August 11, 2012 – A 6.2 Magnitude Quake Struck the Central North Pacific Ocean: The 6.2 magnitude tremor occurred on August 10th at 10:37AM at the epicenter (Alaskan Time). If was 6:37PM UTC (GMT – London), 2:37PM in New York, 1:37PM in Chicago, 12:37PM in Denver and 11:37AM in Los Angeles. The tremor struck at a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles). No tsunami is expected in this very remote location. The quake was 60 miles ESE of Nikolski, Alaska; 882 miles southwest of Anchorage, AK; 902 miles southwest of Knik-Fairview, AK; and 988 miles southeast of Anadyr’, Russia.
The straight purple lines, on the map above, reflect the Mid-Pacific hot spot chain of undersea volcanic islands. Follow this undersea chain further southeast and you run into Hawaii. This shows that the huge Pacific Ocean Tectonic Plate shifted more to the north, about 70 million years ago. This put more pressure on Japan, the Kuril Island Chain and the Kamchatka Peninsula; rather than the northwest portion of the Aleutian Island chain. This is one reason that Japan has more earthquakes than any other country in the world, with the possible exception of Indonesia. Both countries have experienced mega earthquakes and tsunamis in the past decade. Indonesia on December 26, 2004 and Japan on March 11, 2011.
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