Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in earthquakes around the world next year.
They believe that small variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger seismic activity. That’s where parts of the Earth move, like tectonic plates.
Links between Earth’s rotation and earthquakes was highlighted last month at the Geological Society of America by some scientists.
Planet Earth has been slowing since its creation with momentum from the Big Bang disappearing over time.
Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder, who worked on the project with Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana said:
“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”
Though Bilham and Bendick don’t know for sure, they reckon the slowing of Earth could prove particularly dangerous next year with an increased number of earthquakes at the equator.
However, Richard Luckett of the British Geological Survey has said:
“When an earthquake occurs is essentially a random event.”
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