6/04/2015 — Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes Malaysia / Philippines — Forecast area hit

After a long period without any noteworthy earthquake activity, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck Malaysia / Philippines near Mount Kinabalu .

6.0m philippines malaysia june 4 2015


This area was forecast to show movement 6 days ago, in the earthquake forecast issued for Philippines / Indonesia on May 29th, 2015.

See the earthquake update + forecast from 5/29 here:


Also in the news over the past 24 hours…. Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung on High Alert for “mega-eruption” which could cause serious issues in the region.

See the full storm on Mount Sinabung here:


“Thousands of people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Sumatra after authorities upgraded the threat posed by a volcano to the highest level, officials say.

The alert status of Mount Sinabung was raised late on Tuesday after a “sharp rise” in volcanic activity, national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Mount Sinabung Observation Station chief Armen Putra said the amount of ash, smoke and rock spewing from the volcano has ramped up significantly since Sunday.

Military based in the area said soldiers and police had evacuated 2,730 residents on Wednesday from four villages within a danger zone around the south and south-east of the volcano.

“Volcanic activity is still high, triggering tremors,” district military commander Lieutenant-Colonel Asep Sukarna said.

“Yesterday we worried that the volcano would send hot ash clouds down over the villages, so we moved 2,730 people to a safer place.”


Information on this 6.0M earthquake from the USGS:

Magnitude/uncertainty 6.0 mwp± 0.0
Location/uncertainty 6.084°N 116.549°E± 7.4 km
Depth/uncertainty 10.0 km± 1.8
Origin Time 2015-06-04 23:15:43.670 UTC
Number of Stations
Number of Phases 144
Minimum Distance 723.46 km (6.50°)
Travel Time Residual 1.23 sec
Azimuthal Gap 15°
FE Region Sabah, Malaysia (261)


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