Nature of strong quakes changing? 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes region of Banda Sea

December 11, 2012 INDONESIA A magnitude 7.3 (7.1 USGS) earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt more than 600 kilometers away in Darwin. Geoscience Australia says there could be more aftershocks from the quake that shook the Top End of the Northern Territory overnight. Tremors were felt in Darwin and Katherine at about 2:30 am local time and were the strongest in the north for about 20 years. Overnight staff at the Darwin weather bureau evacuated their third-storey office while the building shook. Duty forecaster Angeline Prasad says the tremor was the strongest she has felt. “The building started shaking and it just became worse,” she said. “It is the worst tremor I’ve felt in Darwin. When things started falling off shelves we decided to go to an evacuation point, which is outside the building.” Geoscience senior seismologist Dr Mark Leonard says, while there have been quakes of a similar magnitude felt in Darwin before, people are describing last night’s tremor as particularly intense. “We have had a few reports from people saying they think it is the strongest, even though we know if you go back 20, 30 years there have been a number of earthquakes this size,” he said. “But there might have been some sort of focusing of the waves this time.” An engineering specialist says the tremor is a pointer to why building standards should be reviewed in northern Australia. Professor Kevin McKew from Central Queensland University says it is a warning that a large, damaging earthquake could strike at any time. “The big one is yet to come,” he said. “We haven’t had a great earthquake, as I would call it, but we’ve had plenty of warning calls. “I think it will happen; it’s just a matter of when will it happen. “We know it is probably a once in 300 or 400 year earthquake but we have no indication to say when it’s about to happen. But we just have to plan for it.” One Darwin resident says she was sleeping when her bed started moving. “The bed was really shaking violently, all my sliding doors rattling and windows were rattling, and the wardrobe was sliding violently and rattling,” she said. “It just seemed to go on and on and on, and then when it died down, it even had another violent shudder again. “It certainly got the adrenaline running.” Residents further south in Katherine, 200 kilometers south of Darwin, also felt tremors. Indonesian geophysics officials also said they had not received any reports of damage. The quake was felt only weakly in the districts of North Halamahera and Morotai which were closest to the epicenter, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in an update. –Radio Australia
                                       Eyewitnesses also described December 7 Japan quake as different
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14 Responses to Nature of strong quakes changing? 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes region of Banda Sea

  1. Kylie says:

    I’m from Darwin, NT Australia and live in a low set house. My bed shook which automatically made me jump out of bed. As l was looking out the window, l heard a few dogs barking and that’s when l felt the stronger shudder. Alvin, this is beginning to scare me. I was so anxious last night. My heart was pounding and my legs shaky. I’m not sure l’d handle any major catastrophe. My first thought after feeling the tremors, was are we going to get a tsunami? We certainly are living in perilous times.


    • Angelsong says:

      I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling scared and anxious; that must have been a quite startling way to wake up. You are in my prayers and may God give you peace and strength during this time. There is grace for the journey!

      God Bless


    • Wendy says:

      People all over the world all denominations having dreams and visions of end times and a guy called ??Dr Ouwar in Africa prophesised tsunami for NW aust and deep side of east coast tas.


    • pagan66 says:

      Kylie – I’m from Darwin but living down south. I wish I could reassure you and tell you everything is going to be ok, I can’t though because we just don’t know what Nature is going to throw at us. Just prepare the best that you can for any eventuality and don’t be scared about what may happen. Enjoy Christmas and the beautiful Wet season and may you and yours stay safe and blessed.



  2. richfish30 says:

    Their describing these quakes different huh! Well I’m starting to believe these quakes are being cause by something else…or more out of the ordinary myself!


    • John says:

      The latest quake in Japan was described by witnesses as feeling as strong as the big one from 2011. Other recent stories from around the world have the same theme. Either they are deliberately lowering the seismic measurements, or there is something different about these recent quakes – in their nature, and how they affect people and things on the surface of the planet. World-wide mega-quake heading our way?


    • awt says:

      Something else? Like what? What would cause the larger earthquakes other than the earth?


  3. Jen says:

    I also live in Darwin and felt the quake. It woke me up and sounded like a train going past. It went for a long time. I am surprised that there has only been one aftershock, a 5.6 I think. I would have thought we would have felt small aftershocks throughout the next few hours. I am now worried that the 7.1 quake hasn’t released the stress build up and there will be another big or bigger quake to come. Alvin, could this be a fore shock rather than the main earthquake? Before the Japan quake I remember there were at least a couple of 7 magnitude earthquakes in the days before.


  4. tonic says:

    Just look at death toll over the last decade from earthquakes. Not sure how they are changing, but they are getting very deadly, and have little or no predction.


  5. Kylie,
    It will be ok try not to worry to much I know in these times it is hard. But keep love and faith in your heart.


  6. mark says:

    The Bible says that we’re not even guaranteed tomorrow. Why would be afraid? If we die we die. Our existence will never end, its the next life that will last forever. God bless us all.


  7. Wiseguy says:

    Maybe for Californians, it’s may sound normal but here in Quebec, Canada, we had 3 quakes over 4.2 within a month… It’s very very unusual because we never had so many quakes in such a short time. One strong quake every five years maybe but not within a month !!! Yes, something is definitely unfolding in front of our eyes… Stay safe…


  8. Prakash says:

    Dear Experts,
    I have submitted all my findings to Japan experts but not even a single reply from them. Widespread very heavy rain in North and South Korea, Japan and China serves as precursor to the today’s M7.3 earthquakes. Kindly refer the attachments.

    See the exactness in the geological coordinates in my warning;

    Quake of M7.3 Off the East coast of Honshu, Japan,Friday, December 07, 2012;Location: 37.889°N, 144.090°E;Depth:36.1km

    WARNED:36-38°N, 140-143°E; HAPPENED:37.889°N, 144.090°E.

    With Thanks&Regards

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: prakash siva
    To: “”
    Sent: Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:37 PM
    Subject: Quake up to M6+ will continue to hit around Honshu Sendai / Morioka region…

    N Korea (38-40N 127-129E)
    Kimchaek(40 40N 129 12E 72mm),Sinpo(40 02N 128 11E 84mm),Changjon(38 44N 128 11E 152mm),Pungsan(40 49N 128 09E 54mm),Hamheung(39 56N 127 33E 63mm),Wonsan(39 11N 127 26E 90mm),Pyonggang(38 25N 127 17E 52mm)
    S.Korea (33-38N 126-129E)
    Cheorwon(38 09N 127 18E 55mm),Sokcho(38 15N 128 34E 184mm), Chupungnyeong(36 13N 128 00E 68mm),Cheonam(36 46N 127 07E 50mm),Daegwallyeong(37 41N 128 46E 55mm),Gangneung(37 45N 128 54E 97mm),Pohang(36 02N 129 23E 141mm),(37.80N 128.85E 89mm),Uljin(36 59N 129 25E 116mm),(36.11N 128.31E 92mm) ,Sangju(36 24N 128 09E 55mm),Donghae Radar(37 30N 129 08E 92nm),Ulleungdo(37 29N 130 54E 72mm),Mokpo(34 49N 126 23E 87mm),Yeosu(34 44N 127 45E 119mm),Gunsan(35 59N 126 42E 55mm),(35.66N 127.90E 124mm),Gwangju(35 10N 126 54E 85mm), Jeonju(35 49N 127 09E 63mm), Wando(34 24N 126 42E 121mm),(35.33N 126.58E 88mm),(35.06N 127.23E 123mm) , Jindo Radar(34 28N 126 19E 170mm),(35.40N 127.31E 88mm) ,(35.55N 126.85E 88mm) ,Izuhara(34 12N 129 18E 61mm),Busan(35 06N 129 02E 82mm), Daegu(35 53N 128 37E 83mm), Ulsan(35 33N 129 19E 157mm),
    Jinju(35 12N 128 07E 123mm),Tongyeong(34 50N 128 26E 93mm),Masan(35 11N 128 34E 78mm),Jeju(33 31N 126 32E 372mm), Gosan(33 17N 126 09E 91mm),Seongsan(33 23N 126 52E 164mm), Seogwipo(33 15N 126 34E 91mm)
    Oita(33 14N 131 37E 87.5mm),Naze(28 23N 129 30E 100mm)

    Sep 18, 2012
    MUDANJIANG(44 34N 129 36E 59.9mm),JIXI(45 17N 130 57E 64.7mm),SUIFENHE(44 23N 131 09E 55.5mm),YANJI
    (42 53N 129 28E 60.8mm),DUNHUA(43 22N 128 12E 50.2mm),SENBONG(42 19N 130 24E 68mm)

    Quake up to M6+ will continue to hit around Honshu Sendai / Morioka region and also Quake of M5-6 will hit in Hokkaido and Ryukyu regions (36-38°N, 140-143°E), Honshu, Japan in 5-10 days

    With Thanks&Regards


  9. beem says:

    Seems very basic to me, very large ice mass melting off Greenland, Greenland is opposite the southern ocean below Australia. The Australian plate tries to compensate by moving north, triggering global tectonic realignment. The earth is a spinning mass that is trying to stay precisely balanced, so the earths tectonic plates will continue to compensate as long as there is surface mass changes


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