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Scientists Predict Catastrophic Earthquake Spike in 2018

Scientists Predict Catastrophic Earthquake Spike in 2018

Scientists don't know yet why the speed of Earth's rotation correlates with the frequency and intensity of earthquakes, but one theory is that changes in the flow of molten iron in Earth's outer core could affect both the planet's spinning speed and seismic frequency. A vinyl may skip or even get scratched as a result of its uneven rotation, and the planet Earth may experience a high amount of unexpected earthquakes as its tectonic plates shift and grind together, according to a new study conducted by Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana.

The study found that in these five periods there were between 25 and 30 intense earthquakes per year compared to 15 per year in normal periods.

Two geologists may have spotted a surprisingly simple correlation that can help predict earthquakes-and if they're correct, the Earth is on track for an uptick in major quakes next year. The rotation of Earth has slowed down since last four years, hence, they expect an increase in the number of major earthquakes next year.

20 de noviembre de 2017, 16:31Washington, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) Small fluctuations in Earth " s rotation might trigger intense seismic activity in 2018, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions, the U.S. University of Colorado said today. Now, scientists believe a slowdown of the Earth's rotation is the link to an observed cyclical increase in earthquakes. "So far nobody's figured out why we're wrong, in my mind that's tantamount to saying, "so far, so right", Bendick said.

"The inference is clear", the researchers say. They found that almost every 32 years there's an increase in earthquakes across the world.

Bilham said, "We have had it easy this year".

While Nace says this is still speculation and correlation, being able to sense when earthquakes will be a greater threat will help helpful, as earthquakes are one of the least predictable natural disasters.

The year 2018 might bring in some bad news for billions of people around the world.

When a day's length changes over decades, there can be a slight adjustment in the planet's magnetic field and both of these fluctuations may be due to the flow of molten metal inside the surface of the Earth, the Science Magazine explained.

Earth is expected to experience a little more rock and roll than usual next year. They seem to follow periodic slowdowns in speed of the Earth's rotation.

"They concentrate the shrinkage into the seismic zones where the earthquakes occur".