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Recent rise in earthquakes, Why?

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posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 10:51 AM
There seems to be something wrong.
Look at the number of near 7.0 earthquakes in the last 2 months:
Almost one per week, which represents the triple of the average.

Solomon Islands - 3 Jan 2010 7.2, 6.6, tsunami
California - 9 Jan 2010 6.5
Haiti - 12 Jan 2010 7.0
Japan - 26 Feb 2010 7.0
Chile- 27 Feb 2010 8.8, tsunami
Taiwan - 4 Mar 2010 6.4
Turkey- 8 Mar 2010 6.1
Chile - 11 Mar 2010 7.2, 6.9, 6.1

This reminds of the previous earthquake "crises" that occured last September:

Samoa- 29 Sep 2009 8.1, tsunami
Padang, Sumatra- 30 Sep 2009 7.6
Vanuatu 7 Oct 2009 7.6, 7.8, 7.3

If you look at wikipedia you will see that after 2004, the number of very strong earthquakes is increasing, and even more recently.

And there are always downgrading the magnitude of them, after a few hours.
What do you think?

[edit on 11-3-2010 by segurelha]

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:08 AM
There is a theory that as we move through the galactic plane which we are doing right now...the charged particles will have an effect on the the Earth as well as the solar systems gravitational field. This could possibly be a result of this if the theory is correct.

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:13 AM
Many Changes are around the corner.

"The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed."

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:21 AM
just for kicks

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:31 AM
reply to post by segurelha

I'm going to go out on a limb and say it was because Haarp.I'm surprised no one else has claimed that yet.Note the sarcasm please..

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:36 AM
reply to post by SaturnFX

Before anyone gets freaked out about the 2012 and what the funny kill off the Earth again movie showed; read this first.

We are in fact moving through our galaxy's galactic plane right now. They don't know what the effects will be..but chances of the Earths demise in our lifetime is highly improbable.

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:39 AM
Looking at the wikipedia number of earthquakes, I saw an increasing trend of very strong earthquakes (M 7.0 and higher).

If the trend continues, then this year there will be about 24 deadly earthquakes with M 7.0 (one every two weeks)
Probably, some few resulting in tsunami waves. People will be surprise with this.

Then, in 2011, if the trends continues to rise exponentially, it would be one M 7.0 every 5 days, which is quite astonishing! Probably a few Sumatra-style earthquakes in one year.

Guess, at which point does the trend goes up vertically? Yes, you're right, in 2012, M 7.0 earthquakes every day or every hour.

[edit on 11-3-2010 by segurelha]

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:46 AM
There is no increase in earthquakes. There are tens of thousands of earthquakes every year. Some more, some less. There is no trend.

[edit on 3/11/2010 by minute2midnight]

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:47 AM
God is starting to get a little angry

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:52 AM

Originally posted by CaptGizmo
reply to post by SaturnFX

Before anyone gets freaked out about the 2012 and what the funny kill off the Earth again movie showed; read this first.

We are in fact moving through our galaxy's galactic plane right now. They don't know what the effects will be..but chances of the Earths demise in our lifetime is highly improbable.

Ya, thats what they would say...

jk...but hey, some people will believe doomsday is here right up until the 22nd of dec, 2012. no need to keep trying to bring in logic.

in saying that....hmm...that is what they would say if indeed there was something to it, false info and all sorts...

meh...its a conspiracy site.

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:54 AM

Originally posted by minute2midnight
There is no increase in earthquakes. There are tens of thousands of earthquakes every year. Some more, some less. There is no trend.

[edit on 3/11/2010 by minute2midnight]

Hey Op

I have heard the earthquakes are becoming more frequent and more intense claim many times before here on ATS. Phage or someone like him will come along and point out that your wrong. Be sure to add evidence proving that there is an abnormal increase in earth quake activity. It sure does feel that way though.

Look, I didnt even finish typing. Lol. Told you so!

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 11:59 AM
reply to post by segurelha

Here are some charts for 80s, 90s, 2000-2010. The numbers are going up over the years but they say they have better recording equipment and wider spread over the years. Whatever.

Quake Charts

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:14 PM
reply to post by CaptGizmo

your avatatar makes me angry lol

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:17 PM
Here is what I think.

I recently added on the earthquake app for my firefox browser. Before I installed this the only earthquakes I heard of were ones that made it to msm.

Now my browser is a shaking every couple minutes!!

I think there is the perception of more earthquakes.

But data could prove me wrong!!

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:21 PM
Add one more 5.1 mag for today, this could be a long day for Chile.....

y/m/d h:m:s LAT
deg LON
km Region
MAP 5.1 2010/03/11 17:18:51 -34.256 -71.845 23.3 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 5.3 2010/03/11 16:56:34 -34.407 -71.757 35.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 5.0 2010/03/11 16:23:53 -34.384 -71.799 29.1 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 5.0 2010/03/11 15:54:39 -34.328 -71.879 35.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 5.4 2010/03/11 15:26:18 -34.240 -71.844 35.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 6.0 2010/03/11 15:06:04 -34.218 -71.889 32.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 6.7 2010/03/11 14:55:30 -34.263 -71.782 35.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 6.9 2010/03/11 14:39:48 -34.251 -71.889 35.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:21 PM
Matthew 24 (English Standard Version)

Signs of the Close of the Age

6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
8All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

[edit on 11-3-2010 by AmericanDaughter]

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:29 PM
Earthquakes are not regularly scheduled events that occur at specific intervals in time. Sometimes we will see clusters of quakes and when one only views the short term, it can appear as if quakes are on the increase this week over last or this month over last...

When one steps back and looks at the larger picture, one will also see times of relatively few quakes as well. All in all, it balances out over time and when reviewing historical data it is clear that we are not seeing an overall increase in quakes...

We hear about more of them for a number of reasons; including: more monitoring stations, the speed of information on the internet, we are focusing our attention on them more, etc...

Here are a few of interesting links that discuss just this topic:

Magnitude 5.9 Quake Hits Turkey. Doomsday Upon Us???

Are Earthquakes Really on the Increase?

Earthquake Facts and Statistics

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:41 PM
Two other possible causes:

1 - the 'Mystery Object' that passes Earth each month, that the space community can not (or will not) identify.

2 - the failure to 'reveal' the Arc Of The Covenant by the Ethiopian priest last year, when he said the time was right to do so.

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:50 PM
Getting a general historical perspective about earthquakes
The largest recorded earthquake in the United States was a magnitude 9.2 which struck Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 28, 1964 UTC.
The largest recorded earthquake in the world was a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960.
The earliest reported earthquake in California was felt in 1769 by the exploring expedition of Gaspar de Portola while the group was camping about 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Los Angeles.
Before electronics allowed recordings of large earthquakes, scientists built large spring-pendulum seismometers in an attempt to record the long-period motion produced by such quakes.
The largest one weighed about 15 tons. There is a medium-sized one three stories high in Mexico City that is still in operation.

The average rate of motion across the San Andreas Fault Zone of California during the past three million years is 56 millimeter/year (two inches/year).
This is about the same rate at which your fingernails grow. Assuming this rate continues, scientists project that Los Angeles and San Francisco will be adjacent to one another in approximately 15 million years.

The East African Rift System is a 50-60 kilometers (31-37 miles) wide zone of active volcanics and faulting that extends north-south in eastern Africa for more than 3000 kilometers (1864 miles) from Ethiopia in the north to Zambezi in the south.
It is a rare example of an active continental rift zone, where a continental plate is attempting to split into two plates which are moving away from one another.

The first "pendulum seismoscope" to measure the shaking of the ground during an earthquake was developed in 1751, and it wasn't until 1855 that earth faults were recognized as the source of earthquakes.
Moonquakes ("earthquakes" on the moon) do occur, but they happen less frequently and have smaller magnitudes than earthquakes on the earth.
It appears they are related to the tidal stresses associated with the varying distance between the earth and the moon. They also occur at great depth, about halfway between the surface and the center of the moon.

Although both are sea waves, a tsunami and a tidal wave are two different unrelated phenomena.
A tidal wave is a shallow water wave caused by the gravitational interactions between the sun, moon, and earth.

A tsunami is a sea wave caused by an underwater earthquake or landslide (usually triggered by an earthquake) displacing the ocean water.

The hypocenter of an earthquake is the location beneath the earth's surface where the rupture of the fault begins.
The epicenter of an earthquake is the location directly above the hypocenter on the surface of the earth.
The greatest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, extending 64,374 kilometers (40,000 miles) from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, around Africa, Asia, and Australia, and under the Pacific Ocean to the west coast of North America.
It has the greatest height of 4207 meters (13,800 feet) above the base ocean depth.

The world's greatest land mountain range is the Himalaya-Karakoram.
It countains 96 of the world's 109 peaks of over 7317 meters (24,000 feet).

The longest range is the Andes of South America which is 7564 kilometers (4700 miles) in length.

Both were created by the movement of tectonic plates.

It is estimated that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year.
One hundred thousand of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage.

It is thought that more damage was done by the resulting fire after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake than by the earthquake itself.
A seiche (SAYSH) is what happens in the swimming pools of Californians during and after an earthquake.
It is "an internal wave oscillating in a body of water" or, in other words, it is the sloshing of the water in a swimming pool, or any body of water, caused by the ground shaking in an earthquake.

It may continue for a few moments or hours, long after the generating force is gone.

A seiche can also be caused by wind or tides.

Each year the southern California area has about 10,000 earthquakes.
Most of them are so small that they are not felt. Only several hundred are greater than magnitude 3.0, and only about 15-20 are greater than magnitude 4.0.

If there is a large earthquake, the aftershock sequence will produce many more earthquakes of all magnitudes for many months.

The magnitude of an earthquake is a measured value of the earthquake size.
The magnitude is the same no matter where anyone is, or how strong or weak the shaking was in various locations.

The intensity of an earthquake is a measure of the shaking created by the earthquake, and this value does vary with location.
The Wasatch Range, with its outstanding ski areas, runs North-South through Utah, and like all mountain ranges it was produced by a series of earthquakes.
The 386 kilometers-long (240-miles) Wasatch Fault is made up of several segments, each capable of producing up to a M7.5 earthquake.

During the past 6000 years, there has been a M6.5+ about once every 350 years, and it has been 150 years since the last powerful earthquake.

There is no such thing as "earthquake weather".
Statistically, there is an equal distribution of earthquakes in cold weather, hot weather, rainy weather, etc.

Furthermore, there is no physical way that the weather could affect the forces several miles beneath the surface of the earth.

The changes in barometric pressure in the atmosphere are very small compared to the forces in the crust, and the effect of the barometric pressure does not reach beneath the soil.

From 1975-1995, there were only four U.S. states that did not have any earthquakes: Florida, Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The core of the earth was the first internal structural element to be identified.
In 1906, R.D. Oldham discovered internal structural source from his studies of earthquake records.

The inner core of the earth is solid, and the outer core is liquid; and so, does not transmit the shear wave energy released during an earthquake.

The swimming pool at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, lost water from sloshing (seiche) caused by the 1985 M8.1 Michoacan, Mexico, earthquake 2000 kilometer (1240 miles) away.
Earthquakes occur in the central portion of the United States too!
Some very powerful earthquakes occurred along the New Madrid fault in the Mississippi Valley in 1811-1812.

The effects of shaking from these magnitude 8+ earthquakes caused church bells to ring in Boston, Massachusetts, nearly 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) away.

Most earthquakes occur at depths of less than 80 kilometer (50 miles) from the earth's surface.
The San Andreas fault, in California, is NOT a single, continuous fault, but rather it is actually a fault zone made up of many segments.
Movement may occur along any of the many fault segments along the zone at any time.

The San Andreas fault system is more that 1300 kilometers (800 miles) long, and in some spots it is as much as 16 kilometers (10 miles) deep.

The world's deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1556, in central China.
It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. These dwellings collapsed during the earthquake, killing an estimated 830,000 people.

In 1976, another deadly earthquake struck in Tangshan, China, where more than 250,000 people were killed.

Florida and North Dakota have the smallest number of earthquakes in the United States.
The deepest earthquakes typically occur at plate boundaries where the earth's crust is being subducted into the earth's mantle.
These occur as deep as 750 kilometers (400 miles) below the surface.

Alaska is the most earthquake-prone state in the U.S. and one of the most seismically active regions in the world.
Alaska experiences a magnitude 7 earthquake almost every year, and a magnitude 8 or greater earthquake on average every 14 years.

The majority of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur along plate boundaries; such as, the boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American plate.
One of the most active plate boundaries where earthquakes and eruptions are frequent, for example, is around the massive Pacific Plate commonly referred to as the "Pacific Ring of Fire".

The earliest recorded evidence of an earthquake was traced back to 1831 B.C. in the Shandong province of China, but there is a fairly complete record starting in 780 B.C. during the Zhou Dynasty in China.
It was recognized as early as 350 B.C. by the Greek scientist Aristotle that soft ground shakes more than hard rock in an earthquake.
The cause of earthquakes was stated correctly in 1760 by British engineer John Michell, one of the first fathers of seismology, in a memoir where he wrote that earthquakes and the waves of energy that they make are caused by "shifting masses of rock miles below the surface".
In 1663, the European settlers experienced their first earthquake in America.
Human beings can detect sounds in the frequency range 20-10,000 Hertz.
If a P wave refracts out of the rock surface into the air, and it has a frequency in the audible range, it will be heard as a rumble.

Most earthquake waves have a frequency of less than 20 Hz, so the waves themselves are usually not heard. Most of the rumbling noises heard during an earthquake are the buildings and their moving contents.

When the Chilean earthquake occurred in 1960, seismographs recorded seismic waves that traveled all around the earth.
These seismic waves shook the entire earth for many days! This phenomenon is called the free oscillation of the earth.

The San Andreas Fault of California was named in 1895 by geologist A.C. Lawson.
He named it after the San Andreas Lake, a sag pond through which the fault passes about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

He probably did not realize at the time that the fault ran almost the entire length of California!

The interior of Antarctica has icequakes which, although they are much smaller, are perhaps more frequent than earthquakes in Antarctica.
The icequakes are similar to earthquakes, but occur within the ice sheet itself instead of the land underneath the ice.

Some polar observers have reported that they can hear the icequakes and see them on the South Pole seismograph station, but they are much too small to be seen on enough stations to obtain a location.

—The information for this page was provided
by the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program
as part of their effort to reduce earthquake hazard in the United States.
The USGS is a component of the congressionally established,
multi-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).

More information with references to earthquakes may be seen at this seismo- unit.

If there are any numbers below, use them to see other pages in this unit.

posted on Mar, 11 2010 @ 12:51 PM

Originally posted by Larryman
Two other possible causes:

1 - the 'Mystery Object' that passes Earth each month, that the space community can not (or will not) identify.

2 - the failure to 'reveal' the Arc Of The Covenant by the Ethiopian priest last year, when he said the time was right to do so.

What is the 'Mystery Object' that passes Earth each month, that the space community can not (or will not) identify?

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