EARTHQUAKES have already begun to rock Alaska this year, with a staggering 98 quakes in 10 days. But is THIS the reason there have been so many quakes in Alaska?
Alaska Earthquakes: There has been an increased level of seismic activity in Alaska of late (Image: GETTY/ USGS)
Professor McGuire explained: “In Alaska, earthquake activity is increasing where ice loss due to climate change has been greatest.
“Some ice fields have lost a vertical kilometre of ice in the last 100 years, which has reduced the load on the crust beneath and made it easier for faults to move.”
According to Professor McGuire: “It is simply not possible to predict earthquakes in the sense of saying a quake will happen on a particular fault on a particular date.”
Alaska earthquake: The 1964 magnitude 9.2 quake triggered a tsunami and wreaked havoc (Image: GETTY)
Due to Alaska’s position on the explosive Ring of Fire, and it’s location making it one of the most tectonically active places on the planet, major quakes could “occur…at any time”.
This was the second largest earthquake ever to be recorded, the first being a magnitude 9.5 earthquake which rocked Chile in 1960.