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Big quake question: Is nature out of control?
MSNBC ^ | February 27, 2010 | Livescience.com via MSNBC

Posted on 02/27/2010 11:59:17 AM PST by americanophile

Chile is on a hotspot of sorts for earthquake activity. And so the 8.8-magnitude temblor that shook the region overnight was not a surprise, historically speaking. Nor was it outside the realm of normal, scientists say, even though it comes on the heels of other major earthquakes.

One scientist, however, says that relative to the time period from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, Earth has been more active over the past 15 years or so.

The Chilean earthquake, and the tsunami it spawned, originated on a hot spot known as a subduction zone, where one plate of Earth's crust dives under another. It's part of the active "Ring of Fire," a zone of major crustal plate clashes that surround the Pacific Ocean.

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"From our human perspective with our relatively short and incomplete memories and better and better communications around the world, we hear about more earthquakes and it seems like they are more frequent," Arrowsmith said. "But this is probably not any indication of a global change in earthquake rate of significance."

Funny, they don't apply this logic to 'global warming.'

1 posted on 02/27/2010 11:59:18 AM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

And just who is going to control nature?

Buck Ofama?


2 posted on 02/27/2010 12:01:04 PM PST by Howie66 (The one redeeming thing about liberals: their tendency to kill their own.)
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To: americanophile

Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.


3 posted on 02/27/2010 12:01:20 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (We're all heading toward red revolution - we just disagree on which type of Red we want.)
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To: americanophile
We must reduce our carbon footprint...it’s wieghing down the plates causing earthquakes....

Beware of the ManBearPig!!!

4 posted on 02/27/2010 12:01:35 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: americanophile

Should nature ever get “out of control”, no one’s going to be left to sit around and chit-chat about it.


5 posted on 02/27/2010 12:02:16 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: americanophile

See, my first thought was, “Hey, Al Gore! Quit moving around so much, yer causing earthquakes!!!”

Like he listens to me...

/sarc


6 posted on 02/27/2010 12:02:33 PM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: americanophile

Uhmmm...”nature” is always out of control.

What’s different is cell phones, 24/7 cable, twitter, facebook etc.


7 posted on 02/27/2010 12:02:59 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat veteran)
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To: americanophile

Plate tectonics rules the surface of the earth, it’s eveidence of a tortured surface and continental drift is visable all around us.

We float on the froth of our planet.

But people love to freak out and think it means something ominous. It means build stuff better generally.


8 posted on 02/27/2010 12:02:59 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: americanophile

Is this a lead in to the global warming thingie?


9 posted on 02/27/2010 12:03:13 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: americanophile

Anyone with half a brain can see that EQ activity has increased dramatically since Barff O’bummer has been elected...


10 posted on 02/27/2010 12:04:42 PM PST by tubebender
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To: americanophile
Physics ALWAYS wins...

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

11 posted on 02/27/2010 12:04:58 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: americanophile

Mother Nature has the shakes. Give her a drink or a joint.

And don’t forget, it’s Bush’s fault.


12 posted on 02/27/2010 12:05:14 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: americanophile
Yes all of nature is out of control! All democrats and left leaing people should IMMEDIATELY send all of their money to me, before it is TOO Late!
13 posted on 02/27/2010 12:05:30 PM PST by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: americanophile

What is Algore and his band of warmers going to do about this!? Don’t they have a plan to stop these earthquakes? How about banning body slams by the WWF! Something must be done or, WE’RE ALL DOOMED!


14 posted on 02/27/2010 12:05:43 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Suitcase Jake" RIP 02-25-10. You were one of a kind good buddy!)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
It means build stuff better generally.

LOL
15 posted on 02/27/2010 12:05:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin!)
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To: americanophile

If man could control nature it would have been destroyed long ago.


16 posted on 02/27/2010 12:05:54 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Howie66

Mankind never was in control of nature.

We are just along for the ride, and most of the time we are just barely hanging on for dear life.

Which has made us one of the most adaptable creatures on the face of this planet. Nothing like a little dread and adrenalin to sharpen the senses.


17 posted on 02/27/2010 12:06:10 PM PST by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Birth pangs....look up!


18 posted on 02/27/2010 12:06:33 PM PST by FES0844
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To: Names Ash Housewares
We float on the froth of our planet.

Chunks of loose pie crust on a bubbling molten filling.

19 posted on 02/27/2010 12:07:18 PM PST by thecodont
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To: ClearCase_guy

Thanks, ClearCase_guy, for stating the Biblical reference to Matthews 24:7.


20 posted on 02/27/2010 12:07:44 PM PST by Buddygirl
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To: alloysteel

You are preaching to the choir, my friend.

My post was slightly on the tongue in cheek, side. :)


21 posted on 02/27/2010 12:08:13 PM PST by Howie66 (The one redeeming thing about liberals: their tendency to kill their own.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Matthew 24:7

Comforting to know that nothing is out of control!!

Expected as per plan!


22 posted on 02/27/2010 12:08:25 PM PST by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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To: americanophile

Aw, another successful test by the Navy of Halliburton’s new earthquake machine.

You may have seen the results of the Navy’s first test on Haiti.


23 posted on 02/27/2010 12:11:14 PM PST by CapnJack
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Fossil fish capital of the world? Kemmerer, Wyoming


24 posted on 02/27/2010 12:11:37 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: americanophile
“One scientist, however, says that relative to the time period from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, Earth has been more active over the past 15 years or so.”

That is a 20 year span of time - hardly enough to make any valid analysis.

But for the record: Nature is never out of control - human beings are always out of control - especially activist scientists.

25 posted on 02/27/2010 12:11:55 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: americanophile

It’s clearly global warming.

What we need to do is increase the regulatory and taxation powers of the us federal government as well as the general authority and income of the United nations, then we will be fine.


26 posted on 02/27/2010 12:12:53 PM PST by chris37
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To: FES0844
Birth pangs....look up!

Yes, 'Our Deliverer' is coming!
27 posted on 02/27/2010 12:14:06 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: BunnySlippers
Childhood obesity is the most likely cause of increasing EQ activity.
28 posted on 02/27/2010 12:14:23 PM PST by Ken H
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To: americanophile

“Is nature out of control?” —that is a question sooo stupid only an intellectual or a broadcaster would ask it.

Or more precisely, a broadcaster gradually being eliminated to NOTHINGNESS.

Nature was NEVER under the control of man —NEVER. Remember when Time magazine had that cover, “Are girls and boys different FROM BIRTH..?”

It constantly amazes me, the things that amaze the US Legacy Media.

IDIOTS.


29 posted on 02/27/2010 12:15:11 PM PST by TokuMei
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To: ClearCase_guy
“Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

I suspect you can find such going on in every time period since the beginning of time. God's time is not our time and His ways are not our ways.

30 posted on 02/27/2010 12:17:02 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Howie66

Global Cooling is causing the contraction of the Earths core. Our only hope is to bring back the GTO and Road Runner. We must increase our output of CO2 and burn more fossil fuel in order to avoid total Catastrophe. Muscle cars might be the only thing that can save the Planet from exploding. Beep Beep!


31 posted on 02/27/2010 12:17:02 PM PST by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
I take it you don't live anywhere near the “ring of fire”.

An 8.8 earthquake is nearly 100 times as powerful as the 7.0 quake that hit Haiti.

Most of the devastation in Haiti can be attributed to poor building practices (I've said as much on FR several times). However, there's a point when even the best built structures lose to the forces of nature — 8.8 is close to that point.

32 posted on 02/27/2010 12:17:05 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: americanophile

It’s the nefarious Dick Cheney Halliburton Earthquake Machine.


33 posted on 02/27/2010 12:17:53 PM PST by Zeddicus
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To: americanophile

when was nature ever IN control?


34 posted on 02/27/2010 12:19:45 PM PST by Talons of Freedom
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To: screaminsunshine

You are right on the money!

First though, we need to get Buck Ofama and his UAW goons OUT of our Automotive Industry......and our country, for that matter.


35 posted on 02/27/2010 12:20:15 PM PST by Howie66 (The one redeeming thing about liberals: their tendency to kill their own.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

hurricanes too?


36 posted on 02/27/2010 12:20:44 PM PST by Talons of Freedom
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Re: Is nature out of control?

Was nature ever really IN control?????

Who writes this drivel?


37 posted on 02/27/2010 12:22:28 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: americanophile

First thing I thought when I read the title.

Nature has been nature from the beginning, we have evidence of its power from Ice Ages to Krakatoa, back to warming. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, snow, rain, unbearable cold, unbearable hot, man didn’t cause it and man can’t fix it.


38 posted on 02/27/2010 12:22:50 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: americanophile

Whose control? It’s sure not out of God’s control.


39 posted on 02/27/2010 12:25:25 PM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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Too much oil being taken out of the earth thus leaving gigantic vaults of nothingness. Something has to fill them up and its probably the shifting sands resulting in the the shifting of major land masses.........

No brainer! Stop the drilling and pumping and we'll stop the quakes.........

40 posted on 02/27/2010 12:27:13 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (My boomerang won't come back)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

It is true that Obama actually renamed the tectonic plates under Haiti - BUSH’S FAULT?


41 posted on 02/27/2010 12:27:40 PM PST by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: americanophile

“Out of control?” That’s the dumbest question I’ve heard this month! When was nature “in control?”


42 posted on 02/27/2010 12:28:04 PM PST by ElenaM
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To: americanophile

Atlas Farted!

43 posted on 02/27/2010 12:29:37 PM PST by Young Werther (wtih)
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To: Ken H

Girth Quake?


44 posted on 02/27/2010 12:30:16 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Live Science already weighed in on this in 2007, maybe this is chapter two:

http://www.livescience.com/environment/070830_gw_quakes.html


45 posted on 02/27/2010 12:30:26 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Please tell me you forgot the /sarc.


46 posted on 02/27/2010 12:30:48 PM PST by ElenaM
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To: thecodont

Bubbling peach pie filling! My fav!


47 posted on 02/27/2010 12:31:46 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers
Excellent!
48 posted on 02/27/2010 12:32:10 PM PST by Ken H
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To: americanophile

I’m waiting for some nitwit to suggest that this is Mother Gaia punishing Chile for electing a conservative president.


49 posted on 02/27/2010 12:32:51 PM PST by hifidelity
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To: Theo
Whose control? It’s sure not out of God’s control.

Tim Pawlenty: "...God's in charge. God is in charge...

Sarah Palin: "...America's spirit to rise again by not being afraid to kind of go back to some of our roots as a God fearing nation..."

That sums it all up quite aptly.

50 posted on 02/27/2010 12:33:52 PM PST by re_nortex
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