Week 2014.37 (September 14-20) ~ Another week without an asteroid

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Good news! This week a continent-ripping magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the western United States did not occur. Nor did a powerful tsunami-generating earthquake occur in the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. Nor were there any “city-killing” asteroid impacts. Each of these events is inevitable; this week we got off easy.

But even during this relatively quiet week on Earth, the Earth’s relentless tectonic processes continued. The volcanic activity in Iceland continued to make itself heard here, as did the usual complement of earthquakes from the western Pacific segment of the “Ring of Fire”. Closer to home, a small earthquake (magnitude 2.6) occurred in nearby New Brunswick, barely 60 miles distant. It is only barely audible here: listen for a faint tick just before 02:52.

Once again, against this backdrop of deep natural processes, we heard the disturbing sounds of fracking operations in Oklahoma (listen at around 01:29 and 04:04). Future historians and archaeologists (should there be any left) will one day look back at our drilling operations in the early twenty-first century and wonder, “What were they thinking? If only they knew how fragile life is on planet Earth.”

What will it take for us to understand? Listen: the Earth has something important to say…

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Here are some highlights of what we heard here this week:

00:29
Iceland (4.6; 2,349 miles)
00:39
Tonga Islands (5.0; 8,082 miles)
01:03
Gulf of California (4.7; 2,691 miles)
01:05
Iceland (5.3; 2,356 miles)
01:14
Gulf of California (4.9; 2,691 miles)
01:26
Gulf of California (4.8; 2,699 miles)
01:29
Oklahoma (4.0; 1,674 miles)
01:33
Gulf of California (4.6; 2,693 miles)
01:44
Eastern Honshu, Japan (5.6; 6,626 miles)
02:11
South of Panama (5.1; 2,723 miles)
02:20
Iceland (5.1; 2,359 miles)
02:37
Mariana Islands (6.7; 7,960 miles)
02:51
18Km E of Saint Andrews, Canada (2.6; 56 miles)
03:10
Gulf of California (4.2; 2,679 miles)
03:40
Off Coast of Costa Rica (5.1; 2,608 miles)
03:41
Iceland (5.0; 2,371 miles)
04:04
Oklahoma (4.0; 1,656 miles)
04:15
Tonga Islands (4.8; 8,032 miles)
04:51
Iceland (5.0; 2,366 miles)
04:55
Near Coast of Chiapas, Mexico (5.2; 2,578 miles)
04:59
Off Coast of Chiapas, Mexico (5.0; 2,584 miles)
What else was going on this week:

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