It appears there was a 6.0 aftershock or earthquake in Japan yesterday, as well as one nearly that strong in Turkey, which reported at least one fatality. As far as the one in Japan goes, people are beginning to ask when quakes quit being referred to as “aftershocks” and started being termed “earthquakes.” Oddly enough, the answer to that question isn’t clear. I heard one geologist say with a laugh that some people call any activity in the area of the New Madrid Fault “aftershocks” from the great quake in 1811-12. There seems to be no agreement as to what is an earthquake and what is simply an aftershock.
There appears to be no truth to the rumor that there was an 8.0 in Libya yesterday. There is no indication of it on any seismic equipment at any station. Seems it was just a wild rumor.
At any rate, a 6.0 aftershock or earthquake can be pretty horrific and cause a heck of a lot of damage, depending on where it hits and at what depth. The 5.8 that hit Turkey yesterday appears to have caused a great deal of damage indeed.
Here’s an interesting video for you that shows some of the earthquakes (and aftershocks, if you count the ones in Japan) that struck yesterday. I sort of like the map and the commentary. It gives you a broader view of the planet. Below this is a second video of the damage caused by the earthquake in Turkey.
All this earthquake activity will just give the end-of-the-worlders more to talk about. I’ll be glad when May 22nd rolls around, and all of this crazy talk stops for a while. The world has been supposed to end about ten times before this in my adult lifetime. I sort of wish people wouldn’t yammer on, pretending to know when the world is going to end. People are nervous enough. We don’t need to add to the public angst. And I also wish the media wouldn’t pay attention to every nut who makes a proclamation of some kind. Remember the guy who just had to go and burn a copy of the Koran? Why did anyone even pay the least bit of attention to him? We need to put a stop to covering this kind of foolishness. There are a heck of a lot more serious and important matters to cover.