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satori Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 10:19 PM
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Los Alamos Monitor-Massive Sumatra earthquake moves New Mexico
Edited on Fri Dec-31-04 10:25 PM by satori
Massive Sumatra earthquake moves New Mexico
Los Alamos Monitor
NM
Friday, December 31, 2004

http://www.lamonitor.com/articles/2004/12/31/headline_n...

"Although this earthquake was nearly 10,000 miles from Socorro, it still moved the surface of the earth here by over a centimeter," said Research Geophysicist Richard C. Aster, an earthquake expert and professor of geophysics at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. "This is actually a greater displacement than we have experienced from many of our 'felt' earthquakes in the region, although in this case the motion was too slow to be felt."

A seismogram from NMT showed ground movement in Socorro during the passage of the first seismic waves of Sunday's Sumatra earthquake. The plot lasts about one hour, Aster said.

Aster said seismologists around the world would be analyzing the records of Sunday's extraordinary event for many years to better understand the physics and geology of megathrust earthquakes, tsunami generation and the deep structure of the Earth.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 10:20 PM
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1. wow n/t
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beam me up scottie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 10:30 PM
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2. Do I need to fasten my seatbelt?
:7
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 10:39 PM
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3. Los Alamos?
Don't they work on nuclear stuff down there? :scared:
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 11:07 PM
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6. No place on Earth has more PhDs in one zipcode ...
... and none of them are in English lit.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 10:41 PM
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4. Everything is connected!!!
:bounce: WOW
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vpigrad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 10:57 PM
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5. The expanding mantle...
due to global warming causes problems world-wide. Color me unsurprised.
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 11:10 PM
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7. Be glad you don't live on the ring of Fire,, O shit,, never mind.
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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 11:26 PM
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8. Slowly raises hand...Ring of Fire citizen here
who goggles at the fact that the other side of the planet literally phoned home...using the underground.
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 11:55 PM
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10. Stop it your scarying me..
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-04 11:31 PM
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9. Nothing really new in the article
All of this is standard geophysics, but the effects are larger than normal due to the scale of the earthquake. Naturally New Mexico felt the seismic waves (which are an earth displacement), just like anywhere else in the world.

Global warming is an atmospheric phenomenon, and will not heat the mantle of the earth. The mantle is heated from below, by radioactive decay.
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satori Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-01-05 12:49 AM
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11. News reports- Earthquake in Asia was so massive it made the earth wobble
Arizona Republic
World shakes with stunning recent events
AZ
Clay Thompson
Jan. 1, 2005 12:00 AM

News reports say the earthquake in Southeast Asia was so massive it made the Earth wobble. How do they know it wobbled? My husband says it is because of the GPS satellites looking down at the Earth, and I say it's due to the telescopes trained on the stars which detected the wobble. Who's right?

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles...
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-01-05 01:05 AM
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14. Probably both
And add to it specialized machines made after the huge quakes of the 1960's to track this stuff. I've only read about them third-hand and all...
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dethl Donating Member (462 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-01-05 12:55 AM
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12. Holy crap...
Edited on Sat Jan-01-05 12:56 AM by dethl
And I just spend my last semester there (transferring to another school next semester.)
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-01-05 12:56 AM
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13. Why is this a surprise? An earthquake of that magnitude makes a
nuclear bomb look like a little fart. Seismologists have for decades tracked earthquakes worldwide from fixed points on earth. Everything is felt, or at least detectable, from everywehere else.

Its one little planet folks. And we need to take damned good care of it cuz its all we got.
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