Global Warming Could Trigger More Tremors & Tsunamis


Geologists say that global warming may lead to more earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Certain effects like huge amounts of melting ice causing the earth’s crust to “bounce” up thereby causing eruptions and quakes. There arise so many explanations that approves of the above said causal relationship. Scientists indicate that increased carbon emissions are leading to more earthquakes. Let’s see what experts say on this.

A warning issued at a conference on the subject held in 2009 pointed out a range of mechanisms by which climate change could already be causing more earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity.

It says that when the ice is lost, the earth’s crust bounces back up again and that triggers earthquakes, which trigger submarine landslides, and in turn cause tsunamis explains Bill McGuire, professor at University College London.

The pressures on the underlying earth are also influenced by melting ice masses which then leads to earthquakes and tsunamis.

Rise in sea level due to global warming also change the balance of mass across earth’s surface, putting strain on old earthquake faults.

The same reason is considered to be one among the cause behind the devastating tsunami attack that happened back in 2004. This is the view according to the researchers at China Meteorological Administration.

On the other hand, many opponents of the climate action call such views and discussions on the same as opportunistic.

For instance, the Daily Caller blog has a very poorly reported article and fun of the Twitter users who’ve tweeted links between climate and earthquakes.

The right winged blog further quotes the opinion of Tom Borelli of the Free Enterprise Project that Global warming alarmists will exploit any natural disaster to promote their anti-fossil fuel agenda.

Still we are unsure if there is any definitive link between climate change and more earthquakes.  Evidences make us believe that there could be a relationship between the two.

You may also want to watch this video report on the Tsunami.

(Via Treehugger)

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