reply to post by katfish
You had to note that did you?
Tongue in Cheek.
'Cause you set me off.
I know why I so anxious yesterday. Well, that's a complex answer because there were so many reason to be upset. I won't even mention the other
obvious stressful events that have disturbed so many.
There is no way to remove those thoughts. Tradegy and crisis will do that you ya. But my personal stress came from my observation of the USGS system I
realized that I was the only real earyl warning system. Somehow, I had this unrequested responsiblity. Saturday night there was a 2.5+ quake that was
not updated until later in the morning. Then later that day I noticed one that I thought was 2.5+, but there was geologist reviewing them.
There was a 2.6 magnitude, yet it wasn't posted until today. I was under the assumption that the USGS was alerted when the computer generated a
report showing a quake with a magnitude greater than 2.5. Then the geologist would review it and post it. I figured no one was going to post a quake
in the middle of the night. But then they weren't following up later in the day. So, this means if there is a bunch of quakes in the middle of the
night, or on weekends, there will be no timely updating. Those that rely on the USGS email alert system are assuming that the updates are current.
This is not fact. There is a long delay and is dependant on the availibility of a geologist. I hope the geologist in charge isn't unavailble when all
hell breaks loose on a weekend in the middle of the night.
I was right to tell you to keep watching for yourselves. You have no early warning. You will not get any kind of warning from the USGS. You will be
notified of developments when you feel them, or when the world wakes up. So, self-reliance is your best bet for survival. ( i was going to write, keep
your ear to the ground, but i then erased it, ignore this) If there is a major event, you will have to make that determination and set your emergency
plan into effect. I am urging you to do all you can to prepare. Practise your drills.
Here's what I know to be fact.
The newly discover fault in Arkansas is still active.
The activity has decreased since the emergency stopage of the injection wells.
The fault is bigger than once thought. It's twice as long.
Initial assessments of the possibilty of a large earthquake has been revised, now the USGS thinks a earthquake as large a 6 magnitude could occur on
In Japan, experts say they were surprised by the magnitude of the earthquake. Their risk assessments had the maxium for such an event at a much lower
magnitude. Lesson: the experts often under-estimate nature's forces.
And systems fail. Even multiple systems fail. Backups don't have backups to the backups. There was no redundant blowout preventor. There was not a
series of redundancies to the cooling systems. They limit the redundancies because of risk assessments. And because it hurts profits, it hurts the
Our modern world in a nut-shell.