Skip to comments.Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor
Posted on 10/18/2019 3:09:10 AM PDT by cba123
LOS ANGELES (Tribune News Service) A major California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake has begun moving for the first time on record, a result of this years Ridgecrest earthquake sequence destabilizing nearby faults, Caltech scientists say in a new study released in the journal Science on Thursday.
In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or even to creep the slow movement between earthquakes that causes a visible scar on the ground surface. But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space.
This is surprising, because weve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior, said the lead author of the study, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech. We dont know what it means.
(please see full article at the link, actually it is quite a well-written article)
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Interesting, anyway, to someone who used to live there.
Same here. I escaped in 2015.
We never gave quakes much thought, just part of life. But, this sounds major.
But the Juan de Fuca zone, just off the Oregon coast, regularly hits an 8.0 or greater earthquake and tsunami every 300 years.
And the last Oregon quake was 300 years ago in Jan 1700.
We are due.
Unusual, as well.
From Fox, 2 hours ago:
This was interesting, to me...
The earthquakes that hammered the desert town of Ridgecrest sent ruptures on a web of interconnected faults throughout the region, putting added strain on the Garlock Fault. Ross said about 20 previously unknown crisscrossing faults were involved, which adds evidence that major earthquakes can be caused by a more complex process, not solely by a rupture on a single major fault line.
Ross developed automated computer analysis of seismometer data to detect the huge number of aftershocks with precise location information, Caltech and JPL said in a press release. Ross said the 6.4 quake simultaneously broke faults at right angles to each other, which he characterized as surprising.
But it will be blamed on TRUMP. Or global warming caused by Trump.
God has plans for California.
Well I hope Jim and FR survives
This should be on the wall in every geologist's office/sanctum sanctorum...
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.
Common misconception, but false. For example,
Luke 13:1-5: There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
God has plans for mankind.
2 Peter 3:7-12: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
“In the modern historical record”
It doesn’t say how long is the modern historical record.
There are far more important things to consider, like global warming.
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