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(USGS)   Huge earthquake strikes in a spot most English speakers don't care about   (earthquake.usgs.gov ) divider line
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2014-04-19 12:06:36 PM  
3 votes:
It might be me, but things seem to be heating up in Earthquakeville recently.
2014-04-19 11:53:08 AM  
2 votes:
Panguna...interesting place. In the 70s they found copper, and opened up the largest copper mine in the world.  Francis Ona was displeased that they were trashing the island and siphoning all of the proceeds out of the country, he formed a landowner's association to try to rectify things.  That didn't work, of course, so he found an old WW2 sword in the jungle and said "fark you all".  They sent in the police, but that didn't work.  So they sent in the army, but that didn't work either. So then the prime minister hired international mercenaries.  But he got in Big Trouble for that stunt.  At some point, with the mine shuttered and Francis controlling the entire island, he proclaimed victory and set himself up as king.

He immediately died of Malaria, of course.
2014-04-19 04:20:43 PM  
1 vote:

Danger Avoid Death: northguineahills: de_Selby: That's the place that ate Michael Rockefeller. Literally.

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Technically it was across the border in what is now Indonesia's West Papua/Irian Jaya (Netherlands New Guinea at the time), but it's the island and same myriad of tribal Melanesians.

Is that where melanin comes from?


Pretty much.  The Melanesians are darker than other Pacific Islanders (Micronesians and Polynesians) and in fact the Northern Solomons (such as Bougainville, where this earthquake occurred) are home to the darkest Melanesians.  In fact, the Tok Pisin word for "dark skinned person" is "Buka" which is the name of a Northern Solomons island near Bougainville.
2014-04-19 02:25:15 PM  
1 vote:

nekom: A 7.5 isn't huge.  It is by no means small, but I wouldn't call it huge.


You know how I can tell you've never been in an earthquake?

/Californian here
2014-04-19 02:13:55 PM  
1 vote:

brimed03: So this is what it has come to.

In some Farkers' desperation for greenlights, we're now camping the USGS website and submitting context-free earthquake data. No information about affected people or structures, tidal waves, anything relevant. And Subby gets rewarded again when subsequent (actual) articles have to use the Followup tag.

Never has "It's not news" been such an appropriate motto.


Show me on this doll where the USGS touched you.
2014-04-19 01:23:06 PM  
1 vote:
One of my Uncles died freeing that island May 28th, 1944 at the Battle of Lone Tree Hill.
2014-04-19 01:22:28 PM  
1 vote:

whither_apophis: make me some tea: Papua New Guinea is in the region where the Indo-Australian Plate collides with the Western Pacific Plate, and essentially in an intersection of the Indo-Australian, Phillippine, and Eurasian Plates. It's ocean crust that's been forced up to 16,000ft above sea level from tectonic forces.

Eventually all of that area will be dry land.

Dry land is a myth.


Dry land denier!
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2014-04-19 12:47:21 PM  
1 vote:

northguineahills: FunkOut: Papua New Guinea is a pretty fascinating place. Do a GIS for  Papua New Guinea hornbill. Those are some bizarro birds.

And most of the birds of paradise can be found there as well.


And crazy giant pigeons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowned_pigeon
2014-04-19 12:35:00 PM  
1 vote:

Ivo Shandor: zimbomba63: It might be me, but things seem to be heating up in Earthquakeville recently.

I get notification emails from the USGS for 7.0+ quakes. This is the 7th this month, and the 2nd from this location.


I use the RSOE-EDIS website.  It has everything, hailstorms, major vehicular accidents, volcanoes, objects approaching  near Earth, you name it.
2014-04-19 12:31:58 PM  
1 vote:

FunkOut: Papua New Guinea is a pretty fascinating place. Do a GIS for  Papua New Guinea hornbill. Those are some bizarro birds.


They are super crazy when they fly.  Their wings make this really loud "whooshing" sound, and then when they glide it sounds like a buzz saw.
2014-04-19 12:29:57 PM  
1 vote:

Hollie Maea: Panguna...interesting place. In the 70s they found copper, and opened up the largest copper mine in the world.  Francis Ona was displeased that they were trashing the island and siphoning all of the proceeds out of the country, he formed a landowner's association to try to rectify things.  That didn't work, of course, so he found an old WW2 sword in the jungle and said "fark you all".  They sent in the police, but that didn't work.  So they sent in the army, but that didn't work either. So then the prime minister hired international mercenaries.  But he got in Big Trouble for that stunt.  At some point, with the mine shuttered and Francis controlling the entire island, he proclaimed victory and set himself up as king.

He immediately died of Malaria, of course.


That read like a Terry Pratchet intro.
2014-04-19 12:17:59 PM  
1 vote:

Gecko Gingrich: France?


Detroit.

Beer with that popcorn?
2014-04-19 12:17:16 PM  
1 vote:
Detroit?
2014-04-19 12:15:10 PM  
1 vote:

zimbomba63: It might be me, but things seem to be heating up in Earthquakeville recently.


I get notification emails from the USGS for 7.0+ quakes. This is the 7th this month, and the 2nd from this location.
2014-04-19 12:14:17 PM  
1 vote:

zimbomba63: It might be me, but things seem to be heating up in Earthquakeville recently.


I've noticed that as well but I think it's just a media thing. Usually we only hear about them when there's a lot of damage or cattail l casualties.
2014-04-19 12:13:47 PM  
1 vote:
Hai guys!  What's going on in this thread?
2014-04-19 12:11:19 PM  
1 vote:
Palestinian territories?
2014-04-19 12:11:05 PM  
1 vote:
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Papua?
2014-04-19 12:02:21 PM  
1 vote:

mikemoto: New Guinea has 3 official languages, one of which is...English.  http://www.translationdirectory.com/articles/article1648.php


The vast majority of people do not speak English.  It's the official language because it is a former British/Australian colony.  Tok Pisin is really the language of the land.  Motu is official because a lot of people near the Capital speak it.
2014-04-19 12:01:59 PM  
1 vote:

Gecko Gingrich: France?


California?
2014-04-19 11:58:54 AM  
1 vote:
Papua New Guinea is in the region where the Indo-Australian Plate collides with the Western Pacific Plate, and essentially in an intersection of the Indo-Australian, Phillippine, and Eurasian Plates. It's ocean crust that's been forced up to 16,000ft above sea level from tectonic forces.

Eventually all of that area will be dry land.
 
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