Michael at Caltech, 2006
I have now returned to Denmark, and can truely relate to the song California Dreaming - especially
since I left LA in November. Boy is it gray...
December 4th update: Even "I'd be safe and warm \ If I was in LA" is surprisingly true, as this weekend some
idiot broke into my car and tried to steal the radio. The looser failed miserably, though I still need to get
a new radio and window.
For those of you who can read Danish, I've uploaded my scribbles here.
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Quick 'n Dirty farenheit to centigrade conversion:
|Fahrenheit ||Centigrade ||Fahrenheit ||Centigrade |
This is another one of local "interest":
Quick 'n Dirty Earthquake Magnitude Scale Table:|
|Magnitude ||Earthquake Effects ||Estimated Number Each Year|
|2.5 or less||Usually not felt, but can be recorded by seismograph.||900000|
|2.5 to 5.4||Often felt, but only causes minor damage.||30000|
|5.5 to 6.0||At most slight damage to well designed buildings and other structures.||500|
|6.1 to 6.9||May cause a lot of damage in very populated areas.||100|
|7.0 to 7.9||Major earthquake. Serious damage.||20|
|8.0 or greater ||Great earthquake. Can totally destroy communities near the epicenter||One every 5 to 10 years |
Interesting side note (added June 26th, 2006)
Researchers at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (located in San Diego) rescently published an article in Nature about the likelihood of a great (8+) earthquake in the Los Angeles area. Apparently the risk is quite significant, and it seems it is more likely to happen within the next decade than later. In 1906 the San Fransisco earthquake took place in the northern part of the San Andreas Fault, while in 1857 the central section experienced a massive quake. The southern part has not experienced a similarly large quake for the past 300 years.
During the San Fransisco quake the landmass at one side of the fault line moved 7 meters in just 20 seconds. According to the Scripps study, the southern part of the fault line is currently held back between 5.5 and 7 meters. The fault line passes under Palm Springs, San Bernardino and Riverside, about 70 km east of downtown LA and Pasadena. However watching the movie at the Scripps website doesn't look too promizing for the LA or Pasadena area!
New Scripps Study Reveals San Andreas Fault Set for the 'Big One'
The press release includes an interesting video of predicted ground shake due to a hypothesized future rupture.
Article in Danish from Berlingske Tidende
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