Restless Earth

Well we had us another one today. A magnitude 4.5 quake struck tonite at around 7:49pm lasting about 30 seconds or so. It was immediately apparent that the quake wasn't quite as large as the last one we had and didn't create nearly as much excitement. The initial shaking started of slowly, like the ground got mushy but then progressed to a solid rolling motion that caused all the fixtures to sway. Nothing was damaged, no items fell from the shelves, no power or cell service outages. The epicenter has been pegged by the USGS as being in San Bernardino, which is about 30 miles east-northeast of my location.

Once again, as seems to be the case with many of our quakes, it strikes in winter not long after a major cold snap and heavy rain. I realize nobody puts any stock into the theory of "earthquake weather" but the more this happens the more and more difficult it becomes to ignore it. People seem to readily accept that mankind is irreparably altering the climate. If that's so easy to accept, why is it so far fetched to think that short term weather patterns can affect seismic activity?

I'm reminded of the scene from Independence Day: "It's only a 4 pointer. Go back to sleep." - brought on by the fact that as I was writing this the USGS has downgraded the magnitude from 5.0 to 4.5.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jan 8, 2009 10:57 pm by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
I'm willing to credit the possibility that your "earthquake weather" theory might indeed be on target, I just am not in a position to do anything with it myself. *shrug*

Glad to hear it was just another mild nap buster. ;)

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