reply to post by zenius
About this Wyoming quake getting deleted. I noticed this sort of thing a couple of years back and at that time (June[ish] 2008) we saw this happening
suspiciously often in certain US regions, namely Wyoming, NE Utah and also parts of Nevada if I recall. Anyway we started getting screen shots of any
quakes that popped up as "new" in those regions and hence we soon had proof of some that simply vanished. There are a couple of examples posted in a
thread here on ATS.
We also found examples of quakes that popped up on the US maps in yellow, meaning they got posted late. I noticed one that popped onto the map over
six days after it occurred, and so it disappeared off the map again very soon.
This sort of thing seemed to die down quite a bit as the Bush administration drew to a close. So, while they might have used excuses along the lines
of "technical problems" causing "non-existent" quakes on the maps (that they then had to delete), it is interesting that an impending change of
government seemed to make these difficulties go away. Quite remarkable, really.
However, it would be hard to blame technical problems for certain quakes to pop up late on the maps -- as in the above-stated regions and also off the
coast around Eugene near the plate triple junction there -- because other quakes in the same areas did
pop up as per usual. Some, for reasons
unknown, were "delayed".
So, it seems that the same little game may be starting up again. The only way to keep track of how active the "deletion or delay" game is now, is to
get screen shots of as much data as possible for quakes in known "delete/delay" areas. This means shots of the maps and also screen shots of the
data page, including the quake's unique ID number. Then they can be posted here if the quakes get deleted, and also posted when some pop up awfully
late. (Like, days
late!) Have to be quick, though. I've seen a quake pop up in yellow and then drop off the map less than two hours later
because it was seven days since it (supposedly) appeared.
Granted, there are false quakes and non-existent quakes. Granted, some are mine blasts and they acidentally get through and get auto-posted on the
maps and have to be manually removed and placed in the mine blast seismo listings. Granted, there can be system glitches that cause things to be shown
on the maps late, but that sort of glitch should not allow one quake to be shown and another (occurring close to it half a day later) to not be shown.
There's been some hanky-panky going on. At least that was the general opinion.
So, keep an eye on those regions and sees how they go.
To WestCoast: hope things are staying quiet up your way in WA. I see it's getting a bit more shaky than usual down in SoCal but at least that's not
exactly extra-ordinary there. I'm more concerned about further up the coast than way down around San Diego. Just my feeling.