Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Scientists Predict More Earthquakes In 2018 As Earth Slows

Scientists Predict More Earthquakes In 2018 As Earth Slows

The year 2018 is set to witness a burst in seismic activity as scientists warn there could be a rise in the number of high-magnitude earthquakes across the world due to variations in the speed of earth's rotation.

The specific cause of intensified seismic activity has yet to be found, but scientists suggest the slowdown in Earth's rotation could have an effect on the planet's core and the energy it releases. Scientists Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula conducted a study that found there have been five periods when larger earthquakes were significantly more frequent than at other times.

Researchers who have published Geophysical Research letters, according to Guardian and Science, have analyzed earthquakes above seven degrees that have occurred on earth since 1990. In fact, since 1900 there have been five periods with a large number of severe earthquakes, varying between 25 and 30 all over the world.

Despite overwhelming prediction for the Nibiru planet hitting the earth, November 19 has passed off peacefully but now geoscientists have joined the chorus predicting numerous earthquakes in the year 2018 due to the slowing of the Earth's rotation. If the two geophysicists' research is correct, 2018 should bring a significant increase in the number of major earthquakes. "We could easily have 20 a year starting in 2018", he added.

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In a new study, geologists linked the increased earthquakes to slower rotation speed. "So far nobody's figured out why we're wrong, in my mind that's tantamount to saying, "so far, so right", Bendick said. Mexico, Iraq and Iran were all rocked by devastating earthquakes in recent months but they may pale in comparison to what we can expect next year.

"We have had it easy this year". It does say that the maddeningly imprecise science of quake prediction has at least gotten a tiny bit more precise. The last slowdown reportedly began in 2011.

Along with a day, these tiny fluctuations in the Earth's rotation speed could also impact earthquakes. "The cause of Earth's variable rotation is the exchange of angular momentum between the solid and fluid Earth (atmospheres, oceans and outer core)", they noted in their paper.

"Its (the Earth's) waistline gets smaller, but its clothes, the tectonic plates on Earth, remain the same size, which means they get rumpled up". Often times, geologists are limited to historical trends in data to predict the likelihood an quake will occur.

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