Watch Out California! 53 Major Earthquakes (Including A Magnitude 8.2) Just Hit The Ring Of Fire In A 24 Hour Period

Image: What Is The Ring Of Fire?

By Michael Snyder 

Is something unusual starting to happen to the crust of our planet?  The USGS defines any earthquake of at least magnitude 4.5 as “significant”, and there were 53 earthquakes that met that criteria along the Ring of Fire on Sunday alone.  If you would like to verify that information for yourself, you can so do right here.  Not too long ago, I wrote about how “Earth changes” seem to be accelerating all over the world, but even I was stunned by the ferocity of the seismic activity that we witnessed over the weekend.  Because none of the earthquakes happened in the United States, the mainstream media almost entirely ignored this story, but that is a huge mistake.  The entire west coast of the U.S. falls along the “Ring of Fire”, and experts assure us that it is only a matter of time before the seismic tension that is building up along the tectonic plates in that area is released.

Much of the seismic activity on Sunday was near the small island nation of Fiji, and it is true that Fiji often experiences earthquakes because it sits directly inside the Ring of Fire

Fiji falls in the Pacific Ring Of Fire – a massive horseshoe-shaped area in the Pacific basin.

The ring is formed of a string of 452 volcanoes and sites of seismic activity (earthquakes), which encircle the Pacific Ocean.

Roughly 90 percent of all earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and 75 percent of the world’s active volcanoes are dotted along the expansive ring.

It certainly is not unusual to see earthquakes happen along the Ring of Fire, but what was unusual about the activity on Sunday was the size of the earthquakes.

The largest quake on Sunday was a massive magnitude 8.2 earthquake that could have done an enormous amount of damage if it had been closer to the surface

A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

Earthquakes that are that deep are usually not so large.  This “deep focus” earthquake on Sunday was actually the second largest “deep focus” earthquake that has ever been recorded

The USGS calls these “deep focus” earthquakes, and while some of the biggest earthquakes to strike the earth are deep focus, their depth usually minimises damage.

The biggest deep focus earthquake ever recorded was in 2013 when an M8.3 struck near Russia and was felt all over Asia, giving us a sense of how massive this Fiji quake was.

In addition to this massive earthquake in Fiji, other areas of the south Pacific were also hammered on Sunday as well.

You may remember that the Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a tremendous quake back on August 5th which killed hundreds of people, and on Sunday they were hit once again.  The following comes from CNN

A trio of intense earthquakes shook several islands in the South Pacific and Indonesia on Sunday, including two on the already battered island of Lombok.

The most recent major quake was a 6.9 magnitude tremor centered just 4 kilometers south of Belanting, on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

That island is still trying to recover from the devastating effects of an August 5 earthquake that killed more than 430 people.

But until big earthquakes start happening here, many Americans simply will not pay any attention to all of this.  What they need to understand is that this is truly a global phenomenon that we are witnessing, and shaking in one part of the globe can have tremendous implications for people literally living on the other side of the planet.  In particular, those living along the west coast should be deeply alarmed that seismic activity along other areas of the Ring of Fire appears to be intensifying.

And I am definitely not the only one saying this.  According to one British news source, scientists are warning that “increased seismic activity” along the Ring of Fire “may mean the so-called ‘Big One’ killer earthquake is on the way”…

Scientists warn increased seismic activity in the area may mean the so-called “Big One” killer earthquake is on the way.

If California was hit, experts warn tens of thousands could be killed.

Sadly, the truth is that we would be extremely fortunate to only have “tens of thousands” killed in the event of a historic earthquake on the west coast.

The 1906 and 1989 earthquakes were actually not that big compared to some of the monster quakes that we have seen elsewhere along the Ring of Fire, but they still did tremendous amounts of damage

Two major earthquakes have hit the Bay Area in modern history. In 1906, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit San Francisco and 80 percent of the city’s buildings fell or burnt to the ground, leaving 300,000 people homeless and killing nearly 3,000. In 1989, a 6.9 magnitude quake caused the ground to liquefy in parts of the city and collapsed highways, killing more than 60 people.

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey says that there is more than a 70 percent chance that a 6.7 magnitude or higher earthquake will hit the area in the next 30 years.

We live at a time when our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.  In recent weeks we have witnessed earthquake swarms off of the Oregon coastrecord-setting heatwaveshail the size of softballs, and wildfires of unprecedented size and scope.

There are some experts out there that would like to assure all of us that what we are witnessing is completely normal.

But I think that not a lot of people are buying that explanation.

Because there has not been a major seismic event on the west coast for decades, many people have grown complacent.  They simply assume that because nothing has happened in such a long time that nothing will happen for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, the experts assure us that the “Big One” is definitely coming to the west coast at some point, and all of this seismic activity may be an indication that it is coming sooner rather than later.


The article claim record setting heat waves, – that is nonsense. In that regard ..


“It looks like August is going to be a hot month”… Because climate change.

Guest sarcasm by David Middleton

From the It Must Be Climate Change Files of the The Los Angeles Times via Real Clear Energy (WTF does this have to do with energy?):

Climate change is helping crank up the temperatures of California’s heat waves

AUG 17, 2018

California suffered through its hottest July on record, while August has pushed sea-surface temperatures off the San Diego coast to all-time highs.

Are these punishing summer heat waves the consequences of global warming or the result of familiar weather patterns?

The answer, scientists say, is both.

Climate change is amplifying natural variations in the weather. So when California roasts under a stubborn high-pressure system, the thermometer climbs higher than it would in the past.


Art Miller, a research oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, pointed to the high-pressure system as the immediate cause of the record-shattering sea surface temperatures recorded this month off Scripps Pier, where researchers have been taking daily temperature measurements since 1916.

On Aug. 1, a thermometer plunged into a bucket of sea water hit 78.6 degrees, breaking a 1931 record. On Aug. 9, the water temperature was 79.5 degrees.


Some climate scientists have suggested that global warming is promoting atmospheric changes that favor the formation of the kind of persistent high-pressure system that has driven up temperatures this summer.

But Williams said climate change models have yet to confirm that. Researchers have also failed to detect a global trend of more prolonged ridging patterns, he added.

“I personally don’t think the current ridge is a function of climate change,” [Park] Williams [an associate research professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory] said. “The atmosphere has a mind of its own.”


“There is little indication El Niño will be more than weak or modest,” said Nick Bond, a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington.

El Niño can deliver a wet winter to Southern California, but Bond said this year’s would probably be too meek to do that.

The climate center’s three-month forecast predicts above-average temperatures for most of the country, including California. The Southland has gotten a break from blistering temperatures this week, but a high-pressure ridge is expected to return.

“It looks like August is going to be a hot month,” Bond said.

The Los Angeles Times

“California suffered through its hottest July on record…”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that July was California’s hottest month ever observed. The state’s average temperature of 79.7 degrees edged past the previous record of 79.5 degrees in July 1931 and was five degrees warmer than normal.

WaPo Capital Weather Gang

  • 79.7 °F = 26.5 °C
  • 79.5 °F = 26.4 °C

0.1 °C??? That’s like 5.9 degrees less than Kevin Bacon.  That’s like 0.1 degrees more than Dean Vernon Wormer’s most memorable line from Animal House

There you have it… Climate change has cranked up the temperatures of California’s heat waves by 0.1 °C and “it looks like August is going to be a hot month.”

And, it’s all due to this:

Well… at least half of it since 1950 is due to the above.  The rest of the insignificant warming must be due to natural variability.

I was born in Connecticut and lived there from 1958-1980.  My Dad’s family was from Florida and I spent a couple of summers there.  Since 1981, I’ve lived in Texas.  As far as I can recall, August has almost always been a hot month… quite often the hottest month of the year… in the Northern Hemisphere.

I’m a big fan of the whole “Real Clear” compendium.  I routinely read Real Clear Politics, Energy and Science… But, there are days when many, if not most, of the Real Clear Energy headlines have jack schist to do with energy:

Monday, August 20

Reports of the Death of Oil’s ICE Are Greatly Exaggerated Jude Clemente, Forbes
NAFTA to Bolster US-Mexican Natural Gas Trade Jude Clemente, Forbes
Trump: Conserving Oil Not Economic Imperative Staff, MPR News
Saudi Arabia’s Oil Figures Drawing Scrutiny David Sheppard, Financial Times
Trade Fears Throw US Natural Gas Into Question S. Yang & T. Puko, WSJ
Environmentalists Sue Federal Government to Protect Orcas Asia Fields, ST
What Is Saudi Arabia’s Interest in Tesla? Ben Geman, Axios
Hurricane Harvey Impact on Health, Environment Still a Concern Jeff Mosier, DN
Trees Migrating West to Escape Climate Change Marlene Cimons, Popular Science
World Is Finally Waking Up to Climate Change Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
Economic Forecasts Have Climate Change Blind Spot Lydia DePillis, CNN Money
Climate Change Crank Up Temps of CA Heat Waves Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times

Red headlines have nothing to do with energy… and at least half the energy-relevant headlines are more related to politics than to energy.  Now… I’m not complaining.  I find plenty of skewer-worthy Gorebal Warming articles on Real Clear Energy… It’s just “funny” that most of the Gorebal Warming articles are on Real Clear Energy and not on Real Clear Science.

Note:  The thread title was intentionally sarcastic.  Comments like this: “The article does not say that climate change causes August to be hot”… will be ignored or ridiculed, depending on how much spare time I have.


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