Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Shaky Ground


There's been a swarm of earthquakes this past week out by the Salton Sea. In the L.A. Times today there was some concern because this swarm bisects the San Andreas fault.

Having lived in Northridge at the time of the Northridge quake, I feel a special commitment to news of possible earthquakes. The week before the Northridge quake, there was a swarm of small quakes in the Santa Monica bay.

We live by the little purple circle. The San Andreas fault is that long line that parallels the coast. You can see there have been 721 quakes recorded over a week. It's usually around 400.

9 comments:

Namowal said...

Yikes.
I remember reading about the "big one" when I was a kid- that it might happen "tomorrow" or perhaps "thirty years from now". Maybe the later prediction was correct.
Better take down my cinderblock shelves until this rolls over...

Sally said...

wow, Nam- 57 further quakes in the swarm today just since I posted this.

Namowal said...

I noticed. Maybe I should put on a helmet...?

Linda said...

Maybe you both should head North!

stray said...

or east!

Namowal said...

Have any of you ever been to the Salton Sea? It's a strange place. I'm surprised there's no supernatural legends associated with it. I'd be the place for a salt-encrusted radio active mutant zombie monster to reside.

Sally said...

This will sound odd, Namowal, but I'd really like to see the Salton Sea.

Sally said...

The map shows 814 quakes today.

Namowal said...

It's worth a visit.
So strange- this huge body of water in the middle of of the desert. As you may know, it was a resort decades now there's mostly salty ruins.