Devastating 7.9-magnitude quake strikes Nepal, India: India is like Australia. It is a very fast moving piece of tectonic plate that moved fairly rapidly from Antarctica to smash into Asia causing the fastest growing and tallest mountains on earth as Asia buckles and folds as the relentless grind of India is shoved under Asia. Africa is moving at a much slower rate into Europe and will eventually crush the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps will eventually be as high as Mount Everest but this is in the far, far future.
Category Archives: Geology
NASA ebola suits…wait! This is a picture of how we will exist on Mars, not Africa. Mars is colder than Antarctica and Antarctica is quite cold. Its atmosphere is 95% CO2. Note how hot it is! The poles are -195 degrees but on the equator, it can heat up to 70 degrees during the day and fall to -100 degrees at night. Much of the CO2 is sequestered in winter on Mars at the poles. Yesterday, the head of NASA talked about ‘climate change’ and Mars which illustrates how out of touch with reality, NASA has become due to the reflexive need to hook everything into ‘CO2 is evil’ storyline.
Without any warning, Mt. Ontake suddenly erupted trapping more than 200 hikers. The eruption continued for five hours. Vacationing or living near volcanoes as many major cities including Tokyo are very near active major volcanos, is dangerous. Most people have no idea what to do in an eruption. First thing is to cover the face, secondly, take shelter on the downside of large boulders though if it is a big explosion where the top of the mountain blows sky high, there is no way of staying alive within 50 miles.
Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow : The Two-Way : NPR: so far, this eruption isn’t spectacularly violent. It is a rift eruption but these are quite dangerous in serious ways. Namely, they can go on and on and on for years, decades and centuries. A number of Great Extinctions are directly caused by rift events such as the Siberian Traps or the Decca Traps. The gases put out by volcanoes have a very strong influence on climate and the rift events can change the climate in catastrophic ways and pays zero attention to feeble human demonstrations demanding ‘climate stability’.
The entire state is shaking especially the southern half below Los Angeles and the northern half above Soledad. The 6.0 quake today is a minor fault north of San Francisco’s bay. The quiet section of the San Andreas continue to have either extremely small or no quakes due to it being very hard bound up. It will blow soon with a major 9.0 quake.
Here is today’s earthquake map. Ever since the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami we have seen many other major quakes equal in strength. The Indonesian one was a 9.1 or greater and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake was at least a 9.0. A quick look at the below graph shows very clearly that great or small, quakes are more frequent and more violent this last decade:
One thing we know for certain especially about the Cascadia volcano system: these things erupt frequently and when they do, they often blow up and are very deformed by these eruptions, they are not Mt. Fuji style in appearance. So we must assume that if they do erupt, they might have massive landslide collapses like Mt. St. Helens. This means that a major city and several smaller ones can be not only flooded badly by lahars but as these hit the Puget Sound, they will, no question about this, cause tsunamis. Which few people want to think about in that region.