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Originally posted by planetlegend
I wonder if all this is because of mars getting so close to earth. I think this way because the moon affects tidal waves when there is a full moon.
A group of scientists from Tokyo and Kyoto universities have set up the world's most sensitive distortion measurement device about 1,000 meters below ground inside Kamioka Mines in Kamiokacho, Gifu Prefecture.
Their aim is to understand the earth's natural vibrations and "slow earthquakes" or gradual movements of the ground that do not cause tremors.
The New Madrid Seismic Zone is known to have been building strain for almost 180 years. Historically, the NMSZ is one of the most damaging and dangerous seismic zones on the planet, but since it has been inactive for so long, it has not been noticed by most of the American people. However, due to its long inactivity, it has had the chance to build up an enormous amount of seismic energy.
This weekend, the New Madrid had the first Mag 4+ quake in some time (not sure how long, but believe it to be several years since one of that mag occurred in the New Madrid). Such "settling" quakes are also known precursors to significantly larger quakes in seismic zones.
Granted, I do not have much empiracal data to back this supposition up, but it is an intuitive feeling I have, that when things kick off, we will likely first see a VERY large quake in the New Madrid, likely Mag 8+, which would be extremely disasterous for all in the area to begin with.
This could quite conceivably trigger the caldera eruption in Yellowstone, which could easily destroy an area equivalent to several states.
Essentially, most of North America is sitting on a time bomb.
Originally posted by uNBaLaNCeD
....He said he has been watching these things daily for fifteen years,and 20 or 30,000 quakes per year worldwide is not at all unusual,he also stated that there is a project under way,where a team is drilling next to the san andreas fault in order to analyse deep rock formations to improve prediction ability.
About the only thing to explain this big blue ball is that it is a living moving ,changing thing,quakes are part of this 'cycle of life',so to speak.
I am not trying to discount what is being stated in these forums,or on this thread,but there are things we can worry about that we actually have control over,quakes are not one of those things.
Fear not,for life is short.
Peace to you.