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January 2, 2005
By Stan Deyo
After the 7.2, 8.1 and 9.0 quakes of last week, pressure should have been significantly reduced in the Southern Hemisphere. However, this quake trend line indicates just the opposite. Pressure is rebuilding and earthquakes are increasing in magnitude by 20%. Earthquake energy currently released is at least 10 times what it was a week ago.
Originally posted by rg73
I'm throwing this out to anyone with some geology knowledge (because mine is pretty limited), but is this a normal amount of activity after a quake of that magnitude? Looking at the USGS website it appears that quakes of 5.0+ have been happening almost every few hours almost continuously since the 9.0.
Having grown up in southern California and been through many quakes myself, I'm familiar with aftershocks, but nothing like that.
From what I've read of the Alaska 9+ quake I never recall reading anything about continuous major aftershocks for weeks afterwards.