Mw 6.6 Kermadec Islands, New Zealand
updated 20 March 2022

On 2 March 2022 a strong earthquake occurred at the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at a depth of 40 km. The seismic event occurred at 12:52:09 UTC and had an estimated moment magnitude (Mw) 6.6.

After 25 February larger seismic activity was not anticipated until about 3 March due to Earth's close alignment with Venus and Mars and the absence of additional critical planetary geometry. On 2 March Earth aligned with Mercury and Saturn. As a result larger seismic activity was anticipated to occur 3-5 March. The strong tremor at the Kermadec Islands occurred somewhat early (at the time of the alignment) when lunar geometry started to peak reaching index 17 due to its alignment with Saturn, the Sun and Jupiter. See also the Telegram posts below.

Earth-Mercury-Saturn      2022-03-02, 16:29:55  318°41'33"

Earth-Moon-Mercury        2022-02-28, 21:29:59  316°11'13"
Earth-Moon-Saturn         2022-03-01,  1:23:07  318°30'24"
Earth-Moon-Sun            2022-03-02, 16:51:57  341°46'49"
Earth-Moon-Jupiter        2022-03-02, 20:43:27  344°01'01"
					
SSGI chart
SSGI depiction of planetary (PG) and lunar (LG) geometry

atmospheric electricity
atmospheric electricity before and during the earthquake