Calama, Chile (Christwire) – Abe Goodman reporting
Earthquakes are amongst nature’s most destructive forces. By the shifting of Earth’s tectonic plates so carefully placed 6,000 years ago, we see the earthquake force can move buildings, cause sinkholes and even change the face of continents.
To put the power of a small earthquake in perspective: the first atomic bomb was 10,000 times weaker than a mild earthquake.
A new study by the American Geological Association shows that the most recent earthquake in Calama, Chile did more than just topple buildings, swallow people up and cause massive financial instability. It actually cracked the core of Earth.
It is important to remember that seismic activity is a planetwide event. The energy is transferred throughout the planet, because through molecular interaction all is interconnected. An earthquake in the right place can transfer energy downward to the earth’s core, through direct pressure or kinetics, transferring enough energy to cause a crack in Earth’s core.
What do you suppose actually sits in the core of the Earth? Let me tell you, it is a fiery place that burns hotter than the Sun and is a place no one would want to spend for eternity. I think you know exactly where I am talking about.
The cracks in the earth’s core are already visible. As reported by LiveScience, via Examiner:
However, structural geologist Richard Allmendinger of Cornell University and his colleagues are seeing major earthquakes, with magnitudes of 7 or greater, have caused the Earth’s crust to permanently crack.
They point to huge quakes in Chile as proof.
Livescience.com carried the following explanation from Allmendinger:
“My graduate students and I originally went to northern Chile to study other features,” Allmendinger said. “While we were there, our Chilean colleague, Professor Gabriel González of the Universidad Católica del Norte, took us to a region where these cracks were particularly well-exposed.”
“I still remember feeling blown away – never seen anything like them in my 40 years as a geologist – and also perplexed,” Allmendinger said. “What were these features and how did they form? Scientists hate leaving things like this unexplained, so it kept bouncing around in my mind.”
He explains: “In northern Chile, the driest place on Earth, we have a virtually unique record of great earthquakes going back a million years,” Allmendinger said. “Whereas most analyses of ancient earthquakes only probe cycles of two to four quakes, our record of upper plate cracking spans thousands of earthquake cycles,” he noted.
The record of the vast number of earthquakes captured in northern Chilean rocks allowed the researchers to examine their average behavior over a much longer period of time, which makes it easier to pick out any patterns.