Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes off VANUATU – March 9, 2012


An earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude occurred in the Pacific Ocean off Vanuatu on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of damage.

A police official in Port Vila reached by telephone said there had been no reports of damage.

“We have had no reports of any damage here,” the official said.

Based on historical data, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a widespread destructive tsunami.

Are X flares the cause of 7+ earthquakes?

A CME produced by the X5-flare from sunspot AR1429 hit our planet’s magnetic field on March 8th. The impact was weaker than expected, producing only a mild geomagnetic storm. Power grids and other sun-sensitive technologies were unaffected, but is it possible that such an impact can trigger Earthquakes?

There are many theories out there concerning the relation of solar activity to earthquakes, but no real evidence other than statistics.

Last year, at exact the same date (march 7, 2011), there was a “major” solar flare categorized as Class-X3.  4 Days later (roughly the time the flare traveled from the sun to earth) Fukushima happened. Coincidence?

As March 9th unfolds, conditions in the wake of the CME are becoming favorable for stronger geomagnetic storming!  NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of an X-class solar flare today, March 9,  from big sunspot AR1429. The sunspot is almost directly facing Earth, so any such eruptions should be geoeffective.

Today’s powerful Earthquake may be signal of more to come?

Magnitude 7.1
Location 19.109°S, 169.625°E
Depth 36.8 km (22.9 miles)
Distances 61 km (37 miles) NE of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
206 km (128 miles) SE of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
325 km (201 miles) NE of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
1934 km (1201 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.8 km (9.2 miles); depth +/- 9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Parameters NST= 90, Nph= 91, Dmin=466.4 km, Rmss=0.94 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb0008e4z

Source and author: spaceweather  * earthquake.usgs.govATS   earthquake

3 responses to “Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes off VANUATU – March 9, 2012

  1. I’m no expert nor pretend to be an expert but could it be that the solar flares that hit us be causing these earthquakes by disrupting magma or our magnetic field which is made by spinning liquid iron?
    It would be nice if someone could put it all together unless someone already did and isn’t talking.


  2. All you have to do is look at the magnetosphere data.

    Stay safe


  3. For two days now I can’t get onto the USGS site. I always get error 504.

    Stay Safe