Reply [to “Comment on ‘An atmospheric stochastic trigger for El Niño’”]



With the foregoing commentary, Hunt has added another possible explanation for apparent correlations between East Pacific Rise (EPR) seismicity and El Niños. Considerations as to whether this particular explanation is more or less probable than other suggestions may be inappropriate at this time. Thus far, none of the suggested mechanisms has been adequately tested, either in theory or in the field. Because of the importance of El Niños, their irregular periodicity and the fact that intense episodes of EPR seismicity have been correlated with that irregular periodicity, it may be irresponsible to assume that the correlations are coincidental and ignore understandings that might be gained through tests of these speculative suggestions.Therefore, individuals, organizations, and government agencies with the interest and financial resources to do so are encouraged to consider such tests.