This Quake Watch indicates recent activity only, since 1995 and through 1999 when the trends had become obvious. Data is
summarized by year, with more detail and a cumulative extreme quake and volcano map available on the year's individual
page. The trends can therefore be seen if one year and then the next is examined, in turn. This Quake Watch only reports
volcano activity that can be considered truly unusual or quakes at or about 8.0 in magnitude. Typical activity no matter how
extreme, is not listed here. This is to show the recent trends, without clutter.
- During 1995, earthquakes greater than magnitude 8 stuck Chile on July 30 with an 8.1 and the Kuril Islands north of
Japan on December 3 with an 8.0. Inactive volcanoes sprang back to life with Japan's Mount Hosshu erupting for the
first time in 257 years, Montserrat in the Carribean becoming active in an area not known for seismic activity. Quake
activity under Calderas such as Yellowstone lake increased dramatically, with 1,200 quakes recorded in 1995.
- During 1996, earthquakes greater than magnitude 8 stuck Indonesia on February 17 with an 8.2 in a formerly
quake-quiet zone. The USGS reported an alarming increase in deep quakes at the 550-650 km level. New Zealand's
Mount Ruapehu erupted without warning on June 17, as did Canlaon in the Phillipines on August 11. Iceland's
Grimsvotn volcano began to melt the Vatnajoskull Glacier, creating a wall of water rushing to the sea. The Long
Valley caldera at Mammothe Lake, California went on the watch list.
- During 1997, active volcanoes proved noteworthy for their violence or long running eruptions. Popocatepetl threw an
ash cloud 2.5 miles high and shook the ground for 15 minutes prior to the eruption in June, and Kilauea continued with
its longest eruption in recorded history. Monserrat, roaring to life after almost 4 centuries of dormancy, forced
evacuation of the Caribbean island.
- During 1998, an 8.8 earthquake occurred near Balleny Islands region south of Australia, an 8.3 in the Ceram Sea near
Sulawesi, Indonesia, and a 7.9 near Taiwan. The dormant volcanos on the Caribbean nation of Dominica threatened to
erupt. Cerro Azul on the Galapagos Island in Ecuador, Iwate-san on the island of Honshu, and Mount Peuet Sague
in Indonesia in the province of Aceh reawakened, with more volcanoes acive than in the memory and history of man.
- During 1999, no large earthquakes occurred but the 7.4 in Turkey was indicative of more devastation and death
occurring from the more frequent and unpredictable quakes. A Domino effect, where quakes moved to contiguous fault
lines, was Noted during analysis of the 7.4 quake in Turkey in August and had been predicted by the Zetas. The
dormant volcano Mt. Marsili near Naples, Italy became active, and active volcanoes increased their activity
worldwide. Mt. Etna, always active, began erupting and per the Cayce prediction this is a recursor of the Earth