This location is of GREAT importance to the most recent earthquake forecast, which had called for new noteworthy M4.0+ earthquake activity to strike either the Gorda Escarpment or the border of Nevada at a dormant volcano.
[wondering out loud why the USGS doesn’t mention the volcano located directly where this earthquake struck]
Now, just as the forecast called for, a M4.3 (M4.4) has struck a dormant volcano near the California / Nevada border DIRECTLY EAST of the Gorda Escarpment.
See the earthquake forecast issued 5 days ago (December 18) calling for a dormant volcano at the Nevada / California border to be struck by a M4.0+ earthquake this week:
The graphic below shows the deep earthquakes to the East (right), and the shallow large earthquake swarm to the West in Nepal.
As the pressure transfers West, the pressure builds at the sticking point along the Himalayan range in Nepal, and also in Afghanistan / Turkmenistan. The pressure always releases as one single larger earthquake followed by a swarm.
Deep earthquakes in the Pacific causing shallow larger earthquakes in Asia — this is something new, a discovery in the world of Geology.
A noteworthy M6.2 earthquake (and subsequent swarm) has struck the West Pacific inside the warned “silent area” near Vanuatu.
This region had several hours warning time to prepare for movement to strike (see the warning below).
The earthquake forecast issued hours prior to this event specifically called for this silent area to show new movement in the nearterm , calling for 1-2 magnitudes HIGHER movement than the deep activity which struck over the past 48 hours leading up to this large M6.2 event.
The deep earthquake was in the upper M4.5 range, meaning the shallower larger earthquake should be at least M6.0 in intensity. Now the M6.2 has struck the warned area.
See the warning issued hours before the event here:
Information on this new swarm of earthquakes from the USGS: