- Posted January 21, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Earthquake Warning Extended through 01/25/2013
As of 01/12/2013 conditions were present that required the immediate issue of an earthquake watch for the entire West Coast of the United States includes: Mexico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and up through Western Canada and Alaska.
As of 1/15/2013 new information made it necessary to cancel this watch and replace it with a EARTHQUAKE WARNING following nearly the same previously issued watch details except for the following: Due to recent information the likely epicenter seems to be pointing towards the coastal regions of or North of Oregon but could strike Alaska , California , Mexico or Chile. If this occurs in any of the regions other than California the quake could be above the previously forecasted maximum of 8.3 magnitude.
As of 01/20/2013 the expected event(s) have not taken place and the precursors are still in place, therefore the earthquake warning will be extended through 01/25/2013.
Due to many factors there is an increased probability of seismic and/or volcanic activity seeming to point at the Eastern Pacific Rim including the entire West Coast of the United States.
Several other agencies are also confirming this warning and are continuing to do so. Because of massive pressure change and above average solar activity along with recent quake history there will be an upswing in seismic activity over the next several days and it is being given a moderate chance or better that this forecasted event will occur.
Previous Watch details:
Recent quakes in addition to the upswing in solar activity , magnetic abnormalities , rapid pressure progression along with historical anaylisis & precursor pattern recognition may be hinting to an increase in moderate seismic and/or volcanic activity over the next several days .
The main focus of concern seems to be somewhere North of San Francisco and South of Alaska but as far South as Mexico and Chile are not out of the question. The Magnitude for this event should exceed 6.4 but based on the epicenter may reach 8.3.
The term "Watch" in this case would expect a chance of increased activity, it does not assure that an event or events will occur.
The term "Warning" would expect that an event with a magnitude of 6.4+ will occur in the designated time frame. Although many factors seem to point at a event in the next few days it still does not assure an event will happen.
This is not meant to be a prediction but simply a reminder that a little preparation can go a long way. If you live in a earthquake prone area a few simple steps can save lives. Water, flashlights, canned food, batteries, first aid kit & a radio are not hard to come by before a disaster.
The nature of weather is to change, and the best tip of all is Be Prepared!