Elaine Meinel Supkis
Another 4+ magnitude event on the infamous San Andreas fault, this time south of San Francisco, right on the heels of the five similar events which happened unnoticed in the ocean on the same fault line, just this last week! The other side of the Pacific had a terrific number of earthquakes of even greater magnitude today. Little time remains for preparing for the inevitable.
01-APR-2006 12:26:00 36.52 -121.10 4.3 4.5 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
29-MAR-2006 01:36:22 35.62 -117.59 4.1 10.3 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
26-MAR-2006 01:56:35 40.25 -124.46 4.2 10.0 NEAR COAST OF NORTHERN CALIF.
25-MAR-2006 23:23:55 43.94 -128.16 4.5 10.0 OFF COAST OF OREGON
25-MAR-2006 20:14:00 41.69 -126.61 4.7 10.0 OFF COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
25-MAR-2006 03:42:33 41.81 -125.97 4.1 10.0 OFF COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
25-MAR-2006 03:16:05 41.78 -126.03 5.0 10.0 OFF COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
22-MAR-2006 22:16:12 60.04 -77.32 4.0 18.0 NORTHERN QUEBEC, CANADA
22-MAR-2006 17:24:32 48.83 -115.20 4.2 8.0 MONTANA
22-MAR-2006 05:42:01 40.73 -126.31 4.9 10.0 OFF COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Very busy, unlike last year which most of the earthquakes were clustered along Indonesia where the first big blow out occured, it is relatively quiet there and now, Australia, unhinged, has been shoving with increasing force against the Pacific Plate, causing increasing earthquakes along the entire rim.
I was too busy on March 29th to write about the 4.2 earthquake that was centered exactly on China Lake in Death Valley. I lived for a brief while on the Navy base there when I was extremely little. It is a deep depression between the walls of two mountain ranges that are rising even as China Lake falls. For it is part of the tearing of the Great Rift Valley of California. This was a bad sign because it, too, was at the 10 km level, an interesting level, the same that the Great Boxing Day Quake was at, there are lots of earthquakes at exactly this level, it seems, the crust has some important intersections at that level, ones that are prone to earthquakes.
All of Central America facing the Pacific is shaking pretty steadily all this week, too, it is at the opposite end of the gigantic complex of the Great California Rift Valley, south of the Gulf of California which was once land but sank lower and lower as the coast slid north, eventually all of central California will be the same, eons from now.
Today's quake was not deep at all, it was extremely superficial. This is not a good sign. There are many years of tension built up along all parts of the San Andreas. The great building boom in California has been due to the fact that the dragon in the earth has been snoozing but now it is awake as are all the dragons in the earth, they writhe under our feet and snort.
We ignore them at our peril.
Just the other day, some poor, unfortunate Iranians died in a series of moderate quakes, all under 7 mag. But due to poor housing, there was a death toll. Our government distainfully said we would provide aid even as we snap at them, militarily. We should be careful about this. For the same entity that killed them and lay many of our most expensive communities into ruin, too. And we should be bracing ourselves for this inevitability, not running around, trying to start wars everywhere.
But no one listens to me.