The important part of this Bill Nye the Science Guy moment is that the seismographs that these scientists use can detect earthquakes from thousands and thousands of miles away. Thousands of miles away. The recent earthquake in Japan was picked up by seismographs in Hawai'i and California and Russia and the African Rift Valley. Look at a map and see where those places are in relation to the Tokyo Dome. And these seismographs are super sensitive. So I am wondering why no one seemed to be able to pick up the earthquakes that were happening under Clintonville, Wisconsin last week.
|This did not happen in Clintonville|
Enter the United States Geological Survey, a day late and a dollar short. They called up the Clintonville City officials and confirmed to them that the city had experienced a series of very small earthquakes, and they confirmed the one that they bothered to measure was a 1.5 on the Richter scale. So it turns out that all of those sensitive siesmographs DID pick up whatever was shaking, rattling, and rolling approximately 3.1 miles beneath Clintonville, Wisconsin.
|US earthquakes during the past week, as of 9:04 AM CDT, Friday, March 23, 2012. Most of the earthquakes depicted on this map would not have been strong enough to be felt by human beings.|