The era of earthquake was a myth

Strong earthquakes in the future there will be more frequent, as many fear it. This is the conclusion the American scientists from the University of San Diego, the site of OurAmazingPlanet.

In recent years, there have been on this planet a few powerful earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of lives. Among the most damaging were the earthquake in January 2010, Haiti (316,000 dead, according to official figures), in February 2010 in Chile (525 dead), in February 2011 in New Zealand (181 dead), and in March 2011 in Japan (15,844 deaths).

All of them were severe magnitude earthquake in Haiti was 7, in Chile, 8.8, 6.3 in New Zealand and in Japan 9. The difference in the number of casualties due to different levels of development of the affected countries — Haiti, for example, was forced to rely on assistance from the UN to deal with the consequences of the earthquake. In Japan, the earthquake followed by a tsunami, which caused no less damage.

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 9.5 occurred recently in Tuva. Serious damage and no casualties, although, according to residents of Kyzyl, "walls go shake." In the region, at the same time, fear of possible aftershocks that usually follow earthquakes of such force.

Scientists in connection with this proposed that the Earth has entered an active phase of the seismic cycle and the number of major earthquakes will increase each year, which will ultimately lead to the end of the world. At the Institute of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego decided to test this hypothesis and see how much and what kind of earthquakes occurred in the last hundred years.

As it turned out, since 2004, our planet is actually more powerful earthquakes. At the same time, something like this has happened before, and all of humanity could well survive.

"The recent increase in the number of major earthquakes around the world, probably just a coincidence, and it does not mean that, in areas where there is no recent strong earthquakes, they happen," — explained seysmosolog Peter Shearer, who, along with his colleague Philip Stark published a study on the issue.

As for 2012, we can say with confidence that we are waiting for a new large earthquake. "Powerful earthquakes occur almost every year. From the point of view of science, 2012 should not be an exception" — encouraged the scientist.

Of course, from the depths of space can come anything. But the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. It is 65 million years old. The whole history of mankind — 1/6500 of the period. And before you become extinct, dinosaurs thrived millions of years. Besides, even if dinosaurs did not happened to the Earth such that life disappeared entirely. On the contrary, it has evolved and became more complicated. We are an example of this process.

And that we are now able to mess things up a lot of trouble, we do not need any of the mysterious planet typing, acid nebulae and other passions. As history of Discovery, a bloody feud on board, damaging food and disease were more common causes of death of the crew than the weather and the destruction of the ship. Therefore, while maintaining vigilance in relation to space, in 2012, would be nice to everyone — from housewives to the president — wish diligence in everyday affairs.


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