Mw 6.9 Vanuatu
updated 5 June 2021 UTC

On 3 April 2016 a strong earthquake occurred at Vanuatu at a depth of 44km. The seismic event occurred at 08:23:54 UTC and had an estimated moment magnitude (Mw) 6.9.

Two planetary alignments preceded the earthquake, most notably Earth-Mercury-Uranus on 31 March. Lunar geometry peaked 13 a day later, coinciding with two WPG peaks, which is when a seismic increase started with a Mw 6.0 near Western Honshu and a Mw 6.1 near the North coast of New Guinea, and a Mw 6.2 at Alaska Peninsula on 2 April. The earthquake at Vanuatu was the first in a series of nine strong to major (Mw 6.6>) earthquakes worldwide — almost one per three days on average, including three magnitude 7 earthquakes — that occurred due to the occurrence of no less than 14 planetary alignments throughout the month. A similar pattern occurred in December 2016 when 15 planetary alignments occurred. Two additional strong earthquakes occurred at Vanuatu on 6 and 7 April, followed by a Mw 7.0 on 28 April.

Mercury-Sun-Mars         2016-03-29, 17:18:41  214°39'59"
Earth-Mercury-Uranus     2016-03-31, 20:43:21   19°43'00"
Mercury-Sun-Saturn       2016-04-04, 17:12:42  251°04'57"
SSGI chart
SSGI depiction of planetary (PG) and lunar (LG) geometry


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