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From the BNO Newsroom.
JULIACA, PERU (BNO NEWS) – A strong earthquake struck southeastern Peru on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The earthquake, which struck about 48 miles from Juliaca, Peru, had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was initially reported as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. It struck about 160 miles deep, making it a deep earthquake. Shallow earthquakes often tend to cause more damage.
There was no immediate report of damage or casualties following the tremor, but a spokesman for the USGS said he would not expect any significant damage as the epicenter was located very deep.
The quake follows a series of powerful earthquakes in just 24 hours. On Tuesday, a powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Samoa, creating deadly tidal waves that devastated Samoa and American Samoa.
On Wednesday, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia, leaving possibly up to 1,000 people killed.
Originally posted by and14263
If the Earth is expanding then the 'paint on the balloon' would be seperating into islands.
[edit on 30-9-2009 by and14263]
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Wormwood Squirm
The Earth (and the Sun) originally formed out of a cloud of dust which was indeed "star stuff".
The majority of the material expelled by the Sun, even that which is headed in our direction, misses us entirely. Most of it is diverted by the magnetosphere around the Earth and off into interplanetary space. Some is captured for a while before continuing on its way but a small amount is directed to the north and south poles by Earth's magnetic field where it creates the auroras. A certain amount of this material actually does make it to the surface of the Earth.
Let's look at some numbers. The mass of the Earth is 5,973,700,000,000,000,000,000 tons. The CME has a mass of 10,000,000,000 tons. Even if the full amount of material ended up on Earth it amounts to only 0.00000000017% of Earth's total mass. If we got hit by one of those every day for a year it amount to 0.00000006110%. Over 1 million years it winds up being .06%.
Sure, the Earth is gaining some mass from the Sun (much less than above). It is also gaining some from meteorites and cosmic rays. But the amount of mass being gained is minuscule when compared to the entire mass of the Earth. It gets distributed quite evenly over the surface of the whole planet. That tiny increase in mass amounts to a completely insignificant amount when spread over 196,940,400 square miles. The Earth may be getting a bit "heavier" as time goes by but it is not getting larger.
[edit on 9/30/2009 by Phage]