Sun’s Link to Earthquake Risk Grows Stronger

Active Sunspot Group 1117.  Image: Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Several prior posts here at IIC have explored the correlation between solar activity and earthquakes.  Although evidence for the link continues to build, some mainstream denial remains.  I feel that if the link is more than mere coincidence, we should do whatever we can right now to address the risks of increased seismic and tectonic activity as we approach 2012 – the expected peak of the coming solar maximum.

On 17 June, I posted an article here detailing the number of magnitude 7+ earthquakes each year since the lowest point of the last solar minimum of the last century.  Between 1996 and 2010, from 10 to 18 such large earthquakes occurred in a given year, averaging about 13 magnitude 7+ quakes annually.  My prediction that we were on target to exceed 20 mag 7+ quakes this year remains sound, as we just hit 20 with the 7.7 quake that struck Indonesia today.

Remember, many of the largest quakes of 2010 have occurred just prior to Earth entering a solar wind stream.  Charged solar particles bombarding the magnetosphere seem to be perpetuating radical planetary changes such as the creation or activation of new fault lines, as we’ve seen this year in both the southern United States and in Haiti.  With this trend in mind, we should be mindful of the possibility of larger and more frequent earthquakes and increased volcanic activity.


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4 Responses to “Sun’s Link to Earthquake Risk Grows Stronger”

  1. It’s interesting to think how interconnected the earth is to it’s star. It reminds of other things that have some small influence upon our lives. I once heard that more babies were born during times of severe storms and intense low pressure systems and it held true to our first born who came 2 weeks early in the midst of a snow storm (uncharacteristic for a first born). Our second child had to be induced and came a week late with no storms in the last several weeks of the pregnancy (again, uncharacteristic for a second child). Now we are beginning to understand the effects of solar storms on our everyday life and I can only imagine what other ways these storms may impact our lives and how they will be linked to other phenomena as well. Great article as always Stace. I find I will be tracking the cycles of the sun more often in an attempt to find other links.

  2. Stace says:

    Years ago, folklore informed us that Earth-based environmental factors, such as barometric pressure, influence trends in human behaviour. Although the number of babies born during storms (low pressure) is only slightly higher than on fair-weather days, the number is indeed statistically significant. Barometric pressure influences water, and human beings are made up of mostly water. The full moon and new moon, which affect the tides of large bodies of water on Earth, also affect the much smaller, but no less important, human beings. Perhaps if you look back at the moon cycles when your two children were born, you may see a correlation there as well as with the weather.

    I’ve noted before that positive ionisation of the air can have a negative impact on human behaviour, which helps to explain why people tend to be more grumpy and contrary when the Sun is active and when the solar wind is gusting toward Earth – because solar wind transports positive ions to our environment. On the other hand, low pressure and the associated stormy weather, regardless of what the Sun is doing, can lead to better moods. We tend to feel better when the air is dominated by negative ions. Falling water transforms positively-charged air to negatively-charged air, thus the good feelings we get after thunderstorms or when standing near a waterfall….or even just taking a shower after a long day.

    On a related note, I’ve wondered if there may be significant psychological (and other) differences between people born during solar minimums and those born during solar maximums. The impact of mood-altering ions, whether positive or negative, on the parents and on the developing child may one day be shown to be significant in personality profiling…but this conjecture may prove too difficult to test or too “far out” to be taken seriously at this point in human evolution. There are other questions that have yet to be answered, e.g., are there more road-rage accidents during times of high solar activity? If you have an interest in taking a deeper look at these potential correlations, which I believe is suggested at the close of your comment, let me know what you discover.

  3. Hey Stace – happy to award you with an honourary doctorate from the University of Curious Geniuses for this line of thinking. So damn on cue. How come so little interest in the effect of solar weather on energy systems of the Earth and biological systems and their subsequent mental states.

    Energy, consciousness, awareness – same thing. Sun and Moon and Earth and all the planets effect one another – as a small part of those systems we’re intrically connected to their subtle dynamics.

    One day, I’m sure, we’ll see all our conjecture as common sense and the general ignorance of these issues as part of the solar dark ages in the knowledge of humanity.

    Keep up the cutting edge insight Stace !!!

  4. Good call Stace…I went back and checked the moon calendar for the dates my daughters were born. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a correlation in the case of the birth of my daughters. My first born who came 2 weeks early in the middle of a significant storm and low pressure system was also born 1 day past the full moon. My wife went into labor the night of the full moon. My second daughter who was born a week late and only after my wife had been induced was born at a time of high pressure and during the waxing crescent phase of the moon, 10 days from full moon. I know these aren’t the only factors determining child birth because obviously, children are born every day. But it may represent a significant trend indicating times of increased frequencies of births in local hospitals. My wife works with an Ob/Gyn doctor, I wonder if I might be able to start tracking births in reference to low pressure systems, phases of the moon and solar cycles. It may represent the triple whammy!!! When hospitals are suddenly faced with what they refer to as an epidemic of births with no explicable reasons.

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