Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Kyrgyzstan, the 'atomic bomb' earthquake
These mountain valley thrust earthquakes are truly the equivalent of mini atomic bombs. If they show up, the town above is completely powdered. The only thing saving lives is isolation, and low population. In this case, the town was right in the beam of the velocity pulse (Fist of God), running up the thrust fault. As Japan has shown, you can get something like several g of acceleration, and a velocity pulse of metres per second.
If this happens under a city, then the loss of life is staggering.