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Hurricane Sandy Was So Strong it Registered 2.0 on Seismometers Across the US
Hurricane Sandy was so strong that the impact of the waves it sent crashing into the East Coast of the United States reverberated all across the country. According to Oner Sufri, a geophysics doctoral student at the University of Utah who is tracking the effects of climate change on storm intensity, the storm registered on seismometers as far away as the West Coast – marking the first time in recorded history that a hurricane actually shook the earth.
After wreaking total havoc in northeast USA, Hurricane Sandy continued north, where it eventually reached Nova Scotia in Canada, Science Recorder reports. The storm was so strong that it caused “wave standing” – when two waves crash into each other with incredible force. The resulting energy is directed towards the sea floor. In Hurricane Sandy’s case, the force was so strong that it actually shifted the sea floor, creating a microseism that registered 2.0 on seismometers placed across the country.
This is not the first time that scientists have tracked the energy emitted by major hurricanes, according to Science Recorder. But it is the first time a hurricane has sent shockwaves similar to earthquakes across the country. Previous reports show that storms like Sandy are 10x more likely to occur as a result of rising temperatures, and Sufri is connecting the dots by comparing the energy emitted by past storms in order to understand how climate change is shifting our planet. He presented his findings at the Seismological Society of America’s annual meeting.
Via Science Recorder
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