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Originally posted by patriot jim
how would feel if someone said that your home town should sink and be underwater? well some day it might happen to u
Originally posted by patriot jimhow would feel if someone said that your home town should sink and be underwater? well some day it might happen to u
New Earthquake Fault Discovered Under Los Angeles
A large, active crack in the earth, capable of causing destructive earthquakes, has been discovered under Los Angeles.
The crack, or fault, does not break the Earth's surface, so it remained hidden until geologists from Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, found it last year.
"Los Angeles is caught in a vise," says John Shaw, an assistant professor of structural and economic geology at Harvard. "It is locked between converging sections, or plates, of Earth's crust, carrying North America and part of the Pacific Ocean floor. As the plates collide, rocks beneath the city are shattered and cut by faults of many shapes and sizes."
Motion along the faults appears to be shortening or contracting the Los Angeles basin an estimated quarter inch (7-8 millimeters) per year.
"That doesn't sound like much, but it's a significantly high rate when one of the largest cities in the world is built on top of it," Shaw comments.
Stress building up along parts of the newly discovered fault, then rupturing, could cause a series of large shakers every 250 to 1,000 years, according to Shaw and fault co-discoverer Peter Shearer of the University of California, San Diego. An earthquake of comparable size hit nearby Northridge in 1994, killing 61 people and causing $35 billion in damage.
A violent breach along the entire fault at once could produce a convulsion three times the intensity of the Northridge quake. Such a cataclysm could happen every 500 to 2,000 years and result in an estimated 3,000 to 8,000 deaths and damages of about $200 billion.
Originally posted by Jemison
I love New Orleans and what it stands for. It is rich in history and tradition. I have never lived there but have family that does and I cannot imagine even suggesting that it be allowed to just slip into the ocean.
La Jolla, CA has been 'home' to me my entire life. Obviously we do not have the threat of hurricaines but I can guarantee you that if something were to happen to the town and everything had to be rebuilt, I would rebuild as many times as necessary and would never give up. I could never accept having the town I have always known as 'home' suddenly being taken from me.