What’s shakin’? Not much.

This week we’re talking earthquakes on a local scale:


The recorded earthquake history of Colorado.

The assignment involved using USGS’s KML earthquake file of my local area moved to Google Earth. Pictured above is Colorado; the green triangles are mountain peaks and the red circles are earthquakes. Not a lot of earthquakes compared to some of the regions we studied. However, when I looked closer, I discovered that this displays ALL earthquakes on record for Colorado. The two biggest circles both occurred in January 1966. The one up by Denver had magnitude (M) 5.0 and a depth of 5.00 km. Two weeks later the one on the border of New Mexico measured M 5.5 with a depth of 14.00 km.

I toyed with the program for a while but couldn’t figure out how to measure just one month’s worth of Colorado earthquakes on Google Earth, so I went back to USGS and narrowed my window to approximately Colorado.

Colorado earthquake 13 May – 13 June 2018.

Of the three earthquakes recorded in the past month, two of them aren’t even over the border. So Colorado can claim only one measly M 2.5 quake last month. I was expecting Colorado to be pretty low on the earthquake gamut, but I’m kind of surprised and a teensy bit disappointed. So to make up for it, here’s a song keeping with the theme for your listening pleasure.  Why there are no YouTube video collages of this song with images of faults and epic earthquake damage is a mystery, because there really should be.


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