Climate Change Causes Volcanoes and Tsunamis

Posted on February 28, 2012

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Bill McGuire, a professor of geophysical and climate hazards at the University College London, has discovered that climate change can lead to earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

McGuire’s work, part of which can be read in “Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes”, suggests that climate change is not only about floods and droughts. It can also lead to increased volcanic activity and increasing numbers of earthquakes.

McGuire believes the Earth is very sensitive to change and even though the Earth’s crust seems to be safe, the rapid changes can result in its destabilisation.

In 2010, Eyjafjallajokull – the ice-covered Icelandic volcano that spewed several million cubic meters of ash – brought European air traffic to a grinding halt. Last year, the tsunami that hit the eastern coast of Japan was the result of a cataclysmic earthquake.

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