Earthquakes over the past 30 days

earthquakes past 30 days magnitude 2.5 or larger world

USGS Earthquake map showing magnitude 2.5 and greater along the “Ring of Fire” for the past 30 days. (Snapshot taken 18 January, 2015)

Commentary By: Gordon King

It’s often difficult to imagine just how many earthquakes the world is experiencing without seeing it with our own eyes.  When you look at the daily map it may not seem very significant to many, however, when you look at the map over the past 30 days it is astounding!

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Japan


SOURCE  –  3 September, 2013

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has shaken Japan, with residents of the capital, Tokyo, reporting significant shaking on social media sites.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties, and local authorities say there is no risk of a tsunami.

The quake was given a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with the USGS later grading it 6.5. 

The quake struck at 0018 GMT at a depth of 404 kilometres (251 miles), the USGS said.
“The epicentre is in the Pacific, hundreds of kilometres (miles) south of Tokyo. We see no risk of a tsunami,” a spokesman for the Japanese weather agency said.
Fukushima operator TEPCO reported there were no new problems at the stricken nuclear plant.

The epicentre of the quake was near the Izu Islands, south of Tokyo.

Earthquake Clusters! 28 June 1013

Official United States Geological Survey Logo

Official United States Geological Survey Logo     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Commentary by:   Gordon King

I just looked at the USGS earthquake map and it sure looks like there have been many earthquakes lately.  And many earthquake clusters.  Like in Alaska, California and in the Caribbean.  The earthquakes are really spread out across the globe, not just along the “Ring of Fire”.   Although they are not great in magnitude, they are occurring in mass and in unusual places.  Lots of quakes have happened recently in Oklahoma and the Mid-West. 

Earthquake Clusters

China earthquake: ‘Hundreds dead or injured’ in Sichuan



Hundreds of people may have been killed or injured after an earthquake in China’s western Sichuan province, state media report.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which had a 6.6 magnitude, was centred 80km (50 miles) west of the town of Linqiong.

It said the tremor occurred at a depth of 12.3km (7.6 miles).

The area is prone to tremors. An 8.0 magnitude quake in Sichuan in May 2008 killed nearly 90,000 people.

The latest quake – initially reported as a 7.0 magnitude, and then at 6.9 – struck at 08:02 local time (01:02 BST), the USGS said.

It was felt 115km (71 miles) away in the provincial capital, Chengdu, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua.

It said only 10 people had been confirmed dead, but other state media suggested the toll could be far higher.

“The earthquake in Ya’an, Lushan, has injured or killed hundreds of people,” the Sichuan earthquake bureau said, quoted by an official website.


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Significant Earthquakes In The Past 30 Days


M 6.5, 91km SE of Ozernovskiy, Russia Friday, March 01, 2013 13:20:50 UTC

M 6.5, 93km SE of Ozernovskiy, Russia Friday, March 01, 2013 12:53:52 UTC

M 6.9, 85km SE of Ozernovskiy, Russia Thursday, February 28, 2013 14:05:51 UTC

M 6.6, 135km WSW of Druzhina, Russia Thursday, February 14, 2013 13:13:52 UTC

M 5.1, 72km W of Tonopah, Nevada Wednesday, February 13, 2013 00:10:14 UTC

M 5.1, 24km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea Tuesday, February 12, 2013 02:57:51 UTC

M 6.6, 25km S of Lata, Solomon Islands Saturday, February 09, 2013 21:02:22 UTC

M 6.9, 2km N of Yacuanquer, Colombia Saturday, February 09, 2013 14:16:07 UTC

M 7.1, 31km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands Friday, February 08, 2013 15:26:38 UTC

M 6.8, 21km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands Friday, February 08, 2013 11:12:13 UTC

M 6.7, 36km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands Thursday, February 07, 2013 18:59:16 UTC

M 7.0, 27km NNW of Lata, Solomon Islands Wednesday, February 06, 2013 01:54:15 UTC

M 7.1, 114km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands Wednesday, February 06, 2013 01:23:19 UTC

M 8.0, 76km W of Lata, Solomon Islands Wednesday, February 06, 2013 01:12:27 UTC

M 6.9, 19km SSW of Obihiro, Japan Saturday, February 02, 2013 14:17:35 UTC

M 6.4, 66km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands Friday, February 01, 2013 22:18:33 UTC

M 6.3, 53km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands Friday, February 01, 2013 22:16:34 UTC


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