Pacific Rim Getting More Active

The largest global earthquake in nearly three years struck about 200 miles from both Fiji and Tonga Sunday at 12:19 local time and registered 8.2 on the Richter Scale. A second major quake, registering 6.3, struck Indonesia's Longbok Island hours later. This video from The Guardian shows the Longok earthquake.

The larger earthquake occurred at a depth of 352 miles which likely prevented greater damage and eliminated the probability of a tsunami which never materialized. The earthquake on Longbok was much shallower (about four miles in depth). Damage and injury reports are yet to come in, but nerves were tense on the island where an August 5 quake (6.9) killed 460 people.

The past week has seen more than a dozen 6+ magnitude quakes around the Pacific Rim. We may want to keep an eye on this as things seem to be heating up.

Ray Davis
for 6 Sense Media