United States geoscientists consider it very likely that in 2018, or perhaps in the next few years, there will be a significant increase in the number of strong earthquakes around the world.
For the study, Bilham and Bedick studied earthquakes since 1900 that registered magnitudes of 7 or higher. The researchers searched to find correlations between these periods of intense seismic activity and other factors and discovered that when Earth's rotation decreased slightly it was followed by periods of increased numbers of intense earthquakes.
Despite overwhelming prediction for the Nibiru planet hitting the earth, November 19 has passed off peacefully but now geoscientists have joined the chorus predicting numerous earthquakes in the year 2018 due to the slowing of the Earth's rotation. But after the fifth year of Earth's "slowdown", the researchers found that the incidence number jumps to an average of 25 to 30.
Next year there could be at least 20 serious earthquakes, and the most intense ones are expected to occur in tropical regions, home to around one billion people.
While there's no direct link between the two, the trend over the past century suggests that 2018 will be an unusually active year for earthquakes. They finally concluded that when the earth's rotation slows down, it triggers more earthquakes of higher intensity.
While more research needs to be done and the correlation Bendick and Bilham found in their research has yet to be proved, other scientists say it's worth investigating further. We still don't have a way to accurately predict earthquakes, but this might be the first step if Bilham and Bendick prove to be right next year. What they found is that roughly every 32 years there was an uptick in the number of significant earthquakes worldwide.
The surge in devastating earthquakes, according to the scientists, is connected to changes in the speed at which the Earth rotates.
To add an interesting twist to the story, 2017 was the 4th consecutive year that Earth's rotation has slowed. Specifically, they think changes in the flow of molten iron within Earth's outer core may be impacting both the planet's rotation speed and the frequency of seismic activity. Their prediction is based on the periodic slowdown in Earth's speed of rotation around its axis, which minimizes daylight.
These hotspot locations are home to at least a billion people, who are all potentially at risk from a particularly powerful natural disaster. These earthquakes are hard to predict and the two researchers aren't totally clear as to why they occur.
"They concentrate the shrinkage into the seismic zones where the earthquakes occur".