Increase In EQs – Solomon Islands Are Getting Slammed While Nevada Is Ramping Up

A USGS small globe showing the May 1, 2013 earthquake swarm around Vanuatu.

Earthquakes are on the rise in the South Pacific – USGS

Friday, May 22, 2015 saw an uptick in powerful earthquakes and island tsunamis around the Solomon Islands, and they just keep coming.

Large quakes are ramping up worldwide, but another place to watch closely is Nevada, Montana, and the Yellowstone area in the USA.

Solomon Islands

In less than 24 hours, the following 6.0 and above magnitude quakes occurred around the Solomon Islands. These quakes did not generate a tsunami large enough to reach Hawaii, but with this number of recurring, large quakes, local tsunami waves are generating over the island region:

  1. 6.9  May 21, 2015
  2. 6.0  May 22, 2015
  3. 6.9  May 22, 2015
  4. 6.8  May 22, 2015

Nevada, Montana, and the Yellowstone Area

A Red Fox.

Earthquake activity is picking up around Yellowstone.

This is an area to watch closely. May 22, 2015 quake activity:


  • 24 quakes

Wyoming (Yellowstone National Park)

  • 2 quakes


  • 6 quakes


  1. 1 quake

Earthquake activity is increasing all over the world, but these areas are of particular interest at this time. Keep a watch on both of these fault zones. They are not typically this active in such a short time span.



Earthquakes On The Rise – 6.9 In New Zealand and 5.9 In China

USGS shake map of 6.9 earthquake in New Zealand

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Cook Strait, New Zealand amid an earthquake swarm – USGS

Over the past few days, a string of powerful earthquakes has shaken the Pacific Rim, especially around New Zealand. And quakes are increasing in magnitude, day by day.

Intensity Increasing

Merely a few months ago, we were seeing more 4.0 magnitude quakes worldwide. Slowly but surely, the magnitude of global earthquakes has intensified, and today we are witnessing more 5.0 quakes and more 6.0 quakes.

Over the next few weeks and months, let’s see if we start seeing more 7.0 and 8.0 quakes shaking our little planet.

Over The Past Week

This past week, there have been over 1,440 earthquakes worldwide; 225 earthquakes over 2.5 magnitude, and 97 quakes over 4.5 magnitude.

On July 18, 2013, the South Pacific began to open up around Vanuatu, Kermadec, and New Zealand, and earthquakes ricocheted back and forth across the Pacific Rim like a volley in a tennis match.

The following quakes are in order of occurrence:

  1. 5.1  Vanuatu
  2. 5.3  New Zealand
  3. 4.6  East Pacific Rise
  4. 5.4  Vanuatu
  5. 4.5  New Zealand
  6. 4.6  East Pacific Rise
  7. 5.1  Solomon Islands
  8. 5.7  New Zealand
  9. 5.1  Solomon Islands
  10. 4.9 Vanuatu
  11. 4.5  Vanuatu
  12. 5.8  New Zealand
  13. 4.7  New Zealand
  14. 4.8  New Zealand
  15. 6.9  New Zealand
  16. 4.6  New Zealand
  17. 4.7  New Zealand
  18. 4.7  New Zealand
  19. 4.7  New Zealand
  20. 4.9  New Zealand
  21. 4.5  New Zealand
  22. 4.6  New Zealand

Today, earthquakes are increasing in historic numbers, and in “earthquake swarms”,  signaling major Earth movement. This is something to be concerned about.


USGS small world globe showing the earthquake in Chabu, China

5.9 magnitude quake in Gansu, China occurred shortly after the 6.9 quake in New Zealand – USGS

July 21, 2013 during the earthquake swarm in New Zealand, China had three large quakes – 5.9, 4.7, and 5.6, followed by a 4.9 in Chile and a 5.4 magnitude quake in Argentina.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings …




5.2 Vanuatu And 5.3 Solomon Island Quakes Cause Flood Advisory For Hawaiian Islands

An USGS map of the Vanuatu island chain in the South Pacific Ocean.

The Vanuatu island chain in the South Pacific Ocean – USGS

The Pacific Rim woke up again on Wednesday morning. After another 6.5 magnitude quake hit the New Ireland Region of Papua, New Guinea in the midnight hours, Vanuatu started the day with a 5.2 magnitude quake, followed by a 5.3 on the Solomon Islands. These large earthquakes exacerbated flooding on the Hawaiian islands and along the island chains north of Australia and New Guinea.

Remember to keep an eye on earthquakes along the Vanuatu island chain – when big ones start in this island region, they create a chain reaction around the world.

Hawaii Under Water

Because of Hawaii’s location in the Pacific Ocean, large earthquakes occurring along the Pacific Rim (Ring of Fire) can create the threat of tsunami waves that travel toward this vulnerable island chain. Earthquakes from Alaska to the west coast of South America, as well as quakes on the western side of the Ring of Fire create underwater vibrations that “paddle” large waves into Hawaii’s path.

Less than a decade ago, you could count on one hand the number of large earthquakes occurring along the Ring of Fire . Today, the increase in significant earthquakes is occurring weekly, and now – daily. 

Will Hawaii get a break from the stirring ocean waters? Probably not as more earthquakes increase worldwide, and along the Ring of Fire.

Surf’s Up!