Italian Eruption Turns Deadly and California Rocked by Earthquake

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Stromboli erupting on July 3, 2019. Image by Anil Charley/Twitter.

There is the strong tendency in humans to look for patterns, even when none exist. This is amplified by the modern effect of news media, where certain events make headlines for reasons not necessarily related to the severity of the event.

We see this frequently in geology, where a news-making eruption or earthquake then starts a cascade of reports of other eruptions and earthquakes that follow, even if they aren’t disaste

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