Weather affects timing of some natural hazards
Seasonal patterns in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions can be linked to rain and snow
By Alexandra Witze, 16:55 PM December 9, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO — If you want to know the chance of an earthquake in the Himalayas or a volcanic eruption in Iceland, check the calendar. Seasonal patterns of rainfall and snowfall can affect how often quakes and volcanoes go off, scientists reported December 8 at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
In the Himalayas, the weight of water from monsoon rains helps dampen seismicity for a few months each year, says geophysicist Thomas Ader of Caltech. Seismic records collected from 1998 ...
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