Earthquakes Quick Read

Yellowstone supervolcano shaken by a swarm of over 200 earthquakes since February 8th is Yellowstone just being Yellowstone USGS
According to geophysicists with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the past fortnight has seen Yellowstone supervolcano shaken by a swarm of over 200 earthquakes since February 8, accompanied by innumerable smaller tremors too faint to accurately record.
Despite how alarming this cavalcade of seismic activity might seem - considering its unnerving proximity to one of nature's most potentially devastating powder kegs - scientists say we shouldn't be panicked.
Researchers Mike Poland and Jamie Farrell from Yellowstone Volcano Observatory explain in a USGS update that swarms like this account for more than half of the seismic activity at Yellowstone, and they've never actually been known to contribute to volcanic activity at the caldera.


Earthquakes in strange places! Largest quake hits the UK in 10 years a rare quake hits New Hampshire hundreds of small earthquakes hit The Azores
It has been a week of earthquakes in strange places, a magnitude 4.4 near the South Wales city of Swansea was the largest earthquake on mainland Britain in almost 10 years, since the magnitude 5.2 ML Market Rasen earthquake on 27 February 2008.
According to BSG, a magnitude 5.2 ML earthquake in 1906 was one of the most damaging British earthquakes of the 20th Century, with damage to chimneys and walls reported from Kidwelly to Cardiff.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, tremors were felt across parts of Wales and southwest England but no notable damage reported.




BOOM! A powerful mag 7.2 rocks Mexico with nearly 200 aftershocks leaving one million homes and businesses without power in the capital
A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake has rocked Mexico late Friday evening leaving a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and four southwest states according to Reuters.
The powerful, sustained shaking on Friday gave way to 194 aftershocks, the national seismology service said, and caused widespread panic.
In Mexico City, the seismic alarm sounded 72 seconds before tremors were felt, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said, giving residents time to flee to the streets.
Last nights shock is the third powerful quake to hit the area since September last year when a mag 8.2, the biggest quake in a 100-years to hit Mexico and a magnitude 7.1 which struck just a week later.



Earthquakes in strange places: A rare quake strikes Beijing just 400km from a rare North Korean quake as more hit the peninsular after nuke test
A very rare magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck the Chinese capital Beijing on Monday, the government said the 4.3 magnitude quake’s epicentre was in a county that is part of Hebei’s Langfang city.
Earthquakes in this part of China are extremely rare although in 1976, the Tangshan earthquake, just to the east of Beijing, killed up to 300,000 people.
A 2.3-magnitude earthquake struck an area of North Korea just 400 km from Beijing, China early Wednesday, according to South Korea's meteorological agency.
Seoul said the earthquake occurred at about 8.7 miles from Ongjin, South Hwanghae Province, according to Yonhap news agency.




Hundreds of small earthquakes Monday cause concern on The mid-Atlantic Azores Islands strongest quake registered 3.6 on the Richter scale.
The mid-Atlantic Azores Islands experienced hundreds of small earthquakes on Monday, the Azores Center for Seismovolcanic Information and Surveillance (CIVISA) confirmed.
The tremors began shortly before midnight on Sunday and continued throughout Monday morning. Most were microseisms, tremors caused by a natural phenomenon that cannot be felt by humans.
But around 20 of the earthquakes were strong enough to be felt by the local population.
"I was fast asleep when I suddenly felt the bed shaking," Helena Pacheco told the Portuguese Lusa News Agency.
"It's frightening as there's no telling what might happen."
According to the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the strongest quake registered 3.6 on the Richter scale.



A mag 6.2 reduced by USGS to a 6.0 East of the Philippines hits The Ring Of Fire close by Tropical Storm Sanba and the volatile Mayon volcano
On Saturday I wrote, "with 16 major quakes from 17 occurring this year during coronal hole activity on our Sun and 14 of them along The Pacific Ring Of Fire and a similar amount of rumbling volcanoes, the coming days will most probably bring some fireworks, I would wager a major quake or two is a certainty." See here.
Right on cue late last night a magnitude 6.2, reduced by USGS to a 6.0, rocked the Northern Mariana Islands East of the Philippines in the general area of tropical storm Sanba (02W) which regular readers of The Big Wobble will be aware tropical storms, typhoons, hurricanes etc also influence earthquake activity.




50,000 affected with145 people still missing trapped in buildings Taiwan after magnitude 6.4 earthquake and swarm of after-shocks rock the island
Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 145 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.
At least four people were killed and 225 injured in the quake that hit near the coastal city just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said.
The latest figures from government data indicated 145 people were missing.
Many of those were believed to be still trapped inside buildings, including a military hospital, after the quake hit about 22 km (14 miles) northeast of Hualien on Taiwan's east coast.




M 6.4 - 21km NNE of Hualian is the 2nd major quake to hit Taiwan in 24 hours and the 13 major quake to hit the Pacific Ring Of Fire this year
A very shallow magnitude 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck 22 km (14 miles) east-northeast of Hua-lien in Taiwan at a depth of 10 km, the U.S Geological Survey said on Tuesday.
It come after a shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the same area yesterday with five aftershocks in the mag 5 .5 range.
The mag 6.4 Taiwan quake this afternoon is yet another major quake to strike the Pacific Rim.
It is the 4th major quake of February and the 16th major quake this year and we are just into February and all of them except three, I believe, were along the ring of fire.

And with solar wind spilling from a northern coronal hole in the sun's atmosphere (a "polar crown coronal hole") it was not entirely unexpected.




The 15th major quake of the year belongs to Taiwan as the 12th major quake hits the Pacific Ring Of Fire
A very shallow Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off the east coast of Taiwan, with five aftershocks in the mag 5 .5 range, no damage reported at this moment.
 The mag 6.1 - 14km NNE of Hualian, Taiwan this afternoon is yet another major quake on the Pacific Rim.
It is the 3rd major quake of February and the 15th major quake this year and we are just into February and all of them except three, I believe, were along the ring of fire.

And with solar wind spilling from a new northern hole in the sun's atmosphere (a "polar crown coronal hole") we could be in for more major quakes.




A magnitude 6.1 - 35km S of Jarm, Afghanistan is the 12th major quake of January 2018
A deep magnitude 6.1 rocked Afghanistan early this morning which shook the Afghan capital Kabul, there are no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.
The quake which was also felt in neighbouring Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan struck 270 km (167 miles) northeast of Kabul in the Hindu Kush mountains according to USGS.
Structure Information Summary






After the USA got lucky last week more than 400 after-shocks have rattled the Gulf Of Alaska since Tuesday's powerful quake
USGS
More than 400 after-shocks have rattled the Gulf Of Alaska after the powerful mag 7.9 rocked Kodiak Island on Tuesday with many of them significant and some in the mid 5 magnitude.
The huge earthquake of magnitude 8.2, reduced by USGS to a mag 7.9 struck 256 km (157 miles) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska at a depth of 10 km n Tuesday morning, see below.






mag 6.6 - Southwest of Africa is the eleventh major quake of 2018
After last weeks record-breaking week along The Pacific Ring Of Fire, we have yet another major quake in the busy month of January.
A mag 6.6 - Southwest of Africa is the 11th major quake of January and of course 2018.
And with Spaceweather.com reporting the sun is leaking solar wind from a peppering of small coronal holes now facing Earth, see pic below, this would imply an impressive 11 from 11 major earthquakes this year have occurred during solar wind and or a coronal hole influencing the Earth's magnetosphere.




Another major quake another near miss! M 6.3 - 186km N of Madang, Papua New Guinea just east of extremely volatile Kadover Island volcano
Another major quake another near miss!
A mag 6.3 - 186km N of Madang, Papua New Guinea just 200km south-east of volatile and extremely active Kadover Island volcano is the 10th major quake of January 2018 and the 6th of an incredibly active week for the Pacific Ring Of Fire with as many volcanoes just as lively as the quakes, 6 extremely active volcanoes with at least 2 warning of a massive eruption imminent.
Today's major quake is the 10th major quake to strike our planet this month and of course 2018.




A mag 5.8 - 173km struck W of Ferndale, California after a week of near misses along the Ring Of Fire: When not if will we run out of luck?
What a week a week it's been for The Pacific Ring Of Fire and millions of people can consider themselves very lucky because it was also a week of very very near misses.

Yesterday evening I wrote; "the whole Pacific Ring is rumbling, from Alaska to Papua New Guinea and Chile to Russia and Philippines to Mexico with one exception, once again the US West coast has come away unscathed but for how long?" See Here.




Phantom tsunami: Alaska buoy at station 46410 sent data to the mainland showing a massive 35ft (10 meters) spike in water and a wave that never was!
The tsunami that never was...
The case of the phantom tsunami: Why did an Alaska buoy show a big wave that wasn’t there?
in the moments just after the powerful 7.9 Alaskan quake, a small buoy out in the Gulf of Alaska caused panic among officials.
As the massive quake struck a buoy out in the Gulf of Alaska at station 46410, a deep-ocean data collector sent data back to the mainland showing a massive 35ft (10 meters) spike in water displacement of the coast of Kodiak Island, tsunami...




A mag 6.2 - Russia rocks the Pacific ring again! It's now 6 major quakes and 6 extremely active volcanoes in the last 7 days: Disaster imminent?
The mag 6.2 - 38km NE of Nikol'skoye, Russia this morning is yet another major quake on the Pacific rim, the 6th in the last 8 days, see above, add to it the 6 most active volcanoes and it's easy to see the Pacific ring of fire is bursting at the moment.

With the Mayon volcano in Indonesia and the Kadova Island volcano Papua New Guinea expecting imminent explosions and three major quakes in 24 hours including the powerful Alaskan quake something big could be in the offing.




Fukushima rocked as a mag 6.2 hits Mutsu Japan: The Pacific ring is on fire! 3 major quakes in 24 hours and 3 potentially massive volcano eruptions
The Pacific ring of fire continues to alarm as the third major quake in 24 hours rocks the Fukushima nuclear palnt with a mag 6.2 hits Mutsu Japan.
It could be seen as another lucky break for millions of people as was the millions who got lucky along US and Canada coast once again yesterday when a massive 7.9 quake rocked Alaska.
Japan was also rocked when Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupted yesterday killing 1 and injuring 11 some of them critical with at least 78 skiers still trapped as exploding rocks caused an avalanche.




Almost 100 after-shocks have rocked Kodiak Island since the mag 7.9 quake yesterday! Millions got lucky along US and Canada coast once again
After-shocks are now rattling the Kodiak Island area, nearly 100 after-shocks have now occurred south east of Kodiak Island since the original mag 7.9 quake rocked the area yesterday. 85 after-shocks have now been recorded with the biggest being a mag 5.7 quake just two hours after the original.
It appears now millions of people from Alaska to California rode their luck once again yesterday along the US Canadian West coast as the actual depth of the powerful was not susceptible to a massive tsunami
As we saw with the mag 9.0 earthquake in Honshu Japan in 2011 after-shocks can be just as damaging as the original quake, the Honshu quake which brought down the Fukushima nuclear plant suffered more than 70 aftershocks over the mag 6, with many in the mid mag 7's




After-shocks now the real danger for Alaska as a swarm is being formed around the original mag 7.9 quake area some approaching mag 6.0
After some tsunamis warnings have been lifted after the magnitude 7.9 quake in Alaska this morning a new threat is already asserting itself, after-shocks.
After-shocks are now rattling the Kodiak Island area, a total of 22 after-shocks and rising, since the original quake have now been recorded with the biggest being a mag 5.7 quake just two hours after the original.
As we saw with the mag 9.0 earthquake in Honshu Japan in 2011 after-shocks can be just as damaging as the original quake, the Honshu quake which brought down the Fukushima nuclear plant suffered more than 70 aftershocks over the mag 6, with many in the mid mag 7's.




A massive mag 8.2 reduced to mag 7.9 hits the coast of Kodiak causing a tsunami panick to Alaska and the entire western coast of Canada and US
A huge earthquake of magnitude 8.2, reduced by USGS to a mag 7.9 struck 256 km (157 miles) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska at a depth of 10 km this morning.
A tsunami warning for southern Alaska and the entire western coast of Canada and the US has been issued.
Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was "extraordinary threat to life or property".
The alert told people to seek refuge on higher ground in affected areas.
Tsunami sirens could be heard in Kodiak.



A mag 6.0 - 40km S of Binuangeun, Indonesia is the sixth major quake of 2018 and each one has occurred as a coronal hole faced Earth
A mag 6.0 - 40km S of Binuangeun, Indonesia, not too far from Indonesia's active and erratic Mount Agung volcano on the island of Bali is the sixth major quake of January and 2018 of course.
The epicentre of the quake was less than 100km's from Indonesia's capital Jakarta, there is no tsunami warning for the shallow quake.
Today's major quake comes at the back end of a coronal hole on our Sun




A mag 6.3 - 76km S of Putre, Chile is the fifth major quake of January and 2018 a G1 Solar Storm expected later today
A mag 6.3 - 76km S of Putre, Chile is January's 5th quake and the 5th of 2018 of course but what you probably didn't know, every major quake this month has occurred when a coronal hole on our Sun has been facing Earth and ejecting solar wind at incredible speeds and causing massive stress on our magnetosphere as it absorbs these incredible powerful winds.
With that in mind this year, whenever I report a major quake, a space weather report will be added for roughly the same time as the quake to monitor just how many major quakes are being influenced from our Sun.



The fourth major quake of January a mag 6.6 reduced by USGS to a 6.3 hits California Sur Mexico
A mag 6.3 - 77km NNE of Loreto, Mexico is the fourth major quake of January and of course 2018.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured at 6.3 magnitude, after initially reporting it at 6.6. The epicentre was 48 miles (77 km) north-northeast of the town of Loreto in the state of Baja California Sur, the USGS said.





Chariots of the Gods! UNESCO World Heritage Site The Nazca Lines hit by the massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Peru Sunday
 Sent in by Bev...
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck about 124km south-west of the town of Puquio, Peru Sunday hit almost on top of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Nazca Lines.
According to Peru’s government Geophysical Institute, the earthquake was of magnitude 7.3 reduced to 7.1 with its epicentre in Lomas, in the southern region of Arequipa, which is around 50km's from the Nazca Lines.




As promised yesterday another major quake! A magnitude 6.0 - 39km WSW of Pyu, Burma (Myanmar) is the second major quake of January 2018.
As promised yesterday due to a coronal hole on our sun facing earth major quakes are a possibility in the next couple of days see here.
A magnitude 6.0 - 39km WSW of Pyu, Burma (Myanmar) is the second major quake of  January 2018.
It comes after yesterday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake off the coast of Honduras which was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in the region.




One to watch! Iran Iraq border struck by 100 quakes in the last 11 hours with 17 mag 5+ range: Iran has 5 nuclear sites and 3 research reactors
It's one to watch...Is a major quake about to hit the Iran-Iraq border as more than 100 small to large quakes have hit the area in the last eleven hours, with 17 of them in the mag 5+ range with the biggest recorded at mag 5.5.
The Big Wobble has been keeping an eye on Iran since the magnitude 7.3 struck in November which killed 350 people and injuring 4,000.
It is one of the most active quake areas in the world and Iran also has 5 nuclear sites and 3 research reactors with the Bushehr nuclear site actually built right on top of a tectonic fault line, it is an accident waiting to happen.


A shallow magnitude 7.8 earthquake off the coast of Honduras is the first major quake of 2018 small tsunamies have been observed
We are ten days into the new year and we have our first major quake!
It's the first major quake of 2018 and it's a big one.
A shallow magnitude 7.8 earthquake has been observed 79.00 km of Barra Patuca Central-America Honduras, along the Puerto Rico Trench on 10th January 2018 02:51:32 AM, Depth is 10 km.




38 years since the mountain blew its top, spewing ash 80,000 feet in the air Mount St. Helens hit with a mag 3.9 quake followed by a swarm of aftershocks.
A magnitude 3.9 earthquake that hit near Mount St. Helens early Wednesday was followed by a swarm of aftershocks.
The quake hit east of Mount St. Helens, 23 miles south-southeast of Morton, just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.
The PNSN said there have been as many as 19 aftershocks.





2000 to 2018 recorded a staggering 2,697 more major quakes than in the same period 1900 to 1919 but 2017 records the lowest amount this century
It is not the expected narrative we have come to expect but for the second year running major quakes (mag 6 or greater) are down on the previous year with 2017 recording the lowest total this century and the lowest total since the 1980's.








It is one of the most active quake areas in the world with a nuclear site sitting on a fault line! Iran suffers a swarm of more than 50 quakes in 10 hours
52 quakes in 10 hours in 5 different regions swarm Iran
It is one of the most active quake areas in the world, and just last month more than 300 people were killed in when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country.







Near miss! The Big Wobble prediction of a major quake or eruption in the vicinity of Kanlaon volcano Philippines see's a mag 5.1 and 2 mag 4.7's
It's was a disaster waiting to happen, active Volcano Kanlaon in the Philippines which had shaken with 2,234 volcanic earthquakes on Thursday and Friday, along with a coronal hole on our Sun, spewing solar wind towards Earth and tropical storm Kai-Tak battering the volcano's vicinity with severe winds and torrential rain over the weekend had led me to forecast a major quake or volcanic eruption in the area on Saturday or Sunday.



September 2017 was probably the most devastating month in modern times but still recorded only 10 major quakes! Year total set to be lowest in decades
September will be remembered for two massive quakes in Mexico, four devasting hurricanes in the Atlantic, two tropical cyclones in the Pacific, deadly flooding in India and Bangladesh, two monster X-class flares and a spike in volcanic activity, September 2017 was probably the most devastating month in modern times with more than 50 million people evacuated around the world.








Calm before the storm? August continues massive downward trend in quakes of mag 6 or higher: Should the alarm bells be ringing?
Could it be the calm before the storm? Should the alarm bells be ringing? I find it very strange that no mention of an unprecedented cliff face drop off of major quakes has not been mentioned by specialists sights like the USGS for example. Only 8 major quakes were recorded around the globe in August continuing the unprecedented dip this year in quakes of mag 6. or over






Could the Sun entering it's solar minimum be the reason for the massive drop in major quake and volcano activity this year?
Graph Gary Walton; click to enlarge.
It's the second smallest total in almost 40 years from January to August, 2017 has witnessed major quakes dropping off the cliff altogether and we could be heading to the lowest total in decades, which is extremely interesting when you consider major quakes have increased by over 450% since 1900.





Last nights mag 6.0 on the coast of Ecuador brought the lofty total of 10 major quakes in June: Major quakes so far this year almost 50% down on last 17 years
Last nights magnitude 6.0 on the Ecuador coast was the tenth major quake of June and the first time this year a months total has reached double figures in an astonishing quiet period for major quakes, I know I keep banging on about this but the drop off is unprecedented in the last 117 years.









It can’t be possible, it’s reminiscent of a stock market crash, it’s unheard of in more than a hundred years, it’s a huge anomaly: Major quakes down by more than 50% in 2017
It can’t be possible, it’s reminiscent of a stock market crash, it’s unheard of in more than a hundred years, it’s a huge anomaly and it shouldn’t be happening but it is!
It will come as a major shock to some people but incredibly major quakes in in the first quarter of this year, 2017 is the lowest amount since the first half of last century with just 25 major quakes recorded since January 1st 2017.



Waiting for the big one! Magnitude 8.0 or greater has somehow missed California in more than 100 years: A question of when not if!
Since 1905, 91 quakes of magnitude 8. Or higher have been recorded around the world and 90% of them have been on the Pacific ring of fire.
The Ring of Fire is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.






Only 21 major quakes this year so far the lowest number this century 2017 on course to have the lowest amount of major quakes since the 1960's
Where have all the major quakes gone?
We are into the second half of April yet this year’s total so far is extraordinarily low, 2017 has recorded only 21 quakes of magnitude 6 or higher, this total is the lowest this century by a country mile at this stage of the year.



Have the United States Geological Survey altered historic data on their website so as not to panic the people as major quakes have risen by more than 400% since 1900?
It is a well-known fact that the United States Geological Survey  (USGS) have gone on record as saying major quakes are not increasing, they have stated that no such increase has been detected around the world.
Because this topic is so often debated USGS issued a press release claiming major quake increases are not occurring.
This surprised me, because in 2014, I downloaded every quake from mag 6; upwards from 1900 to the end of the year of 2013 and placed all the data on a graph, supplied below.
The graph was stunning and frightening; earthquakes had increased from 1900 to 2014 by an astonishing 400%.


If proof was needed coronal holes on our Sun is the main quake and volcanic activity factor on Earth it's here! 2 major quakes and 3 volcano eruptions around Alaska's Aleutian Islands
If proof was needed Coronal holes on our Sun are the main quake and volcanic activity factor here on Earth well, it is happening right before our eyes
For the 3rd consecutive day, our planet is inside a stream of fast-moving solar wind flowing from a canyon-shaped Coronal hole in the sun's atmosphere. The gaseous material is pressing against Earth's magnetic field with speeds exceeding 700 km/second.


But it’s the earthquakes statistics which I find jaw-dropping, this century, from January the 1st in the year 2,000 until January 2017 a total of 2,697 major quakes have been recorded.
In the same period, January the 1st 1900 to January 1917 only 97 major quakes were recorded, that is an incredible increase and indicates our planet is showing signs of birth pains because just as a woman in labour suffers contractions of increasing pain and intensity likewise our planet is also suffering with increasing quake pain and intensity.


Large earthquakes have risen by over 400% since 1900 but thats not the whole story!
I accessed the earthquake information web-site USGS and downloaded every quake of a magnitude 6 or greater and fed the information into a series of graphs, the results as you can see above are outstanding!
In the year 1900 our planet recorded 22 earthquakes of M6. or greater, 9 were between M6 to 6.9, 13 were between M7 to 7.9.
Exactly 100 years later in the year 2000 our planet recorded a staggering 173 earthquakes of M6. or greater, of which 158 were between M6 to 6.9 and  15 above M6.9.



Are major earthquakes and volcano eruptions increasing in the 21st century?
I receive many comments on The Big Wobble claiming major quakes are on the rise, since the year 2000 major quakes have remained quite consistent in numbers.
I have broken down all major quakes since the 2000 and put each category onto the same graph, (see above)
Apart from 2007 which recorded 196 major quakes and 2011 which recorded a record 207 major quakes, 81 of these being in the Japan area, the chart is remarkably similar.




Major Quake Shock! The first three months of 2017 is the lowest number of major quakes this century by a mile!
It will come as a major shock to some people but incredibly major quakes in in the first three months of this year, 2017 is the lowest amount this century with a pitiful 19 major quakes recorded, only 8 in January, 5 in February and six last month in March.

It appears to be a downward trend too because the next two lowest years was last year 2016 and the year before 2015 both years recorded 28 major quakes in the first three months of the year.






146 Major quakes shook our planet in the year 2016 a slightly below average year this century


2015 Earthquakes in numbers
A total number of 156 mag 6 or greater was an average amount of major quakes for 2015, September having the most with a surge of 34 mag 6 +er's and January having the least with 4.
The biggest quakes of the year was the 2 mag 8.3's in Chile in September.
Are major quakes increasing?
The general consensus is yes but the graph below showing major quakes since 2000 suggests different.




Quakes: 2014 IN NUMBERS

2014

December had 10 quakes of M6 or more
November had 12 quakes of M6 or more.
October had 8 quakes of M6 or more the biggest being M7.3 WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua. 
September had 8 quakes of M6 or more.
August had 9 quakes of M6 or more...