Seismic Alert for late-May 2015
Critical Planetary Alignments

Significant Seismic & Volcanic Activity

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Significant events are added if and when they occur.

Last update June 4, 22:00 UT: Including the 7.8 Japan Quake, the massive Volcanic eruption in Japan, and the increased activity of Cotopaxi Volcano (See: Seismic Updates section below).

Pause the video, then click and drag the playbar to move to any frame.

Related Lunar Cycle: May 18, 2015 Algol New Moon

Excerpt from the May 18, 2015 Lunar Planner

Saturn's New Synodic Cycle
& Intensifing Gravitational Resonances

The Sun, Earth and retrograde Saturn align on May 22 (23 UT) at the head of the Scorpion, initiating a new 378-day Earth-Saturn synodic cycle. This alignment begins a several-day period of intensified gravitational resonances. The Saturn synod also occurs with the Sun-Moon sextile (60° aspect) and the Moon-Saturn trine (120° aspect). This intensification is also due to placements of Mercury and Mars, which also are a part of this alignment. Earth, Mercury and Mars align on May 27 (the retrograde Mercury-Mars conjunction), which leads into the Eta Carinae Gibbous Moon of May 29, then followed by the Sun-Mercury-Earth alignment on May 30 (the Earth-Mercury synod), which leads into the Moon-Saturn conjunction occurring just before the Antares Full Moon of June 2. The few days leading into the Gibbous Moon is especially potent.

Mars-Sun-Mercury-Earth alignment

There will also be a second gravitational intensification starting on the Last Quarter Moon of June 9 and continuing through the following Mars-New Moon of June 16, which includes an alignment of Mars, the Sun, Earth and Pallas. This is a coincidence of the midpoint of the current 780-day Earth-Mars synodic cycle and the start of the new Earth-Pallas synodic cycle. The significance of the current Pallas retrograde was presented in the previous Lunar Planner. This second wave of intensity may be related more to how we respond to any sobering events occurring during the earlier intensification....

You can also see this progression of events on the 2015 Graphic Ephemeris.

Seismic Updates

(See EGM Home Page to learn about alignment basics.)

Expected Critical Times Graph

My Expected Critical Times Graph with events added afterward.


Earthquake data and maps provided by
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Events are listed by order of occurrence.

M4.8 - 39km SSW of Caliente, Nevada
37.292°N 114.655°W depth=4.0 km (2.5 mi)
2015-05-22 18:47:42 (UTC)

Although a small earthquake (but rare for this area), it is worth mentioning due to the locational alignments. Note the Sun-Mars-Merc opp Saturn on the horizon plane (ASC-DSC), also Ceres MC. This is a classic configuration for a major quake. When this alignment tightens over the next several days (due to Merc Retrograde-the trigger), especially in the crescendo of the First Quarter or Gibbous Moons, and when this alignment is angular on either of the angles (horizon plane or meridian (MC-IC)), (occurring 4 times a day) or strongly aspecting them via another strong aspect, and when occurring on a fault line, a major quake can result. Also note Vertex (prime vertical), POF (lunar space-time partile) aspects to Sun-Saturn - also classic, and which tighten for larger quakes. Also note Neptune, Lunar Nodes, Ceres and Mars aspects, and Jup-Juno on the meridian IC. Ceres is most often prominent in seismic and environmental events.

Nevada 4.8 map
Nevada 4.8 chart

M6.9 - 204km ESE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
11.072°S 163.684°E depth=9.9 km (6.1 mi)
2015-05-22 21:45:19 (UTC)
Occurred ~4 hours before the Saturn Synod of May 23, 1:34:05 UT.

The following two quakes are worth mentioning due to their timing, occurring with the Saturn synod (Sun opposite retrograde Saturn; i.e, the Sun-Earth-Saturn alignment shown in the video). The chart does not show exceptionally strong alignments, not in the crescendo of a lunar phase shift, not during the critical planetary alignments shown in the video). Note the Lunar Nodes on the meridian (MC-IC), also aspecting Ceres, Neptune (Vertex) and Mars. The Moon is just about sextile to the Sun.

Solomon 6.9 map
Solomon 6.9 chart

M6.8 - 159km ESE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
11.152°S 163.197°E depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
2015-05-22 23:59:33 (UTC)
Occurred ~1.5 hours before the Saturn Synod of May 23, 1:34:05 UT.

Note Ceres on the horizon plane (DSC) aspecting the Lunar Nodes. Ceres is most often prominent in significant seismic and environmental events. Also note the Sun-Moon sextile and the Vertex-MC sextile.

Solomon 6.8 map
Solomon 6.8 chart

M6.3 - Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
16.830°S 14.186°W depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
2015-05-24 04:53:22 (UTC)

Not expected to be a large quake, which is reflected by the locational alignments. There is a unique alignment however. That is the Earth Moon-Jupiter alignment occuring on the location's Prime Vertical (Vertex, bottom of the chart), which is also opposite the POF (lunar phase partile-horizon harmonic). This certainly is not a common occurrence. Although Juno is still in a close orb to Jupiter, the conjunction is past. I suspect Juno contributes minimally to this event and the event would still have occurred without Juno's influence. The Ceres, Mars, Neptune and Lunar Nodes aspects are still active, although not angular. And, we are sill not in the building crescendo of the upcoming First Quarter Moon. Thus we have just a 6.3 event, but one unexpected and catalyzed by unique locational alignments.

This 6.3 quake was preceded by a 4.9 on 05-24, 04:07:20 UTC, a 5.0 on 05-24, 00:39:36 UTC, and a 5.2 on 05-19, 10:14:10 UTC. (listing only quakes >4.5 occurring in the last 7 days).

An article about the Juno-Jupiter synchronous retrogrades Dec 2014-May-2015.

Atlantic Ridge 6.3 map
Atlantic Ridge 6.3 chart

Pre-Gibbous Moon Seismicity

Mount Shindake Volcanic Eruption
2015-05-29 00:59:00 UTC (9:59:00 AM JST)

Mount Shindake in Japan erupted violently at 9:59 a.m. JST. Sadayuki Kitagawa, director of the Meteorological Agency's volcanology division, characterized the eruption as one of "explosive power," with a smoke plume rising 9,000 meters, or almost 30,000 feet, from the crater. Alert level of 5, the highest on the scale, and an Evacuation Warning is being maintained because more powerful eruptions are possible.

Mount Shindake Volcano

Critical Activity GraphAlaska 6.7 map

M6.7 - 111km NNW of Chirikof Island, Alaska
56.589°N 156.435°W depth=55.6 km (34.5 mi)
2015-05-29 07:00:09 (UTC)

This earthquake was first reported as a 7.0, but then updated to a 6.7.

A 5.1 quake in northern California near Lewiston (07:05:34 UT) was reported, but was deleted due to Phantom Readings.

Errata for "Phantom Events" in Central and Northern California resulting from the M6.7 Alaska Earthquake on 2015-05-29 07:00:29 UTC

Strong earthquakes generate seismic waves that spread across the entire globe. When the earthquakes are deep, the distant recordings are quite impulsive and are often mistakenly identified by automated systems as local earthquakes. On 2015/05/29 07:00 UTC, a 60 km-deep M6.7 earthquake occurred offshore of Chirikof Island, Alaska and swept across the seismic networks in northern California. The automatic earthquake detection systems recognized the arrival of seismic energy but misinterpreted it as several earthquakes, including an M 5.1 event occurring near Lewiston, rather than one large distant event. These "phantom events" were automatically released for public distribution on the Web and through the Earthquake Notification Service. All "phantom events" were cancelled by the duty seismologist within 15 minutes.

Prominent alignments can be seen in the chart of the Alaska quake. This quake occurred in the 24-hour crescendo of the Gibbous Moon (20:04:42 UT).

Prominent Geometric Resonances:

• POF-Vertex alignment 30° Saturn, Moon approaching. • Moon opposite Uranus.
• Ceres-Meridian MC, aspecting Lunar Nodes, Sun-Mercury, (creating the kite), also Neptune. Ceres is most often prominent in significant seismic and environmental events.
• In the crescendo of the Sun-Mercury-Earth alignment (Earth-Mercury synod).
• Jupiter inconjunct Pluto (past).
• Pallas-Phous approaching 120° to Eris (90° Venus).

Quintiles (72°) are shown separately to not crowd the first chart.

Alaska 6.7 chart
Alaska 6.7 chart Quintiles only

Critical Activity Graph

In hind-sight, I should have extended the critical period past the Gibbous Moon through the Mercury Synod of May 30, considering the synod is a significant part of the original alignment (shown in the video). I did not because, generally, large quakes occur in the crescendo of a lunar phase shift. In addition, the significance of the synod's aspect to the Lunar Nodes and Ceres (shown below) is a dead giveaway of extended critical resonances. I did not however have the time to map and explore these details before hand.

M7.8 - 189km WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan
27.831°N 140.493°E depth=677.6 km (421.0 mi)
2015-05-30 11:23:02 (UTC)

Due to the depth of the Earthquake, no Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches were in effect. Like during the previous Alaska quake, many phantom quakes were reported due to the shockwaves traveling around the Earth.

This earthquake occurred hours after Gibbous Moon (May 29, 20:04:42 UT) and in the crescendo of the Mercury Synod (Sun-Earth-Mercury alignment) — 0° 21' to exact.

Prominent Geometric Resonances:

• POF-Jupiter-Vertex.
• Sun-Mercury aspects to the Lunar Nodes, Ceres and Neptune.
• Lunar Nodes ~3° to location's Zenith-Nadir; i.e., square the Horizon Plane.
• Uranus-Eris Meridian IC.

Japan 7.8 map

This quake was followed by a 6.2 nearby.

Japan 7.8 chart
Japan 6.2 chart

M6.2 - Izu Islands, Japan region
30.744°N 142.974°E depth=8.7 km (5.4 mi)
2015-05-30 18:49:07 (UTC)

Prominent Geometric Resonances:

Note Ceres MC, still in aspect to the Sun and Lunar Nodes (and Neptune). The Saturn-Mercury-Mars-Sun alignment, now beginning to dissolve, straddling the horizon, with the Vertex also aspecting the Horizon.

Japan 76.2 map

Cotopaxi Volcano Incresed activity May 2015

SO2 emissions at Cotopaxi (IGPEN)

Cotopaxi Volcano
Increase Activity

Latitude 0.68°S
Longitude 78.44°W
Elevation: 5911 meters (19,393 ft.)
Country: Ecuador

Posted June 4, 3015

"The volcano has been showing signs of unrest. Since mid-April this year, and particularly during May, a marked increased in earthquakes and SO2 emissions have been detected, which could be signs of a magma intrusion beneath the volcano.

During May, about 3000 local earthquakes were recorded, a significant increased compared to April (628 quakes), and more than during the last seismic crisis in 2001-02.

Cotopaxi Volcano 20yr activity

Seismic activity at Cotopaxi over the past 20 years (IGPEN)

In particular, long-period earthquakes related to internal fluid movements have shown an increase in May. Most quakes were located in areas north and northeast of the volcano's summit, at two depth layers, one at shallow 3 km and others at deeper depths of up to 14 km.

In addition, SO2 emissions have shown an increased from normal values of approx. 500 tons / day to 2500-3000 tons per day. At the crater, fumarolic activity has increased during May. During the weekend of 22 and 23 May, sulfur smell the upper northern flank was very intense. Very slight deformation has occurred on the N and NE flanks, suggesting a trend towards inflation, IGPEN reported.

For now, the signs of volcanic unrest are small and there is no indication that a new eruption is imminent, but the current unrest could be a medium to long term precursor to a possible new eruption, which would be the first since 1942."

Quote and Graphs from: / Wednesday Jun 03, 2015 07:05 AM | BY: T