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A surge in large earthquakes in 2018?

In a study published in Geophysical Research Letters, Bilham and Bendick predict that, because of Earth’s slowing rotation, Earth will see a significant increase in large earthquakes in 2018.

“The inference is clear,” Bilham told the Guardian. “Next year we should see a significant increase in numbers of severe earthquakes.”

"Instead of an average of about 15-20 large earthquakes, we might see 25 or 30 in 2018" Quartz writes.

Will there be a significant upsurge in large earthquakes predicted for 2018?

The question resolves in the positive if the number of earthquakes of magnitude greater than or equal to 7.0 as reported by USGS (e.g. here) in 2018 is greater than 25.

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