To understand how earthquakes affect our climate, we must first understand what the climate is and how an earthquake happens. The climate is the change in meteorological variables such as a change in the temperature, the amount of precipitation that we get, or even the amount of wind that occurs in an area. It is also considered to be the weather averaged over time.

 Most people’s understanding of an earthquake is that it is when the ground begins to suddenly shake. This occurs very rapidly and can cause a lot of destruction in a short amount of time. If they occur in a residential or commercial area, they can cause tremendous damage to homes, bridges and buildings. They are responsible for about 15,000 deaths each year. They can also cause landslides and in some areas  have been known to cause volcano’s to erupt.

An earthquake  can also cause fires due to downed power lines or damaged gas lines. In this event  it can be hard to keep some fires under control.  If the earthquake occurs close to a river dams can also be damaged and extensive flooding can occur. Massive earthquakes, where they occur out in the ocean, can also cause Tsunami’s. They can travel hundreds of miles in the ocean and when they reach the shore line they are known to cause excessive destruction.

There are over half of a million earthquakes that occur annually. Most of these are never felt by people and are only detected by instruments. There are around 100,000 earthquakes that are felt by people and many of these are not severe, while others can cause massive destruction.

An earthquake  typically lasts just a few seconds. It is important to have the proper precautions in place in the event that one occurs in your area and you should have a plan for what you will do during and after. If you are inside your home or other structure, it is not considered safe for you to try to leave. The safest thing for you to do at that time is to stay inside and get under a table or other item that is sturdy.

The effect that earthquakes are having on our climate seems to be on the rise. One example of this is where the earthquakes seem to be decreasing the length of the day. Each time this occurs it is only microseconds, but each time it causes the earth to spin faster. Another effect  is that they are changing the shape of the earth by causing the earth to become less oblate.

Earthquakes are also causing the North Pole to shift with some recent ones having caused a noticeable shift in the pole.

Scientists are currently not able to predict the place or the time that they feel an earthquake will occur. By learning about the effects that earthquakes have on the climate, researchers will be able to gain more knowledge on this and will hopefully make it possible for them to make more accurate predictions in the future.