2023 has its first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) and it's a very shallow (27 km) powerful, magnitude of 7.0 just 23 km North West of Port Olry, Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. The quake was first recorded as a mag 7.2 but has since been reduced by USGS. The major quake has been followed by a mag 4.8 aftershock.
According to NOAA, there has been no tsunami warning, advisory or threat.
The mag 7 is the first major quake of 2023—2022 finished with a total of 128 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) which is slightly less than the average annual total this century.
The biggest quake last year was a mag 7.6 in Papua New Guinea in September and a mag 7.6 in Mexico also in September.
How is it possible for a United States Government website to continually cook the books! For the third time since 2013, I have downloaded every major quake from 1900 to this era, and for the third time I managed to get three different results: This time with hundreds of major quakes added and some removed from the last graph I made!