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