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Old 07-10-2010, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Increased quake activity predicted for California faults | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

The article points out growing concern among seismologists that the 7.2 Mexicali earthquake on April 4 has placed more pressure on Southern California's other faults. Wednesday's 5.4 quake on the San Jacinto fault, the most active faultline in So.California, was likely due to further shifting on the San Andreas.

"The Mexicali quake has been followed by aftershocks and “triggered earthquakes” that are showing no signs of ending. 'This thing seems to be popping off with lots of small earthquakes, and it’s not decaying very quickly … which to me is worrisome, frankly. The probability of a larger earthquake on those faults could be high within the next year or two' said John Rundle, a physics and geology professor at UC Davis".
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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"Scientists had warned for some time that the Mexicali quake had transferred pressure from the Mexican border area toward the San Jacinto fault and nearby Elsinore fault"

More stuff from Mexico we don't need.
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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There is little point in taking this stuff seriously, there is always some fault that is such and such. I also like this:

"The probability of a larger earthquake on those faults could be high within the next year or two"

That is, "we really have no idea how to calculate the probability of earthquakes but I'm going to make a guess and since its vague nobody can say I'm wrong in a few years".

Earthquake experts sound a lot like tea-leaf readers.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Excess ganja smoke causes earthquakes
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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"Scientists had warned for some time that the Mexicali quake had transferred pressure from the Mexican border area toward the San Jacinto fault and nearby Elsinore fault"

More stuff from Mexico we don't need.
I'm sorry but this was just funny to me
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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The southern San Andreas fault is about 300 years overdue. The quakes are doing exactly what they said they would do by moving northward. All the faults around the San Andreas are waking up and being loud. At some point this would have to ***** the San Andreas off and it make get a major attitude and decide to show the smaller faults what a real quake is.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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Earthquake predictions are laughable. The Indian Ocean Earthquake released energy the equivilant of 53,600 Nagasaki/Hiroshima atomic bombs. The pressures and energy that our earth's crusts generate are impossible to predict other than saying yup there will be an earth quake along that fault. That's like saying yup the sun is coming up tomorrow.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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In the end, minor to moderate seismic activity is a good thing. The tectonic plates are moving. Either the adjustments are going to get made in small increments, or they will build up for a long time and release the pressure with something over 7.0. Be happy for the small ones...they keep the pressure adjustments reasonable.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:56 PM
 
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Why worry about something no one can control? Just keep yourself prepared when the "big one" strikes.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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In the end, minor to moderate seismic activity is a good thing. The tectonic plates are moving. Either the adjustments are going to get made in small increments, or they will build up for a long time and release the pressure with something over 7.0. Be happy for the small ones...they keep the pressure adjustments reasonable.
but the San Andreas fault isn't doing anything which I think means there's no pressure being released from it meaning that it could blow up like there's no tomorrow.
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