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(LA) Quakes Are Increasing, But Scientists Aren't Sure What It Means
LA Times ^ | Rong-Gong Lin II

Posted on 06/03/2014 10:04:13 AM PDT by blam

Rong-Gong Lin II
June 2, 2014, 7:42 PM

No, it's not your imagination: The Los Angeles area is feeling more earthquakes this year..

After a relatively quiet period of seismic activity in the Los Angeles area, the last five months have been marked by five earthquakes larger than 4.0. That hasn't occurred since 1994, the year of the destructive Northridge earthquake that produced 53 such temblors.

Over the next two decades, there were some years that passed without a single quake 4.0 or greater.

Earthquake experts said 2014 is clearly a year of increased seismic activity, but they said it's hard to know whether the recent string of quakes suggests that a larger one is on the way.

"Probably this will be it, and there won't be any more 4s. But the chance we will have a bigger earthquake this year is more than if we hadn't had this cluster," U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said. "Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely."

Quakes in the magnitude 4 range are large enough to be felt over wide areas but generally too small to cause much damage. The largest this year was a magnitude 5.1 in La Habra, which caused several million dollars in damage. Others hit Fontana and Rowland Heights.

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(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthquakes; losamgeles; predictions
My son lives in Sierra Madre.
1 posted on 06/03/2014 10:04:13 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I hope he lives on the good side of the fault.... he might have beachfront property soon...


2 posted on 06/03/2014 10:06:56 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: blam

Bush’s fault.

(get it?)


3 posted on 06/03/2014 10:08:31 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: blam

Even “Holy Mother Gaia” can’t stand Messican Illegal aliens - and she’s getting ready to shake ‘em off.

;-)


4 posted on 06/03/2014 10:10:52 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: blam

What it means is that all those illegals are going to cause California to tip over.


5 posted on 06/03/2014 10:11:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

The Hank Johnson School of Geophysics. lol.


6 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:36 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: GeronL

A 5.7 hit Rio Linda recently, causing millions of dollars worth of improvements.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 10:23:43 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: cripplecreek
"What it means is that all those illegals are going to cause California to tip over."

You've been talking to congressman Hank Johnson again, haven't you?

8 posted on 06/03/2014 10:25:14 AM PDT by blam
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To: cripplecreek

Better Kali at this point, rather than Guam.


9 posted on 06/03/2014 10:25:17 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

“The science is clear. We have a consensus.” i.e. They don’t have a clue.


10 posted on 06/03/2014 10:26:33 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: gorush

lolz


11 posted on 06/03/2014 10:27:43 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: blam
(LA) Quakes Are Increasing, But Scientists Aren't Sure What It Means

I can help. It means that pressure is building along the several fault lines deep in the earth where techtonic plates plates come together and are violently scraping past each other in different directions. Based on what we know about the geological behavior of our earths crust, the mapping of these fault lines and the history of the region, we can expect small and medium earthquakes on a fairly regular basis and 6.0+ every 10 to 20 years between Mexico and Northern CA.

...now I'll go read the article to see if I learn any more. Sorry, I couldn't help but point out how bad the title was.

12 posted on 06/03/2014 10:33:14 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Tagline deleted at the request of an offended FReeper.)
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To: GeronL

The Pacific Plate is rising. After the next big one on the San Andreas it could move as high as ten feet up and fifteen feet north.

This is the USGS shake intensity simulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikZDBhP_inI


13 posted on 06/03/2014 10:38:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Kalipornia needs a good shaking


14 posted on 06/03/2014 10:39:42 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: blam

Like hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and the devastating forest fires out west, it’s all because of global warming, and we have to do something immediately or we are all going to die slow painful deaths in wars of destruction over the lack of food.


15 posted on 06/03/2014 10:41:32 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: blam

Have ya’ll been fracking again?


16 posted on 06/03/2014 10:42:55 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: rktman

They will have to set up a complex multi-variable model with synthetic inputs and change all factors several times based on new theories before they can claim the science is”settled”.


17 posted on 06/03/2014 10:45:58 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: girlangler

Looking for the sarcasm tag...


18 posted on 06/03/2014 10:47:20 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier

Good thing you said that. Now it’s “perfectly clear. If you like your earthquakes, you can keep your earthquakes. Period.” :>}


19 posted on 06/03/2014 10:48:18 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: GeronL

Please pray for us when it happens. A lot of FReepers won’t be posting for a while afterwards.


20 posted on 06/03/2014 10:50:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: rktman

Actually, seismology is fairly good physics. Unfortunately, the deeper earth is unavailable to direct sampling, so the best one can do is derive statistical models based on reflections and refractions of the interior.

Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 10:53:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: BenLurkin

“As God as my witness, I thought FReepers could swim”

sorry...


22 posted on 06/03/2014 10:55:32 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL; Kartographer

I laughed.

You might enjoy this video about the aftermath: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie_d8HoNWXg


23 posted on 06/03/2014 10:57:56 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: blam
Look what just popped into the news:

Scientists Explain What The Recent Uptick In Earthquakes Means


24 posted on 06/03/2014 11:00:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

It means that if you live in LA or near LA bend over and grab your ankles.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 11:00:05 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Deodorant and Common sense. The ones who need it most don't use it. . . . .)
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To: BenLurkin
California hit by giant quake... everything turned upside down...


26 posted on 06/03/2014 11:01:40 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: BenLurkin

Left me shaken no stirred.


27 posted on 06/03/2014 11:21:55 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: blam

I know the one that geologists are said to have their (nervous) eye is the Puente Hills fault.

The Puente Hills fault is so dangerous because of its location, running from northern Orange County, through the San Gabriel Valley and right under the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles before it terminates in Hollywood.

The Puente Hills is a horizontal fault, and that means you’d get intense shaking felt over a pretty large area, about 25 by 15 miles.

In other words, not a day I’d want to be running around downtown Los Angeles.

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


28 posted on 06/03/2014 11:29:47 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: blam
But Scientists Aren't Sure What It Means:

Perhaps they should take a vote to reach a consensus.....

29 posted on 06/03/2014 11:51:10 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Pietro

Luke 21:11
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.


30 posted on 06/03/2014 11:57:13 AM PDT by shineon
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To: blam

GOD getting ready to punish the land of perpetual sinners?
Hey man, it could happen.


31 posted on 06/03/2014 12:49:40 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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