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Earthquake - 3.0 M - SOUTH DAKOTA
USGS ^ | 1/16/12 | USGS

Posted on 01/16/2012 6:57:51 AM PST by Keith in Iowa

3.0 M - SOUTH DAKOTA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 3.0 M
Date-Time
  • 16 Jan 2012 13:41:10 UTC
  • 16 Jan 2012 06:41:10 near epicenter
  • 16 Jan 2012 07:41:10 standard time in your timezone
Location 43.446N 103.051W
Depth 5 km
Distances
  • 22 km (14 miles) ESE (104 degrees) of Buffalo Gap, SD
  • 30 km (18 miles) SSE (154 degrees) of Fairburn, SD
  • 33 km (20 miles) NNE (27 degrees) of Oelrichs, SD
  • 362 km (225 miles) NNE (27 degrees) of Fort Collins, CO
  • 443 km (275 miles) NNE (20 degrees) of Denver, CO
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.5 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 9; Dmin = 109.2 km; Rmss = 1.21 seconds; Gp = 151°
M-type = M; Version = 7
Event ID US 2012vva8

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: earthquake; quake; teotwawki; usearthquake
Yeah, I know - you Left Coasters are going to whine about it being only 3.0 - but this is in S. Dakota - where 3.0 is newsworthy.
1 posted on 01/16/2012 6:57:52 AM PST by Keith in Iowa
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To: Keith in Iowa

All the anti-fracking nut cases will go wild with speculation on this.


2 posted on 01/16/2012 6:59:55 AM PST by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Caused by fracking!


3 posted on 01/16/2012 7:00:10 AM PST by frithguild (Restricting access to capital - Liberalism: The sharpest tool of big business.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

3.0?

How does anyone even know?


4 posted on 01/16/2012 7:01:11 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Keith in Iowa

Probably caused by fracing a well in South Texas.


5 posted on 01/16/2012 7:01:28 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Keith in Iowa

This will give the anti fracking groups a big stick...........


6 posted on 01/16/2012 7:01:51 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Since half the state is flooded, I’d watch for a tsunami warning...


7 posted on 01/16/2012 7:04:13 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

>>>How does anyone even know?

The USGS has these devices called seismographs that are able to detect earthquakes to enable them to report when they occur.

Brought to you by Captain Obvious....


8 posted on 01/16/2012 7:05:22 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I’ve done a lot of driving between Aberdeen and Britton, not to mention the puddle jumper flight from Aberdeen to Minneapolis. The amount of flooding the last 14 years is impressive. In the bad way.


9 posted on 01/16/2012 7:05:41 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Keith in Iowa; Cringing Negativism Network

—The USGS has these devices called seismographs that are able to detect earthquakes to enable them to report when they occur.—

Yeah, but without those, nobody would have known. ;)


10 posted on 01/16/2012 7:06:57 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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11 posted on 01/16/2012 7:07:30 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: cuban leaf

>>>Since half the state is flooded, I’d watch for a tsunami warning...

Since a lot of the flooding has receded, it might be that this quake was a result of the stress of the weight of all that water being gone, and the land underneath springing back... just a theory.


12 posted on 01/16/2012 7:07:42 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Keith in Iowa

isnt an earthquake in SD a bit unusual ???


13 posted on 01/16/2012 7:09:54 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Keith in Iowa

Most earthquake maps don’t even show quakes this small.

It was sarcasm on my part, but only just.

Remember the magnitude scale is based on numerical orders of magintude.

A 3 for example is ten times as strong as a 2.

That means, working backward that a magnitude 3 “earthquake” is fully 1,000 times weaker than a 6, which is pretty much an earthquake.

5 is enough to get one’s attention, and stop everyone to turn on the radio or find a USGS map.

4, is already now 100 times weaker than the 6, and probably won’t even be felt unless you happen to be right above it.

3 is so small really - nobody would know if it wasn’t measured like that. Seriously it’s insignificant.


14 posted on 01/16/2012 7:10:59 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
3.0? How does anyone even know?

The Mayans know.

15 posted on 01/16/2012 7:13:22 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

>>>isnt an earthquake in SD a bit unusual ???

Compared to California, yes.


16 posted on 01/16/2012 7:13:40 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Keith in Iowa

—Since a lot of the flooding has receded, it might be that this quake was a result of the stress of the weight of all that water being gone, and the land underneath springing back... just a theory.—

Did it make a “boing” sound? :)

One of my friends lost several thousands of acres of land to flooding. I did not know it was finally receding. That’s really good news.


17 posted on 01/16/2012 7:17:18 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Those are daily occurances for us here, but in SD? hmmmm once in a while.


18 posted on 01/16/2012 7:17:22 AM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Keith in Iowa

the Russians gave it a 2.7


19 posted on 01/16/2012 7:19:19 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Probably not. It’s located south of the Badlands in the middle of nowhere, but is next to Wyoming, home of Yellowstone, aka the caldera where earthquake rumbling occurs 24/7.


20 posted on 01/16/2012 7:21:43 AM PST by MachIV
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To: Keith in Iowa

Sorry my post sounded condescending.

It just struck me first thing, this would be something liberals would eagerly use to block drilling, and my first reaction was to point out it’s not a big thing.

Sorry it ended up sounding like I might be calling your post insignificant. Unfortunate choice of words on my part.

:D

Mea culpa.


21 posted on 01/16/2012 7:24:05 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Keith in Iowa
I doubt that fracking causes earthquakes. I see that theory as more arrogance on the part of man. "When we move water around, the very earth shakes at our feet! We are powerful!"

But, let's just suppose that for a moment that fracking does cause earthquakes. 3.0? Who cares? I suspect that we could have 3.0 earthquakes on a daily basis and suffer no ill effects. Such a small price to pay for home-grown energy.

Now, if we were being hit by a rash of 9.0 earthquakes, I might say that we need an investigation into fracking before we suffer serious loss of life. But that isn't happening.

22 posted on 01/16/2012 7:28:06 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: frithguild
"Caused by fracking!"

Then they should 'frack' DC til the earth opens up and swallows it! FrackUBO!

23 posted on 01/16/2012 7:29:05 AM PST by AnTiw1
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To: musicman

How is Mt. Rushmore?


24 posted on 01/16/2012 7:47:58 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I’m guessing from the distances this was either out in the Black Hills or Badlands.

I grew up in CA right on the faultline and don’t notice anything under 4.5.


25 posted on 01/16/2012 8:00:36 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: al baby

“the Russians gave it a 2.7”

LOL...well played!


26 posted on 01/16/2012 8:10:36 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I hope it didn’t knock all the knick-knacks off the shelves at Wall Drug.


27 posted on 01/16/2012 8:13:19 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: Keith in Iowa; ErnBatavia
Whew, had me worried for a moment. Looks like the boys are still intact.


28 posted on 01/16/2012 8:19:54 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Keith in Iowa

A 3.0?? Okay, who farted.....


29 posted on 01/16/2012 8:26:12 AM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: Utah Binger
I-90 will be closed tomorrow across South Dakota. They are hauling a 200-ton lump of coal so they can add Obama to Mount Rushmore. They couldn’t find a 200-ton piece of sh*t that would stick. Photobucket
30 posted on 01/16/2012 9:30:59 AM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: BubbaJunebug; Elsie; reaganaut

Good one! LOL. Elsie of Indiana will love this as will reaganaut.


31 posted on 01/16/2012 9:57:02 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Utah Binger; BubbaJunebug; Elsie

I was at a small county fair talent show and church service in SD with my aunt and uncle and someone told a similar joke. Interestingly enough they apologized in advance to any Democrats in the audience (there was 1 btw), no apologies for what may be considered racism, but they didn’t want to offend the ONE Democrat out of about 200 people there.


32 posted on 01/16/2012 10:14:59 AM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I'm the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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To: BubbaJunebug
Okay, I googled *hauling a 200-ton lump of coal* to find the story of the move and instead got 351K hits for “To add Obama to Mount Rushmore”.
33 posted on 01/16/2012 10:18:57 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Tennessee Nana

Not really, this one is located on the southern margin of the black hills where I’d expect to see one.


34 posted on 01/16/2012 10:20:25 AM PST by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: frithguild
Caused by fracking!

Please!

No MORMON curses as children may be reading this!

35 posted on 01/16/2012 10:52:05 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
How is Mt. Rushmore?

Not bad in the Spring or Fall; but the winters can be brutal and the summers VERY scorching!

36 posted on 01/16/2012 10:55:44 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Utah Binger

You disrespect our Dear Leader.

I will now go nuclear on you!


37 posted on 01/16/2012 10:57:20 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie; BubbaJunebug

Whoa! Are you forgetting your own approach to reports. I’m only reporting/quoting the source, BubbaJunebug. I did not disrespect the dumb bastard that you have now called “Dear Leader”. LOL


38 posted on 01/16/2012 11:06:07 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Elsie
I will now go nu-cu-lar on you!

There! Fixed it for you.

39 posted on 01/16/2012 11:10:43 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Godzilla

Take me back to the Black hills
The Black Hills of Dakota


40 posted on 01/16/2012 12:36:56 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Utah Binger

OOOooooh!

Did the earth move for you, too?


41 posted on 01/16/2012 2:56:05 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; All
"A 3 for example is ten times as strong as a 2."

Not an uncommon misunderstanding. The magnitude scale is really comparing amplitudes of waves on a seismogram, not the strength or energy of the quakes.

So, a magnitude 3.0 is 10 times bigger than a 2.0 earthquake as measured on seismograms, but the 3.0 quake is about 31.6 times stronger than the 2.0.

Since it is really the energy or strength that knocks down buildings, this is really the more important comparison.

42 posted on 01/16/2012 3:16:08 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (We're surrounded by the enemy ... that simplifies getting to them and destroying them.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Need to go further west to the Rocky Mountains :)


43 posted on 01/17/2012 9:54:03 AM PST by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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