In a seismic new study published in Nature Geoscience, an international team of geologists has discovered evidence of a “boomerang earthquake” — a type of quake that can ricochet — which rocked the seafloor beneath the Atlantic Ocean in 2016.
Undersea seismometers detected the tectonic terror traversing the Romanche Fracture Zone, a 560-mile-long fault located approximately halfway between Brazil and Africa.
A scientific team then analyzed the position of the earthquake’s epicenter and the energy released by each rumbling phase to put the pieces together.
They found that while ordinary temblors focus their energy in one direction, the 7.1-magnitude monster — termed a “back-propagating supershear rupture” — reportedly tore eastward before doubling back and continuing in the opposite direction at an accelerated velocity.
Even more terrifying, the tremor traveled at a quake-neck pace of 11,000 mph during the return trip — so fast that it generated the geologic equivalent of a sonic boom. Or, to put it in simple terms, quick enough to jet from London to New York in 18 ½ minutes.
Stephen Hicks, an earthquake seismologist said “This was a weird sort of configuration to see, even though the fault structure seems simple, the way the earthquake grew was not, and this was completely opposite to how we expected the earthquake to look.”
The researchers say they aren’t entirely sure what caused the earthquake to boomerang, but it’s an exciting find considering that the seismic occurrence has, up until now, been primarily observed only in theoretical models.
“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time it has been reported,” geophysicist Yoshihiro Kaneko from GNS Science in New Zealand told National Geographic.
And according to Kasey Aderhold, a seismologist with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, the groundbreaking findings can help researchers understand how “boomerang earthquakes” could potentially impact populated areas.
The Biblical Prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Romans 8, Revelation 6) foretell that diverse seismic activity as earthquakes and volcanoes will be a sign indicating the nearing end of this age of grace.
These events and conditions happening now are warning signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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