January 28th, 2010

Magnetic poles causing earthquakes?

Wikipedia defines Geomagnetic Reversal as:

A geomagnetic reversal is a change in the orientation of Earth’s magnetic field such that the positions of magnetic north and magnetic south become interchanged. These events often involve an extended decline in field strength followed by a rapid recovery after the new orientation has been established. These events occur on a scale of tens of thousands of years or longer.

I recently came across an article saying the North pole is moving towards Siberia at 37 miles per year. If Wikipedia is correct, it should be moving much slower than that.

I was watching TV the other day and they compared the recent earthquake in Haiti with the earthquake that caused the big tsunami in 2004.

My mind being overactive, got me thinking. What if, the north pole moving is causing stress in some of the fault lines and causing these earthquakes. I know I’m not a scientist and I don’t know much about geology, but it’s something to think about. I mean, some rocks are attracted to magnetic fields because of the iron in them.

I wonder if we wont start seeing many more of these huge earthquakes in the coming years.