MayDay – May 2013 Begins With An Increase In Earthquakes

Here is a list of the earthquakes that occurred over the past 24 hours at a 4.5 magnitude and above: (Note –  Vanuatu is VERY active right now, which starts a chain reaction of quakes worldwide.)

April 30, 2013

A USGS small globe map showing the April 30, 2013 earthquake in the Celebes Sea.

April 30, 2013 earthquake in the Celebes Sea – USGS

4.6 Celebes Sea

5.3 SW Siberia, Russia

4.9 Atacama, Chile

5.9 Azores Islands, Portugal

5.3 Leeward Islands

A USGS small globe showing the April 30, 2013 earthquake in Eastern Kashmir, Russia.

April 30, 2013 earthquake in Eastern Kashmir – USGS

4.6 Eastern Kashmir

5.3 Sulawesi, Indonesia

5.0 Region Metropolitana, Chile

4.8 Tonga

5.3 Balleny Islands Region, Antarctica

A USGS map of the Earth at the South Pole near Antarctica.

April 30, 2013 earthquake off Antarctica – USGS

4.7 Iran-Pakistan Border

4.5 Eastern China

4.9 Vanuatu

4.5 Potosi, Bolivia

May 1, 2013

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

May 1, 2013 earthquake swarm around Vanuatu – USGS

4.6 Vanuatu

5.3 Luzon, Philippines

5.8 Eastern Kashmir (India Meteorological Dept) – 5.4 (USGS)

4.9 Mendoza, Argentina

4.6 Eastern Kashmir

A USGS small globe showing May 1, 2013 7.8 EQ in Iran

May 1, 2013 earthquakes in Southern Iran – USGS

5.1 Vanuatu

4.5 Southern Iran

5,1 Southern Iran

5.7 Offshore Honshu, Japan

4.5 Southern Iran



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!



Earthquake Intensity Increases All Over The Globe

A picture of the Earth with an earthquake crack going down the USA and S America

Increase in earthquake intensity worldwide

There is little doubt that the Earth’s crust is shifting as earthquakes increase in intensity worldwide. Week by week, the planet’s surface is becoming more unstable, and more sinkholes, fissures, landslides, and geysers are surfacing all over the globe.

Let’s look at the earthquakes over 6.0 magnitude that occurred this past week:

6.0  April 13, 2013 Vanuatu

6.6  April 14, 2013 Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea

7.8  April 16, 2013 Iran-Pakistan Border

6.6  April 16, 2013 North Coast Papua New Guinea, PNG

7.2  April 19, 2013 Kuril Islands

6.0  April 19, 2013 Kuril Islands

6.6  April 20, 2013 Western Sichuan, China (this quake occurred merely 2 minutes after midnight on the 20th – there are 23 hours remaining)

Earthquake Swarms Increasing

Over this past week, we have witnessed an increase in earthquake swarms around the globe. Swarms are occurring in:


Iran-Pakistan Border Region

Papua New Guinea

Izu Islands, Japan

Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Honshu, Japan

Oklahoma, USA

Kuril Islands

Sichuan, China

Pay Attention To The Patterns

Merely a few years ago, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake was a big deal. Quakes less than 4.0 were never taken seriously because they typically caused little property damage. Pay attention to the patterns today, though. Week by week and month by month, earthquake magnitudes are creeping higher and higher. We are now witnessing an increase in powerful quakes, and expect to see this pattern rise as the year goes on.