Will 2018 Bring Massive Earthquakes? Earth Could Enter High Seismic Activity Period

– January 1, 2018

As the new year dawns on us, the first horrible news is already out for the year. Scientists are predicting a massive increase in the number of large earthquakes in 2018.

Scientists have found an alarming link between slowing seismic activity of Earth and an increase in the number of surface tremors. There are periods where minute fluctuations in the speed of Earth’s rotation cause a change in the length of days and nights. These changes add up and cause a period of measurably slower speed in Earth’s rotation around its own axis. It is believed these changes could trigger increased seismic activity.

A team of researchers from University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder found during the past 100 years, Earth’s slowdowns have correlated surprisingly well with periods with a global increase in magnitude 7.0 and larger earthquakes.

Usefully, the spike, which adds two to five more quakes than typical, happens well after the slow-down begins.

“The Earth offers us a 5-years heads up on future earthquakes, which is remarkable,” says Roger Bilham, professor at CU and lead author of study along with Rebecca Bendick at the University of Montana in Missoula in a study related released on journal Science.


2018 to be Big Year for Earthquakes

TruNews – November 20, 2017

The length of a full rotation of our planet is changing, getting longer, and it could mean much more powerful earthquakes, particularly in the heavily populated tropical regions of the world.

The change in speed in Earth’s rotation is remarkably small—measured fractions of a milisecond—but it correlates with enormous amounts of stress on the planet’s surface, which can trigger slips along the tectonic plates. These slips are better known as earthquakes, and the more energy that is released in a slip, the more powerful the resulting temblor.

A group of researchers presented their evidence to the Geological Society of America last month. In their report, the experts state they found five periods when there had been significantly higher numbers of large earthquakes—as much as doubling the annual average—based on more than a century of precise recordkeeping.

Using that “good record,” they found a strong correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity. This same correlation suggests the number of major earthquakes next year will spike.