Birth Pangs: Seismic Unrest Intensifies Around The Globe

BIRTH PANGS: Seismic activity continues to reel our planet

Should we be alarmed by all of the seismic activity that is suddenly happening all over the globe? I don’t know if you have noticed, but major earthquakes and earthquake swarms have been shaking key areas of our planet in recent weeks.

On Monday, it was Japan’s turn. It was being reported that a magnitude 6.5 earthquake had been detected southeast of Honshu, Japan, and that immediately got my attention. Whenever a significant earthquake hits Japan, I am always reminded of the looming threat of Mt. Fuji.

One of these days, Mt. Fuji is going to come roaring back to life and Tokyo will be absolutely devastated. Let us hope that such a cataclysm can be put off for as long as possible. Prior to the earthquake near Honshu, a magnitude 7.5 quake rattled northern Peru on Sunday…

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked northern Peru on Sunday, collapsing a 16th-century Catholic church tower although no deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported. The good news is that the quake happened in a sparsely populated region, but it came right after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake had struck the outskirts of Lima…

The quake struck hours after a magnitude 5.1 temblor with the epicenter in the outskirts of Lima rattled the region. Hernando Tavera, head of the Geophysical Institute of Peru, said at least four aftershocks took place after the latter quake, and he warned residents to prepare for more aftershocks.

The coast of Peru sits directly along the Ring of Fire just like the west coast of the United States does, and earlier this month a very alarming earthquake swarm in northern California received quite a bit of attention…

A swarm of earthquakes rumbled under the San Ramon-Danville area Wednesday, measuring as high as 3.9 in magnitude, giving local residents a subtle reminder of the seismic activity deep under the region. The 3.9 magnitude quake struck at 11:43 a.m., followed by an aftershock measuring 2.6 magnitude at 11:46 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A third aftershock with 3.0 magnitude struck at 11:58 a.m. More than a dozen smaller quakes have followed over the last several hours. Could it be possible that the Ring of Fire is moving into a period of increased activity? We know that it is just a matter of time before California is hit by the “Big One”, and so we will want to closely watch the west coast in the months ahead. Meanwhile, the east coast is being shaken as well.

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