Earthquake weather – we’ve all heard it before, but what is it exactly? It’s an eerie stillness that precedes a large earthquake and there are many documented cases of it. Personally I was in the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake. The quake was incredibly violent and my memories of it are burnt into my mind forever. One of those memories is to do with the weather on that March day. I can distinctly remember the eerie sky. Cloudy but not completely overcast… dead still…. Not a breeze at all. And it was mild…not hot, just mild. The calmness was the most distinctive part of the memory.
The famous Napier earthquake had clear blue skies and again, it was dead calm. Same with the LA earthquake.
The belief behind earthquake weather is that pockets of air trapped in underground caves shifts around due to the weather on the surface of the earth. The bigger the shift, the bigger the quake.
However scientists say there is no proof that this exists and maintain that earthquakes can happen in any weather.
I have to admit, I tend to agree…however the big earthquakes, the ones that make the news, do seem to happen on calm, mild, days. Co-incidence or not??