The Earth is slowing down, which means more earthquakes.
With all the natural disasters this year, it feels like our planet is finally sick of humans and is trying to do something about it.
And before you say "Yo Earth, Chill", that may be part of the problem. Changes in the Earth's core can cause the flow of the magma to be disrupted which can result in the length of a typical day being changed - and even a millisecond can be devastating.
This might be a little simplified, but I always imagined the rotation of the Earth like a fidget spinner - it never slows down and it'll keep spinning long after I've lost interest.
It turns out that's not the case, and the ramifications are Earth-shattering. Actually Earth-shattering.
Scientists have discovered that if the Earth slows down for 5 consecutive years, the number of quakes measuring over 7.0 on the Richter scale goes from around 15 to 25-30. That's more than 2 a month!
And 2017 is year number 4, so if they're correct, next year might be a cracker.
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