posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 06:57 PM
reply to post by pacifier2012
No, the scientist was saying that according to currently accepted models of how earthquakes occur, there should not have been enough stress built up
to allow for an earthquake as powerful as 9.0.
Basically - the current model assumes that whenever an earthquake occurs, most or all of the built-up stress (which made it happen in the first place)
is released, thus normalizing the region. However, now that several massive earthquakes have effectively disproven that model, they are now changing
it so that any earthquake can "borrow" energy from a previous cycle of slowly-building pressure. In other words, because there was still some
pressure left over from the previous earthquake, that "latent" pressure can potentially be added to a future earthquake.
They're not claiming that a 9.0 is theoretically impossible, lol.