Week 2014.16 (April 20-26) ~ We ride these waves together

Something quite remarkable happened last week to those of you who live in North America. On Wednesday night the Earth slowly heaved you, your neighbors, the surrounding countryside — in fact, millions of square miles of the Earth’s crust — up and down several times by a fraction of an inch. It did no damage and, unless you happen to live in western Canada or the Pacific Northwest of the United States, you probably didn’t feel a thing. But for a few moments the Earth moved you.
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Week 2014.15 (April 13-19) ~ A visit from Mexico

Welcome to another edition of One Week on Earth. This week’s program begins almost immediately with the distant “whoop” of an earthquake under western Idaho (4.9), followed by a stretch of relative quiet that allows our ears to settle into the pleasing ambience of the Earth’s microseismic background “noise”. But please don’t turn up your volume yet, for the calm is soon interrupted by the arrival of surface waves from an earthquake under the Solomon Islands (7.4) — a continuation of last week’s sequence of large earthquakes in that South Pacific region. Over the next minute, a few more small events from the Solomon Islands are heard, along with a gradual intensification of the background ambience, as a wind and rain storm approaches Maine. At about 01:45 surface waves arrive from an earthquake (5.9) under the Bouvet Islands, in the remote South Atlantic ocean.
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