posted on May, 21 2011 @ 02:06 PM
reply to post by ICEKOHLD
i think 6 is still too common. there's a couple 6's every week lately, almost all around japan. i would personally say that a 7 or better is
news worthy. now if a 5.9 happens and hours later there are stories of toppled buildings and dead people...yeah...that's news worthy.
i mean...posting even every 6 would be like posting every time i shaved my beard: couple times a week and nothing spectacular comes from it!
i really wish the mods would make a rule that it has to be a 7 or better to deserve an all caps thread (or thread period). other than that, they can
all go on the quake watch list. again...i'm interested in the quakes. i truly am. but i don't think a 5.2 off the coast of australia deserves a
thread 3 times a week.
In many ways I agree with you, the problem is that as we have already seen a mag 6 (6.3) in the wrong place (new zealand) can be devastating. I
certainly go along with not creating threads for mag 5+
I think there is some justification for posting a thread on a 6, but the criteria really should be the nature of the event, i.e. if damage was caused.
A mag 6.3 at 500 miles deep under Acre in Brazil is not a threadworthy event, but the New Zealand one was.
The question is who decides?
What I may not bat an eyelid at might be OMG for someone who is less knowledgeable. You should bear in mind that this is the way people learn. Once
someone has posted a few mag 6 quakes and gets used to this they too will only consider mag 7+ worthy. But there again you see it depends where they
happen. A mag 7 in the Moro Gulf is a complete non-event as far as I am concerned, but a mag 7 in Mexico City or the NMSZ would be a biggie.
I have myself on occasion been a bit harsh with people posting mag 6, but I have come to realise that they do not know which are and which are not
significant. I certainly concur with anything under a mag 6 being unworthy of a thread - unless it has caused significant damage - and they can.
Just roll with it. You don't have to read them, and for the most part I don't.