This earthquake has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami in the source region.
A deep magnitude 7.9 strikes Papua New Guinea causing possible tsunami followed by a Mag 6.3 in the same area just half an hour later.
A BIG CORONAL HOLE TURNS TOWARD EARTH: For the third month in a row, a large hole in the sun's atmosphere is turning toward Earth. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the yawning structure on Dec. 16th:
Todays quakes bring the total of major quakes in December to 10 and the total for the year to 138.