May 31 2015
A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck Southern California at Salton Sea Volcanic buttes, on Sunday 31st May.
Reports are coming in from viewers that this event was felt fairly strong in San Diego, CA.
Seeing a noteworthy earthquake strike near an active volcano in Southern California is a sign of the greater global seismic unrest currently underway.
It would be wise at this point (in light of the other recent Pacific earthquake activity) for the people of the West coast to at least be placed on a “watch” for possible larger movement.
Even if nothing actually ends up hitting, it is better to do what the Japanese are doing right now, which is warn the population of the possibility of a larger coming earthquake.
Certainly now we can all be on the same page that there IS a temporary increase in activity taking place in multiple locations globally, thus warnings should be issued for a general watch for normally earthquake prone areas, and give instructions to have a plan.
Keep in mind that this 4.1M earthquake struck at a location where “professionals” are concerned about a potential eruption — Salton Sea Volcano could erupt if earthquake / seismic conditions are right (their words not mine). The volcano was elevated to “active” status in 2011 based upon some kind of internal USGS technicality.
The US Geological Survey says there has been a 6.8 magnitude off the southwest coast of Alaska on Friday 29th May 2015 . The epicenter is 110km south-southeast of Ugashik with the center estimated at 33km deep.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that no tsunami was expected. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
On May 25, there was another quake in Alaska’s Fox Islands region magnitude 4.8. It occurred some 96km southwest of Nikolski settlement on Umnak Island and was 38km deep.
With over 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields, Alaska is a seismically-active territory where earthquakes are commonplace. The largest magnitude earthquake in mainland Alaska occurred on October 29, 1968. It registered magnitude 6.5 and was located southeast of the village of Rampart, on the Yukon River.
The magnitude-8.5 offshore quake struck off the Ogasawara islands at a depth of 590km, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake registered as a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 678km.
The temblor was powerful enough to rattle most of Japan, from the southern islands of Okinawa to Hokkaido in the north. Buildings swayed in Tokyo – about 1000km north of the Ogasawara islands – and disrupted some train services in the city. About 400 houses in Saitama prefecture, just north of the capital, were without power, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co.
At Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills shopping and business complex, elevators stopped soon after the earthquake struck the area, forcing hundreds of visitors to climb down the stairs. Among them were about 200 people who came to see the Star Wars exhibit on the 52nd floor.
In Saitama, a woman in her 70s sustained a minor head injury when a ceramic plate fell from a cupboard, local police said. In Kawasaki, just south of Tokyo, a 56-year-old office worker fell down when the quake caught him by surprise and suffered a rib injury, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
Yoshiyuki Sasamoto, a municipal official on Chichijima island, which is part of the Ogasawara island group, told NHK that he initially felt a mild tremor, but when he thought it was over “there was a violent shaking and I couldn’t even stand on my feet.”
At an inn on the Ogasawara island of Hahajima, furniture shook violently, although nothing fell or broke, innkeeper Michiko Orita told NHK. “It was so frightening. The entire house shook and a Buddhist altar violently swayed like I have never experienced before,” she said, adding that all her guests were safe.
The meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami warning because the quake struck so far beneath the earth’s surface. Deep offshore earthquakes usually do not cause tsunamis, and generally cause less damage than shallow ones.
In March 2011, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake rocked northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 18,500 people and ravaged much of the northern Pacific coast. The depth of that quake was just 24km, according to the meteorological agency.
None of these have been the big one predicted, but certainly enough to put all on alert!