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Swarm of strong earthquakes – Kuril Islands

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For the seventh day in a row a swarm of earthquakes continues near Kuril Islands, Russia/Japan. The latest one was measured with magnitude 5.5 according to EMSC – July 15, 2012, 14:34 UTC. Recorded depth was 80km. USGS recorded magnitude 5.3 for the same earthquake and depth of 64.2 km (39.9 miles).

The epicenter was located 168 km (104 miles) ENE (78°) from Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan and 248 km (154 miles) SSW (208°) from Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands at 43.264°N, 146.428°E.

 

Magnitude 5+ Kuril Islands earthquake list for last three days – Update time = Sunday, July 15, 15:00:04 UTC 2012 – (USGS)

MAG UTC DATE/TIME LAT LON DEPTH  Region
5.3 2012/07/15 14:34:47  43.264  146.428 64.2 KURIL ISLANDS
 5.1   2012/07/14 04:31:04   45.547   151.338 48.0 KURIL ISLANDS
 5.2   2012/07/14 03:44:04   45.577   151.336 48.4 KURIL ISLANDS
 5.0   2012/07/13 22:37:24 45.289   151.853 8.8 KURIL ISLANDS
5.7 2012/07/12 12:52:03 45.456 151.691 34.9 KURIL ISLANDS

On July 8, 2012 at 11:33 UTC EMSC recorded magnitude 6.0 earthquake with reported depth of only 10km!

 

Magnitude 2.5+ Global earthquake list for July 12 – July 15, 2012 – Update time = Sunday, July 15, 15:21:37 UTC 2012 – (USGS)

MAG UTC DATE-TIME LAT LON DEPTH  Region
 5.3   2012/07/15 14:34:47   43.264   146.428 64.2  KURIL ISLANDS
 4.7   2012/07/15 14:10:56   -3.032   139.631 67.6  PAPUA, INDONESIA
 4.5   2012/07/15 14:08:08   44.865   142.367 35.0  HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
 4.6   2012/07/15 13:02:43   71.313   -9.733 10.0  JAN MAYEN ISLAND REGION
 2.9 2012/07/15 12:52:28   18.535   -64.766 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 2.5 2012/07/15 12:51:24   17.980   -66.515 7.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
 2.7 2012/07/15 11:20:48   32.156  -115.219 18.8  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 4.7   2012/07/15 09:50:35   46.263   151.273 47.9  KURIL ISLANDS
 4.6   2012/07/15 08:23:24  -33.524   -67.544 189.9  MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
 3.2 2012/07/15 08:06:10   18.319   -64.038 37.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 2.9 2012/07/15 07:57:25   59.961  -152.704 102.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
 4.5   2012/07/15 06:51:24   -1.479   -77.635 184.6  ECUADOR
 2.7 2012/07/15 05:52:42   31.712  -115.932 0.4  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 3.1 2012/07/15 05:44:55   31.697  -115.926 5.5  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 4.5   2012/07/15 02:13:39   71.388   -9.345 10.2  JAN MAYEN ISLAND REGION
 3.4 2012/07/15 01:34:26   60.008  -152.757 91.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
 4.3 2012/07/15 01:22:16   53.069  -165.593 28.8  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA


MAG UTC DATE-TIME LAT LON DEPTH  Region
 3.2 2012/07/14 23:59:01   19.699   -64.686 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 2.5 2012/07/14 23:32:27   44.756  -111.111 9.3  WESTERN MONTANA
 4.8   2012/07/14 22:34:41  -36.104   -70.855 20.0  MAULE, CHILE
 2.6 2012/07/14 22:24:08   32.189  -115.293 12.2  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 3.7 2012/07/14 21:24:57   63.052  -149.801 100.6  CENTRAL ALASKA
 4.9   2012/07/14 20:12:13   14.892   119.766 35.4  LUZON, PHILIPPINES
 5.6   2012/07/14 19:55:12   25.437   94.496 6.5  MYANMAR-INDIA BORDER REGION
 4.8   2012/07/14 18:48:32   45.314   151.898 12.0  KURIL ISLANDS
 5.0   2012/07/14 17:36:25   45.409   151.861 21.4  KURIL ISLANDS
 2.9 2012/07/14 17:26:18   19.128   -64.482 49.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 2.9 2012/07/14 17:08:51   19.114   -64.670 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 3.1 2012/07/14 16:44:57   18.888   -64.379 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 3.4 2012/07/14 16:10:11   63.493  -151.239 20.4  CENTRAL ALASKA
 2.7 2012/07/14 15:32:49   31.739  -115.928 6.5  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 5.0   2012/07/14 14:22:23  -49.071   124.698 10.0  WESTERN INDIAN-ANTARCTIC RIDGE
 3.4 2012/07/14 13:26:36   19.150   -64.516 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 4.6   2012/07/14 12:52:07   42.663   23.067 6.1  BULGARIA
 4.8   2012/07/14 12:46:39   2.862   128.369 59.8  HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
 4.6   2012/07/14 12:14:23   4.780   126.823 65.8  KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
 4.4 2012/07/14 10:30:19   12.115   -86.400 204.6  NICARAGUA
 2.8 2012/07/14 09:29:34   18.120   -66.621 21.0  PUERTO RICO
 4.8   2012/07/14 08:05:28  -16.218  -177.706 405.4  FIJI REGION
 4.6   2012/07/14 07:58:46   45.531   151.459 49.4  KURIL ISLANDS
 4.9   2012/07/14 06:51:42   45.482   151.434 43.7  KURIL ISLANDS
 5.1   2012/07/14 04:31:04   45.547   151.338 48.0  KURIL ISLANDS
 4.7   2012/07/14 04:11:32   45.349   151.782 24.3  KURIL ISLANDS
 2.7 2012/07/14 03:56:53   18.229   -65.456 14.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
 5.2   2012/07/14 03:44:04   45.577   151.336 48.4  KURIL ISLANDS
 2.9 2012/07/14 03:35:29   18.953   -65.278 30.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
 4.7   2012/07/14 03:09:13   12.417   144.070 30.1  GUAM REGION
 4.6   2012/07/14 00:55:02   34.445   47.508 10.0  WESTERN IRAN
 4.5   2012/07/14 00:13:14   50.396   156.726 60.5  KURIL ISLANDS


MAG UTC DATE-TIME LAT LON DEPTH  Region
 5.0   2012/07/13 22:37:24   45.289   151.853 8.8  KURIL ISLANDS
 4.6   2012/07/13 22:32:50   44.326   151.139 10.1  EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS
 5.1   2012/07/13 21:26:14  -15.283   -73.251 98.2  SOUTHERN PERU
 3.5 2012/07/13 19:53:17   41.901  -111.916 2.5  UTAH
 4.9   2012/07/13 17:57:06   -7.999   109.063 69.8  JAVA, INDONESIA
 2.5 2012/07/13 17:22:55   62.049  -149.480 20.4  CENTRAL ALASKA
 2.7 2012/07/13 15:00:44   40.740  -123.695 29.4  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
 3.0 2012/07/13 13:48:45   18.988   -64.469 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 2.7 2012/07/13 12:27:54   32.312   -97.542 5.0  NORTHERN TEXAS
 2.9 2012/07/13 12:09:55   17.944   -66.100 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
 2.6 2012/07/13 11:37:15   17.963   -66.110 18.0  PUERTO RICO
 4.3 2012/07/13 10:17:56   -8.461   -74.131 148.3  CENTRAL PERU
 2.9 2012/07/13 10:13:18   61.912  -150.450 41.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
 4.2 2012/07/13 05:31:32   6.751   -73.064 163.6  NORTHERN COLOMBIA
 4.9   2012/07/13 05:18:03   0.394   123.822 192.0  MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
 4.6   2012/07/13 05:14:25   38.999   142.342 35.9  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
 3.1 2012/07/13 05:06:42   18.055   -68.495 89.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
 5.1   2012/07/13 04:50:43  -18.238  -178.453 620.8  FIJI REGION
 2.8 2012/07/13 03:03:12   60.473  -152.026 100.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
 3.0 2012/07/13 02:45:59   18.853   -64.180 37.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 4.7   2012/07/13 02:41:37   55.349  -164.157 190.8  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
 2.6 2012/07/13 01:14:06   17.924   -66.093 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
 4.8   2012/07/13 00:38:24  -56.298   -27.502 93.3  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION


MAG UTC DATE-TIME LAT LON DEPTH  Region
 4.5   2012/07/12 23:33:58   26.902   59.437 14.9  SOUTHEASTERN IRAN
 4.1 2012/07/12 21:23:02   40.605   13.605 427.3  TYRRHENIAN SEA
 4.5   2012/07/12 21:18:34   27.094   55.035 36.3  SOUTHERN IRAN
 2.5 2012/07/12 20:19:10   53.987  -164.047 42.5  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
 3.7 2012/07/12 20:17:25   62.875  -151.169 117.6  CENTRAL ALASKA
 2.6 2012/07/12 17:55:24   34.090  -116.393 11.7  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 3.9 2012/07/12 17:54:29   34.090  -116.392 10.2  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 2.6 2012/07/12 17:44:13   51.638  -176.793 52.6  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
 2.8 2012/07/12 17:39:20   55.183  -156.717 25.2  SOUTH OF ALASKA
 2.7 2012/07/12 17:30:14   62.732  -149.374 74.9  CENTRAL ALASKA
 2.6 2012/07/12 17:22:54   49.397  -120.518 0.0  BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
 4.9   2012/07/12 16:25:48  -29.054   74.933 16.2  MID-INDIAN RIDGE
 4.5   2012/07/12 16:13:09   58.237   -32.055 13.5  REYKJANES RIDGE
 2.6 2012/07/12 15:55:15   54.355  -166.239 179.0  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
 5.5   2012/07/12 15:40:13   -2.811   129.345 9.9  SERAM, INDONESIA
 4.7   2012/07/12 14:44:56   36.464   71.052 174.7  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
 5.8   2012/07/12 14:00:34   36.502   70.875 190.2  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
 5.7   2012/07/12 12:52:03   45.456   151.691 34.9  KURIL ISLANDS
 2.5 2012/07/12 12:27:10   40.246  -124.173 9.9  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
 4.5   2012/07/12 11:17:13   41.533   143.713 47.2  HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
 3.3 2012/07/12 11:01:24   19.238   -64.868 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 4.0 2012/07/12 10:39:08   40.747  -123.679 30.4  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
 3.4 2012/07/12 08:49:45   32.196  -115.288 10.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
 4.7   2012/07/12 07:05:36  -36.613  -179.481 60.0  EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
 2.7 2012/07/12 06:42:46   69.210  -166.773 17.0  CHUKCHI SEA
 2.8 2012/07/12 06:40:31   51.235   178.486 13.8  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
 3.1 2012/07/12 05:03:44   19.514   -65.038 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 2.9 2012/07/12 05:01:37   19.201   -64.942 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 4.5   2012/07/12 04:54:47   36.106   139.922 43.3  EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
 5.2   2012/07/12 04:11:20  -10.779   165.914 158.9  SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
 5.0   2012/07/12 04:04:13   -0.478   -19.826 10.0  CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
 2.5 2012/07/12 03:32:31   53.644  -162.774 37.5  SOUTH OF ALASKA
 2.6 2012/07/12 02:56:32   39.904  -120.783 6.1  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
 4.3 2012/07/12 02:20:24   45.701   26.508 109.4  ROMANIA
 3.8 2012/07/12 02:11:37   19.279   -64.936 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 5.3   2012/07/12 01:43:04   14.884   -90.885 215.2  GUATEMALA
 3.4 2012/07/12 01:36:55   19.295   -64.927 68.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
 4.9   2012/07/12 01:22:17  -49.397   121.466 10.1  WESTERN INDIAN-ANTARCTIC RIDGE
 3.2 2012/07/12 00:35:07   18.911   -67.250 42.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
 4.6   2012/07/12 00:09:31   17.318   120.861 61.8  LUZON, PHILIPPINES
 3.1 2012/07/12 00:01:18   19.237   -64.948 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

 

The Kuril Islands form part of the ring of tectonic instability encircling the Pacific ocean referred to as the Ring of Fire. The islands themselves are summits of stratovolcanoes that are a direct result of the subduction of the Pacific Plate under the Okhotsk Plate, which forms the Kuril Trench some 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of the islands. The chain has around 100 volcanoes, some 40 of which are active, and many hot springs and fumaroles. There is frequent seismic activity, including a magnitude 8.5 earthquake in 1963 and one of magnitude 8.3 recorded on November 15, 2006, which resulted in tsunami waves up to 5 feet (1.5 m) reaching the California coast.

Geophysical center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) counted 27 strong earthquakes in the region of Kuril Islands in last 7 days.

“Imminent threat” of a “major” to “catastrophic” earthquake by Russian Academy of Sciences

Intrestingly enough, on July 14, 2012, The International Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics (MITPAN) department of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported to President Putin that our world faces the “imminent threat” of a “major” to “catastrophic” earthquake to occur within the fortnight due to an “extreme” solar storm that has begun hitting Earth’s atmosphere.

According to MITPAN scientists, on 12 July the Sun exploded an X1.4-class solar flare from giant Sunspot 1520 hurling it directly towards Earth at a velocity where it began hitting our planets upper atmosphere in late hours of July 14th.

US scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed the findings of their MITPAN counterparts warning that this geomagnetic storm is “strong to severe”, Earth-orbiting satellites could get disoriented, the electrical grid could experience “widespread voltage control problems” among other issues, and the aurora may be able to be seen as far south as Alabama and northern California. Read complete warning here.

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