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(Christian Science Monitor)   Was the LA quake a prelude to the big one? Are the recent quakes connected? Will science stop ruining your adrenaline high?   (csmonitor.com) divider line 83
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2014-03-17 11:40:00 PM  
Bring it.
 
2014-03-17 11:41:17 PM  
Quake woke me up. Couldn't get back to sleep. Finally did. Then overslept.

/oh the humanity
 
2014-03-17 11:42:09 PM  
1) Probably not
2) Yes, but that doesn't really mean anything
3) You want an adrenaline high? Derive Kirchoff's Theorem from Maxwell's Equations.
 
2014-03-17 11:42:29 PM  
No. Yes. No.
 
2014-03-17 11:42:48 PM  
move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...
 
2014-03-17 11:43:17 PM  
I've waited long enough for beachfront property here in AZ. Let's do this!
 
2014-03-17 11:43:33 PM  
he was just a lowly architect
www.wearysloth.com
 
2014-03-17 11:48:14 PM  
I can't imagine why you wouldn't welcome any change,my friend.
 
2014-03-17 11:49:28 PM  
Is this connected to the next big one? Yes. They're always connected. In fact, the leading indicator that an earthquake will occur is that an earthquake has occurred in the past.
 
2014-03-17 11:51:18 PM  
who cares...??
 
2014-03-17 11:52:48 PM  
I have no fear of a big quake. My lawn chairs are all still put up.
 
2014-03-17 11:53:59 PM  
It's from one of those artifacts on Warehouse 13.
 
2014-03-17 11:57:04 PM  
"Was the LA quake a prelude to the big one?"

On a long enough timeline, yes.

"Are the recent quakes connected?"

Only the ones on this planet.

"Will science stop ruining your adrenaline high?"

Meh.
 
2014-03-17 11:57:24 PM  
thechive.files.wordpress.com

Earthquakes occurring in an area with some frequency means more earthquakes are coming?
 
2014-03-17 11:57:26 PM  
yes
there is 100% chance that there will be MORE earthquakes and LARGER EARTHQUAKES
some will be the largest EVER

DUH
farking morons


/anyone who tells you that they can predict what DAY this will happen is full of shiat. let alone which century
 
2014-03-18 12:00:18 AM  

wildcardjack: Is this connected to the next big one? Yes. They're always connected. In fact, the leading indicator that an earthquake will occur is that an earthquake has occurred in the past.


www.troll.me
 
2014-03-18 12:00:50 AM  

meat0918: Bring it.


This.
I wonder how big a quake it would take to shift the San Andreas fault 300 feet.
 
2014-03-18 12:02:03 AM  
He predicted it.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-18 12:03:08 AM  

ArmednHammered: meat0918: Bring it.

This.
I wonder how big a quake it would take to shift the San Andreas fault 300 feet.


I dunno, but I've got Otisburg all staked out.
 
2014-03-18 12:03:17 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-18 12:04:11 AM  

farkette716: move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...


I've heard there's a rather major fault-line between Rochester and Buffalo or something, plus they do get the occasional one in Canada, so thanks for reminding me of that since I just moved back to the area...
 
2014-03-18 12:05:26 AM  
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2014-03-18 12:06:51 AM  
Ugh, growing up in L.A., every time there was an earthquake, including Whittier, Landers, Big Bear, whatever - someone from Caltech (usually Lucy Jones or Kate Hutton) would go before the press, and was asked these same questions everyone already knew the answers to.

Yes, it could be a foreshock. No, we don't know for sure. Even if it is, no, we don't know when the bigger one might come.

I do give Lucy and Kate credit for their patience. You knew they wanted to throttle the nth reporter who had just asked the same questions again.
 
2014-03-18 12:07:01 AM  

wildcardjack: Is this connected to the next big one? Yes. They're always connected. In fact, the leading indicator that an earthquake will occur is that an earthquake has occurred in the past.



This made me bust out laughing.  I'm slightly high though.


Tangentially related in respect to the obviousness CSB.

Tech:  What the trouble?
Customer:  It won't turn on.
Tech:  Yep, this is broke and you need to replace it.
Customer:   But it just worked yesterday!  I swear!
Tech:  And it doesn't work today which is why you called me.
Customer:   I can't believe this, it was working great too.
Tech:  But it isn't now which is why I'm here now.
 
2014-03-18 12:07:48 AM  
It's the '70s hysteria all over again.

snarkerati.com
 
2014-03-18 12:11:39 AM  

ladyfortuna: farkette716: move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...

I've heard there's a rather major fault-line between Rochester and Buffalo or something, plus they do get the occasional one in Canada, so thanks for reminding me of that since I just moved back to the area...


It's either nothing, or it's going to go New Madrid. You know, making everyone need new maps.
 
2014-03-18 12:14:50 AM  
Done in one. "Bring it." California needs some shaking up. I've been through a couple of the worst California quakes (well, most publicized ones). Woulda been killed if the Northridge quake had been on a Monday. I Imagined commuting to my job, right behind that policeman who was too late to stop as the road disappeared beneath him.

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. And I would hope smarter.

So yeah. Bring it on.
 
2014-03-18 12:17:06 AM  

farkette716: move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...


what? I'm in Southern Ontario and we get weak to mild earthquakes, severe thunderstorms & tornadoes,
Remnants of hurricanes and windstorms that are as strong as cat1 hurricanes, ice storms, lots of snow.

You make Buffalo sound relatively weather free but snow which is wrong.
 
2014-03-18 12:17:52 AM  
Here's a fun little thing. The bigass Pacific plate causing this, right? It's rotating counterclockwise. Now, as it tries to rotate, there are 4 main points holding it back. Japan, New Zealand, and Chile. Oh wait, that's three. What's #4? That would be California. 3 of those four places have had major, big time earthquakes in the last few years. Some multiple times, including a 7.0 in Chile just yesterday. California is the only one of those major nodes that has not experienced a very large quake in the last few years, which means the pressure is almost certainly building up. A medium size quake like today's may relieve the pressure a bit, or it may just unjam the fault line enough to allow a much larger quake soon.

Sleep well.
 
2014-03-18 12:21:44 AM  

wildcardjack: Is this connected to the next big one? Yes. They're always connected. In fact, the leading indicator that an earthquake will occur is that an earthquake has occurred in the past.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-18 12:22:23 AM  

cptjeff: Here's a fun little thing. The bigass Pacific plate causing this, right? It's rotating counterclockwise. Now, as it tries to rotate, there are 4 main points holding it back. Japan, New Zealand, and Chile. Oh wait, that's three. What's #4? That would be California. 3 of those four places have had major, big time earthquakes in the last few years. Some multiple times, including a 7.0 in Chile just yesterday. California is the only one of those major nodes that has not experienced a very large quake in the last few years, which means the pressure is almost certainly building up. A medium size quake like today's may relieve the pressure a bit, or it may just unjam the fault line enough to allow a much larger quake soon.

Sleep well.


Since I'm moving there in 2 weeks, I really want to punch you right now.

Guess I'll have to wait until the next Fark party though.
 
2014-03-18 12:26:18 AM  

wildcardjack: ladyfortuna: farkette716: move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...

I've heard there's a rather major fault-line between Rochester and Buffalo or something, plus they do get the occasional one in Canada, so thanks for reminding me of that since I just moved back to the area...

It's either nothing, or it's going to go New Madrid. You know, making everyone need new maps.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linden_Fault

I got curious. I kind of wish I hadn't, because I live fairly close to that in seismic terms (about a 30 min drive I think).

Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
 
2014-03-18 12:26:59 AM  

doyner: cptjeff: Here's a fun little thing. The bigass Pacific plate causing this, right? It's rotating counterclockwise. Now, as it tries to rotate, there are 4 main points holding it back. Japan, New Zealand, and Chile. Oh wait, that's three. What's #4? That would be California. 3 of those four places have had major, big time earthquakes in the last few years. Some multiple times, including a 7.0 in Chile just yesterday. California is the only one of those major nodes that has not experienced a very large quake in the last few years, which means the pressure is almost certainly building up. A medium size quake like today's may relieve the pressure a bit, or it may just unjam the fault line enough to allow a much larger quake soon.

Sleep well.

Since I'm moving there in 2 weeks, I really want to punch you right now.

Guess I'll have to wait until the next Fark party though.


DC has many faults, but fault lines aren't generally one of them. Except for that one time.
 
2014-03-18 12:31:41 AM  

cptjeff: Here's a fun little thing. The bigass Pacific plate causing this, right? It's rotating counterclockwise. Now, as it tries to rotate, there are 4 main points holding it back. Japan, New Zealand, and Chile. Oh wait, that's three. What's #4? That would be California. 3 of those four places have had major, big time earthquakes in the last few years. Some multiple times, including a 7.0 in Chile just yesterday. California is the only one of those major nodes that has not experienced a very large quake in the last few years, which means the pressure is almost certainly building up. A medium size quake like today's may relieve the pressure a bit, or it may just unjam the fault line enough to allow a much larger quake soon.

Sleep well.


I was just looking at the last 30 days of activity on usgs and thinking the same thing....
 
2014-03-18 12:34:32 AM  

cptjeff: Here's a fun little thing. The bigass Pacific plate causing this, right? It's rotating counterclockwise. Now, as it tries to rotate, there are 4 main points holding it back. Japan, New Zealand, and Chile. Oh wait, that's three. What's #4? That would be California. 3 of those four places have had major, big time earthquakes in the last few years. Some multiple times, including a 7.0 in Chile just yesterday. California is the only one of those major nodes that has not experienced a very large quake in the last few years, which means the pressure is almost certainly building up. A medium size quake like today's may relieve the pressure a bit, or it may just unjam the fault line enough to allow a much larger quake soon.

Sleep well.


A 4.4 does not relieve that level of pressure in any way.  A magnitude 8 releases about five thousand times as much energy.
 
2014-03-18 12:36:59 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-18 12:37:11 AM  

cptjeff: Here's a fun little thing. The bigass Pacific plate causing this, right? It's rotating counterclockwise. Now, as it tries to rotate, there are 4 main points holding it back. Japan, New Zealand, and Chile. Oh wait, that's three. What's #4? That would be California. 3 of those four places have had major, big time earthquakes in the last few years. Some multiple times, including a 7.0 in Chile just yesterday. California is the only one of those major nodes that has not experienced a very large quake in the last few years, which means the pressure is almost certainly building up. A medium size quake like today's may relieve the pressure a bit, or it may just unjam the fault line enough to allow a much larger quake soon.


It doesn't quite work that way. Japan had a big quake and may have shifted stress to another point nearby, but not on the other side of the Pacific plate. On the San Andreas, yes, it's shifting in a northwest direction. But the Japan quake was a subsidence fault, not a horizontal shift. It's not like the last earthquake transfers the stress along to the next point around the circle, eventually causing an identical rupture.  The stress transfer is usually localized. If the San Andreas were to go in L.A., it would have very little effect on when the next quake hits S.F.
 
2014-03-18 12:42:12 AM  

ladyfortuna: farkette716: move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...

I've heard there's a rather major fault-line between Rochester and Buffalo or something, plus they do get the occasional one in Canada, so thanks for reminding me of that since I just moved back to the area...


Here in Ontario our oldest nuclear plant,  pickering,  is built on a fault line.

It's built to withstand a 6.0 quake and we had a 5.5 in 2011.


/kaboom eh?
 
2014-03-18 12:42:30 AM  
I almost clicked the article... Finger near screen... Christian Science Moniter?! Oh hell no.
 
2014-03-18 12:50:49 AM  

Badgers:


You sir deserve a ticket on Malaysian airlines.

/Too soon?
 
2014-03-18 12:58:15 AM  

farkette716: move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...


On the flip side, you have to farkin' be in Buffalo.

Seriously, 20 or so years ago that place was an absolute shiat hole; gave Detroit some measure of competition. It get better since then?
 
2014-03-18 01:04:00 AM  

Dr.Zom: Quake woke me up. Couldn't get back to sleep. Finally did. Then overslept.

/oh the humanity


Whereas I slept right through it and then heard about in on NPR.

/live just east of Pasadena
 
2014-03-18 01:05:11 AM  
TFA in two words: "Eh... maybe?"

One of these days I think seismologists will understand this shiat well enough to start predicting a lot of the bigger quakes. I would love to have some "quake sirens" in LA. But I don't know how far off that day is.
 
2014-03-18 01:10:30 AM  

Dr.Zom: Quake woke me up. Couldn't get back to sleep. Finally did. Then overslept.


It woke me up, too, although I think I was half awake by the time it started. In that state, I had a "is this really happening?" moment for about half of it. It reminded me a lot of the Whittier quake, which was a 5.9 and also hit in the morning. I was surprised to see this one was below a 5.0. Makes me all that more concerned about what a really big quake in the 7+ range would be like. Whittier scared the hell out of me - as in we ran out of our house into the street screaming, which wasn't in our family earthquake preparedness plan. Really glad that I missed Northridge.
 
2014-03-18 01:17:01 AM  

Dr.Zom: Quake woke me up. Couldn't get back to sleep. Finally did. Then overslept.

/oh the humanity


guffaw. my dogs have same effect.
 
2014-03-18 01:17:26 AM  
It jolted me out of bed, and couldn't go back to sleep.

Then I read that the Northridge quake of 1994 was 900 times stronger. That puts things in truly terrifying perspective.
 
2014-03-18 01:22:56 AM  

wildcardjack: ladyfortuna: farkette716: move to buffalo, no quakes, no hurricanes or tornadoes, no large bugs just snow...

I've heard there's a rather major fault-line between Rochester and Buffalo or something, plus they do get the occasional one in Canada, so thanks for reminding me of that since I just moved back to the area...

It's either nothing, or it's going to go New Madrid. You know, making everyone need new maps.


East coasts gets quakes all the time.  Most are below a 3.0 so most people don't notice them or think they're a truck going by.  They happen frequently enough, and the faults along this side of the continent are old enough that the energy never gets the chance to build up.
 
2014-03-18 01:24:49 AM  
All is going according to plan . . .

i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-18 01:26:19 AM  
Nobody in California worries about these things, except hyperventilating newscasters and recent immigrants from Canadia and Kansas.
 
2014-03-18 01:29:07 AM  
All I know is that you can't tell the difference between an earthquake & the 5 in Burbank. I had no idea it happened until my gf called.
 
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