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2010-01-19 12:31:50 PM  
5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist
 
2010-01-19 12:37:45 PM  

InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist


But the internet tells us that every disaster is the fault of global warming....or caused by some white guy on wall street.
 
2010-01-19 12:48:02 PM  

Weaver95: InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist

But the internet tells us that every disaster is the fault of global warming....or caused by some white guy on wall street.


I find it sadly ironic that folks who are opposed to theories of anthropogenic global warming (as am I) are the first to dispute evolution and the age of the Earth. In order to refute APW, one of the best arguments is the 5.x billion geologic history of the Earth.
 
2010-01-19 01:10:14 PM  
At least most of the rich people in the world already sent money to them.
 
2010-01-19 01:30:13 PM  
It was barely felt by anyone and there was no damage. This wouldn't have even made the news had we not had an earthquake in Haiti.

Besides, the headline is quite pedestrian given the location:

"Earthquake hits Cayman Islands, billions seek 'shelter'"
"Earthquake hits Cayman Islands, natives quotes as saying, 'I'm sorry I cannot divulge any information about my clients secret illegal account'"
 
2010-01-19 04:07:15 PM  
Won't someone please think of the banks???
 
2010-01-19 04:07:22 PM  
And that's the difference between having a functional government and not. Building codes and emergency services when you need them. Wow.
 
2010-01-19 04:08:20 PM  
The other day we had a 4.2 quake centered a couple miles from where I live (I was home at the time). It just felt like a sharp jolt. The next morning we had a 3. something. Given the difference between those, I doubt a 5.8 would be that strong.

/Californian
//Jeeze, it's just a quake...
 
2010-01-19 04:08:50 PM  
UM..Off the Coast of Seattle 2 weeks ago 5.5. Seriously, If we are gonna panic everytime there is an Earthquake in America we can do it everyday...While just a few hours ago there was a 3.3 in West Yellowstone near the DOOMSDAY CALDERA OMG EVERYBODY PANIC! Link (new window)
 
2010-01-19 04:10:56 PM  
Yo Cayman earthquake Imma let you finish...
 
2010-01-19 04:11:58 PM  

Honest Bender: The other day we had a 4.2 quake centered a couple miles from where I live (I was home at the time). It just felt like a sharp jolt. The next morning we had a 3. something. Given the difference between those, I doubt a 5.8 would be that strong.

/Californian
//Jeeze, it's just a quake...


Richter Scale is logarithmic.
 
2010-01-19 04:13:12 PM  

InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist


Interesting. Would you mind elaborating, and is it possible to do so with enough brevity that your average ADD-afflicted farker such as myself wouldn't drift off in the middle of the explanation?

Or if not, could you point me to a source?
 
2010-01-19 04:15:02 PM  
Trifecta near complete.

If only Haiti would have been hit today...
 
2010-01-19 04:15:07 PM  

Weaver95: InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist

But the internet tells us that every disaster is the fault of global warming....or caused by some white guy on wall street.


I see today we are blessed with Crazy-Weaver.

Full moon?
 
2010-01-19 04:16:11 PM  
Don't tell Wyclef.
 
2010-01-19 04:17:14 PM  

Shisno: Trifecta near complete.

If only Haiti would have been hit today...


Oh wait, no, I got confused.
I should read the front page before I blabber...
Carry on.
 
2010-01-19 04:17:26 PM  
Today's earthquake --- Jamaica ---- Port au Prince

As I am leaving for Jamaica on Sunday, this is a bit disconcerting...
 
2010-01-19 04:19:46 PM  
Yeah, and today an earthquake hit Oaxaca.

/My guess is there's a new volcano forming somewhere
 
2010-01-19 04:20:55 PM  
So are we going through a period of unusually high geological activity or are we just hearing about every quake that happens because of the Haiti disaster?
 
2010-01-19 04:22:15 PM  

IronTony: Richter Scale is logarithmic.


I understand that. Maybe it's just the California culture, but anything below a 6 probably wouldn't get much more than a "did you feel that bump this morning?" around the water cooler. It just wouldn't be that big a deal.

Keep in mind that in my 20 something years I can only remember about 4 earthquakes. There are a ton of them all the time, but most are so small you wouldn't even notice. Feel free to correct me, but in my personal experience, it breaks down like this:

mag 1: wont feel it.
mag 2: most likely wont feel it.
mag 3: probably will feel it
mag 4: you'll feel it.
mag 5: You WILL notice it.
mag 6: Might startle you, possibly some damage here and there, will make the nightly news.
mag 7: Will make the daytime news because some shiat probably fell off shelfs at the grocery store.
Mag 8: Crap, that was a big one!
Mag 9: Brown trousers time.

Now you want a quake to be afraid of? I give you this (new window)
My dad was stationed in Alaska at the time. He has some interesting stories to tell about it.
 
2010-01-19 04:22:35 PM  
its been said before, but ya, 5.8, unless its right on the surface and that surface is right below a major city, wouldnt do a whole lot.
 
2010-01-19 04:22:37 PM  
The poles are shifting! EVERYBODY PANIC!
 
2010-01-19 04:24:20 PM  

Wayfarer's Freedom: The poles are shifting! EVERYBODY PANIC!


I doesn't work that way!.
 
2010-01-19 04:24:55 PM  

Honest Bender: IronTony: Richter Scale is logarithmic.

I understand that. Maybe it's just the California culture, but anything below a 6 probably wouldn't get much more than a "did you feel that bump this morning?" around the water cooler. It just wouldn't be that big a deal.

Keep in mind that in my 20 something years I can only remember about 4 earthquakes. There are a ton of them all the time, but most are so small you wouldn't even notice. Feel free to correct me, but in my personal experience, it breaks down like this:

mag 1: wont feel it.
mag 2: most likely wont feel it.
mag 3: probably will feel it
mag 4: you'll feel it.
mag 5: You WILL notice it.
mag 6: Might startle you, possibly some damage here and there, will make the nightly news.
mag 7: Will make the daytime news because some shiat probably fell off shelfs at the grocery store.
Mag 8: Crap, that was a big one!
Mag 9: Brown trousers time.

Now you want a quake to be afraid of? I give you this (new window)
My dad was stationed in Alaska at the time. He has some interesting stories to tell about it.


That's like half the population dead right there!
 
2010-01-19 04:25:37 PM  

Nightsweat: And that's the difference between having a functional government and not. Building codes and emergency services when you need them. Wow.


Yep, that's the difference. Not the fact that it was over 10x less powerful with an epicenter 4x farther away, and the major geological differences between the islands. Nope the only reason this mild shaking didn't destroy the Caymans like the massive earthquake destroyed Haiti was its government.
 
2010-01-19 04:26:50 PM  
Is this the beginning of the 2012 prophecies

And low drinks will be spilled on many islands bottles of rum needlessly wasted
 
2010-01-19 04:27:03 PM  

gilgigamesh: InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist

Interesting. Would you mind elaborating, and is it possible to do so with enough brevity that your average ADD-afflicted farker such as myself wouldn't drift off in the middle of the explanation?

Or if not, could you point me to a source?


The direct hazards of a quake have a lot to do with the type of fault involved, lateral or vertical displacement and how much water is displaced (in the case of tsunamis).

As for EQs being related, NPR had a good bit on this last year: Link (new window)
 
2010-01-19 04:27:11 PM  
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Repent while you still can!

SFW
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2010-01-19 04:27:22 PM  

InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist


Both of these locations are where the northern edge of the Caribbean plate and southern edge of the North American plate meet. A shift in one plate could cause multiple earthquakes along that line. At least, that's one of the ways it was explained to me it could happen when I took geology.

/not a geologist
 
2010-01-19 04:27:41 PM  

Honest Bender: IronTony: Richter Scale is logarithmic.

I understand that. Maybe it's just the California culture, but anything below a 6 probably wouldn't get much more than a "did you feel that bump this morning?" around the water cooler. It just wouldn't be that big a deal.

Keep in mind that in my 20 something years I can only remember about 4 earthquakes. There are a ton of them all the time, but most are so small you wouldn't even notice. Feel free to correct me, but in my personal experience, it breaks down like this:

mag 1: wont feel it.
mag 2: most likely wont feel it.
mag 3: probably will feel it
mag 4: you'll feel it.
mag 5: You WILL notice it.
mag 6: Might startle you, possibly some damage here and there, will make the nightly news.
mag 7: Will make the daytime news because some shiat probably fell off shelfs at the grocery store.
Mag 8: Crap, that was a big one!
Mag 9: Brown trousers time.

Now you want a quake to be afraid of? I give you this (new window)
My dad was stationed in Alaska at the time. He has some interesting stories to tell about it.


Yeah, and when you live in a city that was built over a lake, shiat will hit the fan so hard (new window).
 
2010-01-19 04:28:29 PM  
Has that idiot Robertson said anything stupid / amusing yet?
 
2010-01-19 04:28:49 PM  
Let me try that again, here (new window).
 
2010-01-19 04:29:05 PM  
 
2010-01-19 04:30:47 PM  

Honest Bender: IronTony: Richter Scale is logarithmic.

I understand that. Maybe it's just the California culture, but anything below a 6 probably wouldn't get much more than a "did you feel that bump this morning?" around the water cooler. It just wouldn't be that big a deal.

Keep in mind that in my 20 something years I can only remember about 4 earthquakes. There are a ton of them all the time, but most are so small you wouldn't even notice. Feel free to correct me, but in my personal experience, it breaks down like this:

mag 1: wont feel it.
mag 2: most likely wont feel it.
mag 3: probably will feel it
mag 4: you'll feel it.
mag 5: You WILL notice it.
mag 6: Might startle you, possibly some damage here and there, will make the nightly news.
mag 7: Will make the daytime news because some shiat probably fell off shelfs at the grocery store.
Mag 8: Crap, that was a big one!
Mag 9: Brown trousers time.

Now you want a quake to be afraid of? I give you this (new window)
My dad was stationed in Alaska at the time. He has some interesting stories to tell about it.


Pretty good, but honestly unless you're right on top of a 3 you aren't going to feel it. You won't feel most of the 4's either unless you're in a highrise or right over it. On the otherhand, 6's can do a lot of damage. Northridge was a 6.7 that took out some buildings and a few freeways. An 8 would be a massive roller coaster and unless you're in one of the better built buildings (schools, hospitals, etc) you very likely will be seeing walls falling inwards. Kiss your ass goodbye with a 9 no matter where you are.
 
2010-01-19 04:31:18 PM  
Leaving for Grand Cayman on Friday. Not panicking. Hooray building codes!
 
2010-01-19 04:31:27 PM  

CygnusDarius: Wayfarer's Freedom: The poles are shifting! EVERYBODY PANIC!

I doesn't work that way!.


You doesn't? Not what I heard... :p :)
 
2010-01-19 04:33:54 PM  

UHC2005: CygnusDarius: Wayfarer's Freedom: The poles are shifting! EVERYBODY PANIC!

I doesn't work that way!.

You doesn't? Not what I heard... :p :)


Don't trust the movies that much (new window).
 
2010-01-19 04:35:16 PM  

www.oas.org
What plates may look like.

 
2010-01-19 04:37:07 PM  

Darwin's Prophet: Pretty good, but honestly unless you're right on top of a 3 you aren't going to feel it. You won't feel most of the 4's either unless you're in a highrise or right over it. On the otherhand, 6's can do a lot of damage. Northridge was a 6.7 that took out some buildings and a few freeways. An 8 would be a massive roller coaster and unless you're in one of the better built buildings (schools, hospitals, etc) you very likely will be seeing walls falling inwards. Kiss your ass goodbye with a 9 no matter where you are.


Ya, you're probably right. My list might be a little skewed by the fact that I grew up in the bay area, ie, close to several main fault lines. As for the "kiss your ass goodbye" take on 9.0+... well, I've seen some pics of the aftermath from the Alaskan quake. Looked like pictures of a town after a class 4 hurricane swept through.
 
2010-01-19 04:40:09 PM  
Caribbean Earthquake Trifecta in play?
 
2010-01-19 04:45:25 PM  
www.scifi.co.uk

Beach front property coming soon in California. Fark beach party at my house when it happends.
 
2010-01-19 04:50:50 PM  

Chakro: InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist

Both of these locations are where the northern edge of the Caribbean plate and southern edge of the North American plate meet. A shift in one plate could cause multiple earthquakes along that line. At least, that's one of the ways it was explained to me it could happen when I took geology.

/not a geologist


Not having looked at a fault map of the area when I made my initial post, this could be technically correct. Also, I had in mind the recent earthquakes in California when referring to the fact that EQs on a macro scale at least, are unrelated.
 
2010-01-19 04:51:48 PM  

Weaver95: I

But the internet tells us that every disaster is the fault of global warming....or caused by some white guy on wall street.


Wow, I knew you were a douchebag, but you really exceeded all expectations with that post. It's as if you were going for a gold medal at the douchebag olympics there, and I think you may have snagged a bronze.

God DAMN you are an asshole.
 
2010-01-19 04:56:59 PM  
Pat Robertson, your move.
 
2010-01-19 04:58:24 PM  

Weaver95: InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist

But the internet tells us that every disaster is the fault of global warming....or caused by some white guy on wall street.


Weaver, we don't always disagree (especially on gay rights) but I've seen you go full Right-Wing Retard before.
That's a trollish Straw Man comment worthy of Phil Herup.

Everything okay? You worry me.
 
2010-01-19 04:59:03 PM  

Mordechai: Leaving for Grand Cayman on Friday. Not panicking. Hooray building codes!


Leaving for Grand Cayman tomorrow morning. Called today, they said no big deal.

Nice thing is, unless you are staying at (or near) one of the mega resort hotels, there isn't much to fall on top of you.

Enjoy.
 
2010-01-19 05:01:00 PM  

eddiesocket: but I've neverseen you go full Right-Wing Retard before.


FTFM
 
2010-01-19 05:04:05 PM  

dabbletech: Mordechai: Leaving for Grand Cayman on Friday. Not panicking. Hooray building codes!

Leaving for Grand Cayman tomorrow morning. Called today, they said no big deal.

Nice thing is, unless you are staying at (or near) one of the mega resort hotels, there isn't much to fall on top of you.

Enjoy.


My sister lives there. Not the best place in the world. They need another twenty years or so before it's tourist friendly. Lots of bars, though. And the water's gorgeous.
 
2010-01-19 05:04:41 PM  

InspectorZero: 5.8 really isn't all that big in the scheme of things. Probably unlikely to generate a tsunami warning.

And no, none of these quakes are related to the others. Plate tectonics doesn't work that way.

/geologist


But God's wrath does
 
2010-01-19 05:08:47 PM  

Darwin's Prophet: Nightsweat: And that's the difference between having a functional government and not. Building codes and emergency services when you need them. Wow.

Yep, that's the difference. Not the fact that it was over 10x less powerful with an epicenter 4x farther away, and the major geological differences between the islands. Nope the only reason this mild shaking didn't destroy the Caymans like the massive earthquake destroyed Haiti was its government.


Dude, with the shiatty concrete and no building codes in use in Haiti a fat man walking by could have destroyed half of Port Au Prince.

/Where were you last week, anyway?
 
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