Sunday, April 27, 2008

The big one

is coming. Or so they say. Nevada is #3 for earthquakes behind California and Alaska. You may or may not remember that on Feb 21st, 2008 there was a fairly large earthquake(a magnitude 6) in the small town of Wells, in north east Nevada. Much of the town was severly damaged.

A week later it began in and around Reno which is located in north western Nevada.

Before I finish this I need to explain something about earthquakes. Typically earthquakes start a a large quake followed by several, sometimes hundreds, of aftershocks of decreasing magnitude. That is the typical pattern for earthquakes.

In Reno we have something quit different happening.....the earthquakes have started out small and are increasing in magnitude. There were over 100 earthquakes and aftershocks on Thursday alone! Friday Reno was hit by a 4.7 magnitude quake. The largest in the 2 month long period since the tremors began. Reno's last major quake measured 6.1 on April 24, 1914, and was felt as far away as Berkeley, Calif. That same earthquake in Reno today would be disastrous to say the least. Scientists are warning residents of the Reno/Sparks area to be prepared. Learn to shut off your gas/water/electricity. Stock up on food and water. Though they cannot say for sure, they fear the big one is not far off.

In other news about Reno, did you know there is also a serial killer there praying on young women in and around The University of Nevada-Reno? He has already taken the lives of 5(I think) young ladies in the Reno area that they are aware of. Although the police have a sample of the killer's DNA, there was no match in any police database. Thier only description is that of a 30ish year old white male. This killer is very brazzen in that at least one of his victems was abducted in the middle of the night from a house full of college students. I hope he is caught soon!


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