Saturday, June 23, 2018

California’s Big One to happen BEFORE we think and will be triggered by ’SLOW EARTHQUAKE'

CALIFORNIA’S San Andreas Fault is being opened-up by a series of “slow earthquakes”, geologists revealed, a discovery which brings the feared ‘Big One’ much closer than previously forecasted.

Geologists from the Arizona State University (ASU) discovered California's infamous San Andreas Fault is affected by a sequence of small movements called slow earthquakes, each releasing energy along the fault over a period of months.
These movements are too weak to be felt by people but have a devastating impact on the area.
Experts believe these “accelerations and decelerations” experienced by the fault can trigger destructive tremors such as the magnitude 6 earthquake that hit Parkfield in 2004.
This discovery overturned the long-standing belief the fault was slowly and safely releasing energy which reduced the chances of a big earthquake.Mostafa Khoshmanesh, lead author of the research and researcher at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), said: “What looked like steady, continuous creep was actually made of episodes of acceleration and deceleration along the fault.”
In fact, this constant movement increases the pressure along the San Andreas Fault, and the chances of the ‘Big One’ taking place, a hypothetical earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater expected to tear apart the fault.
Manoochehr Shirzaei, assistant professor in SESE and co-author of the paper, explained: “We found that movement on the fault began every one to two years and lasted for several months before stopping.
“These episodic slow earthquakes lead to increased stress on the locked segments of the fault to the north and south of the central section.”
Mr Shirzaei pointed out that these very parts of the fault experienced two 7.9 magnitude tremors, the worst-ever recorded earthquakes in the area, in 1857 (Fort Tejon) and 1906 (San Francisco). 
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The San Andreas Fault is affected by a sequence of small movements, geologists discovered
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The 'Big One' could be much closer than previously forecasted
The geologists linked the phenomenon of slow earthquakes with bigger tremors using the data gathered by a synthetic aperture radar from orbit between 2003 and 2010.
This radar creates two or three-dimensional images of objects, including volcanoes and faults, providing a finer resolution than normal radars.
Studying the month-by-month changes in the ground along the central part of the fault, the experts could determine the damage made by slow earthquakes.
Mr Khoshmanesh said: ”We found that this part of the fault has an average movement of about three centimetres a year, a little more than an inch. 
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Experts believe the slow earthquakes will trigger a bigger quake
"But at times the movement stops entirely, and at other times it has moved as much as 10 centimeters a year, or about four inches."
This new study uncovers a new type of fault motion and earthquake triggering mechanism never before included in current models of earthquake hazards.
As a consequence, it nullifies previous forecast arguing the Big One may happen in decades.
Mr Khoshmanesh said: "Based on current time-independent models, there's a 75 percent chance for an earthquake of magnitude 7 or larger in both northern and southern California within next 30 years."
But Mr Shirzaei added: "Based on our observations, we believe that seismic hazard in California is something that varies over time and is probably higher than what people have thought up to now."
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Morning Review

Good Day to you all! An earlier morning review today as we see some aggitation this morning with a Double earthquake in Solomon Islands. Two over 5R events, a 5.5R and a 5.8R at the turn of the day this morning. With five 5R events so far it looks like a day with activity. Hawaii is also reminds us that activity there is to stay and run its course of time. Two events, a 4.0 R and a 5.3R already. A 5.1 R in Venezuela, similar in Chile, and a 4.6R in East of Turkey, in Iran-Turkey border.  This is all the significant activity so far. Be Safe Be Good!

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Friday, June 22, 2018

6.1R in Vanuatu

The ink did not dry yesterday when I reported the Salta Argentina earthquake, after a very quiet start of the day. Summer Solstice yesterday and it was coming as we can see here. Just after my post we have had a 6.1R in Vanuatu, hence confirming that solstices are earthquakeprone dates.

MagnitudeMw 6.1
Date time2018-06-21 21:13:32.6 UTC
Location17.73 S ; 168.20 E
Depth30 km
Distances13 km W of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 36,000 / local time: 08:13:32.6 2018-06-22
535 km N of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 08:13:32.6 2018-06-22
1086 km W of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,400 / local time: 09:13:32.6 2018-06-22

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Moon Today

The moon today is 61% as can be seen above and also the moon is on zero declination as can be seen by the planetary declinations above.

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Happy solstice, everyone!

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice is your signal to celebrate summer. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, winter starts at this solstice. This 2018 June solstice takes place on June 21 at 10:07 UTC; translate UTC to your time. In North America and U.S. time zones, that’s June 21 at 7:07 a.m. ADT, 6:07 a.m. EDT, 5:07 a.m. CDT, 4:07 a.m. MDT, 3:07 a.m. PDT, 2:07 a.m. AKDT (Alaskan Daylight Time) and 12:07 a.m. HAST (Hawaiian-Aleutian Standard Time). At the instant of this June 2018 solstice, it’s sunrise in the Americas and sunset in Japan and Indonesia. The sun is at zenith (straight overhead) over in South Africa, not far from Polokwane (Pietersburg). The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth; only our clocks and calendars are different.
Keep reading for some quick info that’ll help you connect with nature at this June solstice 2018.
Worldwide map via the U.S. Naval Observatory shows the day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the June solstice (June 21, 2018, at 10:07 UTC). It’s sunrise in the Americas, noon in Africa, and sunset in Japan and Indonesia.
Solstice brings extremes of daylight and darkness. Earth’s orbit around the sun – and tilt on its axis – have brought us to a place in space where our world’s Northern Hemisphere has its time of greatest daylight: its longest day and shortest night. Meanwhile, the June solstice brings the shortest day and longest night south of the equator.
The June solstice gives us the year’s northernmost sunrise and northernmost sunset. The northernmost sunrise and sunset deliver the year’s longest period of daylight to the Northern Hemisphere yet the shortest period of daylight in the Southern Hemisphere. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun neither rises nor sets but stays above the horizon for 24 hours around the clock. South of the Antarctic circle, the sun neither rises nor sets but stays beneath the horizon for 24 hours.
In the Northern Hemisphere, noontime shadows are shortest at this solstice. On this solstice, the sun takes its most northerly path across the sky for the year. It’s the year’s highest sun, as seen from the Tropic of Cancer and all places north. Thus your noontime shadow is shortest.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. This solstice marks the lowest sun and longest noontime shadow for those on the southern part of Earth’s globe.
View larger. | Nikolaos Pantazis wrote: “Every year, on the days around summer solstice, the setting sun aligns with that rock, near the village of Platanos, Peloponnese, Greece.”
Each solstice marks a “turning” of the year. Even as this northern summer begins with the solstice, throughout the world the solstice also represents a “turning” of the year. To many cultures, the solstice can mean a limit or a culmination of something. From around the world, the sun is now setting and rising as far north as it ever does. The solstice marks when the sun reaches its northernmost point for the year. After the June solstice, the sun will begin its subtle shift southward on the sky’s dome again.
Thus even in summer’s beginning, we find the seeds of summer’s end.
Longest day for Northern Hemisphere, but not the latest sunset. The latest sunset doesn’t come on the day of the summer solstice. Neither does the earliest sunrise. The exact dates vary with latitude, but the sequence is always the same: earliest sunrise before the summer solstice, longest day on the summer solstice, latest sunset after the summer solstice.
Shortest day for Southern Hemisphere, but not the latest sunrise. The latest sunrise doesn’t come on the day of the winter solstice. Neither does the earliest sunset. The exact dates vary with latitude, but the sequence is always the same: earliest sunset before the winter solstice, shortest day on the winter solstice, latest sunset after the winter solstice.

At very northerly latitudes now, the sun is up all night. Here is the sun at 3 a.m. - as seen around a June solstice by EarthSky Facebook friend Birgit Boden in northern Sweden.  Thank you, Birgit!
At very northerly latitudes now, the sun is up all night. Here is the sun at 3 a.m. – as seen near a June solstice by EarthSky  in northern Sweden.
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Researchers say an earthquake emoji could save lives

Earthquake scientists are campaigning for an earthquake emoji because they believe it could help save lives during the violent natural disasters, reports Newsweek. Currently, there are emojis for other natural disasters including volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and cyclones. The scientists say that those universally recognizable emoji help save lives because people–no matter what their language–can recognize the glyphs. As Chris Rowan, a geologist at the Kent State University, told Newsweek: “If you have a symbol that everyone uses, then you can communicate that information in a timely manner.”
Of all natural disasters, earthquakes affect the most people each year. The death toll from earthquakes that occurred between 2010 and 2015 topped a quarter of a million people. The earthquake scientists are currently reaching out to designers to help with designing the earthquake emoji. Once they’ve found a suitable one, they will submit it to the Unicode Consortium.
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Today's Review. (21-6-18)

On the longest day of the year, the summer solstice  also known as midsummer, occurs when a planet's rotational axis, or geographical pole on either its Northern or its Southern Hemisphere, is most greatly inclined toward the earth that it orbits. On the summer solstice, Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. Today normally we expect a lot of strong events. The above list this late time of the day shows just ONE 5.7R event in Argentina. All other events as smaller than 5R. This shows how innefective the planetary combinations are right now. We may see some strong events over the next 2 days however, due to Neptune station retro as well. However overall it looks like subdued and we love it this way. Keep smiling Be Good!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Small Double 4.7R and 4.8R in Nepal

A 4.5R earthquake has been reported this monring 41km East of Dhankuta in Nepal according to EMSC. We have no further news on this small event.
This came as the SUN is Square Moon and Vesta in this region as you can see from the map below.
The national Siesmological Institute has reported TWO earthquakes in the space of 6 minutes between them of magnitude 4.7R and 4.8R. As I have explained on numerous occasons here we have a classic DOUBLE because the Moon Squared Vesta and then Squared the SUN approx. 6 minutes later. Wonderful demonstration of the relevance of the planets whatever some people say.


mb 4.5
Date time2018-06-20 04:08:57.4 UTC
Location27.03 N ; 87.74 E
Depth16 km
Distances194 km W of Thimphu, Bhutan / pop: 98,700 / local time: 10:08:57.4 2018-06-20
41 km E of Dhankutā, Nepal / pop: 22,100 / local time: 09:53:57.4 2018-06-20
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This Morning's Review (20-6-2018)

Good Day to you all wherever you are! I like it when I see across the Globe not a single 5R this morning. Just a little 4.5R in NEPAL and this hopefully went like nobody noticed there my friends. Argentina, Guatemala, W. Ausie, Mexico China, Maynmar and Chile all had one of those minor events. Stay Cool and be safe!

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People pile into shelters in quake-hit Osaka Prefecture as rains stir landslide fears

The number of people taking refuge at shelters in earthquake-hit Osaka Prefecture grew by more than 1,000 on Wednesday as rain that started in the early hours sparked fears of landslides, with some residents returning to the facilities.

As of 8 a.m., 1,700 people were staying in public shelters in the prefecture, marking a sharp increase from the 580 on Tuesday night, according to the Osaka Prefectural Government.
The weather agency issued a heavy rain warning for the city of Ibaraki and other parts of the prefecture, forecasting up to 150 millimeters of rainfall in the 24 hours through 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Some areas may see torrential rain with thunder, it said.
Local authorities have covered house roofs damaged in Monday’s earthquake with plastic sheets to prepare for the rain and advised some 1,800 people to evacuate over fears of possible landslides.
Most public elementary and middle schools reopened in the hard-hit city of Takatsuki, but the city of Minoo decided to continue suspending classes at their schools as a precautionary measure.
As minor quakes continued to rattle the area Wednesday, the number of people taking refuge at shelters stood at roughly 1,700 as of 8 a.m., almost unchanged from the figure the previous morning, according to the Osaka Prefectural Government.
“I am scared of the aftershocks, so I am staying at the evacuation center,” said Moriyuki Nakahashi, 67, who sustained a cut on his forehead that required stitches after a bookcase fell on him while he was asleep.
“My house roof is already letting water in, and I am worried because I have not spread a sheet over it,” he added.
“I want to stay here while there are still earthquakes, but I don’t know how long I will be allowed to do so,” said 85-year-old Chizuyo Kobayashi, who was staying at an evacuation center in Takatsuki.
Kobayashi, who has physical disabilities, said she was carried from her apartment on the sixth floor to the ground floor using the stairs, as the elevator failed after the quake.
The magnitude 6.1 quake (lower 6 on the Japanese scale of 7) that rocked the area on Monday morning, with five fatalities reported, was the biggest in the Kansai area since a magnitude 7.3 quake devastated Kobe in adjoining Hyogo Prefecture and its vicinity in 1995, killing more than 6,000 people.
The victims of Monday’s quake included Rina Miyake, a 9-year-old girl in Takatsuki who was hit by a concrete wall that collapsed on her as she was walking to school.
Police have launched an investigation into the fatality, suspecting it could be a case of negligence resulting in death due to shoddy construction, according to investigative sources.
Meanwhile, Sharp Corp. said it is considering ways to offer replacements for Sharp-made televisions and other products damaged in the quake for half their regular price as an expression of “condolences from a company that was born and bred in Osaka,” executive Yoshihiro Hashimoto said.
The electronics firm is headquartered in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Today's Review (19-6-18)

So far the day has evolved very quiet, and we only have had one 5.0R ar the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge. All other earthquake events are below 5R, it seems to be a quiet day. Lets hope so and keep it as such. Be Safe Be Good!

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Early Warning Alarm of the Osaka Earthquake in Japan

Example of Japanese Early Warning System giving warning via the TV sets.

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Landslide alert in Osaka after Japan's 6.1-magnitude earthquake leaves four dead and 381 injured

Tokyo: Japanese authorities on Tuesday issued landslide alerts in Osaka, after a strong earthquake a day earlier measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale left four dead and 381 injured.
Heavy rain is expected to continue until Wednesday in Osaka which may cause landslides as the quake had loosened the terrain, Efe news reported quoting the Japan Meteorological Agency. Government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga advised people to monitor the situation through television and radio news.

Suga also confirmed the death toll and the number of injured while admitting that the exact number of missing in the earthquake that had struck Japan's second most important city on Monday, is not yet known.
The public transport service resumed on Tuesday after 80 flights were cancelled and 113 bullet trains were suspended on Monday, affecting 230,000 commuters. Gas and water supply continued to be interrupted even in cities bordering Osaka, while neighbouring towns have pitched in with assistance as authorities consider relief options.
According to the company Osaka Gas, it will take around 10 days to restore gas supply in the 110,000 homes currently without it. Electricity supply has almost been restored in its entirety to the 170,000 homes that were affected, Efe news reported.
The earthquake, which damaged 334 houses, also caused several buildings to collapse with at least six catching fire, confirmed the fire service.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Jumping Soccer Fans Triggered a Small Earthquake in Mexico

Seismologists in Mexico City have confirmed that soccer fans are literally a force of nature.
Around 10:35 a.m. local time Sunday (June 17), two seismic sensors in Mexico's capital detected a small earthquake moments after the Mexican men's national soccer team scored a goal against Germany during an early World Cup match, The New York Times reported.
According to a translated tweet from the Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations in Mexico, the small earthquake "originated artificially" and was possibly "because of mass jumping" that occurred in celebration of Mexico's game-winning goal. (The team went on to win 1-0 against Germany -- the defending World Cup champions.)
Though the earthquake — known as an "artificial" or "man-made earthquake" in seismology slang — would not have been perceptible to the people of Mexico City, it nevertheless created a big enough rumble to register on multiple seismic instruments, the Institute wrote. The cause was likely "widespread celebration," as evidenced by the more than 75,000 gleeful soccer fans who reportedly mobbed the capital's main square after the game.
You don't need a scientist to tell you that this story is both hilarious and awesome. But the footie-induced tremors are actually not that rare; it turns out that eager sports fans cause artificial earthquakes all the time.
One of the biggest incidents occurred in 2011, when Seattle Seahawks football fans responded to an epic 67-yard touchdown with such ferocious roars and stomps that the activity registered as a magnitude-2.0 earthquake on nearby seismic equipment. Legend remembers this incident as the "Beast Quake," and it even inspired scientists to compare the relative loudness of Seahawks fans to NASCAR fans — another notorious seismic force in the sports community. (The results: Both fandoms are very, very loud.)
Outside of the sports world, man-made earthquakes have been on the rise in the U.S. for several years, largely due to impacts caused by oil and gas production. Hydraulic fracking, for example, involves removing billions of gallons of wastewater from underground oil deposits. For lack of an easier storage solution, a lot of this water then gets pumped back into the ground, where it increases pressure on subterranean rocks and can trigger serious earthquakes.
In Oklahoma, where fracking is common, earthquake frequency has multiplied by 600 times the state's pre-fracking rate, Live Science previously reported. "We suspect the vast majority of these earthquakes are from produced wastewater," Austin Holland, head seismologist for the Oklahoma Geological Survey, told Live Science.
So, yes: the might of exuberant sports fans is clearly a force to be reckoned with. But mankind will continue shaking the world long after the World Cup closes.
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Guatemala SHAKEN by earthquake as 5.6 magnitude tremor hits


The quake was also felt in El Salvador

AN EARTHQUAKE of 5.6 magnitude has hit the country of Guatemala, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The tremor was recorded at a depth of 100km.
It was located 67 km southwest of Guatemala City, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.
It hit at 03:32 BST on Monday morning, 22:32 on Sunday local time.
The quake was also felt in neighbouring El Salvador.
Strong shaking was felt but "all is calm," Guatemala's disaster agency said in a statement.
A witness said tremors were not felt in the capital Guatemala City.
The quake comes only two weeks after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, leaving dozens dead, injured, or missing.
The epicentre of today’s quake was near the Pacific Coast less than 12 miles (18.7 km) from Escuintla, an area at the Fuego volcano's base that suffered the most deaths and injuries from eruptions of gas and ash that began two weeks ago.
At least 110 people died and 197 people are still missing following the volcanic eruption in May.
Some survivors of the volcano lost all members of their family in the lava, ash and gas.
Three days of national mourning were held after the eruption.

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Osaka earthquake: Three dead after 6.1-magnitude tremor

The earthquake hit the Japanese city just before 8am on Monday, killing three people, including a nine-year-old girl.

Three people have died and more than 200 others were injured after a powerful earthquake shook the Japanese coastal city of Osaka and nearby areas during the morning rush hour on Monday.
The victims were named as Rina Miyake, a 9-year-old girl, and Minoru Yasui, an 80-year-old man, who died when they were hit by collapsing walls after the magnitude-6.1 quake struck just before 8am local time, media said. A second man, Motochika Goto, 85, was crushed by a falling bookcase at his home.

The quake, which did not trigger a tsunami, left more than 170,000 households without power in Osaka prefecture and neighbouring Hyogo prefecture, where an earthquake killed more than 6,400 people in the city of Kobe in January 1995.
Monday’s earthquake was of a relatively low magnitude but caused violent shaking due to its shallow depth of 13km. It registered up to a lower-6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 0 to 7. Quakes of a lower-6 intensity make it hard for people to stay on their feet and can topple unsecured furniture and other items.
Officials warned of possible strong aftershocks. “There are fears that the risk of house collapses and landslides has increased in the areas shaken strongly,” said Toshiyuki Matsumori of the country’s meteorological agency. “Please make sure that you are fully on alert about seismic activities and information on rainfall, and stay clear of dangerous places.”
Experts said the earthquake could have involved a fault that has not moved for more than 10,000 years.
“We may have to consider the possibility of even greater earthquakes following, as happened in the quakes in Kumamoto,” Kyodo news quoted Shinji Toda, an earthquake geology professor at Tohoku University, as saying.
Dozens of people were killed in Kumamoto in south-western Japan in April 2016 after two powerful earthquakes struck within two days of each other.
TV coverage of the immediate aftermath of the Osaka quake showed ruptured underground pipes spewing water on to the street, while firefighters were seen tackling a blaze at a home on the city’s northern outskirts. A number of other fires were reported.
Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities had been detected at three nuclear plants in the region. Several rail services were suspended, including the bullet train. Television images showed passengers getting off trains and walking along the tracks between stations.
The car manufacturer Daihatsu said it had suspended operations at its plants in Osaka and nearby Kyoto, while the consumer electronics firm Sharp said its factories were operating normally.
“I saw the ceiling and the floor undulating, and I could barely stand. I was very scared,” Katsufumi Abe, who was at Osaka’s main railway station when the quake struck, told Kyodo.

The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said the government was assessing the damage and that its priority was to rescue anyone trapped inside buildings. He said he had instructed officials to “swiftly collect information on the damage, do their utmost to rescue people and save lives… and provide timely information to the public”.
An American visitor to the city described being woken up by violent shaking. “We were sleeping and it woke us up abruptly,” Kate Kilpatrick, who was staying in a hotel in Osaka, told Reuters. “It was so terrifying because this is my first earthquake. I thought it was a nightmare because I was so confused. The whole world was aggressively shaking.”
Some residents said their homes had not suffered structural damage but that the shaking had sent objects flying off shelves.
Monday’s earthquake was the third measuring higher than magnitude-4 to have struck Japan – one of the world’s most seismically active countries – in recent days.
In March 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people along Japan’s north-east coast.
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Venus and Today's Review (18-06-18)

Good Morning to you, the best audience in the world!
I hope each one of you is in good health and thriving. Here is a brief review of the global events so far today. From the list above we see the morning has started a little aggitated, with a 5.6R in Guatemala which was felt in Guatemala City. Following yestrdays 6.1R  Osaka event where people died one cannot but feel nervous and on edge today. If we look at the planetary aspects first geocentricall,y (first chart below),  we see the most important aspect in my view is Venus approaching North Node to be exact conjunct in 2 days, and this combination is opposte Mars/S Node, Mars is receedinghowever. So this opposition is not as dramatic.  If we examine briefly the Heliocentric view of the planets, (last chart), we observe Venus is an issue being exactly square Saturn. So Venus is the name of the game and if Venus is prominent in your life, you may notice it. :)

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Today's Review

The above list of today's (17/6/18) earthquake events across the globe show a fairly strong 5.5R in LUZON in Philippines, as the strongest earthquake so far today.  Papua New Guinea also received a 5.0R but all the other events are below 5R. This is on a day where the South Node is still conjunct with Mars presenting itself as the major planetary event of the day geocentrically and the quincunx between Neptune and the Moon. Alternatively, Heliocentrically the prominent aspect today is the semi square between Jupiter and Saturn.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Earthquake Review of 15th June 2018

A day so far not too different from the last few days. A single 5.6R near the coast Indonesia and all other events count less than 5R. So nothing exciting yet.

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Videoclip of Hawaii lava flow

Amazing video clip of Kilauea's gushing molten rock flow like a river. Unstopableforces of nature.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

13th June Planetaries

Planetary alignment tomorrow 13th June is shown here. At the same time we have partial solar eclipse visible from some parts of southern Australia, including those in Adelaide and Melbourne, who will see a very small fraction of the eclipse. A majority of this partial eclipse of the Sun will take place over the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This eclipse will be in 22 degrees Gemini. We have also Mars in 8 deg aquarius exactly conjunct the South Node, sesquisq. the eclipse.

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