It cannot be confirmed that global warming is increasing the scale of earthquake activity, at least not to every type of earthquake, nevertheless, yesterday there was talk of the Japan earthquake having been triggered by the effects of global warming.
The hypothesis is that as the polar ice melts, thereby causing the oceans to rise, as well as those oceans having less oxygen content, not to mention more oil and more garbage in them, they become more weighty to consequently put increasing pressure on the ocean bottom.
Since some of the ocean bottoms have tectonic plate fault zones, which already have tension on them, the added tension is said to increase the risk of triggering a quake.
Dredd Blog is not ready to buy into that hypothesis as having passed factual scrutiny in every scenario, however, it is certainly a mathematically real and undeniable hypothesis in the abstract.
The touchy part of the theory is knowing how much pressure is required to trigger, not cause, an earthquake event earlier than it otherwise would have happened; or to trigger one in cases where the quake would not have ever happened otherwise.
There are undoubtedly scenarios with compelling scientific support showing that the effects of global warming can trigger catastrophic events, such as the volcanic eruption in Iceland about a year ago.
You might want to recall that the effects of global warming and other pollution, in terms of affecting pressures in the earth's crust, was discussed in terms of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Dredd Blog series Is A New Age Of Pressure Upon Us?
One thing is certain, Nuclear Power Plants in Japan took a hit because some were built too close to the rising ocean, thereby suffering a hit from the tsunami as well as the quake itself.
The photo at the top of this thread shows an explosion described as follows:
An explosion at a nuclear power plant in northern Japan on Saturday blew the roof off one building, brought down walls and caused a radiation leak of unspecified proportions, Japanese officials said, after Friday’s huge earthquake caused critical failures in the plant’s cooling system.(Japan Expands Evacuation). This "clean and safe" nuclear energy propaganda, like the "clean coal" propaganda, has the potential to get very nasty.
For example, Dredd Blog has quoted researchers who have said that Chernobyl in Russia caused about a million deaths around the world, but officialdom cannot handle the truth so they deny most of the damage done.
Now we see that Japanese officials have learned from MOMCOM's propaganda organ (amygdala) to tell lies in order to "keep the little people calm" during times when the underlying Jabber The Whut is shining though.
Since government went into the propaganda business whole hog, it is becoming less regulatory of things that simply must be regulated, and as a result there will be needless blood, misery, suffering, and death.