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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 1 10:11 PM

Nov 2nd, 2016: The Earth Moved Baby

Earth quakes have been big news lately. We see pictures of crumbled buildings and people suffering. This is what actually happens.

This is the Futagawa Fault in Japan. It moved 5 ft 11 inches(1.8m) horizontally in some places during an earthquake for 4 miles(6/7K) in 2015.
It was a magnitude-7.3 earthquake That shakes stuff up pretty good.


glatt  Tuesday Nov 1 10:20 PM

If that happened in a suburban area, it would spark fights over property lines.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 1 10:32 PM

A surveyors/lawyers goldmine. Wait till California gets The Big One.

Snakeadelic  Wednesday Nov 2 08:23 AM

Someone pointed out in a "how the real world would wreck your favorite sequels" post on another site that the movement of the San Andreas Fault means that when Marty McFly comes back from the 1800s, the other side of that train track would be something like 400 feet down the canyon...fault tectonics are SCARY if you pay too much attention! Seriously, quake maps of LA, Puget Sound, and Oklahoma are getting scarier and scarier. A few years back someone noticed a several-mile-long fault line, deeper than previous equipment could sound out, directly under one of the BIG arterials in Hollywood/Beverly Hills-ish. Don't remember which road, just that it's one of the ones with $$$$$$$$$ shops lining the endangered section.

footfootfoot  Wednesday Nov 2 01:02 PM

I think about the crust of the earth as being similar to the top of brownies when they come out of the oven. As they cool the crust hardens first and as the inner part cools and shrinks it creates cracks in the crust.

Now imagine an earth sized brownie. A few degrees of temperature change (i.e. global warming) you are going to have crust movement. I expect we'll see a lot more earthquakes in the coming years, along with the other extreme weather events, flooding, with a slight chance of locusts.

Gravdigr  Wednesday Nov 2 02:43 PM

That's a very good analogy, Foot.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 2 03:17 PM

If the Earth was a brownie I'd be half way to China by now.

Diaphone Jim  Thursday Nov 3 12:27 PM

Talk about earthquake resistant construction!
That 7.3 went through the front yard and I can't see any damage to the buildings.

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