Credit, Tonga Geological Services:
The fledgling new year has already surprised many scientists and experts as 2022 begins its first baby steps into the unknown.
Record number of major quakes starts off the new year!
It is very early days indeed but halfway through January 2022 and our planet is throwing quite a few surprises our way! On the 11th of January, two powerful major quakes, a mag 6.8 and a mag 6.6 rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The two major quakes,(mag 6 or higher) in Alaska brought the total to 11 in the first 11 days of 2022 which is quite a start to the year, well—it's a record, going back further than 1900. As far as I can see from the USGS data base 11 major quakes in first 11 days of a year has never happened before. And, it hasn't stopped, this morning a magnitude 6.6 rocked the Sunda Straight in Indonesia bringing the total to 12 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) in the first 14 days of January, 2022.
We know seismic events on earth are influenced by our sun and so far this year the sunspot count is more than out-performing the "experts" predictions.
Solar Cycle 25 is heating up in 2022. New sunspot counts from NOAA confirm that the young solar cycle is outperforming the official forecast. Sunspot counts have exceeded predictions for 15 straight months now. The monthly value at the end of December 2021 was more than twice the forecast, and the highest in more than 5 years, according to Spaceweather.com. Last year's major quake total of 160—(mag 6 or higher) was the highest yearly count since the record 'bustin year of 2011 and 2022 has been a record breaking start since records begun. Full story