I used to follow seismic activity assiduously. Perhaps it is time to again?
5 Major Earthquakes In 48 Hours As A Seismologist Warns ‘Catastrophic Mega Earthquakes’ Are Coming
By Michael Snyder,
April 14th, 2016
Scientists say there has been an above average number ofsignificant earthquakes across south Asia and the Pacific since the start of the year.
The increased frequency has sparked fears of a repeat of the Nepal quake of 2015, when 8,000 people died, or even worse.
Roger Bilham, seismologist of University of Colorado, said: “The current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude.
“And if they delay, the strain accumulated during the centuries provokes more catastrophic mega earthquakes.”
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Mindanao early Thursday, April 14, seismologists said, with no damage or casualties immediately reported and no tsunami warning issued. The quake occurred at 2:21 am (1821 GMT Wednesday) off the coast of Zamboanga del Norte, with its epicenter at a depth of 15 kilometers, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday, causing tremors around the region, including in neighboring Bangladesh where scores were reported injured in stampedes and buildings were damaged. The quake, which took place at a depth of 134 kilometers (83 miles), hit some 400 kilometers northwest of Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), and was also felt in parts of India and China. There were no immediate reports of casualties, although the region where the earthquake hit has poor communications infrastructure like many of Myanmar’s outlying provinces.
Just four days ago, on April 10, six people died in Pakistan when a 6.6-magnitude quake hit Kabul with aftershocks in India
Two days before, on April 8, there was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake in Nepal.
Nepal had suffered a larger 5.5 magnitude one on February 22.
A month before, on January 20, there was a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in China, and 16 days earlier 11 people died when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Manipur in India.
|ER||I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake||Apr 17 23:59||4.6||0||MAP I Felt It|
|GEOFON||Near Coast Of Ecuador||Apr 17 04:02||4.8||78||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|EMSC||Near Coast Of Ecuador||Apr 17 04:02||4.8||10||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|USGS||Bahia De Caraquez, Ecuador||Apr 17 04:02||4.8||10||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|EMSC||Near Coast Of Ecuador||Apr 17 03:05||4.6||10||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|USGS||Bahia De Caraquez, Ecuador||Apr 17 02:18||4.8||10||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|EMSC||Near Coast Of Ecuador||Apr 17 02:18||5.0||10||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|GEOFON||Near Coast Of Ecuador||Apr 17 02:18||4.8||10||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|EMSC||Near Coast Of Ecuador||Apr 17 00:29||5.4||18||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|GEOFON||Near Coast Of Ecuador||Apr 17 00:29||5.3||10||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|USGS||Bahia De Caraquez, Ecuador||Apr 17 00:29||5.4||14||MAP I Felt It INFO|
|PTWC||Apr 17 00:04||7.4||0||MAP I Felt It|
Data sources courtesy : USGS - EMSC - GFZ - GEONET (New Zealand only)
Abrupt Climate Change and it's effect on seismic and volcanic activity
‘"One example of where relatively small changes to geological stress can have a big impact on volcanic activity is the Pavlov volcano in Alaska. As McGuire describes, this volcano only erupts during Autumn and Winter. At that time storms ride up into a nearby ocean zone, pushing an average 10cm or 15cm rise in sea level. The added weight of the water is enough to torque the crust and push magma out. Now imagine the kind of extra volcanic activity that could result from 1, 6, or 250 feet of global sea level rise under the raging rate of human-caused warming and you begin to understand the concern."We have let the Genie out of the bottle, It will never be the same again. 6C will melt most if not the entire ice caps. imagine how much 'Torgue' that will put on the plates?Another great link from Robertscribbler https://robertscribbler.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/climate-changes-waking-giant-to-set-off-rash-of-volcanic-eruptions-tsunamis-earthquake
Between about 20,000 and 5,000 years ago, our planet underwent an astonishing climatic transformation. Over the course of this period, it flipped from the frigid wasteland of deepest and darkest ice age to the – broadly speaking – balmy, temperate world upon which our civilisation has developed and thrived. During this extraordinarily dynamic episode, as the immense ice sheets melted and colossal volumes of water were decanted back into the oceans, the pressures acting on the solid Earth also underwent massive change. In response, the crust bounced and bent, rocking our planet with a resurgence in volcanic activity, a proliferation of seismic shocks and burgeoning giant landslides."http://www.theguardian.com/.../why-climate-change-shake...The disappearing ice, sea-level rise and floods already forecast for the 21st century are inevitable as the earth warms and weather patterns change – and they will shift the weight on the planet. Professor McGuire calls this process “waking the giant” – something that can be done with just a few gigatonnes of water in the right – or wrong – place.http://www.newsweek.com/nepal-earthquake-could-have-been