Mw 7.1 Southeast of Loyalty Islands
updated 7 August 2021

On 12 August 2016 a major earthquake occurred Southeast of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 20 km. The seismic event occurred at 01:26:36 UTC and had an estimated moment magnitude (Mw) 7.1.

Two planetary alignments preceded the major earthquake. Starting four-and-a-half days earlier, Earth lined up between Mercury and Neptune, followed two days later by a Sun-Venus-Jupiter alignment. It should be noted that larger earthquakes (magnitude 7) tend to occur within about two-three days after Venus lined up with an outer planet, either in combination with the Sun or another planet. In addition, Earth reached a Mercury-centric 90° angle with Saturn early on the 11th. Lunar geometry was critical after the alignment on the 7th, peaking 13 on the 8th and early 9th. After the second alignment, lunar geometry became again critical reaching 17 on the index early on the 12th, around the time the earthquake occurred.

Mercury-Earth-Neptune    2016-08-07, 16:11:31  341°04'38"
Sun-Venus-Jupiter        2016-08-09, 16:24:38  179°47'34"

Mercury: Earth-Saturn    2016-08-11,  4:28:25   90°00'00"
          
SSGI chart
SSGI depiction of planetary (PG) and lunar (LG) geometry

 

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