USGS slightly revised the magnitude of the quake:
M 7.3 - Vanuatu region
- 2021-10-02 06:29:18 (UTC)
- 21.104°S 174.895°E
- 535.8 km depth
Ringing like a silent bell.
Last week saw 1 M7 (M7.3 in Vanuatu) and 2 M6.Last week saw 4 M6, with the highest being a M6.5 in Nicaragua and a M6.4 in Chile.
In the usual area, there were 2 out of 95 earthquakes equal to or greater than 4.5 and 1995 out of 2409 quakes of all sizes.
MORGAN HILL, Calif. - Some people in the South Bay received an unexpected wake up call early Sunday morning.
U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 3.4 earthquake struck almost 7.5 miles north-northeast of Morgan Hill at 5:02 a.m. Sunday.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but some people in the San Jose and Morgan Hill-areas posted on the USGS website that they felt the jolt.
The quake had a depth of about 1.5 miles.
A warning about a purported earthquake that was "likely" to rock Southern California earlier this week gained just enough visibility to alarm some residents of the region -- before the noted seismologist Lucy Jones took to Twitter and offered valuable insight into how dubious the forecasts from some self-described predictors can be.
The ominous tweet from the @Quakeprediction account, published at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday, read: "15 HOUR WARNING: 6.7 to 7.2 earthquake is likely in the Los Angeles area - late on 09/28/2021 or 09/29/2021 - (most likely NW of Los Angeles)."
The Twitter account, which has about 45,700 followers, is connected to the website quakeprediction.com, which claims: "We have been researching earthquake prediction since 2005," adding, "We are not associated with the USGS earthquake prediction site."
The Tuesday evening tweet went on to receive more than 600 "likes" and nearly 400 retweets. According to Google Trends, searches increased for such terms such as "quake prediction" and "earthquake prediction Los Angeles."
Of course, Wednesday came and went without a major quake striking the region.