Quakes – SuperMoon

Nothing big happening yet, more just a ‘proforma’ posting as the last set rolled off the posting list. There is one ‘odd bit’. I only managed to grab 1/2 the picture, though. When I first checked this page there were 4 red squares sort of semi-symmetrically spread around the globe. I only managed to catch one of the hemisphere images before the other (S. H.) turned blue. Red is ‘in this hour’ so those 4 “went” at almost the same time.

Here are the two static images, plus a static view of the Pacific where you can see the red dots there:

Northern Hemisphere 7 May 2012

Northern Hemisphere 7 May 2012

Southern Hemisphere 7 May 2012

Southern Hemisphere 7 May 2012

It was the little one in the ‘nook’ of South America and the one near Tonga that were both about 3 ish UTC. Looks like a larger one a bit more north in South America and north of Australia were a few hours earlier.

Indian Ocean View  Hemisphere 7 May 2012

Indian Ocean View Hemisphere 7 May 2012

At any rate, I’ve noticed that “pattern” in pairs before, where one “goes” in both north and south, or both east and west, at almost the same time. This was the first time I’d seen a ‘quad’ though (though I’ve only recently started looking for that kind of pattern, and you have to catch it within a given hour, so a rigorous search would require checking every 15 minutes or so. Not something I’m going to do.

As this Perigee moon progresses, we’re more at risk of quakes. Hopefully nothing big (and not near me ;-) but just pretty patterns.

30 Day Global View

30 Day Global View


Quakes Last 7 Days Live

Quakes Last 7 Days Live

Northern Hemisphere

North Polar Earthquake Map

North Polar Earthquake Map

Original Image with Clickable Details

Southern Hemisphere

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

A view of Earthquakes from the South Pole

Original Image with Clickable Details

Asia and Russia

Asia Quake Map

Asia Quake Map

Original Image with clickable areas

Australia / New Zealand

This is a live map of the Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand area:

Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand Quake Map

Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand Quake Map

Original with clickable regions to zoom in

North America

Quakes North America Live Map

Quakes North America Live Map

Original Image

California Map

Action Closer to Me

As I live in California, it makes it easier for me if I keep them in the list where I can see what’s shaking near me.

Here is an alternative view of things with the fault lines highlighted:

California Quakes with fault lines

California Quakes with fault lines

Original Image

Map of Plates

You can see it is where plates collide here:

Plates Of The World

Plates Of The World

Original Image, and with other language options.

Some Volcano Stuff

This page:

http://pangea.stanford.edu/~dsinnett/Pages/Links.html has a nice collection of links to volcano monitor pages. Just click the pictures for the different volcano observatories.

The Smithsonian page:


USGS Page listing recent major quakes:


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33 Responses to Quakes – SuperMoon

  1. Bone Idle says:

    Here is a blog written by a Vulcanologist which comments on the latest events. There are a couple of other contributing vulcanologists and knowledgeable geologic types who also comment there.
    This site wades through the myths and realities of current and volcanic and geologic activity.

    There was a recent very lively discussion regarding the links between solar and astronomical forces and events on the planet


  2. Panther77 says:

    Oh gravity doesn’t do anything hey. So the moon of Io is different is it lol?

  3. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Panther77: It is not gravity only, it´s the whole electromagnetic spectrum. The dead “pebbles universe” is done.

  4. adolfogiurfa says:

    Something strange is happening along the east coast of the south pacific; some say El Niño is coming, but….along that coast runs a big and long fault….

  5. Pascvaks says:

    Please keep us posted on any news. Quake? Gas Release? Food Supply? Pollution? Good to know what really happened.

  6. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: As for the reports of the fishermen dolphins seemed disoriented. Hope more details from our fiend M.Vukcevic, as the once called “South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly” has largely reached and surpassed occidental coasts of Peru.
    This is, it seems so, treated a bit secretly, as way back in 1957, during what it was called the “International Geophysical Year” there were two Nike-Hercules rockets launched from the magnetic equator (south of Lima, about 60 kilometers) to study the “equatorial jet” which have had then a sudden change.
    This issue was touched, a few days ago, too at NIA (http://daltonsminima.altervista.org/) in a commentary by Michele Casati, referring to other cases of disorientation of several species.
    Well, it seems that it is beginning to be noticed by some humans as an increase in the number of cases of labyrinthitis, which may be also caused by small changes in gravity acceleration.

  7. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: It began in the north of Peru (about 500 miles north of Lima), but today has reached Lima beaches, and some of them have been forbidden for the public, in the believe that it could be caused by some bird-flue virus. Biological analysis are in process.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bone Idle:

    Interesting link, thanks! Like the bit about Yellowstone taking a Very Long Time to have it’s supereruptions and the Moon article per quakes and volcanoes on the moon. Nice list of volcanic changes not noted elsewhere ( I hadn’t noticed that the Sandwich Islands were smoking…)


    If you could post the original Spanish Language link along with the translated link that would be a good thing. The machine translation is a bit painful some times. ( I sometimes get to translate broken English back to Spanish, see what the idiom is, then translate it back ;-)

    So “Experts suspect that the death of animals, especially pelicans, would be starvation due to the remoteness of schools product contamination.” is really:

    Experts suspect that the deaths of animals, especially the pelicans, would be from starvation due to the remoteness of schools of fish or contamination of their food.

    “The holder of the First Prosecution of Crime Prevention of Lambayeque sent samples of dolphins and pelicans died in Lima to be subjected to a study that will determine the cause of death. The result shall be 30 days.”

    The ‘First Prosecutor of Crime Prevention’ of Lanbayeque sent samples of dolphins and pelicans, which had died in Lima, to be studied to determine the cause of death. The results are due in 30 days.

    I like to look at the Spanish and the machine translation to “fix up” the odd bits more accurately…

    FWIW I get a “dizzy feeling” just about the time significant quakes are happening. I also have an excellent sense of direction ( I can usually point at magnetic north on request). When I was a small child, my Dad trained me to have a ‘sense of direction’. IMHO this was calibrating the magnetic sense. Humans have the same magnetite granules as other species, just many folks never learned to listen to it.

    When I visited Australia, it took me the better part of a week to get used to the ‘disconnect’ between solar orientation and magnetic orientation and I was a bit ‘dizzy’ for a couple of days. (Slower travel doesn’t have that problem as I adjust a bit day by day. Part of why I like driving and trains more than flying, or only flying 3 time zones at a time. At 8 time zones I’m just too out of sync and it takes a week to get “normal” anyway, so what’s the point? Might as well have gone slower and enjoyed the extra days…)

    Seconding the notion: Please keep us posted….

    I suspect that we’re headed into a Geomagnetic Excursion


    Lots of folks get excited about magnetic pole reversals and forget that excursions are much more common.

    This is likely to cause a lot of issues for animals that have become dependent on their magnetic sense (instead of just using it when it works well and ignoring it when it’s a bit off).

    I also suspect that the cold spike of southern ocean water running up the coast of South America will have disrupted some species ranges. If I were a warm tropical fish and had a cold spike move in, I’d head out more toward French Polynesia ;-)

  9. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Here it is:
    Según el Instituto del Mar del Perú (Imarpe), hasta el 29 de abril se registraron 592 aves marinas muertas, entre ellas pelícanos y piqueros; así como unos 900 delfines, cinco ejemplares de lobos marinos y una tortuga marina muerta en 70 kilómetros de playa, al norte de la caleta de San José, en Lambayeque.
    According to the Peruvian Institute of the Sea (www.imarpe.gob.pe) until April 29th were found 592 dead birds, among them pelicans and “piqueros”(boobies?); and about 900 dolphins, five sea wolfs and one dead turtle along 70 kilometers of beach, at the north of small port of San Jose, at Lambayeque. (my translation).

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    As a reminder, the USGS is discontinuing the maps that I use to make these postings. They are being replaced with an interactive map that doesn’t do much for me. ( I’ve not figured out how to get an image from it that I can use in a posting). So at some point these postings will stop as there won’t be any material I can use to make them. See:


    for the replacement widget thingy…


    Thanks! The Spanish just reads better as Spanish rather than Spanglish ;-)

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, not much came of the SuperMoon… though I notice that California is down to 357 on that map in this “post-super” time.

    Also, for this hour only, the N.Hemisphere and S.H. maps have another of those curious symmetries. A quake near the Strait of Hormuz / Qatar and one just north of Australia. Almost exactly opposite sides of the world again. I’ve seen that often enough to think something is going on….

  12. p.g.sharrow says:

    If Vuk is correct the greatest movements take place just after the new moon, so that would be after the 20th. pg

  13. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G.: O boy!, that day…! If you use this java applet:
    Set it at California, then play from 7 am to 14 pm, you will see a gathering of Sun + Mercury + Moon and Jupiter. An annular eclipse plus Mercury and Jupiter.

  14. E.M.Smith says:


    Maybe I’ll take a short vacation to Reno then… (one state inland and about 5000 feet higher elevation ;-)

  15. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. : A nice trip….just in case, while reading E.Cayce “readings”…

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Chile picks up a 6.2 quake:

    Magnitude 6.2 – TARAPACA, CHILE
    2012 May 14 10:00:39 UTC
    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 6.2

    Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:00:39 UTC
    Monday, May 14, 2012 at 06:00:39 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 17.816°S, 69.749°W
    Depth 98.3 km (61.1 miles)
    Distances 66 km (41 miles) ENE of Tacna, Peru
    107 km (66 miles) NE of Arica, Tarapaca, Chile
    143 km (88 miles) ESE of Moquegua, Peru
    1745 km (1084 miles) N of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12.4 km (7.7 miles); depth +/- 3.4 km (2.1 miles)
    Parameters NST=606, Nph=638, Dmin=146.9 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp= 22°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=E
    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID usb0009pcc

  17. Pascvaks says:

    (-;Inter/Intra Galactic Gravity Waves shake everything up, mark my words, there’s more a’commin;-)

  18. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: That´s improbable due to Coulomb´s Barrier.

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like a “4” off the California end of the Cascadia… Nothing particularly to worry about, but a reminder to watch for patterns and any ‘higher highs’…


    2012 May 15 10:19:32 UTC

    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 4.0

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:19:32 UTC
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 03:19:32 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 40.453°N, 125.307°W
    Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) (poorly constrained)

    88 km (54 miles) W (280°) from Petrolia, CA
    89 km (56 miles) W (261°) from Ferndale, CA
    98 km (61 miles) WSW (252°) from Humboldt Hill, CA
    104 km (64 miles) WSW (249°) from Eureka, CA
    388 km (241 miles) NW (321°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA

    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.4 km (1.5 miles); depth +/- 22.9 km (14.2 miles)
    Parameters Nph= 76, Dmin=88 km, Rmss=0.49 sec, Gp=245°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=5

    California Integrated Seismic Net:

    Event ID nc71785981

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    Just a bit shy of 5.x at 4.8 in East Texas!?

    Magnitude 4.8 – EASTERN TEXAS
    2012 May 17 08:12:01 UTC
    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 4.8

    Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 08:12:01 UTC
    Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 03:12:01 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 31.908°N, 94.385°W
    Depth 4.9 km (3.0 miles)
    Distances 45 km (27 miles) NE of Nacogdoches, Texas
    71 km (44 miles) S of Marshall, Texas
    252 km (156 miles) ESE of Dallas, Texas
    373 km (231 miles) ENE of AUSTIN, Texas
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.5 km (6.5 miles); depth +/- 2.9 km (1.8 miles)
    Parameters NST=261, Nph=264, Dmin=31.2 km, Rmss=1.36 sec, Gp= 18°,
    M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7

    Magnitude: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID usb0009rtk

    And another 6.2 off of Chile yesterday:

    Magnitude 6.2 – OFF THE COAST OF AISEN, CHILE
    2012 May 18 02:00:41 UTC

    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 6.2

    Friday, May 18, 2012 at 02:00:41 UTC
    Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:00:41 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 44.594°S, 80.073°W
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)

    675 km (420 miles) WSW (237°) from Puerto Montt, Chile
    1475 km (916 miles) SSW (210°) from SANTIAGO, Chile

    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 24.8 km (15.4 miles); depth +/- 2.8 km (1.7 miles)
    Parameters NST=169, Nph=169, Dmin=891.7 km, Rmss=1.06 sec, Gp=205°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=E

    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID usb0009sgu

    Overall, it looks a bit ‘light’ on quakes post super-moon. Still, a couple of interest happened.

  21. George says:

    Well, the global frequency of M6 quakes is about 2 quakes every 3 days or so. So M6 are rather frequent things. So over a period of 30 days you should see about 15 to 20 M6 quakes.

  22. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: That´s in the southern part of the Nazca plate. A Big one is expected where it happened the last 6.2 earthquake, at the frontier between Peru and Chile, as it happened during the Maunder Minimum.

  23. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: The party has begun!…are you going to Reno?

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm….. That’s a pretty big one in Italy… Also there’s a similar size in Japan and just north of Australia. Sort of like quasi equal spacing around an arc through them…

    @Adolfo: Well, as of right now I have no working wheels. That will likely change inside 2 days ( I have a couple of cars at the mechanic and he’s said he’ll knock one out quickly); but for now, I’m not going to Reno; or much of anywhere else…


    I typically have my “cutoff” for “interesting” in quakes at at least a 6.5 to 7; unless there is something interesting about the pattern Oh, and quakes on the fault in my back yard or on the Cascadia may get comment just as a “time to watch a bit” basis… I only really get excited about them at 7+, with significant concern at 8+ (depending a bit on location, as some folks take a 7 and don’t notice while others have 100,000 dead from crummy buildings.)

    Quakes in volcano land get a bit more interest, too, to see if they are on a volcano. So this one in Italy is interesting just because it means “Check quakes near Italian Volcanoes”.

    Magnitude 6.0 – NORTHERN ITALY

    2012 May 20 02:03:52 UTC
    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 6.0

    Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 02:03:52 UTC
    Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 04:03:52 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 44.800°N, 11.192°E
    Depth 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
    Distances 36 km (22 miles) NNW of Bologna, Italy
    69 km (42 miles) E of Parma, Italy
    72 km (44 miles) SSE of Verona, Italy
    339 km (210 miles) NNW of ROME, Italy
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.7 km (6.6 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
    Parameters NST=573, Nph=574, Dmin=95.7 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 14°,
    M-type=(unknown type), Version=E

    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID usb0009tk0

  25. p.g.sharrow says:

    The eclipse has started here in northern California. Using arc welder lenses. pg

  26. p.g.sharrow says:

    Full annular now. pg

  27. p.g.sharrow says:

    Andes Indians claim earthquakes and volcanic eruptions follow the path of an eclipse within 3 days. pg

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    We watched it via a pinhole in a cardboard sheet. Nice image projected on almost any flat surface.


    Very Interesting….


    So time to watch Cascadia and N. California / Nevada for quakes? (And they have volcanoes there too ;-)

    Oh, and ought to note that California is at 415 quakes now… up from 385 a week or two back…

  29. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; I see you had a nice little 3.5 bump today. We also had a 3 up at Lake Almanor. pg.

  30. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, and count is headed back up toward 400 after a big drop down to 375 or so. Looks like a 4 off the Channel Islands.

    There there’s that 6.4 off of Panama… I think I’ve seen a pattern of activity moving from south to north. If true, watch the L.A. basin for a while… (Probably gulf of California first…)

    Magnitude 6.4 – SOUTH OF PANAMA

    2012 June 04 03:15:24 UTC

    Earthquake Details

    This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

    Magnitude 6.4

    Monday, June 04, 2012 at 03:15:24 UTC
    Sunday, June 03, 2012 at 10:15:24 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 5.507°N, 82.457°W
    Depth 5.9 km (3.7 miles)
    Distances 323 km (200 miles) S of David, Panama
    330 km (205 miles) SSW of Santiago, Panama
    347 km (215 miles) SW of Las Tablas, Panama
    501 km (311 miles) SW of PANAMA CITY, Panama
    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.1 km (8.1 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
    Parameters NST=538, Nph=552, Dmin=497.6 km, Rmss=1.03 sec, Gp= 40°,
    M-type=(unknown type), Version=A

    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID usb000a66u

  31. adolfogiurfa says:

    M 6.2, south of Panama

    Date: Monday, June 4, 2012 00:45:15 UTC
    Sunday, June 3, 2012 06:45:15 PM at epicenter
    Depth: 9.70 km (6.03 mi)
    M 4.6, south of Panama

    Date: Monday, June 4, 2012 08:33:16 UTC
    Monday, June 4, 2012 03:33:16 AM at epicenter
    Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

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