If I didn't know any better, I'd think the shit is about to hit the fan.

It's like that line in Ghostbusters... "That's a big Twinkie."

Posted by jzawodn at June 16, 2005 02:46 PM

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# jim winstead said:

i felt both of the sizable quakes in southern california over the last week. the conclusion i've drawn from both is that when the big one hits, it's very likely i won't be wearing pants.

that magnitude 7 off the coast is certainly impressive-looking on the map, even if it is only partially visible.

on June 16, 2005 02:51 PM
# said:

"If I didn't know any better, I'd think the shit is about to hit the fan."
-- What do you know that makes you think that this is not a prelude to the "big one"?

on June 16, 2005 03:20 PM
# Ryan said:

I like Billy Murray's line better...

"What about the Twinkie?"

on June 16, 2005 03:24 PM
# stephen o'grady said:

Or Ernie Hudson's: "Tell him about the Twinkie"

on June 16, 2005 04:24 PM
# iamsure said:

Thankfully, it's a *good* sign, not a bad one.

Large magnitude quakes come about because of unreleased/pent-up tension between the plates. Regular, steady release of tensions is ideal.

The fact that a M7 hit alone shows a significant release, which would be less likely before an even larger release.

Of course, stranger things have happened..

on June 16, 2005 05:28 PM
# Daniel Burns said:

You know better? How?

on June 16, 2005 08:02 PM
# Jeffrey Friedl said:

I'm down here and more surprising than the quake (which felt no more than a large truck driving by outside) was how much they talked about it on the radio. There wasn't this much made of the quake in *Ohio* (20 years ago). Geez, wimps.

on June 16, 2005 09:15 PM
# justin flavin said:

i'm no geologist, but note that the M7's happened at the top and bottom of the map, with san francisco slap bang in the middle.

depending on which way the faults slipped, would that mean that the stress is increasing under SF?

on June 17, 2005 07:09 AM
# Joel said:

Hey Jeremy,

Use the PubSub Earthquake subscription page to be alerted to new shakers--if you're really about to slide into the Pacific, at least you'll get a heads-up before everyone else:


Pick the region you want to monitor and the way you want to be alerted, and then stock up on canned food.

on June 17, 2005 07:38 AM
# Aaron Brazell said:

I'm inclined to believe Jeremy on this one as he is probably hearing alot from his local yokel speculators about this stuff out there in Cali.

Howevere, more activity, though it could mean regular relase of pent up frustration by the earth, could also mean that there's alot going on down there that could really prove that this is a leadup to a big one.

Just don't watch any "End of the World" movies in the next month.

on June 17, 2005 01:27 PM
# Allspaw said:

don't forget the obsessively rocking earthquake RSS feed:


on June 18, 2005 12:42 PM
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