Over my time here at GeoNet there have been various hazards come and go, and with them come the various myths/legends and some weird theories.
So I've decided to do a 'Monday Myth Buster' series on our Facebook and Twitter pages, to clarify some of these up, and you might get a laugh or two out of them!
Today we start with 'Earthquake Weather'. Now this belief dates back to the 4th Century where the famous Greek Aristotle said that earthquakes were caused by winds trapped in underground caves. Small
quakes were thought to have been caused by air pushing on the cave
roofs, and large ones by the air breaking the surface. This led to the belief in earthquake weather, if a large
amount of air was trapped underground, the weather would be hot and calm
before an earthquake
As cool as this theory sounds, its just isn't true. Earthquakes begin below the grounds surface, where the weather is too far away to have any effect. And statistics have shown that earthquakes occur in about the same numbers in wet / dry / cold and hot conditions.