Chemical Liberty – Mark Fiore
From today’s Bellingham Herald:
“….Bellingham has gone 83 days without wetting rain, defined by meteorologists as more than one-tenth of an inch. This trend will likely continue Friday – the rain forecast in Western Washington is expected to be no more than one-tenth of an inch….”
HOWEVER! IT’S RAINING!!! YAY! Loud thunderclaps announced its arrival!
Could use some here.
At least not so hazy.
Comment at TNYT re last night’s earthquake and climate change…sharing..,
Ok. Are you listening? Yes, on Planet Earth, EVERYTHING is connected.
Earth’s crust is made up of enormous blocks of rock- and where the continental “plates” meet, they rub up against each other, and move. How far do they move? They move until all the forces affecting them are “in balance”. When those forces change- they will move again. That’s called an earthquake. Over geological eons, they move a very great deal; we now know from many kinds of evidence that Africa and South America really did once fit together into one land mass. The 6,000 miles now separating them happened – one earthquake at a time.
Most continental plate boundaries are under the oceans. What happens when a fault zone, in balance- now has just a little more ocean on top of it? “Balance” means exactly that- and adding one feather to the other side of a balance can make it shift; no vast application of force is required; just a tiny push over the balance point; and it will move.
Is it possible that Hurricane Katia; now pushing storm surge water onto the other side of the Mexican land mass – triggered these earth quakes?
It is. Just a feather, to shift balance. Will the rising sea levels around the world shift more plate balances? They will.
No professional geologist will stick their necks out and say that. Yet. But if you’ve ever played with any kind of balanced system – you know. Just a feather will do it. Yes, climate change will cause earthquakes. More, as it gets worse.
Earthquakes are caused by plate motion, totally caused by heat distribution deep within the earth. However, the exact timing can be influenced by events at the surface. For example, the melting of the ice sheets at the end of the last glacial released stuck faults all around the far north. One such massive fault scarp is just to your north.
The Houston Flooding Pushed the Earth’s Crust Down 2 Centimeters
The 275 trillion pounds of water from Hurricane Harvey deformed the ground in Texas.
So, the weight of Harvey’s rain spreads over the tectonic plate it rests on. We don’t know if that additional weight was “the feather” to upset the balance of the tectonic plates to cause a shift. But, I read the storm was strong enough that it registered on seismometers. There are always new scientific findings — we may be coming up on a new one: that forceful hurricanes and earthquakes are related. Maybe…maybe not…we will see, if we live long enough. (too long?)
The Mexican earthquake was a long way away and centered at 70 km down. Any influence from Hurricane Harvey was very tiny indeed.
Just 13 minutes to the Hillside Cafe for a halibut dinner this evening.
Daily total is 25 minutes.
Day 6: 151+25=176 minutes.
When the planet can move mountains it deserves respect, respect for its creatures, respect for it’s waters, respect for it’s forests. The white man has committed sacrilege against the Earth, pillaging it’s resources, staining the land and tainting the water.
Now it it the Earths turn to bring it’s hurt upon the humans who sought to bring it pain.
Is Miami going to be a catastrophe?
A catastrophe of Biblical proportions, and that is just FL, there is still a huge amount of rain that will be dumped inland as well as it breaks down.
Glad not to be in Atlanta, I went through Andrews leftovers back in the 90’s, nasty.
I advised a friend who lives there to get out, by the time Irma goes another one is right behind it, Jose. There is no point to staying, everything will be wrecked.
Hurricane Jose is predicted to recurve out to sea.
Hafta drink it all before Hurricane Irma arrives.
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