2/15/2016 — ANOTHER Large M6.2 earthquake strikes New Zealand — 2011 repeat?

Another large earthquake has struck New Zealand.

A sizable M6.2 earthquake occurred just South of the Island nation, and comes just a day after a damaging M5.8 struck near Christchurch, NZ.

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The M5.8 which occurred two days ago caused some serious damage around Christchurch as well as a large cliff collapse:

See the brief cliff collapse video here.

Over the past 2 weeks, we have now seen FOUR noteworthy earthquakes surrounding New Zealand.   This should be something that stands out in light of what occurred in February 2011 (5 years ago).

In 2011, we saw a series of large earthquakes occur in the region around New Zealand, culminating in a M6.2 which struck Christchurch on February 22, 2011.

Just a few weeks later, on March 11th, 2011 – the Japan M9.0 mega-quake occurred, which killed tens of thousands of people.

Also, just like in the buildup to the Japan mega-quake in 2011, we’re currently seeing a flurry of new sudden volcanic eruptions occur around the Pacific, as well as seeing M5.0+ earthquakes strike in the United States at the fracking operations.

Three simultaneous similarities to 2011 going on now in 2016… New Zealand being hit, Volcanic eruptions increasing, and large fracking earthquakes in the United States…. does this mean a larger earthquake is coming?

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A deep M6.2 struck North of the island a week ago, followed by a shallow M6.0 to the South of the island within a few days.  Then the M5.8 struck 2 days ago, now followed by a shallow M6.2 again to the South.

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Above: Past 14 days of earthquakes up to February 15, 2016 200pm CT magnitude 5.8 and greater shows the whole region around (and up to) New Zealand has moved significantly. Similar to 2011 in magnitudes + area displaced.

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Information on this earthquake from the USGS:

Magnitude/uncertainty 6.2 mwp± 0.0
Location/uncertainty 49.067 °S 164.456 °E± 8.8 km
Depth/uncertainty 10.0 km± 1.9
Origin Time
Number of Stations
Number of Phases 56
Minimum Distance 363.79 km (3.27°)
Travel Time Residual 0.94 sec
Azimuthal Gap 89°
FE Region AUCKLAND ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND REGION (166)

 

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