In previous posts, about the correlation between solar activity and earthquakes, I proposed that it was solar Neutrinos, not electromagnetic or other
effects, that were a possible cause.
It has been shown that Neutrinos can change "flavour" from Electron, Muon or Tau and possibly a more inert (and therefore harder to detect) theorised
"Sterile" Neutrino. As well as flavour changes, each of these particles has a antiparticle and it appears that Neutrinos can, and do, also randomly
oscillate into their antiparticle too (with opposite spin handedness).
These flavour changes happen as the Neutrinos propogate through space and, although they appear (by observation) to propogate at the speed of light
(implying they have no mass), the oscillation between flavours indicates that they do have mass and this should, therefore, indicate a slower than
light propogation (which has NOT been observed).
It is apparent, therefore, that the truth about neutrinos still eludes us.
The mass of Neutrinos is likely to be quite small and so this is not
adding the energy required to the earth to cause 'quakes but there is a
theorised possibility that neutrinos could induce fission in heavy nuclei.
In simpler english, this means that, if the situation is right, Neutrinos could start a nuclear chain reaction.
On a large enough scale (say in the core of the planet) a sudden fission of tons of fissile fuel could add a significant shock of heat to the internal
working of the core. Definitely sufficient enough to trigger earthquakes if the propogation of the shock is directional.
Just an idea for consideration. Knock it if you see any holes in my logic. (As we don't know of the mass of the Neutrino and some of the other
variables involved this is all highly theoretical and so I won't be offended if I'm proved wrong).
edit on 21/4/2011 by chr0naut because: (no reason given)