WASHINGTON (AP) Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters hurricanes and earthquakes and theyre calling them stormquakes.
The shaking of the sea floor during hurricanes and noreasters can rumble like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this weeks journal Geophysical Research Letters. The quakes are fairly common, but they werent noticed before because they were considered seismic background noise.
A stormquake is more an oddity than something that can hurt you, because no one is standing on the sea floor during a hurricane, said Wenyuan Fan, a Florida State University seismologist who was the studys lead author.
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