I've decided to leave this post up: mostly as a reminder to myself that it is quite easy to reach false conclusions when working with limited evidence !
On Monday, October 9,2006, North Korea announced it had conducted an underground test of a nuclear device. This information was confirmed-in part-by seismographic measurements in the USA, Russia,and Japan.
On Tuesday, October 10,2006, there was a 6.0 magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Honshu,Japan : leading Japan to believe - at first - there had been a second North Korean test - because of the similar intensity.
There were two more earthquakes in this vicinity: Thursday, 10/12/06 (4.8 magnitude) and Friday , 10/13/06 (5.3 magnitude).
On Sunday, 10/15/06 , there was a smaller (4.8) event near Hokkaido,Japan.
On the same day (Sunday, 10/15/06) there was a 6.6 magnitude earthquake, centered 9 miles west of Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
On Monday, 10/16/06 , there were two widely-separated earthquakes: One, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale in the vicinity of New Britain,Papua,New Guinea; the other - a 5.2 temblor - in the Kuril Islands.
On Tuesday, 10/17/06 , there have been ( so far ) two quakes : One - measuring 5.1 -in the Andaman Islands - near India ; the second , measuring 5.4,in New Britain,Papua,New Guinea.
All of the affected areas are situated on unstable tectonic plates - as is North Korea.
Could North Korea's underground nuclear test have created a "tectonic chain reaction" in the Pacific ?
SIGH OF RELIEF TIME !!!
I have a much-better informed comment from a reader on another site, who says it is QUITE UNLIKELY a nuke would produce such an effect. I'm awaiting his permission to copy his comments.
"I'm not a tectonic specialist, but I do know Hawaii is a hot spot, nowhere near a tectonic boundary. That said, I highly doubt a small, manmade event could have much or anything to do with earthquake events of much larger magnitudes (in terms of energy) elsewhere.
The comment about the earthquake in Japan triggering suspicion about a second nuclear test due to "their similar intensity" is crap-- the Richter scale is logarithmic and therefore a 6 (the Japan earthquake) and a ~4 (NK nuke test) have ground-movement magnitudes that are different from each other by a factor of roughly 100x. you'd also think that other such test by the US would've caused similar chains that we'd have heard about, especially considering that our tests were much,much stronger. Earthquakes happen, and they can happen in chains. However, it's more likely that this is just a case of statistical clustering, as there are millions of earthquakes per year."
I went by news reports generated at the time, as I'm a long way from being well-informed on tectonics ! Nonetheless, I'm glad to hear this was probably coincidence.