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Seismologist warns that catastrophic earthquakes might be on their way.
In the past forty-eight hours there has been a highly unusual burst of seismic activity leading to five notable earthquakes in various points across the globe, and according to a prominent seismologist, it might only get worst. Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado has warned that the current seismic conditions are on course to trigger at least four devastating earthquakes measuring at least 8.0 on the Richter scale.
Over the past twelve months, there has been a significant upsurge in the levels of seismic activity along the most volatile fault line in the world, the Pacific Ring of Fire. This has led to a huge number of earthquakes across South Asia and the Pacific. Some of the devastating of these including the 6.5 level earthquake which rocked the island nation of Vanuatu, the magnitude 5.9 earthquake in the southern Philippines and an earthquake of 6.9 which struck in Myanmar (Burma). Other countries which have been recently affected by earthquakes including Pakistan, their neighbors in India, China, and Nepal. Naturally, this tremendous volume of seismic activity has led to volcanoes becoming corresponding active in the immediate region.
According to Bilham, volcanic eruptions are not the only knock-on consequence scientists expect after these levels of seismic movement. He believes that it is very likely that the tectonic plates are currently in such a state of chaos that a series of much more catastrophic earthquakes could be just around the corner. He estimates that there could be at least four earthquakes measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale. These would be significantly more damaging than the recent earthquakes which have rocked various areas in the Pacific and the loss of life could be immense.
Most buildings, even those located in active fault line zones, are not built to withstand the force of an earthquake rated above 7.0 on the Richter scale. This means that if Bilham is correct in his calculations, the results could be catastrophic particularly if the earthquakes strike in built-up urban areas. An earthquake of this magnitude could cause a huge number of casualties, a devastation of property and could even trigger a major global economic meltdown.
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