Large Pacific Quakes Shake Taiwan To Easter Island

A picture of one of the giant heads on Easter Island.

A 5.8 magnitude quake at Easter Island November 2013.

November 2013 is rocking with large quakes all over the South Pacific.

Taiwan Started Things Off

A picture of the Costa Rican coast.

Earthquake activity increases along the South American Pacific coast.

A 6.3 magnitude quake in Hualian,Taiwan started off a chain reaction of large quakes:

  1. 5.1  Taltal, Chile
  2. 4.7  Hualian,Taiwan
  3. 6.6  Coquimbo, Chile
  4. 5.1  Fiji Islands
  5. 4.8  Banda Sea
  6. 4.9  Carmen, Philippines
  7. 4.5  Sidorejo, Indonesia
  8. 4.8  L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
  9. 4.7  Neiafu, Tonga
  10. 4.5  Chuquitira, Peru
  11. 5.8  Easter Island
  12. 5.0  Lata, Solomon Islands
  13. 4.7  North Sumatra
  14. 6.5  Neiafu, Tonga (no tsunami was generated)
  15. 5.4  Neiafu, Tonga

I am sure more will follow …

Big Earthquakes Strike Chile and Peru

The USGS map of the earthquakes off South America.

Several large earthquakes occurred September 25, 2013 along the western coast of South America – USGS.

Wednesday morning, September 25, 2013, a 5.2 magnitude quake shook Atacama, Chile, and this started a reaction of large earthquakes along the Eastern Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire.

Within hours of one another, the following earthquakes occurred:

  1. 5.2 – Atacama, Chile
  2. 5.8 (downgraded to 5.4) – Attu Station, Alaska
  3. 7.0 (downgraded from 7.2) – Acari, Peru

Tsunamis and Volcanoes

Earthquakes of this magnitude can create tsunamis, but tsunami warnings have not been issued for the Hawaiian islands.

Several active volcanoes are in this region, also, so monitor an increase in volcanic activity over the next few days.

The volcanoes in Chile that have erupted since 2010 to the present:

  1. Chaiten
  2. Copahue
  3. Planchon-Peteroa
  4. Cordon Caulle

The volcanoes in Peru that have erupted since 2010 to the present:

  1. Sababcaya
  2. Ubinas


Rare Record Snowfall Covers South America

A beautiful picture of a tree lined road in winter covered in snow.

A rare, record snowfall with sub-zero temperatures has covered South America.

This is the end of winter in South America, but as the seasons begin to change, Old Man Winter packed a whopper on Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru.

The unusually cold winter in South America has followed one of the coldest winters in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Can you say: pole shifts and climate change


Tens of thousands of animals have frozen to death over the past week in Peru as a “snow state of emergency” was extended into multiple regions in Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

No one was prepared for the heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures – the heaviest snowfall to hit Peru in a decade.

Atacama Desert

A map of the Atacama Desert in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.

The Atacama Desert in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.

The last weekend of August 2013, the Atacama Desert got blasted with snow. This region is the known as the driest place on Earth, averaging less than one inch of precipitation per year – that’s for both rain and snow.  But as August ended, some places in this region got over 80 cms (31 inches) of snow – the heaviest snow received in over 30 years.

Chile and Bolivia

Low temperatures have affected Chile, southern Brazil, and eastern Peru. The cold snap also hit Bolivia in the tropical region of Santa Cruz, and in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.

The amount of tropical life lost is a great tragedy.