Photo: Quake near New Zealand: 5.8M, 2Jan/2016- will be used to CATEGORIZE types of Earthquakes:
A. Mass Transfer, e.g. Shift from a Crustal segment which has excessive Mass- this case;
B. Shift along TRANSFORMS- which is seen in Ocean Basins, e.g. Pacific;
C. Storms, Ice melting, Wind, and Sea-level Change cause minor quakes, expected to be < 5M; and
D. Vulcanism- which has Lava spread Laterally.
earthquake.usgs.gov 
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Harold Overton
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Quake near New Zealand: 5.8M, 2Jan/2016- will be used to CATEGORIZE types of Earthquakes:
A. Mass Transfer, e.g. Shift from a Crustal segment which has excessive Mass- this case;
B. Shift along TRANSFORMS- which is seen in Ocean Basins, e.g. Pacific;
C. Storms, Ice melting, Wind, and Sea-level Change cause minor quakes, expected to be < 5M; and
D. Vulcanism- which has Lava spread Laterally.
earthquake.usgs.gov 
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