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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 18:10:07 UTC
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 09:10:07 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)
NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
27 km (16 miles) NNW of Attu, Alaska
87 km (54 miles) WNW of Shemya Island, Alaska
3180 km (1975 miles) W of WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory, Canada
3236 km (2010 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
horizontal +/- 16.8 km (10.4 miles); depth +/- 4.5 km (2.8 miles)
NST=250, Nph=250, Dmin=85.7 km, Rmss=0.83 sec, Gp=115°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
If, as stated above, the charge differential between layers becomes too great, a double layer can explode, releasing all of its energy flow instantaneously. So, earthquakes can be considered a form of underground lightning. If there is a break in the strata, permitting magma to reach the surface, the arc discharge might connect to the outside and a lightning bolt will leap from the cone of a volcano.
If earthquakes are underground lightning bolts, then perhaps seismic waves are the thunderclaps. In that case, it seems likely that the majority of energy release during an earthquake is not from the fracturing and movement of rock strata, but is the result of electrical energy detonating within the matrix.