Recent Earthquake/Volcanic Activity

Recent Earthquake Activity Pattern
By Will Hart

The occurrence of earthquakes around the globe over the past 5 months shows a pattern of concentration in certain regions and locations. Major earthquakes hit Japan, Central California, the Solomon and Philippine Islands and off the coast of Nicaragua.

Over the past month, late December to late January, the activity has been focused in the region surrounding the Indian Ocean. On Dec. 26, 2004 a magnitude 9.0 caused a tsunami that delivered widespread death and destruction throughout the area. The super-quake has been followed by waves of smaller tremors in the 4 to 6.0, range. The epicenters have varied from 3 to 8 degrees N. latitude and in a narrow band 92-96 degrees E. longitude.

The coordinates of recent (Jan. 19-25) earthquake activity given below reveal the above outlined pattern. In addition, we find a concentration of tremors occurring in the Western Hemisphere, longitudes 80-90 W. but in same band of latitude (3-8 degrees N.) relative to the Equator only south of it. We find it of interest that most of the quakes are occurring within a fairly narrow lateral band on both sides of the globe; and also narrow longitudinal bands. Why are so many tremors occurring near the equatorial belt?

Perhaps the more important feature of this pattern is that the majority of the quakes on the near equator band on both sides of the planet have near antipodal relationship 92-94 E to 80 W. longitude. Is this revealing a hidden symmetry a kind of echo or Doppler Effect as one quake rocks the east, the shockwaves are transmitted to the other side, trigger a quake in the west and bounce back?

Recent Quakes between 4.0 and 6.3 magnitude(s)

Latitude Longitude

7.99 94 E. Nicobar Is. (India region)
2.91 94 E. “
8.30 93 E.
3.23 96 E. Sumatra
24 S 179 E Fiji
3.98 N 127 E
69 138 E Siberia
49 154 “ Russia
26 S 26 E S. Africa
37 N 43 E. Turkey
22 100 E. China
33 46 E. Iran Iraq border (2)
13 92 E. Andaman Is.
7.39 N 92 E. Nicobar Is.
4.70 N 96 E. No Sumatra

61.47 151 W. Alaska
11 58 North Atlantic
43 56 W. North Atlantic
1.42 S 80 W. Ecuador
1.40 80 W “
1.39 80 W. “
53.40 158 W Alaska
29.40 S 71 W. Chile
9.58 N 84.W. Costa Rica
3.49 S 77.75 W. Ecuador
2.35 S 80.59 W. “

Most of the earthquakes are occurring close to the equator, some also far north and a few at mid-latitudes; three principal west longitudes emerge, 80 West, 151 and several at 56 longitudes.

Volcanic Activity (1/19-1/25)

10 N. 123 E Canalon PI
16 N. 145 E. Anahatan
19.5 N 104 W Colima, MX
14.47 N 90 W. Fuego Guat.
19.5 N 155 W Kiluea HI
56 N 160 E. Kamchatcka
4.10 S 145 E. New Guinea
14.38 N 90 W. Pacaya Guat.
19.02 N 98 W. Mt Popo, MX
4.21 S 152 E. New Guinea
16.72 N 62 W. Soufiere west Indies
46 122 W St. Helens
1.47 S 78 W. Ecuador
56 N 160 W. Alaska
56 N 160 E Russia
O S 77 W. Ecuador
61 N 152 W Alaska
37 N 15 E. Mt Aetna
29 N 129 E Japan
1.52 S 29 E. Congo

The situation with volcanic activity is equally dramatic. There has been a surge of volcanism sine late summer. In Sept. Mt. Aetna, Mauna Loa, and Mt. Kiki in Japan sprang to life along with volcanoes in Guatemala, Columbia, Alaska, Indonesia, the Congo and Russia. Then St. Helens started spewing ash and tremors appear, right now it is forming a lava dome and remains active.

Over the past month we have a pattern of lateral bands of volcanic activity at or just north or south of the equator, at or close to 19.5 and north to at 56-60 in Russia and Alaska. The active longitudes are at or near 80 W., 90 W. 145 E and 150-160 W. For those of you familiar with Hoagland’s hyperdimensional theory the 19.5 lateral band will ring a bell as we have 3 active volcanoes on that band


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khefre's picture
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I usually keep an eye on the USGS NEIC information center, which shows significant earthquake activity around the world, in near-real time. It's interesting to see the correlation between the types of activity you mentioned, and watch the relationships with regard to geographical location. Sometimes I see a definite pattern, and other times the events seem to be random.

After the recent tsunami, I thought about the possibility of "inner tsunamis". If the theory of molten core structure is true, and the tectonic event is strong enough, the earth might behave like a giant water balloon that was poked with a finger. You can see the energy waves caused by the poke transmitted throughout the fluid in the enclosed balloon, creating harmonics and interference patterns, sometimes reinforcing, sometimes canceling, but always in motion until the energy dissipates. With the likelihood of a very uneven inner crustal surface, unlike the smooth water balloon, the interior of the earth might act like great deflectors, channeling the energy in unpredictable directions, adding some real "english" to the fluid motion. Reinforcing waves might create intense pressure pockets in some locations, triggering volcanism or cascade-effect tectonic response. I'm not a geologist, but it's an interesting speculation. Any real geologists out there with opinions on interior fluid dynamics?


"What time does the volcano erupt?"
-- Tourist on Mt. Etna in 2000

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If you study what the Sun has been doing during this same period, perhaps you will come to agree with what I've been saying for years. You can take a look at:

It's only going to get worse I'm afraid.

Peace and stay away from falling rocks!