More quakes and tsunamis for Japan or elsewhere?

Theories are flying around regarding the causation of the 9.0 Japan earthquake along with predictions of the possibility of more earthquakes for Japan and elsewhere. Below are the ones I found this morning.

  • The head of the Australian Seismological Centre, Kevin McCue, is predicting another quake in the 7.9 range and large enough to cause another tsunami ‘within days,” based on performance of past earthquakes.
  • Piers Corbyn, of Weatheraction,  is attributing the massive Japanese earthquake and the recent killer quake in New Zealand “were triggered by massive events on the Sun and there are more to come in the next two years.”
  • Arcady Tishkov is alluding the causes to “both the moon and the sun.”
  • The warmers, like the BBC were claiming mere hours after the Japanese earthquake that it is (of course) caused by global warming (what else? global warming causes everything according to the warmers).
  • Discover Magazine is saying all the other claims are untrue and any attempts at linking causation and effect are mere coincidences of timing and that earthquakes are really caused by the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates.
  • Some are blaming it on the “Super Moon” because the moon will soon be at perigee (approximately 220,000 miles), even though that won’t happen until March 19th. (Note the Moon was about 240,000 miles away when the Japanese quake hit).
  • While I can find no articles claiming this as causation for the Japanese earthquake, some are claiming melting glaciers allowing the surface of the Earth to rebound, can cause earthquakes, a concept I find hard to believe as do many others (a roundabout way to blame it upon global warming). From Physorg.com “Glaciers may also cause earthquakes. During the last , the ice sheet was up to 2.5 miles thick. This pushed down on the Earth’s crust, causing a depression. When the weight was lifted due to glacial melting, the depressed crust began to stick-slip on its way back to the pre-depressed elevation.”

There are links to the above claims so you can read for yourself and judge for yourself what you think caused the 9.0 earthquake in Japan.

My take on it is that I don’t know other than I’d bet the farm that global warming, or anything related, had absolutely nothing to do with this or any other recent earthquakes such as the ones in Haiti or New Zealand.

Who knows what that solar energy can cause to happen within the planet and while the claims are that the “Super Moon” has nothing to do with earthquakes either, the moon is powerful enough to cause the tides (that’s a lot of water to be moving around) and is also caused the Earth’s surface to rise and fall by as much as a meter (about 3 feet) per day in some areas. Who knows? Again with that much force exerted upon the planet I certainly wouldn’t dismiss it as at least having a partial effect in causing earthquakes.

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Here is a good link to watch Japanese TV (in English) with interviews of locals on what happened. Here is another link, same channel, larger picture.



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6 responses to “More quakes and tsunamis for Japan or elsewhere?

  1. ROBERT STENECK

    IN APPRECIATION CAN I BE OF ASSISTANCE’S TO THE EARTH ,S SOONER CAP

    VOLCANO BLOW OFF WILL BE 12 TO 25 NAUTICAL MILES TRUE NORTH OFF THE IA LAND HAGATNA
    (( GUAM )) IT WELL BE AS A LARGE METEOR
    HIT THERE AS IT IS SHIFTING A YOU CAN SE IT IS HAPPENING

    IS TIME TO PREPARE WITH SEVEN DAY.S TO EXPECT A LARGE PROPORTION OF
    LAND SHIFT 12 DEGREE.S DEW EAST OF NORTH THE EARTH SPIN WILL BE
    ALTERED WITHIN A YEAR
    AS WE WATCH IT PRECEDE

  2. Just on the point above re the melting ice causing rebound:
    The concept of this exists in geology. Whenever a land mass loses sufficient mass off the top of it, it does rebound upwards. This is called isostatic readjustment, and the concept is isostacy.
    Logically, this rebound could cause earth tremors.
    However, whether the loss of some ice off the top of a land mass is enough to cause some sort of earth tremor would be open to debate and I am not endorsing that idea.

    As for the BBC saying that AGW causes earthquakes….I sure hope I can find that in print on their website, because that will be a good laugh.

    • I get the rebound concept and understand it’s true. I just question if there is really a correlation between that and earthquakes. FYI you also can get the opposite. In California there are places where the aquifers have been depleted enough that the ground-level has dropped. If I remember correctly there are some places where it’s dropped 20′ or so.

      • Is there a correlation between isostatic readjustment and earthquakes? Potentially. But the big earthquakes that people are familiar with are more from movement along major fault structures like plate margins. I think isostatic readjustment is likely to cause minor tremors rather than major jolts. But that is just an opinion. Thing is, it’s usually a very slow process taking place over thousands or millions of years. The exception is the south island of New Zealand, which, since it was ripped from under the Australian continent (witness the granulites visible at the surface down there), has been rebounding like a racehorse ever since.
        Re the aquifers depleting and ground dropping – that’s an entirely different thing. That’s the intra-landmass stuff. Isostacy deals with entire landmasses or major parts thereof. Local effects like aquifers drying up is just local subsidence.
        But anyway, for anyone to assert that ‘global warming’ is indirectly causing earthquakes – and I have heard the isostacy argument before – is probably drawing a very long bow indeed.

  3. Karen Walker

    Could the recent elevation in eathquake activity and thermal venting be attributed to geomagnetic polar shift? Since we are seeing a tenfold increase in rate of movement in the past few years perhaps this should be a consideration.

  4. The magnetic poles are determined by the core. The magnetic axis drifts endlessly, and at any point the the earth’s history, past and future, it could be pointing any which way. There are also times it waxes and wanes.
    I think it’s doubtful that there’s a correlation, but I’ll never say never.