Confounding Sequence of Big Quakes Rattle Santa Cruz Islands

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posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 02:19 PM
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I found that perculiar aswell....the amount of quakes at exactly 10km depth. Is the fault/plate only this thick? which is very thin in geophysical terms isnt it?

And if so, wouldnt that make the possibility of the crust in this area easily breaking off/moving up/displaced?




posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 02:28 PM
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USGS uses 10 km as a default depth value (and sometimes 33 km) until they have time to work out the actual depth. Depth is difficult to pinpoint, unless the earthquake is directly under a seismometer. As the seismologists finish reviewing each quake, the depths should be revised with error estimates. Hope this helps.



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 03:38 PM
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Originally posted by Olivine
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USGS uses 10 km as a default depth value (and sometimes 33 km) until they have time to work out the actual depth. Depth is difficult to pinpoint, unless the earthquake is directly under a seismometer. As the seismologists finish reviewing each quake, the depths should be revised with error estimates. Hope this helps.


Well that is something to take a picture of and send home to Uncle Ed. This ultra-sophisticated scientific organization, sharing its data with the world, puts up 10km as a placeholder? Who came up with that decision? They don't even explain it on the charts as far as I know. Thank you for clearing this up, as it was something I was wondering about more than once.



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 07:03 PM
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We need TrueAmerican back to analyze all the latest quakes of the last few hours, lots of 5's and high 4's and more all around the prime area in the Soloman Islands and then a couple up towards New Guinea and Indonesia. Check out the map, it's still very interesting and from the latest activity it doesn't seem to be letting up.
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posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 07:19 PM
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They seem to be slowing down, getting smaller and contracting in area to the original 7.9. Looking like aftershocks now. But that is only the last 12 hours, could spike again. It sure was worrisome there for a while with the area expanding and the mags still so high. There should have been a tsunami alert for the Pacific, at least to let people know to keep an ear on the radio/television for the possiblity of an evacuation order. Why didnt that happen? Just because the first one only produced a tsunami of 1 meter does not mean that subsequent ones wouldnt do worse.



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 07:40 PM
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Things do seem to be normalizing now. I'd give it another 24 hours before assuming anything.



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 07:54 PM
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This may interest persons watching the Solomon Island region's Santa Cruz quake storms.



Thermochemical Piles And Cataclysmic Volcanic Eruptions In A Mega Ultra Low Velocity Zone

www.science20.com...

Perhaps it's coincidence that the article came out earlier today ... but, since the Santa Cruz quakes have been rattling for well over a week now ... maybe it's not coincidence.

This article is about LONG TERM effects/events so don't get all hari-kari, "doomsday" with it. The progression is in millions of years.



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 08:55 PM
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I thought you all might be interested in seeing this- the last 30 days of activity in that area:



It doesn't necessarily mean anything...But still- curious for those that like to try and derive patterns of activity.

Now that's just 4.5+ activity. Everything BELOW 4.5 is not being displayed, so you are not really seeing a true picture of the activity.

I've been having some trouble with G.SANVU, the station in Vanuato, which is actually the closest active station to the activity, and curiously, not being used by the USGS much it seems in phase data for these quakes.

BUT, I just found a work around, and now am really seeing the extent of that fault movement. It remains highly active, with sub 4.5 quakes occurring just about constantly. So look at all those maps we've been posting in this thread, and imagine another 200 smaller events, at least, interspersed among what you actually see- and then you'll have a bit better idea of actual. And it's probably more like 500.

This is typical when a fault ruptures. You really aren't getting the whole picture.

As to the map above in this post, that quake down on the lower end of the fault I pointed out now has a bit more meaning- at least to me, when you can see the activity over the last 30 days. Where it's all going I don't know, but it appears that whole area, all the way out to the Samoa, is experienced some kind of increased pressure from the Pacific plate, causing these quakes.

Hopefully it will all just chill out soon...



posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 09:10 PM
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The Samoa/Tonga quake was put at 5.8 Mw by USGS WPhase(No. of sta: 42) and 5.9 Mw by GCMT Centroid tensors,

earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/fm/neic_c000f31w_wmt.php
www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/mtfull.php?id=303826
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posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 10:35 PM
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Interesting...
Soooo....basically....the earth is like a giant, round lava lamp!!!

Neat!
(You young ones might have to Google that!)
WOQ



posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 12:13 AM
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Body Wave (No. of sta:107) - 5.7 Mw, apparent 0.2 difference to GCMT
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earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/fm/neic_c000f31w_fmt.php
 

Feb 7 -

2 successive normal events(6 and 5.8), 2 successive strike-slips, 6.7(may go up from downgrade of 0.1 [NOAA PTWC] ; all tensors say 6.7) and 5.8.

Tonga/Samoa reverse of 5.7/5.8/5.9 USGS Body Wave/WPhase/GCMT
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posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 05:34 AM
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Another 7.1 from the Solomon Islands - 10 km depth. Just when I thought the little devil was about to settle down, too. Hope this is just another aftershock, and not a harbinger of worse things to come, as per TA's confoundment.

Event Time

2013-02-08 11:12:12 UTC
2013-02-08 22:12:12 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
2013-02-08 21:12:12 UTC+10:00 system time

Location

10.925°S 165.875°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
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posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 06:24 AM
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Part of me believes that this 8, these 7s and the countless 6s are balancing out the area and in sum releasing enough energy that could have otherwise been a larger 8, or even a 9 magnitude quake. I don't know the exact Math, but you get it.

Indeed, this latest 7.1M shows things aren't done and adds to the complexity, and unpredictable nature this activity has shown from the beginning. It's clear that the area is still unstable, and that it could possibly be getting ready for a quake as large as a 9 magnitude.



posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 06:47 AM
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Looks like the 7.1 has been downgraded to a 6.8...

MAP 6.8 2013/02/08 11:12:13 -10.904 165.895 18.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS



posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 08:12 AM
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Well this could go either way at this point. They could all be less than the 8.0 from here on out. But if another 7.6+ occurred, I think there would be ample reason to believe at that point they would be foreshocks to a massive 9+. So let's just hope that doesn't happen, and that these remain under that 1 mag threshold.

But man, that fault is not stopping. There are like continuous quakes occurring, one after the other. Too many to report. Watching the live seismic data come in is a bit like watching a fireworks display. We just don't know how big the grand finale's gonna be. Very reminiscent of what happened in Japan.



posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 08:12 AM
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Close call, 7.1
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posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 09:29 AM
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Uh oh, got a big one incoming... stay tuned..

holy crap!, pulling 6e6
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that's looking like 7+
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USGS: 7.0
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Note: latest solution has that depth at 27 km, which does not fit the depth profile at all of previous seismicity for that location... Fricken weird.
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posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 09:42 AM
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Looks like they converted one of the old ones (6.8, I believe) up to 7.1:

M7.1 - 114km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands
2013-02-06 01:23:19 UTC
earthquake.usgs.gov...



posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 09:55 AM
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So what do you think, TA, foreshocks?




posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 11:41 AM
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Last 6 hours alone.




Sure is weird as hell...





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