M6.2 earthquake shakes the Indian Ocean 20 hours after M6.5 quake hits central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

2 strong earthquakes august 30-31 2020, 2 strong earthquakes hit within 20 hours on August 30-31
2 strong earthquakes hit within 20 hours on August 30-31, 2020. Map via USGS

Within the last 20 hours, two strong earthquakes struck remote regions around the world.

Everything started with a shallow M6.5 earthquake along the central Mid-Atlantic Ridge on August 30, 2020 at 9:20 P.M. (UTC).

M 6.5 - central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
M 6.5 – central Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Earthquake map via USGS

The strong tremor hit at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles) and was reported by 2 people on the USGS webpage (but can you please tell me where these two individuals live!?!).


Date & time: Sunday, 30 August 2020 21:20 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 0.76°N / 29.9°W (international territory)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!)

M 6.2 - Chagos Archipelago region
M 6.2 – Chagos Archipelago region. Earthquake map via USGS

About 20 hours later, on August 31, 2020, 5:24 P.M. (UTC), the second shallow M6.2 quake hit Chagos Archipelago region in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

The shaking hit at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles) and was reported by 4 people on the USGS webpage.


Date & time: Monday, 31 August 2020 17:24 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.96°S / 70.07°E (British Indian Ocean Territory)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!)

Meanwhile, two rare deep-sea fish were found dead in the Philippines after a M6.6 earthquake:

Keep safe!


  1. Powerful earthquake hits off northern Chile, causes damage

    A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of northern Chile, causing damage and prompting some people to evacuate as a precaution, officials say. An aftershock, which measured 6.3, followed within half an hour.

    The first earthquake happened at 12:09 a.m. local time on Tuesday and was centered about 40 kilometers northwest of Carrizal Bajo, a village in the northern Atacama region, or 113 km southwest of Copiapó. It was followed by the aftershock at 12:30 a.m.

    Chile’s seismological agency said the initial earthquake measured 7.0 and struck about 31 kilometers below the seafloor, making it a shallow earthquake. The aftershock measured 6.1. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitudes at 6.8 and 6.3, respectively.

    The initial earthquake was felt across the region and woke up many people, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Some damage and minor landslides were reported in areas near the epicenter. A number of people living near the coast were evacuated as a precaution.

    “Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin to member states. “No action is required.”

    Chile is on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin which is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. A magnitude 9.5 earthquake struck off the coast of central Chile in May 1960, killing thousands of people. It was the largest earthquake ever recorded.

    Copiapó #temblor pic.twitter.com/6JYxDPpIeh
    — javrs19 (@javs2020) September 1, 2020

    #AlertaRSB| Rotuta de piscina en edificio Valle del Sol de #Copiapo tras el #Sismo que afectó a la zona.@CarlosRiescoR @ToroMaca @patopizarrovega #Temblor pic.twitter.com/XUUHFQhANs
    — RSB Chile (@rsbchile) September 1, 2020

    #Temblor #Copiapo @RADIONOSTALGICA @reddeemergencia @canal13 @RedGeoChile pic.twitter.com/T9t1mvNkhB
    — Gabriel F:P. (@Pancho_234) September 1, 2020

  2. Over 100 of after shocks in CHILE quakes, 6.4 was highest and 5.4 and now Sandwich Islands hit by 5.4 and ring of fire is shaking so badly globally. Is this a last final warning from God?
    We must stop this blood shed together or God will shake every foundations of this republic?
    Mohsen BC

  3. ER NEWS:
    M 7.0 – 75 km NW of Vallenar, Chile
    2020-09-01 04:09:30 (UTC)28.013°S 71.196°W35.0 km depth
    and 6.5 after shocks. I also issue red alert for USA from BC to
    Sandi ego, and id, co, wa, or ca, az, mt and ok, ga, and entire Yellow stone? I have predicted this and documented in this Blog. Thank you stay Safe. Please strange sounds write new article can you please kindly we appreciate you and your team.
    Mohsen BC

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