Earthquakes Expected To Double In Number In 2018 As Earth's Rotation Slows

James Marshall
November 20, 2017

For example, a 7.0 magnitude quake in 2010 killed over 100,000 people in Haiti while in Japan, in 2011, a magnitude 9.0 natural disaster and subsequent tsunami killed up to 18,000 people and caused the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Geologists have warned that deadly earthquakes could become more frequent in the coming year and that they are likely to be caused by the slowing down of the Earth's rotation.

Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana, who presented their research at the annual conference of the Geological Society of America recently, argued that there is a clear correlation between the speed of earth's rotation and global quake activity, Xinhua news agency reported.

Scientists are not pretty clear about the factors which disrupt the earth's core when the planet's rotation is slowing down.

But Bendick and Bilham also found a correlation between these periods of increased large earthquakes and the Earth's rotation.

A number of huge earthquakes have devastated this year, killing hundreds of people in their wake.

"The correlation between the Earth's rotation and natural disaster activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year", Bilham told The Guardian.

He has written a paper with Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana, and the pair discovered five periods when the world experienced "25 to 30 earthquakes a year", compared to the average of 15. Even though unclear about the exact reason, experts speculate that the slight changes in the behaviour of the planet are the reason behind the destabilization of the earth's core. These periods were followed by periods of massive earthquakes.

"The Earth is offering us a five-year heads-up on future earthquakes", Bilham said, the Guardian reported.

Harold Camping predicted that devastating earthquakes would occur on May 21, 2011 but nothing happened.

While more research needs to be done and the correlation Bendick and Bilham found in their research has yet to be proved, other scientists say it's worth investigating further.

Crucially, the paper notes that one such period of increase earthquakes is due next year, in 2018.

New Zealand quake scientists have been critical of a theory from two American scientists that the frequency of earthquakes is linked to a slowing in Earth's rotation, one saying "I tend to think of them in the context of [Moon Man] Ken Ring". Until now, we only had six powerful earthquakes.

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