Significant Earthquakes of the World

1981


  
				      SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKES OF THE WORLD, 1981
									   
Earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or greater or ones that caused fatalities,
injuries or substantial damage.

 DATE    ORIGIN TIME     GEOGRAPHIC      DEPTH  MAGNITUDES SD   NO.      REGION,  CONTRIBUTED  MAGNITUDES  AND  COMMENTS
            UTC         COORDINATES               GS            STA
         HR MN SEC     LAT       LONG            MB  Msz       USED

1981

Jan 18   18 17 24.4    38.64 N 142.75 E  33 N    6.1 6.9  1.1   220	NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN.  Ms 6.6 (BRK),
									6.6 (PAS).  Felt (IV JMA) in the Miyako-Morioka-
									Sendai area.  Ten-centimeter tsunami reported at 
									Ofunato.  The focal mechanism is poorly controlled
									and corresponds to reverse faulting.

Jan 19   15 11 01.0     4.58 S 139.23 E  33 N	 6.0 6.7  1.1   128	IRIAN JAYA, INDONESIA.  Ms 6.7 (BRK), 6.8 (PAS).  
									Three hundred five people killed, some injured 
									and about 1,000 missing in the Jayawijaya 
									Mountains.  Landslides buried many villages.  
									The focal mechanism is poorly controlled and 
									corresponds to reverse faulting.

Jan 23   21 13 51.7    30.93 N 101.10 E  33 N	 5.7 6.8  1.1   188	SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA.  Ms 6.6 (PAS).  One 
									hundred fifty people killed, 300 injured and
									extensive damage in the Dawu area.   The focal
									mechanism is moderately well controlled and
									corresponds to strike-slip faulting.

Jan 23   21 54 41.6    29.68 S  60.84 E  10 G	 6.1 6.8  1.0	229	ATLANTIC-INDIAN RISE.  Ms 7.0 (PAS).  The focal 
									mechanism is well controlled and corresponds to
									strike-slip faulting.

Jan 30   08 52 44.1    51.74 N 176.27 E  33 	 6.3 7.0  1.0	309	RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS.  Ms 7.1 (BRK).
									ML 7.1 (PMR).  Felt (IV) on Shemya.  The focal 
									mechanism is moderately well controlled and 
									corresponds to reverse faulting with a moderate 
									strike-slip component.

Feb 14   17 27 44.3    41.05 N  14.60 E  10 G	 4.6      1.0	 75	SOUTHERN ITALY.  ML 4.9 (TRI), 4.7 (ROM).
									Eight people died from heart attacks, four 
									others were killed, and damage (VII) in the 
									Campania and Basilicata regions.

Feb 17   15 18 33.7    21.74 S 169.38 E  30	 5.6 6.7  1.0	 95	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 6.4 (BRK), 6.2 (PAS).
									The focal mechanism is poorly controlled and
									corresponds to reverse faulting.
									
Feb 18   08 28 20.0    26.63 S  26.61 E  33 N	 4.7      1.3	  9	REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA.  Four miners killed 
									in a mine near Orkney.  Felt in the Klerksdorp 
									area.

Feb 22   21 45 45.1    22.20 S 174.83 E  33 N    5.9 6.2  1.2   100     LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 6.5 (BRK), 6.2 (PAS).

Feb 24   20 53 38.4    38.22 N  22.93 E  33 N	 5.9 6.7  1.2	248	GREECE.  Ms 6.7 (BRK), 6.8 (PAS).  Sixteen
									people killed, more than 400 injured, and 
									considerable damage in the Athens-Corinth area. 
									The focal mechanism is moderately well controlled
									and corresponds to normal faulting with a large
									strike-slip component.

Feb 25   02 35 53.3    38.13 N  23.14 E  33 N	 5.6 6.4  1.2	258	GREECE.  Ms 6.4 (PAS).  Additional casualties 
									and damage.

Mar 4    21 58 05.9    38.21 N  23.29 E  29	 6.0 6.4  1.1   210	GREECE.  Ms 6.6 (PAS), ML 6.2 (ATH).  One person 
									died from a heart attack, 9 people injured, and
									additional damage in the Athens-Corinth-Khalkis 
									area.  The focal mechanism is moderately well
									controlled and corresponds to normal faulting
									with a small strike-slip component.
                                                                         
Mar 7    11 34 43.9    38.19 N  23.32 E  33	 5.5 4.8  0.9   176 	GREECE.  ML 5.7 (ATH).  One person killed and
									additional damage in the Athens area.

Mar 10   15 16 19.8    39.48 N  20.70 E  31	 5.6      1.2   165	GREECE-ALBANIA BORDER REGION.  ML 5.2 (ATH).  Two 
									people killed in a rockslide and about 150 houses
									damaged in western Greece.

Apr 18   00 32 39.8    13.14 S  74.38 W  38	 5.3 4.8  0.9	 98	PERU.  Eight people killed, 15 injured, and damage 
									in the Ayacucho area.

Apr 24   21 50 06.0    13.43 S 166.42 E  33 N	 6.1 6.9  1.3   192	VANUATU ISLANDS.  Ms 7.3 (BRK), 6.5 (PAS).  The 
									focal mechanism is poorly controlled and corresponds
									to reverse faulting with a moderate strike-slip
									component.

Apr 27   18 17 33.7    57.59 S 148.08 E  10 G	 5.7 6.5  1.4	122	WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND.  Ms 6.3 (PAS).  The 
									focal mechanism is moderately well controlled and 
									corresponds to strike-slip faulting.

May 25   05 25 14.4    48.79 S 164.36 E  33 	 6.1 7.6  1.2	199	OFF WEST COAST OF SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND.  
									Ms 7.6 (BRK), 7.6 (PAS).  Felt throughout 
									southern South Island.  The focal mechanism is
									poorly controlled and corresponds to reverse 
									faulting.

June  7	 13 00 56.6   37.67 N   12.47 E	  19 	 4.9	  1.1	106	SICILY.  Six people injured and 100 houses damaged
									(VI) in the Mazara del Vallo area.

June 11  07 24 25.2    29.91 N  57.72 E   33 N	 6.1 6.7  1.1   241	SOUTHERN IRAN.  Ms 6.9 (BRK), 6.7 (PAS).  Three
									thousand people killed,  many injured, 	and 
									extensive damage in Kerman Province.  The focal
									mechanism is poorly controlled and corresponds
									to strike-slip faulting with a large reverse
									component.

June 13  07 29 10.8    36.18 N  67.83 E   24 D	 5.5 5.4  0.9	161	HINDU KUSH REGION.  One person killed, 2 injured 
									in the Jozjan Province, Afghanistan.  Felt (IV) 
									in the Ayvadzh-Termez area, USSR.

June 22  17 53 21.3    13.17 S  74.52 W   24	 5.1 5.2  1.0	 82	PERU.  At least 6 people killed, some injured
									and damage in the Ayacucho area.

July 6   03 08 24.1    22.29 S 171.74 E   33 N	 6.9 7.0  0.9	235	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 7.0 (BRK), 6.6 (PAS).
									Mo=2.6*10**20 Nm (HRV).  The focal mechanism is
									poorly controlled and corresponds to reverse
									faulting.

July 15  07 59 08.4    17.26 S 167.60 E   30 D	 5.6 7.0  1.0	 87	VANUATU ISLANDS.   Ms 7.1 (BRK), 6.9 (PAS).
									Mo=5.8*10**19 Nm (HRV).  Minor damage in the 
									Shepherd Islands area.  Felt at Port Vila.
									The focal mechanism is poorly controlled and 
									corresponds to reverse faulting.  

July 28  17 22 24.6    30.01 N  57.79 E   33 N	 5.7 7.1  1.2  205	IRAN.   Ms 7.3 (BRK), 7.3 (PAS).  
									Mo=6.7*10**19 Nm (HRV).  Fifteen  hundred people 
									killed, 1,000 injured, 50,000 homeless and 
									extensive damage in the Kerman region.  The
									focal mechanism is poorly controlled and 
									corresponds to reverse faulting with a moderate
									strike-slip component.

Aug 13   02 58 11.9    44.85 N  17.31 E   16     5.4 5.5  1.2	143	YUGOSLAVIA.  ML 5.8 (TRI), 5.4 (ROM).  
									Mo=3.9*10**17 Nm (HRV).  Forty-four people 
									injured and damage (VIII) in the Banja Luka area.  
									Felt in western Hungary and at Trieste, Italy.

Sep 1    09 29 31.5    14.96 S 173.09 W   25 G	 7.0 7.7  1.2	248	SAMOA ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 7.9 (BRK), 7.7 (PAS).  
									Mo=1.9*10**20 Nm (HRV).  Felt (VI) at Apia.
									Local tsunami (24 cm peak-to-peak) recorded at 
									Pago Pago.  The focal mechanism is poorly
									controlled and corresponds to normal faulting.

Sep 3    05 35 44.8    43.62 N 147.03 E   46 D	 6.6 6.6  0.8	324	KURIL ISLANDS.  Ms 6.3 (BRK),  6.3 (PAS).
									Mo=7.5*10**18 Nm (HRV).  Damage (VIII) on 
									Shikotan.  Felt (V) on 	Kunashir and (IV JMA) 
									in northeastern Hokkaido.  The focal mechanism
									is poorly controlled and corresponds to reverse
									faulting.

Sep 12   07 15 54.1    35.69 N  73.59 E   33 N	 6.2 5.9  1.1	307	NORTHWESTERN KASHMIR.  Ms 6.0 (PAS).  
									Mo=1.9*10**18 Nm (HRV).  At least 220 people 
									killed, 2,500 injured, and extensive damage and 
									landslides in the Gilgit area. Unconfirmed reports 
									of surface faulting.  Felt in the Srinagar area.  
									Also felt at Peshawar and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. 

Sep 17   08 23 24.6    22.52 S 170.51 E   30 D	 5.7 6.6  1.0	118	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 6.4 (BRK),
									6.1 (PAS).  Mo=1.6*10**19 Nm (HRV).  The focal
									mechanism is poorly controlled and corresponds
									to reverse faulting.

Oct 9    12 19 40.2     9.98 S 162.05 E   50	 6.0 6.4  1.0	213	SOLOMON ISLANDS.  Ms 6.3 (BRK), 6.5 (PAS).
									Mo=3.5*10**18 Nm (HRV).

Oct 16   03 25 42.2    33.13 S  73.07 W   33 N	 6.2 7.2  0.8	161	OFF COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE.  MS 7.5 (BRK),
									7.2 (PAS).  Mo=5.1*10**19 Nm (HRV).  One person 
									killed in an auto accident caused by a panicked 
									driver.  Felt throughout central Chile.   
									Maximum intensity (VI) at Las Cruces and Vina 
									del Mar.  The focal mechanism is moderately 
									well controlled and corresponds to reverse
									faulting.

Oct 18   04 31 02.7     8.12 N  72.53 W   54	 5.4 	  0.8	196	VENEZUELA.  Fifteen people killed, many 
									injured, and extensive damage in the Cucuta, 
									Colombia-San Cristobal, Venezuela area.
									Landslides also reported in the area.

Oct 25   03 22 15.5    18.05 N 102.08 W   33 N	 6.2 7.3  1.2   191	MICHOACAN, MEXICO.  Ms 7.4 (BRK), 7.2 (PAS).
									Mo=7.0*10**19 Nm (HRV).  One person killed, 
									11 injured, and damage at Mexico City.  Two 
									people killed, 17 injured and extensive damage 
									in Michoacan.  Felt throughout southern Mexico.  
									The focal mechanism is poorly controlled and
									corresponds to reverse  faulting.

Oct 28   04 34 17.7    31.27 S 110.65 W   10 G	 6.2 6.2  1.2	100	EASTER ISLAND REGION.  Ms 6.6 (BRK), 6.4 (PAS).
									Mo=4.1*10**18 Nm (HRV).

Nov 6    16 47 49.1     3.56 S 143.79 E   33 N	 6.2 6.9  1.2	187	NEAR COAST OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA.  Ms 6.9 (BRK),
									6.5 (PAS).  Mo=9.1*10**18 Nm (HRV).  Minor damage 
									(VI) in the Wewak area.  The focal mechanism is
									poorly controlled and corresponds to reverse
									faulting with a large strike-slip component.

Nov 7    03 29 51.0    32.20 S  71.37 W   65	 6.2 6.8  1.0	238	NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE.  Ms 6.5 (BRK).
									6.5 (PAS).  Mo=3.3*10**19 Nm (HRV).  Minor damage 
									(VII) in the La Ligua-Valparaiso area.  Also felt 
									in the San Juan-Mendoza, Argentina area.  The
									focal mechanism is poorly controlled and corresponds
									to reverse faulting.

Nov 14   09 05 29.0    23.69 N  32.60 E   10 G	 5.1 5.3  1.2	143	ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT.  Eleven buildings damaged 
									in the Aswan area.  Maximum intensity VIII.  
									Surface faulting reported.

Nov 22   15 05 20.5    18.75 N 120.84 E   24 D	 6.2 6.5  1.0	298	LUZON, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.  Ms 6.7 (BRK), 6.4 (PAS).
									Mo=5.3*10**18 Nm (HRV).  Damage in the 
									Bacarra-Laoag area.  Felt throughout western Luzon.  
									The focal mechanism is moderately well controlled
									and corresponds to normal faulting.

Nov 24   23 30 32.6    22.50 S 170.64 E   30	 5.6 6.7  1.1	215	LOYALTY ISLANDS REGION.  Ms 6.9 (BRK), 6.6 (PAS).
									Mo=1.3*10**19 Nm (HRV).  The focal mechanism is
									poorly controlled and corresponds to reverse
									faulting.

Dec 12   20 26 46.9    29.86 N  66.96 E   33 N	 4.6 4.0  0.9    38	PAKISTAN.  Six people killed, 12 injured, and all 
									45 houses damaged at Koshkak.  Felt in the Quetta-
									Mastung area.

Dec 19   14 10 50.7    39.24 N  25.23 E   10 G	 6.2 7.2  1.2	218	AEGEAN SEA.  Ms 7.5 (BRK), 7.6 (PAS).  
									Mo=2.4*10**19 Nm (HRV).  Damage on Lesvos and 
									Skiros and in western Turkey.  Felt strongly in 
									many parts of Greece.  Also felt in southern 
									Bulgaria.  The focal mechanism is well controlled
									and corresponds to strike-slip faulting with a
									moderate reverse component.

Dec 24   05 33 20.7    29.97 S 177.61 W   28 D	 6.0 6.8  1.2	264	KERMADEC ISLANDS.  Ms 7.0 (BRK), 6.6 (PAS).
									Mo=2.1*10**19 Nm (HRV).  The focal mechanism is
									poorly controlled and corresponds to reverse
									faulting.

Dec 26   17 05 32.5    29.93 S 177.74 W   33 N	 6.1 7.1  1.2	248	KERMADEC ISLANDS.  Ms 6.6 (PAS).
									Mo=4.6*10**19 Nm (HRV).  The focal mechanism is
									poorly controlled and corresponds to reverse
									faulting.

Dec 27   17 39 13.6    38.94 N  24.91 E   13 	 5.5 6.5  1.3	212	AEGEAN SEA.  Ms 6.3 (PAS).  
									Mo=3.3*10**18 Nm (HRV).  Ten houses damaged 
									slightly on Evvoia.  Felt strongly in eastern
									Greece.  Also felt in the Izmir, Turkey area.
									The focal mechanism is moderately well controlled
									and corresponds to strike-slip faulting.






					OTHER NOTABLE NORTH AMERICAN EARTHQUAKES


1981

Apr 26   12 09 28.4    33.13 N 115.65 W   6 G	 5.5 6.0      	157	SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.  ML 6.3 (BRK), 5.6 (PAS).
									Considerable damage (VII) in the Westmorland area.  
									Felt throughout southern California from San Diego 
									to Yuma, Arizona.