Massive earthquakes are occurring around the globe. Not only did Northern California’s biggest earthquake in 25 years make people start asking: Is the long-dreaded “Big One” that could devastate California coming soon? It has also started people talking on other related issues.
The rate of major earthquakes — those with a magnitude higher than 7.0 — more than doubled in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the average since 1979, according to a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters in June by Tom Parsons and Eric L. Geist of the U.S. Geological Survey.
The coast of northern Chile just recently experienced an earthquake with the magnitude of 8.2. This devastating occurrence set off small landslides and a small tsunami and killed several people. But scientists say the quake, while large, was not the “big one” that is predicted for the region.
“The big question is, is this a foreshock to an even bigger earthquake to come?” Rick Allmendinger asked. Allmendinger, a geologist who specializes in earthquake analysis at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is a visiting professor at the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, Chile
“It probably has not released all of the stored-up energy on the subduction earthquake fault in northern Chile,” he says. “For the sake of all of our friends in the region, we’re hoping that there isn’t a bigger one still to come.”
Now, in the northern part of Mexico, there is a crack that runs for nearly two-thirds of a mile, measures close to 30 feet deep and is just more than 15 feet across at its widest spot . Locals found the geographical oddity Tuesday night when it split a rural road in half 50 miles west of the city of Hermosillo in the Mexican state of Sonora, according to Excelsior, a Spanish-language news source.
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History shows that the number of killer quakes remained fairly constant until the 1950s – averaging between two to four per decade. In the 1950s, there were nine. In the 1960s, there were 13. In the 1970s, there were 51. In the 1980s, there were 86. From 1990 through 1996, there have been more than 150.
In the video below you can take a graphical look at the earthquakes around the world in 2011. It is an amazing video showing how much the earth is shaking under all these earthquakes.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel that something worse is yet to come? Do you feel that it is a sign of the end? Comment below.