Can Solar Storms Warn Us Of Earthquakes Coming?

A NASA picture of the Sun.

Solar flares appear to influence large earthquakes – Photo from NASA

When the Sun fires off huge coronal mass ejections (CMEs), earthquake records show that there is an increase in earthquakes at the same time all over the world.

When the Sun is calm and is not throwing out as many massive CMEs, the “number” of earthquakes worldwide goes down.

We can use this knowledge of possibilities to predict (as much as humanly possible) large earthquakes, especially near major metropolitan areas and around nuclear power plants.

Big Flares and Large Quakes

The sun has erupted more than a dozen times over the past week, throwing radiation into space; some CMEs are heading toward Earth, and some outward into the unknown. According to NASA, the Sun fired off 24 medium strength M-class flares and 4 stronger X-class flares between October 23 – 30.

A picture of a solar flare, or CME, exploding off the surface of the Sun.

Big flares appear when big quakes shake the Earth.

The following large earthquakes occurred on Earth at this time:

  1. 6.6  43km SSW of Coquimbo, Chile  2013-10-31
  2. 6.3  45km SSW of Hualian, Taiwan  2013-10-31
  3. 6.2  46km W of Constitucion, Chile  2013-10-30
  4. 7.1  Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan  2013-10-25
  5. 6.7  East of the South Sandwich Islands  2013-10-24
  6. 6.5  91km SW of Etchoropo, Mexico  2013-10-19
  7. 6.8  64km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea  2013-10-16
  8. 7.1  5km SE of Sagbayan, Philippines  2013-10-15
  9. 6.4  30km W of Platanos, Greece  2013-10-12
  10. 6.1  33km N of Gueiria, Venezuela  2013-10-12
  11. 4.9  53km WNW of Eureka, California  2013-10-11
A picture of Hong Kong, Japan, a major city built within a natural disaster zone.

Humans build major populated cities on top of active earthquake zones – beautiful but dangerous.

The Solar/Quake Cycle

Today, this very minute, the solar cycle is reaching its peak, so this means that the Sun is “sucking up” more energy from its surface because its magnetic poles are preparing to flip. Scientists are monitoring this polar magnetic flip, and this should provide some hints when the next CMEs will flare up.

This should also provide us with some hints when the next large earthquakes will respond, here on the Earth.

THIS should provide the massive concentrations of people living along the most volatile earthquake zones some sort of warning when to expect larger earthquakes.

The question to ask is are we paying attention?


Someone texting on their cell phone.

If your cell phone is acting up, it’s probably caused by the most recent CME.

Solar flares are strong bursts of radiation that sling powerful material through space toward Earth (known as a CME or coronal mass ejection), and some can be quite harmful. Most CMEs reach the Earth in one to three days after they have ejected from the Sun’s surface.

A powerful CME pointed toward Earth moving over 600 miles per second can disturb the upper atmosphere enough to disrupt radio signals and affect electronic systems in satellites both in space and on the ground.

Apparently the Earth’s earthquake zones DO respond to the Sun’s X-class flares, wouldn’t you say?


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About Janet

Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN has expressed a deep love and respect for the Earth since she was a very young child. She earned academic degrees in International Geography and Environmental Science. After 20 years of research, Dr. Hull uncovered evidence supporting her theory that the Earth’s geographic poles shift at the axis, causing dramatic climate change. Today, she is one of the world’s leading environmental experts promoting public environmental awareness. Connect with Dr. Hull on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

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