Yes, you read the title correctly, this intense and enormous storm is actually registering seismic activity on earthquake registering devices. This activity began registering on Tuesday around the time the storm became the Category 5 monster that is currently is.
Irma has been ripping through the northern Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands. This storm is easily referred to as the second strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and will be hitting the Bahamas. It seems by the weekend and early next week Southeast US will be meeting this storm, so please be prepared Florida! This is without a doubt something to be concerned about.
According to Stephen Hicks a seismologist at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom:
“What we’re seeing in the seismograph are low-pitched hums that gradually become stronger as the hurricane gets closer.”
This is being caused by the high winds and such that cause motions on the ground and also force trees to sway in the wind. The seismometer that has been affected the most is on the island of Guadeloupe and is actually located very close to the ocean. Waves that come crashing along the coastline reverberate around the island and generate seismic energy.
As a matter of fact, seismometer on St Maarten went offline around 10:20 UTC just as the eye of the hurricane itself passed over the island. No, the hurricane is not creating earthquakes, it is just so strong that it is literally affecting the technology used to detect them. As you may already know Puerto Rico and Florida are currently in a state of emergency because of the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. A lot of people have already begun evacuating in Florida, but similar to the situation we saw with Harvey, some people just can’t/won’t leave.
— Stephen Hicks (@seismo_steve) September 6, 2017
Craig Setzer of CBS4 tweeted this unsettling news just earlier today:
From my TV interview with NHC Director “if this hits south Florida this is going to be a once in a generation event…the big one for us” pic.twitter.com/NfODX6xVzd
— Craig Setzer CBS4 (@CraigSetzer) September 7, 2017
This is a life threatening storm and it will be doing (already is doing) catastrophic damage. If you are in Florida and cannot get out please be prepared for the worst. To see some of what this storm has already done please check out the video below, stay safe.