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Was recent mag. 7.3 EQ in Southwestern Atlantic "the one" we were waiting for?
2006 01 02

By Henrik Palmgren |

Image from: IRIS

I guess that the recent 7.3 Earthquake in the South Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands could be the one I (and others) "suspected" to take place around the new moon.

From Reuters India we read:

A major earthquake measuring magnitude 7.3 shook a remote area of the South Atlantic on Monday but was unlikely to have caused a tsunami, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

USGS geophysicist Bruce Presgrave said the quake's horizontal motion "makes it unlikely for a tsunami".

"Also, the water depth there is rather deep and also at magnitude 7.3 that's usually too small to produce an ocean-wide tsunami even if the other conditions were right.

"So basically, this is a big earthquake a long way from anywhere," Presgrave said.

Since the tsunami that devastated parts of southeast Asia in December 2004, the world has been on higher alert for the potential of undersea quakes to trigger another giant wave.

The USGS described it as a "major quake" that occurred at a depth of 10 km. It occurred at 0610 GMT (1 a.m. EST) about 345 km southeast of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands, a British territory, and about 3,945 km south-southeast of Buenos Aires.

The quake was "in a remote area and no damage or casualties are expected", the USGS said on its Web site.

Somehow I'm not sure that this is the end of it though. Remember that we had a Magnitude 8.1, 200 miles off the New Zealand coast just three days before we had the Sumatra Tsunami Quake of 2004. So could this recent quake be a kind of same initial "warning" that something more is on the way?

There is certainly reason to still keep an eye on IRIS because the far side of the sun seems to be coming around with sunspots and CME's as Mitch Battros reported in a newsletter earlier today.

Here is the EMSC Report and the USGS report.

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