Huge Earthquake

May 24th, 2013 at 3:34 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

earthquake   A huge earthquake occurred at approximately 2:44 AM EDT in the Sea of Okhotsk just west of the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.  It’s about 1475 miles north of Tokyo.  This was a deep quake, 378.4 miles below sea level.  The quake has been given a preliminary magnitude of 8.3.  It looks like we have had only a dozen earthquakes of that magnitude since 1966.  The Pacific Tsunami Center has issued this statement:  “BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.”  Slight tremors spreadwestwards as far as Moscow, 5,000 miles to the west.  Tremors were felt in central Moscow, prompting some people to evacuate from buildings.  Russian news agencies also cited eyewitnesses reporting strong tremors across Siberia.  The earthquake was said to be more than 10 times more powerful than the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.

30 Responses to “Huge Earthquake”

  1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

    After looking at both of those links above, i’ll take a couple of cool days in stride. I knew West Michigan was great but look at how far away earthquakes are from Mi.
    Almost 228000 people died from one earthquake in 2004? Wow.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Unfortunately, there are many countries with lax building codes (or no codes at all) that are located in seismically-active areas; and a big quake can cause damage over hundreds of square miles :-(

      I agree – I’ll take Michigan ANY day, with it’s handful of blizzards and occasional tornado – both of which come with some warning…

  2. Marti B (Grandville area) says:

    Hmmmmmm the tornado in Oklahoma, the bridge collapse in Seattle, and now this earthquake….scary times on mother earth lately.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      When this all happened in the past, you must have rested easily without a blog highlighting it all. =)

  3. Skot says:

    Funny how common sense doesn’t seem to affect Mother Nature. If I were lava, I would take the weakest path to the surface. Not a place the rarely sees ‘quakes.

    1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

      Lava? I think were talking about plate tectonics here. Lava does take the weakest path, volcanoes. Glad WM is sans volcanoes.

      1. Skot says:

        Excuse me , Magma.

  4. Damien Sleigh says:

    Wake up !!!!!! Jesus is coming back ANY DAY NOW !!!!!!

  5. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Can’t believe they could feel it in Moscow!! That’s a much greater distance than from Michigan to Alaska!

  6. DF (SE Mich) says:

    GR made it within 3° of a record low this morning.

  7. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Record low in Marquette this morning, yikes.

    RECORD EVENT REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
    715 AM EDT FRI MAY 24 2013

    …RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE THIS MORNING…

    THE LOW TEMPERATURE THIS MORNING AT THE MARQUETTE NATIONAL WEATHER
    SERVICE OFFICE WAS 29 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
    30 DEGREES LAST SET IN 2002.

    WEATHER RECORDS FOR THE MARQUETTE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
    LOCATED IN NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP DATE BACK TO 1961.

  8. Brad says:

    Speaking of earthquakes, how ’bout that nuclear plant at Japan that will likely experience another earthquake before it can be safely decommissioned?

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I wonder if anyone goes over the debris that’s been washing up on US shores, with a Geiger Counter??

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      That should get the worriers going =)

      GODZILLA!!!!!!

      1. Skot says:

        GAWD-ZEERA!!!!!

        1. Jack says:

          Lol..Good One Bill…. ;-)

        2. DF (SE Mich) says:

          HAHA!!!!!

        3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Ah yes, the Saturday afternoon creature feature. Those were the days.

  9. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

    My mom was born today around 1925 in Grand Rapids and told that it snowed so hard they had to put a lantern on the porch so the Dr could find the house

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Can’t say for sure, but that seems unlikely. Only thing the NWS has to report is this….

      5/25/1925 Lansing records its latest snow on record as snowflakes fall there with a low temperature of 32 and a high of 47 degrees.

  10. fixxxer says:

    Craptastic cold weather AGAIN!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      You need new material.

  11. Dan says:

    60 degrees is cold? WOW! I would take this all Summer long! This is just about right!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, not to bad at all Dan.

  12. Dan says:

    fixxxer, why don’t you leave again? After all you need to catch the person that put up that stuff using your name, right?
    Did you seriously come back because you enjoy the weather?

  13. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Frost advisories for the entire state tonight… Cover your plants.

    1. Jack says:

      ” POT”ted…Plants in side 4 thee Nite….LOL….. Stay Cued…and Happy FRIDAY !!!! ;-)

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      40 here. 30 in A2.

  14. Randy says:

    I sure miss the snow,wish we would have at least one more snow storm before summer hits

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