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Major quakes 2021

The first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) of May, belongs to Japan and ironically it's the 2nd major quake to rock the Fukushima area on the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster of 2011. A magnitude 6.8 - 38 km ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan struck in the night with the epicentre of the quake less than 100 miles north of Fukushima. There are no reports of a tsunami warning or serious injuries.

Earlier this year in February, a  very powerful magnitude 7.0 quake struck the Eastcoast of Japan just 90 km East of Fukushima just weeks before the anniversary of the March 2011 Great Honshu quake which killed 22,000 people and destroyed the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.


Saturday, 10 April 2021 A magnitude 6.1 - Sarangani, Philippines followed by a magnitude 6.0 - Gongdanglegi Kulon rocks the Ring of Fire! At this stage of the year, 2021 has recorded the 3rd highest total (55) of major quakes ever behind 2011 and 1957

Credit USGS

While an explosion shot an ash column more than 33,000 feet (seven kilometres) into the sky, with lightning crackling through the towering cloud of smoke on the Caribbean island of St Vincent we have had seismic activity too.

Two major quakes, mag 6 or higher have rattled Indonesia and the Philippines this morning. A magnitude 6.1 - 168 km SSW of Sarangani, Philippines followed a magnitude 6.0 - 44 km SSW of Gongdanglegi Kulon, Indonesia by just 1 1/2 hours, according to USGS.


Monday, 5 April 2021 The eastern margin of the Australian plate is still dominated this year's seismic activity producing 32 of a total 52 major quakes so far this year and the first 3 major quakes, mag 6 or higher of March 2021!
It's a new month and the quakes are back, this morning a magnitude 6.0 - rocked Gisborne, New Zealand and last Thursday a powerful magnitude 6.5 shook the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand which was preceded by a magnitude 6.0 in the Fiji region. Incredibly, 32 major quakes, mag 6 or higher have hit this area in just the first 96 days of 2021! See map above.

We are still waiting for the "BIG ONE!" With an incredible 1800 quakes above mag 2.0 in the first three months of 2021, along with the world's largest quake this year, a magnitude 8.1 off the Kermadec Islands and mag 7.4 foreshock, we are still waiting for the big one. The area is averaging 19 quakes a day above mag 2.  See USGS map below.


Saturday, 20 March 2021 Ten years after one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded destroyed the Fukushima Plant a powerful mag 7.0 rocks the same area: Tsunami warning issued: Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano on Reykjanes peninsula finally erupts after nearly a 1,000 years dormant
Ten years ago this month one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded a mag - 9.1 struck the East Coast of Japan. An ensuing tsunami destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant and killed 22,000 people. This afternoon a very powerful mag -7.2 reduced by USGS to magnitude - 7.0 rocked the same area with the authorities issuing a tsunami warning. Tohoku Electric Power Co has halted the Onagawa nuclear plant and is checking for any irregularities, NHK said.

There were no immediate reports of damage. (M6.1) west of Macquarie Island, The Japanese quake was the second major quake (mag 6 or higher) of the day after a (M6.1) rocked the Macquarie Island in the South Pacific. This mornings quake was the 18th major quake, mag 6 or higher of March and the 46th major quake of a very impressive year so far.


Wednesday, 17 March 2021 A very powerful, shallow, magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocks the Kamchatsk Staryy Region in Eastern Russia: Last nights quake was the 15th major quake, (mag 6 or higher) of a very busy March and the 43rd major quake of 2021 which is the 2nd highest number ever recorded in the first 76 days of any year
A very powerful, shallow, magnitude 6.9 earthquake, (reduced to a magnitude 6.6 by USGS) rocked the Kamchatsk Staryy Region in Eastern Russia last night. The major quake is not thought to have caused any damage in the lowly populated area, however, the quake did cause a tsunami to the area. 

Last nights quake was the 15th major quake, (mag 6 or higher) of a very busy March and the 43rd major quake of 2021 which is the 2nd highest number ever recorded in the first 76 days of any year. 2011 was the highest number with an incredible 89 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher), however, most of those were aftershocks from the mag 9 Great Honshu quake which destroyed Fukushima. 


“At the moment we’re feeling it constantly. It’s like you’re walking over a fragile suspension bridge,” Rannveig Gudmundsdottir, a lifelong resident in the town of Grindavik, told Reuters. Grindavik lies in the southern part of the Reykjanes Peninsula, a volcanic and seismic hot spot, where more than 40,000 earthquakes have occurred since Feb. 24, exceeding the total number of earthquakes registered there last year.

Located between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates, Iceland frequently experiences earthquakes as the plates slowly drift in opposite directions at a pace of around 2 centimetres each year.


Since Monday 8-March-2021 there has been a lot going on and there are no signs of this activity slowing down. Currently, it seems that the volcano dyke is expanding to the south and that is more into Fagradalsfjall mountain that is an earlier eruption structure from maybe a few million years ago.

This expansion of the magma dyke is resulting in strong earthquake activity and during the night the strongest earthquake had a magnitude of Mw5,1 at 03:15 UTC. The second-largest earthquake had a magnitude of Mw4,6 at 08:50 UTC. Over the last 48 hours, 68 earthquakes with a magnitude above Mw3,0 have taken place. 

Monday, 8 March 2021 Waiting for the "BIG ONE!" With an incredible 200 aftershocks above mag 4.0 in the first week of March, along with the world's largest quake this year, a mag 8.1 off the Kermadec Islands four days ago and mag 7.4 foreshock are we still waiting for the big one?
We are still waiting for the "BIG ONE!" With an incredible 200 aftershocks above mag 4.0 in the first week of March, along with the world's largest quake this year, a magnitude 8.1 off the Kermadec Islands four days ago and mag 7.4 foreshock two hours earlier, we are still waiting for the big one. Just today the Kermadec area has recorded 16 aftershocks all above the mag 4 range and most of them were mag 5+. A mag 4.9 aftershock was reported off North of Gisborne, Northern New Zealand this morning. In the first 67 days of 2021, the eastern margin of the Australia plate which is dominating this year's seismic activity has recorded 900 quakes above mag 4 and 27 of them have been mag 6 or higher which is quite incredible. 

Saturday, 6 March 2021 2021! The highest number of major quakes ever recorded in the first 65 days of a year! In all 42 major quakes, mag 6 or higher have rocked the planet: Astonishingly 26 have rocked the eastern margin of the Australia plate since the first day of 2021

Credit USGS; Almost 800 quakes mag 4 or higher with an astonishing 26 above mag 6 or higher have struck the eastern margin of the Australia plate since the first day of 2021 resulting in the biggest major quake total, mag 6 or higher in the first 65 days of the year.

In all 42 major quakes, mag 6 or higher have rocked the planet in just 65 days and we could be well on the way to recording the highest number ever recorded in a year which was 207 in 2011, the year of the Fukushima disaster. What makes the incredible number even more exciting is that the majority of the major quakes have been located along the eastern margin of the Australia plate. 27 of them in fact.


Thursday, 4 March 2021 A mag 7.4 and a 7.3 hit northern New Zealand! Two more massive quakes rock the South Pacific: It's a part of the world I told you to watch for two weeks ago after a plethora of major quakes shook the area in February

USGS

It's a part of the world I told you to watch for two weeks ago after a plethora of major quakes and 200 aftershocks shook the area through February.

Well, today the area has jumped back into life, this time just east of the Australian Plate which had been so seismic recently with another major quake, a mag 6.1 struck north of Vanuatu around the island of Sola.



Wednesday, 3 March 2021 The first major quake of March belongs to Greece! A mag 6.3 has struck Týrnavos, Greece followed by three sizable aftershocks. It is the 30th of a very impressive 2021, today's major quake is only the 2nd outside The Pacific Ring Of Fire so far this year.
A mag 6.3 has struck Týrnavos, Greece this afternoon. Greece’s civil protection agency activated on Wednesday a plan for addressing the consequences of earthquakes – dubbed Engelados – after a 6.0-magnitude tremor struck a region in central Greece earlier in the day.

The tremor hit a region 24 kilometres northwest of the city of Larissa, 16 minutes after 12, at a depth of 10 kilometres, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. It was followed by at least three aftershocks measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale (12.19 p.n.), 4.2 (12.26 p.m.) and 4.9 (12.34 p.m.). The original quake was felt in several parts of Greece and even the Balkans, according to Ekathamerini.com.


Thursday, 18 February 2021 It's the most impressive seismic start to a new year this century! 29 major quakes so far in 2021 as a mag M 6.1, east of Fiji is the latest to rock the Australian Plate where almost 200 large aftershocks have occurred in the last seven days
Another, powerful, major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) has struck east of the most volatile seismic area in the world this afternoon, the 3rd major quake in the area since last night. 

A mag M 6.1, east of Fiji rocked east of an area where almost 200 large aftershocks have occurred in the last seven days after a mag 7.7 and a mag 7.1 struck north and south along the eastern margin of the Australia plate in the South Pacific Ocean. The area has been rumbling for a week now since the two, mag, 7+ quakes rocked the area earlier last week with the aftershocks not appearing to settle down anytime soon.

Two very shallow, powerful, major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) struck the most volatile seismic area in the world last night.

A mag M 6.2 - 147 km SSW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu and a mag 6.1 South East of The Loyalty Islands rocked an area where almost 200 aftershocks have occurred in the last seven days after a mag 7.7 and a mag 7.1 struck north and south along the eastern margin of the Australia plate in the South Pacific Ocean. The area has been rumbling for a week now since the two, mag, 7+ quakes rocked the area earlier last week with the aftershocks not appearing to settle down anytime soon.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 Here's another: A magnitude 6.2 rocks Vanuatu: It's the 14th major quake, mag 6 or higher in an incredible seismic February with all the major quakes occurring along the Pacific Ring Of Fire and is echoing the impressive volcanic activity
A magnitude M6.2 Earthquake rocked Vanuatu last night. It is the 14th major quake, mag 6 or higher in an incredible seismic February with all the major quakes occurring along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

According to the USGS, the eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most seismically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates and in the last week, this area has been extremely active with no more than 11 major quakes, mag 6 or higher and more than 100 fore and aftershocks from Vanuatu to the southeast of Caledonia. 



Monday, 15 February 2021 Keep an eye on the Pacific Ring Of Fire this week: Explosive activity in Guatemala at the Fuego volcano and the Pacaya Volcano as 42 volcanoes worldwide showing activity with 37 along The Pacific Ring Of Fire after two powerful mag 7+ quakes in the Pacific last week

Guatemalan rescue services reported that the Fuego volcano, located 50km away from the capital city of Guatemala, has started to erupt, Prensa Libre newspaper report says. Lava flows reach up to 1.5 km long, and a column of ash rises above the volcano, spreading up to 5 km away, the report says. There were no reports of evacuation yet. Last time, Fuego erupted on June 3, 2018, which led to deaths of over 200 people.

Just down the road from the Fuego volcano, authorities at the Pacaya Volcano have issued an  Ash Advisory as explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 12000 ft (3700 m) altitude or flight level 120.


Saturday, 13 February 2021 A very powerful magnitude 7.0 quake has struck the Eastcoast of Japan just 90 km East of Fukushima. It comes just weeks before the anniversary of the March 2011 Great Honshu quake which killed 22,000 people and destroyed the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

A very powerful magnitude 7.0 quake has struck the Eastcoast of Japan just 90 km East of Fukushima. No tsunami has been issued. It comes just weeks before the anniversary of the March 2011 Great Honshu quake which killed 22,000 people and destroyed the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. No apparent damage has been reported so far.

This week has been a remarkable week for seismic activity with a mag 7.7 striking Southeast of the Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific with a further 87 after and foreshocks with 6 of them being in the mag 6 reign and most of the rest mag 5+.


Wednesday, 10 February 2021 This could escalate! Three very powerful foreshocks have rocked the Loyalty Islands in the Southern Pacific just minutes before a massive, very shallow, magnitude 7.7 struck the same area: A tsunami watch has been issued.
Three very powerful foreshocks have rocked Southeast of the Loyalty Islands in the Southern Pacific just minutes before a massive, very shallow, magnitude 7.7 struck the same area, the powerful quake has since been reduced to a 7.5 by USGS.

A tsunami watch has been issued. The quake’s epicentre was 424 km east of Tadine, New Caledonia and was followed by at least three other earthquakes in the region with magnitudes ranging from 5.7 to 6.1 in a span of just over an hour. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said a tsunami watch was in effect for American Samoa and that there was potential for tsunamis in other regions including Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand according to Reuters.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021 The first major quake of February belongs to the Easter Island area of Chile: A powerful, very shallow, (6km deep) magnitude, 6.9 reduced to a mag 6.6 is the first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) of February and the 13th of 2021
USGS
A powerful, very shallow, (6km deep) magnitude, 6.9 has rocked the Easter Island area of Chile. No tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat was issued.

USGS has issued a Green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.

There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. The USGS has since reduced the quake to magnitude 6.6.


Sunday, 24 January 2021 A magnitude 7.0 quake, rocks the South Shetland Islands causing panic in Chile with a mistaken tsunami warning: 12th major quake of 2021 highest no since 2009: 45 volcanoes active, 40 along The Pacific Ring Of Fire!
A  very powerful, shallow magnitude 7.1 major quake, reduced to a mag 7.0 by USGS has rocked the South Shetland Islands during the night causing panic in Chile with a mistaken tsunami warning calling for people to get out of coastal areas. The mag 7.0 quake is the 2nd mag 7 quake since Thursday when a powerful magnitude 7.0 rocked the Philippine Islands region. Last nights quake was the 12th major quake, mag 6 or higher to be recorded in just the first 24 days of 2021, with 11 of them being along The Ring Of Fire. At the same stage in 2020, 10 major quakes had been reported, in 2019, 10, 2018, 7, 2017, 8, 2016, 9 and 2015, just 2.
If we go further, 2014 saw just 4 at the same stage, 2013, 3, 2012, 9, 2011, 10, 2010, 11, 2009, 14. 

Thursday, 21 January 2021 The volcanic and seismic activities highly impressive start to 2021 continues with the biggest quake of the year so far, a powerful magnitude 7.0 rocked the Philippine Islands region: The quake is the 11th major quake to hit our planet in the first 3 weeks of 2021 and the 10th to be recorded around The Pacific Ring Of Fire.
The volcanic and seismic activities highly impressive start to 2021 continues with the biggest quake of the year so far, a powerful magnitude 7.0 which rocked the Philippine Islands region an hour ago. The quake is the 11th major quake, mag 6 or higher to hit our planet in the first 3 weeks of 2021 and the 10th to be recorded around The Pacific Ring Of Fire.

A tsunami has not been issued after the earthquake measured at magnitude 7.0 was detected at sea near the Philippines on Thursday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The quake occurred at a depth of 98.5 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 The 10th major quake of 2021 a Mag 6.4 rocks San Juan, Argentina, the 9th major quake to hit the Pacific Ring Of Fire this year: Death toll from Indonesia’s Sulawesi quake last week at 84 people and 30,000 displaced: 29 Volcano eruptions ongoing
A very powerful shallow magnitude 6.4 quake rocked San Juan, Argentina this morning continuing an impressive uptick in volcanic and seismic activity to 2021. Today's quake is the 10th major quake, mag 6 or higher to be recorded in the first 19 days of 2021, 9 of the 10 have occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

The earthquake of magnitude 6.8, reduced by USGS to a magnitude 6.4 struck west-central Argentina on Monday, followed by at least five aftershocks that shook buildings and sent products tumbling off supermarket shelves, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Sunday, 17 January 2021 Spare a thought for Indonesia! Mount Semeru, on the most densely populated island of Java, spews hot clouds 4.5 kilometres high with another 9 volcanoes erupting or showing activity and 56 dead and hundreds injured from recent quake and a further 33 dead from flood disasters
Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometres (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. There were no immediate evacuations, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned people who live in the villages on the slopes of the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot)-high mountain to be vigilant in looking for signs of danger. Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said that people around the river basin on the slopes of the mountain should beware of high rainfall intensity that can trigger lava floods.

Friday, 15 January 2021 Pacific Ring Of Fire Rattles Indonesia: 36 dead 100's injured as a mag 6.2 rocks Sulawesi island after a mag 5.9 foreshock: The 9th major quake to strike the planet in the first two weeks of 2021, with 8 of them hitting around The Pacific Ring: a total of 26 volcanoes erupting at this moment 21 of them in the Ring of Fire
A strong, shallow (shallow ones cause the most damage) earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight, causing landslides and sending people fleeing from their homes in the dark. At least 36 people have died, 100's were injured, but Indonesian officials said they were still collecting information from devastated areas.

In a video released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, a girl trapped in the wreckage of a house cried out for help and said her mother was alive but unable to move out. "Please help me, it's hurt," the girl told rescuers, who replied that they desperately wanted to help her.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 The mysterious year of 1957 which recorded the largest number of major quakes and sunspots in one year and started our planets incredible warming and increase in natural disasters draws an incredible resemblance to 2011 which broke the 1957 major quake record by just 3

In 1957 our star produced by far the largest number of sunspots ever recorded in one year, no other year has ever come close, however, something else happened in 1957, our planet suddenly and unexpectedly produces the record total of major quakes, mag 6 or higher when a total of 204 were recorded.

Incredibly, something else coincided with the mass testing of nuclear bombs in the 50s, not realised at that time and not mentioned even now, surprisingly enough. During the Second World War, major earthquakes, (magnitude 6 or higher) began to dwindle to just 29 in the whole year of 1947, the lowest yearly total since the 27 recorded way back in 1921.


2021's impressive start continues with its first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) outside The Pacific Ring Of Fire with a powerful shallow magnitude 6.7 - 33 km SSW of Turt, Mongolia.  According to USGS a low chance of fatalities and damage to buildings are expected in the low populated area, however, the area is being rocked by strong aftershocks. The reported mag 6.8 quake was reduced to a mag 6.7 by USGS. This morning's quake was the 8th major quake of January and of course 2021.

A mag 6.1 quake struck the North West coast of Japan this morning but was also reduced to a 5.9 quake by USGS.

Sunday, 10 January 2021 The Pacific Ring Of Fire continued it's 2021 impressive explosion with two more major quakes this morning bringing the total to seven in just the first ten days of 2021 along with an equally impressive number of volcano eruptions.
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The Pacific Ring Of Fire continued it's 2021 explosion with two more major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) bringing the total to seven in just the first ten days of 2021. 
A powerful magnitude 6.1 rocked Salta in Argentina and later a  magnitude 6.0 rocked the volcanic island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, the second major quake, (mag 6 or higher) to strike the island since Friday when a magnitude 6.1 rocked the island.

Friday, 8 January 2021 The 4th and 5th major quakes of 2021 rocked the Kermadec Islands and Vanuatu in the South Pacific: All five major quakes this year have happened around the Pacific Ring Of Fire as well as more than 20 volcanoes erupting or showing activity there too

2021 has the Pacific Ring Of Fire shaking! Two more major quakes, mag 6 or higher have struck the area through the night. A powerful magnitude 6.3 shook the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand, the second major quake to strike the islands in the last 48 hours and a magnitude 6.1 rocked Vanuatu in the South Pacific earlier in the night.

The two quakes bring the total of major quakes, mag 6 or higher to 5 in the early days of 2021 which is a very impressive start to the year.

While the quake activity is impressive, well so the volcanic activity with more than 20 volcanoes erupting or showing activity around the Ring Of Fire.


The third major quake of 2021 is a powerful (M6.1) which rocked Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia last night: 2020 was the 2nd lowest year this century for major quakes recording just 121 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher).

7 Jan 2021

A powerful (M6.1) rocked Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia last night making it the 3rd major quake, (mag 6 or higher) to strike in the last 4 days after a powerful, magnitude 6.2 quake shook the Kermadec Islands region just north of New Zealand yesterday and magnitude 6.1 struck the Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands in Alaska 4 days ago. Last night's mag 6.1 was the 3rd major quake, (mag 6 or higher) of January 2021.

 After saying goodbye to the crappiest year in living memory, 2020 was anything but exciting concerning major quakes. 


Pacific Ring Of Fire Enters 2021 Kicking And Screaming: A magnitude 6.2 quake shakes the Kermadec Islands region after the Sinabung volcano erupts along with Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, the Sheveluch volcano in Russia, Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, and two in Japan
6 Jan 2021
The quake is the second major quake, (magnitude 6 or higher) of January and 2021 after a magnitude 6.1 struck the Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands in Alaska 3 days ago. After saying goodbye to the crappiest year in living memory 2020 was anything but exciting concerning major quakes. A year that saw the Coronavirus devastate the lives of people across the planet, record heat, fires, floods, and hurricanes, 2020 was the 2nd lowest year this century for major quakes recording just 121 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher). Only 2017 recorded a lower number with 111.

The first major quake of 2021 belongs to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska with the islands rocked by a powerful, shallow Mag 6.1: The quake comes just 4 days after the most intensive storm ever recorded smashed into the Aleutian Islands
3 Jan 2021

The Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands in Alaska records the first major quake (mag 6 or higher) of 2021. The powerful, shallow quake shook the islands on the 3 Jan 2021 at 12:38:48 UTC ringing in the first major quake of January and of 2021. Coincidently, the quake comes just 4 days after the most intensive storm ever recorded smashed into Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain on Thursday with a ferocity seen only in the blockbuster movie, "The Day After Tomorrow."

2020 was the 2nd lowest year this century recording just 121 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher). Only 2017 recorded a lower number with 111. A total of 3,210 major quakes have shaken our planet since January the 1st 2000. The average annual total stands at 157

1 Jan 2021
After saying goodbye to the crappiest year in living memory 2020 was anything but exciting concerning major quakes. A year that saw the Coronavirus devastate the lives of people across the planet, record heat, fires, floods, and hurricanes, 2020 was the 2nd lowest year this century recording just 121 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher). Only 2017 recorded a lower number with 111.

As we stutter into the darkness of 2021 a total number of 3,210 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) have shaken our planet since January the 1st 2000. The average annual total stands at 157 which happened consequently in 2003 and 2004.

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