23 April 2008
Here’s one for Julian!
Posted by Jessica Ball
Update: While poking around the USGS Urban Hazard Maps, I found this one of Seattle. All I can say is, wow. What did they build UW on, a giant sandbox? That wouldn’t stop me wanting to go there later, but if they have a big earthquake and Johnson Hall collapses on me, it would be pretty hard to finish a Ph.D.
I live in a red spot! Woohoo!(?)(Actually, considering I live close to the reddest red spot on those very recent rupture probability maps for California, probably not woohoo…)I bet the people in Illinois who just felt last week’s 5.2 and otherwise know nothing about earthquakes are going to have a cow over that red blob. I read some news coverage on the two aftershocks that followed the 5.2, and the media and people interviewed were all, “OMG LOTTA EARTHQUAEKS GONNA BE TEH BIG ONE NEXT RUN AND HIIIIDE!” The word “aftershock” was not in this article, and “New Madrid Seismic Zone” certainly wasn’t mentioned. To me, this says places other than the West Coast need earthquake awareness talks/materials, too.
Ouch. I am firmly of the opinion that anyone who lives in the Midwest should be made to sit down and watch the OLD Planet Earth TV series, the one made in the 80s where the seismologists talk extensively about the New Madrid Seismic Zone and say that they’re just waiting for something big to happen. (And that was in the 80s. Plus, watching them point at the old green-on-black computer screens is pretty fun.)
My father is a building inspector, and apparently his whole office was very surprised when they realized that parts of Iowa aren’t actually in the lowest level of earthquake hazard.