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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Three more big quakes in the South Pacific

I don't know if we've ever seen an earthquake cluster like the one over the last week. Sumatra twice, Samoa, and now three 7.0+ off Vanuatu.
Thousands evacuated from coastal areas, emptying schools and offices and jamming roads as shallow 7.8, 7.7 and 7.3 quakes struck in quick succession off Vanuatu, followed by a series of aftershocks.

Experts say there is no connection.

(However, researchers at Berkely are saying that the 2004 "Christmas" Sumatra earthquake has led to changes on San Andreas.)

I'm certainly not enough of an expert, but six 7.0+ in eight days feels connected, doesn't it?


  • how can three good-sized quakes in the same general are NOT be connected? I know the pacific is big and all but three makes a pattern (says my kindergarten teacher)...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:28 PM  

  • That's what I think.

    And you kinda also need to look at them in the context of the other three big quakes in the same area a week ago.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 6:46 PM  

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