A Violent 6.4 Earthquake Jolted the Vanuatu Region Near Australia Saturday/Sunday

The USGS is reporting that a violent 6.4 magnitude earthquake has jolted the Vanuatu region on Saturday/Sunday. The earthquake was judged to be at a depth of 21.2 miles deep leaving seismologist worried about the potential for Tsunamis to form.

According to U.S, Geological Survey, a quake of this magnitude can pose a grave threat to the loss of life and property.

Presently, their are no reports of any damage or human injury.

The earth moved significantly, near Vila, Efate, Vanuatu.

Alaska as also experienced it share of earthquakes over the weekend and they don’t appear to be slowing down any.

Magnitude 4.5 hit Iran three hours ago, 4.6 slapped Romania, Hawaii received a very mild jolt today. Indonesia was hit with a mild 4.6 magnitude seismic, South America had a 4.5 quake, a 4.4 hit Afghanistan and Alaska took it last hit nine hours ago with a 4.1 earthquake.

earthquake also hit the Alaska region earlier on Saturday with Alaskan’s reporting that this quake seemed to last for several minutes and was one of the strongest quakes they have encountered The earth moved Saturday in the Jujuy Province of Argentina, the US Geological Survey announced in an emailed alert.

China received a fair jolt near Sichuan, China, with a 4.8 ground rumble, and Baja California, near Mexico was toughed with a 2.7 quake.

As it stands, there have been 20 earthquakes today, 207 earthquakes in the past 7 days, 822 earthquakes in the past month and 17,474 earthquakes in the past year.

For education resources about earthquakes for students at the K-6, 7-12 and undergraduate levels, visit the USGS Education page.

The Guardian Express will keep you up to date with the latest ground movement across the globe. Be safe that thank you for visiting.

D. Chandler contributed to this report

6 Responses to "A Violent 6.4 Earthquake Jolted the Vanuatu Region Near Australia Saturday/Sunday"

  1. oldleprechaun   December 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Brad – check the US Geological Service site at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

    Great site. If you’re not familiar with it, you can select different ranges of quake magnitudes and time-frames. Very helpful. Check it out.

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    • Brad Edwards   December 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Oldleprechaun,
      Thanks for the helpful link. I was able to go into the archives and run an analysis for all earthquakes from Dec 2, 2011 until today (one year) and found that the number of 4.0 or higher magnitude earthquakes seems to have dramatically DECLINED from historical averages. There were a total of 8268 earthquakes of this size or higher compared with the average of 14500.

      This can mean a number of things; 1) the seismology of the earth has stabilized 2) there is danger of a major earthquake as the tectonic pressures haven’t adequately been relieved 3) The data doesn’t include all events only those measured and investigated. The third seems least likely as the sensitivity of USGS equipment can measure events accross the globe and can actually pinpoint mining activity in other countries. The first is possible but with constant movement of the earth, oceans, and gravity from the sun and moon, seismic events will tend to regress toward the mean. The second in my humble alarmist opinion is the most probable but pinpointing where is a problem.

      Thanks again for the response, I’ll be sure to use it for further investigations.

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  2. Brad Edwards   December 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

    What range of magnitude does your count for number of earthqaukes span. According to USGS there are about 14500 4.0 or higher earthquakes per year, does your count include minor earthquakes 3.9 or lower. I ask because this is either a year of dramatically increased seismic activity or a very slow year. Or is this merely the number of earthquakes felt this year?

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