The past 24 hours have been particularly active, in terms of earthquakes, around the world with more than three dozen temblors shaking along the global fault lines and volcanic hot spots.
The most recent was a 5.2-magnitude quake north of the Ecuadoran port city of Guayaquil, which struck at approximately 8:40 a.m. EST. Another major earthquake, also a 5.2-magnitude event, occurred 17 hours earlier about 600 miles to the northeast off the coast of Panama, while a 4.6-magnitude temblor struck a few hours later than that about 200 miles to the south off the coast of Peru.
Clear across the Pacific Ocean, at approximately 8 p.m. EST Thursday, a 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Namie, about 15 miles east of the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged by the 9.8-magnitude quake in 2011.
Officials in Japan said there was only moderate shaking felt, and no damage or injuries were reported.
Also Thursday evening, Monterey County, Calif., experienced three new aftershocks following Monday’s 4.6-magnitude earthquake that was felt as far away as San Francisco.
The three newest temblors ranged in magnitude from 2.9 to 3.8. So far, more than a dozen aftershocks have been felt, all of them originating in the San Andreas Fault. No injuries or damage have been reported following any of the quakes.
California has experienced 11 earthquakes in the past 24 hours, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the two most powerful of those were each 3.2 magnitude.