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2019-12-15, M2.5, Irish Sea

On the 15th of December 2019 at 21:19:52 local time, a M2.5 earthquake occurred in the Irish Sea approximately 90km north-east of Dublin and 40km south of the Isle of Man. The epicentre location is shown in the map below. Events of this nature are not uncommon in the Irish Sea, a similar smaller event occurred on the 17th of November 2019. There has also been a subsequent M1.7 event at 06:23:55 on the 16th December off the English coast North of Blackpool (see map at bottom of page).

Location of M2.5 event on the 15th December 2019.

There have been no reports that the earthquake was felt onshore but the event was recorded by the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) seismometers, and can be seen in the waveforms plotted below.

The INSN is operated by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in co-operation with the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI).

 

Location of M1.7 Irish Sea event on the 16th December 2019.

2019-11-26, M6.4, Albania

At 02:54:11.3 UTC on November 26th, 2019 a magnitude M6.4 earthquake struck a region to the North-West of Tirana in Albania. The earthquake had a depth of 10km which resulted in very strong to severe ground shaking. Several fatalities and hundreds of injuries have been reported with the collapse of several buildings. The map below shows the approximate location of the event.

Large earthquakes are common in this region due to the convergence of the African and Eurasian plates. The region has suffered seven >M6 events within 150km of the recent event in the past 100 years. The earthquake was recorded at seismic stations worldwide, including stations of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see seismic waveforms below (select figure to enlarge).

Further information is available at the following sources:

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us70006d0m/executive

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=807751

2019-11-17, M1.2, Irish Sea

On the 17th of November 2019 at 14:56:08 local time a M1.2 earthquake occurred in the Irish Sea approximately 50km north-east of Dublin. The epicentre location is shown in the map below.

The event was too weak to be felt but was recorded by the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) seismometers, and can be seen in the waveforms plotted below (most obviously on the eastern stations of Dublin, Louth and Wexford).

The INSN is operated by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in co-operation with the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI).

2019-09-24, M5.6, Pakistan

On September 24, 2019 at 16:01 local time a magnitude 5.6 earthquake occurred close to New Mirpir in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. At least 20 people were killed and hundreds injured. The region is prone to earthquakes due to the convergence of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

Further information is available through the links below:

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us60005mqp/executive

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=794177

 

2019-05-26, M8.0, Peru

On the 26th May 2019 at 02.41 local time (07:41:14 UTC) an M8.0 earthquake occurred in Northern Peru, 75km SSE of Lagunas. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 110 km. At least one person has been killed and several injured. The region is prone to large earthquakes due to the nearby oceanic Nazca plate subducting beneath the continental  South American plate.

The earthquake was recorded at seismic stations worldwide, including stations of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see seismic waveforms below (select figure to enlarge).

Further information is available through the links below:

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us60003sc0/executive

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=767801#summary

 

2019-02-22, M7.5, Ecuador

An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 occurred in the Peru-Ecuador border region, on the 22nd February 2019 at 05:17:23.0 local time (10:17:23.0 UTC). The quake was centered about 116 km SE of Palora, Ecuador and 275 km SE of Quito, Ecuador. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) the earthquake, which had a depth of 125 km, is not expected to cause major fatalities or damage.

 

The earthquake was recorded at seismic stations worldwide, including stations of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see seismic waveforms below (select figure to enlarge).

Further information is available from the following webpages:

USGS: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000jlfv/executive

EMSC: https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=746609

2018-02-06, M6.4 Taiwan

On 6th February, 2018, an earthquake measuring magnitude 6.4 occurred northeast of Hualien, Taiwan. So far at least seven people have been killed and more than 250 injuries have been reported. Aftershocks continue to occur in Taiwan since the earthquake.

Taiwan lies in a region of complex tectonics near the intersection of three major tectonic plates – the Philippine Sea plate to the east and southeast, the Eurasia plate to the north and west, and the Sunda plate to the southwest. The February 6th 2018 earthquake is the largest in a sequence of events in the same region over the past several days. Because of its plate boundary location, Taiwan commonly experiences moderate-to-large earthquakes.

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The earthquake was recorded at seismic stations worldwide, including stations of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see seismic waveforms below (select figure to enlarge).

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