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(ABC News)   Earthquakes prompt fears over the Ring of Fire, causing people to I'm not even going to finish this thought because you're singing the Johnny Cash song in your head   ( divider line
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2014-04-02 08:12:58 PM  
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bingethinker: All three planets are too far away to cause earthquakes. The moon has a greater pull on Earth than any of those, and I don't see anyone blaming the moon for earthquakes.

Actually, if you check back in the historical record you will find that the vast majority of large earthquakes happened within 2 weeks of a new or full moon.
2014-04-02 05:51:10 PM  
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I ate a bowl of chilli with Dave's Scorpion Pepper sauce for lunch. So I too am worried about earthquakes and a ring of fire.
2014-04-02 06:32:21 PM  
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divgradcurl: CanuckInCA: Important part,

The magnitude of an earthquake is related to the length of the fault on which it occurs -- the longer the fault, the larger the earthquake. The San Andreas Fault is only 800 miles long. To generate an earthquake of 10.5 magnitude would require the rupture of a fault that is many times the length of the San Andreas Fault. No fault long enough to generate a magnitude 10.5 earthquake is known to exist.

Daedalus27: It is self limiting as the higher magnitudes become impossible as there isn't a continuous fault fracture of sufficient length to generate such a quake (at least based upon the present understanding of earthquakes). I think something like a 12.0 would require a quake from Seattle, all the way down the Juan de Fuca plate joining the San Andreas and then running down the length of California to the Mexican border. I don't know that it is possible given the way the faults line up and whether they could propagate all the way down but If that would somehow happen, the West coast, Hawaii, coastal Alaska and even the east coast of Asia would be devastated.

okay, but why does length play such an important part? if it is all just a matter of coefficients of static and dynamic friction, and how much energy is bound up in the plates pushing against one another, couldn't equal magnitude quakes happen from 2 different sized faults?

i imagine it to be like rubberbands. the distance i can get it to fly isn't based on how long the band is, but more on its elasticity and how much energy i can get into the spring.

/completely unscientific comparison
//just asking questions

I'm not a scientist or even someone who understands 1st grade science but I imagine is that it's because my dad is really strong and can hold the ground in place and beat up the earthquake.
2014-04-02 06:25:26 PM  
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2014-04-02 06:00:43 PM  
1 vote:
Does this mean that California will FINALLY fall into the ocean?  I usually spend a day or two during my summer break to go out there and jump on the San Andreas in an attempt to make it happen faster.
2014-04-02 05:52:10 PM  
1 vote:
Still would have been the greatest Preparation H commercial ever.
2014-04-02 05:49:22 PM  
1 vote:

gopher321: But when does the oil hit the anus fault line?

what did one tectonic plate say to the other?
It wasn't my fault.

/all weak
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