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Originally posted by JohnVidale
reply to post by TrueAmerican
I'm on the plane to berkeley to talk Cascadia earthquake early warning this morning, so the discussion is timely.
But residents of the village of Dull in Scotland are hoping that an association with a town called Boring in Oregon, US, will boost tourism and lead to closer links between the two communities.
UC Berkeley’s Allen joined John Vidale, a University of Washington, Seattle, professor of earth and space sciences and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and Thomas Heaton, director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory and professor of geophysics and of civil engineering at the California Institute of Technology, in organizing the summit.
A system likely would be established in California first, because testing of a statewide network has been going on for at least five years, but the Pacific Northwest would be added as issues with the system are ironed out. But scientists up and down the coast would be working together to make the system work along the entire coast, Vidale said.
“We’d all be sharing the data, because the faults don’t stop at the state borders, or at national borders,” he said.
At the moment, funding for an earthquake early warning system is uncertain because of questions about the USGS budget. However, the seismologists and transportation experts present were adamant that the time is now.
“The countries that have early warning systems today largely built them after large killer earthquakes. It’s our hope that it won’t take a killer earthquake in the U.S. to realize this system,” said Doug Given, earthquake early warning coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey. “The spirit is willing but the budget is weak.”
Originally posted by ericblair4891
Also, the Americans pride themselves on being a benevolent giant. If you are an impoverished third world nation, you'll get lots of wheat bags with the American Flag printed boldly. The Americans want to win hearts and minds. When there's a disaster, the American Military is never far away. They respond quickly and since they have specialized equipment, they can rescue and feed many desperate people. In time, the saved people will be very appreciative and will remember the help. So, when it comes to a vote of confindence when the Americans need it, the obligatory nation will rarely fail to support America.
If we simply stay on topic and talk about the technical aspects of quakes
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA killed a new X-ray telescope mission on Thursday, two years before its planned launch.
The Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer mission, or GEMS for short, was supposed to blast off in 2014 to study black holes and neutron stars. But external reviews found the project would likely come in considerably over budget.
GEMS was selected under a strict cost cap, NASA officials said, unlike the price-busting James Webb Space Telescope to be launched in 2018.
It will cost NASA an estimated $13 million to close out the project, Hertz said. After adding in the money already spent on GEMS, the final tab for the space agency will be $50 million.
No rocket had yet been purchased for the mission, and the telescope itself had not yet been built.
A number of existing observatories can address some of GEMS' science questions, Hertz said, including the NuStar telescope due to lift off next week from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific.
GEMS mission: gems.gsfc.nasa.gov...
Originally posted by steve95988
So during the last hour there are numerous earthquakes of up to 2.5 magnitude taking place around the Salton sea... anyone else wanna check this out?? is this normal to have so many in a matter of an hour... maybe something bigger coming?? www.data.scec.org...
edit on 01/04/2009 by steve95988 because: spelling