Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions. And this every five years!

earthquake upsurge earth slows down, Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows, Scientists say number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation, Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year
A landscape devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

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.

The link between Earth’s rotation and seismic activity was highlighted last month in a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America: “The correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year.

The new study is based on earthquakes of magnitude 7 and greater that had occurred since 1900. Results show five periods when there had been significantly higher numbers of large earthquakes (25 to 30) compared with other times (15). During all these anomalous periods, Earth’s rotation decreased slightly.

The Earth is offering us a five-year heads-up on future earthquakes

This link is particularly important because Earth’s rotation began one of its periodic slowdowns more than four years ago. The inference is clear. 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.

It is however unclear where these extra BIG earthquakes will occur. But the new study shows that most of the intense earthquakes that responded to changes in day length seemed to occur near the equator, where about one billion people live. Get ready for the next BIG ONE!

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  1. It’s funny, really. We look up, outside, for answers to life’s mysteries. It’s only natural to try and see beyond our immediate circumstances when they are challenged. Now days, those circumstances encompass the globe, for the world has never been smaller, more connected.

    Regarding the Upsurge in quakes that scientists are predicting for 2018 supposedly due to earth’s slowing rotation by a millisecond …. Here is the Truth regarding the real causes of the massive earth changes happening at this time.

    Good Journeys

  2. I don’t know if Earth Rotation is accelerating or slowing down due to large earthquakes … But … The days are happening much more quickly than 15 or 20 years ago. Nowadays, days go by fast. And this we should control or study it little by little. At the moment the Earth is very big and wide, and we don’t notice anything; But who knows if one day, with a snap of fingers, and we all leave this world planet called Earth.


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