” …heavy rain induces thousands of landslides and severe erosion, which removes ground material from the Earth’s surface, releasing the stress load and encouraging movement along faults … the reduced load (can) unclamp the faults, which can promote an earthquake.” – Shimon Wdowinski, associate research professor at the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Several days ago as Otto began creeping toward Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, I remembered noting that strong earthquakes seem connected not only to full and new moons, but also to Hurricanes and periods of heavy rains. Doing a bit of homework, I opened two sites that discussed the earthquake-hurricane connection.
Working late with the mural-painting projects, I intended to read the stories with more focus when I had more time; the page was still on the screen when the 7.0+ quake hit El Salvador.
Here’s the link if anyone’s interested in post-turkey dinner reading material: Hurricanes-Typhoons May Trigger Earthquakes.
Meanwhile, many are watching Otto’s trek across southern Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica. May all of you have a safe evening.