It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Welcome to the Anthropocene

No, nothing human caused a 9.0 earthquake. But the worst parts of the tsunami were very strange. Perhaps unprecedented?

Things are all connected now. We are a force of nature.


ozhamlet said...

While we can't pin the Sendai earthquake on global warming, just as we can't pin any particular extreme weather event on global warming, there is a straight forward mechanism linking global warming to seismic activity: melting ice sheets mainly in Greenland and Antarctica are causing the tectonic plates on which they sit to move upwards in the viscous upper mantle. See

Michael Tobis said...

The forces are too small for a major tectonic event once you do the numbers, though there may be smaller quakes in the ice retreat areas.

David B. Benson said...

I've seen a picture of a lrage ocean vessel completely washed up on a wide beach in the Bay of Bengal. I assume a tropical cyclone what done it.