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posted by martyb on Friday September 08, @12:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the shaken-AND-stirred dept.

Reports are coming in about a massive earthquake which hit late Thursday night in Mexico.

The Telegraph has live coverage; most recently:

A rare and powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico late Thursday, killing at least 15 people as seismologists warned of a tsunami of more than 10 feet.

The quake hit offshore in the Pacific about 75 miles southwest of the town of Tres Picos in far southern Chiapas state, the US Geological Survey said, putting the magnitude at 8.1.

Mexico's president said the earthquake magnitude was 8.2, the strongest in a century in the country.

The USGS (United States Geological Survey) has a page with copious data and reports available. Here is their Tectonic Summary:

The September 8th, 2017, M 8.1 earthquake offshore Chiapas, Mexico, occurred as the result of normal faulting at an intermediate depth. Focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate slip occurred on either a fault dipping very shallowly towards the southwest, or on steeply dipping fault striking NW-SE. At the location of this event, the Cocos plate converges with North America at a rate of approximately 76 mm/yr, in a northeast direction. The Cocos plate begins its subduction beneath Central America at the Middle America Trench, just over 100 km to the southwest of this earthquake. The location, depth, and normal-faulting mechanism of this earthquake indicate that it is likely an intraplate event, within the subducting Cocos slab, rather than on the shallower megathrust plate boundary interface.

Wikipedia has a well-written summary of the event available:

On 7 September 2017, at 11:49 p.m. CDT, a magnitude 8.2[3] earthquake occurred off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico, approximately 87 kilometres (54 mi) south of Pijijiapan in the Gulf of Tehuantepec.[4] The earthquake caused some buildings in Mexico City to shake, prompting people to evacuate.[5] At least five people have been killed, according to the state governments of Chiapas and Tabasco.[6] The earthquake also generated a tsunami with waves of 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above tide level;[2] tsunami alerts have been issued for surrounding areas.[7] It was the strongest earthquake recorded in Mexico in a century[8] as well as the second strongest recorded in the country's history, behind the magnitude 8.6 earthquake in 1787.[9] It is also the most intense recorded globally in 2017.[10]

See also: Huffington Post.

North American has not been doing so well, lately... Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and now this. What's next? Tornado alley gets a sudden surge, as well? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria?


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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @12:53PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @12:53PM (#565051)

    Trump's wall retrocausally caused this earthquake. ;-)

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Friday September 08, @01:21PM (1 child)

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday September 08, @01:21PM (#565073)

      It's Trump's fault

      It's not a fault, it's a trench: the Middle America Trench. [wikipedia.org]
      It's the trench the middle class America dug itself in (by electing Trump)

      (grin)

      • (Score: 3, Touché) by bob_super on Friday September 08, @05:39PM

        by bob_super (1357) on Friday September 08, @05:39PM (#565223)

        Logical: You need a good trench to have solid foundations for the best wall.
        Not like those bad tunnels that bad hombres use to go under beautiful walls.
        If you make a good enough trench, you can turn it into a moat, optionally with crocodiles.
        Aren't we glad even Southern Mexico is now listening to Trump, and finding ways to not even pay for their own trench?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 09, @05:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 09, @05:34AM (#565506)

      Jesus is coming.

      It might be worth adding

      ...and, boy, is he pissed off!

      -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 09, @11:27AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 09, @11:27AM (#565597)

      More likely to do with Obama's fracking.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @01:03PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @01:03PM (#565055)

    In the next days there will be another earthquake with equivalent magnitude in another part of the world.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by martyb on Friday September 08, @02:46PM (2 children)

      by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Friday September 08, @02:46PM (#565116) Journal

      In the next days there will be another earthquake with equivalent magnitude in another part of the world.

      I disagree. According to the USGS, looking at magnitude 8+ earthquakes worldwide, including this earthquake, there have been 8 since 2010, 20 since 2000, and 27 since 1990. That looks to me to average about 1 such earthquake per year.

      Link: Earthquake Lists, Maps & Statistics [usgs.gov].

      --
      Wit is intellect, dancing.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @11:23PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @11:23PM (#565383)

        12 earthquakes in 2000 and then none until 2012 would also average 1 per year. Maybe you need to give us more details.

        • (Score: 2) by martyb on Saturday September 09, @02:18AM

          by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 09, @02:18AM (#565454) Journal

          12 earthquakes in 2000 and then none until 2012 would also average 1 per year. Maybe you need to give us more details.

          Yes, it would. OTOH, I don't recall any reports of a year having 12 mag 8+ quakes. Do you?

          In my original comment, I gave the link to the page where one can request info for any given year.

          After I saw a single hurricane listed for the first few years I tried, I noticed the URL it was sending, wrote some custom URLs to request data on a range of multiple years, submitted the requests, extracted the JSON from the reply, parsed out the number of hurricanes over that period, and reported what I found. (Said code was written in a tmp directory which has since been deleted... don't feel like recoding the whole thing atm.)

          Maybe you need to enumerate the years where the number of magnitude 8+ quakes per year was far greater than average?

          --
          Wit is intellect, dancing.
  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @01:12PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @01:12PM (#565066)

    my love juice exploded in many a vagina.

    i wonder what grizzly bear penis tastes like/

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @03:13PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @03:13PM (#565135)

      Better get tested for STDs then.

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Friday September 08, @01:18PM (4 children)

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Friday September 08, @01:18PM (#565072) Journal

    If I were living anywhere near the San Andreas fault, I would consider this an excellent time to take a 3-week holiday to Texa^H^H^H^HFlorid^H^H^H^H^H^HSouth Dakota.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by c0lo on Friday September 08, @01:26PM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Friday September 08, @01:26PM (#565076)

      I would consider this an excellent time to take a 3-week holiday to Texa^H^H^H^HFlorid^H^H^H^H^H^HSouth Dakota.

      As I still love the seaside for a holiday, I'd go to the Oklahoma's beaches, by the Texas Sea.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @03:16PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @03:16PM (#565137)

      The San Andreas fault is being renamed the Kardashian fault because the crack was found to be larger than previously thought.

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @04:43PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @04:43PM (#565184)

        That is not insightful! Funny mod maybe, lay off the crack or at least wait till the evening.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by bob_super on Friday September 08, @05:41PM

      by bob_super (1357) on Friday September 08, @05:41PM (#565227)

      Make that a 2-week trip max, because winter is coming, and Yellowstone is overdue for blowing up.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @07:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 08, @07:04PM (#565259)

    Mexico is literally shaking after hearing about DACA.

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