June 23rd, 2010

sunbeam on me

not just me, phew, cool

proud of my sensitive butt (and happy with my work chair) for tuning me in to the mild quake edge this afternoon. still don't see why it's not broadly thought cause to stop working and talk about geology for an hour or two.

relieved it wasn't a freaky physiological blip in me.

"At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the name of the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. The Western Quebec seismic zone is far from the nearest plate boundaries, which are in the center of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. The seismic zone is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even the known faults are poorly located at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few, if any, earthquakes in the seismic zone can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. As in most other areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards in the Western Quebec seismic zone is the earthquakes themselves." -- USGS