Newsweek] The new year could bring an increase in massive and devastating earthquakes, research from October suggested. But as our prediction of earthquakes becomes better, so does our ability to prepare for these natural disasters.
four years ago, the Earth’s rotation slowed slightly. Although the
decrease was not enough to notice, the Earth’s slower rotation may spark
an increase in severe earthquakes for 2018, researchers from University
of Colorado Boulder predicted in the fall.
According to the team’s research, which they presented at the Geological Society of America
annual meeting in Seattle this October, there may be a trend between
slower Earth rotations and more global earthquakes. Over the past 100
years, there was a 25 to 30 percent increase in the number of
significant earthquakes associated with a slowdown in the Earth’s
According to Science Mag,
Earth’s rotation began to slow nearly five years ago, which means that
if this theory is true, 2018 could bring two to five more magnitude 7
earthquakes than usual. While this theory may predict how many
earthquakes we can expect in 2018, it can’t help us identify where on
the globe these earthquakes may occur, Newsweek reported.
Earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale, which categorizes the
natural event on a scale of one to 10. The Richter scale measures the
vibrations caused by the earthquake using a tool called a seismometer.
While smaller earthquakes are very common, larger ones are less
frequent, and significantly more devastating. There has never been a
category 10 earthquake in recorded history, but those of 7 or 8 can
cause significant damage and loss of life, BBC reported. Read More