aftershocks

another earthquake for haiti. this is horrible. really so bad. so so so bad. i think i need to start learning haitian creole. and printing flyers. and begging people for money.

FYI this is what an aftershock is. i remember aftershocks in india after the jan 26 2001 earthquake. not as bad as the earthquake. but they were also not nearly as big as the earthquake, as is the case in haiti…shit.

Impact of aftershocks

Aftershocks are dangerous because they are usually unpredictable, can be of a large magnitude, and can collapse buildings that are damaged from the mainshock. Bigger earthquakes have more and larger aftershocks and the sequences can last for years or even longer especially when a large event occurs in a seismically quiet area; see, for example, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, where events still follow Omori’s law from the mainshocks of 1811–1812. An aftershock sequence is deemed to have ended when the rate of seismicity drops back to a background level; i.e., no further decay in the number of events with time can be detected.

Land movement around the New Madrid is reported to be no more than 0.2 millimetres (0.0079 in) a year in contrast to the San Andreas Fault which averages up to 37 millimetres (1.5 in) a year across California. Aftershocks on the San Andreas are now believed to top out at 10 years while earthquakes in New Madrid are considered aftershocks nearly 200 years after the 1812 New Madrid earthquake.

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