Earthquake “Season”?

One of our many readers wrote this…

Here’s a question – is there an earthquake “season”  – when they are more likely to happen?

Very good question, Robin. Not knowing the answer, I did a little research.

The answer?

“No.  Earthquakes can occur at any time of the year and at any time of the day or night. Earthquakes occur under all weather conditions, sunny, wet, hot, or cold–without special tendency.” 

http://www.seis.utah.edu/qfacts/genfaq.shtml#gq3

So that is the end of it…..or is it?

According to a science link in NBC News

“Hurricanes and tornadoes have seasons, but do earthquakes? They do in the Himalayas, and it’s during the winter………..A new study of GPS and satellite data presented last month at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union has connected the increase in earthquake activity to the monsoon season that drenches the region each summer.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22505955/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/reason-earthquake-season-revealed/#.UIAaMxzyCKI

BUT!  That could just be media hype…….I searched on, only to get a headache. I did find some huge boring pdf files from science institutions that confirm the theory. Namely…

With that much water and those huge plates and that much pressure, something has to give.

I for one will avoid traveling to the Himalayas in the winter AND the summer.

Thanks, Robin! That was fun!

MZH

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