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When three major hurricanes and just as many powerful earthquakes happen at around the same time, as they did in 2017, many wonder if they are connected.
While the 2017 hurricanes and the earthquakes in Mexico are likely not connected, geophysicist Shimon Wdowinski believes there could be a correlation between hurricanes and the earthquakes that come much later. He is spearheading research supported by NASA examining whether powerful hurricanes can trigger earthquakes.
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Wdowinski developed the idea for the research project following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The magnitude 7 event destroyed much of Por-au-Prince and killed upwards of 300,000 people. Two years prior, four powerful hurricanes—Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike—dumped heavy rains on Haiti in just a matter of weeks, killing 800 people and devastating crops.
In certain mountainous environments prone to both tropical cyclones and earthquakes, heavy rain—3 to 9 feet of rain in a span of 3 to 5 days—can induce a large number of landslides. Over time, the landslide material is carried to the ocean resulting in significant erosion of the mountains...
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