Michio Kaku, a Japanese-American theoretical physicist, futurist, and popularizer of science, has tackled the question many are asking. Why are there so many disasters in the latter half of 2017? Why are California wildfires, Houston floods due to hurricanes, Mexico City earthquakes, and Hurricane Irma striking Florida happening all at once? The year 2017 has seen so many disasters that normally only occur once every hundred years.
Michio Kaku takes on the questions people have from a scientific perspective in the video below. Is it global warming, cycles in the weather, or something else? What is causing all the disasters felt this year?
Michio Kaku isn't the only one taking on the tough questions. The New York Times recently considered the nearly simultaneous strike of Florida and Houston hurricanes, wildfires striking California and Oregon, and powerful earthquakes hitting Mexico City. The New York Times says people are connecting the wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes strongly in their minds with the eclipse, and despite their usual intellectual way of thinking, see a looming apocalypse.
"And just last month darkness descended on the land as the moon erased the sun. Everyone thought the eclipse was awesome, but now we're not so sure — for all the recent ruin seems deeply, darkly not coincidental."
Michio Kaku explains that severe hurricanes, like Harvey and Irma, usually happen only once every one hundred years. Hurricane Irma was especially powerful, and rare in that way, but not unprecedented. Likewise, the California wildfires are not that unusual, but have been much more devastating than usual in 2017. Earthquakes like the one in Mexico City, which registered at 8.1 magnitude, also usually occur in a populated area once every 100 years.