Major Quakes 2020

A magnitude, 6.1 rocks the west coast of Mexico, the 44th major quake, (Mag 6 or higher) of 2020 meanwhile 2,500 aftershocks have hit western Nevada after the mag 6.5 struck last week
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This morning at 08:46:07 UTC a magnitude, 6.1 struck the west coast of Mexico, 173km ESE of San Jose del Cabo. The powerful quake was a shallow quake, (they are the most dangerous) at a depth of 10 kilometres according to USGS. There are no reports of a tsunami and there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

This mornings quake is the 6th major quake, (Mag 6 or higher) of May and the 44th of 2020 which is 10 less than the same period in 2019 and 1 more than the same period in 2018.

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 followed by more than 50 aftershocks struck a remote, sparsely populated area of Nevada about halfway between Reno and Las Vegas early on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor occurred about 35 miles (57 km) west-northwest of Tonopah, the seat of Nye County, at a depth of 4.7 miles (7.6 km), the USGS said on its website. It could be felt as far away as Sacramento, California, 350 miles away, according to Reuters.

The temblor is the 5th major quake of May and the 43rd of 2020 which is slightly below average this century.
Reuters. A powerful earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, causing some residents to flee their homes, but there were no immediate reports of damage and the country’s meteorology agency ruled out the risk of a tsunami. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck in the Banda Sea, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, and was at a depth of 117 km (73 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.8. The earthquake was not capable of generating a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean region, the Indonesia Tsunami Service Provider said. 

Yesterday's quake was the second major quake of May after a magnitude 6.6 struck Greece earlier this week. The number of major quakes so far in 2020 is 40, which is 8 less than in 2019 at this point and the same number as in 2018.
In a world focuses on one subject it is hard to find other important and sometimes frightening news happening around the world, for instance, you would be probably surprised if I was to inform you a powerful mag 6.4 - 25km SE of Ofunato, Japan (reduced by USGS to a 6.3) occurred last night off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, the same area as the 2011 Fukushima disaster which killed 22,000 people, hopefully, it's a one-off but the 2011 disaster started with mag 6., foreshocks. A mag 4.5 aftershock followed last nights major quake.
An accident waiting to happen
There have been 10 major quakes off the coast of Fukushima since the disaster of March 2011, the biggest being a magnitude 7.1 in April 2011.


March 2020 ends with a bang as a major magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled north of Boise, Idaho last night. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centred 73 miles (118 kilometres) northeast of Meridian, near the rural mountain town of Stanley. According to Reuters, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

More than 2 million live in the region that could feel the Idaho quake, according to the USGS, with reports of shaking coming in from as far away as Helena, Montana, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Marcus Smith, an emergency room health unit coordinator at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, said the hospital, about 65 miles (104 kilometres) south of the epicentre, shook but the quake didn’t interfere with the treatment of any patients. 

Due to sickness and the coronavirus, I have taken my eye off other important events around the world. During the last two weeks, the Pacific Ring Of Fire has been shaking.

Yesterday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the  Philippines: The powerful quake struck 196 kilometres southeast of Budta, Philippines, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

However, the biggest quake of the month a massive magnitude of 7.5 rattled the Severo-Kuril'sk, area of Russia on Wednesday. A tsunami warning was also issued following the shallow quake.
Weather changes constantly, scientists tell us our climate changes in repeated cycles and these changes can provide big changes for people living on earth. There is no doubt, our climate is changing, it's getting warmer, it's also getting colder and wetter in many places and dryer in others but is it man causing climate change or is it something else?
Around 200 BC and 600 AD, there was Roman warming. Around AD 440 and 900, Dark Ages cooling. Around 900 to 1300, we had Medieval warming. Followed by "The Little Ice-Age," 1300 to 1850, phases 1 and 2. Around 1850 to present is the modern warming.

Unusually high volcanic activity in the first month of 2020: Above average quake activity too although nothing spectacular 15 major quakes compared to 12 in Jan 2019
January 2020, the first month of a new decade was quite a busy month, regarding the seismic and volcanic activity. 15 major quakes were recorded which is above average but no big deal, only 3 more than January 2019. The biggest being the magnitude 7.7 just north of Jamaica on the 28th. A total of 163 quakes were recorded between magnitude 5 to 5:9 range last month compared to 159 in January 2019, so this year is slightly up so far but it is early days of course. The Big Wobble reported 7 volcano eruptions last month, however, The Smithsonian website is showing 18 volcanoes erupting or showing activity at this very moment. and this guy below is showing even more.

According to USGS, a magnitude 6.0 has struck the Solomon Islands and is the 2nd major quake, (mag 6 or higher) there in the last 2 days and the 3rd major quake in less than 24 hours. A mag 6.3 has rocked the Solomon Islands on Monday. The powerful shallow quake struck at a depth of 18 km (shallow quakes are more powerful than deep quakes). 
Last night a massive mag 7.7 and a mag 6.1 were very near misses for Jamaica, Cuba and The Cayman Islands (The same fault line which has rocked Puerto Rico with more than 4,000 quakes since January last year)
Today's quake is the 15th major quake in a very busy January 2020
Two powerful major quakes have rocked the Cayman Isles and Jamaica along both the American and Caribbean tectonic plates last night, it is the same area where more than 2,000 quakes ranging from mag 1 to a mag 6.5 since January the 1st 2020. The massive magnitude 7.7 quake struck between the island of Jamaica and Cuba, the quake was very shallow at 10km deep.
Buildings shook and tremors were felt across the Caribbean, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Some offices were temporarily evacuated in Miami and parts of Jamaica. Warnings by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) were later withdrawn. 
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A mag 6.3 has rocked the Solomon Islands this morning, according to USGS. The powerful shallow quake struck 5-o-clock this morning (UTC) at a depth of 18 km (shallow quakes are more powerful than deep quakes). USGS has issued a "Green" alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. Today's quake is the 12th major quake (magnitude 6 or higher) of January 2020.
No Tsunami Warning, Advisory, Watch, or Threat
A magnitude 6.1 - 57 km, West of the Amatignak Island, Alaska is the second major quake, (magnitude 6 or higher) to rock the area this week along with nearly 200 aftershocks, according to USGS.
Today's quake is the 11th major quake of January 2020.
Structure Information Summary
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction.
A powerful shallow quake rocks Turkey: This afternoon a  magnitude 6.7 - 4km ENE of Doganyol, Turkey according to USGS.

This quake could be significant, no fewer than four major tectonic plates (Arabia, Eurasia, India, and Africa) and one smaller tectonic block (Anatolia) are responsible for seismicity and tectonics in the Middle East and the surrounding region. Geologic development of the region is a consequence of a number of first-order plate tectonic processes that include subduction, large-scale transform faulting, compressional mountain building and crustal extension.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 81 kilometres (50 miles) west of the city of Adak and 250 miles from the active Shishaldin volcano in Alaska, according to the USGS. The powerful quake was at a depth of 10 km. Structure Information Summary Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction. Today's quake is the 9th major quake of January 2020.

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A magnitude 6.1 - 26km SSE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands, in the South Atlantic Ocean is the 7th major quake of January and 2020 and it's the third major quake to strike in the last 36 hours after two a magnitude 6.0 and a magnitude 6.1 struck Indonesia yesterday, according to USGS. No tsunami warning has been issued. USGS has issued a Green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.


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The 6th major quake of 2020 rocks Indonesia and it's the second major quake to strike there in 24 hours after a shallow,  magnitude 6.0 Earthquake - near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia hit yesterday. 

According to USGS, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist.
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A magnitude 6.0 Earthquake - near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia is the 5th major quake, (mag 6 or higher) in January 2020, according to USGS. The quake was relatively shallow but there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. 

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick with concrete floor and precast concrete frame with wall construction. No tsunami warning was recorded.
Almost 600 quakes of all magnitudes up to a 6.5 have struck Puerto Rico in the last 7 days and a further 1,500 since Dec 28th 2019.

Some in Puerto Rico are beginning to fear the ground will never stop shaking. The island has been pummeled by hundreds of earthquakes in recent weeks, including Saturday’s 5.9 magnitude temblor, where there were reports of landslides in the town of PeƱuelas along the southern coast, rattling residents already on edge from last Tuesday’s massive 6.4 magnitude quake. That was the largest to strike the island in more than a century causing hundreds of structures to crumble, forcing thousands from their homes and leaving millions without power.
According to USGS, more than 4,000 small to mid-sized quakes, including yesterday's magnitude 6.5 have rattled the tiny island of Purto Rico since January the 1st 2019.
The swarm is in the area where a devastating magnitude 7.0 struck Haiti in 2010 killing more than 150,000 people along with the total destruction of 250,000 buildings and 30,000 commercial buildings. The nation's history of the national debt, prejudicial trade policies by other countries, and foreign intervention into national affairs contributed to the existing poverty and poor housing conditions that increased the death toll after the disaster.


The third major quake in 24 hours! A magnitude 6.0 - 131 km ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea is the 3rd quake in the last 24 hours! The 3rd major quake in the first week of the new decade!
The third major quake of in the last 24 hours! A magnitude 6.0 - 131km ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea is the 3rd quake in the last 24 hours!nThe 3rd major quake in the first week of the new decade!
Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard on Tuesday after a series of earthquakes including one of magnitude 6.4 that was the most powerful to strike the Caribbean island in 102 years. A very powerful shallow (shallow quakes are the most powerful) mag 6.6 reduced to a mag 6.5 by USGS has rocked Puerto Rico after a swarm of smaller quakes struck earlier today and yesterday along with a powerful magnitude 5.8 and just hours after a powerful shallow magnitude 6.2 struck Indonesia’s province of Aceh on the island of Sumatra.

Extreme Weather
The first major quake of the decade belongs to Indonesia! Appalling start to 2020 continues: Mag 6.2 - Sinabang, Indonesia strikes as torrential rain kills 60 with 200,000 in shelters
Two countries have had an appalling start to 2020, one, of course, is Australia with its unprecedented bushfires and crippling heatwave, the other is Indonesia.

Indonesia is suffering flooding, among the deadliest in years, causing chaos in parts of Southeast Asia’s biggest city and capital Jakarta. A humanitarian disaster is developing in Indonesia as the death toll from torrential rain rises to 60 with almost 200,000 people taking refuge in shelters. Full story  This morning they suffered the first major quake of 2020 and the new decade.


The last decade recorded 1,494 major quakes, 94 less than the first decade: 2019 delivered 143 major quakes, which is slightly below this century's average
The total number of major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) in the last decade was 1,494 which was 94 less than the first decade of this century which recorded 1,588, according to USGS.
2019 delivered 143 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) which is slightly below this century's average annual total of 156, the biggest quake of the year being a magnitude 8.0 Peru in May.
Broken down January 2019 delivered 12 major quakes, February: 6, March: 12, April: 16, May: 13, June: 18, July: 14, August: 9, September: 10, October: 6, November: 17 and December: 11.
The highest number of major quakes recorded in a one year period was 2011 with 208, this was the year of the mag 9.1 Japanese quake when a total of 68 aftershocks of mag 6 or higher rattled the country.