Earthquake numbers are set to rise in 2018.
Scientists have warned that the number of earthquakes the world will see in 2018 is to rise dramatically, due to a slowing in the earth’s rotation speed.
Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula have said that a tiny slowing down in the speed that earth rotates could have a serious impact on the environment.
“They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.
“Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast amounts of underground energy, it is argued.”
The scientists say that they painstakingly went through old data of the earth’s earthquake records that measure 7.0 magnitude since the year 1900. They found data which recorded periods of high earthquake activity. Bilham said “In these periods, there were between 25 to 30 intense earthquakes a year,” compared to an average rating of around 15 earthquakes per year.
They looked for correlating factors and found that in times when the earthquake activity was at its highest, were also times when the earth’s rotation has slowed down.
Natural disasters have been in the news of late, with more frequent and fierce hurricanes and earthquakes than we are usually used to. Bingham says this is only set to get worse.
“Next year we should see a significant increase in numbers of severe earthquakes. We have had it easy this year. So far we have only had about six severe earthquakes. We could easily have 20 a year starting in 2018.”
Thanks to the pair’s work, it could mean that the world is more prepared for these devastating earthquakes, that have previously struck without any warning.
Via The Anti Media