Monday, April 5, 2010

Baja Earthquake - Doesn't Mean Much

Well, I had a very nice Easter Weekend. I was doing all family stuff when this earthquake hit. Although you could look at it and say "My, it's at the beginning of the San Andreas sequence." No, a Measly Magnitude 7.2 isn't even a full tooth on the quake-zipper! Because the San Andreas is so complex with so many locked zones, there is no pattern of 'marching' such as Turkey or Haiti. An M8 would be significant to fault stress, but an M7 can make a big mess if it is right under a city.