- This story has caught fire. Seismologist and Geologists
are rushing in from all over the world to witness this event. At this time,
the only press release is "Don't worry, the earthquakes are not large
enough to create a tsunami."
- That being said, the excitement is more about witnessing
a growing 'volcano' right off the coast of Vancouver Island. A scientific
'SWAT team' from Seattle is sailing this afternoon for a spot off the coast
of Vancouver Island, where they suspect an underwater eruption is under
- "We really don't know what to expect," said
Edward Baker, an oceanographer at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory,
which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"If we're very lucky, we may get pictures of?brand-new lava on the
seafloor." This news release began as a slow simmer, and has now picked
up speed and a whole lot of attention, and rightfully so.
- Recent studies of past earthquakes indicate a natural
cyclical pattern. Although it may be a natural periodic occurrence, no
one knows exactly when, how and where the next round of seismic events
will unfold. It appears the most vulnerable areas are U.S. Midwest (New
Madrid), eastern Canada, Australia?and Germany.
- A recent Smithsonian Institute article reports: "Three
hundred years of tectonic pressure has now built up since the 1700 tsunami
occurred. A recent study estimates that 10 million people on the U.S. West
Coast would be affected by a Cascadia subduction-zone quake. Today, the
shaking from a quake of the same magnitude would damage 200 highway bridges,
put Pacific ports out of business for months, and generate shock waves
capable of toppling tall buildings and long bridges in Seattle and Portland."
- Early this morning, I received an email from H.C. who
is one of our ECTV subscribers with a link to the PNSN (Pacific Northwest
Seismograph Network). Looks like there is another round of earthquake swarms
in progress. Below are the links to the seismographs.
- Mt. Rainier:
- Butler Butte: