Ring of Fire Quakes Intensify
June 27, 2011 • 8:36AM

According to Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit, centered about 53 kilometers (33 miles) northeast of Waren, a town on the northern coast of Papua.

Last week there were a significant number of quakes of 5 or above throughout the Ring of Fire, including a major 7.2 earthquate late Thursday, July 23, in Alaska, USA.

The other nations to record moderate to strong earthquakes last week include Japan, Fiji, Panama, Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Antarctica.

Last week four earthquakes measuring in excess of 5.0 on the Richter Scale struck Alaska. A large earthquake (magnitude 6.7) struck off the coast of Honshu, Japan, Wednesday night, June 22. A series of large tremors measuring greater than 5 have been recorded there since Wednesday night.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands Friday morning, June 24. It was the third strong earthquake to hit the region last week.

On Thursday night Tonga was hit by a moderate earthquake.

On Wednesday night a magnitude 5.2 earthquake was recorded in Fiji. The region was also hit by 5.5 and 5.1 magnitude quakes on Saturday and Sunday.

The Catamarca region of Argentina was hit by a moderate earthquake on Wednesday.

A 5.2 magnitude quake struck the South Island of New Zealand on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, northern Sumatra in Indonesia was shaken by a magnitude 5.2 tremor.

A strong earthquake struck the Antofagasta region of Chile Monday afternoon.

A 5.4 magnitude quake hit the island nation of Vanuatu on Monday.

On Sunday a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Panama.

A 4.9 magnitude quake was recorded along the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge on Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday night the northern coast of Peru experienced a moderate 5 magnitude earthquake and on Saturday morning a magnitude 5.2 tremor was recorded in Papua New Guinea.