Why is Antarctica shaking like crazy? More than 50,000 earthquakes in 3 months baffle scientists

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Many weird phenomena are currently taking place in Antarctica.

While enigmatic deep space signals are hitting the surface of the continent, more than 50,000 tremors have rocked Antarctica since the end of August. Such an impressive spike in seismic activity has never been witnessed by scientists.

A major M6.0 as well as thousands of other small quakes were all detected in the Bransfield Strait, a 60-mile wide (96-km) ocean channel between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Although several tectonic plates and microplates meet near the strait (and thus frequent rumbling), the past three months have been unusual, according to the University of Chile.

More than 50,000 earthquakes hit  Brainsfield Strait in Antarctica
More than 50,000 earthquakes hit Brainsfield Strait in Antarctica. Map via Armada Project

Most of the seismicity was concentrated at the beginning of the sequence, mainly during the month of September, with more than a thousand earthquakes a day,” the center said.

The shakes have become so frequent that the strait itself, once increasing in width at a rate of about 7 or 8 mm (0.30 inch) a year is now expanding 15 cm (6 inches) a year.

It’s a 20-fold increase … which suggests that right this minute … the Shetland Islands are separating more quickly from the Antarctic peninsula,” said Sergio Barrientos, the center’s director.

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Volcanism in the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica. Map via Science Direct

So what’s behind this earthquake uptick in Antarctica?

There is no clear answer to that geological phenomenon yet. But here some suggestions based on previous similar events.

Could it be linked to a volcano forming underwater? As seen in the second map, the Bransfield Strait contains volcanoes and volcanic areas. Just remember that the formation of a new volcano near Mayotte was responsible for a strong earthquake swarm.

Moreover, it is known that many volcanoes are buried under thousand meters of ice in Antarctica and may be one of the reason responsible for the dramatic ice melting on the white continent.

Could it be linked to iceberg calving? When large icebergs break off, they sometimes trigger small to powerful shake that can be recorded on seismometers around the world. Knowing that a giant iceberg is currently drifting in the region, it may be something to consider.

Are new methane vents opening up in Antarctica? It could be! The first active leak of sea-bed methane discovered at McMurdo Sound situated in the Ross Sea, Antarctica just 6 months ago.

Are they drilling for oil and gas in Antarctica? There is currently no clues about drilling efforst, but it seems that all G20 countries want a piece of 513 billion barrels of oil in Antarctica.

Antarctica is melting from below due to geothermal heat. It would also be useful to know if this kind of increased seismicity has significant effects on the stability of polar ice caps. More geology news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. aliens came got real cold started fires for warmth that heated silica magma/ Magma begins moving toward surface as it expands. aliens panic pull out new gamma ray gun create new parallel universe and move on out of here laughing all the way. Al gore brought with them to save next reality form global cooling and cosmic ray maximum. Magnetic reversal as a result of electromagnetic sheets circling and emanating from the center of the galaxies are further excited by aliens leaving and our sun goes micro nova and we go back to the 1700s. However because the electromagnetic shield of the earth goes down 80 percent or so during reversals, we all ride the red shift that really not a red shifty but plasma and electric currents circulating the universe to a new galaxy one that is 300 x a google plex light years away. when we get their we are confused because its and old old galaxy and not young at all. Then the whole galaxy novas and we go extinct and cockroach rule the universe. the first names they use are Nancy and Mitch

  2. The reasons are shaking , for example meltings, also could be there UFO that want get out of there. It could ne quakes in to quakes, magnetic change is very possible.

    • Supposedly, the WWII Germans had flying disks in a base out there. Supposedly, Admiral Byrd encountered flying disks on his expeditions.

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  4. antarctica is the entry to hell. The Titans are locked up there waiting to be released – within 5 years or less at this point. Wow. Looks crazy when written down – but it’s true.

  5. The scientific explanations makes sense, but it could also be boring machines, heavy explosive charges, and underground bases.

    It is good to be open-minded on these articles. We have been lied to by government controlled news buttclowns for decades.

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