May 17, 2005

Earthquake Statistics Websites

Earthquake Statistics Map The DrudgeReport headline "Quake Knocks Oklahoma" made us expect something big-ish — but, as Californians, the reported 2.8 earthquake brought to mind the line from Independence Day: "Not even a four-pointer; go back to sleep."

Okay, so it wasn't us this time. Still, the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program most excellent mapping facilities tells us a thing or two about where we live.

But just as Oklahomans don't bat an eye at the thought of tornadoes (which can appear with any of their numerous thunderstorms), for us Californians, a 2.8 earthquake is hardly enough to distract us from our day. Or even lunch.

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