Offtopic (earthquakes, not taxonomy)

John Grehan jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Sat Jan 1 22:31:35 CST 2005

I think I much prefer living in Tornado Alley to being near the Ring of Fire.  I'd move to Yellowstone before I would to California, and I have no desire to even visit places like Indonesia, Japan, or Alaska.

As one who has also lived in or near both its all relative. Tornadoes are a yearly and unpredictable concern while earthquakes may occur intermittently without anything much happening in a life time. I lived much of my life right on top of the same fault system that runs through California. Each day's travel would be along a major fault escarpment that provided a daily reminder of the last major quake in 1855 that lifted the area up several feet. Everyone kept saying that we were overdue for another big one (and we are still overdue). On the other hand the quakes were a reminder of how the region (New Zealand) came to evolve the way it did with all its interesting biogeographic connections. Broken eggs and all that.

John Grehan

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