December 31, 2012
by John Vidale
In 2012, Washington and Oregon were relatively quiet earthquake-wise, despite more than 4800 little events. Here are the locations of all events larger than M3. The earthquakes are spread across the region, mostly on the western side.
From the timeline of the seismicity, we can see that the largest event of the year, an M4, was less than a km inside Washington State, near Victoria yesterday. It was felt and reported to our web page by about 800 people.
While several volcanoes had small swarms, nothing alarming was seen.
The most-felt event of the year, an M3.5 south of Portland in September, drew more than 1000 felt reports.
8 more hours left of 2012 in local Pacific time, but the New Year has already reached England as I write this.
There was lots of scientifically interesting earthquake news in 2012. The M8.6 April 11th earthquake in the Indian Ocean redefined how big might earthquakes be on strike slip faults such as the San Andreas in California, which had previously been thought to top out at M8. Cascadia had an unusually prolonged termor and slow slip episode reported by our tremor blog and on NPR, which made us ever so slightly nervous.
Finally, a little earthquake humor in reference to the turmoil from the M4.5 earthquake in Maine in October, which did little damage.
- Three new ways to view recent earthquakes in the Northwest
- M3.5 event west of Tacoma early Sunday morning
- Oregon ETS is over, but....
- Small swarm near Mount McLoughlin last night
- Earthquake early warning workshop quick report
- thePNSN Facebook discussions
- Deep Tremor over much of Cascadia
- Small earthquakes under Gold Bar
- The Last Cascadia Great Earthquake and Tsunami; 313 Years and Ticking
- A flash in the sky, a thump in the ground
- April (3)
- March (4)
- February (1)
- January (2)
- December (1)
- November (2)
- October (3)
- September (1)
- August (3)
- July (2)
- June (4)
- May (4)
- April (2)
- The wech-o-meter takes over all of Cascadia
- Keystone Cops: Italy prosecutes seismologists for failure to predict deadly quake
- UFOs in eastern Washington? No, rather UTEs (Unidentified Terrestrial Events)
- New Sodo Seattle Liquefaction Array Installed
- Why we should constantly watch the deformation of the seafloor
- Mystery chirp near Newberry Volcano
- Planting seismographs causes earthquakes? or maybe ice-quakes?
- Tunneling rumbles south under Capitol Hill
- 15 years of mostly silent magma inflation near Three Sisters, Oregon
- Mount Hood earthquake swarm of Feb 23, 2012
- Web glitches: duplicate (and even triplicate!) earthquakes
- How earthquake magnitude scales work
- Mine blast masquerades as volcanic tremor
- The Spokane Swarm about 10 years ago
- Another hum around Mount St. Helens
- Slow slip: A new kind of earthquake under our feet
- PNSN and social media
- 3am M3.4 earthquake in St. Helens Seismic Zone
- The wrong kind of volcano noise
- Fast chatter on Rainier an hour ago
- Can slush-mageddon trigger earthquakes?
- Rainier Repeating Earthquakes Update and Comparison with Weather Patterns
- 22-minutes drumbeat icequakes(?)
- Mount Rainier popping away
- Repeating Earthquakes on Mount Rainier - are glaciers the culprit?
- Debunking another SEC football myth by the PAC-12
- One year ago, Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Earthquake
- The odds this year of a megaquake on the Pacific Northwest coast
- Is the plague of great earthquakes this decade a sign of increased danger?
- Nile Valley landslide talks to PNSN seismologists
- Good vs evil in central US earthquake hazard analysis
- Why does a volcano scream?
- Predicting big quakes from patterns of little ones
- 1-hour warning for Japanese M9 earthquake?
- Sound Transit train under Interlaken keeps a rollin'
- Invisible changes under the hood at the PNSN
- Sound Transit Tunneling Noise
- "Visionary" toads
- Earthquake early warning in the PNW
- November (1)
- December (13)