777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11350 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4486 times:
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The link provided is the earthquake that ZKSUJ was saying. CNN have provided some incorrect facts.
An extremely powerful earthquake struck the ocean floor between Australia and Antarctica early Friday, causing buildings to shake hundreds of kilometers away on the island of Tasmania The Earthquake was located between Antarctica and New Zealand. The centre of the quake was located about 20 kilometres away from Auckland Island. The quake was closer to New Zealand by a few hundred kilometres. It was felt more in the Lower South Island.
Msl747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 411 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4476 times:
I live in the SF Bay Area, so naturally earthquakes are a part of life here. I've experiaced a few minor 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, etc,etc,etc, but the one major one so far that I've been alive for was the 1989 loma preata (hope I spelled that right) quake, I believe an 6.9 on the rector scale.... Anyway I was much to young to remember it (according to my parents I sleep through it) but that night it took my Dad hours and hours to get home from work (all the traffic lights were out Bay Bridge damaged nimitz freeway destroyed. Lets just hope we survive the next one!
Lan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4444 times:
Well, we live in the Pacific Fire belt, or something like that. So we're supposed to be used to it.
I've never experienced "consciously" a big earthquake, only the 1985 earthquake that hitted central Chile, and I was a little kid and my dad had to hold on to the house so he could keep him and myself safe from falling to the ground.
I hope I never experience something like that, although it could hit us tomorrow...
BTW, the strongest earthquake ever registered in the world was back in 1960 here in Chile (something to be proud of ). I believe it was 9.0 in the richter scale, with a tsunami included.
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11350 posts, RR: 17 Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4437 times:
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Early this year Wellington had a 7.2 scale quake. I live about half and hours drive north of the Wellington CBD. I live about 5 kilometres from Porirua harbour. The quake was centered about 10 kilometres West of Mana Island (which is at the entrance to the Porirua Harbour). It was felt as far south as CHC and as far north as Lake Taupo. Hardly any damange happened, considering the size of the quake
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 28 Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4428 times:
An 8.1 quake is a monster earthquake. If I'm not mistaken, the scale works on a scale of 10, so a 6 is ten times stronger than a 5, 7 ten times stronger than a 6... etc. Which makes this 8.1 earthquake rather strong...
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3305 posts, RR: 37 Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4394 times:
No, it is an open scale, there is no maximum, but yes it is logarythmic in progression.
Had one in Belgium 15 years ago, a rarity, just enough to unlock a few roof tiles and damage an old chimney.
Athens had a 5.9 in 1999, epicenter in the NW suburbs, some 5 km from my home.
I was sitting in my office, windows open. I heard a rumble and was first thinking about a train running underground.
In the lapse of 1-2 seconds the rumble became a terrifying loud noise and the vibrations began, my display started to shake and as I watched the concrete post supporting the electricity lines at the other side of the narrow street, its top 1.5 meter broke and fell on the walkway, half a second later it was half the balcony of the house just opposite. Dust flew everywhere.
It lasted perhaps 6-7 seconds but it seems a lot longer than that.
My wife panicked, our 2 months old daughter in her arms.
Everyone rushed out of the buildings, and so did we try, but electricity was off and our electric controlled door would not open. I escaped down the 1st floor balcony, grabbed the baby through the garage fenced door and helped my wife climb the same. No major damage done in the neighbourhood, but it was a different story in the area closer to the epicenter. Some 3,000 buildings were destroyed or so badly damaged they had to be teared down, and IIRC 300 people lost their lives.
Same day we had another 10-12 quakes, a couple of them nearly as strong as the first one. (in total nearly 100 in about 4 weeks)
Since we had the only recently (very well) build house, almost all inhabitants of the street spent the next night with us, including some 15 in makeshift beds on our two balconies.
Since then I have (unvoluntarily) developped an extreme sensitivity for ground vibrations, I can feel a truck or a bus passing on the avenue 50 meters away.
And this was only 5.9, imagine what it could be with quakes exceeding 6 and 7 on the scale, like our unfortunate Turkish neighbours.
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4321 times:
And this one at the Sumatra Island! 8,5 Richter scale.
" A great earthquake occurred at 00:58:50 (UTC) on Sunday, December 26, 2004. The magnitude 8.5 event has been located OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
Small globe showing earthquake
Small map showing earthquake
Date-Time Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 00:58:50 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 6:58:50 AM
= local time at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 3.298°N, 95.778°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
250 km (155 miles) SSE of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
320 km (200 miles) W of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
1260 km (780 miles) SSW of BANGKOK, Thailand
1605 km (1000 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 9.2 km (5.7 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst=157, Nph=157, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.35 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type=surface wave magnitude (Ms), Version=8
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usslav
Felt Reports Some buildings collapsed at Banda Aceh. Felt widely in northern Sumatra."
United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1648 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4299 times:
Looks like the tidal wave killed a few ppl in India also! Pretty scary, this earthquake and the one three days back around Australia. This also comes on exactly a year after the big one that killed thousands in Iran.
Solarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4286 times:
Strange how it is one year to the day after the big quake in Bam which killed over 40,000 people.
Here are some notable quakes from the past few hours for SE Asia region.
Mag. 7.3 2004/12/26 04:21:26 6.901 92.952 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
Mag. 6.1 2004/12/26 03:08:42 13.808 92.975 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
Mag. 5.9 2004/12/26 02:59:12 3.177 94.259 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
Mag. 6.0 2004/12/26 02:51:59 12.511 92.593 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
Mag. 5.8 2004/12/26 02:36:06 12.139 93.010 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
Mag. 5.8 2004/12/26 02:34:50 4.104 94.184 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
Mag. 6.0 2004/12/26 02:22:02 8.860 92.500 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
Mag. 5.8 2004/12/26 02:15:58 12.375 92.509 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
Mag. 5.9 2004/12/26 01:48:47 5.393 94.423 10.0 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Mag. 8.5 2004/12/26 00:58:51 3.298 95.778 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
Pilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2498 posts, RR: 50 Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4276 times:
i know that earthquakes are not an exact science...but from my knowledge and my experience with the one that killed over 30,000 people right in front of me....i have studied them as a side hobby for the last 5 years and also talked to many experts here in that teach them in unis.....
i know that there are "seasons" of quakes, once a few very large ones go off, then they chain react across the world...so i think that there will be a few volcanos erupting and some more quakes within several days/weeks of similar mags probably in Japan, Iran and then west...
of course these are theories, but from what i've seen and noted, this trend is somehow connected....
The scariest thing i've learned is that, an 8,0 near the surface crust versus 50 km down can have up to 500 times more damage....so if this 8,5 quake was very close to the surface, those waves would have been 5-6 times higher !!
i was on the phone to my sister before this quake happened, and i said, good thing ur weren't in the maldives to my sister, sat night..... and she said yeah i would have freaked out....we were talking about the 8.1 being so far south that it didnt do anything to any cities...and then i JUST woke up now...and i can't believe my eyes or the e-mails im getting...
did you guys know florida has a fault line running N-S ?
The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 28 Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4242 times:
On the BBC right now they are speaking with a scientist from the USGS in Golden, Colorado (sp?) who says that they suspect that a 1000 km long rupture has opened in the earth's crust in the ocean from this earthquake.