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Chapter 12

Sunday, January 08, 2006

From the NEIC:
A strong earthquake occurred at 11:34:52 (UTC) on Sunday, January 8, 2006. The magnitude 6.7 event has been located in SOUTHERN GREECE. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 38 km (23 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

I was working away on the book, Chapter 12. Topic: Earthquakes. My fingers literally were shaking as I typed. Thank God, it was deep, the focus far under the Earth's crust. Dear Chloe, I am so glad you are o.k. and this was not a near surface fault.


  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Wow, scary stuff. I actually think i heard of another earthquake occuring last week, a little bigger than that one, and for the life of me i can't think where it was.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    There are hundreds of earthquakes every week; last week there were some large ones in the Fiji Region, in the Gulf of California, and the Sandwich Islands region. The one you likely heard about was the one in Fiji (over a 7.0). If you click on the link in my post, you can scan through the list quickly and just look for the red text, which are in the "major" category of earthquakes.
    So here's to no red.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    Thanks Cathy. It's great to know i have a friend who is also a scientist that watches over me!
    I didn't feel it at all! I was in the theater. Nobody there felt a thing.
    But even if it had been a bit worse, we are used to it here. My sister did this: She put on her coat and grabbed her purse and got out. Of course i don't want to think about the possibility of such an earthquake happening closer to sea level.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    There have been enough natural disasters in 2005 to last our lifetime. We certainly don't want any close to home. Shudder.
    Glad you didn't even have to feel it. At least with hurricanes (our natural disaster threat here on the western side of the Atlantic), we have a season and we can see them coming on the map. Earthquakes are completely unpredictable. Unless you adhere to the Chinese belief that animals can sense them coming. Even then, they would only be minutes, not days away. Enough doom talk, you are fine and that's all that matters. You are up late, are you not? I must get back to work.

  1. Blogger Gurgo said:

    Isn't it possible to measure the distance one block moved since the last earthquake and to count according to the movement the time when the next will take place? I mean you wont get the exact date but you might be able to predict how strong it will be.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Once the focus has been identified (which happens relatively quickly), the speed of the movement of the quake can be determined. Unfortunately, for the areas that are hardest hit (those closest to the epicente), the time is very brief and there is little or no time to get the warning out. For locations further away, there may be hours of warning, which is what is needed in areas where tsunamis impacts are possible.

  1. Blogger Laura:) said:

    Wow, that is to cool! Scary but cool.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Nothing of significance has registered since, which is a good thing.

  1. Blogger Gurgo said:

    Well ok lets say it in other word. Our technical development is not as fare as it needed to be. Up to now - I know!
    I remember reading an article about oscillaton of molecules and they wrote that it might be possible to determine the place where two earthblocks stick together, while other parts are moving - so to say to locate the place where the earthquake will possibly be.
    So it has to be possible to calculate the possible power of an earthquake at this place.
    I mean I have no idea about that stuff, but it sounds good to me.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    You are right; this would aid with predictions of intensity but not time of release, unfortunately. There is still a lot of learning to be done.

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    nothing, nothing, NOTHING scares me like earthquakes. There's only been one in my lifetime in NYC that I can remember and it was small (by earthquake standards) but it woke me from a deep sleep and freaked me out. I will NEVER live on the West coast for this reason. I don't care how nice the weather is in San Fansisco.

    ...and you really know your stuff! Cool!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    They scare me as well.
    Thanks for reading.

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