Rebecca Bendick, a geophysicist from the university of Montana, is aware of the fact that many people have probably read those articles full of predictions of devastating earthquakes which will supposedly occur next year. According to those, these swarms of earthquakes will happen because of a slowdown in our planet’s rotation. Now, the expert is trying to convince people to not panic and fear for their life because there will be no swarms of devastating earthquakes.
Science actually says that nobody can predict when an earthquake will happen exactly. This is because they occur when energy from the cracks in the planet’s crust gets released. This phenomenon is what causes the seismic waves. And even if experts are aware of those cracks and of the energy inside them, their activity is unpredictable. They might issue warning for a general area, but there is no way to tell exactly when an earthquake is going to happen.
People should not panic
It’s interesting that Bendick actually co-authored a paper with a colleague in which they found a connection between seismic activity and fluctuations in the planet’s rotation. Their suggestion is that indeed, by using earthquake records and analyzing these fluctuations, experts might be able to reveal certain years when more earthquakes might happen. It’s like a warning. However, there is nothing certain in this.
Over the years, people have tried to come up with certain ways to predict earthquakes. From the animals’ behavior to electric signals and gas emissions from rocks. Nothing seemed to work. This is why Bendick thinks it’s tempting to get into the earthquake-prediction business. If done right, it could save millions of lives. It’s a thing of life and death after all.
So, people should not panic because of those articles they read. Still, they should also be aware of the fact that earthquakes do exist and will happen no matter what we do. But 2018 will certainly not see swarms of Earth tremors.
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