Apocalyptic Methane Threat Looms: 418 Seismic Events This Month Already
By Deborah Dupre
Friday, January 17, 2014
Methane is the greatest threat of glaciers that are melting from global warming and possibly triggerig some 418 seismic events already during January, according to scientists’ reports released Friday.
Earth has experienced a 25 percent increase in seismic activity has been recorded in 2014, compared to last year’s average.
A domino effect could be occurring, according to scientists, who link global warming to the seismic activity, seafloor landslides and methane release.
“The melting of glaciers driven by global warming portends a seismically turbulent future,” reported Worldwatch Institute Friday. “When glaciers melt, the massive weight on the Earth’s crust is reduced, and the crust ‘bounces’ back in what scientists call an ‘isostatic rebound.’
That process can reactivate faults, increase seismic activity, and lift pressure on magma chambers that feed volcanoes.
This is not an unprecedented event, says Worldwatch Institute. It’s happened several times throughout Earth’s history, and evidence suggests that it is starting to happen again.
Could increased seismic activity and methane at the Bayou Corne 26-acre sinkhole be connected to today’s warming Gulf waters?