Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows

The Guardian

Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.

Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast amounts of underground energy, it is argued.  

The link between Earth’s rotation and seismic activity was highlighted last month in a paper by Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

“The correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year,” Bilham told the Observer last week.

In their study, Bilham and Bendick looked at earthquakes of magnitude 7 and greater that had occurred since 1900. “Major earthquakes have been well recorded for more than a century and that gives us a good record to study,” said Bilham.

They found five periods when there had been significantly higher numbers of large earthquakes compared with other times. “In these periods, there were between 25 to 30 intense earthquakes a year,” said Bilham. “The rest of the time the average figure was around 15 major earthquakes a year.”

The researchers searched to find correlations between these periods of intense seismic activity and other factors and discovered that when Earth’s rotation decreased slightly it was followed by periods of increased numbers of intense earthquakes. “The rotation of the Earth does change slightly – by a millisecond a day sometimes – and that can be measured very accurately by atomic clocks,” said Bilham.

Bilham and Bendick found that there had been periods of around five years when Earth’s rotation slowed by such an amount several times over the past century and a half. Crucially, these periods were followed by periods when the numbers of intense earthquakes increased.

“It is straightforward,” said Bilham. “The Earth is offering us a five-year heads-up on future earthquakes.”

This link is particularly important because Earth’s rotation began one of its periodic slowdowns more than four years ago. “The inference is clear,” said Bilham. “Next year we should see a significant increase in numbers of severe earthquakes. We have had it easy this year. So far we have only had about six severe earthquakes. We could easily have 20 a year starting in 2018.”

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.

In addition, it is difficult to predict where these extra earthquakes will occur – although Bilham said they found that most of the intense earthquakes that responded to changes in day length seemed to occur near the equator. About one billion people live in the Earth’s tropical regions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/18/2018-set-to-be-year-of-big-earthquakes

14 thoughts on “Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows

  1. There is a couple of you tube videos about the earths rotation slowing and what could happen. You guys should watch.

  2. I read this article elsewhere and I think it’s complete BS that will be used to explain a bunch of H.A.A.R.P. – induced Earthquakes they may be planning to increase global chaos.

    “….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….”

    Firstly, if the Earth’s rotation slows, the length of a day would INCREASE rather than decrease, and earthquakes have nothing to do with the Earth’s core. This is complete nonsense if you ask me.

    1. I noticed that too. Slower spin equals longer day. It also means we could move closer to the sun since the spin is what keeps us in orbit at our location. If spin stops we go right at Sun in a strait line.

      Subsequently suspicious observers is hands down leading the charge. Often months ahead of mainstream. Like the dark matter crap and electric universe theory. Both have been recently accepted in mainstream and the earth cooling not warming. Ben shows the data and then shows what is published by mainstream. Even shows how they change it to fit their ideas but if you know how to read the data they are actually showing they are wrong but dazzle the masses with colors and cheap headlines.
      The earthquake up tick should have been this year but it is late to the party which is why so many are in agreement on next year being worse than normal. Only takes 4min a day to stay on top of it.

    2. Agreed. If the Earth slows down in rotation, that would mean the day is longer and not shorter. This article makes no sense.

  3. Yeah I’m with Jolly Rogers on this one. “It” was supposed to have happened….oh lets see now, in 2015 or 2016…..and yet? I dont think they know WHAT they’re talking, other than to rake in the moola. Oh and look good for the camera.

  4. Okay, so if the Earth’s rotation slowed or speeded up, whatever, is there empirical evidence that this has happened in the past? And don’t throw “Joshua’s Long Day” at me–that was caused by God and only once…why would God even cause the Earth’s rotation to slow or speed up as a normal occurrence? And anyway, who in the blue blazes trusts “scientists” anymore? They were wrong about “evolution” (again, no on-site empirical evidence only the words of Darwin, Gould, Dawkins, etc. who need evolution to explain their “God doesn’t exist” construct), and I suspect they are wrong this time as well. And, yes, the Earth is NOT flat and the sun does NOT go around the Earth.

  5. Wait a minute. …if the rotation slows, then centrifugal force weakens making us all weigh more! So this year I won’t have to blame the extra helping of stuffing and pumpkin pie for my weight gain? !? This is sweeeeet!
    On a serious note, I’m wondering how our magnetic polarity swap is related to the rotation decline. Polar swap is documented and occurring faster than anticipated. Friction between plates is thought to be the culprit for lava flow and earthquakes. ..yes, S.O. totally kills it with his predictions. Just thinking out loud, I guess.

  6. “Major earthquakes have been well recorded for more than a century and that gives us a good record to study,”

    The records are worthless… considering HAARP.

    This is nothing more than a bullsh#t ‘cover story’ for it.

    1. yes….and since we haven’t been able to measure time in milliseconds for a century, so there’s really no correlation between what they claim is happening today, and their century of Earthquake records, is there?

      “….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. ….”

      And… if “scientists” are unclear as to how day length is linked to earthquakes, how how are they able to predictions based on it?

      The whole goddamn article reeks of BS “science”.

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