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06 April 2007 :: 14:04:33 pm 30988

Bad Hair Month For World As 4 Earthquakes Strike In Early April

April, this year, has witnessed a whole string of earthquakes from the East to the West of the globe. April 2nd saw the Solomon Islands wracked by series of quakes, accompanied by a devastating tsunami. On Tuesday, an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Kabul. On Wednesday, a strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit off Indonesia‘s Sumatra island and Thursday saw yet another strong earthquake shake Portugal‘s Azores.
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All of these earthquakes were of high magnitude, that is above 5 on the Richter Scale, but, thankfully, only the Solomon Island quake and its subsequent tsunami caused any loss of life. However, most of these locations are in “hot zones which are highly susceptible to quakes.

The Azores archipelago, located some 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) west of mainland Portugal, is full of extinct volcanoes, and earthquakes and tremors happen frequently. The Indonesian archipelago sits on the notorious Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates meet. The “Ring” is also an area of frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

It is a little known seismological fact that earthquakes occur somewhere on Earth virtually everyday, but it is only when the magnitude is high and especially where casualties or extensive damage occurs that news reaches general attention. Recent research suggests that it is the combined stresses exerted by the Sun, Moon and planets on the Earth which causes earthquakes, but the prediction of such events is inordinately difficult, due to the plethora of relative factors.

Nevertheless, with the Pacific “Ring of Fire” being so active, we are certain to experience further earthquakes along its arc in the very near future. So those of you living out there on the “Ring”, take both note and care. Also pay particular attention to any apparently bizarre behaviour of animals and birds, which have proved reliable predictive indicators in the past. Remember, forewarned is forearmed. At the slightest hint of seismic disturbance, take to the hills.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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