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Earthquake swarm near Djibouti

Far more powerful than a normal swarm
 

 

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17 Nov 10 - Email from reader


Robert,
I look at the USGS earthquake site every day and have done so for over 2 years. 
I do not remember seeing activity, much less this kind of activity at the mouth of 
the red sea before. If I recall correctly, there is a rift near this area.

Tim Austin
Thanks to both Tim Austin and Mel for this link
 
What's the problem here?

The problem is that these earthquakes are far more powerful than a normal 
earthquake swarm. The average swarm usually produces magnitudes 2.0 to 3.5. 
 
For example, according the the USGS, the total seismic energy released during 
the Dec '08/Jan '09 earthquake swarm beneath Yellowstone corresponded to 
just one earthquake with an approximate magnitude of 4.4. 
 
These earthquakes near Djibouti are running anywhere from 4.3 to 5.3 each.

Here is a list of the earthquakes located by the USGS and contributing networks for the 10-degree Map Centered at 10N, 45E.

 

MAG

UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s

LAT
deg

LON
deg

DEPTH
km

 Region

MAP

4.7

2010/11/18 02:25:52 

  12.009

43.979 

14.4 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/18 01:56:55 

  12.182

44.078 

11.3 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/16 15:51:27 

  12.080

44.023 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.0

2010/11/16 02:07:04 

  12.466

44.259 

11.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.8

2010/11/16 02:05:20 

  11.989

43.932 

8.6 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.7

2010/11/15 23:35:31 

  12.057

43.971 

13.8 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.6

2010/11/15 11:12:20 

  11.860

43.444 

8.6 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.9

2010/11/15 07:36:08 

  12.116

44.040 

11.2 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.3

2010/11/15 07:13:11 

  12.296

43.591 

16.3 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.5

2010/11/15 07:09:10 

  12.269

44.038 

10.5 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.6

2010/11/15 03:44:09 

  12.405

43.714 

15.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.7

2010/11/15 00:06:08 

  12.104

43.803 

16.5 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 23:25:36 

  12.162

43.968 

16.3 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.1

2010/11/14 22:22:30 

  11.955

43.629 

10.2 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 20:18:04 

  12.041

43.693 

13.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.2

2010/11/14 19:15:43 

  11.796

43.850 

10.2 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.7

2010/11/14 18:54:29 

  12.123

44.115 

9.6 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 17:39:20 

  12.133

43.922 

16.4 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.3

2010/11/14 17:02:50 

  12.055

43.735 

15.4 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.8

2010/11/14 15:15:05 

  12.204

43.762 

2.4 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.3

2010/11/14 15:06:30 

  11.930

43.644 

12.4 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

5.1

2010/11/14 14:55:25 

  12.068

43.784 

13.6 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.2

2010/11/14 14:33:19 

  12.005

43.853 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.0

2010/11/14 14:04:30 

  11.949

43.895 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

5.0

2010/11/14 13:50:05 

  12.181

43.958 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 12:49:55 

  11.810

43.773 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.7

2010/11/14 12:48:34 

  12.108

43.721 

10.1 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.8

2010/11/14 12:41:49 

  11.999

43.865 

10.1 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.7

2010/11/14 12:38:59 

  12.169

43.971 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.7

2010/11/14 12:17:16 

  11.950

43.756 

9.9 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.6

2010/11/14 12:10:16 

  12.152

43.844 

10.1 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.6

2010/11/14 12:00:46 

  11.801

43.967 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 11:30:19 

  12.175

43.891 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.8

2010/11/14 11:14:12 

  11.715

43.994 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 10:37:47 

  11.874

44.023 

10.0 

 GULF OF ADEN

MAP

4.5

2010/11/14 10:37:25 

  11.750

44.080 

10.0 

 GULF OF ADEN

MAP

4.8

2010/11/14 10:34:28 

  12.137

44.014 

10.1 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.8

2010/11/14 09:23:28 

  12.132

44.086 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 09:17:52 

  12.064

43.936 

10.1 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.5

2010/11/14 09:06:00 

  12.110

43.987 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.6

2010/11/14 08:30:22 

  11.959

43.998 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI

MAP

5.0

2010/11/14 08:21:22 

  12.152

43.967 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.5

2010/11/14 07:57:18 

  12.025

44.079 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 07:38:33 

  11.979

44.019 

10.0 

 GULF OF ADEN

MAP

4.9

2010/11/14 07:27:37 

  12.405

44.046 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.8

2010/11/14 07:08:30 

  11.571

44.007 

10.0 

 GULF OF ADEN

MAP

4.7

2010/11/14 07:03:36 

  12.102

44.113 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

5.4

2010/11/14 06:32:28 

  12.025

43.957 

9.9 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN

MAP

4.6

2010/11/14 06:29:29 

  12.578

44.032 

10.0 

 NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN



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