- Jan 8, 2013
Just breaking on the news. This time a 6.9 in Southern California. Hope all of you in California are safe.
All of my life. But remember that they're speaking in geological time, so soon could be any second, or a hundred years from now.Haven't the geology guys said The Big One wasn't "if" but "when" for a long time?
Correct. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of vault lines across the state.Am I correct that this is NOT the San Andreus Fault, but another?
Not really. A release at one point can result in increased pressure somewhere else. There is an inexorable movement of plates, raising the western part of the continent, and putting downward pressure on the eastern part. There was an huge quake along the New Madrid fault that runs through Missouri in 1811 that was of a much greater magnitude than either of these.Is there any comfort in the idea that a series of strong but not so destructive or injurious quakes release some of the energy of faults?
As Jesse mentioned above, the when could be tomorrow or a millennium from now.Haven't the geology guys said The Big One wasn't "if" but "when" for a long time?
The good news is that SoCal's building codes reflect that. A Mexico City, Haiti, or turn-of-the-century San Francisco situation is literally impossible.
I'd heard of a fault that went into parts of IL, but haven't heard anyone talking about it lately. I googled the New Madrid and found this. Anyway, I think (hope) we're ok up around Chicago, but wtf something's gonna get us sooner or later anyway...something catastrophic doesn't end much different than passing in your sleep, so why fret :?There was an huge quake along the New Madrid fault that runs through Missouri in 1811 that was of a much greater magnitude than either of these.
Hi Jay,I watched a BBC documentary tonight on earthquakes by Scottish geologist Iain Simpson Stewart MBE FGS FRSE and he stated that Los Angeles would likely be the next major Californian city hit and would do over $2 billion at least damage with countless loss of life!