New Research Reveals Big Earthquakes Are NOT Related

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With major earthquakes striking three continents since 2010, there is speculation about where the next big one will be. Since they all occurred along the 40,000km horseshoe-shaped area called the 'Ring of Fire', there is some speculation that it was caused by a domino effect - that is, the one in Chile triggered the one in New Zealand, which in turn, caused the one in Japan.

The question weighing on everyone's mind now is - Will Japan's recent earthquake trigger a big tremor on North America's west coast? 'Not necessarily,' say the geophysicists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California.

It is widely known that when an earthquake occurs it sends a ripple effect around the world. A 2008 study done by geologists Tim Parsons and Jian Lin had revealed that those waves which can circle the globe many times, are capable of causing lots of tiny trembles - Leading some people to infer that one big earthquake could have a domino effect in other areas of the world.

To try determine if this could really happen, the duo recently conducted a second round of research - this time however, they narrowed their focus to the 200 earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher, that have occurred in the last 30 years.

What their findings revealed, is exactly what is going on in Japan and Chile, following their recent tremors - that is, while there is a domino effect, the large quakes are confined to an area of about 600 miles around the epicenter. Though repercussions are felt at distances further than that - like say from Japan to California, they are all relatively minor - measuring in at below 5.0 in magnitude.

The researcher's conclusion? "If California is ready to go, it’s because California is ready to go, - Not because an earthquake in California would be triggered by Japan" - We for one hope neither that California, nor any other area, is ready to go, for a long long time.

Resources:USnews.com, eslkevin.wordpress.com

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140 Comments
  • moonbace123
    moonbace123Monday, March 7, 2016 at 10:01 am
    i am glad i wasnt there besides i live in Oregon what could possibly go wrong
    • aleWednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:29 am
      Scarey :'(
      • Ryan lylihambThursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00 am
        lol
        • kfinn1253
          kfinn1253Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 4:34 am
          Earthquake are not cool, besides my dads friends live over there.
          • gtMonday, December 16, 2013 at 11:23 am
            glad i wasnt there
            • gtMonday, December 16, 2013 at 11:23 am
              scary
              • brcu
                brcuTuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm
                that is a pretty large domino run. but to me, I find earthquakes very intresting
                • cjoThursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm
                  Wicked
                  • radude Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm
                    i know somebody that was there
                    • gmanThursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm
                      looks scary