Powerful 7.4 and 6.3 earthquakes strikes off coast of Tonga

May 24, 2013 TONGAA strong quake has hit southwest of Tonga, reportedly shaking homes in the capital Nuku’alofa but no damage has been reported. A magnitude 7.4 earthquake has hit about 255 kilometers southwest of Tonga. A tsunami warning has been issued, but no damage is expected due to the quake’s depth of 171 kilometers, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. The US Geological Survey says the undersea earthquake, which struck at 5:19am local time, was centered 282 kilometers southwest of Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa. Local media says the quake shook homes and buildings in Nuku’alofa but no damage was reported. It was followed four hours later by a second powerful 6.6 tremor 84 kilometers northwest of the town. The second quake, at a depth of 103 kilometers, also generated a tsunami warning. The two quakes come 12 days after a similar magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the area, at a depth of 205 kilometers. Tonga lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic activity. –Radio Australia
Tremors destroy homes in India: Over 60,000 houses and nearly 950 government buildings were damaged in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda and Kishtwar districts in earthquakes that shook the region since May 1. As many as 33 tremors rocked Bhaderwah-Doda-Kishtwar belt since the beginning of this month with a maximum 11 occurring on May 1. A total of 40,155 houses and 779 government buildings were damaged in quakes in Doda district, officials quoting preliminary assessment reports said. As many as 29,000 houses were damaged partially, 10,500 severely and 655 fully, they said. In Kishtwar district, 18,000 houses were partially damaged, 2,700 severely and 70 fully, the officials said. –Times of India
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9 Responses to Powerful 7.4 and 6.3 earthquakes strikes off coast of Tonga

  1. Cisco says:

    It’s quaking everywhere Cali and now sea of Russia 8.2!!

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  2. Irene C says:

    Wow Alvin, this planet is really rocking.

    M8.3 – Sea of Okhotsk

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    • No doubt…buckle your seat-belt

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      • onthemark55 says:

        The fact that were experiencing so many (large) quakes worldwide a sign of pressure releasing a good thing? Especialy since there hasn’t been any deaths or physical destruction?

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      • S

        You can belch and still retain the gas inside the stomach. These quakes are stress-point breaks along an otherwise very violent system that uses forces, heat, and power that are on a scale beyond human comprehension. Massive slabs of earth are sliding over and pass each other with great force and under intense heat and pressure. Earthquakes, no matter how violent or how large scale they are; are relatively inconsequential to this geological process. They represent nothing more than a stress eruption or friction stress point during this process. Consequently; we are always living on a razor’s edge with terrestrial processes because thermal fluxes could push the entire system into critical catastrophism, to the point where it overwhelms all life on this planet. Life is tenuous on Earth and we should not forget for a minute that every second we are here is a “miracle” accomplished only because powerful forces are held in a delicate, albeit, dynamic equilibrium by the slimmest of margins. Hebrews 1:3 “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”

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  3. Erik says:

    Wow, we just had an 8.3 in eastern russia. just north of Japan.
    Magnitude Mw 8.3
    Region SEA OF OKHOTSK

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  4. George says:

    And since these two an 8.3; this from USGS …..’The May 24, 2013 Mw 8.3 earthquake beneath the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, occurred as a result of normal faulting at a depth of approximately 600 km. At the latitude of this earthquake, the Pacific and North America plates are converging at a rate of approximately 78 mm/yr in a west-northwest – east-southeast direction, resulting in the subduction of the Pacific plate beneath Eurasia at the Kuril-Kamchatka trench.’

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