posted on Feb, 16 2014 @ 07:38 PM
reply to post by violet
he snow causing earthquakes is new to me and the link you posted says So yes, a big snowstorm can raise the expected rate of earthquakes, but
only ever so slightly
Yes, you're right, it does...and was news to me too. It's really not so much snow accumulation as it is ice. The snow itself isn't usually very
deep, but when it snows there it does not melt because the temperatures do not allow. And for some reason, a snow out there is usually accompanied by
a subsequent ice storm, which freezes on top of the snow in huge sheets and completely covers the trees. It freezes the car doors completely shut,
and even the doors to people's houses too. The roads become covered in huge sheets of ice and are largely unstable for travel (even though there are
plenty of people who try, and TONS of wrecks because of it) due to the fact that conditions don't stay that way through the whole winter as is the
case up north, and adequate measures such as salting/sanding the roads are not taken. It is really silly, because this happens just about every year
and you would think that they would prepare for it...go figure.
Thank you for mentioning sinkholes too...I never really thought about that either, so now I have something else to read up on
I think the ice
quakes are very interesting but not very likely in that particular region as it is not perpetually iced over, as you pointed out, however with the
unusually high accumulation of ice and snow this year it may have just been enough to put stress on the area and contribute to triggering the quake.
One of my buddies in Augusta, GA took lots of pictures of the ice and snow...going to ask him if he's cool with me sharing them with you guys. He
lives less than 5 miles from the hospital where he works, but it took him almost an hour to get home the day of the quake because the ice was so
thick...he had to keep stopping to chop at the ice on the windshield because it kept re-freezing. I don't miss that crap one tiny little bit!
Now, I'm off to read about sinkholes