Temblors in 2010: Record Quaking and Deadly…The “birth pangs” are accelerating. Buckle up.
By Holly Deyo
Yes, it’s true, more earthquakes than usual struck in 2010. Because many events clustered together during the first seven months, it furthered magnified the data. It could have been ho-hum – maybe – if they petered out, but they didn’t. Instead they continued to peg the high side.
Something unique occurred July 23rd. Three massive earthquakes – 7.3, 7.6 and 7.4 – struck the Philippines in rapid succession, like seismic gunfire. Since then thousands of aftershocks have hit the same area.
Other quakes shook areas with rare prior events. Yesterday’s Indiana 3.8 shake (video right) was called “highly irregular, extremely rare, unprecedented”. This moderate event was strong enough to crack the Earth’s surface and felt in parts of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
Quakes don’t have to peg the largest magnitude to bring utter destruction. Look at January’s Haiti event. That 7.0 event is responsible for this year’s massive death toll. “The cost of rebuilding Haiti’s homes, schools, roads and other infrastructure could soar to nearly $14 billion.” As of Dec. 26, 1.5 million remain homeless.