Big Earthquakes Predicted for 2018 as Earth Rotation Slows

A man walks past a damaged building following an earthquake in Darbandikhan in Sulaimaniya Governorate Iraq

Exactly why decreases in day length should be linked to earthquakes is unclear although scientists suspect that slight changes in the behaviour of Earth's core could be causing both effects. Essentially, one day in today's modern times is slightly longer than a day experienced 100 years ago. When a slowdown occurs, the molten core continues to strain outward, obeying Newton's fundamental law that objects in motion will try as hard as they can to remain in motion. The changes result in the planet losing or gaining a millisecond each day from time to time however; the researchers theorize that massive amounts of energy are being released underground and it will create more large quakes.

Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana have found a correlation between periods with larger than usual numbers of magnitude 7-plus earthquakes, and slowdowns of tiny fractions of a second in the Earth's daily rotation time.

The claims were made by U.S. researchers Roger Bilham and Rebecca Bendick who found that when Earth's rotation decreased slightly, it was followed by periods of increased numbers of intense earthquakes five years later.

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The study's abstract said that since 1900, more than 80 percent of magnitude 7 earthquakes on the eastern Caribbean plate boundary have occurred five years following a maximum deceleration, including the 2010 Haiti natural disaster. They noticed that while most years, there were only around fifteen major earthquakes, there had also been five-year periods where the number of earthquakes had dramatically risen, which always occurred following a drop in the rotational speed of the planet.

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. According to their research, periods of increased major earthquakes followed periods of roughly five years where the Earth's rotation speed was recorded as slowing. The last slowdown reportedly began in 2011.

Kiwi scientists have questioned the validity of new findings that suggest we are likely to see a significant increase in the number of devastating earthquakes striking around the globe in 2018.

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Tropical countries might shake up more than they use to in 2018, according to American researchers. "We have had it easy this year", the Guardian reported he said.

They focused on earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 7.0, and pinpointed five occasions within the last century where there was a surge in the number of these severe earthquakes.

None of this says that 2018 will definitely be a more geologically unstable year, and it certainly doesn't pinpoint where any possible quaking will occur. The occasional fluctuation in the Earth's velocity has been charted by scientists for decades. Hence, scientists are still unsure whether this change in Earth's rotation is the cause of an uptick in earthquakes.

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University of Canterbury tectonic geology lecturer Dr Tim Stahl said Bilham and Bendick were respected scientists in quake geology and seismic risk.

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