During late February 13th into the 14th, a strange earthquake swarm appeared under the northern section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, off the coast of the northern tip of Vancouver Island. It is interesting to note, as seen in the image above, that some swarming has been occurring off and on both near the northern and southern ends of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The largest earthquake of the Feb. 13-14, 2019 swarm off Vancouver Island was first reported to be a magnitude 4.8, later upgraded to a magnitude 5.3. Although only 2 earthquakes were reported, which is too small to be considered a swarm, there were at least 28 other earthquake events I was able to detect using P wave cross correlation and studying the characteristics of the events themselves. To continue this post, please click the title or "read more" if you have not done so already.
As stated above, late in the UTC day of February 13, 2019, a strange swarm started to break out off the coast of the northern tip of Vancouver Island. The majority of the seismicity as of late has been centered around two areas: near the end of the northern section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and at the end of the southern section of the CSZ. What this means is beyond me, at least for right now. Below is an illustration, put out by oregon.gov, of the Cascadia Subduction Zone:
If you don't know what the Cascadia Subduction Zone is, then please CLICK HERE.
The image above shows the likely swarm epicenter and the closest seismic station: HOLB in the CN network. Now remember the bottom of the ocean can be very volcanic. Though it is likely these are caused by tectonic stresses, you should never completely rule out some type of volcanic or deep magmatic activity.
Now swarming has occurred in this location before. A few months ago there was actually a swarm of many events, including multiple M6.0s and one that almost reached M7.0. Please CLICK HERE to view the post dedicated to that large swarm on October 22-23, 2018. This swarm I am detailing in this post contained approximately 31 earthquakes of many different sizes from around 22:40UTC February 13, 2019 to about 19:34UTC February 14, 2019. That was determined by using the program WAVES, data collected from nearby stations, and cross correlating their possible P wave arrivals.
Below I will first show one of the more energetic parts of the swarm and then I will show the helicorder image for station HOLB. It shows some of the events that transpired during this swarm, including the 2 reported events. Then I will show the USGS event pages for the 2 reported events, including their custom made 3-plot images. After that I will show about half of the events within this swarm via my custom 3-plot images and a slideshow. Remember to always pay attention to chart labels and any captions beneath any images.
The entire, and completely unfiltered, M5.3 earthquake. This was the largest event of the Feb. 13-14, 2019 earthquake swarm. Although this was taken from the closest seismic station, it was still some distance away. However I am surprised we are seeing such low frequencies. Of course these were not low frequency earthquakes, but I was expecting these events to carry higher frequencies as recorded on this station.
Now I am going to show you many 3-plot images of many events during this swarm (approximately half of them). There are 15 images within the slide show below. All plots are labeled and all times and dates, as usual, are in UTC format.
This blog page is solely for interesting earthquake swarms that occur in locations other than the ones I already have posted. Pretty much any earthquake swarm I am interested in, that cannot be placed on other pages, will be placed here. Please click the title of each post or "read more" to view each swarm.