Author: Mary Knapp

Lately, Kansas has recorded a number of earthquakes. A question that has been asked is "Is there earthquake weather?" This idea surfaced back in the times of the ancient Greeks, when Aristotle proposed the theory that earthquakes were caused by wind trapped in caves. He thought that the weather would be hot and calm before earthquakes. As modern science has developed, we know that earthquakes are the result of geological process well below the area of the surface and subsurface of the Earth affected by weather. Earthquakes can happen at any time and during any weather. And, although not as common nor generally as severe as in California, they do happen in Kansas.

Figure 1. Earthquake response map (USGS)

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library