Sunday, 6 January 2019

2019 gets underway with 2 major quakes a powerful magnitude 6.8 Brazil and a magnitude 6.1 Alaska


2019 gets underway with 2 major quakes, a magnitude 6.8 Earthquake - Acre, Brazil and a
M6.1 Earthquake - the Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska to bring the total quakes in 2019 to two.
January 2018 recorded 12 major quakes, see info below.

Graph Gary Walton:

Above 134 major quakes (mag 6 or higher) with 17 of them mag 7 or higher were recorded in 2018 which is the third lowest this century after 2017-111 and 2012 with 133, the highest total ever recorded in one year was 2011, the year of the Fukushima disaster when 208 major quakes rocked our planet, 2007 recorded 201, see below.

Graph Gary Walton
All data are taken from USGS

Graph Gary Walton


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  1. Magnitude 6.6
    Region MOLUCCA SEA
    Date time 2019-01-06 17:27:19.3 UTC
    Location 2.28 N ; 126.77 E
    Depth 40 km

  2. My 2018 observation on earthquakes of Magnitude 4.0 - 4.9 and above showed the following:

    a) Jan (total quakes is 1205) and it maintained a steady number from Feb to July (total monthly quakes ranged from 1014 to 1096).
    b) It peaked in August (total quakes is 1576), Sept (total quakes 1379) and Oct (total quakes is 1412)
    c) The 2018 monthly average of the 4.0-4.9 and above quakes is 1173.
    d) From Nov, it declined sharply to 1153 quakes and bottom-off in Dec at just 939 quakes
    e) The trend in 2018 showed the marked decline effective Nov and Dec which is below the monthly average
    of 1173 quakes

    As for the Jan 2019 month, as at today, 20th Jan 2019 (circa 10 am Malaysian time), the total 4.0-4.9 and above mag quakes stood at only 345.

    It is observed that starting from Nov and Dec (2018) till Jan 2019, a 3-month decrease is distinct. This marked decrease of the 4.0-4.9 and above quakes is showing a sign of relapse.

    A series of quakes starting with a mag 6.0 at Northern East Pacific Rise yesterday (this quake rests on the east Pacific fault zone) which connects northwardly to the San Andreas Fault line. This disturbance is further connected upwards with the Cascadia Subduction Zone which ends near The Gulf of Alaska (Alaska has been rocked continuously for few months)

    Today, a 6.7 mag quake rocks Coquimbo, Chile (and later a series of aftershock followed range in mag 4.0-4.7)

    There is a marked calm this January of 2019 (starting from the decline of Nov and Dec 2018).

    Is this 3-month 'relapse/decline' a marked phenomenon of a 'CALM BEFORE A PERFECT STORM' of THE BIG ONE coming at any time soon?

    [Tonite is the Lunar eclipse called the rare 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' of 2019!]

  3. Thanks for the wonderful info aziz yusof, I tend to follow quakes at mag 6. and higher, I should go into it all a little deeper, I will be watching the Super Blood Wolf Moon' of 2019 at 6.15: am Dutch time.

  4. Observed statistics:

    1) Between 14:42:48 UTC and 11:39:50 UTC today, there are 33 earthquakes of Magnitude 2.5+ and above around the world. 16 of which happened in the continental North America from Alaska and Mexico. Almost 50% of the quakes centred on west coast North America

    2) As at 12:10:55 UTC @ 8:10 pm Malaysian time today Jan 22, 2019, there were just 401 earthquake of magnitude 4.0 and above in the month of January 2019. There is sharp decline as compared to the average monthly of 1173 quakes of magnitude 4.0 and above the whole of 2018.

    3) Since 2009 till 2018 (10 years) the average yearly 4.0 and above magnitude quakes is 13,212.3 and the monthly average during this 10 year duration is 1101 quakes of magnitude 4.0 and above. The very low (to date) numbers of magnitude 4.0 and above quakes in January 2019 is very alarming.

  5. Observation updates today on Friday 25 Jan 2019 at approx 8.25pm Malaysian time @ 12.25 UTC

    1) The 2.0+ magnitude earthquakes worldwide has attained total number exceeding 40 per 24 hours duration. This has not happened since early January 2019. The number of quakes is 43 as at 12.25 UTC.

    2) The number of quakes off the coast and on continental North America from Alaska to central America account to almost 50% of all worldwide 2.0+ mag quakes. This high trend (19 quakes of the total 43 2.0+ mag) has been observed since Nov and Dec 2018.

  6. Jan 2019 month (as at 26/1/19 at 7.00 am Malaysian Time @ 2300 UTC) quake summary from USGS:

    Magnitude No of quakes

    6.0−6.9 11
    5.0−5.9 94
    4.0−4.9 382

    Total 487

    This is far off the monthly average of 1173 quakes in 2018. This decline was observed effective Nov and Dec 2018


  7. From 3:31:58 UTC to 13:46:22 UTC today, Saturday Jan 26, 2019, in about 10 hours, there were 20 mag 2.5+ quakes worldwide. Out of these 20 quakes, 8 have the magnitude 4.5+ till 5.8. This is an exceptional active period the last 24 hours

    It should be noted that the first hour of that 10 hour duration, there were 5 mag 2.5+ quakes! This seldom happens because on average there are just 2-3 quakes happening per hour.

    1. Contd:

      The quake active region (namely the off-coast and continental North America) from Alaska to Mexico did not get the 8 numbers of mag 4.5-5.8 above. This is indeed exceptional to say the least.

  8. The Pacific Ring of Fire is active on its western front from New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Phillipines and Japan. Its south eastern front in South America namely Colombia, Peru and Chile are also active. They are randomly hit by quakes of magnitudes of 4.5-6.2 apart from the lower magnitudes of 2.5-4.0 too.

  9. Updates on observations at 2:20 UTC @ 10.20 am Malaysian time for the last 12 hours:

    The western side of Pacific Ocean continues with 4.0+ magnitude quakes namely in Japan, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Fiji (6.2 mag in Ndoi Island), Russia.

    The west coast North America is still hit by 2.0-3.4 mag in 7 locations

    Central America and South America stays quite stable.

  10. From 9:48:47 UTC on 27 Jan 2019 till 6:6:22 UTC on 28 Jan 2019, there were 31 quakes of mag 2.5+
    Only Ndoi Island, Fiji got hit twice by a 5.8 mag and a 4.5 mag with a 14 hrs lapse. In all, 11 locations had quakes of 4.5 to 4.9 mag

    Overall, this duration seems peaceful for the 24 hr day.

    1. As at 8:36: 40 UTC on 28 Jan 2019, there were only 586 quakes of mag 4.0+ recorded in the January month of 2019. This total todate is much low as compared to the average monthly total of 2018 which is 1173 quakes.

      Will the next few days will witness the total rise dramatically to 1000? This looks very unlikely and this trend which started in Nov 2018 through December 2018 looks set to remain descending.

      Will this 'peace' lasts?
      What is His's plan?

      Worth pondering......

    2. As at 9:35:00 UTC on Monday 28 Jan 2019, this 'peace and quiet' saw only 7 numbers of quakes in Continental and off the coast of North America (Alaska to Mexico) as against a total of 32 quakes of mag 2.5+ worldwide. These 7 quakes has magnitudes ranging just from 2.5-3.6. This makes up just 21% of total quakes worldwide. The normal numbers is above 35% and at times reached up to almost 50% of total quakes.

  11. As at between 13:43:40 UTC 27 Jan 2019 and 12:48:45 UTC on 28 Jan 2019, there are only 3 magnitude 2.5+ in the North America continent and its off-coast between Alaska and Mexico. The total quakes within this 24 hours-day is 27 quakes. This makes the North America quakes at only 11.1% of the total earthquakes worldwide.

    This is indeed very low and has never happened before.

  12. As at between 3:10:17 UTC @ 28 Jan 2019 and 00:53:20 UTC @ 29 Jan 2019

    There are only 22 earthquakes of mag 2.5+ worldwide. Of which only 3 in Continental North America. Two in California (2.9 mag) and Alaska (2.5 mag) and one in San Jeronimo, Ixtepec, Mexico (mag 5.0). This makes up only 15% of total 2.5+ mag earthquake worldwide.

    The Continental North America and its off-coast 'silence' is quite deafening.....

    Other 5-5+ mag quakes in Constitucion, Chile (5.3 mag), Abepura, Indonesia (5.0 mag), Lambasa, Fiji (5.5 mag) and Santa Maria, Colombia (5.4 mag)

    1. It's quiet out there aziz, thanks for the input

  13. 13 major quakes so far this month aziz which is slightly above average

    1. Agreed. While the total numbers of 2.5+ declined, the major ones increases this January 2019.

      Something worth noting.....

  14. As at 9:35:00 UTC on 29 Jan 2019, the were just 18 number of 2.5+ mag quakes in 24 hours worldwide. By far this is the lowest number of earthquake occurrences observed.

    May we ask why such lapse happening? We wouldn't have an open answer......but this lapse is worth taking note off.

  15. Updates as at 23:25:51 UTC on 29 Jan 2019

    No of 2.5+ mag quakes went up to 27 and for North America Continent, the number increases to 7. This makes up to 26% of worldwide quakes.

  16. Updates as at 5:10:45 UTC on Wednesday 30 Jan 2019

    The total number of 2.5+ mag quakes has risen dramatically to 36. This is the range of quakes like previously.
    The 4.0+ mag totalled 22 quakes
    The 2.5+ mag for North American continent and its off-coast totalled 11 quakes or 30.5% of total 2.5 mag quakes worldwide.

  17. Update at 9:35:00 UTC 31 Jan 2019 or 5.35 pm 31 Jan 2019

    There were 45 numbers of 2.5+ mag quakes and there were 15 numbers of such quakes in Continental North America. This is 33% of total 2.5+ mag earthquakes worldwide. The lows of the 2.5+ mag quakes the last few days have ceased

    At 9.30 am Malaysian time this morning 31 Jan 2019 or at 1:30 UTC 31 Jan 2019, there were 60 numbers of 2.5+ mag quakes worldwide. This total of 60 quakes is extremely high.

    This high activity will continue further?

    1. Thanks aziz, we could be in for some large quakes as of today when a G1 solar storm expected to batter our magnetosphere, we will see.

    2. Really Gary? I have no idea on this and thanks for the info.

      While the midwest USA is under Polar Vortex with temp as low as -40*C......

    3. and a 5.9 mag striking the Central East Pacific Rise (which links with the San Andreas Fault line) is occurring again.....

  18. Updates at 13:35:00 on 31 Jan 2019 @ 9.35 pm 31 Jan 2019

    There were 59 number of 2.5+ mag quakes worldwide. This is exceptionally high for within a 24 hours duration.

    16 numbers of 2.5+ mag were from regions of Continental North America. This is 27% of overall worldwide quake.

    35 numbers of 2.5+ mag centred around the Central America and its Island nations This also exceptionally high of 59.3% of overall quakes worldwide

  19. As at 13:58:00 UTC 31 Jan 2019, we have almost 10 hours left before Jan 2019 ends. The 4.0+ mag quake totaled merely 680 in numbers as compared to averaging 1000+ in 2018 and prior years.

    1. Wow! What is going on there? You need this link, space weather... this give you all the info on space weather, will help your research

  20. Update at 20:00:00 UTC Feb 1 2019.

    a HUGE 6.6 mag quake strike Puerto Madero, Mexico at 16:14:13 UTC on Feb 1, 2019

    A fairy huge quake of 5.2 mag also strike Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Island at 9:41;00 UTC on Feb 1, 2019. There is also a follow up quake here of mag 5.0 at 14:51:15 UTC on Feb 1, 2019

    1. Aziz, I told you, solar storms bring big quakes

    2. Two major quakes in less than 24 hours aziz, space weather is a factor in all of this, most of these major quakes happen when there is a large coronal hole on the sun facing Earth, just as yesterday, our magnetosphere suffered a G1-class geomagnetic storm yesterday, we could be in for more today my friend

    3. Yes Gary, Out of 53 numbers of 2.5+ mag quakes, 32 are of mag 4.0+. Of these 32 quakes, Muara Siberut in Indonesia and Puerto Madero, Mexico hit more than 6.0 in mag. 13 of these 32 quakes hit mag of 5.0+

      Gary these are indeed unprecedented development within a 24 hours 'rough and stormy' duration as at 14:04:00 UTC on Saturday 2 Feb 2019.

    4. From 19:16:25 UTC on Feb 1 2019 till 13:33:46 UTC on 2 Feb 2019, Muara Siberut and Sungai Penuh (off west coast of Sumatera) in Indonesia were rocked by 8 quakes from mag 4.6 till the highs of 6.1 mag.

    5. of the 53 mag 2.5+ quakes, 20 happened in the continental North America from Alaska till Mexico. This is 38% of all worldwide 2.5+ mag quakes.

  21. Indeed since Nov 2018 into January 2019, there were less 2.5+ mag quakes per month but the intensity is higher.

    Let us see the whole day today as affected by the geomagnetic storm. Thank you Gary for this factor.

  22. Updates as at 5.34 am Malaysian Time Sunday 3 Feb 2019 @ 21:34:00 UTC on Saturday 2 Feb 2019

    Mag 2.5+ quakes : a total of 55 quakes observed. There were 21 numbers out of the 55 quakes on Continental North America from Alaska to Mexico.

    1. Of the 55 numbers of 2.5+ mag quakes, 30 were of 4.0+ in magnitude worldwide.