More Earthquakes Predicted in 2018

The new year may get off to a shaky start Scientists say due to Earth's rotation slowing down, the planet can expect to experience up to 20 magnitude 7 earthquakes or higher in 2018

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Montana recently published their study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters They tracked severe earthquakes reaching back to 1900 and found many years averaged 15 earthquakes, while others averaged more than 25 In a study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers concluded major earthquakes line up with years in which the Earth's rotation slowed down The last time the Earth's rotation slowed was in 2011 That year, more than 15,000 people died in a 9

1 earthquake in Japan Time Magazine reports the study predicts earthquakes are more likely to occur near the equator because that's where the world's spin is strongest Around 1 billion people living near the equator could be affected For United News International, I'm Cambrie Caldwell