Below is a chart comparing the magnitude and effects of earthquakes.
- Less than 3.5 Basically unable to be felt, but is recorded by seismology labs.
- Between 3.5 and 5.4 Usually felt, but causes minimal damage.
- Between 5.4 and 6.0 May cause slight damage to well-designed buildings, but can cause significant damage to poorly built structures over a small region.
- Between 6.1 and 6.9 Destructive over an area up to 60 miles in diameter.
- Between 7.0 and 7.9 Considered a major earthquake. Causes serious damage over a larger area.
- Greater than 8.0 Very significant earthquake. Causes serious damage over an area over 100 miles in diameter.
The earth quake in New Zealand a few weeks ago measured 7.1 and the latest quake to hit Japan measured 8.9 with aftershocks around the 5.6 mark, from what I have read is the biggest quake in history. Will this be the last one? I don’t think so, I have had a look at the fault lines that run around the planet and found one that has drawn my attention, I have marked the path of this fault line in white on the picture on the left, as you can see it passes through New Zealand passing round Australia and Papua New Guinea heading up and through Japan.
Could this be the cause of the earth Quakes? If I am honest I don’t know, I’m not a geological expert or even amateur for that matter but it is the only line I can see that passes through or round the last two to three country’s to be hit.
There are also some who think that the moon might have something to do with this, especially with a “Supermoon” coming, some experts say that is “a false association, and they say that any kind of cycle connected to natural disasters is just a coincidence” even though passed super moons have been connected to the Indonesian earthquake in 2005, and a massive flood in Australia in 1954. Source.
All I can say on that subject is that coincidence is too easy an argument to give when we all know that the phases of the moon do effect our tides coupled with the fact that on March 19 2011 the moon will be 221,567 miles away from the earth, and according one astrologer Richard Nolle this year we will be having an ‘extreme super moon’, going on to say that it could cause a natural disaster. Source.