Catastrophic earthquake in Japan may be caused by the recent large magnetic storm in the Sun. Such a hypothesis put forward by Russian scientists. In their view, solar activity may be the trigger for the processes occurring in the crust.
“It was noted that before the night of 10 March was a very serious outbreak in the Sun.A 11 number, we had an earthquake. Maybe it’s time coincidence “, – quotes RIA Novosti news agency zavlaboratoriey seismic monitoring of the Institute of Environmental Geoscience Alexander Zhigalina.
He also recalled that one of the Chilean earthquakes of 2010 was accompanied by a magnetic storm (they, in turn, causes the solar wind). Specialists, seismologists today account for monitoring all processes, including solar activity. According Zhigalina, 50% of magnetic storms are somehow related to earthquakes.
However, this relationship is ambiguous. As explained at the Institute of Physics of the Earth Alexei Zavialov, the impact of the sun can increase the number of seismic events and reduce them. It all depends on the region of the Earth. ”So difficult is arranged, our planet,” – he said.
Recall March 11 in Japan occurred powerful earthquake of magnitude 9.0, followed by a few less powerful aftershocks. As a result, the country hit by the tsunami, which together with the earthquake caused severe damage. The number of fatalities already in the thousands. In addition, the tremors damaged nuclear power plant, Fukushima-1 “and” Fukushima-2, threatening to even greater disaster.