For those interested in the science re quakes, here it goes: . Picture a water bed. Now, picture what happens if you slap one part of the water bed. RIPPLES.
NOW--Picture taking a group of those big foam puzzle pieces that kids have, the kind of puzzle that is floor sized. NOW, out a group of them together, and place in the center of the waterbed, and SQUEEZE the mattress, then release.
THAT IS PLANET EARTH. A liquid sphere, solid core, jointed solid surface rotating at 1200+ mile per hour at the equator-- and when that happens, the Earth "breathes", it expands and contracts by a few feet. The liquid itself sloshes around and has a tidal effect, the moon also has a tidal effect on the liquid under the crust in addition to the oceans, which we see of course. All kinds of stuff pulls on the earth, and on those tectonic plates. If you take two puzzle pieces of any kind in your hands, and push them against each other, you can see them twist and then bend under the pressure. Earth gets alot more than that.. And this causes millions of tiny quakes a day--the breathing. The Big ones come because the stretch and shrinking causes those puzzle pieces to shift and move under and over each other, or slide along each other, and sometimes--the pressure snaps like a bursting balloon, there's a BIG stress release...and there you have it.
And that quake is the BIG SLAP on the top of the mattress, which sends ripples around the ring of fire that edges the entire pacific. Which can cause a chain of smaller quakes, or suboceanic quakes, or volcanic activity. Or it might cause another area under severe stress to snap.
With any luck, these big ones don't set off other big ones. I certainly do feel sorry for anyone caught in a big one. I think part of the reason the hurricanes get more attention is because instead of hitting one megalopolis and causing 100 deaths, they are tearing up entire islands and states, and impacting millions. Look at St Martin, it's hell on earth there right now....
Ever since all this absolutely natural weather and the quakes started, my facebook has been overloaded with frantic people scaring other people with inaccurate, or utterly false BS. Now the world may indeed be ending next week. If that is the case, there is likely nothing we can do about it--so I live every day as though it is my last anyway.
And as it happens, I have already added Mexico to my personal donation list for the week. Beyond that there isn't much I can do, unfortunately. But in the end, there are tins of things that happen every day that NEVER make the news. Bear in mind last year, when Gatlinberg burned 2 weeks before Christmas, that fire had already been going 2 WEEKS and eaten 85,000 acres of the southeast... Which never made the big news....
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