Wow...lots of comments! Sorry it took me so long to respond. I got caught up in looking at the quake swarm going on in Colorado, very odd stuff!
SO...rather than answer the questions with individual posts, I'll do it all more generally in one.
.....okay. I saw that quake in Virginia right as I started making this response, so I again got side-tracked. Started a thread to discuss the
strange activity in the States right now and if there is any correlation. Most likely not...but we need to ask the question, I think.
Back to the tremors:
@cheesyleps; You bring up an excellent point. As I said, it IS hard to know what, if anything this change in pattern means because we don't have a
big enough picture. This is one of the biggest reasons I find all of it so fascinating. It really is an unknown. It has HUGE implications, but this
stuff is just a new-born baby in the science world and no one knows first of all, what it even really IS...let alone what a change in the pattern
means. Perhpas nothing....perhaps everything.
@Shoeshiner: Your post brings a grin to my lips.
First, I would NEVER wish to impose my reality on anyone else...although I try to make mine a
positive one. If you think I am inventing any of this, I suggest you do some reading about it. The ETS info comes from the leading seismology site
here in the NW. It is very much a reality for everyone. The Mega thrust earthquake is a very well documented, very much expected natural disaster.
There have been recent documentaries on it. I actually tend to downplay the drama. WHEN this thing goes, my numbers on casualties have been
conservative. to NOT be aware of a very real threat in your backyard is like not wearing a helmet on motorcycle cause your going to die sometime
anyways. You are entitled to your opinion, ofcourse...but for me this is purely scientific and wanting as much warning as posible for my family. The
mega thrust quake IS a reality. Sorry.
As to solar activity: I have always found that interesting. Never seen anything to date to tie it all together...but that certainly doesn't mean it
can't be connected. I pay attention, but am not an avid 'sun watcher', so have not seen direct correlation myself. I appreciate any input on it
@mrcipher: The problem with comparing the Cascadian Subduction Zone to others, is that it is a subduction zone, most similar to the situation in
Japan. It is one of the reasons that makes predicting it that much harder. It's a monster and the potential for disaster is really beyond
comprehension. In addition to that, we also have numerous active volcanos, all with their own tectonic 'zones', and numerous other active faults
capable of producing up to 7 mag quakes...but different from the 10 mag potential of subductin zone. LOT'S going on, and it gets hard tracking and
breaking down everything!!
@llmacgregor; I'm sorry, but yes, you would be at risk. Pretty much anyone living here in the PNW would be at risk to one degree or another. I am
about 15 miles South of you, which is why I pay so much attention to this stuff. I would suggest you check with your local authorities on their
evacuation plans. Ours are marked by signs...and I already have a route planned, with a rendevous for our family at the highest point. For us, it's
the hotel parking lot of the Skagit Valley Casino off I-5 on Bow Hill road. Are you familiar with it? The DEM has it planned as their Command
Center, so I know it's the place to go. (I use to work there and I work with EMS in our county) Everywhere you go there are known and unknown
risks. I think the most important thing is to just be prepared.
So to all posting here from the East Coast: My thoughts and prayers are with you, I know that it is scary to go through! (I went through a 6.7 here
in Washington State)....i started a seperate thread in an attempt to look at this quake and the one in Colorado yesterday since they are both so odd.
A connection? Most likely not, but there is SOOOOO much unknown, that I think anything is possible! Stay safe. It is most likely over....but if you
are concerned, the most important thing short-term is water. If you don't have vast supplies on hand (bottled) than fill some containers now.
Enough to last your whole family at least three days.