June 28, 2010

Earthquake, Moved California City 31 Inches!

You read that correctly. An earthquake recently in California was actually so strong it reportedly moved an entire city 31 inches!

The earthquake that hit Baja California last April was of 7.2 magnitude, and appears to have moved Calexico California 31 inchesto the south, closer to Mexico. The quake injured hundreds of people and even killed 2.

According to a scientist, "UAVSAR's unprecedented resolution is allowing scientists to see fine details of the Baja earthquake's fault system activated by the main quake and its aftershocks," and so they are learning new details about the effect of the quake, such as whether it made land masses move.

Earthquake, Moved California City 31 Inches!

The powerful earthquake that struck Baja California and the southwestern United States in April actually moved an entire California border city, NASA radar images show. Calexico, Calif., near the U.S.-Mexico border, moved as much as 2 1/2 feet (80 cm) south and down into the ground due to the magnitude-7.2 earthquake on April 4. Called the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake, the temblor was centered 32 miles (52 km) south-southeast of Calexico and was the strongest quake to strike the region in nearly 120 years. Two people were killed and hundreds more were injured.

Earthquake, Moved California City 31 Inches!

Posted at June 28, 2010 3:40 AM