Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Earthquake Swarms Off Pacific Coast Raising New Concerns

An area off the coast of Washington state is being shaken by hundreds and hundreds of earthquakes.  So is this an indication of potential trouble for the Cascadia Subduction Zone?  

At this point, there is so much that we don't know.  Scientists are telling us that the quakes are centered around a large underwater volcano.  The underwater volcano does not pose a threat at all, but if an enormous earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone were to trigger a giant tsunami that slams into the west coast, that would be a historic disaster of epic proportions.

The frequency of the earthquakes that we are witnessing off the coast of Washington is extremely alarming.

It is being reported that earlier this month there were "as many as 200 in a single hour"...

Scientists have detected a 'great swarm' of earthquakes off the coast of Washington clocking as many as 200 in a single hour during one day.

That is a lot of quakes!

According to one of the experts that has been monitoring this area, there were over 2,000 earthquakes in a single day...

"It's about 10 times as active as it normally is," said Jesse Hutchinson, a junior staff scientist with ONC, an ocean observation facility based at the University of Victoria.

He said more than 2,000 earthquakes had been detected in one day.

Why haven't we heard more about this?

If I was living on the west coast, I would definitely want this to be in the news.

We are being told that this "great swarm" of earthquakes potentially means that a "magmatic rupture" is imminent...

The 'great swarm' of earthquakes followed multiple days of increasingly frequent quakes, according to Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), which is collecting the data for researchers to study.

The spike indicated a possible 'impending magmatic rupture,' the research group reported.

A magmatic rupture, which occurs when the Earth's crust splits open for some reason and spills molten rock out, is a natural phenomena that can form new ocean floor, according to Zoe Krauss, a marine seismology PhD candidate at the University of Washington.

A "magmatic rupture" would not be a problem.

But what happens if this area continues to shake violently and eventually an extremely large earthquake is triggered along the Cascadia Subduction Zone? READ MORE