Alaska earthquake latest: Millions of Californians at risk as world enters new seismic era

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE earthquake which hit Alaska yesterday and today and the flurry of massive aftershocks highlights the very real risk to millions of Americans in California and the entire western seaboard.

Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Quake expert Michael Kendall of the University of Bristol warned of the “very active” state of the tectonic boundary off the coast of the US state.

And he added experts had spotted the Mount Cleveland volcano in Alakasa showing “increased activity” before yesterday’s huge earthquake.

And he said the fact the Alaskan earthquake coincides with added volcanic activity nearby could be a sign that the earth is entering a phase of increased seismic activity – with attendant risk to the millions living in Western USA.

Professor Kendall of the university’s Earth Sciences department told said: “The Cleveland volcano was actually showing increased activity before this earthquake.

“We have to remember this is a very active geological boundary.”

But Professor Kendall said he thought it was unlikely that the risk of an eruption had been made any worse by the earthquake, which has its epicentre several hundred miles from the volcano itself.

And he stressed that it was notoriously difficult to make meaningful connections between different types of seismic activity, even where they might seem obvious at first glance, nor was it possible to draw a direct link with the 4.9 magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of the Philippines on Saturday.

He said: “This is about tectonic plates rubbing together and therefore it is not surprising that you get phases of increased activity.”

As a result, such events were bound to occur periodically, he pointed out.

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