Mw 7.0 South of Fiji Islands
updated 16 August 2021

On 3 January 2017 a major earthquake occurred South of Fiji Islands at a depth of 10 km. The seismic event occurred at 21:52:31 UTC and had an estimated moment magnitude (Mw) 7.0.

Two planetary alignments preceded the earthquake, most notably Mercury-Venus-Uranus on 30 December. Following these planetary alignments, a lunar peak occurred on 2 and into 3 January reaching 16, indicating a strong convergence of critical lunar geometry. Part of this geometry is the Moon's alignment with Mars and Neptune early on the 3rd.

Mercury-Venus-Uranus      2016-12-30, 22:26:48   22°11'43"
Earth-Mars-Neptune        2017-01-01,  6:47:05  339°30'33"

Earth-Moon-Neptune        2017-01-03,  3:33:17  339°33'11"
Earth-Moon-Mars           2017-01-03,  6:11:34  341°00'03"
SSGI chart
SSGI depiction of planetary (PG) and lunar (LG) geometry


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