MODERATE EARTHQUAKE IN GREECE FOLLOWS MAJOR X3.1 SOLAR FLARE

 

EARTHQUAKE SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER 24, 2014

 

A moderate earthquake of M 5.1-5.6 hit northern Greece today following an X3.1 solar  flare which began when this epicenter was near local midnight, a prime time for solar flare effects (SFE). NEIC reported it was felt with intensity IV in Sardania and Leukas, Greece. EMSC reported moderate shaking in Greece at Preveza, Amfilochia, Levkas, Arta, Nydri, Agrinio, Klisorrevmata, Agia Effimia, Ioannina, Nafpaktos, Karditsa, Trikala, Kato Achaia, Paralia Kato Achaias, Patras, Zakinthos, Larisa, Livadia, Thessaloniki, Chalandri, and in Italy at Galatina. The last earthquake of M>5.2 within 100 km of this epicenter in Greece occurred as an M 5.3 on September 16, 2013 and an M 5.3-5.5 on August 7, 2013. The last event of M>=5.6 in the area was an M 6.3 on August 14, 2003. Forecast 83788  expected a moderate earthquake within about 50 km of this epicenter was likely around October 27.

 

O: 24OCT2014 23:43:15  38.9N   21.2E ML=5.2  NEIC   Greece

O: 24OCT2014 23:43:16  38.9N   21.0E mb=5.1  EMS GREECE                          

O: 24OCT2014 23:43:13  39.0N   21.0E ML=5.6  GSR  Greece

P: 27OCT2014 83788     39.0N   22.0E 3.0-5.4 BAAAA  No. Greece                 

 

A strong X3.1 (#5400) solar flare maximized at 2141 UT on October 24. This will increase the likelihood of a strong earthquake in the next six days especially in areas which were anti-solar (around 33 East longitude) and sub-solar (around 147 West longitude) at the time of the flare maximum. These include Greece and eastern Europe and Alaska and western U.S. and Hawaii. This is the second strongest solar flare of the year 2014. An X4.9 flare hit on February 25, 2014. An earthquake of M 5.1 two hours later in Greece was likely promoted by this flare.

 

The strongest earthquake in North America also followed the X3.1 flare near local solar midnight in the Revilla Gigedo Islands region of Mexico with M 4.8.  This is a remote area and this earthquake was not reported felt in the region. The last earthquake within 100 km of this epicenter with M>=4.8 occurred as an M 5.1 on December 11, 2013 and as an M 4.8 on February 19, 2012. Forecasts 83750 and  83721 expected this earthquake was likely  around October 20.

 

O: 25OCT2014 05:04:04  19.5N  108.6W ML=4.8  NEIC   Coast of Jalisco, Mexico

O: 25OCT2014 05:04:09  19.6N  108.5W mb=4.8  EMS REVILLA GIGEDO ISLANDS REGION   

P: 20OCT2014 83721     19.0N  109.0W 3.5-5.1 BAAAA  Coast of Jalisco, Mexico   

P: 20OCT2014 83750     20.0N  109.0W 3.5-4.9 BAAAA  Gulf of California         

 

The largest and most widely felt earthquake in the U.S. today was an M 2.8 near Seattle, Washington. NEIC reported this earthquake of M 2.8 in the Strait of Georgia, Washington was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of Seattle, Anacortes, Marysville and Sedro Woolley, Washington and with intensity I in British Columbia at Vancouver and Victoria. Forecast 83865 expected this earthquake within about 10 km to occur around October 22. The last earthquake within 75 km of this epicenter of M>=2.8 occurred as an M 3.1 on May 25, 2014 and an M 2.8 on November 24, 2013.

 

O: 24OCT2014 10:02:49  48.8N  122.0W Ml=2.8  EMS STRAIT OF GEORGIA, WASHINGTON   

O: 24OCT2014 10:02:49  48.8N  122.8W ML=2.8  NEIC   Washington state, U.S.

P: 22OCT2014 83865     48.9N  122.1W 2.0-4.1 AAAAA  Washington state, U.S.     

 

A light M 2.1 earthquake hit in the region of New Madrid, Missouri today following the X-class solar flare and the solar eclipse which was near its maximum in this region late on October 23. Both may have helped promote this event. The earthquake was not immediately reported felt. The region has been relatively quiet in recent weeks with the last event of M>=2.1 occurring on September 14, 2014 with M 2.2 Forecast 837878 expected this event was likely around October 28.

 

O: 25OCT2014 03:29:38  36.6N   89.6W ML=2.1  CESN   New Madrid, MO               

P: 28OCT2014 83787     36.9N   89.2W 2.0-4.0 BAAAA  New Madrid area            

 

An unusual earthquake hit Malaysia today with M 4.6. It was lightly felt in the region according to local news reports. This is the strongest earthquake within

200 km of this epicenter since an M 4.7 on February 1, 2014 and an M 5.3 on May 23, 2005. The strongest quake in the past 25 years in the region occurred as an M 5.5 on July 31, 2001. Unusual regional earthquakes occasionally precede larger regional earthquakes. The combination of new moon and strong solar/geomagnetic activity may tend to increase seismicity in Indonesia and southeast Asia at this time and a moderate to large earthquake could occur in the area in the next five days. Forecast 83687 expected a moderate earthquake in Malaysia around October 24.

 

O: 24OCT2014 05:40:33   7.3N  117.2E mb=4.6  EMS SABAH, MALAYSIA                 

O: 24OCT2014 05:40:33   7.2N  117.2E ML=4.6  NEIC   Malaysia

P: 24OCT2014 83687      2.0N  118.0E 3.5-5.0 ACAAA  Malaysia                   

OTHER GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY

 

For most events there are two listings. The first line is the observed event starting with "O:" for Observed. There follows the date, month and year, the time in UT hours:minutes:seconds, the latitude and longitude, the given magnitude and the reporting agency followed by the geographic location. The second line starts with "P:" This is the forecast event as forecast in our summaries normally more than a month in advance. Magnitudes may vary in response to updated seismic watches and daily variations due to tidal and other influences. This line has the forecast date, month and year, the forecast number, latitude, longitude and forecast magnitude range.  This is followed by a comparison between the forecast and the event. The comparison includes letters A-D. The first is number of days difference from predicted (A:up to 2, B3-5; C:6-10; D:more than 10), Difference in latitude (A:up to 1 degree; B:1-2 degrees; C:2-4 degrees; D:more than 4 degrees); longitude (same comparison as with latitude); magnitude (A: within forecast range; B: higher than forecast range; C: lower than forecast range; D: no comparison possible). The last letter is a stand in for a future comparison which needs to be done statistically after a large number of forecasts have been made. In previous data, an excellent match is generally AAAAA; a good match as one or two B's; a fair match has several B's and C's and a poor match is one which contains a number of C's or D's. 

 

ASIA

 

O: 24OCT2014 18:13:31  24.2N  121.9E ML=4.4  TAI    Hualien, Taiwan              

P: 23OCT2014 83763     23.0N  121.0E 4.0-5.6 ABAAA  Taiwan                      

P: 29OCT2014 83764     24.0N  122.0E 4.0-5.4 BAAAA  Taiwan                     

 

CWB reported this earthquake was felt with intensity II in Hualien and Yilan and I in Nantou Counties, Taiwan.

 

O: 24OCT2014 12:38:58  27.7N   57.3E mb=5.2  EMS SOUTHERN IRAN                   

O: 24OCT2014 12:38:59  27.8N   57.3E ML=5.2  NEIC   Iran/Persian Gulf

P: 28OCT2014 83761     28.0N   57.0E 3.5-5.3 BAAAA  So. Iran/Persian Gulf      

 

IRNA reported this earthquake of M 5.3 in Southeastern Iran was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of Kerman Province, southeastern Iran. The epicenter was near the town of Rariab south of Kerman Province. There were no immediately reported damages or casualties but earthquakes of this size in this region often damage local structures and injuries occur from this damage.

 

O: 24OCT2014 05:56:49  27.8N   91.8E ML=4.3  NEIC   Bhutan

O: 24OCT2014 05:56:49  27.8N   91.8E mb=4.3  EMS BHUTAN                          

O: 24OCT2014 00:05:23  24.1N   93.9E ML=4.8  IMD  Distt. Chandel, Manipur, India                    

P: 20OCT2014 83755     26.0N   93.0E 4.0-5.4 BBBAA  Myanmar                    

 

O: 25OCT2014 02:26:02  34.3N  102.4E mb=4.6  EMS GANSU, CHINA                    

O: 25OCT2014 02:26:01  34.3N  102.3E ML=4.6  NEIC   So. China

P: 29OCT2014 83808     35.0N   99.0E 3.5-5.1 BACAA  So. China                  

 

O: 24OCT2014 09:52:48  36.6N   71.3E mb=4.2  EMS HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN  

O: 24OCT2014 03:17:05  36.7N   71.2E ML=4.4  NEIC   Hindu Kush/Pakistan

P: 27OCT2014 83779     36.0N   71.0E 3.8-5.3 BAAAA  Hindu Kush/Pakistan        

 

PMD reported this earthquake in the region of Hindu Kush was felt in the regions of Malakand, Dir Swat and other adjoining regions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

 

O: 24OCT2014 05:37:51  55.9N  113.0E mb=4.0  EMS BURYATIYA, RUSSIA               

P: 27OCT2014 83885     56.0N  110.0E 3.0-4.6 BABAA  So. Siberia                

 

O: 24OCT2014 05:11:56  23.7N   94.6E ML=4.6  NEIC   Myanmar                      

P: 20OCT2014 83755     23.0N   94.0E 4.0-5.6 BAAAA  Myanmar                    

 

No significant (M>=5) or unusual earthquakes were reported in Asia today.

 

INDONESIA AND PHILIPPINES

 

O: 24OCT2014 09:18:48   2.2S  138.9E mb=4.9  EMS PAPUA, INDONESIA                

P: 18OCT2014 83447      3.0S  139.0E 4.0-5.4 CAAAA  West Irian, PNG            

 

O: 25OCT2014 02:56:12   3.7N  122.9E mb=4.2  EMS CELEBES SEA                     

P: 17OCT2014 83423      5.0N  124.0E 4.0-5.4 CBAAA  Mindanao, Philippines      

 

O: 24OCT2014 15:25:11   5.1N   95.2E mb=4.5  EMS NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA      

P: 23OCT2014 83689      4.0N   93.0E 4.0-5.5 ABBAA  Nicobar Islands            

 

O: 24OCT2014 05:40:33   7.3N  117.2E mb=4.6  EMS SABAH, MALAYSIA                 

O: 24OCT2014 05:40:33   7.2N  117.2E ML=4.6  NEIC   Malaysia

P: 24OCT2014 83687      2.0N  118.0E 3.5-5.0 ACAAA  Malaysia                   

 

O: 24OCT2014 17:23:49   7.4N   94.2E mb=4.6  EMS NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION   

O: 24OCT2014 17:23:53  07.6N   94.4E ML=4.4  IMD  Nicobar Islands, India              

P: 23OCT2014 83689      9.0N   92.0E 4.0-5.5 ABBAA  Nicobar Islands            

 

IMD  reported this earthquake of M 4.4 in the Nicobar Islands was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of the Nicobar Islands. There were no reported damages or casualties.

 

O: 24OCT2014 02:23:47   1.6N  126.6E ML=5.2  AUS    Northern Molucca Sea         

P: 24OCT2014 83685      4.0N  128.0E 4.0-5.6 ACAAA  Halmahera                  

P: 25OCT2014 83686      6.0N  127.0E 4.0-5.6 ACAAA  Halmahera                  

 

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

 

NEIC reported an earthquake of M 2.7 in Puerto Rico was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

 

O: 25OCT2014 05:04:04  19.5N  108.6W ML=4.8  NEIC   Coast of Jalisco, Mexico

O: 25OCT2014 05:04:09  19.6N  108.5W mb=4.8  EMS REVILLA GIGEDO ISLANDS REGION   

P: 20OCT2014 83721     19.0N  109.0W 3.5-5.1 BAAAA  Coast of Jalisco, Mexico   

P: 20OCT2014 83750     20.0N  109.0W 3.5-4.9 BAAAA  Gulf of California         

 

O: 25OCT2014 00:36:23  20.8S   71.0W ML=4.2  EMS OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE        

P: 28OCT2014 83919     20.0S   70.0W 4.0-5.4 BAAAA  Coast No. Chile            

 

O: 24OCT2014 06:24:24  24.1S   67.4W ML=4.1  EMS SALTA, ARGENTINA                

P: 29OCT2014 83918     24.0S   68.0W 4.0-5.5 BAAAA  Argentina                  

 

O: 24OCT2014 06:00:43  31.4N  115.0W ML=3.0  EMS BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO         

O: 24OCT2014 06:00:46  31.2N  115.9W ML=3.7  UNAM   NORTE de VICENTE GUERRERO, BC 

O: 24OCT2014 14:44:01  31.6N  115.0W ML=2.5  EMS BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO         

P: 27OCT2014 83799     32.4N  115.8W 2.5-5.2 BAAAA  So. California             

 

O: 24OCT2014 07:16:39  33.9S   72.4W mb=5.2  EMS OFFSHORE O'HIGGINS, CHILE       

O: 24OCT2014 07:16:40  34.0S   72.5W ML=5.2  NEIC   Central Chile

P: 22OCT2014 83931     33.0S   72.0W 4.0-5.6 AAAAA  Central Chile              

 

O: 24OCT2014 04:12:52  14.3N   92.8W ML=3.4  UNAM   SUROESTE de CD HIDALGO, CHIS 

P: 26OCT2014 83723     14.0N   91.0W 3.5-5.1 AABAA  Guatemala                  

P: 29OCT2014 83723     15.0N   92.0W 3.5-5.1 BAAAA  Guatemala                  

 

O: 24OCT2014 11:24:17  17.0N   95.1W ML=3.9  UNAM   NOROESTE de MATIAS ROMERO, OAX

P: 29OCT2014 83719     17.0N   95.0W 3.5-5.2 BAAAA  Chiapas, Mexico            

 

O: 24OCT2014 09:31:51  16.1N   95.9W ML=3.7  UNAM   NORESTE de CRUCECITA, OAX    

P: 24OCT2014 83739     16.0N   96.0W 3.5-5.3 AAAAA  Oaxaca, Mexico             

 

O: 24OCT2014 06:07:00  20.4N   99.0W ML=2.9  UNAM   NORTE de ACTOPAN, HGO        

P: 20OCT2014 83758     20.0N   99.0W 3.0-4.7 BAAAA  Northern Mexico            

 

O: 24OCT2014 11:24:53  16.8N   99.7W ML=3.9  UNAM   SURESTE de ACAPULCO, GRO     

P: 23OCT2014 83741     17.0N  100.0W 3.5-5.4 AAAAA  Oaxaca, Mexico              

 

O: 24OCT2014 03:49:22  17.7N  101.5W ML=3.2  UNAM   ORESTE de ZIHUATANEJO, GRO   

O: 24OCT2014 08:26:42  17.4N  101.5W ML=3.4  UNAM   SUROESTE de PETATLAN, GRO    

P: 25OCT2014 83732     18.0N  102.0W 3.5-5.3 AAAAA  Michoacan, Mexico          

 

O: 23OCT2014 23:06:46  23.9N  109.6W ML=3.6  UNAM   RESTE DE SAN JOSE DEL CABO, BC

P: 20OCT2014 83750     20.0N  109.0W 3.5-4.9 BCAAA  Gulf of California         

 

O: 24OCT2014 06:53:50  27.3N  111.3W ML=3.3  UNAM   SUROESTE de H GUAYMAS, SON   

P: 29OCT2014 83750     28.0N  112.0W 3.5-5.0 AAAAA  Gulf of California         

 

No significant (M>=5) or unusual earthquakes were reported in Central or South America today.

 

AFRICA AND EUROPE

 

O: 24OCT2014 10:24:01  64.6N   17.3W mb=4.8  EMS ICELAND                           

O: 24OCT2014 10:24:02  64.7N   17.1W ML=4.8  NEIC   Iceland area

O: 25OCT2014 01:48:40  64.7N   17.4W ML=5.0  NEIC   Iceland area

O: 24OCT2014 10:20:43  64.7N   17.5W ML=4.6  NEIC   Iceland area

O: 24OCT2014 10:20:43  64.6N   17.6W mb=4.2  EMS ICELAND                         

O: 25OCT2014 01:48:38  64.7N   17.9W mb=4.8  EMS ICELAND                         

P: 25OCT2014 83893     64.0N   17.0W 3.0-4.5 AAAAA  Iceland area               

 

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC

 

O: 24OCT2014 18:15:01   7.1S  146.0E mb=4.7  EMS EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G. 

P: 17OCT2014 83436      7.0S  146.0E 4.0-5.6 CAAAA  New Ireland                

P: 29OCT2014 83701      6.0S  146.0E 4.0-5.6 BBAAA  New Ireland                

 

OCEAN RIDGES

 

O: 24OCT2014 11:21:20  44.3S   82.4W Mw=5.1  EMS WEST CHILE RISE                 

P: 21OCT2014 83940     43.0S   83.0W 4.0-5.4 BBAAA  Chile Rise                 

 

NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA REGION

 

No earthquakes of M>=4 were recorded in the regions of New Zealand or Australia

today. GeoNet did not report any felt events in the area.

 

JAPAN AND KURIL ISLANDS

 

O: 25OCT2014 01:02     29.2N  130.1E Mj=4.3  NIED   NEAR_AMAMI-OSHIMA_ISLAND, Japa

P: 29OCT2014 83753     29.0N  130.0E 4.0-5.4 BAAAA  Kyushu Japan               

 

JMA reported this earthquake of M 4.2 in Kyushu, Japan was felt with intensity I in the area(s) of Kagoshima, Japan.

 

O: 24OCT2014 12:46     32.7N  132.2E Mj=3.5  NIED   HYUGANADA_REGION, Japan      

P: 18OCT2014 83510     32.0N  132.0E 3.5-4.9 CAAAA  Kyushu, Japan area         

 

O: 24OCT2014 07:31:52  45.8N  148.0E mb=4.7  EMS KURIL ISLANDS                   

P: 28OCT2014 83830     44.0N  148.0E 3.5-5.7 BBAAA  Hokkaido, Japan            

 

U.S./CANADA*

 

WESTERN U.S./CANADA

 

CALIFORNIA

 

O: 24OCT2014 17:55:19  37.4N  121.8W ML=2.2  NEIC   Central California           

O: 24OCT2014 17:55:19  37.4N  121.8W ML=2.2  NCSN    Milpitas, CA

P: 22OCT2014 83773     37.4N  121.8W 2.5-4.4 AAAAA  Central California         

 

NEIC reported this earthquake of M 2.2 in Northern California was felt with intensity II-III in the area(s) of San Mateo, California.

 

O: 24OCT2014 09:01:28  40.5N  124.2W ML=2.1  NEIC   Off Coast of No. Calif       

O: 24OCT2014 09:01:28  40.5N  124.2W ML=2.1  NCSN    Ferndale, CA

P: 27OCT2014 83848     40.3N  124.7W 2.5-4.6 BAAAA  Off Coast of No. Calif     

 

ALASKA

 

No events of M>=3 were located in Alaska today.

 

PACIFIC NORTHWESTERN U.S./WESTERN CANADA

 

O: 24OCT2014 18:51:46  47.6N  122.5W Ml=2.4  EMS SEATTLE-TACOMA AREA, WASHINGTON 

O: 24OCT2014 18:51:47  47.6N  122.4W ML=2.2  NEIC   Washington state, U.S.

P: 24OCT2014 83865     48.4N  123.2W 2.0-4.1 AAAAA  Washington state, U.S.     

 

O: 24OCT2014 10:02:49  48.8N  122.0W Ml=2.8  EMS STRAIT OF GEORGIA, WASHINGTON   

O: 24OCT2014 10:02:49  48.8N  122.8W ML=2.8  NEIC   Washington state, U.S.

P: 22OCT2014 83865     48.9N  122.1W 2.0-4.1 AAAAA  Washington state, U.S.     

 

No events of M>=2 were located in the northwestern U.S. or western Canada today.

 

ROCKY MOUNTAINS REGION

 

O: 23OCT2014 19:09:45  38.9N  112.1W ML=2.1  UUSN     Sigurd, UT                 

P: 26OCT2014 83819     38.7N  112.6W 2.0-4.3 AAAAA  Utah area                  

 

O: 23OCT2014 17:33:12  44.4N  110.6W ML=2.4  UUSN     West Yellowstone, MT       

P: 25OCT2014 83866     44.2N  110.3W 2.0-3.9 AAAAA  Yellowstone/Wyoming        

 

EASTERN U.S./CANADA

 

O: 25OCT2014 03:29:38  36.6N   89.6W ML=2.1  CESN   New Madrid, MO               

P: 28OCT2014 83787     36.9N   89.2W 2.0-4.0 BAAAA  New Madrid area            

 

O: 23OCT2014 17:36:45  74.7N   93.2W ML=1.9  NRCA E from Resolute, NU            

 

O: 24OCT2014 17:39:45  36.5N   99.0W ML=2.5  EMS OKLAHOMA                        

O: 24OCT2014 17:39:45  36.5N   99.0W ML=2.5  NEIC   Southern Plains

O: 24OCT2014 19:43:55  36.5N   99.1W ML=2.5  NEIC   Southern Plains

O: 24OCT2014 19:43:55  36.5N   99.1W ML=2.5  CESN   Quinlan, OK 

O: 24OCT2014 17:39:45  36.5N   99.0W ML=2.5  CESN   Quinlan, OK 

O: 24OCT2014 19:43:55  36.5N   99.1W ML=2.5  EMS OKLAHOMA                        

P: 29OCT2014 83814     38.0N   99.0W 2.0-3.9 BBAAA  Southern Plains            

 

O: 24OCT2014 17:44:36  36.8N   97.8W mb=2.6  EMS OKLAHOMA                        

O: 24OCT2014 24:24:51  36.4N   97.0W ML=2.6  CESN   Glencoe, OK 

O: 24OCT2014 17:44:36  36.8N   97.9W ML=2.6  CESN   Wakita, OK 

O: 24OCT2014 09:24:18  37.1N   97.9W ML=2.7  CESN   Bluff City, KS 

O: 25OCT2014 00:24:51  36.4N   97.0W ML=2.6  NEIC   Southern Plains

O: 24OCT2014 17:44:36  36.8N   97.9W ML=2.6  NEIC   Southern Plains

O: 24OCT2014 09:24:18  37.1N   97.9W ML=2.7  NEIC   Southern Plains

O: 24OCT2014 09:24:18  37.0N   97.9W mb=2.7  EMS KANSAS                          

P: 23OCT2014 83814     36.0N   97.0W 2.0-4.1 AAAAA  Southern Plains            

 

NEIC reported this earthquake of M 2.7 in Kansas was felt with intensity IV in Bluff City, Kansas and II-III in the area(s) of Wichita, Kansas. An M 2.6 was also felt in Bluff City, Kansas. An M 2.6 in Oklahoma was felt with intensity II in Glencoe and possibly as far away as North Richland Hills, Texas.

 

 

HAWAII

 

No earthquakes of M>=3 were located in Hawaii.