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Earthquake Weather Report for February 2015

Updated on January 14, 2015
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Has studied astrology/historical seismology since the late '70s in San Francisco. Published in the ISAR International Astrologer in 2012.

Earthquakes of 6.3-6.6 from 2Dec14 to 7Jan15.
Earthquakes of 6.3-6.6 from 2Dec14 to 7Jan15. | Source
Comparing three authorities on earthquake magnitude estimates with the author's estimates based on those sources.
Comparing three authorities on earthquake magnitude estimates with the author's estimates based on those sources.

Seismically Quiet of Late but Likely to be Active Soon

As far as earthquakes are concerned, December 2014 looked quite a bit like December 2013. The only difference was that there were four earthquakes in the 6.4-6.7 magnitude range instead of just one. However, like the earlier December, when it came to the larger earthquakes of 6.8 magnitude or greater, those more significant and energetic quakes were absent. So far in January 2015, this trend has continued (similar also to January of a year ago). If astrology has anything to say in this though, the trend will end as early as a few days from now. Significant seismic activity should pick up, beginning as early as midday (Greenwich or Universal Time) on the 16th of January, but especially two days after that and lasting about three weeks.

Although significantly larger earthquakes were absent in December, the earthquakes of 6.4-6.6 were mostly inside the windows defined by Astro-aspect values. As can be seen in the table under the map displaying those quakes, all but the smallest earthquake fell inside the windows that had been mapped out earlier. That least intense of temblors was also an aftershock of a 7.1 magnitude event which occurred back on November 15, 2014. As a general rule, I disregard aftershocks as mostly random events that have little connection to astrological factors.

While the size of the quakes was not ideal, the results were consistent with that achieved by larger earthquakes. In other words, they demonstrate that the larger an earthquake is, the more likely they are to fall within the astrologically defined windows. It should be stressed however that these windows have mostly not been defined by standard astrological practices. The angular relationships between planets that relate to earthquakes have been sorted out using statistical methods based on 477 earthquakes of the past. Most of those seismic events are of magnitude 6.8 or larger or caused significant death and destruction. More than a third of those events (169) are also prior to the year 1900.

Apparently no deaths were caused by the quakes listed above, however there was one death from a 5.8 magnitude shock off the coast of Guatemala on December 7 at 21:17 UTC. There was also a 4.9 earthquake in Challis, Idaho on January 3 at 17:44 UTC. No major damage or deaths were caused by that quake but there were 2 deaths from a magnitude 6.9 quake that happened in the same general area (southern Idaho) on October 28, 1983. That was the largest earthquake ever recorded in the state.

Charts created by the author using an early version of MS Excel.
Charts created by the author using an early version of MS Excel.

On this Date in Earthquake History

While on the subject of past earthquakes, it's been 100 years since the January 13th, 1915 earthquake of an estimated 6.7 magnitude that was centered near Marsica, Italy. This earthquake was one of the deadliest to effect Italy, taking the lives of approximately 33,000 people. It is said that Raffaele Bendandi, an Italian clock maker, using planetary alignments, predicted this earthquake (it was written in his notes but never published). He went on to write a syndicated newspaper column on the subject for many years which became popular in Europe. He was also an honorary seismologist and was knighted by Mussolini (but shortly after was told by the leader that he was to stop making predictions because it was hurting tourism). Unfortunately, Bendandi never published his methods, his secrets being buried with him when he died at the age of 86 in 1979.

It has also been five years since the magnitude 7.0 earthquake of January 12th, 2010 that reportedly took the lives of over 200,000 Haitians. Following the earthquake, 1.5 million people were forced to live in tents. Almost 80,000 people still do. It should be noted that in this area of the world (in the waters south to east of Florida), a peak in Astro-aspect values on January 31st, 2015, as well as indications from Eclipse-aspect values, point to this general area as being the most likely location of a significant seismic event during the end of this month or the beginning of the next one.

...and Now for the Forecast...

Here are the potential dates and locations for significant earthquake activity (magnitude 6.8 or larger seismic events) for the last half of January and all of February, 2015 (the windows make up 54.6% of the month of February):

2014-01/16, 1000 UT – 01/18, 0000 UT: New Guinea, S. Pacific, N. New Zealand. [38 hours]

2014-01/18, 1200 UT – 01/24, 1200 UT: New Guinea, S. Pacific, western coast of U.S./Canada. [144 hours]

2014-01/25, 0400 UT – 01/27, 1600 UT: ditto +south to east of FL. [60 hours]

2014-01/29, 0600 UT – end of the month: south to east of FL. [66 hours]

2014-02/01, 0000 UT – 02/08, 2100 UT: south to east of FL, eastern Indonesia to New Zealand and possibly Chile. [7d21h]

2014-02/13, 0000 UT – 02/13, 1800 UT: south to east of FL. [18 hours]

2014-02/15, 2200 UT – 02/22, 0200 UT: south to east of FL, China/Taiwan, Japan, Aleutians, west coast of U.S. [6d4h]

2014-02/23, 1200 UT – 02/24, 0000 UT: south to east of FL. [12 hours]

Chart created by the author using an early version of MS Excel.
Chart created by the author using an early version of MS Excel.

© 2015 Joseph Ritrovato


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