Sunday, January 24, 2010

Scientists predict climate change will cause earthquakes (2006)

Reposted from Fare-Free Canada

Climate change could cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, scientists say.

"What happens is the weight of this thick ice puts a lot of stress on the earth," says Wu. "The weight sort of suppresses the earthquakes but when you melt the ice the earthquakes get triggered."

When a quake happens under water it can cause a tsunami. Wu said melting of the Antarctic ice is already causing earthquakes and underground landslides although they get little attention. He predicted climate warming will bring "lots of earthquakes."  - U.S. Climate Emergency Council

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