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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject: What the hell is happening with the world?!  Reply with quote

Is it just me or does there seem to have been an increase in major natural phenomena disasters and freak weather lately? In general there seems to have been an increase in volcanic activity and earthquakes, not to mention extreme weather conditions over the past few years.

Since the beginning of 2011 so much stuff has happened but going back to  2010, off the top of my head there was the extremely cold winter which affected the whole of the northern hemisphere and places which normally don't see extreme cold and wintery weather got it, that Icelandic volcanic eruption which grounded European aircraft, the earthquake in New Zealand and then 2010 ended with complete chaos throughout the UK in December with freezing temperatures and heavy snow, some areas were measuring snow in feet which hasnít been seen for many years! Then there was the record breaking sub zero temperatures it was bloody freezing  staying below zero during the day. But then that was nothing compared to other parts of the world.

Since the beginning of this year there has been one thing after another the flooding and cyclones which hit Australia,  the freak blizzards in Chicago the amount of snow they had in a short space of time was just unreal! Then there was that electrical storm in Japan with the volcanic eruption,  Kilauea in Honolulu started kicking off again the earthquake in New Zealand and now today the strongest earthquake for god knows how many years off the coast of Japan causing a tsunami. It makes you wonder what is going to happen next.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it can be attributed to all the fibre optical cables spanning the world, nothing of interest happening any where fails to get reported.
In years gone by we would only have read of these events many years later but today they are on our TV's and internet browers instantly.
I have only to look back to my childhood at all the world shattering events that went on of which I knew nothing although my family had the wireless and bought newspapers.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I agree you do get to know about these things quicker, but its the amount and scale of things that are happening which I am getting at, it seems to be happening more and more frequently than it did in the past. We have always had news reports of big natural disasters/freak weather conditions happening throughout the world, its always been there on the news even if its not been one of the main items, its just recently we are getting them practically every week or so, and the ferocity of them means they are one of if not the main news item and its seems that something huge is always happening.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cast your mind back to 1976 when a massive eathquake in China killed 250,000 people did that make as larger news item as the maybe 200 killed today.
Earthquakes in the wrong place have always killed lots of people and probably always will.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was 5 then and so probably more interested in Bagpuss than Chinese earthquakes!

But I have googled earthquakes in 1976 and come up with a list that throughout that WHOLE year there 7 earthquakes which rated more than 6.0, we are in March and so far this year there have been THIRTY SIX throughout the world.




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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Zealand and Japan share the same fault line, so (without being an expert in this field), I suspect the two recent major earthquakes are related.

It certainly seems as though there is a lot going on in terms of natural disasters etc.

Perhaps, following on from Gino's suggestion that we just hear about it more on the news etc, it also now seems more personal because so many people now have friends/relatives in other parts of the world - almost everyone I know seems to have friends of friends/relatives in NZ who have a tale to tell about the earthquake.



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a very interesting question as to whether major quakes on the same fault line might be linked; the first becoming a trigger somehow. I don't know much about this subject but no doubt there is much active research.

It is humbling to see the unreasoning power that can be unleashed, and the limits of our capabilities. I'm fascinated by the restless action of the Earth; on timescales almost outside human experience it is almost alive!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its funny I thought that as well when I googled the info there seemed to be quite a few in and around the same location and probably sharing the same fault lines for example, in 1976 the list of major 7 earthquakes I got registering 6.0 or more were:

4th Feb - Guatemala (7.5)
6th May - Italy (6.9)
25th Jun - Papua, Indonesia (7.1)
28th Jul - Tangshan, China (7.9)*
16th Aug - Songpan, China (7.2)
16th Aug - Moro Gulf, Philippines (8.0) - This one also caused a tsunami
24th Nov - Turkey (7.3)

*I believe this one was the one Gino was referring to although it is interesting to note that the one in the Philippines registered more and caused a tsunami and if you look there were two on the same day on the 16th August.

I have also looked over the past 20 years and there has been a significant leap in the amount of activity on the planet in total between 1977 and 1996. It ranged from as low as 1 earthquake in 1979 to 8 in 1985 and 1992, the majority of years there were 4 earthquakes of various magnitude, in 1997 there was a spike of 13 earthquakes in one year and since then the amount has increased significantly and since 2005 we have stayed in double figures:

1998 - 8
1999 - 9
2000 - 7
2001 - 6
2002 - 8
2003 - 9
2004 - 5
2005 - 11
2006 - 15
2007 - 23
2008 - 23
2009 - 29
2010 - 28

So going back to my original point in my opening post, it seems its not just me who thought it, it is actually a fact that there has been a significant increase in earth quakes around the world. †Thats before we even get started on the other natural †phenomena which I also mentioned like the volcanic eruptions (which also have links to the movement of the earths plates as well with the build up of magma under the ground) and the freak weather conditions which have been happening.


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another earthquake!! strongest one in 50 years in Spain this time!!


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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the Mississippi rising very close to record flood levels, and causing devastation to a huge area of land.  It is all a bit apocalyptic...



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