This is a blog my MJ Wright that does some explaining about earthquakes. He lives in New Zealand with lots of seismic activity. I remember as a child in California being shaken out of a chair while I was holding on as tight as I could. I’ve watched every seem in our house crack and the refrigerator and cabinets empty. I would rather be in a tornado than a earthquake because at least with a tornado you have some place to go for safety. With an earthquake you have none. Enjoy the read. Shirley
This weekend’s tragedy on Japan’s Mount Ontake reminds us that life around the Pacific ‘rim of fire’ is often risky.
That string of tectonic plate collisions stretches around the whole circumference of the Pacific and has shaped life in many ways. It was cause of the 2011 tsunami that devastated eastern Japan. It gave the US Yellowstone. It provokes earthquakes. It has also shaped my home country, New Zealand – and has been doing so for at least the past ten million years. The obvious question is ‘what next’ – something that has exercised seismologists and vulcanologists for generations. One way of finding out is to look back into the past, figuring out where fault lines are and how often they move.
That’s certainly been a focus of ongoing work in New Zealand, which straddles the collision between the Australian…
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