300   0 7.0   Turkey

 

400 killed and severe damage at Malatya, Turkey.

 

 3 31  7 10  0 1901  43.400   28.700  32 7.2   Bulgaria

 

Severe damage in Bulgaria at Balchik, Kavarna, Blatnitsa and Limang.

 

 3 31 22  0 36 1907 -18.000 -177.000 400 7.2   Tonga Islands

 3 31  3 41  6 1913  51.000 -179.000  60 7.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 3 31  0 29 49 1928  38.180   27.800  10 7.0   Aegean Sea

 

120 killed with severe damage at Torbaly and Tepekoy, Turkey.

 

 3 31  2 51 43 1944  -7.000  130.500  60 7.0   West Irian, PNG

 3 31 18 25 47 1954  12.500   58.000  60 7.4   Arabian Sea

 3 31 18 17  0 1955   8.100  123.200  96 7.6   Central Philippines

 

422 were killed and millions of dollars damage occurred to property and agriculture in Ilagan, Ozamis City and Lake Lanao area.

 

 3 31  2 27  9 1963  36.900   57.700  33 7.0   No. Iran

 

Four were killed, several injured and 100 homes destroyed in the village of Hendojan.

 

 3 31  9 47 31 1965  38.600   22.400  78 7.1   No. Greece

 

6 killed with moderate damage in Greece. A series of earthquakes battered Central Greece resulting in 6 deaths, 22 injuries and major property damage at Patras and Agrinion. The mainshock was felt from Yugoslavia to southern Italy.

 

 3 31  7 15 54 1969  27.669   33.986  33 7.1   Red Sea

 

Two killed, 16 injured and heavy damage in the United Arab Republic.

 

 3 31 13 12 52 1983   2.460  -76.690  22 7.0   Colombia

 

Between 250 and 350 people killed, many injured and extensive damage in the Popayn area. Felt from Bogota to Pasto.

 

 3 31 23  1 40 1995  38.190  135.497 403 7.0   No. Honshu, Japan

 3 31  6 52 50 2002  24.279  122.179  33 7.1   Taiwan                

 

At least five were killed, and up to 200 injured. Three buildings collapsed and more than 100 homes were destroyed in the Taipei area. Water and gas lines and bridges were damaged. Landslides were observed throughout eastern Taiwan. A tsunami with heights up to 20 cm was observed in the Ryukyu Islands.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 31  7 43  0 1898  38.200 -122.400   0 6.5   Central California

 

At Mare Island near San Francisco. This earthquake did damage on Mare Island of about $350,000. Occurrence at night was probably the only thing that prevented loss of life. Felt as far as Carson City, NV. Chimneys twisted and miscellaneous damage was considerable at San Francisco. The shock lasted about 40 seconds.

 

 3 31  3 41  6 1913  51.000 -179.000  60 7.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt strongly at Adak.

 

 3 31  5 47  0 1925  39.330 -120.330   0 5.0   Central California

 

Felt strongly in the Central Sierra between Emigrant Gap, Placer County and Donner Lake, Nevada County. Intensity up to VI.

 

 3 31 10  8 25 1957  51.500 -178.000   0 6.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3 31  9  1 30 1964  50.800 -130.200  15 6.1   British Colombia

 3 31 11  3 35 1964  58.900 -149.900  17 5.0   Southern Alaska

 

AFtershock.

 

 3 31  2 12 15 1967  52.056 -169.702   7 5.8   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 31 12 58 31 1970  51.890 -175.970  79 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3 31 20 33 31 1973  44.367 -110.358   0 5.1   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

The press reported the shock was felt on the shore of Yellowstone Lake. It was small and did no damage.

 

 3 31  5 48 38 1975  49.270 -125.960  18 5.4   Vancouver Island area

 3 31  5 48 38 1975  49.397 -125.599  33 5.3   Vancouver Island area

 3 31  0 38 13 1978  61.787 -151.432  85 5.1   Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Anchorage and Talkeetna. Also felt at Kenai, Palmer and Homer.

 

 3 31 21  2 18 1982  47.062  -66.634   3 5.0   E. of Maine

 

This was an aftershock of the event of Jan. 9 in New Brunswick, Canada. Minor damage including cracks in foundations and walls occurred in Aroostook County, Maine, at Caribou, Presque Isle.  Felt from the St. Lawrence River south ot Nova Scotia, and in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

 

 3 31 11 55 40 1986  37.467 -121.692   7 5.7   Central California

 

This earthquake injured three and did slight damage in San Jose to Fremont. Damage included broken water mains, fallen ceiling tiles, cracks in chimneys. Known as the Mt. Lewis earthquake.  Two minor foreshocks preceded this event.

 

 3 31 22 22  5 1988  53.000 -168.200   0 5.1   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 31 03 51 02 2010  51.697 -175.379  54 5.1   Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 30 10 45  0 1796 -27.350  -70.350   0 7.7   Coast Central Chile

 

  Destructive at Copiapo and Vallenar.

 

 3 30 12 35  0 1828 -12.100  -77.800  50 8.2   Central Peru

 

The earthquake extended from Lima to Callao. Felt at Arequipa but not at Arica. A very violent earthquake lasted 40 seconds, with many aftershocks. Great damage was done, Scarcely a house in Lima or Callao remained uninjured and walls of 6 and even 9 feet thick were thrown down. The cloud of dust which arose from the ruined buildings of Lima was seen at Callao before the shock itself was felt there. At Surras streams of water burst forth from the earth. At Truxillo and elsewhere in the northern part of the district shake, the most extraordinary and violent rain followed, lasting four days and produced most disastrous inundations. On board the ship 'Volant' the shock is said to have been felt before it was perceived on shore, while the accounts from other vessels agree in saying the earthquake was first felt on land.

 

An interesting phenomena, which might have also been observed in the Izmit Turkey quake of 1999 related to a ship at sea.  Some of the phenomena observed on board the ship in the harbor of Callao were remarkable. On board the 'Volant' about half past seven, a noise like distant thunder was heard, and then came a shock, compared to jolting over a rough road in a poorly constructed cart or to the vessel striking upon rocks of sandbanks (a seaquake).  The water which was 25 fathoms deep , hissed and boiled as if red hot iron had been thrown into it, and the surface was covered with bubbles of gas of a sulfurous odor and quantities of dead fish.  The sea had been quite clear, but was now distrubed and muddy.  The ship swung to the extent of 14 inches on either side. On weighing anchor, the chain cable on one of the anchors was found to be half melted in a considerable part of its length, the links being drawn out and also lengthways. The chain of the second anchor was quite uninjured as were those of all other ships in the bay.  Note the similarity to the story of the fishermen in the Sea of Marmara - melted nets, fried fish, bubbling sea.  Could this be a case of sonoluminescence?

 

 3 30 16 55 48 1910 -21.000  170.000  80 7.2   Loyalty Islands

 3 30  0 41  0 1914  16.800  -92.200 150 7.5   Chiapas, Mexico

 

Much damage in Chiapas

 

 3 30  2 27  3 1965  50.320  177.930  20 7.5   Rat Islands

 

Aftershock of the great Rat Islands earthquake of Feb. 4, 1965.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

 3 30  0  8 56 1924  50.000 -130.200   0 6.0   British Colombia

 3 30 21  7 28 1943  39.430 -120.400   0 5.3   Central California

 

15,000 sq. miles affected in eastern California and western Nevada.  Felt at Steward, Blue Canyon and Truckee where objects fell and many were alarmed.  Maximum intensity V.

 

 3 30  9 17  0 1957  51.900 -175.100   0 6.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 3 30  2 18  6 1964  56.600 -152.900   8 5.8   Southern Alaska

 

Strongly felt.

 

 3 30 16  9  2 1965  53.700 -165.600  30 5.1   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 30 12 39 56 1966  49.800 -129.899   0 5.0   Vancouver Island area

 3 30 11 30 39 1971  51.191 -177.485  20 5.7   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 3 30 18 54 25 1979  51.192 -168.178  37 5.6   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 30 13 49 37 1980  43.391 -127.205  15 5.1   Off the Coast of Oregon

 3 30 18  6 16 1983  61.410 -140.383   0 5.4   Central Alaska

 

Felt strongly at Burwash Landing and Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, Canada.  Also felt at Whitehorse.

 

 3 30  3 13 41 1987  74.611 -130.471  10 5.5   Yukon Territory, Canada

 3 30 13 33 19 1989  58.349 -137.318  10 5.6   Southeast Alaska

 3 30 12 12  1 1994  59.880 -153.050 108 5.1   Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Homer. Also felt at Cooper Landing and Port Graham and Anchorage, Palmer.

 

 3 30 17 42 46 1994  66.460 -147.980  33 5.0   Northern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Beaver. Also felt at Fort Yukon and Fairbanks.

 

 3 30 12 55 53 1996  51.000 -169.000   0 5.5   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Nikolski.

 

 3 30 13  5 17 1996  52.214 -168.734  33 6.3   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity V at Nikolski.

 

 3 30 15 19 60 1996  52.091 -168.540  33 5.2   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II at Nikolski.

 

 3 30 23  5 57 1997  51.100 -178.100  33 5.5   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 3 30 03 42 46 2009  56.287 -152.477  20 5.2   Kodiak Island, Alaska 

 3 30 07 13 07 2009  56.546 -152.743  21 6.0   Kodiak Island, Alaska

 

Felt (III) at Kasilof, Seward and Soldotna; (II) at Homer, Kenai and Kodiak. Also felt at Anchorage, Anchor Point, Moose Pass and Sterling.

 

 3 30 17 38 13 2009  56.303 -152.655  22 5.0   Kodiak Island, Alaska

 3 30 12 07 28 2009  51.535 -178.258  31 5.7   Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 30 12 11 54 2009  51.526 -178.267  31 5.8   Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 30 01 32 54 2014  62.224 -151.144  72 5.1   Southern Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 29  2 15  0 1868  19.100 -155.650   5 7.0   Hawaii

 

This was a foreshock to the April 3 event. At Kahuku, a stone house was destroyed, the chimney of the Mission house was also destroyed and the walls of the stone church were cracked. At Kona stone walls were thrown down, masses of rock were thrown off the cliff at the bay, stone buildings were damaged and the cisterns of the Kona Plantation were cracked.  At Waiohinu, walls were shaken down and the stone church was cracked from top to bottom. Also felt at Hilo.

 

 3 29 20 46 30 1907   3.000  122.000 500 7.2   Celebes Sea

 3 29 21 12 37 1925   8.000  -78.000  60 7.1   Colombia

 3 29  5  7  3 1928  31.483  138.183 380 7.1   Central/So. Honshu Japan

 3 29  6 17  5 1954  37.000   -3.600 640 7.1   Morocco/Spain

 

There was extensive property damage at Malaga. Felt at Madrid, Canada and Cadiz, Spain; Tangier, Spanish Morocco and Casablanca, French Moroccs. This was a very deep focus, one of only a few outside of recognized deep subduction zones.

 

 3 29 19 48 17 1998 -17.577 -178.988 529 7.2   Tonga Islands

 

 3 29 23 48 31 2015  -4.760  152.556  40 7.5   New Britain

 

NEIC reported this earthquake was felt with intensity VI in Kokopo, East New Britain, PNG where it knocked items from shelves. It was also felt as far away as 700 km in Port Moresby.  It was followed by several moderate events including those of M 5.7 and 5.0.  The mainshock generated a small tsunami and spread fear among residents of the area but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The tsunami of 0.5 meters or 1.5 feet occurred in the harbor of Rabaul, PNG. A tsunami of 3 centimeters was also measured in the Solomon Islands. During the earthquake people fled their residences for fear of collapse. Many buildings in the area are wooden and withstand shaking well.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of M>5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

 3 29  5  7 52 1920  50.600 -129.869   0 6.4   British Colombia

 

No damage reported.

 

 3 29 17 24 58 1931  51.000 -170.000  25 6.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 29  5 10 28 1957  53.500 -166.900  33 6.7   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 29 22 48 56 1957  52.608 -168.324  33 6.1   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Aftershocks continued from great Andreanoff Earthquake of March 9, 1957.

 

 3 29  0 53  5 1964  57.440 -151.500  16 5.0   Southern Alaska

 

Aftershocks continued from great Alaska earthquake of March 28, 1964.

 

 3 29 13 10 25 1965  33.600  -65.000  10 5.5   Off East Coast U.S.

 3 29 12 40 40 1970  41.662 -113.839   7 5.1   Montana/Idaho

 

At Grouse Creek, UT a pipe on top of a chimney broke loose; lamp overturned, objects in room teetered slightly. Rumbling noises.

 

 3 29 21  0 43 1972  59.863 -153.103 126 5.1   Southern Alaska

 3 29 21 50 35 1974  57.585 -153.922  44 5.7   Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Kodiak. Also felt at Anchorage.

 

 3 29  1 30 58 1987  51.570 -170.300  53 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 3 29  1 16 26 1988  57.278 -143.051  10 5.0   Southeast Alaska

 3 29  8 31 32 1988  52.630 -168.660  17 5.7   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 29 15 33  6 1988  54.540 -163.570  33 5.4   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at False Pass.

 

 3 29  6 54 32 1992  51.580 -167.060  47 5.3   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 29 21 08 25 2008  54.546 -161.649  45 5.1   Unimak Island, Alaska

 

Felt at King Cove and Sand Point.

 

 3 29 04 09 42 2014  33.919 -117.944   7 5.1   Southern California, Los Angeles

 

Maximum intensity was VII with minor damage reported. The mainshock followed a pair of light foreshocks of M 3.6 and M 3.1 in the hour prior to the mainshock.  These foreshocks were felt with intensity IV and III in the same area as the M 5.1. Aftershocks of M 3.4 and 3.6 in the same area were also widely felt in the area. The earthquake with epicenter about 10 km from downtown Los Angeles caused many to flee sites such as Disneyland which was shut down during the event. Internet pictures showed a large amount of goods fallen from store shelves and minor damage but officials have not yet released details of damages.  NEIC reported that this earthquake of M 5.1 in Los Angeles, California was felt with maximum intensity () in California at:(5) Anaheim,  (6) Anaheim, (5) Bellflower,  (7) Brea,  (7) Buena Park, (5) Cerritos,  (5) Chino Hills, (5) Compton,  (5) Diamond Bar, (5) Downey,  (6) Fullerton,  (5) Garden Grove,(5) Hacienda Heights, (5) Huntington Park, (6) La Mirada, (5) La Palma, (6) La Puente, (5) Lakewood,  (5) Long Beach, (5) Los Angeles, (5) Mt Baldy, (5) Orange,(6) Pico Rivera, (5) Placentia,  (5) Pomona,  (5) Rowland Heights, (5) Santa Ana, (5) Stanton,  (5) Whittier,  (5) Yorba Linda. 

 

 3 30 01 32 54 2014  62.224 -151.144  72 5.1   Southern Alaska

 

Felt widely in central Alaska. Intensity IV was reported from Matanuska-Sustina area and from Talkeetna.  Intensity II-III was felt in Anchorage, Fort Richardson, Chugiak, Eagle River, Girdwood, Woose Pass, Palmer, Wasilla, Soldotna, Talkeetna and Willow, Alaska.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 28 23 28  0 1868  19.400 -155.300   5 7.0   Hawaii

 

This was a foreshock to the April 3 event. At Kahuku, a stone house was destroyed, the chimney of the Mission house was also destroyed and the walls of the stone church were cracked. AT Kona stone walls were thrown down, masses of rock were thrown off the cliff at the bay, stone buildings were damaged and teh cisterns of the Kona Plantation were cracked.  At Waiohinu, walls were shaken down and the stone church was cracked from top to bottom. Also felt at Hilo.

 

 3 28  7 49 22 1921  12.500  -87.500   0 7.4   Nicaragua

 3 28  3 57 54 1922 -21.000  -68.000  90 7.2   Argentina

 3 28 12 38 37 1931  -7.000  129.500  80 7.3   Banda Sea

 3 28 12  6 24 1958  36.510   70.980 188 7.0   Hindu Kush/Pakistan

 3 28  9 36  5 1961   0.000  124.000 150 7.4   Mindanao, Philippines

 3 28  0 15 46 1963  66.290  -19.860   0 7.1   Iceland area

 

This was one of the largest earthquakes in Iceland in modern times.  Several were injured  and there was slight damage in northern Iceland.

 

 3 28  3 36 14 1964  61.050 -147.480  23 8.5   Central Alaska

  See note under TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY U.S./CANADA

 

 3 28 16 33 15 1965 -32.420  -71.100  68 7.4   Central Chile

 

About 400 persons were killed or missing, 350 others were injured  and extensive property damage was reported throughout Central Chile.  The mining village of El Cobre completely disappeared after the shock shattered a 230-foot dam, cascading two million tons of water and mud into the town. There was extensive damage to bridges, roads, and public utilities, and structural damage to thousands of buildings in Santiago and Valparaiso. At Llay-Llay, almost every building was heavily damaged by the earthquake an ensuing fire. Several other towns north of Santiago also reported extensive damage.

 

 3 28 21  2 23 1970  39.210   29.510  18 7.3   Turkey

 

1086 killed, 1174 injured, 8,229 buildings destroyed , 5,586 buildings damaged at Gediz Turkey and surrounding areas by this earthquake and major aftershocks. Felt throughout Anatolia at Istanbul and on Chios and Lesbos Islands.

 

 3 28 11  0 22 2000  22.338  143.730 127 7.6   Volcano Islands

 

One of the largest event to occur in this region in recent history. No reports of damage.

 

 3 28 16 09 36 2005   2.085  97.108  30.0 8.1  Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

 

(NEIC) At least 1,000 people killed, 300 injured and 300 buildings destroyed on Nias; 100 people killed, many injured and several buildings damaged on Simeulue; 200 people killed in Kepulauan Banyak; 3 people killed, 40 injured and some damage in the Meulaboh area, Sumatra. A 3 meter tsunami damaged the port and airport on Simeulue. Tsunami runup heights as high as 2 meters were observed on the west coast of Nias and 1 meter at Singkil and Meulaboh, Sumatra. Felt (VIII) at Gunungsitoli and (VII) at Telukdalem, Nias. Felt (VI) at Banda Aceh and (V) at Medan, Padang and Palembang; (IV) at Jambi; (III) at Bengkulu. At least 10 people were killed during evacuation of the coast of Sri Lanka. Felt (IV) along the west coast of Malaysia; (IV) at Bangkok and (III) at Phuket, Thailand; (III) in Singapore; (III) at Male, Maldives. The quake was also felt in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India and in Sri Lanka. Tsunami wave heights (peak-to-trough) recorded from selected tide stations: about 40 cm on Panjang, Indonesia; about 25 cm at Colombo, Sri Lanka; 40 cm on Hanimadu, 18 cm at Male and 10 cm at Gan, Maldives. Initial observations indicate about 1 meter of subsidence on the coast of Kepulauan Banyak as well as 1 meter of uplift on the coast of Simeulue. Seiches were observed on ponds in West Bengal, India. 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

 3 28 21 50  0 1913  36.200  -83.700   0 5.3   Kentucky/Tennessee/NC

 

Near Knoxville, Tenn. Two shocks were felt over an area 70 by 40 miles, with noticeable rise and fall of ground in some places.  Fire alarms were set off. Knox County Courthouse, a massive structure trembled for two minutes. Movable objects were overthrown and bricks fell from chimneys. Nausea was reported by some.

 

 3 28  4 20 26 1933  58.200 -149.000   0 5.6   Southern Alaska

 

Felt at Whale Island, Afognak.

 

 3 28 19 43 16 1949  42.000 -126.000   0 5.8   Off Coast of Oregon

 3 28 12 29 15 1961  51.900 -176.150  62 6.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 3 28  3 10  0 1964  47.900 -113.800   0 5.0   Montana/Idaho

 

Near Ennis Montana, At Ennis well water was muddied and a large insulator broke. This was one of several events in the U.S. which preceded the great Alaska earthquake.

 

 3 28  3 36 14 1964  61.040 -147.730  33 9.3   Central Alaska

 

This has been called the largest earthquake ever recorded in the U.S. or Canada at Mw 9.3. It was felt over approximately 700,000 square miles of Alaska, the Yukon and British Colombia, Canada. This was one of the most violent every recorded and vertical displacements were found over and area of 200,000 square miles.  On the southeast end of Montague Island vertical displacement was up to 50 feet.

 

While uplift was great so was subsidence. The zone of subsidence covered and area of about 110,000 square miles and included the western portion sof Prince William Sound and nearly all of Kodiak Island.

 

The earthquake generated many tsunamis either directly or through landsliding. These devastated towns along the Gulf of Alaska and in Hawaii and California.

 

The low population of the area and the time of occurrence when schools and businesses were closed or uncrowded and low tides conspired to keep the death at about 131. The greatest damage occurred in Anchorage 80 miles from the epicenter where there were rock and mud- slides, slumping, water spouts, liquefaction and sand boils.

 

There were thousands of felt aftershocks in the months to come and total cost was estimated at $400 to $500 million.

 

 3 28 10  8 43 1964  43.000 -101.600  16 5.0   Wyoming/Dakotas

 

A foreshock occurred on March 27. Furniture vibrated and moved at Van Tassell. Also felt in Nebraska and South Dakota.

 

This event was felt over a large area of Nebraska, South Dakota, and border areas of Montana and Wyoming. It was th most widely felt shock since that of November 15, 1877 and was the first to center in Nebraska since March 1, 1935. At Alliance, part of a Chimney cap fell on one residence. A highway about 10 miles south of Merriam sustained about 75 cracks and steep banks reportedly fell into the Niobrara River. Plaster fell, walls cracked and several dishes broke. Slight damage was also obtained in Martin and Deadwood, So. Dakota. The logical conclusion is that this event and the others in the western U.S. on this and the previous date were in some way related to the great Alaska earthquake.

 

 3 28 10 10  0 1964  48.000 -113.800   0 5.0   Montana/Idaho

 3 28 15 19 40 1969  31.500 -114.300  33 5.0   SW U.S.A

 3 28  2 39 58 1973  44.479 -110.359   8 5.0   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Felt in the epicentral region.

 

 3 28  2 31  6 1975  42.061 -112.548   5 6.2   Montana/Idaho

 

In the Ridgedale area of the sparsely populated Pocatello Valley, this earthquake shifted several ranch houses on their foundations and toppled many chimneys. At Malad City, 20 km northeast of this epicenter about 40 percent of Chimneys were toppled. Total property damage was estimated at $1 million.  Ground fractures were contained in a zone about 0.6 km long by 5 cm wide. The shock triggered many snow avalanches northeast of the valley. The largest earthquake ever located in this region.

 

 3 28  6 55 15 1976  52.701 -167.153  36 5.2   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 28  5 26 50 1987  52.000 -173.000   0 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 3 28  1 48 23 1996  52.318 -168.668  33 5.4   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Nikolski.

 

 3 28 12  3  2 1996  51.000 -169.000   0 5.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Nikolski.

 

 3 28 19 50 51 1996  50.000 -170.000   0 5.7   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Nikolski.

 

 3 28 22 23 42 1999  51.720 -177.339  67 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

 3 28 22 37 33 2009  52.703 -170.288  74 5.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 28 00 03 41 2016  30.233 -114.250  10 5.1   Baja California

 3 28 00 12 55 2016  30.248 -114.303  10 5.5   Baja California

 

NEIC reported these earthquakes in northern Baja California were felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of San Felipe, Baja California.

 

 3 28 17 14 55 2016  52.305 -168.687  10 5.6   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 27  3 45 30 1908  17.000 -101.000  60 7.5   Michoacan, Mexico

 

This earthquake was destructive in Guerrero. A regional aftershock of the Ms 8 on March 26, 1908.

 

 3 27 10 48 30 1926  -9.000  157.000  60 7.2   Solomon Islands

 3 27  6 34  5 1949   3.500  127.500  60 7.0   Halmahera

 3 27 21 18 29 1950  -5.900  102.900   0 7.0   So. of Sumatera

 3 27 12 41 36 1969   4.773  127.514  32 7.0   Halmahera

 

Not felt.

 

 3 27 18 36 46 1970   0.400  119.300   8 7.1   Malaysia

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

The following events of M>=5 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

 

 3 27 17  9 52 1971  52.515 -174.546 133 5.6   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 3 27 16 28 47 1974  50.109 -179.657  37 5.6   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 11 39  9 1979  51.823 -175.325  43 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 3 27 18  2  4 1984  52.011 -169.708  35 5.3   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 17 10 52 1987  51.297 -178.271  33 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 13 23  4 1992  52.875 -173.988 182 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 3 27 14 56 52 1996  52.383 -168.733  33 5.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 15 38 46 1996  52.298 -168.672  24 5.1   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 00 16 41 1997  51.235  179.445  33 5.3   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 10 42 26 1997  51.232  179.338  33 5.6   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 23 07 45 2008  59.010 -152.169  68 5.3   Southern Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt (IV) at Homer; (III) at Anchor Point, Anchorage, Eagle River, Kodiak, Seward and Ninilchik;(II) at Palmer. Also felt at Chugiak, Cooper Landing, Cordova, Girdwood, Kasilof, Kenai, Moose Pass, Pedro Bay, Soldotna and Wasilla.

 

 3 27 02 58 38 2009  61.012 -138.414   1 5.0   Southeast Alaska

 

(AEIC) Felt at Burwash Landing, Haines Junction, Marsh Lake and Whitehorse.

 

 3 27 14 55 51 2015  50.790  177.897  29 5.2   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 27 18 01 30 2016  52.187 -168.741  16 5.7   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 26 21  7  0 1812  10.000  -67.000  25 8.6   No. Venezuela

 

A great earthquake and tsunami hit the City of Merida de Caracaybo.  The shock hit Caracas and the surrounding countryside, particularly in the high mountains of Merida and as far as Cartegena in the Andes.

 

The shock was felt on ships in the port of La Guayra as if they had been on the rocks. Huge waves were reported to overcome sea walls.  The earthquake had been accompanied by a noise louder than thunder. Caracas was utterly ruined in this terrible earthquake.  The earth at that place appeared like the surface of a boiling liquie. At Valencia an immense torrent of water burst forth and Lake Maracaibo was lowered. Large masses of rock were detached and hurled down from the mountains. The sky was clear and the night calm and beautiful. Not a drop of rain had fallen in the previous 5 months.

 

The shocks were more violent in the gneiss and mica-shist of the mountains than in the plains. There were very slight in the valleys. The towns that were ruined were said to be "thrown down" like houses of cards. The shocks of the 27th were accompanied by very loud and prolonged noises. On the 5th of April the ground was in a state of undulation for several hours. On April 24 the first eruption of St. Vincent commenced.  The noise from it was heard at Caracas and the country about April 30.

 

 3 26 23  3 30 1908  18.000  -99.000  80 8.1   Oaxaca, Mexico

 

Earthquake caused severe damage in Guerrero, Mexico

 

 3 26  7 12  5 1930  -7.500  125.500  40 7.2   Banda Sea

 3 26  9 48 34 1963 -29.000 -177.500   0 7.0   No. Kermadec Islands

 

Felt on Raoul Island.

 

 3 26 13 25  1 1963 -29.900 -178.000  40 7.2   No. Kermadec Islands

 

Felt on Raoul Island.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

 3 26 20 12  0 1866  37.100 -121.600   0 5.9   Central California

 

Several Chimneys were downed at Gilroy, CA. Felt from Santa Rosa

to Monterey.

 

 3 26 10 30  0 1872  36.700 -118.100   0 8.5   California/Nevada area

 3 26 14  6  0 1872  36.900 -118.200   0 6.7   California/Nevada area

 

This is the Owen's Valley earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded in California.  The great earthquake was felt as far as Arizona and Utah. At Lone Pine 27 people were killed out of a population of 250. Fifty-two of fifty-nine houses in the town were destroyed as were most of the houses between Owens Lake and Bishop. Death and injury were mainly due to collapse of adobe buildings. Severe damage occurred as far away as Visalia and Grass Valley. Rock falls were widespread. The air was filled with dust until noon. Falling boulders gave off sparks which ignited many fires. One of the more interesting tales has to do with a government mule team at Camp Cay that was thrown to the ground by shocks, what thery were doing at that hour in that season (2:00 in the morning) is indeed puzzling as Richter (1958, p 501) comments. (This location was about 200 miles from the epicenter).

 

The geologic effects of this quake were marvelous and some may be seen to this day. A series of fault traces showing both horizontal and vertical displacements together with lurches and assorted fractures were noted from near Little Lake to as far north as Bishop. The block of land on which Owens Lake is situated tilted down 0.5 meters to the NW as evidenced by the height of water at that point compared to water on the NE edge. A notable tsunami occurred, the water first retreated and then rushed up some 60 meters beyond the usual shoreline. North of Lone Pine the Owens River was shifted to the west. Sloshing of the water left fish stranded on the river banks. The river ceased to flow at Lone Pine for several hours following the mainshock, this was probably caused by a landslide dam although Whitney (1872) attributed it to the water being drawn off by the many fractures.

 

There appears to have been a horizontal displacement of about 5 meters and about 7 meters vertical maximum. Houses on the east side of the fault fell to the north. Scarps were seen throughout the region.

 

 3 26 19  5 53 1933  43.500 -129.000   0 5.5   Off Coast of Oregon

 3 26 21  9  6 1937  40.200 -126.700   0 5.5   Off Coast of No. California

 3 26  6 56 51 1955  48.100 -122.000   0 5.0   Washington state, U.S.

 

Located near Hartford, WA. A house foundation at Everett cracked.  Many were wakened at Hartford, Monroe, Preston and Sultan. Loud earth noises accompanied the quake.

 

 3 26 18 58 46 1965  43.200 -126.200  33 5.0   Off Coast of Oregon

 3 26  2 32 31 1966  65.000 -133.500   0 5.0   Yukon Territory, Canada

 3 26 11  3 58 1969  66.400 -150.100 100 5.2   Northern Alaska

 3 26 17 35 18 1971  60.342 -140.991   7 5.9   Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Yakutat.

 

 3 26 17 42  7 1971  60.192 -140.828   0 5.1   Central Alaska

 3 26  4 36 19 1977  52.350 -168.170   0 6.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Nikolski.

 

 3 26 14 14 12 1992  51.310 -179.930  34 6.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak and Amchitka.

 

 3 26  5 20 57 1995  51.000 -164.000   0 6.1   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Cold Bay where items were knocked from shelves. Also felt with intensity V at King Cove and Sand Point. Also felt at Chignik, False Pass and Perryville.

 

 3 26  5 57 11 1995  54.900 -161.300  33 5.3   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 3 26 21 25 41 1996  52.166 -168.724  33 5.4   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 26 11 21 36 1997  51.209  179.463  33 5.3   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 26 21 27 06 1997  51.219  179.438  33 5.2   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 26 23 02 26 2003  51.957  178.493 106 5.2   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 26 20 16 50 2006  51.402  179.385  52 5.1   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 26 09 30 18 2012  66.363 -174.648  10 5.3   Chukotka, Russia

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 

 3 25  0  0  0 1751 -36.900  -73.000   0 8.5   0  Central Chile

 

There were 25 reported killed in an earthquake near Concepcion, Chile on this date in 1751. A large tsunami was generated which did damage locally.  There is one report this event occurred in March, however most authorities believe this earthquake actually occurred in May with the word Mayo mistranslated to March in English translation.  This is a common problem in historical seismicity studies and leads to the appearance of many double events in the literature.

 

 3 25  0  0  0 1806  18.900 -103.800   0 7.5   0  Michoacan, Mexico

 

Moderate damage occurred in an earthquake which struck the Michoacan, Oaxaca and Jalisco areas on March 25, 1806. Destruction was worst at in Zapotlan el Grande, Jalisco. May people were killed in Colima where many houses were destroyed.

 

 3 25  4 49 30 1912 -18.000  169.000 240 7.0  14  Vanuatu

 3 25 23 52 17 1916  24.000  124.000  60 7.4  21  Taiwan

 3 25 18 27 15 1943 -60.000  -27.000   0 7.3   0  South Sandwich Islands

 3 25 20 32 15 1947 -38.920  178.240  12 7.0   1  North Island, New Zealand

 

A non-damaging event,  an M 7.0 was felt along the east Coast of North Island with MMI IV on March 25, 1947.

 

 3 25 13 16  9 1990   9.824  -84.766  43 7.1 535  Costa Rica

 3 25 13 22 56 1990   9.959  -84.783  22 7.1 674  Costa Rica

 

An earthquake which was actually a double event (Ms 6.4 and 7.1) was felt throughout Costa Rica on this date in 1990 and injured ten people slightly, and damaged about sixty buildings. Several landslides blocked roads for some time. A small seismic sea wave was reported from Quepos to Tambor. It was recorded within an observed amplitude of 30 cm at Quepos. A rise of one meter was also observed at Punarenas. The earthquake and wave occurred at low tide.

 

 3 25  3 12 25 1998 -62.877  149.527  10 8.8 418  Balleny Islands

 

A final event on this date occurred near the Balleny Islands near Antarctica south of New  Zealand in an oceanic ridge area in 1998. This is the largest earthquake ever recorded in this area. A small tsunami of 10 cm was recorded in southern Australia, but not in New Zealand.  Despite the large size, no damage resulted because of the remote epicenter of this quake. 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S.CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3 25 23 58 31 1932  62.500 -152.500  25 6.9   0  Southern Alaska

 

Located in south-central Alaska, a water main broke at Seward. Rockslides covered the railroad to the north of Seward. Felt over an area 500 km east-west from Seward.

 

 3 25 16 49  2 1937  33.400 -116.250  10 6.0   0  Southern California

 

An earthquake in the Terwilliger Valley, San Diego county occurred on March 25, 1937.  This did less damage than expected because it was located in the mountains with few residents. Slight damage to chimneys, windows and paster was reported. It was felt over most of Southern California.

 

 3 25  4 56 48 1949  42.000 -126.500   0 6.2   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 

Reportedly felt at Grants Pass, Oregon where a vase rattled and a refrigerator shook. Windows rattled in Phoenix.

 

 3 25  0 39 27 1957  52.900 -167.000  33 6.0   0  Fox Islands

 3 25 14 13 35 1957  52.916 -166.836  33 6.1   0  Fox Islands

 3 25  9 28 43 1963  36.018 -114.771   8 5.0   0  Nevada area

 

An event in 1963 on March 25 occurred near Boulder City, NV. It was felt over a 9,000 square mile area. Considerable amount of minor damage was done at Boulder City, consisting of cracked plaster and broken dishes. Several rockslides onto roads  occurred in the Boulder City area. This was one of many earthquakes associated with the filling of Lake Powell. Large reservoirs often induce seismicity as they are filled because of loading and seepage of water into surrounding earthquake-prone areas.

 

 3 25 12 54 55 1966  51.300 -179.700  36 5.0  34  Andreanof Islands

 3 25  3 31 52 1971  50.523 -176.800   3 5.2 184  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 3 25 17 42  0 1971  59.000 -142.000   0 5.0   0  Gulf of Alaska

 3 25 22 42  3 1973  25.890 -109.878  33 5.5 180  Gulf of California

 3 25  0 41 20 1976  35.590  -90.480  15 5.0  99  Missouri

 

Slight damage characterized by cracks in plaster and drywall, downed ceiling tiles and broken windows occurred in towns in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee during an event which occurred on March 25, 1976. It was felt in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.  The quake was felt over about 280,000 square km. It was one of the largest earthquakes in the region in the past 30 years.

 

 3 25  7 49 34 1976  57.009 -153.705  28 5.0  94  Southern California

 

Felt in the Old Harbor area.

 

 3 25 16  5 14 1985  37.450 -118.540   6 5.1  91  Mammoth Lakes, CA

 

An earthquake near Mammoth Lakes, CA., on March 25, 1985 was felt with MMI V at Tom's place and with IV at Bass Lake to Yosemite National Park. It was felt from Nevada to Tulare, CA.

 

 3 25 19 36 46 1988  62.114 -124.165  10 6.2 590  Yukon Territory, Canada

 

An event on March 25, 1988 was felt at Wrigley, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and Fort Vermillion and Peace River and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

 3 25 19 52 37 1988  62.225 -124.257  10 5.3 140  Yukon Territory, Canada

 3 25 21 58 21 1988  54.785 -159.870  33 5.3 301  Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity at Chignik, Perryville and Sand Point.  Also felt at King Cove.

 

 3 25 13 34 35 1993  45.035 -122.607  21 5.7 454  Oregon

 

An earthquake known as the Scott's Mill, Oregon earthquake occurred on March 24, 1993. This event injured numerous people. Damage to plaster, walls and windows was done from Canby to Newberg, Oregon. Lesser damage elsewhere. Several bridges were damaged in the McMinnville, Oregon area. Landslides were reported at Mt. Hood. This earthquake was felt over a very large area from Seattle, WA in the north to Coos Bay, Oregon in the south.

 

 3 25 13 45 14 1997  53.869 -163.581  33 5.0  36  Unimak Island, Alaska

 

 3 25 03 16 05 2006  41.749 -126.080  10 5.1  10  Off Coast of Northern California

 3 25 20 14 06 2006  41.983 -125.902  10 5.0  10  Off Coast of Northern California

 3 25 00 57 47 2008  52.538 -168.730  41 5.2  10  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 25 01 14 21 2008  52.371 -168.638  31 5.0  10  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 25 01 26 25 2008  52.421 -168.626  36 5.0  10  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 25 17 37 47 2014  52.562 -177.106 201 5.2  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 25 19 22 44 2015  49.424 -128.159  13 5.1  10  Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

 

NEIC reported this earthquake of M 4.9 in Vancouver was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of Nanaimo, Port Hardy and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 

 3 24 14 41 52 1921  51.500  158.200  50 7.0 Kamchatka

 3 24 12 40  6 1923  31.500  101.000  60 7.3 Sichuan, China

 

The most destructive occurred in 1923 in Sichuan China causing severe damage throughout the province (Mw 7.3) and killing approximately 5000.

 

 3 24 12  4 26 1934 -10.000  161.500  60 7.1 Solomon Islands

 3 24  0 17 36 1951 -10.500  166.000 150 7.1 Santa Cruz Islands

 3 24 12 44  3 1963  34.400   47.900  40 7.2 Iran

 

This event killed people and occurred in Iran (Karkhaneh) causing severe damage while killing up to 100 (Mw 7.2).

 

 3 24  4 46  4 1976 -29.900 -177.900  33 7.3 Kermadec Islands

 3 24 19 47 51 1978  44.244  148.862  33 7.6 Kuril Islands

 

Felt at Kurilsk and on Hoddaido and in Honshu, Japan. A tsunami was generated.

 

 3 24 21  5 48 1978  42.839   78.606  33 7.1 Alma Ata

 

Damage occurred in northeastern Kyrgyzstan.

 

 3 24  3 59 50 1980  52.940 -167.700  24 7.1 Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Nikolski where slight damage occurred.  Also felt at Unalaska and Dutch Harbor.

 

 3 24  9 44  3 1984  44.117  148.192  44 7.0 Kuril Islands

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Yuzhno and Kurilsk. Als felt as far as Hokkaido and in northern Honshu at Hachinohe and Miyako. A tsunami was generated with maximum height 14 cm at Nemuro, Hokkaido.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S.CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3 24 21 55  0 1926  46.600 -112.000   0 5.0   0  Montana

 3 24 20 56 48 1949  42.100 -126.367   0 6.2   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 

An earthquake of Ms 6.2 also hit off the Coast of Oregon in 1949 on this date, but also did little damage. It was reported as felt at Grants Pass Oregon, "Vase and silver chest on refrigerator shook and rattled. Chair made slight movement from side to side, Bed Shook. Windows rattled in Phoenix.  This earthquake was followed by a Ms 7.1 in the Olympia, Washington region on April 13, 1949 and may have helped trigger that event.

 

 3 24  8 22 22 1957  50.890 -130.360   0 6.9   0  Vancouver, B.C.

 

The largest earthquake in the U.S./CANADA region on this date occurred in western Vancouver in 1957. This earthquake was Mw 6.9 but did little damage because it hit in a relatively unpopulated location.

 

 3 24 11  6 10 1957  52.400 -169.700  33 6.2   0  Fox Islands

 3 24 11 36 56 1957  52.209 -171.606  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 24 21 35 27 1963  51.820 -178.150  80 6.0  88  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3 24  7  7 45 1965  56.600 -152.400  20 5.1  16  Alaska Peninsula

 3 24  7 36 47 1965  56.600 -152.000  20 5.1   8  Alaska Peninsula

 3 24  8  8  6 1965  56.590 -152.280  30 5.1  79  Alaska Peninsula

 3 24 13 30  4 1965  57.800 -148.600  13 5.0  11  Alaska Peninsula

 3 24  9  2 32 1969  31.300 -114.200  16 5.3  56  Baja California

 3 24  3 38 24 1972  56.140 -157.140  43 6.0 328  Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Port Heiden and with intensity II at King Salmon.

 

 3 24  3 59 50 1980  52.937 -167.701  25 6.1 519  Fox Islands

 

Felt with intensity V at Nikolski and Unalaska. Also felt at Dutch Harbor and Akutan.

 

 3 24  4 42  0 1980  52.910 -167.700  41 5.0 159  Fox Islands

 3 24 18 21 26 1981  52.630 -168.070  20 5.5 352  Fox Islands

 3 24 21  4 43 1984  52.398 -168.602  43 5.4 278  Fox Islands

 3 24 22 43 37 1984  52.122 -168.365  33 5.2  51  Fox Islands

 3 24 17 49 58 1985  51.219 -179.193  33 5.0  94  Andreanof Islands

 3 24 15 30 60 1987  53.223 -167.280  10 5.1  21  Fox Islands

 3 24  6 34 44 1997  51.464 -168.235  33 5.0 143  Fox Islands

 3 24  4 23 46 2000  27.551 -111.303  10 5.6 153  Gulf of California

 

Felt at Empalme, Guaymas, Hermosillo and San Carlos, Mexico.

 

 3 24 11 55 43 2009  33.318 -115.728   5 5.0  10  Southern California

 

(NEIC) Felt (IV) at Niland; (III) at Mecca and Salton City; (II) at Alpine, Blythe, Borrego Springs, Carlsbad, Cathedral City, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, Hemet, Idyllwild, Imperial Beach, Indio, La Quinta, Lakeside, Oceanside, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Mirage, San Diego and Santee. Felt in much of Imperial, San Diego and Riverside Counties. Felt (II) at Parker, Arizona. Also felt at Ehrenberg, Lake Havasu City, Quartzsite and

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 

 3 23 20 47 18 1913  24.000  142.000  80 7.0  VOLCANO ISLANDS

 3 23 23 14 13 1945 -62.000  153.000  60 7.1  MACQUARIE ISLANDS

 3 23 21 38 51 1951 -32.070 -179.430 326 7.1  KERMADEC ISLANDS

 3 23  5 12 43 1957  -5.500  131.000 147 7.3  BANDA SEA

 

Felt on the S.S. Changte south of the epicenter.

 

 3 23  7 32 36 1975  22.740  122.800  21 7.0  TAIWAN REGION

 3 23  0 31  1 1978  44.270  149.010  40 7.6  KURILE ISLANDS

 3 23  3 15 20 1978  44.932  148.439  33 7.5  KURILE ISLANDS

 

Felt at Kurilsk and on Hokkaido and in Honshu, Japan. A tsunami was generated.

 

 3 23 19 12 24 1978  44.400  149.630  44 7.1  KURILE ISLANDS

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3 23 21 41  0 1872  40.000 -117.500   0 5.5   0  California/Nevada

 

In California/Nevada an earthquake of M 5.5 occurred on this date in 1872, This event occurred near Austin, NV in southern Lander County. Plaster fell in the Austin Courthouse. The event was described as a violent shock. Three days later one of the largest earthquakes in recent California history was recorded several hundred km South of this in Owens Valley.  Was this a precursory shock to the Owen's Valley event?

 

 3 23  0  0  0 1897  45.500  -73.600   0 5.7   0  Maine

 

Near Calais, Maine. Not many reports due to remote nature of the epicenter.

 

 3 23  4 14 50 1954  33.283 -116.183  16 5.1   0  Southern California

 

Located in the Santa Rosa Mountains. Felt by and frightened many at Palm Springs. Plaster cracked and small objects and furniture shifted.

 

 3 23 13 40  0 1957  51.303 -179.801  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3 23 19 42 56 1957  70.600  -65.000   0 5.9   0  Baffin Bay

 3 23  7 10 20 1959  39.430 -117.990   0 6.3   0  California/Nevada

 

The largest shock on this date in the California/Nevada region and in the U.S./Canada occurred 87 years later in 1959 in the same area as the earthquake of March 23, 1872. This event near Dixie Valley, NV cracked plaster from Carson City to Frenchman Station (Mw 6.3). The top of a new addition to the State printing office was also damaged. No fresh ground cracks could be found following this earthquake. Stronger events in the Dixie Valley region had occurred in 1954 with much ground cracking.

 

 3 23  3 15 13 1960  44.500 -111.000   0 5.0   0  Yellowstone, Montana

 

In the Hebgen Lake region of Montana bordering on Yellowstone National Park. Objects fell from shelves at West Yellowstone. Strongly felt.  A loud earthquake noise was heard.

 

 3 23  7 55 14 1964  77.000 -132.200  16 5.0   0  Northwestern Canada

 3 23 11 32 22 1969  31.400 -115.000  16 5.2  30  Baja California

 3 23 15 39  1 1969  31.500 -114.100  16 5.2  65  Baja California

 3 23  1  6  1 1975  63.123 -151.048 117 5.0  11  Southern Alaska

 3 23  7 23 13 1978  52.010 -169.465  23 5.8 204  Fox Islands

 3 23 17 21 55 1979  26.740 -110.806  15 5.5 149  Gulf of California

 3 23 18 11 54 1979  26.460 -110.736  15 5.2  39  Gulf of California

 3 23  8 38  6 1984  58.780 -154.133 119 5.2   0  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity at Portlock, Homer, Seldovia. Also felt at Kodiak.

 

 3 23 21 35 13 1985  52.624 -178.872 233 5.0 217  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 3 23 20 22 40 1988  52.482 -169.437   4 5.2 250  Fox Islands

 3 23 21  7 18 1990  63.519 -152.185  10 5.1  43  Southern Alaska

 3 23  2 59 16 1994  31.806 -116.128  23 5.0 161  Southern California

 

Felt at Ensenada, Mexicali, Tecata, Tijuana with intensity IV to V.  Also felt at Heber, Ocotillo, Brawley, Niland and Holtville.

 

 3 23  7 32 52 1996  51.672 -176.210  50 5.1  73  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 3 23 19 24 39 1996  51.000 -173.000   0 5.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 23  2 28 11 1998  43.440 -127.088  10 5.2 222  Off Coast of Oregon

 

 3 23 14 15 17 2000  51.821  170.724  33 5.3  10  Near Islands, Alaska

 3 23 15 23 38 2010  52.958  171.961  15 5.3  10  Near Islands, Alaska

 3 23 20 18 08 2015  52.518 -169.271  35 5.0  10  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 

 3 22 10 23  0 1894  42.500  146.000  60 7.9  North of Hokkaido, Japan

 

Limited damage at Nemuro, Hokkaido, Japan. Felt with intensity IX. A tsunami was generated.

 

 3 22  3 38 53 1905  51.280  174.830   0 7.2  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 22  8 41 55 1925 -18.500  168.500  50 7.6  Vanuatu Islands

 3 22  4 17  3 1928  16.230  -95.450   0 7.7  Oaxaca Mexico

 

It would seem the Oaxaca, Mexico event of 1928 should have caused extensive damage, but no reports are available here.

 

 3 22  0 43 18 1944  -8.500  123.500 220 7.5  Timor, Indonesia

 3 22 14  5  6 1955  -8.700   91.600  10 7.1  So. Indian Ocean

 3 22 14 21 11 1957  53.500 -165.000   0 7.5  Fox Islands, Aleutians

 3 22 10 27 43 1972  49.120  153.570 136 7.0  Northern Kuril Islands

 3 22  0 50 32 1978  44.020  149.010  37 7.2  Kuril Islands

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3 22  0  0  0 1876  39.527 -111.582   0 5.0   6  Utah

 3 22 22 12  0 1902  42.000 -130.000   0 6.8   0  Off Coast of No. California

 3 22 15 22 20 1938  52.540 -131.900   0 6.3   0  Queen Charlotte Islands

 

This event was felt strongly on the Queen Charlotte Islands and up to the Alaskan panhandle.  Dishes rattled in Prince Rupert.

 

 3 22 22 27 52 1938  52.480 -131.370   0 5.2   0  Queen Charlotted Island

 3 22 18 15 42 1952  51.500 -173.500   0 6.4   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 22  5 19  0 1953  38.817 -119.983   0 5.0   0  California-Nevada Border

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Meyers where many were frightened. Houses creaked and small objects shifted. Loud earthquake noise heard. Felt as far as Markleeville, Carson City and Gardnerville, Nevada.

 

 3 22 14 21  7 1957  53.707 -165.819  33 7.0   1  Fox Islands

 3 22 14 21 10 1957  53.740 -165.660  20 7.0   0  Fox Islands

 3 22 14 33 13 1957  53.684 -166.060  33 6.3   0  Fox Islands

 3 22 19 44 21 1957  37.667 -122.483  10 5.3   0  Central California

 

The earthquakes on March 22 and 23 in California caused property damage of about $1 million and injured about 40 people. The first of these (Mb 5.3) killed one. Minor damage was done to houses along the ocean west of Daly City. Many chimneys were damaged at Daly City as well. In San Francisco widespread damage to chimneys, plaster, merchandise and windows occurred. Pavement along Lake Merced fell off into the lake, and both ends of a pedestrian bridge collapsed.  Landslides blocked State Highway 1 near Mussel Rock and the shoulder of the highway was cracked extensively. The shock on March 23 caused slight damage at Menlo Park and San Francisco as well. This was the strongest shock in the San Francisco bay since 1906 and was felt over a 12,000 square mile area. The Westlake reservoir near Daly City had a 4-foot crack on one side extending from the ground to the top. Damage was also done at the San Francisco International Airport. There was extensive infrastructure damage throughout the city of San Francisco. A special report was issued on this earthquake.

 

 3 22 16 30 56 1964  38.700 -118.800   0 5.5  46  California-Nevada border

 

Among the earthquakes in the preceding the Alaska Good Friday event of March 28 (UT) was a Mb 5.0 on the California-Nevada border region north of Mammoth Lakes on Mar 22, 1964. This event was felt over 7500 square miles of eastern California and western Nevada. The only report of damage was a crack in a patio near the epicenter, however many were frightened or awakened by this early morning earthquake.  A similar earthquake had occurred on March 22 1953 in the Markleeville, CA region. This event also frightened many. Houses creaked and objects were moved. A very loud rumbling soudn preceded and accompanied the earthquake.

 

 3 22 22 10  3 1966  64.750  -88.000   0 5.1   0  Nunavut, Canada

 3 22  7 25 36 1969  31.400 -114.100  16 5.5 104  Baja California

 3 22 18 23  2 1969  31.500 -114.200   0 5.2   0  Baja California

 3 22 20 58 36 1973  51.143 -179.238  39 5.0 142  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 3 22  7  4  7 1974  53.667 -163.445  36 5.0 153  Fox Islands

 3 22 15 14  0 1979  41.903 -126.817  19 5.1 136  Off Coast of Northern California

 3 22  5 30  2 1986  60.340 -153.273 166 5.4   0  Southern Alaska

 

Felt at Homer.

 

 3 22  2 49 20 1987  51.605 -173.594   0 6.0 545  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV on Atka and Adak.

 

 3 22  2 57 52 1987  51.668 -173.504  33 5.2  30  Andreanof Islands

 3 22 17 45  5 1987  52.118 -171.475  34 5.3 283  Andreanof Islands

 3 22 18 23 51 1993  52.172 -172.889  33 5.7 295  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak and Atka.

 

 3 22 03 24 20 1996  51.221  178.695  20 6.8  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 22 03 28 32 1996  51.162  178.648  33 5.0  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 22 04 01 42 1996  51.088  178.820  33 5.2  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 22 05 26 59 1996  51.269  178.889  33 5.8  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 22 05 42 02 2006  40.744 -126.319  10 5.0  10  Off Coast of No. California

 3 22 13 51 35 2008  54.180 -162.475  10 5.4  10  Unimak Island, Alaska

 3 22 00 58 14 2014  30.631 -113.843  10 5.2  10  Baja California

 3 22 03 40 20 2014  36.293 -120.302  49 5.2  10  Central California

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 3 21 18  0  0 1829  38.200   -0.900   0 7.0   0  Spain

 

The most disastrous earthquake in the recorded history of Spain occurred on June 21, 1829. This event was felt in province of Murcia, Spain, but was slightly felt to Madrid. The valley of Segura seems to have been the center of the disturbance for the shocks were most violent there. The earthquake was preceded by a slight shock at noon but about 6 hours later the mainshock came accompanied by loud underground noises. The earthquake lasted at least a minute at very severe levels.  The damage done was enormous in very many towns and villages of Murcia, and in Guradamar, La Mata and Torrevieja in Valencia.  Some places were totally ruined and the destruction of churches, houses and loss of life were terrible. The precursory noise like thunder was heard at Torrevieja for more than three-quarters of an hour. It generally resembled cannon explosion and sometimes increased gradually and then ceased. It was not heard thereafter until the following September. At Daja Naeva and Daja Vieja fissures opened in the earth, and small holes appeared from some of which large quantities of dey sand and form others of sand and water were thrown out. In Estremadura, the waster of a lake suddenly disappeared. On the right bank of the Segura, it was remarked, the shocks were more numerous and lasted longer than on the left bank. The course of the river changed and now enters the sea at  different place than it had before the earthquake.

 

 3 21 14 19 12 1926 -61.000  -25.000   0 7.1   0 South Sandwich Islands

 3 21  1 11  9 1939  -1.500   89.500  60 7.2  33  South of Sumatra

 3 21 20 35 43 1943  -5.800  152.300  60 7.3  15  New Britain

 3 21 23 42 11 1954  24.500   95.300 180 7.5  25  Myanmar

 

Minor damage was reported from Shillong, Burma/India. Felt in Assam, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa in India.

 

 3 21  3 42 20 1964  -6.400  127.900 367 7.0  23  Banda Sea

 

Felt at Darwin, Australia.

 

 3 21 21 18 54 1977  27.609   56.393  29 7.0 295  Iran

 

This Mw 7.0 event was centered in the Bandar Abbas area near the Persian Gulf. The earthquake killed 152 injuring 560 and causing considerable damage over an area of 550 square km. This shock was followed by a number of aftershocks, the two strongest of Ms 6.0.  Both aftershocks caused additional damage in the epicenteral area.  About 7000 were left homeless in the Bandar Abbas area. 35 villages were destroyed in this earthquake.

 

 3 21  2 32  6 1982  42.067  142.600  40 7.1   0  Hokkaido

 

Damage was extensive in southern Hokkaido where the event was felt with intensity VI and more than 100 were injured. Felt as far as central Honshu. A tsunami was generated which had maximum height of 80 cm at Urakawa.

 

 3 21  8 18 39 1985   6.581   94.817  33 7.1 111  Sumatra

 3 21 16 45 60 1990 -31.560 -177.510 233 7.1   1  Kermadec Islands

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 21  6  4  0 1904  45.000  -67.200   0 5.8   0  Maine

 

The most unusual earthquake on this date occurred in southeastern Maine in 1904. This strong (Ms 5.8) earthquake overthrew chimneys in Washington County, in the area of Calais and Eastport ME. and at St. Stephen, New Brunswick. It was felt throughout most of New England and the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  It was also observed west to the Hudson River and Montreal, Canada and south the southern Connecticut.

 

 3 21 15 22  4 1925  47.800  -69.800   0 5.0   0  Quebec

 3 21  3  7 32 1969  31.300 -114.700  16 5.2  61  Baja California

 

A swarm of events in 1969 south of Yuma near the Gulf of California were the only noteworthy events in the California/Western U.S.  region on this date. These events occurred in an unpopulated area and did not cause damage or casualties although many of Ml>5 occurred.

 

 3 21  3  9  8 1969  29.300 -116.600  33 5.1  31  Baja California

 3 21  3 53 47 1969  31.420 -114.130  69 5.3 101  Baja California

 3 21  4 12 27 1969  31.200 -114.200  16 5.2  52  Baja California

 3 21  4 21 54 1969  31.300 -114.300  16 5.1  30  Baja California

 3 21  4 26 24 1969  31.200 -114.400  16 5.0  40  Baja California

 3 21  4 44 29 1969  31.000 -114.500  16 5.2  35  Baja California

 3 21  4 47  4 1969  31.200 -114.200  16 5.1  37  Baja California

 3 21  4 56 20 1969  31.200 -114.200  16 5.8 132  Baja California

 3 21  4 56 21 1969  31.260 -114.340  36 5.4 132  Baja California

 3 21  5 39 56 1969  31.400 -114.300  16 5.0  38  Baja California

 3 21  5 50 44 1969  31.300 -114.300  16 5.0  33  Baja California

 3 21  5 59 21 1969  31.380 -114.130  52 5.0  63  Baja California

 3 21  6  5 17 1969  31.300 -114.000  16 5.1  42  Baja California

 3 21  6 34 22 1969  31.100 -114.300  16 5.7 133  Baja California

 3 21  7 21 10 1969  31.350 -114.380  16 5.2 104  Baja California

 3 21  7 37 30 1969  31.300 -114.100  16 5.0  25  Baja California

 3 21  7 54 12 1969  31.000 -114.400  16 5.0  36  Baja California

 3 21  8 38 53 1969  31.100 -114.200  16 5.1  58  Baja California

 3 21  8 56 16 1969  31.200 -114.200   0 5.5   0  Baja California

 3 21  9 36  4 1969  31.200 -114.000  16 5.0  37  Baja California

 3 21 10  1 36 1969  31.300 -114.000  16 5.0  30  Baja California

 3 21 10 10 11 1969  31.200 -114.300  16 5.5 117  Baja California

 3 21 12 19 54 1969  31.200 -114.200  16 5.2  39  Baja California

 3 21 15 57 42 1969  31.200 -114.300  16 5.1  73  Baja California

 3 21 16 29 40 1969  31.300 -114.300  16 5.1  55  Baja California

 3 21 17 55 49 1969  31.290 -114.010  41 5.2  47  Baja California

 3 21 18  0 21 1969  31.100 -114.300  16 5.3  49  Baja California

 

At least 140 earthquakes of M>=4.1 were located near this epicenter on March 21, 1969.

 

 3 21  2 39 47 1970  25.606 -109.665   5 5.1  89  Gulf of California

 3 21  3 23  1 1970  53.000 -168.000  33 5.5   7  Fox Islands

 3 21  9 47 38 1972  49.993 -176.131  33 5.3 191  Andreanof Islands

 3 21 23  1 37 1981  58.970 -154.697 136 5.0  45  Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt at Anchorage, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak and Soldotna.

 

 3 21 23 33 37 1984  48.600  177.900  33 5.2   0  Rat Islands

 3 21 23 56 18 1986  54.245 -121.855  15 5.3 375  Alberta, Canada

 

The strongest earthquake in the U.S./Canada region on March 21 was a Ml 6.0 in British Colombia in 1986. This event was felt in many parts of British Colombia and Alberta including the cities of Prince George, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek Kamioops, Vancouver, Grande Prairie, Edmonton and Calgary.

 

 3 21 10 41 36 1987  52.043 -177.560  95 5.9 627  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity V at Adak.

 

 3 21 12 12 21 1987  46.650  -80.945   1 5.3  15  North of Ohio

 3 21 15 31 29 1987  49.400 -178.800  33 5.4   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 21  5  4 45 1991  62.809 -149.512  79 5.0 179  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Anchorage. Also felt at Cantwell and throughout central and south-central Alaska from Anchorage to Fairbanks.

 

 3 21 10 18 32 1991  55.148 -152.871  33 5.0 142  Alaska Peninsula

 3 21 20 45 56 1992  52.902  171.402  33 5.2  10  Near Islands, Alaska

 

 3 21 11 10 17 2015  50.498 -172.963  10 5.1  10  Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 3 20 23  0  0 1861 -32.900  -68.900  30 7.0   0  Argentina

 

The worst seismic catastrophe ever to hit the country of Argentina occurred on March 20, 1861. This earthquake (Mw 7.1) caused massage destruction and loss of life in Mendoza, Argentina. Estimated losses included 11,978 persons were killed. Destruction in the area was instantaneous and wide spread through the entire city of San Vicente. In the annals of the city of Los Andes, among the casualties were 1,583 children including nearly half the residents of the city.

 

 3 20 18 31 25 1920 -35.000 -110.000  60 7.0  43  West Chile Rise

 3 20 17  7 26 1960  39.833  143.433  60 7.2   0  Hokkaido, Japan

 

Felt on northern Honshu and southern Hokkaido. A tsunami was generated with maximum height 5 feet at Miyako.

 

 3 20  1 42 50 1966   0.600   30.200  36 7.2   0  Uganda

 

The most unusual earthquake of the day occurred in 1966 at Kichwamba and Bondibogyo, Uganda (Mw 7.0). This earthquake is the largest and most destructive earthquake ever to be experienced in that country and one of the most destructive in African history. The damage was centered about Bundibugyo, a one-street township about 42 miles from Fort Portal, near the congo border. About 140 fatalities and hundreds of injuries were reported from Bundibugyo Fort Portal and Kichwamba. At Kamango, in the Congo, a chasm 9 feet wide and 1,000 feet long opened up in the ground. Immediate relief measures were greatly impeded by landslides which severed communications and blocked highways.

 

 3 20 10 47 46 1999  51.587 -177.668  33 7.0 540  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt strongly on Adak and Amchitka.

 

 3 20 18 02 47 2012  16.493  -98.231  20 7.4  10  Guerrero, Mexico

 

(NEIC) At least two people killed in Guerrero, 11 people injured in Oaxaca and two injured at Mexico. At least 800 houses collapsed at Igualapa, Guerrero. Felt (VIII) at Pinotepa Nacional; (VI) at Acatzingo, Chilpancingo and Nezahualcoyotl; (V) at Acapulco, Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Minatitlan, Ometpec, Tehuacan and Tlaxcala.  Felt widely in central and southern Mexico as far as Campeche, Ciudad Madero, Puerto Vallarta and San Luis Potosi. Felt (III) at Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala, Guatemala. Felt in much of western Guatemala. A seiche was observed.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 20 21 55  7 1945  34.250 -116.166  16 5.0   0  Southern California

 3 20 15 22 17 1950  40.450 -121.470   0 5.5   0  Northern California

 

The most unusual event occurred on March 20, 1950 (Mb 5.0) near Lassen Peak and Shasta Dam in northern California. The event was felt over about 5,000 sq. miles and extended from Hat Creek to Susanville, Sacramento and Shasta Dam. Scattered reports of felt effects came from Nevada as well.

 

 3 20  8 16 23 1969  31.400 -114.000  16 5.2  34  Baja California

 3 20  8 17 42 1969  31.300 -114.200  16 5.9 138  Baja California

 

At least 140 earthquakes of M>=4 were located near this epicenter during he date of March 20-21.

 

 3 20  8 23  1 1969  31.400 -114.100  16 5.2  33  Baja California

 3 20 23 31 49 1972  51.269 -179.211  43 6.0 324  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV on Adak. Also felt on Amchitka.

 

 3 20  7 30 39 1975  51.350 -179.609  52 5.3 231  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 3 20 13 31 19 1975  63.170 -150.844  36 5.3  21  Southern Alaska

 3 20  3 59  5 1978  60.063 -153.449 172 5.1 126  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity II at Homer. Also felt at Anchorage.

 

 3 20 19 40  9 1986  54.202 -168.187  33 5.0  43  Fox Islands

 

Felt at Unalaska.

 

 3 20  1  6 33 1989  59.885 -153.647 129 5.0 352  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Homer, Kodiak, Ninilchik and Soldotna. Also felt at Anchorage, Eagle River, Oalmer and Wasilla.

 

 3 20 14  7 17 1991  51.365 -178.525  33 5.1  90  Andreanof Islands

 3 20 18  4 54 1991  55.690 -158.490  47 5.3   0  Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with intensity III at Chignik and Sand Point.

 

 3 20 11 21 40 1993  53.545 -166.049  33 5.0 127  Fox Islands

 3 20 21 20 12 1994  34.231 -118.475  13 5.3 232  Southern California

 

The strongest earthquake on this day in California was an aftershock (Ml 5.0) of the Northridge earthquake. This aftershock shook down several structures which had been weakened by the Northridge earthquake two months earlier on MLK day in January, 1994.

 

 3 20  5 56  8 1998  51.374 -176.878  33 5.0  55  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 3 20 10 47 46 1999  51.587 -177.668  33 7.0 540  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt strongly on Adak and Amchitka.

 

 3 20 17 21 23 2010  51.884 -166.404  17 5.1  10  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 3 19 10 57 12 1952   9.500  127.300  60 7.9  22  Northern Mindanao, Philippines

 

This earthquake was felt at Bhutan City where the intensity was largest. The only known structural damage was cracks in one of the walls of the town church. A two- by three-meter section of the wall fell and broke some of the church pews.

 

 3 19  8 27 53 1953  14.100  -61.210 134 7.3 239  Windward Islands

 

Felt at Paramaraibo, Dutch Guinea and Trinidad.

 

 3 19  4  1 38 1967  45.530  151.110  38 7.0   0  Kuril Islands

 3 19 20 28 38 1984  40.348   63.361  15 7.0 628  Uzbekistan

 

The most damaging earthquake on this date in history occurred in 1984 in the Uzbekistan area. This Ms 7.1 injured at least 100 people and caused extensive damage in the Gazli area (MMI XI).

 

 3 19 23 53 15 1995  -4.183  135.109  33 7.1 334  West Irian, PNG

 

This Ms 7.1 did some minor damage to buildings in the region of West Irian, Papua New Guinea.

 

 3 19 18 17 40 2009 -23.043 -174.660  31 7.6  10  Tonga

 

(NEIC) Rupture duration 13.0 sec; Complex earthquake, with at least one larger event occurring about 4 seconds after the onset.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 19  0 11  0 1910  40.830 -124.170   0 6.0   0

 

Felt as a steady shaking at Eureka, Humboldt County, northern California.  No damage reported.

 

 3 19 11 59 26 1942  51.210 -130.080   0 6.0   0

 3 19  9 54 29 1954  33.283 -116.183  10 6.2   0

 

This event was felt over approximately 40,000 square miles of southern California and portions of southwestern Nevada and western Arizona. There were many aftershocks.  In many areas groceries, vases, and small objects were knocked from shelves. In some areas glass was broken. At Coachella many were frightened. Pendulum clocks stopped and many objects fell from shelves. Near panic was reported at the local prison as the jailhouse rocked (could this be the origin of the song "Jailhouse rock" which was written about the same time?).  The earthquake occurred at 01:54 a.m. Police report that bedroom lights snapped on throughout the county after the quake. At Oasis, north of Coachella a concrete surface irrigation pipe broke. At Palm Springs a water pipe broke to a hotel, and several swimming pools were cracked. A parked truck started rolling and caused an unmanned collision. San Bernardino suffered a temporary power blackout as two lines swung together.

 

 3 19 10 21 17 1954  33.283 -116.183  16 5.5   0

 3 19 11 28 51 1957  51.600 -176.800  33 6.0   0

 3 19 12 50 58 1957  51.369 -175.381  33 6.8   0

 3 19 17 25 11 1967  51.861 -179.985  20 5.0  55

 3 19 15 20 54 1970  50.030 -179.610   8 5.3 139

 3 19  8 14 27 1975  62.744 -150.650  82 5.0  20

 3 19 12 20 51 1993  59.539 -152.874 104 5.2 349

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Homer. Also felt at Port Graham and Eagle River.

 

 3 19 01 22 16 2016  51.380 -174.265  10 5.0  10  Andreanof Islands

 3 19 01 35 11 2016  51.524 -174.230  10 6.2  10  Andreanof Islands

 

NEIC reported the mainshock was felt in Atka, Alaska with intensity II.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 

 3 18 13 42  0 1904  42.500  145.800  30 7.6   0  Hokkaido, Japan

 

Limited damage in Hokkaido, Japan. Felt with intensity X.

 

 3 18  0 58  0 1905 -27.500 -173.000  60 7.5  12  Tonga

 3 18 14  6 14 1926  35.840   29.500  10 7.0   0  Turkey

 3 18  8  2 23 1931 -32.500  -72.000  60 7.1   8  Central Chile

 3 18 20 13 34 1931   5.800  126.300  50 7.0  22  So. Mindanao, Philippines

 3 18 19  6 16 1953  39.990   27.360  10 7.5   0  Turkey

 

This event killed 1103 including 998 in Yenice, 50 in Gonen, 20 in Can and 3 in Manyas. Yenice was destroyed and major damage occurred at Gonen and Can. It was felt throughout the Aegean Islands and southern Greece. The felt area was estimated at about 200,000 square miles with damage more than $4 million (US$).

 

 3 18  0  6 46 1955  53.900  161.800  40 8.2 240  Kamchatka

 3 18 21 43 52 1977  16.773  122.327  37 7.0 275  Luzon, Philippines

 

One killed and 9 injured with damage on northern Luzon and in Manila.

 

 3 18  9  5 50 1983  -4.883  153.581  89 7.9 334  New Britain

 

Felt with maximum intensity VIII in southeaster New Ireland with some damge and minor landslides. Ground cracks were observed. Trees were uprooted and steam was seen coming from fumaroles on Feni Island. A tsunami was generated with height 25 cm at Rabaul but was also observed in the Feni Islands and in southeastern coast of New Ireland.

 

 3 18  3 36 15 1987  30.400  132.800   0 7.0   0  Kyushu, Japan

 

One person was killed and one died of a heath attack. Five injured.  Maximum intensity was V at Miyazaki where landslides occurred. A minor tsunami was recorded with height of 7 cm along the coast of Kyushu. Also felt on Shikoku.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 18 21  0  0 1926  43.200  -72.000   0 5.0   0  New Hampshire

 

Near Manchester, N.H. Chimneys were thrown down at Cornish. May be an aftershock of the earthquake on Oct. 9, 1925. Also damaging at Amherst, Lyndeborough, Manchester, Mason, New Ispwich and Wilton.

 

 3 18 15 50 41 1946  35.700 -117.877   8 5.3   0  Central California

 3 18  2 25 36 1957  52.270 -170.890  76 6.2   0  Fox Islands

 3 18 18 56 28 1957  34.100 -119.167  10 5.0   0  Southern California

 

The event was felt over a land area approximately 3,000 square miles of southern California, principally in Ventura County. Minor damage occurred at Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura. At Oxnard extensive damage was done to the old Masonic Temple where bricks and interior walls cracked and fell.  Windows broke at several locations. Several pipes broke at the American Crystal Sugar Company and two steel I-beams pulled away from a brick wall and fell to the floor. A large quantity of merchandise fell in stores with considerable breakage.  At Port Hueneme, a full-length crack formed in the exterior wall of the First National Bank Building. At Ventura three schools were damaged and cracks developed in the buildings.

 

 3 18 22 20  0 1958  50.240 -172.950   0 6.2   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 18 18  5 24 1966  43.700 -127.300  33 5.0  57  Off Coast of Oregon

 3 18 18 11  8 1966  60.400 -146.400  17 5.0  45  Southern Alaska

 3 18 20 31 28 1969  50.170 -129.880   0 5.1  89  Vancouver, B.C.

 3 18  0 11 56 1994  51.390 -178.537  33 5.8 202  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 3 18 15 24 48 1997  34.970 -116.819   2 5.1 106  Southern California

 

Felt with intensity VI in Barstow with minor damage. Also felt at Hinkley, Newberry Springs, Oro Grande and Rancho Cucamonga. Felt in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.

 

 3 18 00 15 36 2004  56.993 -146.831  11 5.2  10  Gulf of Alaska

 3 18 07 33 51 2006  51.268  178.873  53 5.3  10  Rat Islands, Alaska

 3 18 09 38 12 2016  51.624 -173.606  55 5.1  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

NEIC reported the mainshock was felt in Atka, Alaska with intensity II.

 

 3 18 22 46 56 2016  49.656 -129.881  10 5.5  10  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 

This earthquake occurred within about an hour of local solar noon and was possibly tidally promoted. NEIC reported it was felt with intensity I-II in Campbell river, British Columbia; Nanaimo, Vancouver and Abbotsford, British Columbia and in Arlington and Monroe, Washington.

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 3 17  6  0  0 1575 -33.400  -70.600   0 7.3   0  Central Chile

 

This event hit Valdivia and Santiago with great loss to property. While damage was severe the death toll was low.

 

 3 17  0  0  0 1584 -11.800  -77.800  30 8.4   0  Coast of Peru

 

The other South American event on this date occurred nine years later in 1584 of Mw 8.4 along the central Coast of Peru.  This earthquake was moderately felt, but did little damage and no loss of life is recorded.

 

 3 17 22 53  0 1909  -2.000  121.000  60 7.1  23  Mindanao, Philippines

 

Moderate damage with intensity up to VIII in Mindanao, Philippines.

 

 3 17 18 45  0 1915  42.100  143.600  60 7.0   0  Hokkaido, Japan

 3 17 15 55 25 1933  54.400  162.500  20 7.1 155  Komandorsky Islands

 3 17  8 19 41 1947  33.300   99.500   0 7.7   0  Xizang, China

 

A strong Mw 7.7 also hit southern China (Tibet) on March 17, 1947.  This event was not very destructive, despite the magnitude, because it hit in an area of low population density.

 

 3 17 21  5  3 1949  -5.500  151.000  60 7.0  15  New Britain

 3 17 20 47 32 1962  10.900  -43.200  33 7.0  39  Northern mid-Atlantic

 3 17  8 30 52 1973  13.372  122.787  33 7.5  94  Luzon, Philippines

 

The only earthquake known to have caused loss of life on this date occurred in Luzon, Philippines in 1973. This earthquake had its maximum intensity at Hondagua, Lopez, Calauag and Guiyangan, Quezon Province. It was felt over an area of 157,000 sq. km. At the height of the earthquake, people panicked. They had to hold on to stable objects to maintain their balance. There were reports of changes in the flow of springs and wells. Sand and mud were ejected from fissures in soft ground. A reinforced concrete highway bridge collapsed. Within the epicentral area the inhabitants heard rumbling sounds coming from different directions during the occurrence of the mainshock and during he larger aftershocks. Those closest to the fault-line either fell down or were thrown up for a few feet due to the initial vertical jolt of the earthquake. Four-footed animals such as buffalo and cows were likewise knocked down. Piles of coconut trunks lying five meters away from the fault-line in the Sintones District were thrown southwestward, pinning down and killing a man who was lying down nearby during the time of the main shock. An employee of the Philippine National Railways in Hondagua, Lopez, who was sitting with a clear view of the rails reported the dislodgment in a wavy form of the rails from the ground. Some people reportedly saw the ground heave up and down in a dizzying wave-like manner.  A tsunami at the western end of the sea wall in Calauag was observed to go beyond the shore by 20 meters. This was due to a rise in the sea level of about 1.3 meters. Similar effects were also noted elsewhere.  The worst hit town was Quezon where 98 houses were totally destroyed and 270 others partially collapsed. 70% of the schools were destroyed.  There were observations of mud boils, liquefactions and landsliding throughout the region. Cracks up to half a meter wide formed in some areas.  The prime product of the area is coconut palms. Most palms within 1 km of the fault on both sides died as water to the roots was cut off by the earthquake. The downturn in the production of coconuts caused major economic difficulty for the area throughout the next year as the earthquake occurred when the coconuts were young and were shaken off the trees.

 

 3 17 16 36 17 2003  51.272  177.978  33 7.1 607  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt (III) At Shemya.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 17  4 21  0 1904  47.500 -124.000   0 6.0   0  Washington

 

A slightly damaging earthquake of Mw 6 that was felt slightly north of Seattle, WA in 1904. This earthquake was strongest at Victoria, B.C. but was felt widely over western Washington state from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsuls west of Puget Sound. In Victoria clocks were stopped but no serious damage was reported.

 

 3 17 14 45 53 1946  38.300 -117.900   0 5.0   0  California/Nevada

 

Aftershock.

 

 3 17  7 53 59 1957  51.459 -179.505  30 6.1   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Aftershock.

 

 3 17 16 17 13 1957  52.200 -165.900  33 6.4   0  Fox Islands

 3 17 22 44 40 1957  53.759 -165.357  33 6.5   0  Fox Islands

 3 17 19 38 20 1963  64.900 -174.900  10 5.5   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 17 22  0 14 1970  59.140 -147.600  44 5.0 129  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity II on Middleton Island.

 

 3 17 12 28 42 1972  52.960 -165.633  26 5.1  61  Fox Islands

 3 17 17 39 29 1975  51.802 -175.288  50 5.0 136  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 3 17 21 10 39 1979  63.069 -148.237  89 5.4  21  Southern Alaska

 3 17 17 26 22 1989  58.608 -155.645 151 5.0 241  Alaska Peninsula

 

 3 17 03 57 47 2002  51.464 -173.275  33 5.9  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt on Atka.

 

 3 17 16 19 20 2003  51.306  177.966  33 5.0  10  Rat Islands, Alaska

 3 17 16 36 17 2003  51.272  177.978  33 7.1  10  Rat Islands, Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt(III) on Shemya.

 

 3 17 18 55 47 2003  51.295  177.971  33 6.2  10  Rat Islands, Alaska

 

GLOBAL:

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 3 16  0  0  0 1644   4.500  -74.000   0 7.0   0  Colombia

 

Severe damage at San Cristobal, Venezuela and at Pamplona, Colombia.  Maximum intensity VIII.

 

 3 16 15  0  0 1649  33.070  132.050   0 7.0   0  Kyushu, Japan

 3 16  1  0  0 1657 -37.000  -74.000   0 8.0   0  Southern Chile

 

Severe damage at old Concepcion and Penco, Chile with up to 100 killed.  A tsunami was generated.

 

 3 16 22 42 40 1906  24.000  121.000  60 7.1  21  Taiwan

 

Felt throughout the region of Taiwan and killed about 1300 causing severe damage throughout.

 

 3 16 22  1 38 1923   6.000  127.000  60 7.0  22  So. Mindanao, Philippines

 3 16 14 42 12 1925  25.500  100.300  60 7.1  26  Southern China

 

A report from the American Consulate, Yunnanfu, China indicated that about 5,000 lives were lost when an earthquake practically destroyed the city of Tali, Yunnan, Province. Fengyu and Mitu suffered heavily. Some property damage and loss of life occurred in Tengehuan, Erhyuan, Pinchuan , Menghus and Hsiangyun.  Later investigations showed that up to 6000 had been lost in this earthquake (MW 7.1) throughout the province of Yunnan, China.

 

 3 16  5  1  2 1928 -22.000  170.500  60 7.5  14  Loyalty Islands

 3 16 22 15 13 1949  -5.500  151.000  60 7.0  15  New Britain

 3 16  2 34 18 1957  51.405 -178.930  33 7.0   1  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt at Adak and Umnak Islands.

 

 3 16  8 44 51 1963  46.600  154.800  46 7.0 102  Kuril Islands, Alaska

 

Felt on northern Hokkaido, Japan.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 16  6  0  0 1930  46.600 -112.000   0 5.0   0  Montana

 

First of a series of shocks near Helena, Montana occurred in 1930. This Ml 5.0 caused plaster to crack and objects to fall.

 

 3 16  9 46 18 1946  35.745 -118.039   0 5.1   0  Central California

 

Aftershock.

 

 3 16  2 34 18 1957  51.405 -178.930  33 7.0   1  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Aftershock.

 

 3 16  6 22 18 1977  55.489 -157.044  18 5.1  47  Alaska Peninsula

 3 16  2  0 52 1978  52.530 -168.684  40 5.2  78  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 16  2  9 36 1978  52.273 -168.588  26 5.5 252  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 16  3 29 58 1978  52.308 -168.591  23 5.0 107  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 16 13 33 11 1985  66.261 -149.802  15 5.0  37  Northern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity V at Bettles. Also felt a Manley Hot Springs, and Alyeska Pump Station Six.

 

 3 16 17 20 45 1987  53.355 -167.248  10 5.1 102  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 16  4 17 28 1989  59.928  -69.659  10 5.2 332  Quebec

 3 16  8 13 27 1989  58.622 -152.798  61 5.0 212  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity III at Anchor Point, Homer and Port Graham.

 

 3 16 15 52 58 1990  26.980 -109.870  33 6.3   0  Gulf of California

 

Felt at Los Mochis and Culiacan, Mexico.

 

 3 16 12 50 48 1999  49.610  -66.320  18 5.1  74  Quebec

 

Felt with intensity V at Gros Morne. Also felt as far as Bathurst, New Brunswick and as far west as Quebec City.

 

 3 16 15 19 56 2000  40.386 -125.279   8 5.9 372  Off Coast No. California

 

Felt in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, northern California.

 

 3 16 21 37 34 2000  57.484 -152.696   0 5.0  10  Alaska Peninsula

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 

 3 15  0  0  0 1645  -1.680  -78.750   0 7.0   0  Ecuador

 3 15 23 30  0 1657 -36.830  -73.030   0 8.0   0  Central Chile

 

This event caused severe damage throughout the Conception/Penco region and resulted in at least 100 killed. The quake, estimated at Mw 8.0 was accompanied by a strong tsunami and shook the area with MMI XI.

 

 3 15  0  0  0 1763  40.700  142.000   0 7.4   0  Hokkaido, Japan

 

Moderate damage at Hachinohe, Japan. A tsunami was generated.

 

 3 15 18 45  0 1860  39.000 -120.000   0 7.0   0  Northern California

 3 15  0 14  6 1917  38.500  144.500  60 7.1  19  Off No. Honshu, Japan

 3 15 10 31 22 1924  49.000  142.500  60 7.0  41  Sakhalin, Russia

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 15 18 45  0 1860  39.000 -120.000   0 7.0   0  Northern California/Nevada

 

In 1860, an event estimated a Mw 7.0 occurred near Carson City, in western Nevada. This earthquake was felt over a considerable area of Nevada and portion so of north and Central California.  The MMI intensity in the epicentral area is unknown as the quake occurred in an unsettled region. It was very violent at Carson City where merchandise was thrown from shelves. Rock and landslides were reported from Pyramid Lake and Carson City. The quake was felt as far as Yreka, CA and to Utah in the east.

 

 3 15 12  2  0 1934  41.700 -112.800   0 5.1   6  Utah

 3 15  5 46 23 1941  28.500 -113.200   0 6.0   0  Gulf of California

 3 15 13 21  1 1946  35.750 -117.983  16 5.2   0  Central California

 3 15 13 49 36 1946  35.725 -118.055  22 6.3   0  Central California

 

The other event of note for today occurred in 1946 (March 15) in the Walker Pass/Coso Junction region of California. This earthquake caused moderate damage at Onyx SW of the epicenters. Damage to brick buildings, chimneys, walls and plaster occurred. Concrete was broken up. Dishes broke, windows cracked and books and pictures fell. Cracks formed in the ground and in the Los Angeles Aqueduct where boulders fell blocking the line near San Canyon.  There were landslides in many of the local canyons. Pipes were broken as far away a Bakersfield. This Ms 6.4 earthquake was felt as far away as Calaveras County in the north to San Diego in the South and from San Luis Obispo to Death Valley (an area of about 65,000 square miles).  The earthquake was preceded by a foreshock, felt by many but described as slight. It was followed by a strong series of aftershocks.

 

 3 15 19 18 54 1946  35.714 -117.977   0 5.4   0  Central California

 3 15 21 54 33 1946  35.750 -118.016  16 5.2   0  Central California

 3 15  2 50 12 1957  52.897 -166.881  33 6.8   0  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 15  9 21  2 1960  51.000 -174.500   0 5.2   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 15 13 35 35 1969  51.310 -179.020  44 5.5 181  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 3 15 21  7 16 1979  34.266 -116.488   1 5.6 222  Southern California

 

Damage with intensity VIII at Landers. Slight damage also occurred with intensity VI at Barstow, Del Rosa, Joshua Tree, Lake Harrowhead, La Quinta, Laguna Niguel and Morongo Valle. Felt from Los Angels to San Diego and east to Las Vegas.

 

 3 15 23  7 58 1979  34.329 -116.442   2 5.0  65  Southern California

 

Felt with intensity V at Redlands. Also felt at Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties of southern California.

 

 3 15 14 53 12 1982  52.701 -161.990   4 5.1 149  Unimak Island, Alaska

 3 15 23 56 17 1988  57.037 -142.898  10 5.0 135  Gulf of Alaska

 3 15 14 44 36 2008  42.412 -126.835  10 5.7  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

   

 3 14 15  0  0 1763  41.000  142.000   0 7.0   0  Hokkaido, Japan

 

Moderate damage in Hachinohe, Japan. A tsunami was generated.

 

 3 14  8 45  0 1913   4.500  126.500  60 8.3  23  Southern Mindanao, Philippines

 

The event caused great destruction, but loss of life was minimal. The following report from Davao City Mindanao is from: Series on Seismology, Volume IV, Philippines, by Lolita Garcia et al, June 1985, Southeast Asia Association of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering.  " ... very violent earthquake from SE-NW, which lasted from four to five minutes. Before the first movement there were subterranean noises from the SE which lasted two minutes. Pendulum clocks were stopped and bottles and other objects fell from the shelves in the houses, bells rang, and fissures were opened up, from which water and fine sand came. The debris fell to the SE. Several walls in the church and convent were thrown down, while in the town, the palm thatch houses rocked a good deal and many of them remained out of plumb; crockery was broken in all of them. 'This earthquakes is a severe one; from the beginning I observed some of the oscillations and movements of the church and convent to be so large that it was a marvel that they were not brought to the ground. Not being able to remain upright, I knelt down but even so I could not keep still, so I lay down on the ground till the vibrations ceased, which appeared to me to be about two minutes. The earthquake seemed to be entirely oscillatory, without vertical shocks, which was the reason so little damage was done.' (Rev. R. Poruga, S.J., Davao)" A slight tsunami was generated in lakes and rivers. The earthquake was not so notable for it's damage but for it's duration. Most buildings are built to withstand horizontal forces and did not come down when the motion was mostly horizontal. It is vertical motion combined with horizontal that usually levels buildings.

 

 3 14 20  0  6 1914  39.200  139.800  60 7.2  19  No. Honshu, Japan

 

Limited damage occurred at Sakurazima and Ugo and Senhoku, Japan.  More than 100 were killed.

 

 3 14 17 11  0 1943 -22.000  169.500  60 7.1  14  Loyalty Islands

 3 14 18 37 56 1943 -20.000  -69.500 150 7.2   8  Northern Chile

 3 14 13 12 14 1955  52.900 -173.300 160 7.0   1  Andreanof Islands

 3 14 14 47 51 1957  51.240 -176.917  33 7.2   1  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak and Umnak Islands.

 

 3 14 15 53  7 1965  36.300   70.700 219 7.5  54  Hindu Kush

 

The Hindu Kush earthquake on this day was a Mw 7.8 and occurred on March 14, 1965. Because of the great depth of this event (about 219 km) little damage was done on the surface. This is quite typical of many large earthquakes in Hindu Kush. The event on March 3, 2002 was atypical in that it did considerable damage and was said to have killed more than 100.

 

 3 14 11  7 11 1979  17.460 -101.460  15 7.6 262  Guerrero, Mexico

 

The only other deadly earthquake on this date occurred in Mexico in 1979. This Mw 7.6 killed 5 and caused severe damage throughout the Guerrero state. Slight damage was also suffered at Acapulco and Guadalajara, Monterrey and Puebla. This Mexican earthquake was followed slightly more than a day later by a swarm of earthquakes in the Lander's region of southern California in the Homestead region. These earthquake started with a Ml 4.9 and built to a maximum size of Ml 5.7. A strong aftershock sequence lasted for more then two days. The distance between the Mexican and the subsequent So. California event is approximately 19 degrees, a distance where some believe Far-field triggering is prominent. Were the events in So. California triggered by the Mexican earthquake the day before - anybody's guess.

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 14 19  1 50 1933  33.616 -118.016  16 5.1   0  Long Beach, California

 3 14 13 46 18 1941  28.066 -113.600  16 6.0   0  Gulf of California

 3 14 18  0  0 1947  47.200 -113.500   0 5.0   0  Montana

 

The only damaging earthquake  in the contiguous 48-states occurred as a Mb 5.0 in northern Montana in 1947. This event cracked plaster which fell to the floor at Seeley Lake  where hanging objects swung and buildings cracked and rattled. Five miles to the east persons in a log house though a heavy gust of wind had caused the building to shake.

 

 3 14 13 12 14 1955  52.900 -173.300 160 7.0   1  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 14 14 47 45 1957  51.320 -176.440   0 7.2   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 14 11 58 54 1961  67.800 -164.900  78 5.0   0  Bering Sea

 3 14  3 31 48 1976  60.031 -153.350 146 5.7  24  Southern Alaska

 3 14  2 30 24 1978  51.967 -179.115 102 5.1  50  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 14 14 36 26 1979  50.114 -129.562  22 5.1 108  Vancouver Islands, B.C.

 3 14 15 13 35 1979  50.078 -129.674  27 5.2 155  Vancouver Islands, B.C.

 3 14 20 32 54 1984  62.550 -149.970  33 5.1   0  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Eagle River, Palmer, Sutton and Wasilla.  Also felt at Anchorage, Chugiak and Willows.

 

 3 14  9 23 55 1987  51.611 -173.485   8 5.1 203  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 14 19 42  6 1989  61.138  -59.295  10 5.3  97  SE Canada

 3 14 15 57 52 1991  51.794 -175.264  39 5.5 263  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak and Atka.

 

 3 14 17 33 51 1995  54.776 -161.339  35 6.2 563  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Cold Bay and Sand Point. Also felt at Akutan, King Cove and Perryville and at Chignik and False Pass.

 

 3 14  5 43 54 1996  54.204 -166.001   5 5.3  72  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity V on Akutan. Also felt on Unalaska.

 

 3 14 11 56 14 1996  54.125 -165.826   5 5.0  23  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV on Akutan.

 

 3 14 15 21 31 1996  54.156 -165.906   5 5.0  58  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity V on Akutan.

 

 3 14 16 13 52 1996  54.134 -165.844   5 5.2  62  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity V on Akutan.

 

 3 14 19 27 58 1996  54.117 -166.123   5 5.0  30  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV on Akutan.

 

 

 3 14 16 08 31 2002  51.531 -173.083  33 5.7  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 14 09 38 21 2008  61.073 -152.640 143 5.1  10  Southern Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt (III) at Anchorage, Palmer, Seward and Soldotna; (II) at Eagle River. Also felt at Chugiak, Girdwood, Homer, Kenai, Ninilchik, Sterling and Willow.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3 13 15  0  0 1872  35.015  132.010   0 7.1   0  Southwestern Japan

 

In south- western Japan near Hamada. Damage was severe and over 600 were killed.  A strong destructive tsunami was also generated with this event.  This earthquake was followed less than two weeks later by one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in California - the Owen's Valley earthquake of March 26, 1872 (Mw 8.5). Owen's Valley is southeast of Mammoth Lakes.

 

 3 13 14 29  0 1909  31.500  142.500  80 8.3  18  Southern Honshu, Japan

 

This was under the ocean at a depth of 80 km and no record of damage has been passed down.

 

 3 13 18 31 52 1928  -5.500  153.000 100 7.0  15  New Britain

 3 13 20  2 35 1948   1.500  126.500  60 7.1  23  Halmahera

 3 13 16  6 54 1967 -40.120  -74.680  33 7.3 153  Southern Chile

 

Off the coast of Southern Chile. No damage reported.

 

 3 13 18 45 30 1975 -21.800  170.500  85 7.1   0  Loyalty Islands

 3 13 17 18 39 1992  39.720   39.630  23 7.3   0  Turkey

 

Over 500 were killed and 2000 injured. More than 2000 houses were damaged or destroyed at Erzincan. A large number of landslides and avalanches were recorded and blocked roads in the epicentral area. Felt over most of northeastern Turkey.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 13 13 18 28 1933  33.750 -118.083  16 5.3   0  Long Beach, California

 3 13 16 20  0 1934  38.000 -118.000   0 5.0   0  California-Nevada region

 3 13  2 48 20 1957  51.722 -171.214  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 13 15 42 13 1957  51.445 -178.729  33 6.8   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 13 19 59 23 1957  53.900 -165.400  33 6.2   0  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 13  7 33 24 1965  53.170 -162.070  36 5.5 141  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 13 14 44  7 1967  53.690 -165.250  31 5.1 105  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 13 18 43 50 1969  63.560 -128.360  18 5.0 103  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 13 23 51 34 1971  50.611 -129.991  22 5.7 247  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 13  9 51 34 1979  49.970 -129.733  14 5.1 114  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 13 12  0 16 1979  49.978 -129.745   7 5.3 265  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 13 15  2 54 1979  50.100 -129.604  14 5.0  91  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 13 20 50  4 1979  50.028 -129.682   2 5.0 106  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 13 22 39  8 1979  50.086 -129.652  10 5.0  77  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 13  6 11 18 1985  51.288 -179.175  33 5.1  61  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 13 19 34 58 1985  43.498 -127.621  10 6.3 476  Off Coast of Oregon

 

Felt mildly at Cottage Grove and Portland areas in Oregon and as far north as Forks and Takeland, Washington. Neither of these events was damaging. 

 

 3 13 16  1  4 1992  52.451 -178.945 197 6.3 551  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 13  9 26 38 1993  71.203  -71.261  18 5.5  19  Baffin Bay, Canada

 3 13  3 11 28 1994  51.343 -178.231  33 5.3 288  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 13 04 53 39 2010  44.218 -129.355  10 5.0  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 3 13 13 20 59 2014  51.362 -179.275  37 5.5  10  Western Andreanof Islands, Alaska.

 3 13 03 20 03 2016  51.673 -174.152  10 5.0  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 13 04 19 25 2016  51.550 -173.921  10 5.4  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 12 23 14  0 1909  32.000  140.000  60 7.1  18  Southern Honshu, Japan

 

South of Honshu, Japan.

 

 3 12 11 44 57 1957  51.436 -177.404  33 7.3   1  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt at Adak and Unmak Islands.

 

 3 12 16 31 21 1966  24.200  122.600  48 7.6 169  Northern Taiwan

 

This event affected all of northern Taiwan and left 7 dead (5 in Taiwan and 2 in Okinawa) and more than 10 injured; many houses were damaged in both Taiwan and on Okinawa; the epicenter lay between Ishigaki Island and northern Taiwan; there were numerous aftershocks, including a particularly strong one on March 23.

 

 3 12  0 21 21 1995  43.127  147.986  64 7.1  63  Southern Kuril Islands

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 12  7 15  0 1761  42.500  -71.000   0 5.0   0  New York State

 

Felt widely in the epicentral region.

 

 3 12  7  0  0 1853  43.700  -75.500   0 5.0   0  New York State

 

Felt widely in the epicentral region.

 

 3 12 10 30  0 1918  39.580 -120.830   0 6.3   0  Northern California

 

In California a Ms 6.3 hit Downieville, Sierra County on March 12 in 1918. Chimneys were knocked down but the shock was only locally felt. A strong aftershock occurred 2 hours later.

 

 3 12 20 45  0 1933  38.800 -117.600   0 5.0   0  Nevada

 3 12 15  5 48 1934  41.700 -112.800   0 6.6   0  Utah

 

The largest recorded earthquake to hit Utah since settlement occurred there in the 19th Century occurred on March 12, 1934 (Ms 6.6).  The earthquake occurred in a sparsely populated area and killed only two people.  Property damage was limited to cracked walls and downed chimneys throughout the Kosmos/Lake Bonneville areas of Utah.  Rock slides were observed just north of Monument Rock and near Snowville, Utah. Several other minor rockslides were also observed.  A number of ground cracks were developed in the epicentral area.  Most of the cracks were in salt flats or poorly consolidated gravels. None were continuous for long distances For distinct fractures about 1 km apart developed across a road about 5 km north of Kosmo, UT. The vertical displacement along the fractures ranged from about 7.5 to 25.5 cm. Precise leveling surveys showed subsidence in some areas up to nearly a half meter. There was no horizontal displacement. In some areas the cracks stayed open for up to a foot and a half. One graben was noted north of Kosmo about 60 feet across with the displacement of 8 inches on the west side and 5 inches on the east side. This suggested nearly vertical motion was involved with the sinking of blocks within graben-like structures.  Hansel Valley is very similar to other such grabens in Nevada and Utah being of the basin and range type. It trends north and south and has very steep slopes. No fractures were noted in bedrock, however, so what was observed may be surface expressions in unconsolidated material.  Numerous springs developed in the epicentral area as a result of the earthquake. All apparently rose along well-defined fractures and most formed in salt-flats. All the water flowing from the springs had a strong salty taste, this would be expected as it flowed through salt beds. Considerable water also flowed from fractures at Monument rock, especially from two holes in salt flats northeast of there one of which had diameter of 3 meters and depth of 11 meters.  In addition to the springs, water flowed from an old well, but within days had ceased. It appeared as if the water was forced from the ground under considerable pressure. Water in some wells was observed to rise up to 12 feet. Oil seeps were also observed 10 miles south of Promintory rock.  In the epicentral area the ground motion was described as "bumping". A farmer near Kosmo stated that movements in his pasture resembled waves on water - an observation often made in large earthquakes. Many reported sounds of a roaring, rumbling thunderous nature like the passing of a train and these sounds were heard as far away as Salt Lake City nearly 70 km away.  The area had shown seismic activity for some years prior to this earthquake.

 

 3 12 18 20 12 1934  41.700 -112.800   0 6.0   0  Utah

 3 12  7 28 54 1957  51.707 -173.591  33 6.4   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 12 11 44 57 1957  51.436 -177.404  33 7.3   1  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

In the Aleutians, aftershocks of Ms 7+ continued following the great shock of Mar. 9, 1957. A Ms 6.5 hit near these same epicenters in the central Aleutians on March 12, 1990.  None of these earthquakes were damaging. A similar quake hit the Aleutians with Ms 6.4 on MArch 12, 1965 and with Ms 5.4 on this date in 1975 and 1980.

 

 3 12  7 39 17 1965  51.500 -178.200  33 6.5   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3 12 10 43 32 1975  51.143 -177.527  18 5.4 171  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt at Adak with intensity IV.

 

 3 12 23  4 35 1980  52.146 -168.984  40 5.4 167  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 12  7  0 14 1983  52.231 -170.218  25 5.2 212  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 12 14 41 20 1990  51.448 -175.057  14 6.2 638  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak and Atka.

 

 3 12 14 47 17 1990  51.394 -174.991   3 5.0  66  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 12 15  6 33 1990  51.484 -175.004   0 5.1 170  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

 3 12 00 03 42 1992  52.970  170.934  23 5.5  10  Near Island, Aleutians

 3 12 13 04 43 2007  51.131  179.392  40 5.0  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 12 00 31 44 2014  44.323 -129.149  10 5.1  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 3 12 00 32 02 2014  44.303 -129.107   5 5.1  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 3 12 19 47 14 2015  52.858 -162.885  10 5.3  10  Unimak Island, Alaska

 3 12 13 23 39 2016  51.389 -173.883  18 5.4  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 12 18 06 46 2016  51.624 -174.005  22 6.3  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 12 21 57 54 2016  60.253 -152.307 106 5.0  10  Southern Alaska

 

The M 5.0 earthquake southwest of Anchorage, Alaska was reported felt with intensity II-III in Alaska at Kasilof, Anchor Point, Soldotna, Sterling, Homer, Anchorage, Kenai, Elmendorf AFB, Seward, Fort Richardson, Girdwood, Wasilla, Eagle River, Chugiak, Talkeetna and Valdez, Alaska.  This is the strongest aftershock to date of the M 7.1 which hit about 150 km southwest of this on January 24, 2016.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 11 20 10  0 1817  45.883    6.750   0 8.0   0  France

 

Since this is an unusual event, especially since it is so large for an area with normally subdued seismicity, it is suspect. The Significant earthquake catalog identifies the source as a Rothe paper from 1938 in which he stated the earthquake killed 4 and inflicted heavy damage in the Chamonix Valley in France. This event, however is not listed in the French earthquake catalog: Les tremblements de terre en France by J.Vogt. No reference can be found to it in other contemporary catalogs either, suggesting it was a local event and the Magnitude 8 assigned to it was really an MMI VIII report.

 

 3 11 21 37 50 1945  37.000  142.000  50 7.2  19  Off E Coast Honshu, Japan

 3 11  9 58 44 1957  52.584 -169.237  33 7.0   1  Fox Islands

 3 11 14 55 26 1957  51.411 -178.544  33 7.1   1  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak and Umnak.

 

 3 11  0 26  1 1958  24.620  124.290  77 7.5   0  Ryukyu Islands

 

Several killed and many injured at Okinawa. Fissures were oberved on Miyako and Ishigaki. Felt on Batan Islands.

 

 3 11 19 22  0 1997   7.742  127.647  10 7.2 210  Mindanao, Philippines

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Bislig. Damage occurred to buildings at Cagayan de Oro. Also felt at Davao, Surigao and General Santos.

 

 3 11 05 46 24 2011  38.297  142.373  29 9.1  10  Off Eastern Honshu, Japan

 

(NEIC) At least 15,703 people killed, 4,647 missing, 5,314 injured, 130,927 displaced and at least 332,395 buildings, 2,126 roads, 56 bridges and 26 railways destroyed or damaged by the earthquake and tsunami along the entire east coast of Honshu from Chiba to Aomori. The majority of casualties and damage occurred in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima from a Pacific-wide tsunami with a maximum runup height of 37.88 m at Miyako. The total economic loss in Japan was estimated at 309 billion US dollars.  Electricity, gas and water supplies, telecommunications and railway service disrupted and several reactors severely damaged at a nuclear power plant near Okuma. Several fires occurred in Chiba and Miyagi. At least 1,800 houses destroyed when a dam failed in Fukushima. Maximum acceleration of 2.93 g recorded at Tsukidate. Horizontal displacement and subsidence observed. Landslides occurred in Miyagi.  Liquefaction observed at Chiba, Odaiba, Tokyo and Urayasu. The tsunami destroyed or severely damaged many coastal towns in the Kuji-Minamisanriku-Nami area. One person killed and several houses destroyed at Jayapura, Indonesia by a tsunami with a wave height of 2 m. One person killed south of Crescent City, California and several boats and docks destroyed or damaged at Crescent City by a tsunami with a recorded wave height of 247 cm. Several houses, boats and docks destroyed or damaged at Santa Cruz, California; Brookings, Oregon; Hale`iwa, Kailua Kona and Kealakekua, Hawaii. Some buildings damaged slightly in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador by a tsunami with a recorded wave height of 208 cm at Santa Cruz. Several houses destroyed at Pisco, Peru. Several buildings destroyed at Dichato and several boats damaged at Puerto Viejo and on Isla Chiloe, Chile. Felt (VIII) at Fukushima, (VII) at Agui, Hiratsuka, Kiryu, Komae, Oyama, Sendai and Tsukuba and (VI) in much of eastern Honshu, including the Tokyo-Yokohama area, Japan. Felt from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Recorded (7 JMA) in Miyagi.  Felt in Northern Mariana Islands, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, northeastern China and southeastern Russia as far as Kaohsiung, Beijing and Petropavlovsk- Kamchatskiy. Seiches observed at Leikanger, Norway.  Water fluctuations observed in a well in Newfoundland, Canada. The tsunami had maximum runup heights of 29.6 m at Ofunato, 18.4 m at Onagawa and 9.4 m at Iwaki.  Wave heights in centimeters (above sea level) were recorded at the following selected tide gauges: 250 at Arica, Chile; 282 at Hanasaki and 157 at Omaezaki, Japan; 163 at Manzanillo, Mexico; 156 on Midway Island; 97 on Chatham Island, New Zealand; 109 at Manus, Papua New Guinea; 173 at Callao, Peru; 250 at Kahului, Hawaii, USA; 202 at Port Orford, Oregon; 157 at Shemya, Alaska. The tsunami also caused some massive slabs of ice to calve from the Sulzberger Ice Shelf, Antarctica.

 

 3 11 06 15 40 2011  36.281  141.111  42 7.9  10  Off Eastern Honshu, Japan

 

(NEIC) Felt (V) at Tokyo and (IV) at Misawa and Yokosuka. Also felt at Ayase, Fussa, Hamamatsu, Hamura, Nagoya-shi, Nisshin, Oizumi, Osaka, Sodegaura, Tachikawa, Tokorozawa and Yokohama. Recorded (6L JMA) in Ibaraki.

 

 3 11 06 25 50 2011  38.058  144.590  18 7.7  10  Off Eastern Honshu, Japan

 

(NEIC) Felt at Abiko, Akishima, Atsugi, Chiba, Chofu, Fussa, Kawasaki, Misawa, Mizuho, Nara, Narita, Osaka, Tokyo, Ueno, Yokosuka and Zama. Also felt at Sapporo, Hokkaido. Recorded (4 JMA) in Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Iwate, Miyagi, Saitama and Yamagata. Also recorded (4 JMA) in southeastern Hokkaido.  TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S.CANADA

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 11  6 52  0 1910  36.920 -121.670   0 5.5   0  Central California

 

Widely felt with intensity VI in the Monterey Bay, Aptos and Watsonville. Also felt from Chittenden to Pajaro Valley. Many were alarmed.

 

 3 11 10 17 30 1912  51.000 -131.000   0 6.5   0  Queen Charlotte Islands

 3 11  1 54  8 1933  33.616 -117.966  16 6.3   0  Long Beach, California

 

The event occurred on March 10, local time, but time is usually referred in earthquake catalogs to UT. The following discussion is partially from "Earthquake Investigations in the Western  U.S., 1931-1964" by Karl V.  Steinbrugge and Vincent R. Bush, Publication 41-2, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, CGS.  This earthquake (Ms 6.3) was the first strong event this century in southern California during the 20th Century and "marks a major turning point in the field of earthquake-resistive design and construction for much of California. Earthquake bracing provisions up to that time were not containeded in any of the metropolitan Los Angeles building ordinances, including that of Long Beach. There had been controversy regarding the potential earthquake hazard to the Los Angeles area.  One book, authored by a prominent geologist and published in 1928, stated: 'The accumulative weight of data substantiates beyond a doubt any deduction that Los Angeles is in no danger of a great earthquake disaster.' The 1933 Long Beach disaster brought the debate to a close.  The earthquake had a Richter magnitude of 6.3. The instrumental epicenter, not far from Huntington Beach was about 10 miles southeast of Long Beach in the Pacific Ocean. Property damage was estimated to be from $40 to over $50 million." It was not a huge quake from seismological considerations, however the MMI was IC and occurring in a populated area made it significant from an engineering standpoint.  Until the San Fernando, Northridge and Loma Prieta earthquakes, the shock was second only in destruction to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Estimated loss of life was 120, higher than in any other U.S. earthquake other than the 1906 San Francisco event. Most of the loss of life was suffered by people being hit by falling debris from building cornices and parapets as they tried to leave shaking buildings. The duration of severe shaking was only about 20 secons.  Most schools in the area were built of masonry with exterior brick overing hollow clay tile. Roofs and supported floors were wood. The destruction of this type of construction was the most spectacular. Fortunately, the earthquake occurred after school hours and a catastrophic situation was averted. However, the destruction was so extensive that the California legislature passed the "Field Law" on Apr. 10, 1933 requiring all new public schools to be highly earthquake resistant. Structures built under this law have performed excellently in subsequent shocks.  Fortunately there was no major fire following the quake, but the fire department did suffer severe damage to all its fire stations and fire-alarm systems. The water mains had numerous breaks, most occurring in sand, silt or fill. Water in reservoirs fell dangerously low but never gave out. Ten gas fires were reported during the night of March 10-11, but none resulted in major losses.

 

 3 11  2  9  0 1933  33.750 -118.083   0 5.0   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  2 30  0 1933  33.750 -118.083   0 5.1   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  3 23  0 1933  33.750 -118.083   0 5.0   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  5 10 22 1933  33.700 -118.066  16 5.1   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  5 18  4 1933  33.566 -117.983  16 5.2   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  6 58  3 1933  33.683 -118.050   0 5.5   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  8 54 57 1933  33.700 -118.066  16 5.1   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  9 10  0 1933  33.750 -118.083   0 5.1   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11 14 25  0 1933  33.850 -118.266  16 5.0   0  Long Beach, California

 3 11  3 12 48 1957  50.937 -177.202  33 6.9   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 11  3 35  7 1957  50.723 -176.930  33 6.2   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 11  3 55 29 1957  50.106 -176.832  33 6.1   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 11  7  8  7 1957  51.197 -177.214  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 11  9 58 44 1957  52.584 -169.237  33 7.0   1  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 11 14 55 26 1957  51.411 -178.544  33 7.1   1  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 11 15 36  0 1957  51.247 -179.027  30 6.5   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 11 14  5 54 1965  53.100 -161.900  12 5.0  16  Unimak Islands, Alaska

 3 11 22 38 32 1970  57.390 -153.970  16 6.5 314  Southern Alaska

 

A wall cracked in Sitkinik Island in the Kodiak area.

 

 3 11 15 25 46 1971  59.350 -146.590  18 5.1  82  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity II on Middleton Island.

 

 3 11 12 17 51 1977  44.820 -111.479   5 5.2  26  Yellowstone, Montana

 3 11 23 57 46 1978  32.290 -115.081   5 5.0  33  Baja California

 

Slight damage at Yuma, Arizona and Mexicali, Mexico. Also felt at Imperial, CA.

 

 3 11  3 47  5 1980  52.240 -169.119  38 5.1 229  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 11  6 16 33 1991  50.810 -179.210  47 5.4   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 11  6 10 18 1996  54.231 -166.087   5 5.1  71  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV on Akutan.

 

 3 11 14 37 10 2008  52.171 -169.481  16 5.5  10  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3 10  0  0  0 1681 -18.500  -70.350   0 7.3   0  Southern Peru

 

Felt with intensity X in the epicentral area.

 

 3 10 15  0  0 1763  41.000  142.000   0 7.3   0  Hokkaido, Japan

 3 10 21 57 29 1951 -15.000  167.500 130 7.2  14  Vanuatu

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3 10 11 21 20 1922  35.750 -120.250   0 6.5   0  Central California

 

One of the most noteworthy earthquake in the U.S. on March 10 occurred as a Mw 6.5 in the Parkfield, California region. Houses were damaged severely along the San Andreas fault zone in Monerey and San Luis Obispo Counties. Chimneys fell at Parkfield and in southern Cholame Valley. One house was jolted from foundations and another was twisted into two parts. A water tank was knocked down on a ranch  and oil pipelines broke between Shandon and Antelope, CA.  There were 3 breaks in the Producers Transportation Line, one close to a 1934 bread in a nearby oil pipeline.  A ground crack 15-30 cm wide and about 800 m long was observed in Cholame Valley but smaller cracks formed throughout the San Andreas fault zone.  This was the earliest Parkfield shock for which seismograms exist. A comparison of the Berkeley recordings implied that the 1922 epicenter was located 6 km NW of the 1934 epicenter. Later studies suggested that the magnitude of this quake was identical to that of June 8, 1934.

 

 3 10 15  4 50 1926  66.500 -130.000   0 5.0   0  Northern Alaska

 3 10  3 28 53 1931  40.000 -125.000   0 5.6   0  Off Coast No. California

 3 10  3 32  0 1931  41.000 -125.000   0 5.6   0  Off Coast No. California

 3 10 18  1 53 1940  37.389 -114.937   8 5.0   0  Nevada

 3 10  3  9  6 1957  51.684 -174.513  33 6.6   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Aftershocks of the Aleutian Island earthquake of 1957 were the strongest events recorded in the U.S. or Canada on this date.

 

 3 10 11 20 46 1957  51.881 -170.862  33 6.3   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 12 36  6 1957  51.300 -170.700  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 12 45 38 1957  50.504 -176.934  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 13 28 37 1957  51.348 -178.713  30 6.2   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 15 26 24 1957  52.200 -172.400  33 6.5   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 16 37 54 1957  51.663 -173.312  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 3 10  1 26  4 1963  56.300 -153.600  29 5.1  50  Alaska Peninsula

 3 10 21 52 58 1965  56.300 -155.600  33 5.0  20  Alaska Peninsula

 3 10  3 49 25 1968  52.080 -177.320   7 5.4 180  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 15 38 26 1971  49.348 -127.461   8 5.0  66  Vancouver Island, B.C.

 3 10  6 30  1 1976  51.143 -179.115  53 5.0 125  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 11  7 16 1979  51.560 -173.290  26 5.0 224  Andreanof Islands

 3 10 14  3 36 1983  62.894 -149.685  90 5.2  30  Southern Alaska

 

Felt at Fairbanks and Ester with intensity III.

 

 3 10 13 30 30 1985  66.122 -150.141  10 5.5 221

 

Felt at Fairbanks.

 

 3 10  7 43 51 1987  51.772 -175.261  60 5.0  66  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 3 10  4 16 32 1988  59.431 -144.566  10 5.4 225  Gulf of Alaska

 3 10 14 25 15 1988  57.290 -143.530   3 5.1   0  Gulf of Alaska

 3 10 10 38 18 1989  56.120 -153.850  50 5.3   0  Alaska Peninsula

 3 10  2 10 54 1990  60.240 -152.180  44 5.3   0  Southern Alaska

 3 10 14 10 39 2012  55.146 -157.567  10 5.5  10  Alaska Peninsula

 3 10 17 11 04 2013  59.315 -154.218   8 5.0  10  Alaska Peninsula

 

(NEIC) Felt (III) at King Salmon and (II) at Homer. Also felt at Anchorage, Anchor Point, Dillingham, Iliamna, New Stuyahok, Palmer and Pedro Bay.

 

 3 10 05 18 12 2014  40.821 -125.128   7 6.9  10  Off the coast of Northern California

 

NEIC reported this earthquake was widely felt along the coast of northern California. Maximum intensity V was felt at Blue Lake and Samoa with intensity IV at Eureka, Ferndale, MacKinleyville, North Bend, Whitethorn, Trinidad, Rio Dell, Loleta, Hydesville, Barberville, Fortuna, Ferndale, Bayside, Arcata, Littleriver, California. Intensity II-III was felt in Brisbane, Daly City, Billbrae, San Gregorio, San Francisco, Oakland, Albany, San Rafael, Bodega, Inverness, Mill Valley, Aptos, Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Santa Rosa, Albion, Compeche, Elk, Fort Bragg, Guerneville, Mendocino, Ukiah, Willits, Bridgeville, Burnt Ranch, Carlotta, Crescent City, Klamath, Korbel, Myers Flat, Salyer, Somes Bar, Zenia, Davis, Esparto, Lincoln, Dutch Flat, Sacramento, Chico, Grass Valley, Magalia, Nevada City, Paradise, Quincy, Chico, Redding, Big Bar, Dunsmuir, Gerber, Hayfork, Lewiston, Mount Shasta, Palo Cedro, Weaverville, Crescent City, Klamath, Point Arena and San Mateo. It was also felt in Oregon with intensity IV in North Bend and II-II in Klamath Falls, Selma, O'Brien, Grants Pass, Cave Junction, North Bend, Gold Beach, Brookings and Eugene.  This is the strongest earthquake to hit off northern California since an M 7.2 on June 15, 2005 and an M 7.1 on September 1, 1994. A series of events in July and

 

TODAY IN SEISMIC HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  9 18  5 27 1928  -2.500   88.500  60 8.1  33  South of Sumatra

 

Since this area is unpopulated, no damage occurred. There is no record of a tsunami with this event, although it is likely that one was produced.

 

 3  9  3 48 50 1931  40.500  142.500  60 7.7  19  Hokkaido, Japan

 

On March 9, 1931 and again on March 9, 1952 large earthquakes occurred off the coast of northern Japan/Hokkaido of Ms 7.7 and 7.3 respectively. Neither of these events is known to have inflicted great damage on the region.

 

 3  9  9 48 55 1943 -60.000  -27.000   0 7.3   0  South Sandwich Islands

 3  9 22 12 58 1944  44.000   84.000  60 7.2  28  Central China

 3  9 17  3 47 1952  41.700  143.500  40 7.3 202  Hokkaido, Japan

 

On March 9, 1931 and again on March 9, 1952 large earthquakes occurred off the coast of northern Japan/Hokkaido of Ms 7.7 and 7.3 respectively. Neither of these events is known to have inflicted great damage on the region.

 

 3  9 14 22 32 1957  51.477 -175.720  33 8.6   1  Andreanof Islands

 

By far the largest earthquake to occur on March 9 occurred in 1957 in the Central Aleutian Islands. This was part of an 28 to 29-year recurrence interval in great earthquakes (see history note from March 7, 2003). Large or great earthquakes have occurred from the Fox Isl.  to the Central Andreanoff Islands in the years 1872, 1901, 1929, 1957, and 1986. The largest of these was the event on March 9 which ruptured the Aleutians arc from the Fox Islands to the western Andreanoffs, a rupture length of more than 1,000 km from 160W to 180W. After a few preliminary shocks in January and February, two of which were important (Ml 6.4 and 6.5 on Jan 2, 1957). The great earthquake occurred on March 9. Over 600 strong aftershocks were recorded including at least 6 of Ms>=7.  It should be noted that the large number of shocks recorded are not, strictly speaking, aftershocks, for the epicenters are spread over a huge area 200 km wide by about 1,000 km long covering the entire central portion of the Aleutians. Thus energy was not released always at the same point, but sometimes at one, sometimes at another, along the seismic zone.  The mainshock caused a tsunami which spread across the Pacific and reached the Hawaiian Islands and then northern Japan. Thanks to a warning system set up in the United states to prevent a repetition of tsunami catastrophes like the one on 1 April, 1946, the people of Hawaii living along the coast were evacuated in time. However, there was important material damage, approximately $3 million on Oahu and Kauai.  In Japan the waves were about 10 feet (3 meters) high and submerged several villages on the island of Hokkaido, though fortunately without loss of life. A forty-foot wall of water smashed into the coastline at Scotch Cap, Fox Islands. At Sand Bay, Alaska a 26-foot wave washed away many buildings and did extensive damage to oil lines. At Adak, 15-foot wide cracks appeared in the road and two bridges were destroyed. At Umnak the earthquake destroyed part of the dock, flipping the piling on the road like matches. A cement mixer was turned upside down and other equipment scattered about. Mount Vsevidof, on Umnak, dormant for 200 years erupted. Other volcanic activity was reported on the Alaska Peninsula where Mount Trident was observed sending up smoke and steam.

 

 3  9 20 39 17 1957  52.558 -169.650  33 7.2   1  Fox Islands

 3  9 14 27 57 1977  41.667  131.417 600 7.2   0  Sea of Japan

 3  9 22  3  2 1981  -2.120  -80.231  63 7.9  30  Ecuador

 3  9 23 28  7 1994 -18.039 -178.413 563 7.6 655  Tonga/Fiji

 

Felt at Suva and Lautoka on Viti Levu, Fiji Islands.

 

(NEIC) Felt (IV) at Misawa, Sendai and Utsunomiya; (III) at Tokyo, Tsukuba, Yokohama and Yokosuka; (II) at Narita and Sagamihara. Felt throughout central and northern Honshu and southern Hokkaido. Felt (II) at Yuzhno-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands.  Recorded (5L JMA) in Miyagi, Honshu.

 

TODAY IN SEISMIC HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  9  5 44 36 1937  40.470  -84.280   3 5.0   0  Ohio

 

An earthquake at Anna, western Ohio where chimneys fell. In a church organ pipes were twisted. Churches and schools developed cracks. Felt as far as Chicago, Milwaukee, Toronto, Canada. Also felt in Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. A loud earthquake noise was heard.

 

 3  9 12 28 38 1949  36.017 -121.483   0 5.2   0  Central California

 

This event  occurred near Hollister where considerable damage occurred. Structural damage included fallen chimneys, cracked walls, broken windows and sprung elevator shafts. Many well-built businesses and homes suffered considerable damage. Many stores closed because of damaged good on the floor. All pendulum clocks stopped.

 

 3  9 20  0 17 1952  59.110 -136.680   0 6.0  87  SE Alaska

 

Felt along the Alaska-Canada border. Felt strongly at Juneau, AK.  Windows cracked and doors rattled. Felt also in Angoon and Sitka.

 

 3  9  0 32 40 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 5.0   0  Baja California

 3  9 14 22 28 1957  51.300 -175.800  33 8.6   0  Andreanof Islands

 

By far the largest earthquake to occur on March 9 occurred in 1957 in the Central Aleutian Islands. This was part of an 28 to 29-year recurrence interval in great earthquakes.  Large or great earthquakes have occurred from the Fox Isl.  to the Central Andreanoff Islands in the years 1872, 1901, 1929, 1957, and 1986. The largest of these was the event on March 9 which ruptured the Aleutians arc from the Fox Islands to the western Andreanoffs, a rupture length of more than 1,000 km from 160W to 180W. After a few preliminary shocks in January and February, two of which were important (Ml 6.4 and 6.5 on Jan 2, 1957). the great earthquake occurred on March 9. Over 600 strong aftershocks were recorded including at least 6 of Ms>=7.  It should be noted that the large number of shocks recorded are not, strictly speaking, aftershocks, for the epicenters are spread over a huge area 200 km wide by about 1,000 km long covering the entire central portion of the Aleutians. Thus energy was not released always at the same point, but sometimes at one, sometimes at another, along the seismic zone.  The mainshock caused a tsunami which spread across the Pacific and reached the Hawaiian Islands and then northern Japan. Thanks to a warning system set up in the United states to prevent a repetition of tsunami catastrophes like the one on 1 April, 1946, the people of Hawaii living along the coast were evacuated in time. However, there was important material damage, approximately $3 million on Oahu and Kauai.  In Japan the waves were about 10 feet (3 meters) high and submerged several villages on the island of Hokkaido, though fortunately without loss of life. A forty-foot wall of water smashed into the coastline at Scotch Cap, Fox Islands. At Sand Bay, Alaska a 26-foot wave washed away many buildings and did extensive damage to oil lines. At Adak, 15-foot wide cracks appeared in the road and two bridges were destroyed. At Umnak the earthquake destroyed part of the dock, flipping the piling on the road like matches. A cement mixer was turned upside down and other equipment scattered about. Mount Vsevidof, on Umnak, dormant for 200 years erupted. Other volcanic activity was reported on the Alaska Peninsula where Mount Trident was observed sending up smoke and steam.

 

 

 3  9 17 10 19 1957  51.619 -172.977  33 6.3   0  Andreanof Islands

 3  9 19 37 37 1957  51.688 -173.913  33 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 3  9 20 39 17 1957  52.558 -169.650  33 7.2   1  Fox Islands

 3  9 14  2 10 1966  27.700 -114.900   3 5.5  29  Gulf of California

 3  9 21 23  9 1966  35.400 -118.400   0 5.0   0  Central California

 3  9 14  8  5 1985  66.219 -149.981  12 6.1 466  Northern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Bettles and Fairbanks. Felt with lesser intensity at Alyeska Pump Station Six, Ester, Manley Hot Springs. Also felt at Nenana, Wasilla and Willow.

 

 3  9 14 16 26 1985  66.280 -150.223  10 5.1 139  Northern Alaska

 

Felt at Bettles, Alyeska Pump Station Six and Fairbanks.

 

 3  9 22 34 38 1985  64.900 -150.900   0 5.0   0  Central Alaska

 3  9  1 55 18 1986  51.300 -169.300   0 5.0   0  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3  9 13 49 28 1986  54.249 -167.996  35 5.5 252  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt at Unalaska and Dutch Harbor.

 

 3  9  1 25  1 1989  52.020 -170.050  52 5.1   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3  9 12 34  1 1990  60.407 -152.491  98 5.1 273  Southern Alaska

 3  9 17  3 21 1990  63.736 -152.487  15 5.1 112  Southern Alaska

 3  9  4 50 45 1997  51.200 -178.000  33 5.1   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 3  9 14 33 24 1997  66.300 -136.000  10 5.1   0  Yukon Territory, Canada

 3  9 17 48 43 1999  43.454 -127.074  10 5.2 213  Off coast of Oregon

 3  9  7 10 21 2001  64.220 -130.920   1 5.2 153  Yukon/NW Territories, Canada

 3 09 18 28 12 2004  51.712  176.432  53 5.2  10  Rat Islands, Alaska

 3 09 14 06 52 2010  51.489 -173.531  35 5.8  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN SEISMIC HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  8  0  0  0 1812  43.700   83.000   0 7.5   0  China

 

No damage or deaths were recorded, however it is quite likely that they occurred.

 

 3  8 15 29 43 1915  39.000  142.000  60 7.0  19  Hokkaido, Japan

 3  8 12 21 13 1957  39.300   22.600  33 7.0   0  Greece

 

This event and a foreshock caused moderate property damage in Larisa and Magnesia provinces while killing two and leaving many injured.

 

 3  8 16 33 38 1960 -16.500  168.500 250 7.2  14  Vanuatu

 

Felt at Port Vila.

 

 3  8 22 12 10 1980 -22.673  171.357  38 7.1  99  Loyalty Islands

 3  8 11 36 29 1991  60.900  167.080  32 7.0  44  Siberia

 

This is the largest earthquake ever located in this area of eastern Siberia.

 

 3  8 12 25 49 1999  52.056  159.520  57 7.0 430  Kamchatka

 

Felt with intensity V at Petropavlovsk and Kamchatskiy. Also felt at Severo-Kurilsk and Paramushir.

 

 

TODAY IN SEISMIC HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  8  4 29 30 1932  51.500 -178.000  25 6.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3  8  0 14 16 1963  76.600  -94.330  33 5.7   0  Nunavut, Canada

 3  8  1 36  0 1963  44.800 -110.200   0 5.0   0  Yellowstone, Wyoming

 

Plaster cracked and broke at Canyon, Yellowstone National Park. Cracks appeared in walls and ceilings of some homes.

 

 3  8 18 52 14 1970  55.041 -116.623   9 5.1  29  Alberta

 

Felt in northwest Alberta. The first earthquake instrumentally located in this region.

 

 3  8  5 20 34 1975  79.820  -94.070  18 5.2 110  Nunavut, Canada

 3  8  2 28 47 1976  51.252 -178.049  49 5.0 105  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 3  8  8 13 23 1987  52.600 -166.000   0 5.3   0  Fox Islands

 3  8  7 25 33 1989  51.236 -179.016  43 5.0 161  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 3  8 15 36 59 1989  51.718 -175.249  65 5.0  97  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 3  8  9 47 44 1990  58.507 -153.078  55 5.9 595  Southern Alaska

 

The largest earthquake to occur in the U.S. or Canada on March 8 was a Mb 6.2 in the Kodiak Island area of Alaska in 1990. This event was felt (IV) at Kodiak, Larsen Bay and Port Lions and with lesser effects at Homer, Pedro Bay and Seldovia. The second largest earthquake in the U.S. on this date occurred in the same Kodiak location exactly 10 years later with Ms 5.6.

 

 

 3  8  3 43  4 1992  40.228 -124.290  13 5.3 291  Off Coast of Oregon

 3  8 14 20 58 2000  57.407 -154.266  46 5.6 542  Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV on Kodiak.

 

 3  8 23  7 13 2000  62.307 -151.370  90 5.4 410  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Talkeetna. Also felt from Anchorage and Fairbanks.

 

 3 08 01 26 58 2011  44.318 -129.446  10 5.0  10  Off the coast of Oregon

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3  7 15  0  0 1766  40.070  140.050   0 7.3   0  Northern Honshu, Japan

 

This earthquake killed 1334 people add did extreme damage in the Hirosaki area of northern Japan/Hokkaido and at Oshiu, Aeomori and Tsuruga.

 

 3  7 22  0  0 1829  51.400  104.100  40 7.5   0  Lake Baykal

 

Felt with intensity X at Lake Baykal.

 

 3  7  0 55  0 1899  34.100  136.100  60 7.0   0  Central Japan

 3  7  1 34 39 1929  51.000 -170.000  60 8.6   1  Fox Islands

 

Felt with intensity V in the Fox Islands. A tsunami was generated.  At Mw 8.6, the earthquake on March 7, 1929 in the Fox Islands, Aleutians was one of the largest ever to hit the U.S. or Canada.  This earthquake was felt aboard a number of ships at sea and at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. Two Japanese ships were near the Island of Four Mountains. They reported shocks as severe and lasting nearly a minute. The steamer Shihara Maru reported that strong vibrations caused the belief that the ship had struck bottom at 41.2N 171.3W. The Yokohama Maru felt the earthquake strongly at 51.5N 169.5W and the President Madison felt the shock at 50N 165W. A small tsunami was generated and observed at Hilo Hawaii, however no damage occurred from this earthquake.

 

 

 3  7  8  3  0 1950  -8.000  -71.000 550 8.6   0  Central Peru

 

This Peru quake occurred at 550 km depth and did little damage to surface facilities, although it was felt with MMI V along the Peru-Brazil border. 

 

 3  7 10 10 39 1961 -28.300 -175.700  43 7.5  12  Tonga

 3  7 11  1  5 1962  19.200  145.100 685 7.0  81  Northern Mariana Islands

 3  7  2 48 49 1978  32.133  137.733 440 7.6   0  Southern Honshu, Japan

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  7  1 34 39 1929  51.000 -170.000  60 8.6   1  Fox Islands

 

Felt with intensity V in the Fox Islands. A tsunami was generated.  At Mw 8.6, the earthquake on March 7, 1929 in the Fox Islands, Aleutians was one of the largest ever to hit the U.S. or Canada.  This earthquake was felt aboard a number of ships at sea and at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. Two Japanese ships were near the Island of Four Mountains. They reported shocks as severe and lasting nearly a minute. The steamer Shihara Maru reported that strong vibrations caused the belief that the ship had struck bottom at 41.2N 171.3W. The Yokohama Maru felt the earthquake strongly at 51.5N 169.5W and the President Madison felt the shock at 50N 165W. A small tsunami was generated and observed at Hilo Hawaii, however no damage occurred from this earthquake.

 

 

 3  7  6  9 18 1944  44.700 -129.000   0 5.4   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 3  7  6 50  0 1949  40.749 -111.849   0 5.0   6  Utah

 

The most damaging earthquake in the western U.S. to fall on March 7 occurred in 1949 near Salt Lake City, Utah. This sharp local event (Mb 5.0) broke a pipeline, cracked walls and broke windows at Salt Lake City. The shock, located on the Wasatch Fault, also moved furniture and caused dishes to fall from shelves.

 

 3  7 23 53 26 1963  44.520 -122.440  33 5.4   0  Oregon

 

Felt from Portland to Eugene and along the coastal areas. At West Salem plaster cracked and dishes broke.

 

 3  7  9 43 20 1976  44.432 -130.001  33 5.2  41  Vancouver, B.C.

 3  7 20 51  0 1982  35.750 -117.767   2 5.0   9  Central California

 

Felt at China Lake, Inyokern and Ridgecrest.

 

 3  7  0 36 47 1998  36.076 -117.618   2 5.0 137  Central California

 

Felt at Death Valley Junction, CA and at Amargosa Valley, NV.

 

 3 07 22 11 28 2003  43.526 -127.122  10 5.2  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 3 07 02 34 33 2005  42.512 -126.575  10 5.3  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 3 07 02 48 20 2005  42.534 -126.529  10 5.2  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 3 07 13 18 24 2015  50.537 -173.325  10 5.7  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  6 11  3 42 1913  30.000   83.000  60 7.3  26  Xizang, China

 3  6  2 15 57 1966  31.600   80.500  44 7.0   0  Xizang, Ghina

 3  6  2 17 20 1984  29.338  139.205 452 7.9   0  Izu Islands, Japan

 

One person was killed and one injured. Felt with maximum intensity IV on Honshu.

 

 3  6  4 10 42 1987   0.151  -77.821  10 7.0 344  Ecuador

 

This event may have been triggered from an earthquake off northern Chile about 12 hours earlier. The Ecuador earthquake killed about 1,000 and left 4,000 missing and presumed dead along with an additional 20,000 homeless. Extensive damage, landslides, and ground cracks were observed in Napa province and in the Guilo-Tulcan area, Ecuador. About 27 km of the oil pipeline in Ecuador between Lago Agria and Balao, were destroyed or badly damaged. Landslides occurred in the Pasto-Macoa area, Colombia. The earthquake was felt strongly in many parts of Ecuador and Colombia and in southewestern Colombia to northern Peru.

 

 3  6 22 35 38 1988  56.953 -143.032  10 7.6 699  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity in the Anchorage, Homer, Juneau, Sitka and Valdez areas with intensity V. Also felt with intensity V at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Some damage was done to ships. Also felt at Kodiak, Craig and Ketchikan. A tsunami was generated with maximum height 38 cm at Yakutat.

 

 3  6  3  5 50 1993 -10.972  164.181  20 7.2 304  Solomon Islands

 

Felt with intensity III at Honiara.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  6 17  3  0 1893  46.000 -119.000   0 5.3   0  Oregon

 

Damage to buildings at Umatilla, Oregon.

 

 3  6 20  9  8 1944  44.500 -129.000   0 5.8   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 3  6 23 16 30 1944  45.000 -129.000   0 5.7   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 3  6 21  8 50 1965  37.400  -91.100  18 5.3  16  Illinois

 3  6 22 19 33 1973  27.540 -112.451  33 5.1  45  Gulf of California

 3  6  9  2 22 1975  58.739 -154.556  89 5.7  29  Alaska Peninsula

 3  6  3 41 36 1986  56.245 -153.638  33 5.1 177  Alaska Peninsula

 3  6  4  8 17 1986  56.252 -153.647  23 5.2 272  Alaska Peninsula

 3  6 16 54 49 1987  50.800 -179.100  33 5.2   0  Andreanof Islands

 3  6 22 35 38 1988  56.953 -143.032  10 7.6 699  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity in the Anchorage, Homer, Juneau, Sitka and Valdez areas with intensity V. Also felt with intensity V at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Some damage was done to ships. Also felt at Kodiak, Craig and Ketchikan. A tsunami was generated with maximum height 38 cm at Yakutat.

 

 3  6 23  5 54 1988  57.071 -143.061  10 5.1  48  Southern Alaska

 3  6 23 14 36 1988  57.741 -142.937  10 6.1 405  Southern Alaska

 3  6 19 19 24 1989  52.564 -168.629  33 5.0  23  Fox Islands

 3  6  5 47 40 1998  36.067 -117.638   2 5.2 133  Central California

 

Felt at Fresno, Ivanhoe, Ridgecrest and Visalia, CA. Also felt in western Nevada at Beatty.

 

 3 06 06 17 49 2005  47.750  -69.730  13 5.3  10  Charlevoix Seismic Zone

 

(NEIC) Felt (V) at Riviere-du-Loup. Felt (IV-V) in the St. Lawrence, Saguenay and Ottawa Valleys from Baie-Comeau and Matane to Montreal and Ottawa. Also felt in the Eastern Townships and in New Brunswick.  Felt (IV) at Ashland, Fort Kent, Frenchville, Saint Francis and Van Buren, Maine and (II-III) in many parts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and northeastern New York.

 

 3 06 03 24 20 2014  51.764  176.140  48 5.0  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  5  2 16  0 1908   9.000  126.000  60 7.5  22  Mindanao, Philippines

 

Felt in Mindanao.

 

 3  5 11 46 15 1934 -40.500  175.500  60 7.5  11  New Zealand

 

The following account of this event is from: "Seismology in New Zealand (including Earthquake Summaries for the year 1934) Dominion Observatory, Wellington, N.Z. Bulletin No S27 (p4).  "The most important seismic event in the year 1934 was the severe earthquake which occurred on 5 March at 23 h. 16 m., NZMT. This earthquake was felt as far as Auckland in the north and Dunedin in the south.  Considerable damage resulted and the face of the country was slightly disturbed in the districts around Pahiatua and to the eastward. Coastal districts from Porangahau to Castlepoint also suffered damage, and slips occurred on the coastal cliffs. Fall of chimneys occurred over a wide area, commencing in the Wairarapa and extending in to Southern Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, and in a north-westerly direction as far as Wanganui.  It appears that a maximum intensity of 9 on the Rossi-Forel scale was probably reached at points in the disturbed area. The revised position of the epicenter places the origin about thirty miles off the east coast of North Island." One person is known to have been killed in this quake of Mw 7.5.

 

 3  5 19 48 18 1942  44.400  141.700 250 7.0  90  Hokkaido, Japan

 3  5 20 11 45 1951  29.000  128.000 150 7.0   0  Ryukyu Islands, Japan

 3  5 21  1 23 1953  51.100  158.000  60 7.0 170  Kamchatka

 3  5  3 32 48 1984   7.400  121.400  33 7.2   0  Mindanao, Philippines

 

Felt with maximum intensity II on Mindanao, Leyte and Panay, Philippines.

 

 3  5  9 17  5 1987 -24.388  -70.161  62 7.3 303  Central Chile

 

This earthquake (Mw 7.3) killed one person  and caused damage in the Antofagasta area of Chile. It was felt from Arequipa, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia. A local tsunami was generated with maximum runup of 28 cm at Caldera, Chile.

 

 3  5 16 38 12 1990 -18.318  168.063  21 7.0 335  Vanuatu

 3  5 21 16 09 2002   6.033  124.249  31 7.5 321  Mindanao, Philippines

 

At least 15 were killed  and 100 injured while up to 800 buildings were damaged or destroyed in southern and central Mindanao. Landslides breached the crater walls of Parker Volcano and created a flood from Maughan Lake washing away houses and flooding nine districts. Tsunamis were observed with height up to 3 meters and caused damage at Kiamba, Maitum and Palimbang.  Felt throughout Mindanao.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  5 16 49  0 1864  37.200 -121.500   0 5.9   0  Central California

 

The only damaging event in the U.S. occurred on March 5, 1864 east of San Francisco  in  Alameda County, CA (Ml 5.9). Many walls were cracked and plaster fell. A few plate-glass windows shattered in San Francisco where the earthquake apparently was strongest. A few buildings in San Jose also had cracks in plaster. It was felt from Santa Rosa to Sacramento and south to San Juan Mission.

 

 3  5  7 43 20 1955  61.100  -70.000  10 5.5   0  Quebec

 3  5  7 43 58 1962  34.600 -121.600  25 5.0   0  Southern California

 3  5  0 30 58 1968  53.830 -163.240  34 5.1 131  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3  5  3  3 39 1972  51.327 -170.829  44 5.2 148  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3  5 20 13 22 1989  51.114 -178.999  43 5.1 230  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3  5  8 20 55 1993  28.710 -113.122  10 5.8 195  Baja California

 

Felt at Guerrero Negro, Mexico

 

 3  5 20 30  6 1993  54.557 -161.845  33 5.2 185  Unimak Island, Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Cold Bay, King Cove and Sand Point.

 

 3 05 09 25 01 2004  60.502 -151.640  61 5.0  10  Anchorage, Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt (IV) at Kenai, Nikiski, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik and Soldotna; (III) at Anchorage, Homer and Girdwood; (II) at Seward, Sterling and Whittier.

 

 3 05 10 42 15 2006  64.911 -129.180   5 5.5  10  Northwest Territories, Canada

 3 05 02 24 23 2014  31.383 -119.355   2 5.0  10  Baja California

 

NEIC reported this earthquake of M 5.0-5.1 off Baja California  was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of Carlsbad, Imperial Beach, San Jacinto, California and I in Tijuana, Baja California.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL

 

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3  4  5  5  0 1896  37.000   76.000  40 7.1   0  Tajikistan

 3  4 23 17 30 1905  -4.000  149.000  60 7.2  16  New Guinea

 3  4 13  7 38 1922  53.100  158.300 220 7.4  78  Kamchatka

 3  4 10  7 42 1924   9.800  -84.000  60 7.0   6  Costa Rica

 3  4 10 19 25 1949  36.000   70.500 230 7.5  53  Hindu Kush

 

This earthquake did considerable damage in West Punjab and was felt at Intensity VIII in the Hindu Kush region.

 

 3  4  1 22 46 1952  41.900  143.700  50 8.3 218  Hokkaido, Japan

 3  4  6  3  0 1952  42.500  143.000  50 8.3   0  Hokkaido, Japan

 

This earthquake measuring Mw 8.6 killed 31 and injured 572. The number of houses destroyed was 713 while nearly 6,000 were damaged. 28 were and warehouses were destroyed in Kushiro. 3 were killed and 309 houses destroyed at Kiratapu.  1,000 houses were destroyed or damaged at Shiranuka and 400 houses were destroyed at Hamanka. 4 schools collapsed at Sapporo.  The earthquake triggered a 10-foot tsunami and was followed by and aftershock of Ms 7.1 on March 9 which injured 17 more and destroyed 113 additional houses. The tsunami affected areas around the Pacific including Crescent City, CA where there was a 36 cm tsunami recorded. Due to the efficient warning system in Japan at the time, however, no fatalities were caused by the tsunami.  The March 4 earthquake off Hokkaido was appears to have begun a chain reaction of great earthquakes in the Kuril chain. This can happen when a segment ruptures, putting strain on the adjoining segments. The following is a quote from "Earthquakes and the Deep structure of the South Kuril Arc" by S.A. Fedotov, A.M. Badasarova, I.P Kuzin and R.Z. Tarakanov, 1971 NOAA/Dept of Commerce.  "The earthquake of 4 March 1952 marked the beginning of a series of disastrous Kuril-Kamchatka earthquakes in March and November 1952 [Kamchatka Mw 8.3], November 1958 [Mw 8.2 in the next segment of the Kurile arc to the north - the Etorofu quake], May 1959 [Kamchatka Mw 8.0]; and October 1963 [Mw 8.2 in the next segment of the Kuril Arc north of the Etorofu quake]. These were probably interrelated events of a single high-seismicity period." These were the strongest earthquakes in the southern Kurils since 1843. The area has an average interevent occurrence interval of great shocks of about 140 +/- 40 years. At Mw>=7.5, the interval is around 40+/- 5 years. The largest earthquakes off Hokkaido in 1910 (Ms 7.5) then 42 years later in 1952 (Mw 8.6) and then again 42 years later in 1994 (Mw 8.1). 

 

 3  4 17 58  6 1967  39.200   24.600  60 7.1   0  Greece

 

Forty houses damaged at Skyros Island. Felt at Athens, Greece, Sofia, Bulgaria and in western Turkey.

 

 3  4 19 21 54 1977  45.772   26.761  94 7.2 301  Romania

 

The most damaging recent earthquake in Romania occurred on March 4, 1977 and was centered near today's epicenter. It killed about 1500 and injured more than 10,000 causing extensive damage in Bucharest. Up to 20 were also killed in Bulgaria. Injuries and damage were also reported from Yugoslavia and Moldavia. The quake was felt from Rome to Moscow and from Sweden to Turkey.

 

 3  4  8 52  2 1999   5.397  121.937  33 7.1 251  Mindanao, Philippines

 

Minor damage occurred at Zamboanga, Mindanao with maximum intensity V. Also felt at Basilan, Cagayande Oro and in much of Mindanao, Panay and Negros, Philippines.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  4  2 15 56 1960  50.500 -177.000  33 5.9   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3  4 11 40 20 1962  67.340 -172.070   0 5.5  29  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3  4 18 17 34 1974  43.541 -126.892  33 5.0  21  Off coast of Oregon

 3  4  8 47 15 1986  51.457 -167.052  38 5.6 346  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3  4 10 30 25 1986  51.649 -166.883  33 5.1  79  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3  4  0 42 20 1991  51.090 -179.040  33 5.1   0  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3  4 12 26 55 1999  54.849 -164.233  33 5.5 183  Fox Islands, Alaska

 

Felt at Cold Bay.

 

 3  4  2 33 26 2001  57.788 -156.571 134 5.0  87  Alaska Peninsula.

 3 04 19 24 27 2008  52.239 -173.721  10 5.5  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  3  1  5  9 1927  -6.000  122.000  60 7.0  24  Ceram

 3  3  0  0  0 1933  39.100  144.700   0 8.3   0  Off Northern Honshu, Japan

 

This event, often referred as the great Sanriki earthquake and tsunami killed more than 3,000 people and caused severe damage throughout the region of the northeast coastline of Honshu. A giant tsunami was triggered by the earthquake which occurred offshore in the trench. The Bulletin of the Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo published an entire volume on the earthquake and tsunami (Suppl. Vol. 1, March 1934).  Some interesting observations were also made relating to earthquake and tsunami lights during this event (see above).

 

 3  3  9  9 54 1948  18.500  119.000  60 7.2  22  Northern Philippines

 3  3 11 27 59 1953 -20.600  169.000  33 7.0   0  Loyalty Islands

 3  3  6  2 56 1954  -5.700  142.700  33 7.0   0  Papua New Guinea

 3  3 22 47  7 1985 -33.135  -71.871  33 7.8 146  Central Chile

 

This earthquake (Ms 7.8) injured at least 2,500 people, killed about 175 and did extensive damage throughout the cities of Valparaiso, Santiago and San Antonio, Chile. The maximum felt intensity occurred at MMI VIII in the Valparaiso, Chile area.  Liquefaction occurred along dune sands in the San Antonio area.  There were reports of extensive ground cracking and subsidence throughout most of the region. It was felt as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil.  A tsunami was generated which was one of the few Pacific-wide events in the past 20 years, reaching Alaska, Hawaii and the islands of Japan.  The earthquake was followed less than an hour later by a Ms 7.0 aftershock.

 

 3  3 23 38 31 1985 -32.738  -71.215  33 7.0 127  Central Chile

 

Felt with intensity IV at Santiago, Chile.

 

 3  3 12 16 27 1990 -22.071  175.164  33 7.4 666  Fiji

 3  3 12 08 20 2002  36.502   70.482 226 7.4 138  Hindu Kush

 

At least 150 people were killed and up to 400 homes damaged or destroyed in a landslide that dammed and flooded Surkundara Valley, Samangan Province.  At least 13 killed at Kabul and Rostaq and an additional 3 at Bajaur, Pakistan.  Felt throughout Pakistan, Afghanistan and into India, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  3  7 45  0 1901  36.080 -120.570   0 5.5   0  Central California

 

Hundreds of cracks appeared in the ground in Monterey County with length up to hundreds of length. Vertical displacement up to 1 foot in Stone Canyon. Chimneys fell at Parkfield and Stone Canyon. Damage was also observed at Estrella, Paso Robles, San Miguel and Adelaida.

 

 3  3 12  0  0 1909  39.250 -121.000   0 5.0   0  Northern California

 

Located in northcentral Sierra. Buildings and dishes were shaken at Nevada City. No damage reported but people rushed from homes.  Felt at Downieville, Iowa Hill, Magalia, Pilot Creek and as far as Sacramento.

 

 3  3 16  0  0 1917  40.830 -124.170   0 5.0   0  Off coast of No. Calif.

 

Felt with intensity VI+ at Table Bluff, Humboldt County. Broke mantle in the lighthouse and threw the pedestal out of alignment. Woke people.

 

 3  3  1  3 24 1942  34.000 -115.750   0 5.0   0  Southern California

 

Felt at Coachella Hemet and Twentynine Palms. Strongest at Twentynine Palms where objects were shifted.

 

 3  3 20 46 10 1954  61.600 -146.400  64 6.2   0  Central Alaska

 

This earthquake of Ms 6.2 tumbled stock from local grocery stores. The weather Bureau Office in Anchorage reported movement of bookcases against the wall, and at the peak of the quake there appeared to be a rotating or wobbling of the building which was enough to cause persons in the next room to stand in the doorway.

 

 3  3 18 23 13 1956  31.583 -115.666  16 5.1   0  Southern California

 3  3 17 30 13 1963  36.700  -90.100  18 5.5   0  New Madrid, Missouri

 

The most unusual earthquake on this date in the U.S. occurred in the New Madrid Seismic zone in Missouri with Ms 5.5.  This was the last large earthquake felt in this zone, although more are expected in the future. The earthquake was felt from Arkansas to Indiana and from Kansas to Mississippi. Plaster cracked and fell; bricks fell from chimneys and cracks formed in walls, foundations, sidewalks and chimneys. In Poplar Bluff MO. water lines were damaged and many basements were flooded. Great earthquakes occur with interevent times of about 500+ years in this area as shown by trenching research.

 

 3  3 20  2 34 1964  40.370 -125.000  33 5.0  31  Off coast of No. California

 3  3 14 46 31 1971  25.913 -109.930  34 5.4  64  Northern Mexico

 3  3  3  0  3 1973  41.810 -118.480   0 5.3  69  Nevada

 3  3 11 37 36 1974  41.700 -125.690   0 5.1  52  Off coast of No. California

 3  3 14 17  2 1980  40.371 -125.059   5 5.0 158  Off coast of No. California

 

Felt with intensity IV at Loleta. Also felt at Rio Dell, Miranda, Scotia, Honeydew and Eureka.

 

 3  3 13 38 40 1985  59.880 -152.750  33 5.5   0  Southern Alaska

 3  3  0  6  4 1987  52.713 -174.613 162 5.0 157  Andreanof Islands

 3  3  7  3 14 1989  34.617 -127.890  10 5.4  36  Off coast of So. California

 

This Mw 5.4 earthquake had it's epicenter at 34.6N 127.9W - the largest earthquake ever recorded this far off shore from Southern California. This location is about 800 km due west of Los Angeles.

 

 3  3  8 18 21 1993  50.930 -175.550  38 5.0   8  Andreanof Islands

 3  3 23 44 36 1996  56.553 -152.354  33 5.2 291  Alaska Peninsula

 3 03 15 44 46 2008  43.831 -128.403  10 5.1  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 3  2  6 15 15 1906  43.000   80.000  60 7.3  28  China

 3  2  3 26 50 1919 -41.000  -73.500  40 7.2   9  Southern Chile

 3  2 11 45 17 1919 -41.000  -73.500  40 7.3   9  Southern Chile

 3  2 16 48 52 1923   6.500  124.000  60 7.2  22  Mindanao, Philippines

 

Felt violently at Cotabato. A tsunami was generated which hit the coasts of Rio Grande at Cotabato. Also felt in Cebu, Bohol and Negros Islands as far as 500 km from the epicenter.

 

 3  2  2 18 34 1931 -22.000  172.000 110 7.1  14  Loyalty Islands

 3  2 17 31 54 1933  39.233  144.517  10 8.9   0  Northern Honshu, Japan

 

This event, often referred as the great Sanriki earthquake and tsunami killed more than 3,000 people and caused severe damage throughout the region of the northeast coastline of Honshu. A giant tsunami was triggered by the earthquake which occurred offshore in the trench. The Bulletin of the Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo published an entire volume on the earthquake and tsunami (Suppl. Vol. 1, March 1934).  Some interesting observations were also made relating to earthquake and tsunami lights during this event (see above).

 

 3  2 19  9 26 1947  -5.000  144.500  50 7.0  16  Papua New Guinea

 3  2 12 29 39 1992  53.050  159.770  42 7.2  35  Kamchatka

 

Felt with intensity V at Petropavlovsk and Kamchatsky, Russia.

 

 3 02 12 49 48 2016  -4.908   94.275  24 7.8  10  South of Sumatra, Indonesia

 

NEIC reported intensity II in Padang, Sumatra; Bengkulu, Pekan Baru, Selatpanjang, Band Aceh, Medan; in Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur, Kampong Koh and Pasir Gudang, Johor and in general within about 1300 km of the epicenter.  EMSC reported it was also felt in Malaysia at Shah Alam, Puchong, Petaling Jaya, Semenyih, Kuala Lumpur and in George Town and in Singapore. Also felt in Indonesia at Cilacap, and as far away as 2200 km in Vietnam by an observer for whom it was the first felt in a lifetime. Surprisingly, there were no tsunami waves generated in this earthquake. That is good, because all 22 early warning buoys which were supposed to warn Indonesia of an approaching tsunami were inoperative when the earthquake hit today. Most of the buoys had been damaged by vandals and there was no money to fix them. As the epicenter was far off to sea, there were no deaths or major damage associated with this major earthquake. Padang is a city of about one million citizens. Major problems were encountered in evacuations following the earthquake which was felt there. But unlike when a similar quake hit in 2004 people were more prepared to take proper precautions this time even though some panic did occur.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  2 21  5  0 1871  40.400 -124.200   0 6.2   0  Off Coast of No. California

 

Off the coast of Northern California, this was damaging as it knocked down nearly every chimney near Mattole, CA. The earthquake also ruined chimneys over other areas of northern California. At Eureka the earthquake shook down cornices and damage to the lightkeeper's house was observed at Mendocino.

 

 3  2 17 14 36 1932  40.200 -127.000   1 5.6   0  Off Coast of No. California

 3  2 17 40 48 1932  43.000 -131.000   0 6.0   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 3  2 14 48  0 1937  40.700  -84.000   0 5.3   0  Ohio

 

One of the largest earthquakes to be recorded in Ohio.  Damage occurred in western Ohio near Anna county consisting of fallen chimneys and plaster and cracked walls.  The public school at Anna was  damaged so badly it was declared unsafe. Two churches also sustained damage. Plaster fell in buildings as far away as Indianapolis, IN and Fort Wayne, IN. The shock was felt in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia and Ontario, Canada. An aftershock occurred on March 9 which was larger than the March 2 event. This later event further damaged the schoolhouse and churches in Anna, OH.  These events caused some wells to go dry and to increase the flow of water in other wells - water, oil and gas. This shock was felt from Chicago to Toronto and from Missouri to West Virginia (Ms 5.5).

 

 3  2 15 59  1 1955  36.000 -120.930   0 5.1   0  Central California

 

Felt over an area of about 7000 sq. miles of west central California. Slightly felt with some damage at Adelaida where plaster cracked (intensity VI). Objects shifted. Maximum shaking at Indian Valley, San Ardo, San Lucas and Templeton.

 

 3  2 11 56 23 1956  63.600 -149.300  79 5.5   0  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Fairbanks. Objects fell and houses shook. Windows and dishes rattled. Also felt at College, McKinley Park, Summit and Talkeetna.

 

 3  2 23 27 17 1959  36.983 -121.583   0 5.3   0  Central California

 

Felt over and area of about 8000 sq. mi. Damage including cracked plaster, broken windows and falling objects and merchandise. A minor earthslide occurred on the Chittenden Pass Road. Chimneys fell. Windowpanes broke in buildings at San Francisco. Maximum intensity VI.

 

 3  2  3 14 45 1968  49.160 -129.250  33 5.1 109  Vancouver, B.C.

 3  2 11 28 41 1973  41.810 -118.480   0 5.1  45  Nevada

 3  2 14 41 40 1978  56.380 -158.340  83 5.4  91  Alaska Peninsula

 3  2  9 34 49 1979  60.384 -140.775  28 5.3 216  SE Alaska

 

Felt at Cape Yakataga and Icy Bay Lumber Camp.

 

 3  2  5 40 34 1986  51.066  178.616  20 5.4   0  Rat Islands

 3  2  9  1 27 1986  61.896 -124.187  10 5.0  70  Alberta

 3  2 20 42 29 1986  51.598 -176.780  55 5.1 167  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3  2 17 39 22 1997  53.543 -166.593  57 5.5 298  Fox Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Unalaska. Also felt at Dutch Harbor.

 

 3 02 21 15 29 1999  51.591  179.538  72 5.3  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 3 02 11 12 57 2005  34.715 -110.970   5 5.1  10  Arizona

 

(NEIC) Felt (III) at Happy Jack, Holbrook, Heber, Pine, Sedona and Snowflake; (II) at Flagstaff, Lakeside, Payson, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Winslow. Also felt at Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Glendale, Tohatchi and Tucson.

 

 3 02 05 11 44 2008  51.859 -179.313  21 5.8  10  Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 3 02 16 48 30 2012  52.228  178.588 163 5.1  10  Rat Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  1  2 19 20 1925  47.800  -69.800   0 7.0  34  Quebec

 

The earthquake at Mw 7.0 was the strongest to occur in the U.S. or Canada on March 1 (U.T). It occurred at 02:19 on March 1st (21:19 EST on Feb. 28). It was felt strongly over eastern Canada and the New England states. Tremors were felt as far south as Virginia and as far west as the Mississippi River. Damage was confined to a narrow belt, approximately twenty miles long, covering both sides of the St. Lawrence, somewhat less than a hundred miles below the city of Quebec.

 

 3  1 21 45 25 1934 -40.000  -72.500 120 7.1   8  Southern Chile

 3  1  1 12 28 1948  -3.000  127.500  60 7.9  23  Ceram

 

At Seram, Indonesia.

 

 3  1  9  5 40 1958 -13.500  -76.500   0 7.0   0  Central Peru

 3  1 16 49 13 1959  -0.500  134.500 100 7.0  16  Papua New Guinea

 

Slight damage at Manokwari where cracks and warping occurred in the harbour walls.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 3  1  2 19  0 1925  47.760  -69.850   8 6.6   0  Quebec

 

The earthquake at Mw 7.0 was the strongest to occur in the U.S. or Canada on March 1 (U.T). It occurred at 02:19 on March 1st (21:19 EST on Feb. 28). It was felt strongly over eastern Canada and the New England states. Tremors were felt as far south as Virginia and as far west as the Mississippi River. Damage was confined to a narrow belt, approximately twenty miles long, covering both sides of the St. Lawrence, somewhat less than a hundred miles below the city of Quebec.

 

 3  1  4 30 42 1925  47.800  -69.800   0 5.0   0  Quebec

 3  1  7 31 13 1929  51.500 -130.700   0 6.1   0  Vancouver, B.C.

 

This event was felt but did not inflict any damage.

 

 3  1 10 59 44 1935  40.300  -96.200   0 5.3   0  Nebraska

 

Windows cracked and broke at Tecumseh, Nebraska. Walls and plaster cracked.  Damage also at Saint Mary. Also felt in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.

 

 3  1  4 43  1 1955  65.280 -132.810  15 6.6 170  Yukon, Canada

 

An Mw 6.6 in the Yukon late on Feb. 28 (March 1 UT), was felt throughout the Yukon and Northwest Territories.  Light fixtures wer seen swaying as far away as Northway, Alaska. This was one of the largest events recorded in the Yukon Territory.

 

 3  1  0 25 58 1963  34.916 -118.966  14 5.0   0  Southern California

 

This event was felt over approximately 8,000 square miles of southern California where the maximum damage was near Taft where plaster cracked and cans and ceral boxes fell from shelves in grocery stores. The shock was felt for 40 seconds at Fort Tejon State Historical Monument.

 

 3  1 22 16 35 1967  51.244 -179.267  79 5.3  85  Andreanof Islands

 3  1  9 28 53 1972  40.463 -125.321   4 5.5 194  Off Coast No. California

 

Felt with intensity V along the coast of Northern California. Felt in Trinidad, Fort Bragg. Woke many at Ferndale, Honeydew and Rio Dell.

 

 3  1  7  8 54 1979  60.628 -141.235  11 5.4 177  Eastern Alaska

 

Felt at Lake Yakataga.

 

 3  1  7 35 20 1990  51.510 -175.370  27 5.0   0  Eastern Andreanof Is.

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3  1 13 25 37 1990  51.913 -176.018  70 5.2 132  Eastern Andreanof Is.

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 3  1 16  7  1 1995  65.838 -135.050  10 5.0 101  Yukon Terr. Canada

 3  1 23  5 14 2000  60.167 -145.887  20 5.5 406  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Cordova. Also felt at Anchorage and Valdez.

 

 3 01 06 57 48 2002  52.697 -166.695  33 5.5  10  Fox Islands, Alaska

 3 01 00 32 21 2005  47.960 -129.100  10 5.1  10  Off the coast of Washington

 3 01 21 34 26 2005  47.980 -129.030  10 5.0  10  Off the coast of Washington

 3 01 11 20 58 2008  51.731 -179.460  24 5.0  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 01 19 55 56 2008  51.824 -179.426  35 5.2  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 3 01 12 49 58 2011  51.020  179.595  30 5.4  10  Rat Islands, Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 29  3 41 53 1944 -14.500  -70.500 200 7.0   Central Peru

 2 29 16 28  7 1944   0.500   76.000  60 7.2   No. Indian Ocean

 2 29  9 22 55 1972  33.183  141.267  70 7.2   Off East Coast Honshu

 2 29  5 31 41 1988  55.260  166.960  26 7.1   Komandorsky Isl

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S/CANADA

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 29 22 38  0 1928  46.600 -112.000   0 5.7   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

In yesterday’s report it was erroneously stated in the history section:

 

“Approximately 400 people were killed and major damaged occurred in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. Maximum intensity was recorded at VIII in Olympia and in downtown Seattle. Estimated damage $4 billion U.S.  dollars. Felt from central Oregon to British Columbia on the north an east to Montana. Sand blows and liquefactions were observed. Landslides were common near Tacoma and Renton.”

 

This was in error and should have read

 

“Approximately 400 people were injured and major damage occurred in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. Maximum intensity was recorded at VIII in Olympia and in downtown Seattle. Estimated damage $4 billion U.S.  dollars. Felt from central Oregon to British Columbia on the north an east to Montana. Sand blows and liquefactions were observed. Landslides were common near Tacoma and Renton.”

 

Thanks to Pam for noticing this error.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 2 28 20  0  0 1600 -16.600  -70.800  20 8.1   0  Southern Peru

 

This event did limited damage in the Arequipa and Omate regions of southern Peru.

 

 2 28 15  0  0 1633  35.020  139.020   0 7.0   0  Central Honshu, Japan

 

More than 150 killed in Odawara, Japan.

 

 2 28  0  0  0 1855  40.180   29.100   0 7.5   0  Turkey

 

This event occurred in the same area as the great earthquake of August 17, 1999. The 1855 event killed more than 1600 and had Magnitude approximately 7.5 causing extensive damage in Turkey and Asia Minor; Adrianople, Dardanelles and Gallipoli. A similar damaging event had occurred slightly south four years earlier on Feb. 28, 1851.

 

 2 28 18 59  5 1915  23.600  123.500  60 7.7  21  Taiwan

 

In the southwestern Ryukyu Islands.

 

 2 28 14 21 42 1934  -5.000  150.000  60 7.2  15  New Britain

 2 28 12 54 33 1943  36.500   70.500 210 7.0  53  Hindu Kush, Afghanistan

 2 28  0 13  4 1949 -57.000  -29.000  60 7.0   0  South Sandwich Islands

 2 28 10 20 59 1950  45.600  143.500 340 8.3 186  Kuril Islands

 

No damage was recorded with this earthquake despite the high magnitude, probably because of the 350 km depth of it's hypocenter.

 

 2 28  2 40 32 1969  36.008  -10.573  22 8.0 188  Off Western Portugal

 

The last great earthquake on this date occurred in the North Atlantic Ocean off the Coast of Portugal in 1969 (Mw 8.0). This epicenter was near the epicenter of the great Lisbon earthquake in 1755, one of the most disastrous earthquakes to strike in western Europe. A second great earthquake struck the same area in 1975 (Mw 8.1). Neither of the events in the past 40 years has created a tsunami or caused cultural damage.

 

 2 28  6 37 50 1973  50.486  156.584  27 7.2 178  Kamchatka

 

Felt at Hiroo and Urakawa, Hokkaido, Japan. A minor tsunami was generated.

 

 2 28 21 27  7 1979  60.740 -141.550  16 7.4 543  Southeastern Alaska

 

Felt over an area of about 500,000 sq. miles of Alaska, Yukon and British Colombia. Seven major earthquakes have been located in this area of Alaska between 1899 and 1979, three of which were Mw>8. The earthquake did minor damage throughout the region, but because the area is an ice field, damage was limited and there were no deaths recorded. A 15-cm tsunami was recorded at Yakutat, Alaska.

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 28  1 58  8 1948  53.370 -132.730   0 6.5   0  Queen Charlotte Islands

 2 28 10 52 31 1970  52.590 -175.040 161 6.1 372  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity III on Adak and Amchitka Islands.

 

 2 28 19 19 17 1974  52.903 -166.761   3 5.1 153  Fox Islands

 2 28  9 43 58 1976  51.560 -178.630  38 5.0  41  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2 28 21 27  7 1979  60.740 -141.550  16 7.4 543  Southeast Alaska

 

Felt over an area of about 500,000 sq. miles of Alaska, Yukon and British Colombia. Seven major earthquakes have been located in this area of Alaska between 1899 and 1979, three of which were Mw>8. The earthquake did minor damage throughout the region, but because the area is an ice field, damage was limited and there were no deaths recorded. A 15-cm tsunami was recorded at Yakutat, Alaska. Felt over an area of about 500,000 sq. km. At Icy Bay Lumber Camp where the intensity was strongest trucks were thrown from the road and books shaken to the floor. Cracks appeared in walls.

 

 2 28 13 10 59 1981  52.267 -168.438   0 5.0  11  Fox Islands

 2 28  8 55 44 1982  51.498 -178.329  55 5.2 220  Andreanof Islands

 2 28 15 16 12 1984  40.306 -125.169   5 5.0  94  Off the Coast of No. California

 

Felt with intensity IV in the Petrolia and Honeydew areas. Also felt at Loleta, Piercy, Rio Dell and Whitethorn.

 

 2 28 23 43 36 1990  34.142 -117.731   6 5.6 220  Southern California

 

Known as the Upland CA, earthquake of 1990, this event (Ms 6.2) injured 30 people and caused damage estimated to be $12.7 million. It was the second (after Whittier) of a series of damaging earthquakes in the Los Angeles area from 1987 - 1997.

 

 2 28 21 51 40 1994  44.702 -129.893  10 5.4 121  Off Coast of Oregon

 2 28 21 52 56 1994  44.636 -129.940  10 5.6  72  Off Coast of Oregon

 2 28 18 54 33 2001  47.149 -122.727  52 6.8  66  Washington

 

Approximately 400 people were injured and major damaged occurred in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. Maximum intensity was recorded at VIII in Olympia and in downtown Seattle. Estimated damage $4 billion U.S.  dollars. Felt from central Oregon to British Columbia on the north an east to Montana. Sand blows and liquefactions were observed. Landslides were common near Tacoma and Renton.

 

 2 28 03 02 18 2002  51.218 -178.259  33 5.0  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 2 28 02 05 17 2004  50.960 -130.650  10 5.1  10  Vancouver Islands, Canada

 2 28 12 49 21 2005  47.960 -129.040  10 5.0  10  Off Coast of Washington

 2 28 13 50 22 2005  47.990 -128.970  10 5.0  10  Off Coast of Washington

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 27  0 43 18 1903  -8.000  106.000  60 8.1  24  Java, Indonesia

 

South of Java. Felt over Banten. Small cracks wre observed in walls.

 

 2 27 20 20 36 1916  12.000  -90.000  60 7.6   6  El Salvador

 

Near the coast of El Salvador.

 

 2 27 18 23 34 1921 -18.500 -173.000  60 7.2  12  Tonga

 2 27 20 43 23 1955 -28.250 -175.000   0 8.0   0  Tonga

 

Felt with intensity VII at Raoul Island.

 

 2 27  8 31 58 1987  53.500 -167.400  25 7.2   0  Fox Islands

 

The largest event to occur in the U.S./Canada region on Feb. 27 was this Ms 7.2 earthquake in the Fox Islands region of the Aleutians, Alaska in 1987. This earthquake produced minor damage at Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.  Maximum intensity V at Akutan.

 

 2 27 21  8  2 1997  29.976   68.208  33 7.3 362  Pakistan

 

At least 57 were killed and hundreds injured. Thousands were left homeless in Pakistan. More than 500 houses were damaged or destroyed and many domestic animals were killed. Landslides blocked roads and railroads. Felt throughout Pakistan and Baluchistan.

 

 2 27 06 34 11 2010 -36.122  -72.898  22 8.8  10  Central Chile

 

(NEIC) At least 523 people killed, 24 missing, about 12,000 injured, 800,000 displaced and at least 370,000 houses, 4,013 schools, 79 hospitals and 4,200 boats damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in the Valparaiso-Concepcion-Temuco area.  At least 1.8 million people affected in Araucania, Bio- Bio, Maule, O'Higgins, Region Metropolitana and Valparaiso. The total economic loss in Chile was estimated at 30 billion US dollars. Electricity, telecommunications and water supplies were disrupted and the airports at Concepcion and Santiago had minor damage. The tsunami damaged or destroyed many buildings and roads at Concepcion, Constitucion, Dichato and Pichilemu and also damaged boats and a dock in the San Diego area, USA. Maximum acceleration of 0.65g was recorded at Concepcion and more than 2 m of uplift along the coast was observed near Arauco.  Felt (IX) at Concepcion; (VIII) at Chiguayante, Coronel, Lebu, Nacimiento, Parral, Penco, Rancagua, Santiago, San Vicente, Talca, Temuco and Tome; (VII) from La Ligua to Villarrica; (VI) as far as Ovalle and Valdivia. Felt in Chile as far as Iquique and Punta Arenas. Felt (V) at Cutral-Co and San Juan; (IV) at Cordoba, Mendoza and San Carlos de Bariloche; (III) at Buenos Aires, Argentina and (II) at Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Felt in much of Argentina and in parts of Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Seiches were observed on Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, USA. A Pacific-wide tsunami was generated. Tsunami wave heights in centimeters (above sea level) were recorded at the following selected tide gauges: 71 at Pago Pago, American Samoa; 22 at Winter Harbour, Canada; 261 at Valparaiso, 181 at Talcahuano, 164 at Coquimbo, 144 at Corral, 118 at Arica, 90 at Caldera, 79 at San Felix, 68 at Iquique, 47 at Antofagasta and 40 at San Pedro, Chile; 33 at Rarotonga, Cook Islands; 105 at Santa Cruz and 41 at Baltra, Ecuador; 32 at Rikitea, French Polynesia; 95 at Hanasaki, 40 at Ofunato and 30 at Naha, Japan; 21 on Johnston Island; 15 on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; 32 on Midway Island; 65.5 at Acapulco and 35.9 at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; 117 at Gisborne, 101 on Chatham Island, 98 at Owenga and 50 on Raoul Island, New Zealand; 37 at Manus, Papua New Guinea; 69 at Callao, Peru; 16 at Currimao, Philippines; 42 at Apia, Samoa; 63 at King Cove, 42 on Atka, 39 at Seward, 39 on Shemya, 36 at Kodiak, 36 at Yakutat and 23 at Craig, Alaska, USA; 91 at Santa Barbara, 64 at Crescent City, 60 at La Jolla and 46 at Point Reyes, California; 86 at Kahului, 51 at Kawaihae, 40 at Nawiliwili and 26 at Honolulu, Hawaii;

 

 2 27 08 01 23 2010 -37.773  -75.048  35 7.4  10  Central Chile

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 27  1 29 18 1937  31.866 -116.566  10 5.0   0  Baja California

 

Off the coast of Lower California. Felt at El Centro and Mission Hills in

San Diego.

 

 2 27 22 19 52 1959  38.000 -112.500   0 5.0   6  Utah

 

Felt with intensity VI over about 1500 sq. miles of southwestern Utah.  Maximum intensity occurred at Panguitch where plaster cracked and dishes broke. Many were frightened. Loud earthquake noises were heard. Felt also at Bear Valley Junction.  Felt with minor damage at Antimony, Greenville and Hatch.

 

 2 27  8 10  3 1960  51.500 -178.000  33 6.1   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 2 27 13  6 30 1961  52.580 -169.030   0 6.1   0  Fox Islands

 2 27 23 36 23 1963  55.200 -162.000   0 5.2   0  Unimak Island

 2 27  7 46 29 1965  28.500 -112.100  33 5.7 108  Gulf of California

 2 27 20 43  0 1966  54.000 -164.000  37 5.0  30  Unimak Island

 2 27  7  7 56 1970  50.130 -179.590   7 6.0 327  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity III on Amchitka Island.

 

 2 27  7 17 51 1970  50.130 -179.780  21 5.0  52  Andreanof Islands

 2 27  0 31 40 1971  40.338 -124.526   3 5.4 141  Off Coast No. California

 

Felt over about 12,000 sq km. of the coast of northern California.  Felt strongest at Eureka, Fort Bragg and McKinleyville. Damage occurred to cracked windows at Ferndale and sheetrock cracked at Honeydew.  Felt as far as Bridgeville.

 

 2 27  3 42  1 1974  43.870 -128.429  15 5.0  96  Off Coast of Oregon

 2 27  3 43 20 1974  43.741 -128.574  43 5.0  57  Off Coast of Oregon

 2 27 12 18  7 1982  62.336 -147.923  71 5.0 131  Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity III at Fairbanks. Also felt at Anchorage and Palmer.

 

 2 27 15 55 33 1983  55.072 -158.999  36 5.0  42  Alaska Peninsula

 2 27 20 40 31 1983  50.725 -129.928  10 5.0 116  Vancouver B.C.

 2 27  8 31 54 1987  53.442 -167.288  10 6.7 653  Fox Islands

 

The largest event to occur in the U.S./Canada region on Feb. 27 was this Ms 6.7 earthquake in the Fox Islands region of the Aleutians, Alaska in 1987. This earthquake produced minor damage at Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.  Maximum intensity V at Akutan.

 

 2 27 12 33  5 1990  51.640 -175.410  46 5.0   0  Andreanof Islands

 2 27 21 49 56 1990  52.013 -166.897  33 5.3 155  Fox Islands

 2 27  2 22 15 2000  60.292 -146.072  33 5.2 268  Southern Alaska

 

Felt at Cordova and Glennallen.

 

 2 27 15 35 30 2003  58.706 -156.867 202 5.5  10  Alaska Peninsula

 

(NEIC) Felt (II) at Anchorage, Palmer and Thunderbird Falls.

 

 2 27 22 25 43 2013  43.220 -126.564  10 5.2  10  Off Coast of Oregon

 

(NEIC) Felt(III) at Dallas. Also felt at Brookings, Dundee, Hillsboro, Independence, Newport, Portland, Salem and Sheridan. Felt at Crescent City, California and at Vancouver and Woodland, Washington.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 26 16 42  0 1909   5.000  -95.000  60 7.1  44  South of Panama

 2 26  4 58 12 1914 -18.000  -67.000 130 7.2   8  Southern Peru

 2 26 22 14 27 1945  26.000  143.500  50 7.1  18  Volcano Islands

 2 26 11 31  4 1952 -14.100  -69.900 250 7.5   0  Southern Peru

 

Undulatory motion noted at Cuzco. Objects were displaced at la Granja Modelo de Kcaira. Alarmed citizens of Arequipa. Felt at Paruro, Anta, Izcuchaca Moquegua and in La Paz, Bolivia.

 

 2 26  0 32 31 1953  51.800  157.500 150 7.0 180  Kamchatka

 2 26 11 42 30 1953 -11.000  164.250   0 7.2   0  Santa Cruz Is.

 2 26 18 10 48 1961  31.600  131.850  40 7.1   0  Kyushu

 

Two deaths were associated with the quake and 7 were injured. 170 homes were destroyed at Miyazaki. A three-foot tsunami was observed in southwest Shikoku Island, Japan.

 

 2 26 20 14  7 1963  -7.500  146.100 156 7.4  81  Papua New Guinea

 

Felt widely in southeastern New Guinea. Maxmum intensity VII at Yodda.  Also felt at Popondetta, Pindice and Lae.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 26 13 47  0 1864  36.900 -121.500   0 5.9   0  Central California

 

This event cracked adobe walls at Monterey and caused objects to fall over at Watsonville, it was severe at San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The 1932 event occurred near Big Sur, CA.

 

 2 26  1 19 12 1928  66.700 -172.500  15 6.4   0  Bering Sea

 

Aftershock of strong event that occurred on Feb. 21.

 

 2 26  2 30  0 1930  33.000 -115.500   0 5.0   0  Southern California

 

Felt over about 21,000 sq miles near Westmorland. Craters of mud and water were formed. At Westmorland glass broke and walls cracked. Damage to older buildings.  Maximum intensity VIII.

 

 2 26 16 58 47 1932  36.000 -121.000   0 5.0   0  Central California

 

Felt in the Monterey Bay region with maximum intensity IV at Aptos, Asilomar, Gonzales, Santa Cruz. Felt throughout Central California.

 

 2 26 23 27  0 1939  33.000 -109.000   0 5.5   0  Arizona

 2 26 23 29 24 1960  51.320 -177.970   0 6.1   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 2 26 10 48 55 1987  53.900 -163.700   0 5.0   0  Fox Islands

 2 26 13 37  8 2000  54.556 -161.625  57 5.0 135  Unimak Islands

 2 26 12 19 54 2007  40.643 -124.866   0 5.4  10  Off Coast of No. California

 

(NEIC) Felt (IV) at Bayside, Eureka, Ferndale, Loleta and Petrolia; (III) at Arcata, Blue Lake, Fortuna, Garberville, Hydesville, Kneeland, McKinleyville, Trinidad and Whitethorn; (II) at Oakland, Petaluma, Rio Dell and San Francisco. Felt at Alameda, Anderson, Angels Camp, Berkeley, Boulder Creek, Carlotta, Concord, Crescent City, Dublin, El Sobrante, Fairfield, Fort Bragg, Fremont, Hoopa, Inverness, Kenwood, Mountain View, Myers Flat, Orick, Pleasanton, Redding, Redwood City, Richmond, Sacramento, Samoa, San Jose, San Leandro, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Shingle Springs, Union City, Willow Creek and Yreka. Also felt at Reno, Nevada.

 

 2 26 21 13 40 2014  53.679 -171.837 264 6.1  10  Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2 26 09 45 39 2015  50.084 -175.859  35 5.4  10  Andreanof Islands, Alaska

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 25  0  0  0 1697  16.700  -99.200   0 7.8   0  Guerrero, Mexico

 

Severe damage in Acapulco and Mexico City.

 

 2 25 20 36 12 1915 -20.000  180.000 600 7.2  12  Fiji Islands

 2 25  2 51 37 1935  35.750   25.000  80 7.3   0  Greece

 

Felt with intensity VIII with some damage in the Neapolis and Anognia areas of Crete, Greece.

 

 2 25  3  8 16 1996  15.978  -98.070  21 7.1 403  Guerrero, Mexico

 

Felt in Guerrero, Oaxaca and at Mexico City.

 

 2 25  1 43 59 2000 -19.528  173.818  33 7.5 393  Tonga

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 25 13 37 37 1950  40.000 -112.000   0 5.0   0  Utah

 2 25 21 16 12 1953  56.000 -156.500  60 6.8   0  Alaska Peninsula

 

This Alaskan earthquake apparently occurred as a Ms 6.8 on the Alaska Peninsula and is listed in catalogs from the Decade of North American Geology, International Seismological Service and UNESCO.  Curiously, however no reference to this earthquake is made in the U.S. Earthquakes report for 1953 nor in the U.S.  History although it has been listed in the revised Seismicity of the U.S. (USGS Professional Paper, 1527). It seems an earthquake of this size would have been noted in the U.S. Earthquakes in 1953, so here is a conundrum for historians - did this earthquake occur, and if so, why was there no note of it taken at the time in U.S.  earthquake publications?

 

 2 25  8  8 51 1956  31.500 -115.500  16 5.1   0  Baja California

 2 25 18  8 19 1968  51.370 -176.040  43 5.4 198  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 2 25  6 40 45 1971  52.185 -169.658  37 5.2 105  Fox Islands

 2 25 15 50 55 1971  43.203 -126.575   5 5.0  19  Off Coast of Oregon

 2 25 10 47 39 1980  33.517 -116.550   6 5.6 113  Southern California

 

Slight damage occurred in the Palm Desert area with maximum intensity VI. Also felt in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego regions.

 

 2 25  1 30 17 1989  56.290 -153.730  29 5.1   0  Alaska Peninsula

 2 25  1 43 35 1990  58.676 -142.792  12 6.1 193  Eastern Alaska

 2 25 13 12 14 1993  54.497 -160.803  33 5.1 178  Unimak Island, Alaska

 2 25 08 41 17 1999  52.228  173.962  33 5.1  10  Near Islands, Alaska

 2 25 21 19 25 2002  60.560 -147.155   2 5.0  10  Central Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt at Chenaga Bay, Tatitliek and Valdez.

 

 2 25 15 56 29 2014  57.211 -154.936  58 5.2  10  Alaska Peninsula

 

NEIC reported the earthquake of M 5.2 in Kodiak, Alaska was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of Kodiak, Alaska.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 24  2 30  0 1913  -3.400  -79.600  50 7.7   0 Ecuador

 

Felt with maximum intensity VII. Moderate damage at Gonzanama, Ecuador.

 

 2 24  7 34 36 1923  56.000  162.500  60 7.4  19  Kamchatka

 

Limited damage in the Kamchatka area.

 

 2 24  6 23 40 1934  22.500  144.000  60 7.3  18  Volcano Islands

 2 24  3 52  3 1988  13.477  124.616  25 7.1 453  Luzon, Philippines

 

Felt with maximum intensity VI at Virac where slight damage occurred. Also felt at Naga, Legaspi, Catbalogan, Cebu and Manila.

 

 2 24  7 23 49 2001   1.271  126.249  35 7.1 426  Sulawesi

 

Felt with maximum intensity on Ternate, Sulawesi. Als felt at Manado, Sulawesi.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 24  0  0  0 1665  47.800  -70.000   0 6.4   0  Quebec

 2 24  7 20  0 1892  32.599 -116.300   0 6.9   0  Baja California

 

Felt in northern Baja California with intensity X. Felt strongly as far south as San Quentin. At Carrizo all adobe buildings were destroyed. At Jamul walls and kilns cracked. At Paradise Valley a church and school were demolished.  At San Diego a large number of buildings cracked and plaster fell. Many aftershocks.

 

 2 24  5 45 10 1924  44.000 -127.000   0 5.7   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 2 24 14 10 29 1928  67.200 -173.400  15 6.3   0  Bering Sea

 

Aftershock of strong event that occurred on Feb. 21.

 

 2 24  0 49  3 1934  73.500  -71.500   0 5.6   0  Baffin Bay

 2 24  1 45 10 1935  31.983 -115.200  16 6.0   0  Baja California

 

Felt with intensity V at Holtville where small objects moved. Felt throughout the Imperial Valley area as far as San Diego, Calipatria Lakeside.

 

 2 24 14 15 45 1939  53.000 -164.500  70 6.2   0  Unimak Island

 

Felt by all. Damage at False Pass.

 

 2 24  2 39  4 1948  43.500 -111.000   0 5.0   0  Wyoming

 

Felt over about 1500 sq. miles of Wyoming. Maximum intensity VI. Heavy objects shifted. Felt with intensity VI at Jackson, Moran and Wilson.

 

 2 24  8 15 10 1948  32.500 -118.550   0 5.3   0  Southern California

 

Felt at Lakeside and San Diego.

 

 2 24  3 55  0 1954  41.200  -75.900   0 5.0   0  Pennyslvania

 

Quake at Wilkes Barre PA with intensity VI. The second in the area in a week (the other was on Feb. 21). Hundreds fled in panic into the streets. Cracks formed in ceilings and walls. Curbs pulled away from sidewalks. Pavement buckled and water and gas mains were broken.

 

 2 24 19 53 14 1966  60.000 -147.900  16 5.1  71  Southern California

 2 24  8  5 40 1970  59.567 -143.874  15 5.9  47  SE Alaska

 2 24  1 43  2 1972  55.940 -158.270  38 5.3 187  Unimak Island

 

Felt with intensity IV at Chignik. Also flet at Unimak and False Pass.

 

 2 24 15 56 51 1972  36.578 -121.209   8 5.1   0  Central California

 

Felt over an area of about 18,000 sq. km . in the region of San Francisco Bay, Berkeley, Maraga, Fresno County and San Luis Obispo.  Minor damage reported including rockfalls on the San Benito River. Some ground cracks were observed.  Maximum intensity VI.

 

2 24 18 54 49 1986  60.800 -148.900   0 5.1   0  Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity II at Gold Creek.

 

 2 24  1 18 52 1987  51.487 -176.773  33 5.1  71  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 2 24  6 15 22 1987  51.437 -174.808  33 5.0  99  Andreanof Islands

 2 24  2 54 22 1988  51.688 -176.808  58 5.3 215  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 2 24  7 19  8 1993  54.309 -162.674  49 5.2  32  Unimak Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Cold Bay and King Cove. Also felt at Sand Point.

 

 2 24 13 32 26 2000  51.459 -178.379  50 5.1 230  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2 24 23 43 42 2007  51.452 -178.591  35 5.3  10  Andreanof Islands

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 23  0  0  0 1653  38.200   28.200   0 7.5   0  Turkey

 

Up to 15,000 killed with much damage in Izmir, Turkey. Damage also at Alasehir, Denizli and Aydin.

 

 2 23  0  0  0 1662  -0.200  -78.500   0 7.1   0  Ecuador

 

Aftershock. Damage occurred to buildings at Quito.

 

 2 23 11 14 12 1911  27.000  128.000  60 7.1  20  Ryukyu Islands

 2 23  8  9 12 1933 -20.000  -71.000  40 7.6   8  Northern Chile

 2 23 16  8  8 1949  41.000   83.500  60 7.3  27  China

 2 23 20 26 16 1957  23.950  121.600  55 7.3   0  Taiwan

 

Severe damage at Hualien. 11 dead, 33 injured, 104 houses destroyed. Electric cables were broken. Damage also occurred at Taipei.

 

 2 23 22 11 46 1965 -25.670  -70.630  36 7.0 248  Northern Chile

 

Strong earthquake near Copiapo. One was killed. Several employees of a copper mine were injured. Serious damage occurred.

 

 2 23  0 36 57 1969  -3.100  118.900  13 7.4   0  Celebes

 

Destructive at Madjene, Celebes where 64 were killed and 97 injured. 1287 houses were damaged and several mosques were destroyed. Severe damage occurred to the port of Madjene due to subsidence. Damage also in the villages of Tjampalagian and Wonomoeljo. A tsunami was generated which hit the coast with maximum height 4 meters at Paletoang and 150 cm at Parasanga and Palili.  At least 600 were drowned in the tsunami. Landslides blocked roads between Parasanga and Somba.

 

 2 23  5 51  3 1980  43.530  146.753  44 7.1 316  Kuril Islands

 

Felt with maximum intensity VII on Shikotan. Also felt at Shikotan, Kurilsk and Hokkaido. A tsunami with maximum height 10-cm was generated at Nemuro.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 23  8 54 53 1946  47.045 -122.890   0 5.0   0  Washington

 

Moderate shock felt by many at Olympia. Small objects moved and loosened plaster fell. Dishes clattered. Felt at Lakeview and Seattle.

 

 2 23  2 56 42 1951  44.500 -129.500   0 5.6   0  Off Coast of Oregon

 2 23 20 29 38 1968  51.760 -179.240  88 5.2  62  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity III at Adka.

 

 2 23 12 49 29 1970  55.050 -156.860  28 5.1 105  Alaska Peninsula

 2 23  1 16 14 1975  51.260 -179.460  60 5.0 117  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2 23  5  9 43 1975  51.272 -179.273  50 5.0  76  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2 23  3  8 60 1976  52.048 -169.478  26 5.0  62  Fox Islands

 2 23 15 14 16 1976  51.471 -130.442  16 6.0 139  Vancouver, B.C.

 2 23 19  2 20 1990  48.539 -128.397  16 5.1  68  Vancouver, B.C.

 2 23  6 25  4 1991  49.450 -126.890   3 5.2   0  Vancouver, B.C.

 

Felt with intensity VI at Friendly Cove, Surge Narrows, Thasis and Zeballas.  Felt as far as Kyuquat.

 

 2 23  9 48 42 1993  54.359 -161.026  20 5.0  66  Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt at King Cove.

 

 2 23 02 01 02 2008  51.800  176.499   8 5.2      Rat Islands, Aleutians

 2 23 00 04 27 2009  58.916 -153.626  87 5.0      Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt at Homer and Kodiak.

 

 2 23 17 04 45 2013  51.485 -178.116  62 5.1      Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 22  0  0  0 1757  -0.930  -78.610   0 7.0   0  Ecuador

 

Very strongly felt at Latacunga, Ecuador with intensity IX. Up to 1000 were killed.

 

 2 22 13  0  0 1863 -40.000  176.500   5 7.5   0  North Island, New Zealand

 

Felt over most of the Country. Damage was caused at Napier. Ground fissures were observed.

 

 2 22  9 21 42 1909 -18.000 -179.000 550 7.9  12  Tonga

 2 22 17 35 50 1920  47.500  146.000 340 7.5  51  Kuril Islands

 2 22 20 41 46 1929  11.000  -42.000  60 7.2  32  Northern Mid-Atlantic

 2 22 17  5 54 1935  52.250  175.000  25 7.1   0  Near Islands

 2 22 15 31 54 1936 -49.500  164.000  60 7.2  11  South Island, New Zealand

 2 22  9 20 45 1943  17.620 -101.150   0 7.7   0  Guerrero, Mexico

 

Severe damage with the eruption and formation of Paricutin Volcano in Guerrero, Mexico. 11 killed. Maximum intensity VII. Considerable damage also in Mexico City.

 

 2 22 12  3 35 1954 -56.500  -26.300  96 7.0   0  South Sandwich Islands

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 22  0  0  0 1915  40.580 -121.830   0 6.3   0  Northern California

 

Earthquake near Lassen Peak. Localized in the mountains near Whitmore northwest of Lassen Peak. Ground was considerably dislocated and fractured.

 

 2 22 14 20  8 1943  40.700 -112.080   0 5.0   0  Utah

 

The epicenter was located on the Wasatch Fault between Salt Lake City and Bingham.  Plaster was shaken from the walls and ceilings in buildings in Bingham, Magna and Salt Lake City.

 

 2 22 10 50 26 1958  50.300 -175.500  33 6.7   0  Andreanof Islands

 

Probably felt at Adak.

 

 2 22  5 58 32 1964  63.500 -130.700  33 5.0   0  Yukon, Canada

 2 22 17 46 58 1968  51.440 -176.410  50 5.2 142  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 2 22  8 36  7 1975  51.377 -179.419  48 6.5 256  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2 22 22 47 45 1975  51.290 -179.450  62 5.1 150  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2 22  5 58 24 1976  52.180 -169.550  18 5.3 185  Fox Islands

 2 22  7 21 24 1976  51.315 -176.629  25 5.0  97  Andreanof Islands

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 2 22  6 24  6 1977  38.478 -119.287   5 5.0  42  California/Nevada

 

Felt over about 22,000 sq. miles of California and Nevada. Maximum intensity V at Bear Valley, Coleville, Sonora and Topaz in California and in Carson City in Nevada. Felt throughout much of the California-Nevada border.

 

 2 22 15 57 29 1979  39.992 -120.105   9 5.1   0  Northern California

 

Located in southeast Honey Lake Valley of Lassen County. Minor damage occurred in the epicentral area and telephone service was interrupted.  Felt over about 46,000 sq. miles of California and Nevada. Maximum intensity was VI at Doyle where drywall cracked and objects and desks moved.

 

 2 22 22 53 19 1979  27.696 -112.374  15 5.5 144  Gulf of California

 2 22 20 38 42 1985  54.508 -161.231   1 5.4 278  Unimak Island

 

Felt with intensity II at Cold Bay, King Cove and Sand Point.

 

 2 22 10 25 44 1989  56.210 -153.520  36 6.3   0  Southern Alaska

 2 22 10 49  0 1998  52.617 -168.238  33 5.3 263  Fox Islands

 2 22 19 32 41 2002  32.319 -115.322   7.0 5.5 10

 

(NEIC) Some damage at Mexicali, Baja California. Felt at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. Felt (V) at Imperial; (IV) at Brawley, Calexico, El Centro and Holtville; (III) at Aliso Viejo, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Costa Mesa, Del Mar, El Cajon, El Centro, Escondido, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, La Jolla, Lakeside, La Mesa, Mission Viejo, National City, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Diego, Solana Beach, Spring Valley and Temecula, California. Also felt (III) at Yuma, Arizona. Felt from Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona.

 

 2 22 12 19 10 2003  34.310 -116.848   1 5.4 161  Southern California

 

Felt throughout southern California from Las Vegas, Nevada to Santa Barbara on the west and from San Diego northward through the Los Angeles area.  Maximum intensity (VI) accompanied slight damage at Big Bear City.

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 21 15  0  0 1099  33.000  136.000   0 8.4   No. Honshu, Japan

 

About 1,000 ha sunk under the sea in Tosa, Nankaido area.

 

 2 21  7  2 42 1937  44.500  149.400  45 7.6   Hokkaido, Japan

 

Limited damage in the Kuril Islands.

 

 2 21  7  8 43 1942  37.533  141.683  60 7.1   Off East Coast Honshu

 2 21 12 51  1 1996  -9.593  -79.587  10 7.5   No. Peru

 

Felt with intensity IV at Chimbote and Huarney. Also felt at Casma and Huacho and Huaraz.  A tsunami was generated which killed four fishermen near Chimbote and three others at Callao. The tsunami destroyed about 150 huts, homes and boats in the Chimbote area and injured several.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 21 22 39  0 1916  35.500  -82.500   0 5.5   Kentucky/Tennessee/NC

 

The epicenter was located in the Appalachian Mts. near Skyland, N.C. near Asheville.  Felt from Georgia to Virginia and from Alabama to Tennessee to Kentucky.  One of the largest historical earthquakes in North Carolina. Bricks and chimneys fell. Springs increased. Some plaster was cracked. Felt with maximum intensity IV. A loud earthquake noise was heard. Windows rattled within 300 km of the quake epicenter.

 

 2 21 19 49  4 1928  67.000 -172.000  25 6.9   Northern Alaska

 

Strongly felt at Seward and in the Prince William Sound and Kenai Peninsula.  Buildings swayed and strong snowslides cover the railways.

 

 2 21  1 25  0 1935  34.500 -106.800   0 5.0   SW U.S.A

 

Damage occurred to buildings at Bernardo, New Mexico. Walls cracked. A loud earthquake noise was heard.

 

 2 21 20  0  0 1954  41.200  -75.900   0 5.7   New York State

 

Felt with intensity VII in the Wilkes Barre area of PA along the bank of the Susquehanna River. The Glen Alden Coal Company was probably responsible but denied a cave-in. Estimated property damage $1 million U.S. dollars.  Residents fled to streets which buckled sharply upward and then collapsed.  Hundreds of homes were damaged with walls split, gas and watermains snapped and fences pushed over. Deadly methane rose from cracks and an emergency was called.

 

 2 21 14 30 11 1957  53.020 -171.270 126 6.8   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 21  6 18 22 1968  52.330 -175.410 110 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 2 21  6 21  4 1968  52.250 -175.380 116 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 2 21 21  7 59 1968  51.450 -176.050  61 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt on Adak.

 

 2 21 19 34 47 1972  55.908 -158.276  29 5.7   Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity V on the Alaska Peninsula at Chignik. Floors, windows and walls cracked at a school house. Water was disturbed and people frightened.

 

 2 21 14 45 57 1973  34.072 -119.038  15 5.6   So. California

 

Several injuries were reported in the Pt. Mugu area. Large boulders fell onto the Pacific Coast Highway. Many landslides and ground cracks were observed.  Damage at Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Point Mugu was estimated at $1 million U.S. dollars. Sand craters formed. Felt from Lompoc to Taft east to Barstow and Palm Springs and as far south as San Diego. Strong aftershock sequence.

 

 2 21 20  2  6 1977  55.920 -161.876 165 5.0   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2 21 18 40 30 1983  54.799 -161.768  42 5.0   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2 21  7 43 11 1985  61.840 -149.790  33 5.5   Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity III at Talkeetna. Also felt at Anchorage and Willow.

 

 2 21  0 14 19 1986  56.120 -155.320  36 5.2   Alaska Peninsula

 2 21  1 55  9 1991  58.430 -175.470  11 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Strong foreshock to following event.

 

 2 21  2 35 34 1991  58.427 -175.450  20 6.7   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

This is the largest event ever located in this area. It was felt with maximum intensity IV on St. Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska. Also felt on Adak. A small tsunami was generated with maximum height 30 cm at Dutch Harbor.

 

 2 21 14 16 02 2008  41.153 -114.867   6 6.0   Nevada

 

Three people injured, more than 20 buildings heavily damaged, almost 700 buildings slightly damaged and a water main broken at Wells. Felt (VI) at Wells, with maximum intensity VIII in the Historic District. Felt (V) at Jackpot; (IV) at Battle Mountain, Carlin, Elko, Mountain City and Spring Creek; (III) at Ely, Eureka, Golconda, Lovelock and Winnemucca. Also felt at Las Vegas and Reno. Felt(V) at Grand View and Rogerson; (IV) at Castleford, Filer, Hansen, Heyburn, Malad City, Malta, Paul, Rupert, Twin Falls and Wendell; (III) at American Falls, Bellevue, Boise, Buhl, Burley, Caldwell, Declo, Dietrich, Emmett, Fairfield, Garden Valley, Glenns Ferry, Gooding, Hagerman, Hailey, Hazelton, Idaho City, Inkom, Jerome, Ketchum, Kimberly, Middleton, Murtaugh, Nampa, Oakley, Pocatello and Shoshone, Idaho. Also felt (V) at Wendover; (IV) at Farmington, Garland and Snowville; (III) at American Fork, Brigham City, Clearfield, Corinne, Draper, Dugway, Grantsville, Hill AFB, Honeyville, Hooper, Hyde Park, Hyrum, Layton, Lehi, Logan, Ogden, Plymouth, Provo, Richmond, Roy, Sandy, Salt Lake City, Stockton, Syracuse, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernon and West Jordan, Utah. The earthquake was felt in most of Idaho and Nevada, in southeastern Oregon and northwestern Utah, in parts of California and Wyoming, and at Spokane, Washington. Isolated felt reports were received from as far away as Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Oakland and Pasadena, California; Brighton, Colorado; Absarokee and Livingston, Montana; Corvallis and Portland, Oregon; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

 2 21 23 52 08 2008  50.925 -177.158  15 5.4   Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 2 21 13 50 42 2012  67.744 -167.057  20 5.3   Bering Sea, Alaska

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 20 15 30  0 1835 -36.830  -73.030   0 8.1   Central Chile

 

Severe damage in Conception, Talcahuanco, Chilla, Chile with maximum intensity VI. At least 35 were killed. A tsunami was generated which affected the Juan Fernandez Archipelago. This is generally considered the fourth Conception Earthquake. Charles Darwin reported on the earthquake from Valdivia where it was felt with intensity VII. Two shocks occurred within two minutes. The epicenter appears to have been close to Quiriquina Island which rose 8 feet.  Subsidence occurred on the Maule River. 35 were killed at Concepcion but many others were killed at Talcahuano, Chillan, Constitucion, Cauquenes, Talca and other towns. Seiche in irrigation canals at Santiago were observed. Craters and fissures were up to a foot wide. The tsunami began with a strong withdrawal of the sea. Ships at 7 meters of water were grounded.  This was followed by a 35-40 foot high wave and two larger following waves. Most houses at elevations less than 40 feet were destroyed by the tsunami. An offshore volcano became active and steam and smoke was seen, Flashes of light were observed at night. A strong earthquake sound accompanied the quake.

 

 

 2 20  0  0  0 1897  38.100  141.500   0 7.8   Off East Coast Honshu

 

 

One house was destroyed. A tsunami was generated with maximum height one meter at Sakari, Ofunato. Damage also occurred in Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, Fukushima, Prefecture.

 

 2 20  8 58 48 1913  41.000  144.000   7 7.1   Hokkaido, Japan

 2 20 19 29 32 1917  19.500  -78.500  60 7.1   Jamaica

 2 20  1  2  0 1925  45.500  150.500  60 7.0   So. Kurils

 2 20  5 34 25 1931  44.250  135.767 280 7.5   Sea of Japan

 2 20  2 18 20 1940 -13.500  167.000 200 7.0   Vanuatu Islands

 2 20 18 35  5 1954  -6.800  124.500 580 7.0   Flores Island area

 2 20 08 08 30 2008   2.768   95.964  26 7.4   Sumatra

 

(NEIC) Three people killed and 25 seriously injured in western Aceh Province, Sumatra. Felt (V) at Meulaboh;(IV) at Banda Aceh, Medan and Tapaktuan; (III) at Padang and Sibolga; (II) at Bukittinggi and Payakumbuh. Also felt at Duri and Lhokseumawe. Felt(III) at Gunungsitoli, Nias. Felt (III) at Butterworth, George Town, Kampong Gelugor, Kampung Sungai Ara, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Tanjong Tokong and (II) at Perai, Malaysia. Also felt at Alor Setar, Ayer Itam, Johor Bahru, Juru, Kajang-Sungai Chua, Kampong Baharu Balakong, Kampung Tanjung Bongor, Kampung Tanjung Karang, Klang, Kuah, Kulim, Nibung Tebal and Shah Alam. Felt (III) in Singapore. Also felt at Kathu, Thailand.  TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 20  5  6  7 1968  58.350 -151.760   0 5.0   Southern Alaska

 2 20  6  8 18 1972  29.895 -113.532  33 5.4   Gulf of California

 2 20  7 40 35 1973  58.264 -149.816  13 5.4   Southern Alaska

 2 20  8 39 58 1988  36.803 -121.302   9 5.3   Central California

 

Felt with intensity V in the Pinnacles area.

 

 2 20 03 17 14 2002  51.130 -131.100  10 5.1   Queen Charlotte Is., Canada

 2 20 15 10 48 2003  53.405 -167.414  75 5.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

(NEIC) Felt at Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.

 

 2 20 01 39 58 2006  69.728 -145.811   5 5.0   Northern Alaska

 2 20 08 47 12 2013  50.457 -173.576  25 5.4   Andreanof Islands, Alaska.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 19 10  0  0 1600 -16.770  -70.900  20 7.9   So. Peru/Bolivia

 

Moderate damage at Arequipa, Peru with maximum intensity up to IX.  Volcano Huaynaputina erupted following the quake. AT least 200 strong aftershocks were felt which caused many deaths and much further damage.

 

 2 19  0  0  0 1645  -1.700  -78.600   0 7.5   Ecuador

 

Strong earthquake in Quito. Many buildings were destroyed. Many killed in Ecuador.

 

 2 19  0  0  0 1834  19.500 -155.300  10 7.0   Hawaii

 

People found it difficult to walk or stand because of the wave-like motion of the ground. Stone walls were thrown down and clocks stopped.

 

 2 19 20 48  0 1897  38.000  142.000  60 8.3   Off East Coast Honshu

 

One house was destroyed. A tsunami was generated with maximum height one meter at Sakari, Ofunato. Damage also occurred in Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, Fukushima, Prefecture.

 

 2 19  1 59 33 1906 -14.000  160.000  60 7.2   Solomon Islands

 2 19 19  7 48 1954 -30.000 -177.800  40 7.0   No. Kermadec Islands

 

Felt on Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands.

 

 2 19 10 36 54 1960  36.800   71.000 190 7.1   Hindu Kush/Pakistan

 2 19 22 45 42 1968  39.400   24.940   7 7.5   Aegean Sea

 

About 20 were killed and several injured near Cape Tripiti at the southern end of St. Eustratios Island. More than 500 houses were destroyed and nearly 2000 damaged. Damage also occurred on Lemnos Island. Estimated property damage $600,000 U.S. Dollars.

 

 2 19 22 34  3 1977  53.530  169.920  31 7.2   Near Islands

 

Felt at Shemya and Attu.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 19  9  9  0 1937  38.300 -118.300   0 5.0   California/Nevada area

 

Felt over an area of about 5000 sq. miles. Felt with maximum intensity V at Hawthorne, NV where residents were frightened. Clocks stopped at Yerington.  Felt also at Tonopah, Luning and Bridgeport.

 

 2 19  2 18  1 1956  51.610 -131.370   0 6.8   British Colombia

 2 19  4 13 14 1956  58.500 -153.700   0 5.6   Southern Alaska

 2 19  4 55 42 1976  66.410 -135.280  18 5.0   Northern Alaska

 2 19  7 49 33 1976  62.236 -151.274  68 5.0   Central Alaska

 2 19 22  1 27 1976  53.471 -164.500  33 5.0   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2 19  4  3 16 1995  40.556 -125.539  10 6.8   Off Coast of No. California

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Arcata, Honeydew, Crescent City, Redway. Also felt along much of the northern California coastline as far south as San Francisco and as far north as Brookings, Oregon.

 

 2 19  4  3 27 1995  40.862 -125.390  10 5.3   Off Coast of No. California

 2 19 22 41 30 2008  32.468 -115.317  10 5.1   Baja California

 

(NEIC) Felt (V) at Mexicali. Also felt at Algodones. Felt (V) at Calexico; (IV) at Brawley, El Centro, Imperial, Solana Beach and Winterhaven; (III) at Blythe, Chula Vista, Heber, La Jolla and San Diego;(II) at Aliso Viejo, Carlsbad, El Cajon, La Mesa, Mission Viejo and Pine Valley, California. Also felt at Aguanga, Coronado, Earp, Encinitas, Holtville, Indio, Irvine, Lemon Grove, Los Angeles, National City, Newport Beach, Niland, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Santee, Sherman Oaks, Westmorland and Woodland Hills. Felt (IV) at Somerton and (III) at Yuma, Arizona. Also felt at Cibola and Parker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 18  0  0  0 1483  24.900   57.900   0 7.7   So. Iran/Persian Gulf

 2 18  5  9 18 1910  36.000   24.200 150 7.0   Aegean Sea

 2 18 18 41 14 1911  38.200   72.800  26 7.4   Hindu Kush/Pakistan

 

Moderate damage occurred in Tajikistan and Sarez. Up to 90 were killed.  A large rockslide and landslide occurred into the valley of the Bartang River which destroyed the city of Usoy. The collapsed mountain formed a dam with a height of 800 meters. The greatest destruction hit the areas of Usoy, Barchidiv, Posor, Nisur, Sagnob, Rakhch, Basid and Oroshir.  Many buildings were destroyed and many cattle died.

 

 2 18 10  8  7 1945  42.000  143.000  50 7.0   Hokkaido, Japan

 2 18  7 34 22 1956  30.000  137.500 480 7.3   Central/So. Honshu Japan

 

Felt on Honshu.

 

 2 18 23 49 28 1996  -1.283  -14.274  10 7.6   No. of Ascension Isl

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 18 18 18  0 1926  34.170 -119.500   0 5.0   So. California

 

Windows broke in a Santa Barbara school. Pipes broke. Felt from San Luis Obispo south to Santa Ana about 300 km.

 

 2 18 19 30 20 1965  59.200 -147.500  30 5.3   Southern Alaska

 2 18 10 10 57 1967  59.830  -76.170   0 5.1   Quebec, Canada

 2 18 19  2 26 1975  59.862 -153.114 102 5.2   Southern Alaska

 2 18  8  0 58 1976  51.520 -178.610  36 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 2 18 11 15  3 1980  51.280 -178.350  57 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 18  0  0 54 1987  51.460 -179.270  33 6.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity V at Adak.

 

 2 18  5 28 24 1987  51.346 -179.295  43 5.5   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 2 18 10  4 31 1993  53.750 -163.270  60 5.7   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II at Akutan.

 

 2 18 15  9 46 1998  51.280 -177.019  43 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 2 18 10 06 17 2005  51.241 -178.903  43 5.0   Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 2 18 10 33 40 2005  51.194 -178.881  46 5.0   Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 2 18 17 47 36 2011  32.061 -115.102   8 5.1   Baja California

 

(NEIC) Felt (II) at Ensenada, Mexicali, San Felipe and Tijuana. Also felt at Algodones and Rosarito. Felt at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. Felt (III) at Somerton, Wellton and Yuma, Arizona. Also felt (III) at Calexico and Winterhaven and (II) in much of Imperial, Orange and San Diego Counties, California. Felt as far as Phoenix, Arizona and the Los Angeles area, California. 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 17  0  0  0 1793  38.300  142.400   0 7.1   Off East Coast Honshu

 

Moderate damage occurred in Sanriku, Rikuzen and Rikuchu. 733 were reported killed. 1060 houses were destroyed and 25 killed by a tsunami in the Sendai area. The tsunami hit the coast from Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures with maximum height 4.5 meters at Ryoishi.

 

 2 17 11 39 26 1905  33.000  152.000  60 7.3   W-Central Pacific

 2 17 21  7  7 1951  -7.000  146.000 180 7.3   New Ireland

 2 17  5 59 30 1996  -0.950  137.027  67 8.1   West Irian, PNG

 

At least 170 dead and missing. 423 injured. More than 5000 houses were destroyed or damaged. A tsunami was generated which caused damage on Biak and Supiori. The tsunami reached maximum height 7 meters in many areas and caused additional damage all along the north coast of Irian Jaya from Sarmi to Manokwari. Followed by a very extensive aftershock sequence.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 17 12  3  4 1959  51.100 -171.230   0 6.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 17 20 11 50 1959  65.500 -126.000  33 5.0   Yukon Territory, Canada

 2 17 18 58  9 1990  52.410 -169.620  33 5.1   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2 17  3 26 36 1995  61.793 -148.446   6 5.0   Central Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Chickaloon. Felt also at Palmer, Anchorage, Valdez and Chugiak among other towns.

 

 2 17  9 33 24 1997  61.814 -149.603  47 5.0   Central Alaska

 

Felt throughout south-central Alaska from Anchorage, Butte, Palmer and Wasilla. A moderate foreshock of M 4.3 an hour earlier was felt in the same area.

 

 2 17 20 11 30 2001  53.920 -133.610  20 6.2   British Colombia

 

Objects fell from shelves at Queen Charlotte Island, Skidegate and Masset. Maximum intensity V at Annette, Craig and Hydaburg. Felt throughout much of the region.

 

 2 17 21 19  5 2001  53.810 -133.510  10 5.4   British Colombia

 

Felt at Langara Lighthouse, Masset and Queen Charlotte City. Maximum intensity III at Craig, Alaska.

 

 2 17 13 59 36 2014  53.540 -163.648  17 5.0   Unimak Island, Alaska

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 16 15  0  0 1793  38.050  144.050   0 7.1   So. of Honshu

 

Moderate damage occurred in Sanriku, Rikuzen and Rikuchu. 733 were reported killed. 1060 houses were destroyed and 25 killed by a tsunami in the Sendai area. The tsunami hit the coast from Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures with maximum height 4.5 meters at Ryoishi.

 

 2 16  1 35 23 1927  46.800  153.100  10 7.1   So. Kurils

 2 16  7 28 35 1943 -15.000  -72.000 190 7.0   Central Peru

 2 16 15 23  2 1996  38.000  141.000   0 7.2   Off East Coast Honshu

 

Several people were injured in the area of Fukushima where the maximum intensity was IV. Felt at Tokyo and as far as the Izu Peninsula and Hokkaido.

 

 2 16 23 53 20 1998  52.718  -33.677  10 7.3   North Mid-Atlantic Ridge

 

Strongest of a swarm.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 16 15 57 53 1919  37.700 -118.500   0 5.7   California/Nevada area

 

Maximum damage occurred at Belridge where an oil tank split. Landslides were observed at Lebec and buildings cracked at Maricopa and Grapevine.

 

 2 16  3  0  0 1929  46.100 -111.300   0 5.6   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Strongly felt at Trident and Deer Park, Montana. Dishes fell from shelves in Anaconda and Helena, MT.

 

 2 16  8 12 28 1956  31.500 -115.500  16 5.0   So. California

 2 16  3  1 40 1963  46.200 -111.000  10 5.0   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Felt over about 6000 sq miles of SW Montana mostly in the areas of Churchill and Bozeman areas of Gallatin County. Maximum intensity V. No damage but quake frightened many and caused items to fall from shelves.  Felt as far as Logan.

 

 2 16 10 59 18 1965  26.400 -110.000  33 5.2   Gulf of California

 2 16 22 21 53 1965  39.950 -104.930   5 5.0   Colorado area

 

Felt with intensity VI over about 300 sq. miles of northern Denver, Colorado.  A large crack occurred in a home at Northglenn. Furnishings moved at Commerce City.

 

 2 16 12  0 21 1978  42.685 -125.890  15 5.0   Off Coast of Oregon

 2 16 11 14 58 1984  39.933 -117.759   8 5.2   California/Nevada area

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Austin and Lovelock.

 

 2 16  9 32 55 1985  51.166 -179.627  52 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 16  2 47 51 1986  67.330 -136.280   3 5.1   Northern Alaska

 

Felt at Fort McPherson, Aklavik and Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

 

 2 16  5 48 55 1989  57.549 -143.092  10 5.1   Southeast Alaska

 2 16 13 28 42 1990  49.121 -127.714  10 5.2   Vancouver Island area

 

Felt at Port Hardy and Port Alice.

 

 2 16 20 26 39 1991  50.620 -177.780  50 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 15  0 48 24 1917 -30.000  -73.000   0 7.0   Coast Central Chile

 2 15 12 46 57 1936  -4.500  133.000  60 7.3   West Irian, PNG

 2 15 17 40 35 1966 -19.900  168.900  27 7.1   Vanuatu Islands

 

Felt with intensity VII at Port Vila, IV at Norsup and II at Luganville.

 

 2 15 17  7 44 1994  -4.967  104.302  23 7.0   So. of Sumatera

 

More than 200 killed, 2000 injured and 75,000 homeless. Damage was extensive from landslides, mudslides an fires in Lampung province and especially in Liwa.  Over 6000 shops and homes were destroyed in Liwa with damage estimated at about $170 million U.S. dollars. Felt in southern Sumatra and Java. Also felt as far as Jakarta and Singapore.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 15 13 25  0 1856  37.600 -122.400   0 5.9   Central California

 

This earthquake caused considerable damage to buildings in San Francisco. Felt strongly at Oakland, San Jose and Monterey. Water disturbances were noted in San Francisco Bay.

 

 2 15 23 54  4 1927  36.950 -122.260   0 5.0   Central California

 

Submarine shock off Santa Cruz caused slight damage.

 

 2 15  3 17 47 1946  47.300 -122.900  25 5.8   Washington state, U.S.

 

Felt with light damage south of Tacoma WA with damage at Bremerton, Burton, Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma. Estimated coast at Seattle $250,000 U.S. dollars.  Felt northward to British Columbia and south in northwestern Oregon.

 

 2 15 12 17 15 1946  46.870 -122.268   0 5.0   Washington state, U.S.

 

Light shock felt at Eatonville, Clear Lake and Randle. Also felt at Gig Harbor, Olympia and Stampede Pass.

 

 2 15  1 20 38 1956  31.500 -115.500  16 6.4   So. California

 

Aftershocks of Feb. 9 in Baja California. Maximum intensity V at Descanso where many were frightened and dishes and walls rattled. Also felt at Jamul and San Diego. Felt with intensity IV at Yuma, Arizona and Wellton.

 

 2 15  2 28 39 1956  31.500 -115.500   0 5.3   So. California

 2 15  7  7 47 1956  31.500 -115.500  16 5.2   So. California

 2 15  8 35 54 1956  31.500 -115.500  16 5.0   So. California

 

Felt with intensity IV at Hemet. Some were awakened.

 

 2 15  2 42 47 1968  52.200 -171.400  61 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 15 11 21 50 1972  51.411 -177.458  49 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV on Adak Island.

 

 2 15 13  6 28 1981  51.089 -171.393  53 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 15 16  9 17 1987  52.830 -163.570   3 5.0   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2 15 19 16 14 1988  58.981 -142.829  10 5.0   Southeast Alaska

 2 15  0 45 54 1996  51.249 -179.376  27 5.6   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 2 15 03 31 20 2012  43.625 -127.518  11 5.8   Off coast of Oregon

 

(NEIC) Felt (II) at Beaverton, Coos Bay, Eugene and Portland. Felt in many parts of western Oregon. Felt (II) at Arcata, Crescent City, Eureka and Shasta Lake, California. Also felt at Hayfork, Ferndale, McKinleyville, Mount Shasta, Smith River and Somes Bar. Felt at Battle Ground and Naselle, Washington.

 

 2 15 23 03 48 2012  51.763 -177.970  80 5.1   Anderanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

DAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 14 16 30  0 1619  -7.900  -79.000  40 8.6   No. Peru

 

Severe damage occurred in the regions of Trujillo, Piura and Santa, Peru with maximum intensity IX. 350 reported killed. Ground fissures over 160 miles length. Trujillo was nearly destroyed.

 

 2 14  0  0  0 1658  -8.200  -80.100  40 7.7   No. Peru

 

Felt with intensity VII in the Trujillo area of Peru with much damage and victims.

 

 2 14  8 46 38 1905  50.730 -178.550   0 7.8   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 14  3 59 34 1934  17.500  119.000  60 7.9   Luzon, Philippines

 

Felt throughout Luzon over an area of about  2 million sq. km. The earthquake caused much alarm but little damage. In Manila a school wall was cracked and a pier settled several inches. A tsunami was generated which apparently ruptured the cable between Manila and Shanghai. The first motion was a recession to such an extent tat people hurried to gather fish on the exposed seabed.  Some were killed upon the return of the sea.

 

 2 14  3 38 12 1952  -7.500  126.500  60 7.2    Banda Sea

 

North of Timor Island. No damage reported.

 

 2 14  6 36  5 1962 -37.800  -72.500  45 7.2   Central Chile

 

Some damage, two injured. Telephones were out, water pipes broke and walls collapsed. Felt in the same area as the May 1960 earthquakes at Concepcion, Angol, Los Angeles, Valdivia, Puerto Montt.

 

 2 14 23 29 52 1972 -11.359  166.335 102 7.4   Vanuatu Islands

 

Felt on San Cristobal, Solomon Islands.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 14  8 46 36 1905  53.000 -178.000  60 7.9   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 14  0 30  0 1936  46.600 -112.000   0 5.0   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Two shocks caused minor damage at Helena, Montana.

 

 2 14  3  1 15 1945  44.700 -115.400   0 6.0   Montana/Idaho

 

Plaster cracked and dishes broke at Clayton, Idaho City and Weiser, Idaho.  Felt from Montana to Oregon and Washington States.

 

 2 14 14 45 32 1956  31.500 -115.500  16 5.0   So. California

 2 14 18 33 34 1956  31.500 -115.500  16 6.3   So. California

 

Aftershocks of Feb. 9 in Baja California. Maximum intensity V at Descanso where many were frightened and dishes and walls rattled. Also felt at Jamul and San Diego. Felt with intensity IV at Yuma, Arizona and Wellton.

 

 2 14  4 35 24 1978  39.653 -117.193  10 5.1   California/Nevada area

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Austin, Eureka, Baggs, Round Mountain and Yerington, NV. Also felt at Manhattan.

 

 2 14  6  9 27 1981  46.349 -122.236   7 5.5   Washington state, U.S.

 

Felt over about 100,000 sq. km of Washington and Oregon States. Maximum intensity in Washington at Ariel where cracks appeared in sidewalks; Graham where water splashed on sides of pools and chimneys cracked; Crays River and Kaposin and Mossyrock where chimneys cracked and twisted.  Items were thrown from shelves at Sumner and Kidd Valley. Felt from British Columbia and Vancouver on the north and Eugene, Medford and Springfield

Oregon in the south.

 

 2 14  3 20  4 1983  54.931 -159.189  47 6.5   Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity at Chignik, Alaska. Windows cracked and small objects were thrown from shelves. Bushes shook. Similar effects were noted at Sand Point. Felt as far as King Cove and Perryville.

 

 2 14  8 10  3 1983  54.863 -158.875  14 6.0   Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity V at Chignik where items were thrown from shelves and many were frightened. Also felt at Chignik Lagoon, Cold Bay, False Pass and Sand Point.

 

 2 14  5  4 10 1985  66.870 -150.990  31 5.2   Northern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity III at Fairbanks, Minto and Stevens Village.

 

 2 14  7 26 50 1987  36.137 -120.348  15 5.2   Central California

 

Felt with intensity V with slight damage at Coalinga. Felt throughout central California as far north  as Sacramento. Also felt with intensity V at Firebaugh and Helm.

 

 2 14 16 37 22 1991  29.646 -113.801   5 5.4   Gulf of California

 2 14 22 12 58 2007  43.516 -127.451  10 5.2   Off Coast of Oregon

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 13  7  0  0 1196  45.700   26.600 150 7.0   Romania/Bulgaria

 2 13  9 39 30 1902  40.700   48.600  15 7.0   Caucasus/Caspian Sea

 

Extreme damage in Azerbaijan with 86 killed and 60 reported injured but total casualties were undoubtedly much higher. Damage also in Semacha, Northern Iran. 588 of 683 buildings were destroyed in Meysary, Bash-Chagan, Engekharn, Kovakh-kent, Avakhylk and Kalaybuugurt. An earthquake noise was heard.  Casualties in Semacha were likely far more than the 86 reported for surrounding villages. 

 

 2 13  6  7 13 1918  23.500  117.000   0 7.3   So. China

 

Extreme damage in Guandong Province, China. Up to 10,000 killed.

 

 2 13  1 27  0 1931 -39.300  176.700  60 7.1   North Island, N.Z.

 

Largest aftershock of the strong quake of Feb. 2 which killed 256.  The earthquake was strongly felt inland (more than on Feb. 2) and was felt with maximum intensity VII in the Hawke's Bay area.

 

 2 13 18 24 24 1949 -33.500 -178.000  60 7.2   So. Kermadec Islands

 

Followed an M 6.6+ earthquake north of North Island, New Zealand on Feb. 9 which was felt with intensity VI in New Zealand.

 

 2 13 11 55 50 1951 -15.000 -175.000 250 7.0   Samoa Islands

 2 13 22 12 58 1951  56.000 -155.500   0 7.0   Alaska Peninsula

 

Fluorescent lights swayed at Cordova. Many objects were disturbed.

 

 2 13  8 50  4 1963  24.500  122.100  47 7.2   Taiwan

 

Felt strongly at Ilan, Taiwan. Two killed, 2 wounded. Up to 50 houses destroyed or damaged.

 

 2 13  1 29 13 1992 -15.894  166.318  10 7.1   Vanuatu Islands

 

Felt at Port Vila.

 

 2 13 19 28 30 2001  -4.680  102.562  36 7.4   So. of Sumatera

 

Felt strongly at Bengkulu. Also felt at Jakarta, Java.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 13 22  9  0 1933  38.000 -118.000   0 5.5   California/Nevada area

 

Felt with intensity III at Austin, Mina and Reno, NV.

 

 2 13 23 55  0 1936  46.600 -112.000   0 5.0   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Felt strongly at Helena, MT. Also felt at Butte, Great Falls and Hamilton. Two other shocks were also felt strongly on this day in the area.

 

 2 13 22 12 57 1951  56.000 -156.000  25 7.1   Alaska Peninsula

 

Fluorescent lights swayed at Cordova. Many objects were disturbed.

 

 2 13 22 52  0 1958  40.341 -111.440   0 5.0   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Felt over an area of Utah about 1200 sq. miles principally east of Utah Lake. Maximum intensity VI at Provo and Wallsburg. Felt by many.  Plaster fell at Provo. A faint earthquake noise was heard before the earthquake. Felt also by many at Pleasant Grove where objects swung. Dishes and windows rattled at Springville.

 

 2 13 19 46 39 1964  40.500  -77.900  15 5.2   New York State

 2 13  1 35 52 1969  52.162 -169.909  16 5.1   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2 13 17 55 42 1972  52.838 -161.511  33 5.0   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2 13 19 53 54 1973  51.245 -179.215  46 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 13  5 34 32 1979  55.618 -156.967  71 5.7   Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Chignik, Perryville, Pilot Point and Port Heiden. Also felt at Sand Point and Naknek.

 

 2 13 11 35 56 1979  55.195 -157.043  24 5.0   Alaska Peninsula

 2 13 20 17 28 1981  52.710 -174.040 163 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 13 18  5 47 1984  55.667 -154.426   0 5.1   Southern Alaska

 2 13 17 58 27 1985  51.186 -179.753  44 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 2 13  8 43 14 1986  55.290 -160.520  48 5.3   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Sand Point. Also felt at False Pass and King Cove.

 

 2 13 20 36 52 1986  62.197 -124.292  10 5.2   Northwest Terr., Canada

 

Felt at Fort Simpson, Fort Liard, Wrigley and Nahanni Butte.

 

 2 13 23 57 50 1988  52.286 -173.367  91 5.5   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II in the epicentral area.

 

 2 13  2 38 18 1992  53.597 -165.734  44 5.7   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity V at Akutan and Dutch Harbor. Also felt at Unalaska.

 

 2 13  9 19 47 1998  51.625 -176.177  44 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 2 13 21 07 02 2012  41.143 -123.790  28 5.6   Northern California

 

(NEIC) Felt (V) at Hoopa, Redcrest and Salyer; (IV) at Arcata, Bayside, Blue Lake, Bridgeville, Burnt Ranch, Eureka, Forks of Salmon, Hydesville, Klamath, Korbel, McKinleyville, Orick, Orleans, Samoa, Scotia, Trinidad and Willow Creek. Felt (III) in parts of Del Norte, Humboldt, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties. Felt(II) in southern Curry and Josephine Counties, Oregon.  Also felt at Sparks, Nevada and as far as San Jose,

 

 2 13 17 07 06 2016  36.485  -98.726   8 5.1   Oklahoma

 

Nearly 4000 people reported felt activity from this earthquake. NEIC reported it was felt with moderate intensity in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.  No major damage was reported. Maximum intensity V was felt in Anthony, Andale, Kansas; IV was felt in Rushville, Missouri, Overland Park, Arkansas City, Benton, Kiowa, Waldron, Wichita, Alden, Raymond, Sylvia (VI), Montezuma and Caldwell, Kansas and in general within about 115 km of the epicenter. Maximum intensity in Nebraska was III in Omaha but it was felt about 700 km from the epicenter in Souix City, NE with intensity II.  In Arkansas the maximum intensity was III at Fayetteville; maximum intensity in Texas was IV at Garland. In New Mexico it was III at Questa. The maximum intensity in Oklahoma was VII in Aline but intensity VI was felt in Drummond and V in Cleo Springs, Carmen, Oklahoma City. Intensity III was felt as far as about 1000 km from the epicenter. The furthest report was from Green Bay, Wisconsin where it was felt weakly. In Iowa III was felt in Ames, Saint Charles and Sioux City and in Illinois in Decatur. The mainshock was followed by a strong sequence of aftershocks including

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 12 18 10  6 1910  32.500  138.000 350 7.4   Central/So. Honshu Japan

 2 12  8 15 32 1953  35.800   55.000   0 7.0   No. Iran

 

The village of Torud was destroyed as well as Mehdiabad and Sadfe. Devasatation extended over 300 km radius. Poor building construction increased the damage. Many homes were crushed by sliding loess from cliffs. Fissures and gypso-saliferous mud emitted from the crusts of salt falts were observed. 971 dead, 1800 homes destroyed and more than $1 million damage.

 

 2 12 21 53 46 1961  43.880  147.650  46 7.0   Hokkaido, Japan

 

Felt strongly in eastern Hokkaido, Japan.

 

 2 12  5 44 48 1968  -5.500  153.200  74 7.8   New Britain

 

Southeast of New Ireland. Maximum intensity VIII at Shoano and Buka Island. Also felt strongly at Malga, Rongamatane, Rugen Harbor and Mambung. Felt with intensity VI at Rabaul and Ulamona.

 

 2 12 17 58 24 1994 -20.553  169.361  28 7.2   Loyalty Islands

 

Felt at Port Vila.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 12  9 17 46 1940  55.000 -161.500  25 6.8   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Awakened all at False Pass and Port Moller.

 

 2 12  4 31 15 1953  65.900 -132.900  33 5.0   Yukon Territory, Canada

 2 12 23 43 52 1958  51.790 -175.200  50 6.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 2 12 10 50 20 1965  40.200 -124.900  33 5.3   Off Coast of No. California

 

Felt at the Humboldt Bay Power Station in Eureka.

 

 2 12 18 32 16 1965  63.600 -134.300  33 5.0   Yukon Territory, Canada

 2 12 17 52 37 1972  62.726 -125.160  33 5.0   Yukon Territory, Canada

 2 12 15 45 35 1975  63.474 -148.605  22 5.1   Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Cantwell and with intesnity III at Fairbanks and Healy.

 

 2 12  8 56 39 1978  59.448 -152.622  72 5.4   Southern Alaska

 

Felt with maximum intenstivy IV at Anchor Point, Homer, Ouzinkie and Seldovia. Also felt at Kodiak, Homer, King Salmon.

 

 2 12 15 44 30 1979  55.501 -157.198  33 5.1   Alaska Peninsula

 

Felt with maximum intensity IV at Chignik, Perryville, Pilot Point and Port Heiden. Also felt at Sand Point and Naknek.

 

 2 12  8 42 30 1980  52.230 -173.360  82 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 12  6 52 33 1987  54.610 -162.790  25 5.2   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2 12  5 23 56 1988  30.105 -113.896  10 5.4   SW U.S.A

 2 12  5 50 47 1988  29.857 -114.091  10 5.1   Gulf of California

 2 12 13 44 29 1990  44.135 -128.941   7 5.1   North Pacific Ocean

 2 12 20 23 30 1990  51.193 -179.242  33 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 12  4 27  7 1991  51.221 -178.443  51 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 12 12 45 33 1991  51.670 -173.780  65 5.5   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 12 12 49  8 1991  71.443  -75.087  18 5.1   Baffin/Davis Strait, Canada

 2 12 22 32 39 1993  51.622 -175.991  33 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 2 12  7  4 41 1994  48.930 -129.410  16 5.3   Vancouver Island area

 2 12 20 13 37 1995  59.400 -153.100 110 6.1   Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Anchorage, Homer, Jenai and vicinity. Also felt at Port Alsworth, Seward, Palmer, Fairbanks and Kodiak.

 

 2 12 12 11 37 1999  51.667 -173.802  46 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 11  1  0  0 1716 -13.700  -76.000  50 8.6   Central Peru

 

Felt with intensity IX-X at Lima and the town of Torata and Tacna. Those towns were nearly ruined with many killed.

 

 2 11  0  0  0 1875  20.700 -103.400   0 7.5   Michoacan, Mexico

 

Damaging at San Cristobal de La Barranca.

 

 2 11 20 32  0 1893 -40.750  174.000   5 7.2   So. Island, N.Z.

 

Felt from Auckland on North Island to Dunedin, South Island. Maximum intensity at Nelson estimated at VIII. Chimneys fell in Wellington and Nelson and Wanganui.

 

 2 11  7  1  5 1952  -5.500  110.000 660 7.0   So. of Java

 2 11  0 30 18 1954  38.800  101.200  33 7.2   So. China

 

Earthquake rocked western Inner Mongolia north of Chan-yeh and Ningsia.

 

 2 11 22  8 55 1969  41.400   79.200  33 7.1   Kirgizstan/Xinjiang

 

Followed by strong aftershock sequence.

 

 2 11 22 16 14 1969  -6.701  126.846 450 7.0    Banda Sea

 

Note that this earthquake occurred within about 1 minute of the arrival of the p-wave from the Xinjiang quake arrived at the hypocenter.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 11 21  5 23 1949  36.983 -117.805   8 5.6   California/Nevada area

 

Felt in northern Inyo County where pipes were cracked at Corcoran. Cracks in the City Hall at Bakersfield enlarged. The elevator banged against the walls. A rock slab at Ash Mountain cracked.  Plaster cracked at Big Pine. Walls and brick were damaged at Olancha. Powerlines and telephone poles fell at Hanford.

 

 2 11  2 57 46 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 5.1   So. California

 2 11  5 19  0 1956  31.700 -115.900   0 5.0   So. California

 2 11  6 11 24 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 5.0   So. California

 2 11  6 24 25 1956  31.583 -115.666  16 5.4   So. California

 2 11 17  5 56 1957  47.500 -121.700   0 5.0   Washington state, U.S.

 

Damage occurred to plaster walls at Nort Benda and Snoqualmie. A chimney cracked at Fall City.

 

 2 11 21 52 17 1965  31.600 -113.900  33 5.6   SW U.S.A

 2 11 12 55 54 1971  51.218 -177.187  53 5.5   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 11 18 59 42 1985  57.550 -154.280  33 5.2   Southern Alaska

 2 11 20 36  6 1985  52.870 -168.970  65 5.1   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2 11  1 15 57 1986  41.634 -125.353  10 5.0   Off Coast of No. California

 2 11 22 11 23 1992  51.520 -174.690  39 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 11 22 32 26 1992  51.521 -174.613  47 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 11 14 59 50 1994  42.764 -110.995   5 5.3   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Felt with minor damage at Afton, Auburn and Grover, Wyoming. Also felt at Etna, Bedford, Thayne, Kemmerer, Green River, Rock Springs, WY. Felt in Idaho with maximum intensity V at Montpelier and with maximum intensity III in Utah at Clearfield and Ogden. Felt as far as Salt Lake City.

 

 2 11 21 50 34 2001  56.928 -153.285  15 5.2   Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity III at Kodiak. Also felt at Old Harbor.

 

 2 11 21 00 23 2005  60.104 -139.343  15 5.4   Southeastern Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt (IV) at Yakutat and (III) at Haines. Also felt at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

 

 2 11 21 29 33 2005  60.110 -139.348  11 5.0   Southeastern Alaska

 

(NEIC) Felt (IV) at Yakutat.

 

 2 11 15 34 48 2007  43.481 -127.363  10 5.0   Off ocast of Oregon

 2 11 18 29 31 2008  32.439 -115.317   2 5.1   Baja California

 

(NEIC) Felt at Ensenada and San Luis Rio Colorado. Also felt (V) at Calexico and (IV) at El Centro, Holtville and Imperial; (III) at Brawley, Chula Vista, Coronado, Heber, La Jolla, La Mesa, San Diego and Winterhaven, California. Felt in much of southern California, as far northwest as San Fernando. Felt (IV) at Yuma and(III) at Somerton and Wellton, Arizona. Felt widely in southwestern Arizona, as far north as Parker and as far east as Tucson.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 10  0  0  0 1856  -2.900  -79.000   0 7.1   Ecuador

 

Strongly felt at Cuenca. Destroyed nearly all the buildings in that city.

 

 2 10  4 39  0 1928  17.800  -97.600 100 7.7   Oaxaca, Mexico

 

Severe damage in Oaxaca, Colima, Puebla, Guerrero and Morelos, Mexico.

 

 2 10  6 34 25 1931  -5.300  102.500  60 7.1   So. of Sumatera

 2 10 15 35  0 1939 -45.000  167.000   5 7.0   So. Island, N.Z.

 

Felt with maximum intensity VI at Tuatapere and Milford Sound. Also felt in Otago, Southland and Stewart Island.

 

 2 10  4 57 56 1945  41.300  142.500  50 7.3   Hokkaido, Japan

 

Minor earthquake damage in Aomori Prefecture. Two were killed, two houses destroyed. A minor tsunami was generated with height 35 cm at Hachinohe.

 

 2 10 11 15 22 1989   2.310  126.690  33 7.0   Mindanao, Philippines

 

Felt at Manado and Bitung, Sulawesi.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2 10 12  0  0 1661  45.500  -73.000   0 5.7   New England

 

Violent in the St. Lawrence Valley. Felt at Montreal, Quebec and Roxbury, MA.

 

 2 10  0  0  0 1728  42.800  -70.800   0 5.0   New England

 

Aftershock.

 

 2 10 18 31  0 1914  44.980  -76.920   0 5.5   New York State

 

Strongly felt in Lanark, Ontario and in Albany, N. Y. Buildings swayed and pictures were thrown from walls. Many were frightened. One man was killed in a cave-in at Birmington, N.Y. Pipes broke at Canton. Strongly felt at Geneva. A crack was formed near Johnson City. At Syracuse items were thrown from shelves. Also felt in Boston, Rochester, New Haven, Pennsylvania, Quebec (Montreal) and west fo Lake Huron.

 

 2 10  4 18 15 1956  31.583 -115.666  16 5.0   So. California

 2 10 15  9 29 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 5.0   So. California

 2 10 18 12 53 1956  31.750 -115.917  10 6.0   So. California

 2 10 14  3 31 1975  60.112 -153.482 160 5.1   Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity II at Anchorage and Palmer.

 

 2 10 16 51 21 1984  28.292 -112.143   3 6.2   Gulf of California

 2 10 21  5  6 2001  34.290 -116.946   9 5.1   So. California

 

Felt with intensity V at Big Bear City and IV in surrounding area. Felt throughout large portion of southern California from Los Angeles to Twentynine Palms and from Barstow to San Diego.

 

 2 10 20 33 51 2004  59.373 -152.028  65 5.6   Southern Alaska

 

(NEIC data) Felt (V) at Cooper Landing, Kenai and Talkeetna; (IV) at Anchorage, Anchor Point, Homer, Ninilchik, Palmer, Seward, Soldotna and Whittier;(III) at Chugiak, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Nikiski and Sutton; (II) at Elmendorf AFB, Kodiak, Valdez and Wasilla.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  9  7 35  0 1902 -20.000 -174.000  60 7.8   Tonga Islands

 2  9 18 13  0 1908  26.000  100.000  60 7.3   Myanmar

 2  9 12 58 19 1948  35.410   27.200  30 7.2   Aegean Sea

 

Felt strongly in the Dodecanese Islands.

 

 2  9 14 54 22 1948   0.000  122.500 160 7.2   Celebes Sea

 2  9 23 55 49 1960  -4.000  128.000 100 7.0   Ceram area

 2  9 15 24 45 1967   2.930  -74.830  36 7.1   Colombia

 

Destructive in Colombia where 98 were killed and 300 injured. 13 were killed in Bogota by falling balconies, cornices and construction. Damage at Bogota estimated at $200,000. Severe in Huila Province and at Neiva where 30% of buildings required repair after the earthquake. 60% of houses in Campoalegre, Vegalarga, Pitalito and Rivera were destroyed. 14 churches were damaged or destroyed. Total damage estimated at $20 million. Many landslides were observed.

 

 2  9 21 35 13 1978 -30.683 -177.358  33 7.7   So. Kermadec Islands

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  9 12  6  0 1890  33.500 -116.500   0 6.0   So. California

 

Felt strongly in southern California. At Pomona windows broke. Also felt at Los Angeles and San Diego. Probably on the San Jacinto Fault.

 

 2  9 11  5  0 1928  49.000 -125.300   0 5.8   Vancouver Island area

 

Felt strongly at Victoria, Alberni, Bamfield and Pachena Point. A loud earthquake noise was heard at Alberni. A small tsunami was reported at Bamfield. Felt slightly at Vancouver and Nanaimo. Also felt at Abbotsford, Duncan, and the Destruction Islands.

 

 2  9  9 20 45 1934  37.400 -118.400   0 5.5   California/Nevada area

 

Felt with intensity IV at Bishop, Benton and Douglasflat. Also felt at Broken Hills and Mason, NV.  Felt also in the Manteca, Mendoza and Modesto areas.

 

 2  9  9 44  8 1941  40.500 -125.367   0 6.6   Off Coast of No. California

 2  9  9 44 42 1941  40.700 -125.400   0 6.4   Off Coast of No. California

 

Plaster cracked at the Punta Gorda lighthouse. Felt also in southern Oregon.

 

 2  9 14 32 38 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 6.8   So. California

 2  9 15  1 33 1956  31.600 -115.700   0 5.3   So. California

 2  9 15 24 26 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 6.1   So. California

 2  9 16 29 53 1956  31.600 -115.700  16 5.8   So. California

 2  9 16 59 53 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 5.7   So. California

 2  9 18 48 45 1956  31.750 -115.916  16 5.7   So. California

 

Earthquake swarm in the Alamo region of Baja, California. Maximum intensity VI. A new faultline 18 mile long formed near Alamo. Water was heated to 80 degree F. along the faultline. Minor damage occurred to windows, plaster and merchandize throughout much of southern California to Yuma, Arizona.

 

 2  9 16 38  7 1957  41.167 -126.300  10 6.0   Off Coast of No. California

 2  9  4 42 35 1959  50.500 -177.500   0 6.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  9 14  0 41 1971  34.400 -118.434   9 6.2   So. California

 

The San Fernando earthquake. Maximum intensity VI when the Olive View Hospital was destroyed.  58 killed of which 49 were at the San Fernando Veterans Ad. Hospital. More than 2,000 injured. Damage estimated at more than $500 million. The near-failure of the Lower Van Norman Dam caused evacuation of thousands. Electrical and utilities were completely disrupted. Ground faulting was observed in the San Fernando area and landslides were common. Highway overpasses, railroads, pipelines were severely damaged by slides. Roads were blocked by rockfalls.

 

 2  9 14  9 41 1971  34.411 -118.401   8 6.4   So. California

 2  9 14 34 36 1971  34.333 -118.633   1 5.0   So. California

 2  9 14 43 47 1971  34.308 -118.454   6 5.2   So. California

 2  9 15 58 21 1971  34.333 -118.316  14 5.1   So. California

 

Aftershocks of the San Fernando earthquake.

 

 2  9 21  2 14 1986  53.400 -171.200   0 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  9  4 21 21 1989  52.078 -169.961  19 5.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2  9  7 49 18 1992  51.494 -178.389  35 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2  9 11 55 40 1993  52.800 -169.960   7 5.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2  9 21 38  2 1993  51.576 -176.219  45 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity IV at Adak.

 

 2 09 07 12 05 2008  32.456 -115.315   2 5.1   Baja California

 

Two bridges slightly damaged and power outages and disruption of cellular telephone service at Mexicali. Felt (VI) at Mexicali. Also felt at Ensenada, Tecate and Tijuana. Felt (V) at Calexico and Heber; (IV) at Brawley, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial and Winterhaven; (III) at Blythe, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, Niland, Oceanside, Pine Valley, San Diego and Westmorland; (II) at Aliso Viejo, Campo, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Indian Wells, Indio, Jamul, La Jolla, La Mesa, La Quinta, Ladera Ranch, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, San Clemente, San Marcos, Santee and Spring Valley, California. Felt throughout southern California from Palm Springs to Calexico and from San Diego to Winterhaven. Felt (IV) at Yuma and (III) at Somerton and Wellton, Arizona. Also felt at Cibola, Parker, Peoria and Tempe, Arizona. 

 

 2 09 12 12 07 2016  51.304  179.699  57 5.3   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  8  5  0  0 1570 -36.750  -73.000   0 8.3   Central Chile

 

Felt with intensity IX in the Conception, Penco, Chile region. Limited damage. Up to 2000 killed. At the time Conception was a frontier town with a few dozen houses. When the earthquake occurred it was Ash Wednesday and all townspeople were congregated at the church. The ground fissured and houses fell. Sulphurous smelling water exuded from ground fissures. The tsunami started out as a flooding wave and then withdrew more than usual. Upon returning it submerged the town. The population had withdrawn to higher ground before the larger tsunamis arrived and few were killed.

 

 2  8 15 40  0 1843  16.500  -61.500  33 8.3   Leeward Islands

 

Felt with intensity IX in  Guadeloupe and Pointe-a-Pitre and Montserrat, Antilles. Great damage.

 

 2  8 15 17 49 1926  13.000  -89.000  60 7.1   Coast of Central America

 2  8  0  0  0 1954 -29.000  -70.500   0 7.7   Coast Central Chile

 2  8 21  4 22 1971 -63.500  -61.200  33 7.1   Southern  Ocean

 

The strongest earthquake ever observed in the South Shetland Islands. Felt in the Argentine Islands. Crevasses were formed in the Argentine Islands.

 

 2  8 18 33 58 1987  -6.088  147.689  55 7.6   New Ireland

 

Three killed on the Huan Peninsula where a landslide caused damage with intensity VI. At least 200 were left homeless with maximum intensity VII. Liquefaction, landslides and fissuring was observed on Malai and Umboi Islands. Felt in New Britain and at Port Moresby, New Guinea.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  8 11 30  0 1855  46.000  -64.500   0 5.2   E. of Maine

 

Felt in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine. Strongly felt at Moncton and Dorchester, New Brunswick. Brick buildings and windows were damaged.

 

 2  8  0  0  0 1928  45.300  -69.000   0 5.0   Maine

 

Plaster Walls cracked at Milo, Maine. Small items fell from shelves. Two aftershocks followed.

 

 2  8  6 39 26 1939  49.080 -128.040   0 6.5   Vancouver Island area

 2  8  8  5  9 1940  39.750 -121.150  35 5.9   Central California

 

Damage occurred to chimneys and windows in the Chico and Grass Valley areas.

 

 2  8 19 17 11 1970  50.578 -172.372  15 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  8  2 29 11 1971  51.287 -178.829  44 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity I at Adak.

 

 2  8 11 39 60 1975  67.600 -160.137   0 5.0   Northern Alaska

 2  8 19 24 10 1979  52.178 -179.029 156 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  8  6 58 17 1985  35.452 -118.898  11 5.0   So. California

 

Felt over an area of about 15,000 sq. km. Windows cracked and objects overturned at Arvin, Bakersfield, Delkern. Plaster cracked at Kern City. Objects swung at Lamont. Also felt throughout much of southern California.

 

 2  8  5 16 11 1994  51.400 -173.600  33 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2 08 22 02 01 2011  43.541 -127.313  10 5.4   Off Coast of Oregon

 

Felt at Coos Bay and Gold Beach.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  7 15  0  0 1793  40.085  139.095   0 7.0   Hokkaido, Japan

 

Felt at Tugaro and Honshu, Japan. 11-12 killed with limited damage.  A tsunami was generated.

 

 2  7  9 45  0 1812  36.600  -89.600   0 8.7   New Madrid area

 

Felt with intensity XII in the New Madrid, MO area. Largest of three events of M>=8 in the area during the winter of 1811-1912.  The third New Madrid Earthquake - of similar intensity to the event of Dec. 16, 1811 and Jan. 23, 1812.  Chimneys fell and houses heaved. The shocks were accompanied by low rumbling earthquake noises. The ground was observed to rise and fall as earth waves, like the long swell of the sea. These waves bent trees and opened the soil in cracks. Landslides were considerable and large areas were uplifted. Water emerged from fissures and other others sank. A great wave was generated on the Mississippi River which overwhelmed many boats and carried trees into the river. One person was killed in this largely unsettled region. Trees fell as far away as Texas where the Red River was dammed from a forest of fallen trees. This "Red River Dam" persisted in the River for the next sixty years until it was dynamited out leading to the opening of the area for settlement. All the houses at New Madrid were destroyed. Foreshocks occurred in the later 1700's leading Indians to predict a great earthquake in the area. Several persons were drowned by the great wave. Felt as far as Boston, Massachusetts. At Washington, D.C.  people were greatly frightened. Phenomena included sand blows, water and mud ejection from fissures, sand sloughs, water waves, caving of river banks and earthquake noises. Strong earthquakes have occurred with inter-event times in the area between 500-1000 years.

 

 

 2  7  7 36  0 1897  40.000  140.000  60 8.3   Hokkaido, Japan

 2  7  5 20 30 1918   6.500  126.500 120 7.5   Mindanao, Philippines

 

Felt strongly in Mindanao, Philippines.

 

 2  7 17 16  2 1940  51.500  175.000  70 7.0   Rat Islands

 2  7  8 40 35 1947 -10.000  161.500  50 7.0   No. of Santa Cruz Islands

 2  7  9 36 54 1959  -3.700  -81.700   0 7.4   Ecuador

 

Felt strongly at Guayaquil.

 

 2  7 21 33 21 1984 -10.012  160.469  18 7.7   Solomon Islands

 

 

Damage occurred in southern Guadacanaal where it was felt with intensity VI at Honiara. Also felt at Rabaul, New Britain. Landslides accompanied the quake.

 

 2  7 21 36 46 1996  45.324  149.892  43 7.2   So. Kurils

 

Minor damage with intensity V on Iturup. Also felt at Kurilsk, Kunashir and Sinmushir and Urup.

 

 2  7  2 42 35 2004  -4.003  135.023  10 7.3   Near the South Coast of Papua, Indonesia

 

Aftershock of strong M 7.0 on Feb. 5, 2004 which killed at least 37 and destroyed more than 2000 buildings. Additional damage occurred in the Nabire area.

 

Additional damage in the Nabire area.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  7 15  0  0 1663  47.600  -70.100   0 5.5   New England

 

Aftershock  of the strong earthquake on the St. Lawrence River on Feb. 5, 1663.

 

 2  7  9 45  0 1812  36.600  -89.600   0 8.7   New Madrid area

 

Felt with intensity XII in the New Madrid, MO area. Largest of three events of M>=8 in the area during the winter of 1811-1912.  The third New Madrid Earthquake - of similar intensity to the event of Dec. 16, 1811 and Jan. 23, 1812.  Chimneys fell and houses heaved. The shocks were accompanied by low rumbling earthquake noises. The ground was observed to rise and fall as earth waves, like the long swell of the sea. These waves bent trees and opened the soil in cracks. Landslides were considerable and large areas were uplifted. Water emerged from fissures and other others sank. A great wave was generated on the Mississippi River which overwhelmed many boats and carried trees into the river. One person was killed in this largely unsettled region. Trees fell as far away as Texas where the Red River was dammed from a forest of fallen trees. This "Red River Dam" persisted in the River for the next sixty years until it was dynamited out leading to the opening of the area for settlement. All the houses at New Madrid were destroyed. Foreshocks occurred in the later 1700's leading Indians to predict a great earthquake in the area. Several persons were drowned by the great wave. Felt as far as Boston, Massachusetts. At Washington, D.C.  people were greatly frightened. Phenomena included sand blows, water and mud ejection from fissures, sand sloughs, water waves, caving of river banks and earthquake noises. Strong earthquakes have occurred with inter-event times in the area between 500-1000 years.

 

 2  7  5 55  0 1896  48.300 -124.300   0 5.0   Washington state, U.S.

 

Houses shook at East Clallam, WA. No damage. Felt also at Neah Bay Reservation, Tatoosh Island and at sea on Neah Bay.

 

 2  7  4 41 34 1937  40.500 -125.250   0 5.8   Off Coast of No. California

 

Northwest of Ferndale, CA with slight damage reported near Humboldt Bay.

 

 2  7 11 30 41 1965  53.300 -161.900  10 5.0   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2  7 14 53 14 1967  56.661 -157.177  63 5.5   Alaska Peninsula

 2  7  8 35 30 1968  43.600 -127.300  33 5.1   Off Coast of Oregon

 2  7 21 25 45 1969  40.400 -124.500   6 5.2   Off Coast of No. California

 

Slight damage reported at Ferndale, Honeydew, Petrolia, Rio Dell and Scotia.

 

 2  7  2 29 28 1971  51.356 -176.718  50 6.5   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Minor damage on Adak Island. Felt with intensity V on Adak.

 

 2  7  2 42  4 1971  51.162 -177.075  49 5.8   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 2  7  2 53  8 1971  51.225 -176.942  21 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  7  3 19 13 1971  51.280 -176.920  21 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2  7  3 21  0 1971  51.035 -177.084  43 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity II at Adak.

 

 2  7  6  7 13 1982  51.704 -176.857  60 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt at Adak.

 

 2  7 19 18 17 1982  29.035 -113.053  10 5.6   Gulf of California

 2  7  9 27 44 1985  51.566 -173.863  33 5.3   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  7  3 45 16 1987  32.506 -115.267   6 5.5   So. California

 

Felt strongly at Mexicali, Mexico. Intensity V at El Centro and IV at Heber, Holtville, Palo Verde and Westmorland. Also felt at San Luis and Yuma, Arizona.

 

 2  7 12 29  2 1987  52.566 -168.311  33 6.0   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2  7  8 46 57 1988  60.382 -153.241 130 5.5   Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity V in the epicentral area.

 

 2  7  6  4 21 1991  66.357 -147.963  10 5.5   Northern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity IV at Beaver, Eielson AFB, Ester, Fairbanks, North Pole, and Rampart. Felt also at Fort Yukon.

 

 2  7 12 56  0 1993  51.200 -178.100  33 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  7 16 29 11 1993  49.164 -129.018  10 5.0   Vancouver Island area

 2  7 21 19  7 1996  55.265 -156.479  20 5.7   Alaska Peninsula

 2 07 10 34 04 2003  31.628 -115.511   7 5.0   Baja California

 

Felt at Mexicali. Felt (IV) at El Centro, Heber and Ocotillo; (III) at Boulevard, Calexico, Campo, La Jolla and San Diego; (II) at Alpine, El Cajon, Escondido and Lakeside, California.

 

 2 07 06 23 32 2005  51.240 -131.150  10 5.2   Queen Charlotte Island, Canada

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  6  0  0  0 1716 -17.200  -71.200  40 8.8   So. Peru/Bolivia

 

Many killed, limited damage in the region of Pueblo de Torata in Tacna.  Damage also occurred at Lima and Arequipa.

 

 2  6 11 42 18 1914  29.500   65.000 100 7.0   Pakistan

 2  6 21 51 19 1916  48.500  178.500  60 7.7   NE Pacific

 2  6 13  7 23 1964  55.720 -155.950  13 7.1   Alaska Peninsula

 

Plaster cracked on Sitkinak Islands. Walls and windows creaked. Also felt at Chignik.

 

 2  6 10 37 10 1973  31.398  100.581  33 7.7   So. China

 

This earthquake occurred in the mountains of Szechwan. Damage occurred to houses over a wide area and casualties were reported. A fault trace occurred cutting across roads and topographic features.

 

 2  6 13 16 18 1987  37.470  141.720  36 7.1   Off East Coast Honshu

 

Felt with intensity V at Onahama. Also felt from Hikone, Honshu and Hokkaido and as far as Oshima and Hachijo-jima. A minor tsunami was generated with maximum height 12 cm at Onahama.

 

 2  6 21 47 59 1999 -12.853  166.697  90 7.4   Vanuatu Islands

 2 06 01 12 25 2013 -10.799  165.114  24 7.9   Santa Cruz Islands

 

Nine people killed, 17 injured, 5 missing and at least 684 houses destroyed or damaged in several villages on Nendo; 1 person killed, 1 injured and at least 39 houses destroyed or damaged in several villages on Tomotu Noi. All casualties and most of the damage were caused by a strong tsunami.  The dock at Lata Wharf was damaged by the tsunami then damaged further by shaking in subsequent aftershocks.  Felt (VIII) at Lata. Also felt at Honiara and Kirakira. Felt at Port-Olry and Port-Vila, Vanuatu.  The tsunami was recorded with the following amplitudes(one half peak-to-trough in centimeters) at these selected tide stations: 104 at Lata Wharf and 10 at Honiara, Solomon Islands; 77 at Hienghene, 57 at Ouinne, 51 at Mare Island and 48 at Lifou Island, New Caledonia; 40 at Cape Ferguson and 24 at Rosslyn Bay, Australia; 33 at Port-Vila and 27 at Luganville, Vanuatu; 38 at Aburatsu, 19 on Chichi Jima and 18 at Kushimoto, Japan; 18 at Korotiti Bay, 13 at Port Taranaki and 12 at Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  6 15  0  0 1663  47.600  -70.100   0 5.0   New England

 

Aftershock  of the strong earthquake on the St. Lawrence River on Feb. 5, 1663.

 

 2  6  0  0  0 1855  42.000  -74.000   0 5.0   New York State

 2  6 21 55  0 1896  48.300 -124.300   0 5.0   Washington state, U.S.

 

Houses shook at East Clallam, WA. No damage. Felt also at Neah Bay Reservation, Tatoosh Island and at sea on Neah Bay.

 

 2  6 14 33  5 1959  51.720 -176.020  44 6.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  6 13 13 44 1964  55.750 -155.880  26 5.9   Alaska Peninsula

 

Plaster cracked on Sitkinak Islands. Walls and windows creaked. Also felt at Chignik.

 

 2  6  1 40 35 1965  53.140 -161.850  43 6.5   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt at Cold Bay and at the Scotch Cap Light Station on Unimak Island.

 

 2  6 16 50 29 1965  53.260 -161.740  33 6.5   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt by many at Cold Bay. Buildings swayed slightly.

 

 2  6 23 28  8 1966  60.400 -152.300  91 5.3   Central Alaska

 

Reported felt at Anchoarage, Homer and Fairbanks.  Followed by a second lighter earthquake.

 

 2  6  3 26 35 1967  60.130 -152.750 105 5.1   Central Alaska

 

Felt at Nenana, Fort Greeley, Murphy Dome and Eielson AFB where many were awakened. Felt over an area of about 20,000 sq. miles.

 

 2  6  9 33 47 1969  51.710 -176.240  60 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Glassware broke at Adak. Mirrors broke and plaster cracked. Damage confined to a 10 sq. mile radius on Adak.

 

 2  6  4  4  7 1974  53.799 -164.672   2 6.5   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Small objects moved at Cold Bay.

 

 2  6 10 43 40 1980  51.794 -173.187  32 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  6 12  2  1 1982  41.197 -125.371  20 5.3   Off Coast of No. California

 

Felt in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Also flet at Crescent City and Rio Dell with maximum intensity IV.

 

 2  6 15 14 59 1986  67.876 -156.264  33 5.0   Northern Alaska

 2  6  5 10  1 1988  53.642 -167.090  33 5.2   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2  6 12  3 57 1993  50.730 -176.410  63 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with intensity III at Adak.

 

 2  6  3 28 16 1994  53.280 -171.150  25 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  6  5 55  9 1994  51.990 -170.260  41 5.5   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

 2 06 17 18 45 2002  61.171 -149.728  35 5.3   Southern Alaska

 

Felt(V) at Anchorage, Eagle River and Elmendorf AFB; (IV) at Girdwood, Palmer, Wasilla and Willow. Felt throughout south-central Alaska.

 

 2 06 17 19 28 2002  61.181 -149.726  36 5.1   Southern Alaska

 

Felt strongly in the Anchorage area.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  5 22 30  0 1663  47.600  -70.100   0 7.0   New England

 

A very severe earthquake near Three Rivers, Quebec. Important landslides occurred which created subsequent waterfalls in the area. Landslides hit the St. Lawrence river and it stayed muddy for months. French priests indicate that entire forests were thrown into the River. Felt sharply in New England.  At Massachusetts Bay houses were shaken and pewter fell from shelves. Chimneys were thrown down and much property damage occurred throughout New England and Quebec.

 

 2  5  2 23 34 1938   4.500  -76.300 160 7.0   Colombia

 

Felt with maximum intensity VIII but may have reached intensity X in the norther portions. Severe damage at Tamesis, Aguadas, El Jardin and Valparaiso, Colombia.  Two people were killed.     Damage was strongest in the mountains and the quake was felt from Ecuador to the Pacific coast in the Department of Galdas.  A ground fissure was observed.

 

 2  5  1 23 36 1950 -48.500  164.000  33 7.1   Southern S. Isl. N.Z.

 

Felt in parts of Otago and Southland.

 

 2  5 22  5 58 1970  12.600  122.100  11 7.1   Luzon, Philippines

 

Damage with intensity VI at Romblon. Three killed and many injured at San Augustin. Also felt at Aurora, Alabat, Calapan. An aftershock on Feb. 6 was strongly felt at Romblon.

 

 2  5 22 51  5 1995 -37.759  178.752  21 7.5   North Island, N.Z.

 

Felt over much of North Island and as far south as Christchurch on South Islands and on Chatham Islands south of New Zealand.

 

 2  5 21 05 03 2004  -3.615  135.538  17 7.0   Papua, Indonesia

 

At least 37 were killed and nearly 700 injured. At least 2500 buildings were damaged or destroyed along with 9 bridges. The airport runway was damaged at Nabire. Felt at Nabire, Knarotali and Manokwari.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  5 22 30  0 1663  47.600  -70.100   0 7.0   New England

 

A very severe earthquake near Three Rivers, Quebec. Important landslides occurred which created subsequent waterfalls in the area. Landslides hit the St. Lawrence river and it stayed muddy for months. French priests indicate that entire forests were thrown into the River. Felt sharply in New England.  At Massachusetts Bay houses were shaken and pewter fell from shelves. Chimneys were thrown down and much property damage occurred throughout New England and Quebec.

 

 2  5  4 48  0 1931  35.100 -106.600   0 5.0   SW U.S.A

 

Felt strongly at Albuquerque, New Mexico. People panicked and ran from houses and theaters. Buildings were damaged and landslides were observed.

 

 2  5 13 33  6 1941  31.700 -115.100  16 5.0   So. California

 

Felt at San Diego.

 

 2  5  6 14  0 1947  36.233 -120.650   0 5.0   Central California

 

Felt with intensity VI near Coalinga and Lonoak. Many were alarmed. Buildings swayed and plaster cracked. Beds and furniture were moved about. At King City items swayed. Also felt at Kettleman City, Avenal, Huron, Parkfield, San Ardo and Westhaven.

 

 2  5  1  4 50 1959  57.400 -156.900  70 6.6   Alaska Peninsula

 2  5  7 33 28 1971  51.750 -130.649  18 5.7   British Colombia

 2  5  2 25 22 1974  62.703 -148.854  75 5.0   Central Alaska

 

Felt with intensity V at the Gold Creek station on the Alaska Railroad.

 

 2  5  9 36 36 1976  59.985 -149.348  35 5.2   Southern Alaska

 

Felt with intensity V at Seward.

 

 2  5 10 52  3 1981  50.155 -176.311  36 5.7   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  5 13 13 42 1992  52.330 -170.350  41 5.7   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  5 23 49  8 1994  51.590 -169.820  14 5.8   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2  5  1 55 38 1996  55.310 -156.520  16 5.4   Alaska Peninsula

 2  5 19 29  4 1997  51.783 -131.068  10 5.2   British Colombia

 2  5 18 33  8 1998  58.340 -138.530  10 5.1   Southeast Alaska

 2  5  3 49  7 2001  64.433 -131.149  10 5.5   Yukon Territory, Canada

 2 05 08 17 01 2006  66.297 -142.686   9 5.4   Northern Alaska

 

Felt(III) at Fairbanks.

 

 2 05 16 15 17 2006  59.394 -151.747  47 5.0   Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

 

Felt (V) at Homer; (IV) at Anchor Point, Clam Gulch and Soldotna; (III) at Kasilof, Kenai, Seward and Sterling. Also felt at Anchorage, Chugiak and Eagle River.

 

 2 05 16 43 32 2006  66.315 -142.555   1 5.1   Northern Alaska

 

Felt at Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright and North Pole.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  4 12 30  0 1797  -1.700  -78.700   0 8.3   Ecuador

 

Total destruction in Chimborazo province especially at Riobamba.  More than 1000 were killed with great damage at Ambato and Latacunga where many buildings were destroyed.

 

 2  4  3  0  0 1867  38.400   20.200 100 7.9   No. Greece

 

Severe damage at Cephalonia, Greece with maximum intensity XI-X.  200-225 were killed. Felt over a radius of about 800 km on the Paliki Peninsula.

 

 2  4 15 50  0 1888  41.500  142.500  60 7.1   Hokkaido, Japan

 2  4 14  0  0 1910 -17.000  168.000  60 7.3   Vanuatu Islands

 2  4  8 22 44 1921  15.000  -91.000 120 7.5   Guatemala

 2  4  5  1 22 1965  51.290  178.550  36 8.2   Rat Islands

 

Mainshock in a long series which ruptured the Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands for about 500 km length. 870 shocks occurred over a period of 45 days of which 35 were M>=6. This event was felt strongly at Shemya Air Force Base and damaged occurred to the runway and to some buildings. A ship near the eastern portion of the rupture zone - the "Ohio" felt the quake as a seaquake. A tsunami was generated with maximum amplitude of 3.1 m at Attu and was observed as far as Samoa.

 

 2  4  8 40 41 1965  51.300  179.500  40 7.3   Rat Islands

 

Strong aftershock of the earlier event in the Rat Islands on Feb. 4, 1965.

 

 2  4 15 33 29 1971   0.647   98.838  33 7.1   So. Sumatera

 

Damaging in northern Sumatra. Damage occurred to brick buildings at Sibolga, North Sumatra. Damage also occurred at Paasaman, Natal, Pinangsore, Sibolga and Pasir Ulu.  Fissures were observed in Sibolga and hot springs formed at Tarutung. Felt in most of north Sumatra and as far east as Singapore.

 

 

 2  4 11 36  8 1975  40.641  122.580  33 7.4   NE China

 

Considerable damage in the region of southern Liaoning province. Damage was particularly strong at the industrial towns of Ying-Kou and Haicheng. Number of victims was not known but was minimized by an earthquake warning. Felt as far as Beijing and at Seoul, South Korea where there was minor damage. Also felt at Primorsky, Russia and Kyushu, Japan. Chinese authorities issued an earthquake prediction for the area based on a migration of seismic foci that had been observed in the previous two years and appeared to pass through this region. Small earthquakes and abnormal animal behavior in the weeks before the earthquake which intensified in early February along with an increase in Radon in the groundwater brought about the warning. A strong increase in telluric currents was also observed.  The population was evacuated from their homes about five hours prior to the earthquake. While much damage occurred little loss of life resulted.

 

 

 2  4  9  1 43 1976  15.324  -89.101   5 7.5   Guatemala

 

This was a strike-slip rupture which was felt over an area of at least 100,000 sq. km. on the Motagua fault. The quake killed at least 22,700 and injured more than 75,000. Losses were estimated at $1.1 billion U.S. dollars. Ground breakage occurred over 240 km, the longest rupture in America since the San Francisco quake of 1906. Maximum slippage occurred north of Guatemala City. Landslides were extensive and blocked railroads and communications in the Guatemala highlands. The quake was felt with maximum intensity IX in Mixco and sections of Guatemala City and Gualan. Many communities and towns were completely destroyed in an area around the fault of 1700 sq. km. Buildings near the fault suffered little damage, but those at a distance from the fault were completely destroyed. Many modern "earthquake resistant" structures collapsed. All houses in the towns of San Pedro Sacatepequez, El Jicaro, Sumpango, Tecpan dna Gualan were destroyed.

 

 2  4 10 37 47 1997  37.661   57.291  10 7.1   No. Iran

 

Preceded by a foreshock of M 5.5 in northeastern Iran. This event killed about 100 while injuring more than 2000. More than 16,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Bojnurd and Shirvan areas of Iran. Estimated damage $30 million.  Felt throughout northeastern Iran.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  4  5  0  0 1883  42.300  -85.600   0 5.0   Northern Plains

 

Felt in northern Indiana and southern Michigan near Kalamazoo, Mich. Windows were cracked and chimneys damaged at Kalamazoo. Felt as far as St. Louis, MO and at Bloomington, ILL.

 

 2  4 20 37 43 1918  52.280 -118.370   0 6.0   Alberta

 

Felt at Revelstoke and feltt slightly at Alvert Canyon, Beavermouth, Malakwa and Vernon.

 

 2  4 10 32 45 1937  48.850 -129.430   0 5.2   Vancouver Island area

 2  4  3 44 48 1946  53.000 -176.000 160 6.8   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  4  8  6 34 1958  57.950  -52.410   0 5.0   Labrador Basin

 2  4 17 50 43 1965  51.900 -175.200  25 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  4  1 32 52 1975  48.213 -114.110   8 5.0   Montana/Idaho

 

Minor damage occurred at Kalispell, Creston and Martin City, Montana.  Felt also in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.

 

 2  4  9 47 49 1975  63.050 -151.016 146 5.0   Central Alaska

 2  4  0  4 58 1976  34.655 -112.500  12 5.2   SW U.S.A

 

Minor damage occurred in Arizona in the Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Miller Valley and Paulden. Strongly felt in Prescott. Felt from Yuma to Tucson. Also felt north at Falstaff.

 

 2  4  7 56 27 1979  51.076 -179.104  58 5.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  4 21 25 41 1979  42.292 -149.287  10 5.2   Gulf of Alaska

 2  4  4 42 56 1981  52.910 -163.460   0 5.1   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2  4  2 42 12 1994  42.709 -111.026   5 5.2   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Felt with intensity IV at Soda Springs. Also felt at Grace and Montpelier, Idaho. Also felt lightly at Freedom and Green River, WY and in Idaho at Idaho Falls, Lava Hot Springs. Felt at Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

 2  4  9 12 56 1999  54.191 -162.301  33 5.4   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt at Cold Bay and False Pass.

 

 2 04 09 46 11 2007  51.853 -176.262  46 5.0   Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 2 04 20 20 21 2010  40.412 -124.961  23 5.9   Off Coast of Northern California

 

Felt (V) at Petrolia; (IV) at Bayside, Ferndale, Fortuna, Hydesville, Loleta, Rio Dell, Scotia and Whitethorn; (III) in the Albion-Orick area. Felt (II) at Brookings and Grant Pass, Oregon. Felt in much of northern California and parts of western Oregon from the San Francisco Bay area to the Portland area and as far east as Portola, California.

 

2 04 20 05 31 2012  48.887 -127.906  14 5.7   Off Vancouver Island, B.C.

 

Felt (II) at Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria. Also felt at Courtenay, Gold River, Port Alberni, Powell River and Ucluelet. Felt (II) at Bellingham, Washington. Also felt at Aberdeen, Arlington, Bothell, Greenbank, Lopez Island, Mount Vernon, Port Angeles, Seattle, Sedro Woolley and Snohomish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  3  0  0  0 1605  34.300  140.400   0 7.9   Off East Coast Honshu

 

Also given date as Jan. 31. 700 houses - 41% of the town of Hiro was destroyed. A strong tsunami was generated which washed away Hito and drowned 3600 in Shishikui, Awa with maximum height 7 meters.  50 were drowned at Sakihama and 350 more at Kannoura. More than 5,000 drowned in the area. To the east in the Emjimada area castles at Tawara in Atsumi and Kakegawa were destroyed. 80% of the houses at Ari were washed away in the tsunami which hit the coast from Ise Shima to Boso. More than 1,000 people were drowned in this area.

 

 2  3 20  0  0 1610   8.300  -71.900  30 7.9   Colombia

 

Moderate damage with intensity up to VII to IX at La Grita, Bailadores, and Merida, Venezuela. Up to 60 killed.

 

 2  3  0  0  0 1906   3.500  -76.200   0 7.6   Colombia

 

Primarily felt in the region of Palmira with intensity V. Also felt in other towns in the vicinity with intensity IV.

 

 2  3 19 34 57 1907  -6.000  148.000  60 7.2   New Ireland

 2  3 16  1 46 1923  53.000  161.000  20 8.3   E. of Kamchatka

 

Followed by a great earthquake in the area on Feb. 4. Tha earthquake triggered a strong tsunami which washed houses away at Kolgir Bay and Semljachik. Two were killed in flooding at Ostrovna. At Hawaii the sea recession stranded a ship on the harbor floor and caused up to $1.5 million damage while killing one. Felt with reported intensity X. Hunters noted snowslides, land creeps and fissures. Nomads tents were destroyed at Kronot Bay and it was impossible to stand. Chimneys were destroyed at Ust-Kamchatka and in the Kolygir and Ostravnaya Bays.  Felt strongly at Petropavlovsk, Kozyrevsk anf Klyuchi. Also felt at Tilgil.  The tsunami began as a recession and the sea bottom of Kolygir Bay was lain bare for 2 km.

 

 2  3  5 26 20 1939 -10.500  159.000  60 7.1   Solomon Islands

 2  3 21 41 42 1969   4.900  127.400  33 7.0   Halmahera

 

Part of a strong sequence which began on Jan. 31, 1969.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 2  3 20 30  0 1892  45.500 -122.800   0 5.0   Oregon state, U.S.

 

Strong shock at Portland, Oregon. Buildings shook and people panicked into the streets. Felt strongly at Lake Harney, Salem, Astoria, Yaquina Head.

 

 2  3  5  3  0 1916  41.000 -117.800   0 5.9   Montana/Idaho

 

People were awakened at Pauyson, Utah. Some ran into streets. Clocks stopped at Santaquin, Utah.

 

 2  3  3 26  0 1933  37.333 -118.833  16 5.0   California/Nevada area

 

Felt with intensity IV at Benton, Big Creek and Laws. Felt also in areas near Bishop, Big Pine, Mammoth, Squaw Valley, Visalia.

 

 2  3 12 14 60 1944  60.100 -137.880  15 6.5   Central Alaska

 2  3 12 41 24 1955  44.000 -128.500   0 5.3   Off Coast of Oregon

 2  3  8 43 36 1964  31.500 -114.200  16 5.0   SW U.S.A

 

Felt with intensity III at San Diego. Light objects swayed.

 

 2  3  9 58 16 1979  40.920 -124.420  12 5.2   Off Coast of No. California

 

Store windows and merchandise broke and spilled from shelves in downtown Arcata and Eureka. Quake was felt over 11,000 sq. km of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties. Also felt in southern Oregon.

 

 2  3  9 54 55 1990  49.860 -130.860  33 5.4   Vancouver Island area

 2  3 20 13 39 1991  55.800 -156.900   0 5.0   Alaska Peninsula

 2  3  9  5  4 1994  42.762 -110.976   8 5.8   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Damage with intensity VII occurred at Afton and Auburn, Wyoming. Damage also at Fairview, Wyoming. Also felt throughout much of southwestern Wyoming. Felt also in Idaho at Idaho Falls, in Utah at Moab, Price, Sandy Salt Lake City, Vernal and in Colorado at Grand Junction and Hotchkiss.

 

 2  3 15 26 16 1995  41.620 -109.760  24 5.6   Yellowstone/Wyoming

 

Possible mine collapse at Green River. One miner killed, ten injured. Damage at Green River and Little America. Felt with maximum intensity V at Rock Springs. Felt as far as Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

 

 2  3 10 24 59 2000  65.015 -154.238   7 6.1   Northern Alaska

 

Felt at Manley Hot Springs and Tanana. Also felt lightly at Fairbanks and Nenana.

 

 2 03 07 21 57 2010  53.815 -163.020  35 5.1   Unimak Islands, Aleutians

 2 03 07 16 54 2015  52.332 -168.632  16 5.6   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  2 15  0  0 1605  33.050  138.050   0 7.9   Central/So. Honshu Japan

 

Also given date as Jan. 31. 700 houses - 41% of the town of Hiro was destroyed. A strong tsunami was generated which washed away Hito and drowned 3600 in Shishikui, Awa with maximum height 7 meters.  50 were drowned at Sakihama and 350 more at Kannoura. More than 5,000 drowned in the area. To the east in the  Emjimada area castles at Tawara in Atsumi and Kakegawa were destroyed. 80% of the houses at Ari were washed away in the tsunami which hit the coast from Ise Shima to Boso. More than 1,000 people were drowned in this area.

 

 2  2 10 30  0 1879 -53.000  -70.670   0 7.3   So. So. America

 2  2 11 22 18 1920  -4.000  152.500  60 7.7   New Britain

 2  2  5  7 38 1923  53.500  162.000  60 7.2   E. of Kamchatka

 

Followed by a great earthquake in the area on Feb. 4. Tha earthquake triggered a strong tsunami which washed houses away at Kolgir Bay and Semljachik. Two were killed in flooding at Ostrovna. At Hawaii the sea recession stranded a ship on the harbor floor and caused up to $1.5 million damage while killing one. Felt with reported intensity X. Hunters noted snowslides, land creeps and fissures. Nomads tents were destroyed at Kronot Bay and it was impossible to stand. Chimneys were destroyed at Ust-Kamchatka and in the Kolygir and Ostravnaya Bays.  Felt strongly at Petropavlovsk, Kozyrevsk anf Klyuchi. Also felt at Tilgil.  The tsunami began as a recession and the sea bottom of Kolygir Bay was lain bare for 2 km.

 

 2  2  0  0 19 1929  -1.500  -21.000  60 7.1   Central Mid-Atlantic

 2  2 22 46 42 1931 -39.500  177.000  60 7.9   North Island, N.Z.

 

Also known as the Hawke Bay earthquake. This event caused great damage at Napier, Hastings and neighboring towns and was center close to the city of Napier. Uplift of 6-9 feet was observed along the coast in the Hawkes Bay region. At Napier buildings, bridges, and railways were damaged and water and electrical services were disrupted. Fires followed and did some damage. The harbor (inner and outer) rose by up to 8 feet and had to be dredged to the original depth afterwards. In some areas the depth changed from 42 to 24 feet. Houses on the beach were left far from shore.  One bluff collapsed into the sea and rivers and streams increased flow by up to 50%. At least 256 were reported killed in Napier, Hastings and Wairoa.  In Feb. 17 uplift occurred in Sponge Bay near Gisborne. Workers observed a boulder bank rise out of the sea without warning reaching a height of 7 feet and covering up to 2 acres. .

 

 

 2  2 17 41 29 1949  53.000 -173.000 220 7.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  2 23 33 39 1950  21.700  100.100   0 7.0   Myanmar

 2  2  8 43 39 1975  53.113  173.497  10 7.6   Rat Islands

 

Felt with maximum intensity IX at Shemya air base where the runway was cracked and fissured for more than 1000 m. Fissures extended into the tundra with vertical throw of up to 4 cm. Sand fountains were observed. Two hangar doors were damaged at Shemya AFB. A water pipe ruptured. Heavy equipment was moved. Fifteen people were injured. A strong foreshock was recorded.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 

 2  2  0  0  0 1766  42.000  -68.000   0 5.0   Maine

 2  2  0 11  0 1881  36.000 -120.500   0 5.9   Central California

 

Felt strongly at Salinas (intensity III) and Visalia.

 

 

 2  2 12 52  0 1928  47.800 -121.700   0 5.0   Washington state, U.S.

 

Generally felt at Startup, WA with a strong shaking and roaring alarming people. Paper and Plaster cracked.

 

 2  2 17 41 29 1949  53.000 -173.000 220 7.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  2  0  4 16 1961  37.400 -118.500  23 5.3   California/Nevada area

 2  2  0  7 42 1961  37.417 -118.667   0 5.1   California/Nevada area

 

Felt over an area of 13,500 sq. miles with maximum intensity V. Frightened may at Bigpine, Bishop, Laws and Long Valley in California. In Nevada objects were disturbed and a windmill swayed at Dyer.

 

 2  2  6 43 29 1962  36.500  -89.600  25 5.5   New Madrid area

 

Awakened and frightened many in the large area of Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois. Water pipes broke and walls and plaster were cracked at Catron. Chimneys were damaged at Marston. Damage with intensity V occurred in Arkansas and Union City, TN.

 

 2  2  0 48 56 1971  51.717 -173.204  49 5.2   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  2 15 55 28 1974  61.602 -147.603  48 5.1   Central Alaska

 

Felt in Southern Alaska with intensity II. Felt strongly in Anchorage, Palmer and other communities.

 

 2  2  8 43  0 1975  53.100  173.400  10 7.6   Rat Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt with maximum intensity IX at Shemya air base where the runway was cracked and fissured for more than 1000 m. Fissures extended into the tundra with vertical throw of up to 4 cm. Sand fountains were observed. Two hangar doors were damaged at Shemya AFB. A water pipe ruptured. Heavy equipment was moved. Fifteen people were injured. A strong foreshock was recorded.

 

 2  2  9 28 34 1982  25.828 -109.508  10 5.2   Gulf of California

 2 02 00 38 17 2011  54.974 -160.465  35 5.9   Unimak Island, Aleutians

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

GLOBAL:

 

The following events of Mw>=7 have occurred on this date in recorded history:

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  1 11  0  0 1725  56.500  118.500  50 8.2   So. Siberia

 

Felt with intensity XI east of Lake Baykal. Ice and ground cracked and buildings were damaged in Chita.

 

 2  1  9 34 30 1903  48.000   98.000  60 7.8   Mongolia

 2  1  7 36 22 1916  29.500  131.500  60 8.0   Bonin Islands

 

Felt at Duda.

 

 2  1 19 24 58 1923 -21.000  169.500  50 7.0   Loyalty Islands

 2  1 17 14 26 1929  36.500   70.500 220 7.1   Hindu Kush/Pakistan

 

Severe damage in Hindu Kush.

 

 2  1 19  4 18 1938  -5.300  130.500  60 8.6   West Irian, PNG

 

Moderate damage in the Banda Sea and at Maluku. Felt with intensity VII. A tsunami was generated. At Tual glassware was broken and a pendulum clock stopped. On Banda Islands and also on Kei Island the tsunami did great damage.

 

 2  1  3 22 40 1944  41.410   32.690  10 7.3   No. Turkey/Black Sea

 

Severe damage at Gerede, Turkey. Felt with intensity X with severe damage.  Up to 2800 killed. Faulting continued west for up to 180 km through mountainous country. Displacement was strike slip. Gardens and walls at Gerede and a road between Bolu and Ilicia showed strike slip offset of up to 3.5 meters. The north side was thrown down up to one meter.

 

 2  1 10 35 51 1945 -22.000  170.000  60 7.0   Loyalty Islands

 2  1 12 13 40 1945 -22.000  170.000  60 7.2   Loyalty Islands

 2  1  1  6 54 1954  24.300  143.800  50 7.1   Volcano Islands

 2  1 13 41 46 1956  18.800  145.500 370 7.0   No. Marianas

 2  1  3 12 33 1974  -7.383  155.575  40 7.1   Solomon Islands

 

Felt at Bougainville with maximum intensity VI. Aftershock of event on Jan. 31.

 

TODAY IN EARTHQUAKE HISTORY

 

U.S./CANADA

 

Following are events of Mb>=5 which have occurred in this region on this date.

 

MO DA HR MN SC YEAR  LATIT   LONGIT  DEP MW  LOCATION

 

 2  1 11  1  0 1934  38.300 -118.400   0 5.0   California/Nevada area

 

Felt at Potts, NV with intensity IV

 

 2  1 11 19  0 1934  38.300 -118.400   0 5.2   California/Nevada area

 

Felt at Luning, NV with intensity V

 

 2  1 11 46  4 1934  38.300 -118.400   0 5.4   California/Nevada area

 

Felt at Potts, NV with intensity V. Overturned small objects, spilled water.  No damage reported.

 

 2  1  4 23 57 1954  32.300 -115.300   0 5.2   So. California

 2  1  4 32  2 1954  32.300 -115.300  10 5.6   So. California

 2  1 13  5 29 1954  32.300 -115.300  16 5.1   So. California

 

Felt by all at Imperial. Canal water was disturbed and objects were displaced.  A pendulum clock stopped. Earthquake noises were heard. People rushed from buildings at El Centro. At Black Butte, Mexico a remada was thrown down and a brush shack leveled. Pumice blowholes opened in the earth.

 

 

 2  1  0 36  2 1961  50.260 -129.630   0 5.5   British Colombia

 2  1  1 47 52 1964  51.600 -170.980  33 5.1   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  1  7 58  4 1968  49.970 -129.950  18 5.2   Vancouver Island area

 2  1  5 19 24 1971  51.717 -172.954  38 5.4   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 2  1 14 33 12 1977  40.308 -127.005  15 5.1   Off Coast of No. California

 2  1  6 16  9 1983  43.184 -126.440  10 5.0   Off Coast of Oregon

 2  1 18 19 30 2001  51.437 -177.797  33 6.0   Andreanoff Islands, Aleutians

 

Felt strongly at Adak and Atka.

 

 2 01 00 00 51 2014  51.117 -178.007  39 5.0   Andreanof Islands, Aleutians

 2 01 11 20 25 2015  56.685 -169.177  10 5.2   Fox Islands, Aleutians

 2 01 17 40 34 2015  56.690 -169.100  21 5.3   Fox Islands, Aleutians  

 

The full moon arrived on February 3, 2015 at 23:09 UT, within minutes of local noon in the Pribilof Islands. This suggests that tidal triggering is an important aspect of this series.