It is only 2 days into 2011 and we have had TWO magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquakes!
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile on Sunday, prompting tens of thousands to flee the coast for higher ground amid fears it could generate a tsunami like the one that ravaged the area last year.
"Earthquake Hits Argentina Is 7.0 Magnitude
Usually if a tremor is shallow the force of the quake goes deep into the Earth, and fewer people feel it, as was the case in Argentina on Saturday.
On Friday a tornado killed and injured many in Missouri and Arkansas, and it is a rare occurrence to have a tornado in late December."
- Magnitude 7.1 ARAUCANIA, CHILE January 02, 2011
- Magnitude 7.0 SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA January 01, 2011
- Magnitude 7.3 VANUATU REGION December 25, 2010
- Magnitude 7.4 BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION December 21, 2010
- Magnitude 6.5 SOUTHEASTERN IRAN December 20, 2010
- Magnitude 6.5 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION December 08, 2010
- Magnitude 6.7 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA December 02, 2010
- Magnitude 6.8 BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION November 30, 2010
These most recent "big ones" on both days of this brand new year were in different countries; Chile and Argentina.
The locations of these 2011 quakes are a considerable distance from one another.
If the second, more recent one in Chile, had been in close proximity, then it might could even be considered a large aftershock to the preceding one in Argentina.
However, the locations are far enough apart that this is not the case and both of these events are independent high magnitude quakes.
This back to back occurrence is bound to be highly unusual.
Please recall that in September of last year we had the 7.0 quake in Christchurch which even though occurring over a large metropolitan area, resulted in no casualties and only only moderate injury.
Please see previous blog entry detailing this:
Following this, there has been an unprecedented, continuous earthquake swarm at Christchurch which continues to date, with the latest tally now at 4,190.
Please refer to the blog entry covering this anomaly:
The U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday that the quake, initially registered at 6.9, hit at 6:56 a.m. about 150 kilometers (115 miles) northeast of Santiago del Estero at a depth of 563 kilometers (350 miles).
In all probability, the focus of many would instantly turn form the distractions of these fleeting earthbound lives, to God, if the world turned upside down!