BREAKING NEWS-FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT HIT WITH 5.8 EARTHQUAKE
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has just struck Ecuador, which is still digging out from a massive M7.8 just three days ago.
That quake killed more than 500 people and injured thousands. Several hundred buildings collapsed and rescuers are still trying to pull victims from the rubble.
Seismotectonics of South America (Nazca Plate Region)
The South American arc extends over 7,000 km, from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America. It marks the plate boundary between the subducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America. The convergence associated with this subduction process is responsible for the uplift of the Andes Mountains, and for the active volcanic chain present along much of this deformation front. Relative to a fixed South America plate, the Nazca plate moves slightly north of eastwards at a rate varying from approximately 80 mm/yr in the south to approximately 65 mm/yr in the north. Although the rate of subduction varies little along the entire arc, there are complex changes in the geologic processes along the subduction zone that dramatically influence volcanic activity, crustal deformation, earthquake generation and occurrence all along the western edge of South America.
Entire USA Shaking from Ecuador Quake; all Seismographs STILL Quivering Hours Later!
A very unusual and frightening thing is taking place throughout the USA right now: The entire land mass of the country is vibrating. It began with an explosive magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador at around 7:58 PM Eastern US Time and has not stopped since.
The entity which monitors earthquakes throughout the country is the US Geological Survey (USGS). They run the Advanced National Seismic Sensors (ANSS) which is the “backbone” of all the earthquake monitoring throughout the nation. The ANSS has about eighty-eight seismographs nationwide.
As shown below, with the exception of two seismographs that are not presently functioning, seismographs in the entire United States are showing ongoing quivering from the Ecuador Earthquake! ALL OF THEM! It’s almost as though the earthquake shook the planet and caused it to wobble!
While we may not actually feel the vibrating, the seismographs confirm it is taking place; but it is doing so at a depth we cannot feel. Perhaps at the same 10 KM depth where the Ecuador earthquake took place. While that vibrating goes on, it is loosening things beneath us.
As these vibrations continue, it is highly likely they will trigger other earthquakes throughout the US. Areas which are prone to earthquakes, are more likely to experience new ones as this vibrating continues. As such, folks in California, Oregon and Washington should be prepared for a possible earthquake tonight or tomorrow.
Take a look for yourself at the 88 images below, taken from the ANSS Backbone at 11:16 PM eastern US time on April 16, 2016. (Click the image to enlarge) The earthquake took place at 7:58 PM EDT and the seismographs have not stopped shaking since that event!
TSUNAMI PROPAGATING THRU PACIFIC OCEAN FROM ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE
A massive, magnitude 7.8 Earthquake struck Ecuador, South America this evening and generated a Tsunami wave. The image above shows the propagation of the wave throughout the Pacific Ocean.
Folks in its path should prepare to move to higher ground.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did issue a Warning for a Tsunami from 0.3 to 1 meter in height, for Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, Panama and Mexico, but says other areas may just see a non-damaging increase in tide level.
Since the effect of Tsunamis varies greatly depending upon the ocean floor where they come ashore, we believe it best to advise the public of the propagation of this Tsunami so the public can make its own choice as to whether or not to move to higher ground.
To properly calculate the time, be aware that the earthquake took place at 19:58 EASTERN US TIME which is 23:58 UTC. Using these times, you can now compute the arrival of the tsunami in your area based upon your time zone.
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