Editorial Cartoon by John Sherffius
From AAES (The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists)
May the Earth and us have a more benign relationship together!
Safe travels, everyone.
Striking around dawn while many locals were at home, the quake collapsed buildings in Jiegu Township, near the epicenter, trapping hundreds under rubble, Huang Limin, deputy secretary-general of the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
More than 85 percent of the houses in Jiegu, a town of 100,000 people, were destroyed, Zhuo Huaxia, a prefectural official told Xinhua: "The streets in Jiegu are thronged with panicked, injured people, with many bleeding in the head. Many students are buried under the debris due to building collapse at a vocational school."
With memories of the 2008 earthquake in neighboring Sichuan Province still strong, the government’s response to this disaster will be closely watched, particularly since the quake zone is in a poor area largely inhabited by ethnic Tibetans.
|Magnitude||7.2 - regional moment magnitude (Mw)|
|Time||Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 3:40:41 PM (PDT) |
Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 22:40:41 (UTC)
|Distance from||Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico - 26 km (16 miles) SW (225 degrees) |
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico - 60 km (37 miles) SSE (165 degrees)
Calexico, CA - 64 km (40 miles) SSE (163 degrees)
San Luis, AZ - 65 km (40 miles) SW (231 degrees)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - 167 km (104 miles) ESE (105 degrees)
|Coordinates||32 deg. 7.7 min. N (32.128N), 115 deg. 18.2 min. W (115.303W)|
|Depth||10 km (6.2 miles)|
|Location Quality Parameters||Nst=315, Nph=315, Dmin=112.1 km, Rmss=0 sec, Erho=0 km, Erzz=0 km, Gp=79.2 degrees|
|Additional Information||map with fault names |
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Users of the USGS Earthquake Notification System received a message reporting a magnitude 8.0 earthquake near the Dominican Republic. This was a mistake. In an effort to increase our ability to detect smaller earthquakes in the Caribbean region following the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, the USGS began accepting earthquake locations and magnitudes from additional sources in the region. The message reporting a magnitude 8.0 earthquake near the Dominican Republic was incorrect and resulted in the distribution of the errant e-mail. We acknowledge this was a serious mistake and have issued a correction.