Have a look at the following images of the latest earthquakes in the world for the past 7 days:
First, the IRIS Seismic Monitor
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The Live Global Earthquake Incident Map
3D Map of the Pacific "Ring of Fire"
3D Map of Japan Earthquake and Aftershock Swarm
At the time of writing, USGS is conservatively report a total of 408 earthquakes around the globe over the last 7 days. The actual total should be somewhere over 600, due to the manipulation, deletion and suppression of earthquake data by the information agency. It must be noted that in 2006, then President, George W. Bush mandated that the USGS withhold evidence and information regarding major seismic and volcanism activity in the United States and around the globe, including the status of Yellowstone. Five years later, President Obama still has not repealed or canceled the order. Therefore, it is still in effect.
What is certain, whether or not USGS reports on it, is that the monster earthquake that devastated Japan was a monumental shift not just on the coastline and landscape of the island, but more importantly on the surface of Earth. There are already varying opinions on the actual changes to the planet. The Geospatial Information Authority in Tsukuba, Japan data revealed that the March 11 tremors shifted the Oshika Peninsula, near the epicentre by just over 17 feet and dropped it by just over 4 feet. Satoko Oki of the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute said the massive quake shifted Earth on its axis by as much as 4 inches, moving Japan closer eastward to the United States by up to a staggering 13 feet. Based on calculations using data received from global positioning satellites and stations, the redistribution of mass by the quake effectively shortened each day by a couple millionths of a second.
The greatest impact of the magnitude 9 earthquake was the Pacific Basin, where an arc of volcanoes and fault lines constitutes the "Ring of Fire." The quake shifted stress from different parts of fault lines to others, creating a trench in the sea floor of approximately 240 miles long and 120 miles wide, as tectonic plates slide above and beneath one another. One plate adjust downwards by 30 feet. The effect of this can be seen in the 3D earthquake map with the continuous succession of earthquakes along the arc and the perpetual aftershock swarms in Japan rising like space elevator into the sky with over 300 aftershocks at magnitude 5 and over. This pervasive distribution of stress by these successions and swarms is already piling on additional pressure up the nearby segments, which more than likely will escalate towards a breaking point, triggering another great earthquake. Based on this distribution of stress, I am of the view that the tectonic plates beneath Tokyo will soon yield to this pressure, ultimately resulting in a dramatic sinking of sections of Japan. Already, 250 miles of the coastal section of the country has dropped in altitude by two feet. Given that Japan sits at the juncture of the Eurasia Plate, the North American Plate and the Indo-Australian Plate, I also expect to see major seismic activity in Indonesia and America due to the subduction zones.
Today in Indonesia, up to 1,200 people had to flee an active volcano in its northern region.
The evacuations were made from two villages near Mount Karangetang, on Siau Island, the country's National Disaster Management Agency said. Local and national officials estimated the number of evacuees at between 800 - 1,200 people, with damage reported to a home, a church and some bridges. The nearly 6,000-foot (1,827-meter) volcano is one of Indonesia's most active. An eruption in August killed four people. Late last week, Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Disaster Management Agency raised the volcano's alert status to its highest level, after noting increased activity on March 11. Ash clouds from Mount Karangetang reached 7,500 feet (2,300 meters) over the weekend, with lava reported flowing down the mountainside. - CNN.Volcanism in Indonesia is perhaps the most active along the "Ring of Fire," and when you couple that fact with the recent upsurge in earthquakes, sinkholes, cracking, flooding and loss of land elevation; then it is not hard to see that a significant geological displacement will happen there soon.
Speaking of earthquakes, 500 tremors left Nanded residents in India in a grip of fear.
Taking the rising scale of the tremors and the subsequent fear in the people of Nanded into account, the state government has appointed a committee of the geology experts from three renowned institutions to study the seismic activity in Nanded. With 500 incidences of tremors since 2007 -highest being 3.17 on Richter scale two weeks ago – the local administration apprehensive that if it crosses 5 on Richter scales, it could cause damage to the human lives and property. A committee of experts in geology and earth sciences from Geological Survey of India, Swami Ramanand Teerth University, Nanded and National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad has been constituted to study the micro generation. The committee will identify the most affected and vulnerable areas and the potential damage due to the tremors. State government has released the calamity fund of Rs46.66 lakh last week to facilitate the study. “This is the phenomena we have been experiencing since 2007. The villagers experience mild tremors and rumbling from the earth. The tremors are experienced generally in the post monsoon season. The latest one of 3.17 on Richter scale being the largest tremor so far. If the scale reaches 5, it could cause serious damage. We have taken the rise in scale very seriously,” said Nishikant Deshpande, resident district collector, Nanded. Of nearly 51.76 sq km of the total area of the city and rural Nanded district, more than 20 sq km is affected with the tremors. Sneh Nagar, Pawadebaug, Agricultural college, Shreya Nagar are most affected areas in Nanded. After 39 shocks in barely two hours on March 3, 2011 led to the apprehension among the people who spent two sleepless nights. The committee was constituted immediately after the tremors. - DNA India.Over the weekend, three aftershocks, one a strong 5.1 magnitude, rattled earthquake-weary residents of Christchurch in New Zealand.
Christchurch was ravaged by a 6.3 earthquake on February 22 that killed more than 150 people and has experienced many aftershocks in the month since then. But three tremors rolled across the city in quick succession on Sunday night, one of 3.0 at 9.43pm (1943 AEDT), the second of 5.1 four minutes later and the third of 2.9. The second and third shocks were in almost exactly the same location - 10km east of the city and 10km and llkm deep. No damage was immediately reported. One source told NZPA the first tremor was what Christchurch residents had become accustomed to as a "fairly standard" aftershock but the second jolt was much stronger and lasted far longer. Many aftershocks have been recorded since the "big one" in February. – Herald Sun.Meanwhile, in the Philippines an earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.4 rocked the northern regions on Sunday, but there were no initial reports of damages, the government's volcanology and seismology institute said.
The quake, centred offshore 117 km northeast of Laoag city on the main Philippine island of Luzon, was felt as far as the capital Manila, the institute said in a report posted on its website. "It's quite big so we are calling and checking on islands in the north, but there are no reports of damages yet," Ismael Narag, officer in charge of the seismology department at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, told Reuters. - 7 News.
In Afghanistan, a mild earthquake with its epicentre in the Hindukush region in Afghanistan hit the Kashmir valley on Monday.
The tremor of magnitude 5.8 occurred around 3.20 in the afternoon and lasted for three seconds, MeT officials have said. The jolt, which was felt in almost all parts of the valley, prompted people to rush out of buildings fearing repeat of the 2005 quake, which devastated several border areas of the valley, including Srinagar. There was no report of any damage due to the tremor. - India Today.
What will happen next? Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Massive Japan Aftershocks and Seismic Upheavals on LISS!
Japan's northeast coast today, measuring above magnitude 6.0 and occurring within about two-and-a-half hours of each other. The first aftershock measured 6.6, followed by a 6.4 and then a 6.6. No tsunami warning was issued. There have been about 600 aftershocks since the monster 9.0 magnitude quake that initially hit Japan more than a week ago, but these latest aftershocks are some of the strongest ones since then. At the time of writing this update, there have been 18 aftershocks since the start of today alone. The three strong aftershocks had a depth between 9.6 to 16.8 miles, occurring off the east coast of Honshu and was felt as far as northeast of the capital Tokyo.
The telemetry data from station MAJO in Japan for the Live Internet Seismic Server (LISS) illustrates the seismic upheavals.
As a matter of fact, practically all of the monitoring stations on LISS are showing a tremendous spike in their respective telemetric data. Just have a look at the stations in nearby China:
This spike is also reflected in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Data Buoy Center data for Station 21418 in northeast Tokyo. According to NOAA, the "Event data from DART Station 21418 has exhibited spikes in the data due to electronics noise that are not an indication of water level."
Interestingly, Indonesia was rocked by two earthquakes today as well, a 4.6 in Java and a 4.7 in Southern Sumatra. The Java quake had a depth of 25.2 miles with a distance of up to 140 miles, where rumblings was felt near southwest of Jakarta and Bandung. The Sumatra quake had a depth of 59.7 miles with a distance of up to 373 miles near the western regions of Jakarta and the southern sections of Singapore.
Like I have said before, the distribution of seismic stress on the tectonic plates will ultimately result in more devastation in Japan and other countries along the Pacific "Ring of Fire."
UPDATE: Massive SUNSPOT 1165 Emerges - Here Comes Trouble?
According to Space Weather, the situation of Earth changes will be compounded soon with the introduction of geomagnetic storms.
HERE COMES TROUBLE? A big sunspot is emerging over the sun's southeastern limb, and it is crackling with activity. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a surge of extreme ultraviolet radiation from the sunspot's magnetic canopy on March 21st. This appears to be the return of old sunspot 1165, last seen in early March when it formed on the sun's southwestern limb. Since then it has been transiting the far side of the sun, apparently growing in size and restlessness. The potential for trouble will become more clear in the hours ahead as the active region emerges in full. Stay tuned.Stay tuned, indeed.