Ishinomaki, Japan – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has just struck Japan. Earlier Friday morning a massive 7.3 quake hit 245 KM SE of Kamaishi, Japan. This latest tremor was centered 237km ESE of Ishinomaki.
While I’m not a geologist, I have been reporting on earthquakes at The Guardian Express Newspaper for almost a year. This year has perhaps been the most reticent year for seismic activity over the last 10 years. However, the end of November through the month December it does appear there’s been an extreme shift in the number of earthquakes detected when compared with this same time in each of the 10 previous years. The recent upsurge seems to be connected to a location around the Marianas trench.
The Marianas Trench is the deepest part of Pacific Ocean. In fact, it is the deepest area of water on earth. The Trench forms the boundary between two tectonic plates. The way the system works the Pacific Plate sub-ducts beneath its smaller counter part the Mariana Plate in the west. Interestingly, the movement of these plates is also indirectly responsible for forming the Mariana Islands; a subject I will continue in a follow up article later this evening.
But let me just point out that there have been 38 quakes today of which 22 of them have occurred in Japan with the rest of them occurring around the Marianas Trench. This included Papua New guinea’s 5.6., Oiemo China’s 5.3. Tokoroa, New Zealand’s 6.3 and Mexico’s 4.9.
There are no reports as of yet out Japan telling us if there was any property damage of loss of life.
Please stay with us. We will bring you the latest news on these seismic events as they become available.