Monday, February 14, 2011

Germany Earthquake - Fun Facts

Wow, an earthquake in Germany!  Whoda thunk they'd allow such a thing!

It was only an M4.2, but it's in the Rhine Valley Graben, which is very interesting, if you are at all interested in Europe.  :)   This is a failed rift and is probably identical to others in North America, such as New Madrid, Ottawa, etc.  It can spit out a large earthquake every 300 years or so, but I think this is a fragmented mechanism, and not capable of really large earthquakes.  I'm sure the water-based fault mechanisms are active here, but do they have the seismic monitoring required?  Just don't build standard N-S American condos here, people!

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