The world went abuzz after a series of earthquakes happened in different parts of the world with only hours apart. This brings to the question whether the massive earthquakes in the past days signal the occurrence of much more trembles in the coming days or weeks.
Based on information gathered by the Morning News USA through research using cumulative data from various earthquake-prediction sites, it appeared that Chile and Indonesia are probably the next places to get hit by a 6.5+ magnitude earthquakes.
In fact, according to earthquake tracking site Earthquake Track, using earthquake data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), at least four mild quakes jolted different parts of Chile in the past 20 hours. The strongest shake that hit this Latin American country in the past day was the 4.8-magnitude quake in Ovalle, Coquimbo, Chile.
So far, Chile recorded a total of 13 earthquakes in the past 7 days, 50 in the past month, and in total of 1,560 earthquakes in the past year. The report added that the largest earthquake that ever hit Chile in the past year was the 8.3-magnitude quake in Illapel, Coquimbo, Chile. The 8.3-magnitude earthquake in Chile is by far the largest earthquake ever recorded in the world in the past year.
The same report also showed that a 4.7-magnitude earthquake also shook Kepulauan Alor, Indonesia at around 12:15 UTC. The earthquake’s epicenter was located 92.2 km from Maubara and has a depth of 34 km.
But no less than the USGS was quick to debunked claims that major earthquakes can be predicted. However, the probability of an earthquake’s occurrence can be computed.
“Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake. They do not know how, and they do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future. However, based on scientific data, probabilities can be calculated for potential future earthquakes,” the USGS FAQ page read.
Another theory that Morning News USA looked into is the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is a large series of active and dormant volcano that circling around the Pacific. The area, where the one of the major world’s major tectonic plate lies, is also home to more than 450 volcanoes or 75 percent of the world’s volcanoes, data from the World Atlas showed.
Both Japan and Ecuador are situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire. And on Sunday, Pacific Island Nation of Tonga, another country located in the Ring of Fire, was hit by a 6.1 earthquake according to the USGS.
The Pacific Ring of Fire comprise of countries such as the Philippines, USA, New Zealand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Chile, among others.
The New York Times, however, reported that the earthquake in Ecuador and Japan are not related. Even the possibility that similar movement of tectonic plates may have caused the earthquakes to happen one after the other was dismissed. The scientist interviewed by the publication also dismissed speculations that more earthquakes will happen in the succeeding days.
Disclaimer: Information presented in this article is not to be taken as official earthquake prediction.