Whether we like it or not, we cannot deny the fact that last year seems to be the year of devastating earthquakes – with a year so rough, it is normal for us to wonder “where are earthquakes most likely to occur in 2017?” As humans, it’s normal to fear the unknown, the fact that we cannot possibly know an earthquake until it has occurred is not only frightening but also devastating. We believe that if we know an earthquake is about to happen, the damage and lives lost can be prevented to a significant extent.
How come we always get a warning a day or two before a storm or typhoon comes on, yet we never get the same warning when it comes to earthquake? How come, in this day and age, we can predict and see the movement of a typhoon, yet we still cannot get a sign where are earthquakes most likely to occur? There are so many questions we would like to know the answers to, read on to learn whether it is possible for us to predict an earthquake and to find out where they will most likely occur in 2017.
How Earthquake Happens
The earth may seem beautiful from the outer space, but underneath it looks more like a cracked eggshell than a majestic crystal blue ball. Like a fleet of gigantic ships at sea, the ocean floors and the continents are constantly moving, the movements it makes are often violent and in the process, from the deep end of the earth, melted rocks push up the crust of the earth – forming a new one while at the same time destroying the old outer skin. While the process of what is happening inside the earth is known, scientists have absolutely no way to predict where and when exactly an earthquake will occur. However, it is worth noting that scientists have found a way to get an idea where it most likely will happen.
Increased Probability, but Is It Good Enough?
When it comes to where do earthquakes happen, it’s a known fact that countries which are located in the ring of fire are prone to earthquakes. By studying the pattern recorded in numerous scientific data and statistics, scientists managed to develope a lot of different methods of predicting earthquakes. Unfortunately, the results can only be considered as a probability – not a prediction, due to the lack of a more detailed information.
Using the aforementioned resources, scientists are able to calculate probability of where an earthquake will most likely happen but unfortunately not when exactly it’s going to happen. Scientists rely on instruments that record vibrations, while from said vibrations we can get an alert when earthquake is coming – the time from the initial vibration to when earthquake happens is not enough for people to escape, unlike a storm alert. While we cannot give a straightforward answer as to where are earthquakes most likely to occur in 2017, scientists have given us a warning that this year most earthquakes occur in Japan and the San Francisco Bay area.