Thursday, August 16, 2007
This is what a magnitude 6.5 quake looks like on the USGS website from Adak Alaska note the close proximity of the events time wise.
And from that site, it shows a large amount of high magnitude quake activity in August:
# 2007 08 15 - Near the Coast of Central Peru - M 7.9
# 2007 08 15 - Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - M 6.5
# 2007 08 14 - Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - M 5.4
# 2007 08 08 - Java, Indonesia - M 7.5
# 2007 08 02 - Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - M 6.7
# 2007 08 01 - Vanuatu - M 7.2
We all know that it is just a matter of time before the BIG ONE happens out here on the Left Coast, my guess is real soon, but then I am just a blogger with no scientific background.
What and when, one can only guess. It behooves us all to realize we are mere specs of humanity deposited on an living planet which itself could be called an 'organism' of sorts and as such it changes and evolves daily and earthquakes are part of that continuous evolution.
What will happen if 90% of Los Angeles or San Francisco or any of the many population centers along the West Coast receive a magnitude 7.0 or above(most likely) and are completely leveled with THOUSANDS of dead and millions of injured? Can anyone count on the National Guard? or FEMA? Or will we have to deal with a troupe called Blackwater for rescue and protection against looting and pillaging which WILL happen despite the carnage?
No way to tell what will happen there anymore than we can predict when the actual event will occur.
Expect the best from humanity and the worst humanity has to offer.
One thing for sure, it will change everything.