Jan 02, 2018 12:37 AM GMT
2018 Could Bring Increase In Severe Worldwide Earthquakes
bro4bro saidNewsweek says:This reminds me of back in 1990 and 1991 when they kept predicting that the New Madrid Fault in the mid Mississippi Valley was supposed to rupture violently yet nothing ever happened.
...as our prediction of earthquakes becomes better, so does our ability to prepare for these natural disasters.
As a result, people have more time to prepare and evacuate, thus minimizing the quake’s possible devastation.
There's just one glaring problem with these statements: No one has ever successfully predicted an earthquake. The research they reference suggests there may be a correlation between a slowing of the earth's rotation and a period of high seismic activity, based on past data. It has never been used to predict anything... until now.
If that correlation turns out to be due to a genuine cause-and-effect mechanism, there may be a higher probability of strong earthquakes occurring sometime soon (maybe in 2018 and maybe not), somewhere in the world (we won't know where until it happens).
Newsweek's suggestion that this can in any way help people "prepare and evacuate" is really quite idiotic and irresponsible.