Posted tagged ‘USGS’

5.3 Earthquake Hits Off Oregon Coast

July 28, 2010

The USGS recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 off the coast of Oregon at 9:12 a.m. today with an epicenter nearly 200 miles southwest of Portland.

From KPTV:

The location of the quake was about 85 miles northwest of Coos Bay, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake happened at 9:12 a.m.Staff at the Florence Chamber of Commerce and the Coos Bay Visitors Center said they did not feel the earthquake.

The federal government’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center reports the quake was not big enough to generate a tsunami.

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3.6 Earthquake Rattles Maryland

July 16, 2010

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Maryland/Washington D.C. early Friday morning, rattling the nerves of some people who aren’t used to that kind of excitement!

See…it’s not just us out here in California who get to rock and roll!!! 🙂

From the Associated Press:

The quake hit at 5:04 a.m. and was centered in the Rockville, Md., area, said Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center. By mid-morning, more than 13,000 people had logged on to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website to report feeling the quake, some from as far away as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The website said earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains can be felt over an area as much as 10 times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the West Coast.

From the Washington Post:

Authorities across the region said there were no reports of damage. Buses and trains ran on schedule during the morning commute, and traffic moved at its usual pace. Crews in Washington were inspecting underground facilities, vaults, tunnels, bridges and overpasses, according to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

A natural gas leak at a maintenance depot in the Gaithersburg-Rockville area may be linked to the quake, but officials were unsure of the cause.

“There’s not a single tree branch down,” Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham said. “This was a non-event, thank God.”

Earthquake Rocks North San Diego

July 7, 2010

Preliminary reports have it coming in at a 5.8 or 5.9.

Here’s what the USGS has. It has since been upgraded.

Hope everyone is OK!

5.7 Earthquake Rattles San Diego

June 14, 2010

Looks like the earthquake which shook Southern California this evening measured 5.7 on the Richter Scale with an epicenter about 60 miles from Tijuana, Mexico.

Looks like there has been a cluster of recent earthquakes right on the California/Mexico border!

At Petco Park in San Diego, Toronto Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs had just retired David Eckstein and found himself standing on the mound when the stadium began shaking.

If you’re in Southern California…please share the experience. I’ve been in 4 large earthquakes, and everyone seemed to be a little different…

From the Associated Press:

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.7 quake was centered five miles southeast of Ocotillo near the U.S.-Mexico border. It struck Monday at about 9:30 PDT.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude-5.9 temblor.

It was felt as a gentle rolling motion in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County.

Small Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles

June 7, 2010

A small 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck off Santa Monica this afternoon and was widely felt on the West side of Los Angeles.

As long as Manhattan Beach, and Dinah’s Family Restaurant are still standing, I’ll be OK 🙂

From the Los Angeles Times:

The U.S. Geological survey says the 3.6-magnitude temblor hit at 2:17 a.m. PDT Monday and was centered about four miles west of Redondo Beach at a depth of 8 miles.

The USGS website recorded hundreds of hits from respondents saying they felt the quake — mainly people in oceanfront communities but some from central Los Angeles about 20 miles east.

400 Believed Dead in China Earthquake

April 14, 2010

Nearly 400 people are believed to have been killed after strong earthquakes hit a mountainous and impoverished area of China’s Qinghai province yesterday.

From CNN:

At least 10,000 others were injured, the Xinhua news agency reported, and many victims, including school children, were buried under debris. Rescuers were struggling to clear debris with their hands and save those trapped below.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake, as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck at 7:49 a.m. local time (7:49 p.m. ET Tuesday), when many citizens were still at home and schools were beginning the day. The USGS also recorded several strong aftershocks — one of magnitude 5.8 — all within hours of the initial quake.

The epicenter was located in remote and rugged terrain, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Qamdo, Tibet. Qinghai borders the autonomous regions of Tibet and Xingjiang and the provinces of Gansu and Sichuan.

Hawaii Under Tsunami Alert

February 27, 2010

Hawaii is bracing for a potentially damaging tsunami, after a massive 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile sent waves racing across the Pacific Ocean.

From the Associated Press:

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning — its highest alert — for Hawaii, where incoming waves could cause damage along the coastlines across the island chain. A warning was also in effect for Guam, American Samoa and dozens of other Pacific islands.

The first waves were expected to arrive in Hawaii at 11:19 a.m. Saturday (4:19 p.m. EST).

A lower-grade tsunami advisory was in effect for the coast of California and an Alaskan coastal area from Kodiak to Attu islands. Authorities in Australia did not issue a warning, but asked residents to stay away from the coast.