A magnitude 6.8 rocked the Philippines last night but unless we have fireworks in the next couple of days the first 4 months of 2017 has incredibly delivered the lowest amount of major quakes since the 1960’s
Last nights major quake was only the 6th of April and only the 25th of an incredibly quiet 2017
Once again the quake was downgraded from a magnitude 7.2 to a 6.8 by USGS.
As the latest Coronal hole (the main quake factor) has now turned away from facing Earth NOAA forecasters say that G2-class geomagnetic storms are possible on May 19-20, nearly a month away, when a solar wind stream is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field.
This is the same stream that hit Earth on April 24-25, sparking bright auroras around both poles.
In May, it will return for another lashing as the sun’s rotation turns the underlying coronal hole back toward our planet.
We could be in for another incredibly quiet month for major quakes in May!