Quake 7.2 Solomon Islands 03 Jan 2010

Current quake map

Current quake map

Original Image, with captions and description. The original is interactive with clickable regions for ‘close ups’.

From this site:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010rabw.php

we have:

Magnitude
7.2
Date-Time
Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 22:36:30 UTC
Monday, January 04, 2010 at 09:36:30 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
8.912°S, 157.307°E
Depth
30.5 km (19.0 miles)
Region
SOLOMON ISLANDS
Distances
105 km (65 miles) SSE of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Isl.
210 km (130 miles) WSW of Dadali, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
295 km (185 miles) WNW of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
2100 km (1310 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 8.5 km (5.3 miles); depth +/- 3.6 km (2.2 miles)
Parameters
NST=137, Nph=138, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.32 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source
USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
us2010rabw

We had a volcano let loose in Africa a few days ago too… then there is the one in the Pilippines and…

http://volcanism.wordpress.com/

It’s only an intuitive thing, but it looks to me like the past few decades of quiet quakes and low volcanic activity are changing back to their older more active patterns.

These look to be shaping up to be interesting times…

http://www.seablogger.com/?cat=22

Oh, and this report gets updated Wednesdays and is a nice summary of volcano activity around the planet:

http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/

A surprise to me was the volcano (POAS) in Costa Rica with a crater lake that is so acidic it has a pH near zero! At any rate, if you want a quick summary of the bigger active volcanoes of the world, it’s a nice summary. They also have a page listing all historic volcanoes with explosive venting over VEI 4 in the Holocene. I was surprised at how often Kamchatka showed up! California made the list a couple of times too ;-) especially with “Mono Craters”.

The USGA US Volcano Status map is here:

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/

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4 Responses to Quake 7.2 Solomon Islands 03 Jan 2010

  1. Iridium says:

    “but it looks to me like the past few decades of quiet quakes and low volcanic activity are changing back to their older more active patterns.”
    no no, reconstruction will show this is certainly unprecedent, then this is of course further proof of AGW…

    for ex (just chose a random link, there are plenty):
    http://www.livescience.com/environment/070830_gw_quakes.html

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, given the historic record of more volcanoes and their attendant quakes during times of solar minimums, accompanied by cold, it will be a bit of a “hard sell” for them ;-)

    Besides, I have a hard time calling something “science” that says: A might cause B (as that article did).

    That is called speculation… and I can just as easily speculate that volcanoes are omens of the coming cold.

  3. boballab says:

    What I would love to do is get a couple of graphs such as that Jet fuel usage graph that shows that nice correlation to temp rise, but have like 5 of them. Then Graph them all together with the Temp and CO2 graphs but only label the Temp. Then do a series of well if you believe CO2 drives temp then it should be the curve that correlates the best with Tmep pick it out of these choices (Iknow, I know that isn’t always true, but it would be fun to do to some of the believers). Want to watch their face when they find the curve that least matches the Temp is the CO2 curve.

  4. Tenuc says:

    E.M.Smith
    “That is called speculation… and I can just as easily speculate that volcanoes are omens of the coming cold.”

    Reply: It would be funny in an ironic sort of way if you were to be right. Extra SO2 and volcanic particulates could increase the albedo effect and cause more cloud formation, both of which would tend to cool Earth – especially if a couple of ‘big boys’ decide it’s time to kick off!

    Time will tell ;-)

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