Major Earthquakes 2019

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake Vanuatu islands is the 91st major quake of 2019 already 61 more than the entire year total of 1919
USGS: Around 70 aftershocks from the mag 9 quake which caused the Fukushima disaster.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Vanuatu islands last night in the South Pacific rounding up the July total to 14 and 91 in 2019 so far which is already 61 more than the whole year total back in 1919.
2019 has seen a rise in major quakes (m6+).

Major quakes have increased at an incredible level in the last hundred years, of course, detection technology is better than it was, however, mag 7+ quakes in the same time frame have remained remarkably stable, below I have listed mag 6+ every 10 years since 1900.

Mystery of large NASA jetliner spotted flying very very low over Coso Volcanic Field and Ridgecrest area of recent mass quake activity
A large jetliner spotted flying very low over the foothills Monday belonged to NASA, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The large DC-8, painted white with a blue stripe and the NASA logo on the tail, was spotted flying over Altadena at the height of afternoon rush hour in the San Gabriel Valley.
CBS2 and CBSNLA anchorwoman Jasmine Viel said she was one of the commuters who saw the plane flying by.
“It was scary, a little bit.
You didn’t know it was going to land,” she said.
“Everyone kind of stopped in their cars, looking up.
It was big and loud.”

An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the Balleny Islands region brings the total of major quakes (mag 6+) to 88 in 2019
An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the Balleny Islands region in the South Pacific the United States Geological Survey said this morning.
There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties in the quake, which the agency said hit at a depth of ten kilometres.
This morning's quake brings the total of major quakes (mag 6+) to 88, incredibly all but 7 of them striking the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
This mornings quake was the 11th major quake of July.

A magnitude 4.2 - struck south of Twentynine Palms, Southern California yesterday.

Another powerful quake rattles the Pacific Ring Of Fire bringing the total to 39 in a row: A mag 6.9 (reduced to a mag 6.6) strikes Western Australia
Map USGS
An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck west of the beach resort of Broome, Australia, the United States Geological Survey said on Sunday.
According to Reuters, there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties in the quake, which the agency said hit at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), about 203 km (126 miles) offshore from the town in the state of Western Australia.
Last nights quake brings the total of major quakes (mag 6+) to 85, incredibly all but 7 of them striking the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
Incredibly, the last 39 major quakes this year, going back to the 3rd of May have occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
Last nights quake was the 8th major quake of July.

A mag 6.1 Japan, is the 38th straight major quake to rock the Pacific Ring Of Fire with the sequence going way back to the beginning of May: Mag 4.9 hits SoCal

A magnitude 6.1 - 169km NW of Naze, Japan and an earthquake measured at a verified magnitude of 5.8 struck northern Mindanao in the Philippines archipelago early on Saturday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said (USGS), ensuring the Pacific Ring Of Fire keeps on rockin'
Last nights quake brings the total of major quakes (mag 6+) to 84, incredibly all but 7 of them striking the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
The last 38 major quakes this year, going back to the 3rd of May have occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
In the last 24 hours, around 1,600 quakes have rumbled in the Ridgecrest area of Southern California, which is consistent with the previous day, however, one of them was a magnitude 4.9, the strongest there for a few days.
According to the La Times, in the past 10 days, there have been 649 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centred nearby.

A mag 6.0 quake rocks Papua New Guinea: Southern Cal "swarmageddon" passes 10,000 quakes but shows a slight reduction over 24 hours

A mag 6.0 - 174km N of Arawa, Papua New Guinea is the 6th major quake of July, all 6 have occurred around the Pacific Ring Of Fire including the magnitude 7.1 and 6.4 in Southern California.

Meanwhile, what is being called "swarmageddon" by the locals, the number of aftershocks since the powerful mag 7.1 quake has now reached almost 11,000, however, the swarm in the last 24 hours is showing signs of reduction with a total of 1,600, see screenshot above.

The total number of major quakes (mag 6+) so far this year is an impressive 83, the same period in 2018 delivered just 46 and the same period in 2017 delivered 49, 2016: 75, 2015: 79, 2014: 98, 2013: 77, 2012: 74, 2011: 135, which of course was the year of the Fukushima disaster Japan which suffered more than 70 mag 6+ aftershocks.

Another 1250 quakes of all magnitudes rocked Southern California bringing the total to 2,750 in the last 48 hours: Another 100 quakes hit the Coso Volcanic Field
Southern California is still rumbling as another 1250 quakes of all magnitudes rocked the area in the last 24 hours after the magnitude 7.1 struck on Friday with almost 100 of them on or close to the Coso volcano range.
In the last 48 hours, a swarm of 2.750 of all magnitudes have rattled the area.
Experts are worried as the northern part of the swarm is adjacent to the Coso Volcanic Field, which is located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains at the northern end of the Mojave Desert, about 64 km (~40 miles) north of Ridgecrest.
The field covers about 150 square miles primarily within the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake and is comprised of lava domes, lava flows, and cinder cones erupted over the past 250,000 years.

Another powerful magnitude 6.9 off the island of Sulawesi keeps the Pacific Ring Of Fire rumbling: 5th major quake to strike July in the first 7 days
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The Pacific Ring Of Fire continued to rumble yesterday with yet another powerful quake.
There were no reports on Monday of major damage in Indonesia from a weekend earthquake of magnitude 6.9 off the northeastern coast of the island of Sulawesi, and authorities lifted a tsunami warning.
The quake, late on Sunday, struck out at sea at a depth of 36 km (22 miles) with several smaller aftershocks, geophysics agency BMKG said.
According to Reuters, tremors shook buildings, alarming residents of some cities and authorities urged people to move to higher ground.

The Mag 7.1 California earthquake has triggered an earthquake swarm at the Coso Volcanic Field in Inyo County: 1500 quakes (all magnitudes) in the last 24 hrs
USGS map showing an earthquake swarm at the Coso Volcanic Field in Inyo County, California directly above the main swarm of 1500 aftershock quakes of all magnitudes in the last 24 hours.

An earthquake swarm started on the evening of July 5 at the southern margin of Coso Volcanic Field in Inyo County, California.
The swarm activity was triggered by a magnitude M5.4 earthquake at 9:19 PM PDT located 20 km (~20 miles) ESE of Little Lake, which itself was likely an aftershock of the M7.1 earthquake that occurred about an hour earlier 17 km NNE of Ridgecrest, and south of the Coso area.



"This is an earthquake sequence -- it will be ongoing!" A Mag 7.1 quake rocks Southern California after Thursday's Mag 6.4 produced more than 1,400 aftershocks
Map USGS showing hundreds of aftershocks in the vulnerable area

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Southern California on Friday night -- the second one about 11 miles from Ridgecrest in the Mojave desert in less than two days.
The latest earthquake occurred 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey.
It comes a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake centred near Ridgecrest rattled the state Thursday, and a swarm of more than 3,000 earthquakes hit the same California area in June according to USGS. Full story



WARNING! Mag 6.6 Californian quake (reduced to m 6.4) on Independence day hits the same area a swarm of 3,000 small quakes struck last month.
As President Donald Trump swaggered in Washington DC, hailing the "brave men and women" of the US military during a speech at a controversial Independence Day event which showed off their military might, the biggest quake in 25 years rocked Southern California with a powerful mag 6.6, (reduced of course by USGS, to a mag 6.4)

The epicentre of the 6.4 magnitude tremor was near the city of Ridgecrest, which is about 150 miles (240 km) north-east of Los Angeles and is roughly in the same area where a swarm of 3,000 small quakes struck last month.

"Watch this space," Major quake and volcano activity uptick continues as earthquake swarm and volcano unrest hits Northern Island of New Zealand
June's incredible uptick of major quakes and volcanic activity continued yesterday with another mag 6.3 off the north island of New Zealand.
The quake is part of a large swarm which coincides with Whakaari volcano unrest also off the north island.
Yesterdays magnitude 6.3 Earthquake was the 6th major quake (M6 or higher) to hit the Kermadec Islands region, north of New Zealand, this month.
Besides the 6 major quakes which included a massive mag 7.2 almost 100 more quakes ranging from mag 4.5 to mag 5.9 have also rocked the area. 

Waiting for the big one! Three more major quakes rock the planet in the last 24 hours with The Pacific Ring Of Fire bursting with earthquake and volcanic activity
Three more major quakes hit the Pacific Ring Of Fire in the last 24 hours bringing the total 8 in the last 7 days.
It brings the total number of major quakes this month to 16 and all of them occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire with many of them occurring in the vicinity of active volcanoes.
A Mag 6.4 and a Mag 6.3, 102km E of Ust'-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia struck this morning 3 days after an eruption occurred and the ash plume was spotted at the Raikoke Volcano, Sea of Okhotsk Area.

A massive 7.3 and a mag 6.1 strike Indonesia bringing the major quake count to 13 this month and all coming along The Pacific Ring Of Fire
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Another massive magnitude 7.3 quake struck north of Saumlaki, Indonesia as well as a Mag 6.1 - 233km W of Abepura, Indonesia.
The powerful mag 7.3 is the biggest quake of the month so far and is the 2nd mag 7+ after a Mag 7.2 struck L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand a week ago.
Last night's two quakes bring the total of major quakes to 13 this month and 71 for 2019 and 64 of them were recorded around the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
A swarm of nearly 3,000 earthquakes have hit California in the last 30 days according to USGS, leaving experts asking, how nervous should we be?

Another earthquake swarm hits New Zealand's L'Esperance Rock with 56 high magnitude quakes including 6 major quakes (mag 6 or higher) in just 6 days
USGS
A magnitude 6.2 - 156km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand is the 6th major quake in the area in the last 6 days with one being a massive magnitude 7.2 on Wednesday.
The last 6 days have seen an earthquake swarm of 56 quakes some as large as mag 5.9 and 5.8 as well as the 6 major quakes (mag 6 or higher).
Meanwhile, the Pacific Ring Of Fire has been very busy in the last 7 days recording 9 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) with the biggest being the massive mag 7.2 NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand
A total of 10 major quakes have occurred in June so far with all of them recorded along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
68 major quakes have been recorded so far in 2019, with only 8 of them outside the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

Pacific Ring Of Fire, Southern California and Yellowstone all have experts a little jumpy this month as “swarmageddon” hits downtown Los Angeles
A swarm of nearly 3,000 earthquakes have hit California in the last 30 days according to USGS, leaving experts asking, how nervous should we be?

According to the LA Times, the seismic storm that unleashed more than 1,000 small earthquakes in San Bernardino and Riverside counties these last three weeks elicited what has become a typical reaction in quake country.
 To some, the “swarmageddon” 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles brought fear that a bigger threat was coming.
To others, as long as they didn’t feel a shake, it was easy to just put it out of their minds.

Pacific Ring Of Fire ramps up in May with the biggest quake of the year coincided with a large uptick of volcano activity
Map USGS
12 major quakes were recorded in May, however, the biggest quake of the year, a massive, magnitude 8.0 rocked the west coast of Peru with a further magnitude 7.5 and a magnitude 7.1 rocking Papua New Guinea.
Another interesting observation was all the major quakes of May occurred around the Pacific Ring Of Fire which coincides with a large uptick of volcano activity.
The total of major quakes recorded in 2019 so far is 59, compared to 43 at this stage of the year in 2018, 38, in 2017 and 59 in 2016.

A massive quake rocks Western Peru by far the biggest quake of the year a magnitude 8.0 which was felt hundreds of miles away in the capital Lima
USGS

A Massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 stuck northern Peru in the early hours of Sunday morning, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake, at an “intermediate depth” of around 110 kilometres, was felt around the country and even hundreds of miles away in the capital city of Lima, local authorities reported.
A tsunami warning is not expected.
Today's strong quake is the 9th and biggest of this month,
Today's quake is the 56th major quake of 2019 and by far the biggest of the year!

Major quakes appear to be on the increase in 2019 with 44 recorded up to April the 30th: 32 more than the same period 100 years ago
Major quakes appear to be on the increase in 2019 with 44 recorded up to April the 30th, 7 more than 2018 in the same period and 18 more than in 2017.
In the same period one hundred years ago a total of 12 major quakes were recorded, 32 less than this year so far.
April 2019 delivered a total of 14 major quakes with the largest being the magnitude  6.8 - Luwuk, Indonesia.
April 2018 delivered a total of just 7 major quakes.
April 2017 delivered a total of just 7 major quakes.
From January the 1st 2019 to April the 30th 2019 a total of 44 major quakes have been recorded.

A total of 12 major quakes, (Mag 6 or higher) occurred in March with all 12 recorded around the Pacific ring of fire
Map USGS
March delivered 12 major quakes, (Mag 6 or higher) with the biggest being a Mag 7.0 - 25km NNE of Azangaro, Peru on the first day of March.
All 12 major quakes in March were recorded around the Pacific ring of fire, see map above.
So far, 2019 have recorded 33 major quakes with the biggest being a Mag 7.5 - 117km ESE of Palora, Ecuador in February, see the video below.
30 of the 33 major quakes recorded this year happened along the Pacific ring of fire.

The biggest quake of the year a mag 7.7 reduced to a mag 7.5 rocks Ecuador and Peru ringing in the 17th major quake of 2019
It is the biggest quake of the year so far, the earthquake, which happened near Ambato, Ecuador, has also been felt in Peru and Colombia, United States Geological Survey says.
The massive earthquake has rocked Ecuador at the border with Peru.
The quake initially measured magnitude 7.7 but no scaled down to magnitude 7.5, has been felt in both countries and parts of Colombia.
It happened around 224km (140 miles) east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador, the United States Geological Survey says.

A powerful mag 6.4 strikes Indonesia: Indonesia suffered its deadliest year in more than a decade in 2018 with 3,000 dead from quakes
USGS
An earthquake of magnitude 6.4, struck south of the Indonesian town of Raba, off the central island of Sumbawa, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the second quake to hit the area on Tuesday.
There was no immediate tsunami warning or reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which hit at a depth of 36 km (22 miles), at a distance of about 230 km (143 miles) south of Raba in the east of the island, which forms part of West Nusa Tenggara province.
The quake followed one of magnitude 6 that struck in the same area.
The two quakes bring the total major quakes to 9 in 2019.

The 8th major quake a powerful mag 6.7 rocks the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday bringing the major quake total of 2019 to 8
A magnitude powerful 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and witnesses said it rattled buildings farther south in the capital city of Santiago but left only minor damage in its wake.
The quake struck at 10:32 p.m. local time (0132 GMT) about 15.6 km (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, the USGS said.
The quake was 53 km (33 miles) below the surface, a relatively shallow tremor (which are much more powerful than deep quakes) that shook homes and had some worried about a possible tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, however, quickly discarded a tsunami threat following the tremor.
The quake was the 3rd major quake of this week and the 8th of a busy January.

The fourth major quake of the week and 2019 strikes Nishinoomote, Japan: Mag 6.4 was downgraded by USGS

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A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck off southern Japan on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The quake was 39 km (24 miles) deep and centered 116 km south southeast of Kagoshima. Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas.
Japan accounts for about 20 per cent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.
Today's quake is the fourth major quake to rock the planet since Sunday.

The third major quake in the last 24 hours and of 2019: A mag 7 reduced by USGS to a mag 6.6 rocks Indonesia
The third major quake of 2019 has struck Indonesia last night.
An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 6.6 struck 174 km (108 miles) north-northwest of the city of Ternate in Indonesia’s Molucca islands on Sunday, followed by a series of aftershocks, but with no tsunami risk, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake hit at a depth of 60.5 km and was followed by aftershocks of a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.1.
An earlier report from the USGS gave the magnitude of the quake at 7.0 and the depth at 10 km.
Last nights quake was the third major quake in the last 24 hours after a magnitude 6.8 Acre, Brazil and a magnitude 6.1 rocked the Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

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.
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.

2018 recorded the third lowest total this century for major quakes (Mag 6 or higher) with 134 and 17 of them Mag 7 or higher a mag 8.2 Fiji was the biggest
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.