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(Popular Science)   The USGS releases map of the most hazardous earthquake zones in the US; sucks to be you, *entire* West Coast, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers confluence states, and....South Carolina?   (popsci.com) divider line 91
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2014-07-17 05:40:51 PM  
 
2014-07-17 06:12:20 PM  
I live in probably the only part of California that has nearly zero risk of a direct quake.
 
2014-07-17 07:33:34 PM  

make me some tea: I live in probably the only part of California that has nearly zero risk of a direct quake.


I don't think I'm likely to get one directly up here, either

/we're on the no-fault plan
 
2014-07-17 07:56:59 PM  
I'm a little surprised that the upper midwest has such little risk, considering there's an (ancient, but existing) rift that starts around michigan, arcs through lake superior, down across minnesota, clips part of iowa and then ends in kansas
 
2014-07-17 07:58:15 PM  
Bogus. I've been assured by numerous Fark Independents that this sort of modeling "science" is hokum.

Now if you'll excuse me I have some beachfront property I need to buy.
 
2014-07-17 07:58:23 PM  
I'm less than 100 miles from Reelfoot lake - it was formed by an earthquake. I'm aware of the risk.
 
2014-07-17 07:58:33 PM  
Yea, the 1886 charleston earthquake destroyed more of the city than the union army ever did. Felt as far north as Boston.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake
 
2014-07-17 07:58:57 PM  
So can we assume most giant river systems might have developed along fault lines? Imma lookin at you, Grand Canyon.
 
2014-07-17 07:59:23 PM  
East Tennessee is the safest place unless there's a breakout of the walking stupid.
 
2014-07-17 08:00:27 PM  
I don't worry about the earthquakes because I'm sure the local volcano will probably get me first.
 
2014-07-17 08:00:35 PM  
Should you learn to swim if you live in a landlocked state?
 
2014-07-17 08:03:49 PM  
My dad doesn't want me moving to the Washington or Oregon coasts because he believes a giant quake is coming and will destroy the coastlines.
 
2014-07-17 08:03:55 PM  

Tenga: East Tennessee is the safest place unless there's a breakout of the walking stupid.


Too late, then.
 
2014-07-17 08:05:39 PM  

USCLaw2010: Yea, the 1886 charleston earthquake destroyed more of the city than the union army ever did. Felt as far north as Boston.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake


And they say we're due for another one. Summerville nearby often gets minor ones.
 
2014-07-17 08:06:00 PM  

CornFedIowan: Tenga: East Tennessee is the safest place unless there's a breakout of the walking stupid.

Too late, then.


Unfortunately, yes. I mean have you seen what we send to Congress?
 
2014-07-17 08:06:55 PM  

loveblondieo: USCLaw2010: Yea, the 1886 charleston earthquake destroyed more of the city than the union army ever did. Felt as far north as Boston.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake

And they say we're due for another one. Summerville nearby often gets minor ones.


What you really gotta worry about is when they stop getting them.
 
2014-07-17 08:07:12 PM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: So can we assume most giant river systems might have developed along fault lines? Imma lookin at you, Grand Canyon.


I was a connoisseur of religious school before college, they would all have me believe it was solely the work of the river. An awful lot of christian "science" textbooks deny plate tectonics.
 
2014-07-17 08:10:07 PM  
I would really like to know how hard a New Madrid quake would hit us in Chicago.

/ Without finding out the hard way
 
2014-07-17 08:10:38 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: loveblondieo: USCLaw2010: Yea, the 1886 charleston earthquake destroyed more of the city than the union army ever did. Felt as far north as Boston.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake

And they say we're due for another one. Summerville nearby often gets minor ones.

What you really gotta worry about is when they stop getting them.


How so?
 
2014-07-17 08:11:01 PM  

make me some tea: I live in probably the only part of California that has nearly zero risk of a direct quake.

Lucky you. I live on loose soil and mudflats about 4 miles from the San Andreas. I could be quite screwed.
 
2014-07-17 08:12:15 PM  

abominare: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: So can we assume most giant river systems might have developed along fault lines? Imma lookin at you, Grand Canyon.

I was a connoisseur of religious school before college, they would all have me believe it was solely the work of the river. An awful lot of christian "science" textbooks deny plate tectonics.


...and creationists go a step further and say the Grand Canyon was formed in the Flood.
 
2014-07-17 08:12:35 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: I'm a little surprised that the upper midwest has such little risk, considering there's an (ancient, but existing) rift that starts around michigan, arcs through lake superior, down across minnesota, clips part of iowa and then ends in kansas


You mean from that one time that the north American plate started to split and it ended up laying down basalt across most of the middle of the US and Canada?

Yeah, that's the Canadian shield which is now one of the most geologically stable structures on the planet.  Whatever current under the crust that started that split stopped for whatever reason and the crust there is cold and deep now.
 
2014-07-17 08:14:30 PM  

loveblondieo: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: loveblondieo: USCLaw2010: Yea, the 1886 charleston earthquake destroyed more of the city than the union army ever did. Felt as far north as Boston.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake

And they say we're due for another one. Summerville nearby often gets minor ones.

What you really gotta worry about is when they stop getting them.

How so?


Earthquakes (at least the kind that result from fault movement) are the result of pressure being released as crust moves along other crust, "catches" and then "breaks" (general terminology) releasing that pressure and moving the crust along a fault line in some notable way, causing the tremor.

If the little earthquakes stop, this can mean that the pressure is building and not being released, but *will* be released in a much greater way once the event happens.
 
2014-07-17 08:14:35 PM  

loveblondieo: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: loveblondieo: USCLaw2010: Yea, the 1886 charleston earthquake destroyed more of the city than the union army ever did. Felt as far north as Boston.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake

And they say we're due for another one. Summerville nearby often gets minor ones.

What you really gotta worry about is when they stop getting them.

How so?


pressure build up, potential for a larger magnitude quake when the plates do shift.
 
2014-07-17 08:14:37 PM  
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Hold down F11 for a better view.
 
2014-07-17 08:14:58 PM  

ImpendingCynic: make me some tea: I live in probably the only part of California that has nearly zero risk of a direct quake.
Lucky you. I live on loose soil and mudflats about 4 miles from the San Andreas. I could be quite screwed.


Where the hell are you, Foster City?
 
2014-07-17 08:15:05 PM  
Oklahoma has been shaking like an epileptic at a strobe light store lately.
 
2014-07-17 08:15:26 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: loveblondieo: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: loveblondieo: USCLaw2010: Yea, the 1886 charleston earthquake destroyed more of the city than the union army ever did. Felt as far north as Boston.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake

And they say we're due for another one. Summerville nearby often gets minor ones.

What you really gotta worry about is when they stop getting them.

How so?

Earthquakes (at least the kind that result from fault movement) are the result of pressure being released as crust moves along other crust, "catches" and then "breaks" (general terminology) releasing that pressure and moving the crust along a fault line in some notable way, causing the tremor.

If the little earthquakes stop, this can mean that the pressure is building and not being released, but *will* be released in a much greater way once the event happens.


Ah, 10-4. I can understand that.
 
2014-07-17 08:15:56 PM  
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fusillade762: Bogus. I've been assured by numerous Fark Independents that this sort of modeling "science" is hokum.

Now if you'll excuse me I have some beachfront property I need to buy.


Even without quakes, it sucks to be South Carolina...so that part of the headline is legit, either way
 
2014-07-17 08:16:57 PM  

NightOwl2255: Oklahoma has been shaking like an epileptic at a strobe light store lately.


Frak Oklahoma!
 
2014-07-17 08:17:37 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: I'm a little surprised that the upper midwest has such little risk, considering there's an (ancient, but existing) rift that starts around michigan, arcs through lake superior, down across minnesota, clips part of iowa and then ends in kansas

You mean from that one time that the north American plate started to split and it ended up laying down basalt across most of the middle of the US and Canada?

Yeah, that's the Canadian shield which is now one of the most geologically stable structures on the planet.  Whatever current under the crust that started that split stopped for whatever reason and the crust there is cold and deep now.


Yeah but there's still noted microcontinents in that area that are active enough that MN gets earthquakes now and then.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/minnesota/history.php
http://earthquaketrack.com/p/united-states/minnesota/recent
 
2014-07-17 08:18:25 PM  

IlGreven: abominare: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: So can we assume most giant river systems might have developed along fault lines? Imma lookin at you, Grand Canyon.

I was a connoisseur of religious school before college, they would all have me believe it was solely the work of the river. An awful lot of christian "science" textbooks deny plate tectonics.

...and creationists go a step further and say the Grand Canyon was formed in the Flood.


When they meet we get Canopy Theory, that was quite the riot
 
2014-07-17 08:18:33 PM  

jaytkay: I would really like to know how hard a New Madrid quake would hit us in Chicago.

/ Without finding out the hard way


The 1968 earthquake (a 5.4) gives us a good indication. It'll be bad, but not as bad as Anchorage or LA.
 
2014-07-17 08:25:18 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: [cdn.btrcdn.com image 400x300]

Hold down F11 for a better view.


Hahaha. Nice.
 
2014-07-17 08:29:50 PM  
Yep. South Carolina. You should have paid more attention in school.
 
2014-07-17 08:30:43 PM  
I keep saying, California would be a great place to live if everything to the left of the San Andreas fault fell into the ocean.
 
2014-07-17 08:31:22 PM  

JosephFinn: jaytkay: I would really like to know how hard a New Madrid quake would hit us in Chicago.

/ Without finding out the hard way

The 1968 earthquake (a 5.4) gives us a good indication. It'll be bad, but not as bad as Anchorage or LA.


except buildings in Chicago aren't reinforced to withstand...well. much of anything. a 5.4 can't even remotely be compared to an 8+
 
2014-07-17 08:31:38 PM  
In Ga we get a 2.4 earthquake once or twice a decade.  Just fine for me.
 
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2014-07-17 08:31:45 PM  
In SLC, Utah ...waiting.....
 
2014-07-17 08:33:35 PM  

rev. dave: In Ga we get a 2.4 earthquake once or twice a decade.  Just fine for me.


2.4 isn't an earthquake, it's a truck passing by.
 
2014-07-17 08:34:12 PM  
I'm safe in Texas.
 
2014-07-17 08:53:52 PM  
"This is the first comprehensive map since the last one"

True dat.
 
2014-07-17 08:55:25 PM  
The San Andreas fault is right over the ridge to the East, Diablo Canyon to the Southwest and I work at an asylum, but the Firestone Brewery is just up the highway so it's all good.
 
2014-07-17 08:57:02 PM  
Just spent the day touring this area just outside of Yellowstone. 7.5 magnitude. impressive

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Hebgen_Lake_earthquake
 
2014-07-17 08:57:27 PM  
Most interesting to me is the fact that the USGS (and therefore, the US government) considers the life of a building to be just 50 years.  Hell, my house is 40 years old and still has plenty of life in it -- as it should at this age. If your buildings last only 50 years, you're doing something pretty major wrong.

/Apparently, my neighborhood has a 2% probability of a 0.2g quake within 50 years. Also eeenteresting.
 
2014-07-17 09:01:31 PM  

gweilo8888: Most interesting to me is the fact that the USGS (and therefore, the US government) considers the life of a building to be just 50 years.


Yes, it's interesting that you don't understand the meaning of the phrase "typical lifetime of a building ".
 
2014-07-17 09:01:58 PM  
You know... Everyone jokes about when the big one hits LA. But does anyone REALLY understand the full impact of that would be? All of America cries like mad when a single moderately famous person dies. What's gonna happen when like 69% of them die. And all the studios where most of the TV shows and movies are shot and produced are destroyed?

Not to mention the unbelievable economic impact.

Pfft.... Go ahead and keep joking. You will all be in for a shock.
 
2014-07-17 09:12:44 PM  

durbnpoisn: Everyone jokes about when the big one hits LA. But does anyone REALLY understand the full impact of that would be?


Hurricane Sandy and 9/11 in New York might be comparable.
 
2014-07-17 09:14:05 PM  
What loveblondieo said about Summerville, SC. When I had the misfortune of living there I came home to a professor and five grad students placing sensors in my yard (the wife gave permission). Apparently they thought that the end of a fault line was under my yard (huge multi-acre yard).
 
2014-07-17 09:17:04 PM  

TheOther: .fusillade762: Bogus. I've been assured by numerous Fark Independents that this sort of modeling "science" is hokum.

Now if you'll excuse me I have some beachfront property I need to buy.

Even without quakes, it sucks to be South Carolina...so that part of the headline is legit, either way


the touristy parts of Charlston are nice.. the rest of the state can go fark itself though
 
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