Within the last 48 hours, we have seen large earthquakes going off like firecrackers all along the Ring of Fire. As you will see below, a magnitude 6.1 quake just hit Japan, a magnitude 6.6 quake just hit Australia and a magnitude 7.3 earthquake just hit Indonesia. And of course all of this comes just about a week after Southern California was hit by the two largest earthquakes it has experienced in more than two decades.
So is all of this shaking unusual? Just a few moments ago, I pulled up the most recent data from Earthquake Track, and what I discovered is more than just a little bit alarming. Looking at the entire globe, we have averaged 193 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater per day so far in 2019. That is very high, but it pales in comparison to what we have witnessed over the last week. Within the last seven days, our planet has experienced an average of more than 677 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater per day. That means the number of global earthquakes right now is more than three times above normal.
And the number of very large earthquakes is at a frighteningly high level as well. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there have been 121 earthquakes of at least magnitude 4.5 around the world within the last seven days, and that includes the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that just hit Japan.
Incredibly, that quake in Japan brought the number of global earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 or greater that we have seen so far this year up to a grand total of 84. The following comes from the Big Wobble:
Last night's quake brings the total of major quakes (mag 6-plus) to 84, incredibly all but seven of them striking the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The last 38 major quakes this year, going back to the third of May, have occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
But on Sunday we had to add two more to that total.
The first actually tied the record for the largest earthquake that western Australia has ever seen:
The equal-largest earthquake recorded in Australia has hit off the Kimberley coast, shaking items off shelves and stunning local residents who had never felt a tremor before.
The 6.6 magnitude undersea quake struck at 3.39 p.m. AEST on Sunday between Port Hedland and Broome, GeoScience Australia reported.
The second was even larger. When a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Indonesia on Sunday, it sparked tsunami fears and made headlines all over the globe:
A terrifying 7.3-magnitude earthquake has sparked panic after it rocked the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia today.
Scared residents were seen fleeing through the streets and heading for high ground, though no tsunami warning was issued after the land-based quake struck.
None of this is "normal." As I keep warning my readers, we have entered a time of tremendous global instability, and the U.S. is certainly not going to be exempt.
In fact, we just witnessed a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in Montana. The following comes from Ricky Scaparo:
According to reports from the USGS, A 4.0 earthquake has rattled Manhattan, Montana. This earthquake follows the string of quakes that have rattled the globe over the past few weeks producing powerful earthquakes in Southern California and rattling Seattle, Washington. We will give you more information as we receive it.
The magnitude 4.6 earthquake in Seattle that he mentioned definitely got a lot of attention when it struck very early on Friday morning. According to a USGS geophysicist, that quake was "widely felt throughout the Seattle area":
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook Seattle and the Puget Sound region just before 3 a.m. Friday, according to the United States Geological Survey.
"It's been widely felt throughout the Seattle area," said Paul Caruso, a USGS geophysicist.
I know that California is receiving most of the attention right now, but we definitely need to keep a close eye on the Northwest, because they are definitely overdue for a "Big One" of their own and there are several volcanoes in the region that could literally go off at any time.
Meanwhile, the shaking in Southern California simply will not stop. According to Cal Tech, there have been 10,303 earthquakes of all magnitudes in California and Nevada within the last seven days.
In case you are wondering, that is not "normal" either.
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we witnessed back on July 5th did not cause an enormous amount of damage because it happened in a very remote location.
But we should definitely not take that quake lightly, because it was extremely powerful. According to The Los Angeles Times, it actually "packed the energy of 45 nuclear bombs":
When the magnitude 7.1 earthquake ruptured the earth in the Mojave Desert, it packed the energy of 45 nuclear bombs of the type that fell on Hiroshima.
Can you imagine if such a quake had happened in downtown Los Angeles?
And if a magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to hit Southern California someday, it would be 707 times more powerful than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we just witnessed.
Hopefully such a quake is still a long way off, but we have witnessed renewed shaking in the region within the last 24 hours. The following comes from the Express:
California has since experienced a number of aftershocks with a seismic swarm hitting Southern California in the past 24 hours.
Over the course of the last 24 hours, there have been 762 earthquakes in California, 29 earthquakes were over a magnitude of 2.5.
Unfortunately, this is not just a localized phenomenon.
As I showed at the beginning of this article, the number of global earthquakes is three times above normal right now.
Our entire planet is being greatly shaken, and many believe that what we have witnessed so far is just the beginning.
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