The area East of Papua New Guinea has been hit with another large 7.0M (6.9 magnitude) earthquake. Striking the Santa Cruz / Soloman Islands region located West of Fiji.
This large earthquake was expected to occur after the multiple deep earthquakes over the past 7 days across the area.
A forecast warning was issued again for Papua New Guinea (East of PNG) 5 days ago:
quote the warning issued on May 14th, 2015 after a series of NEW deep earthquakes struck.
“A noteworthy series of deep asthenosphere earthquakes has now occurred across the West Pacific (seen raised high off the globe in this graphic).
The deep earthquakes are now displacing the shallow areas above the events…. which means we need to watch the center of this “triangle” of deep earthquakes, and to the West / Northwest of this triangle.
This leads us back to the two areas we are already watching.. Papua New Guinea (yet again), and the Northwest Pacific near Japan to Taiwan. Keep watch for a shallow large earthquake as a result of this deep smaller movement.
The deep movement displaces the area above and to the West/Northwest of the deep movement epicenter.
Also, still watching for a large compensation earthquake in Kamchatka / Kuril islands to make up for all the activity to the South over the past week to 2 weeks. (four different 7.0M+ earthquakes in Papua New Guinea over the past week).“
|Origin Time||2015-05-20 22:48:53.000 UTC|
|Number of Stations||14|
|Number of Phases||–|
|Travel Time Residual||–|
|FE Region||Santa Cruz Islands region (183)|