Skip to comments.(LA) Quakes Are Increasing, But Scientists Aren't Sure What It Means
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
I hope he lives on the good side of the fault.... he might have beachfront property soon...
Even “Holy Mother Gaia” can’t stand Messican Illegal aliens - and she’s getting ready to shake ‘em off.
What it means is that all those illegals are going to cause California to tip over.
The Hank Johnson School of Geophysics. lol.
A 5.7 hit Rio Linda recently, causing millions of dollars worth of improvements.
You've been talking to congressman Hank Johnson again, haven't you?
Better Kali at this point, rather than Guam.
“The science is clear. We have a consensus.” i.e. They don’t have a clue.
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.
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
Kalipornia needs a good shaking
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.
Have ya’ll been fracking again?
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”.
Looking for the sarcasm tag...
Good thing you said that. Now it’s “perfectly clear. If you like your earthquakes, you can keep your earthquakes. Period.” :>}
Please pray for us when it happens. A lot of FReepers won’t be posting for a while afterwards.
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.
“As God as my witness, I thought FReepers could swim”
You might enjoy this video about the aftermath: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie_d8HoNWXg
It means that if you live in LA or near LA bend over and grab your ankles.
Left me shaken no stirred.
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.
Perhaps they should take a vote to reach a consensus.....
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
GOD getting ready to punish the land of perpetual sinners?
Hey man, it could happen.