Saturday, August 14, 2010

The earth didn't move for me

Guambat was much surprised to read the Reuters headline that there was a magnitude 7.2 earthquake just 232 miles from Guam this morning. He was blissfully unaware?

But why? Well, he read a bit more: it was West Southwest from Guam.

Well, that explains it. That's the bloody Marianas Trench territory.

Sure enough, still reading, the story says it was at a depth of 12.4 miles. 12.4 miles of water is one hell of a shock absorber. Didn't raise a ripple on Guambat's waterbed.

The story concluded, "
earthquakes of this size can be destructive along coasts near the epicenter. A quake of this magnitude is capable of widespread, heavy damage, but there were no immediate reports of destruction or injuries."

None of Guambat's co-workers were aware of it, either. We begin to get some idea of an answer to the rhetorical question posed by that old love song, "How deep is the ocean?".

MAKE THAT THREE EARTHQUAKES, and still the earth didn't move me. (Nice map in that last link, by the bye.)



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