You know what, I never think about earthquakes. Part of that comes from living in the seismically stable, at least in my lifetime, region called the northeast.
I am sure there are parts of the country in which school children practice earthquake drills, like tornado drills where they are instructed to take the appropriate cover to maximize their protection.
When I was a wee young school lad the drills were different. We practiced what to do in case of a nuclear attack. HA!
I remember two options. One getting under the desk for protection or going into an interior corridor and sitting, facing the concrete wall.
I can see it now – here comes a nuke falling from the sky and erasing what was our meager town of 50,000 -and lo and behold, a miracle – 28 students from Mr. Richards 6th grade class at Fort Trumbull elementary school emerge unscathed and it’s all because they practiced sound nuclear bomb drills.
Anyway, getting back to dem earthquakes.
Do you know that according to the USGS there were 375 earthquakes recorded in February!
Of these 137 were of a magnitude of 2.0 – 3.9. 146 were in the 4 to 5 range. 56 were in the 5 to 6 range, 11 in the 6 to 7 range and 1 was 7.4.
From a referential perspective an earthquake that registers 2.0 is the equivalent of 1 metric ton of TNT – similar to a conventional WWII bomb. A 3.0 is the equivalent to 32 metric tons of TNT. A 4.0 equals 1 kiloton or the power of a small nuclear bomb. 5.0 is equal to 32 kilotons which is similar to the nuke that was dropped on Nagasaki. From there it gets crazy.
A 6.0 earthquake is equivalent to 1 megaton of TNT. FYI – The Northridge, CA earthquake in 1994 was a 6.5. Jumping ahead an 8.0 earthquake is equivalent to 1 gigaton of TNT. The San Fran quake in 1906 was an 8.0. Scary is that in 2007 there were two 8.0 earthquakes. One in Peru and one in Indonesia. The scale goes up to 12. At 10.0 an earthquake would have the energy equivalent of a teraton of TNT or a 2 kilometer meteorite hitting the earth at 25km/s. That’s a big ouchie.
Where the hell is Optimus Prime when you need him.
There’s this thing, it’s more than a thing, its a theory of geology called Plate Tectonics, which if you really care to do more reading explains why we have these earthquakes. Looking at the earthquake location map below, which I have borrowed from the USGS, it would pretty much support the idea that there are these plates that move about and when the edges collide create earthquakes. Plates are identified by the yellow lines on the map.
Recent Earthquakes – Last 8-30 Days
Then again, there could be this guy sitting up in the sky making it all happen.
Now before you run out and stock up on milk and bread – the official food supplies of any disaster including, but not limited to – hurricanes, blizzards, pestilence, flood, blackouts (not from drinking silly), terror attacks, earthquakes….I am not saying there’s an earthquake coming to your neighborhood. At least not yet.
You know, I don’t care what type of disaster is about to occur. If I know it’s gonna happen, like a hurricane, I ain’t running out and buying milk and bread. Nope, not me. First stop is the packy (also know as a liquor store) where I’d load up my truck with copious, yes copious amounts of alcohol. No preference just enough alcohol to last me through the disaster. Then the next stop would be the House of Synaptic Provocateurs. Yep, fill up the back of the truck with those bad boys.
As Carole King wrote:
I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
Time to go, I gotta get the monkeys ready – they fly at dawn tomorrow. Be prepared – do your monkey drills tonight. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha