This is a pretty interesting image..

I can’t find the source but it shows the locations of a few earthquakes in 2011. I punched them into spaceweather.com and here are some of the stories for those days..

 

  • March 11: AURORAS INVADE THE USA: Earth’s magnetic field is still reverberating from a CME strike on March 10th. During the past 24 hours, Northern Lights have descended as far south as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan in the United States. “At one point the lights filled more than half of the entire sky,”
  • June 18: LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday night, June 15th, sky watchers in Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, Antarctica and Europe witnessed the longest lunar eclipse in nearly 11 years. Only North America was excluded as Earth’s shadow engulfed the full Moon for a whopping 100 minutes. At maximum eclipse, the lunar surface turned a beautiful shade of red
  • July 6: MINOR STORM WATCH: NOAA forecasters estimate a 10% chance of minor geomagnetic storms on July 7th in response to an incoming CME. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
  • And today, PNG quake day: GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY: A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field and causing intermittent geomagnetic activity around the poles. The peak so far has been a G1-class storm that lasted for several hours around the end of July 30th. “I received a storm alert from Space Weather Phone,” says Bob Johnson of Saskatoon Saskatchewan.

Also very interesting to note is that as soon as the geomagnetic storm died down today, the quakes stopped. Flaring continues from the three Active Regions but spot group 1261 really sticks out..

 

Magnitude 6.2 – VANUATU REGION

2011 July 31 14:34:50 UTC (below)