August 1, 2011 – – A 6.2 Earthquake Struck the South Pacific near Vanuatu: Today marks the fourth earthquake, between 6.2M and 6.8M, in the last three days in the southwest Pacific. Today’s 6.2 Magnitude tremor near Vanuatu, 6.8M near the North Coast of New Guinea on July 31st, 6.2M in the Vanuatu region on July 31st and a 6.7M south of the Fiji Islands on July 29th.
Today’s 6.2 magnitude tremor was ENE of Port-Villa, Vanuatu; 228 miles NE of Isangel, Vanuatu; 310 miles ESE of Luganville, Vanuatu; and 1,377 miles north of Auckland, New Zealand (see map).
These earthquakes reflect significant seismic activity in the southwest Pacific subduction zone and portend more activity on August 9th, 10th and 11th. Subduction zones, around the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” see most of the great quakes, e.g., the 9.0 magnitude Honshu, Japan event of March 11, 2011.
Apparently, strain along the western Pacific Tectonic Plate was relieved from the Japan March 11th “monster.” This could lead one to believe that Pacific Plate movement has shifted to the southwest Pacific; covering Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and New Zealand.
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