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Scientists have developed a new, dynamic phenomenon, where hurricanes and major storms, will cause vibration on the floor of the ocean is equivalent to a magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck.
Wenyuan Fan, an assistant professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Florida State University, who led the inquiry, describes the phenomenon as “stormquakes.”
“During the storm season of hurricanes, or” easters in the transfer of energy in the ocean as powerful waves of the sea and of the waves interacting with the solid earth, producing an intense seismic source activity,” Fan said in a news release from the American Geophysical Union.
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Fan and his co-researchers have studied the seismic data from the USArray, a network of seismographs, according to the Florida State University. The AGU reports that the scientists analysed records from September 2009 until January 2019 at the latest, and found a correlation between a strong storm and “the intense seismic activity.” Researchers have identified more than 10,000 stormquakes off the coast of New England, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico and in the U. S, and Canadian waters off the coast of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and labrador, and British Columbia.
Scientists have found out that the stormquakes to occur in certain areas, noting that the phenomenon is not in front of the coast of Mexico or off the U.S. east coast between Georgia and New Jersey. The ravages of Hurricane Sandy, for example, it does not spark a stormquake.
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In spite of the terrible mashup of a hurricane, or an earthquake, experts are saying that the stormquakes they are not dangerous, because no one is standing in the sea during a storm.
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“This is the last thing you need is to have to worry about it,” a Fan told The Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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