A mag 6.0 - 263km SE of Iwo Jima, Japan is the 5th major quake in the last 4 days, 4 more than the entire month of June.
As Earth is battered by a stream of solar wind flowing from an enormous 700,000 km-long coronal hole it comes as no surprise to me we have had a flurry of major quakes this week after the lowest count so far this century.
Since this massive hole opened up on the Sun around the 10th of August 5 major quakes have been registered across the planet 4 more than the entire month of June.
On top of the major quakes, we have also had an uptick with volcanic activity with nearly two dozen quakes striking the gigantic Katla volcano in Iceland and Japanese authorities are preparing to evacuate Kuchinoerabujima island after the threat of an eruption as earthquakes and sulphur emissions have suddenly increased dramatically.
According to Spaceweather, minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on Aug. 16th as the stream of fast-moving solar wind is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field.
The gaseous material is flowing from a 700,000 km-long fissure in the sun's atmosphere.
I offer no proof only the fact that most of the major quakes this year, (or any year) occur when a large coronal hole on our Sun turns to face Earth.
Today's quake is the 7th major quake of August and the 60th of 2018.