This is troubling to see. A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck deep in the Asthenosphere below Fiji in the West Pacific.
This earthquake occurred at at depth of 579km / 359miles.
You might be asking “why is it troubling to see a deep 6.2M in the West Pacific”?
The answer resides in what follows the deep movement.
Each time we see deep 4.0M+ earthquakes, we usually seen shallow movement nearby in the 6.0M range. Each time we see deep 5.0M earthquakes, we usually see shallow movement nearby in the 7.0M range.
In the past , each time we see deep earthquakes in the 6.0M+ range, we usually see shallow 8.0M+ events nearby the deep epicenters.
I hope , in this instance, that the past events will not dictate this events future.
Just in case things don’t calm down, PLEASE KEEP WATCH in the named areas!!!!!!!!
Yesterday, April 28 2015, I issued this warning graphic to accompany the earthquake forecast I issued for the area on April 24. There are still 3+ days left in the forecast watch zones.
For a brushup on the zones to watch, you can see the latest earthquake forecast video:
Information from the USGS on this current 6.2M earthquake:
M6.2 – 29km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji
|Magnitude / uncertainty||6.2 mwb± 0.0|
|Location / uncertainty||20.916°S 178.656°W± 9.4 km|
|Depth / uncertainty||579.2 km± 4.2|
|Origin Time||2015-04-28 16:39:38.800 UTC|
|Number of Stations||–|
|Number of Phases||186|
|Minimum Distance||492.92 km (4.43°)|
|Travel Time Residual||1.08 sec|
|FE Region||Fiji region (181)|