Scientists have identified a new seismic phenomenon in which hurricanes and major storms cause vibrations on the ocean floor equivalent to a 3.5 magnitude earthquake.
Venuan Fan, Assistant Professor of Earth Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Florida, who led the study described the phenomena as "storms".
"During stormy seasons, hurricanes or Norwegian forests carry energy into the ocean as strong ocean waves, and the waves interact with hard land, producing intense seismic eastern activity," Fan said in a press release from the American Geophysical Union.
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Fan and his fellow researchers examined seismic records from USArray, a network of seismographs, according to the University of Florida. The AGU reports that scientists analyzed records from September 2009 to February 2019 and found a link between severe storms and "intense seismic activity". Researchers have identified more than 10,000 storms off the coast of New England, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. , as well as in the Canadian waters off Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and British Columbia.
Scientists have discovered that storms occur in certain areas, noting that the phenomenon did not occur off the coast of Mexico or off the east coast of the United States between Georgia and New Jersey. The devastating Hurricane Sandy, for example, did not cause a violent earthquake.
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"This is the last thing you need to worry about," said a fan of the Associated Press.
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