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Tuesday, April 18, 2006


That's an earthquake! Surprise, surprise!

Today is the 100th anniversary of the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Hundreds of people died. Despite modern technologic improvements in "earthquake-proofing" buildings, most of the existing buildings were built before such improved standards. When the next "big one" comes (that's when, not if), based on those previous casualties vs. population, they are predicting upwards of 26,000 people will perish.

There's a happy thought.


Anonymous Sensei said...

That's why I like nice, flat, Ohio.

4/18/06, 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohio has earthquakes dude, and none of the seismic regulations that other states require-Beave

4/20/06, 6:26 PM  
Blogger the scribbler said...

Yeah, Dude, don't you remember that big 4.9 earthquake in Painsville back in 1986? I felt it while studying in the geology lounge at Cleveland State. There was a 3.1 in Lake Erie just 10 NW of Painsville on March 11, 2006.

The heartland isn't completely stable. Especially when they are "disposing" of hazardous waste by pumping it deep down into the fractured rock. Lubes up those old fractures real goooooood.

Hey, out of sight, out of mind. Yeah?

4/21/06, 4:24 PM  

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