4 Replies to “Kuril Islands Earthquake M7.3 January 15, 2009”

  1. Seems we are having a lot of bigger quakes this year. The year is isn’t even a month old and there have been a lot with a magnitude greater than 4 globally in countries such as Japan, Greece, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Philippines, USA and Indonesia. Research into precursors really needs to be taken seriously so we can at least attempt to save lives. …

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  2. I am interested in earthquakes myself and though I would find things like “electromagnetic earthquake prediction” duly scoffworthy my interest stretches into non-scientific areas which I will gladly keep to myself.

    I do have a question, though. I found this blog after the little Firefox eQuake widget detected several small-to-medium quakes in a row on 21 January. I now note that these quakes have been happening here all through January.

    I live in San Francisco, and even in this quake-famous place we get maybe one magnitude 4 to 5 quake a year, sometimes two. I’m curious about what makes that Kuril Island area so seismically active and will be looking around to see if there are any active volcanoes in the region.

    Thanks for writing this blog – I’m going to start following it.

  3. Thanks Mesila. The Kuril Islands are caused by the subduction of the Pacific Plate beneath what is technically still geologically speaking part of the North American Plate. The islands themselves are a chain of volcanoes forming what is known as a volcanic arc. The 20 main islands have 45 volcanoes combined.

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