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Ever wondered what would happen if we had a big enough quake here?

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posted on Sep, 23 2011 @ 02:49 PM
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I just saw this quake and then i began to wonder what would happen to us here at the west coast.

Magnitude 5.6
Date-Time

Friday, September 23, 2011 at 19:02:48 UTC
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 12:02:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 9.054°S, 109.526°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)
Region CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE
Distances 2003 km (1244 miles) N of Hanga Roa, Easter Island
2143 km (1331 miles) S of Clipperton Island
2808 km (1744 miles) NE of ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn Islands
3565 km (2215 miles) W of LIMA, Peru
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 22.9 km (14.2 miles); depth +/- 2.8 km (1.7 miles)
Parameters NST=158, Nph=158, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.07 sec, Gp=112°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
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Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID usc0005zmk

The first thing that came to mind is if it was big enough wont it cause a tsunami?




posted on Sep, 23 2011 @ 02:54 PM
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The west coast has had quakes bigger than
a 5.6. Research California or West coast
earthquakes.



posted on Sep, 23 2011 @ 03:00 PM
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I have a site bookmarked that might be interesting to look at for this. USGS Shakemaps is the place where they publish the maps showing damage and physical reports distance. They also have a second section for each area called 'scenarios' where it showed estimated for a surprisingly large number of what-if quakes, including some really wild ones for size or location. It kept me busy for quite awhile the first time I went through the stuff they put together there.



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