I’d like some fries with that shake, please

To everyone who’s ever either laughed or just never believed me or thought I was just too dumb to know better when I mentioned that New Orleans was in an earthquake zone, I’d like to just say this: lick my balls.

Small map showing earthquakeMagnitude 3.0 – LOUISIANA
2005 December 20 00:52:20 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report

U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center

World Data Center for
Seismology, Denver

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time Tuesday, December
20, 2005 at 00:52:20 (UTC)

= Coordinated Universal Time

Monday, December 19, 2005 at 6:52:20 PM

= local time at epicenter
Location 30.275°N, 90.703°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location
Distances 10 km (6 miles) ESE (110°)
from French Settlement, LA

15 km (9 miles) ESE (118°) from Port Vincent, LA

17 km (10 miles) SW (232°) from Killian, LA

47 km (29 miles) ESE (116°) from Baton Rouge, LA

70 km (44 miles) WNW (299°) from New Orleans, LA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 29.8 km (18.5
miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst= 10, Nph= 10, Dmin=412.1
km, Rmss=0.96 sec, Gp=234°,

M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (MLg), Version=6

Sadly, it didn’t happen on Sunday, when I could have blamed it on the expanding backsides of various visiting politicos.

8 Comments so far

  1. Hannah (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 5:11 pm

    It is all going down. All the way down.

  2. Laurie (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 7:35 pm

    I saw some where that there is a fault line which runs

    through the Gulf of Mexico toward Baha.


  3. ashley (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 9:26 pm

    Jesus, when do the fucking locusts come?

  4. Maitri (unregistered) on December 21st, 2005 @ 12:10 am

    Oh, for Pete’s sake, New Orleans is not in an EQ zone, nor is LA an EQ zone (like western California or some such). Sediment loading (given that it is a river drainage basin) and water/hydrocarbon extraction lead to subsidence-related tremors that register on seismometers – that’t it – not EQs of any noticeable scale. A dump truck passing by an old shotgun in NO can cause similar tremors.

    There is no such thing as a fault line, at least not one that spans the width of Mexico. There are such things as fault zones or bands, but again, not ones that run from the GoM to Baja.

    We have bypassed the locusts – please read my post on the topic.

    Someone please invite me to be a Metroblogger already – you have a female:male problem.

  5. Laurie (unregistered) on December 21st, 2005 @ 12:58 am

    Try the U.S.G.S.


  6. Maitri (unregistered) on December 21st, 2005 @ 9:54 am

    Alright, give me a link or a paper on it.

  7. roux (unregistered) on December 21st, 2005 @ 11:49 am

    No locusts. Frogs!

    If the frogs came at least we could have froglegs.

  8. Laurie (unregistered) on December 21st, 2005 @ 9:05 pm

    Try earthquake.usgs.gov/recentqsus/

    Yep, there there was a 3.0 quake registered in Louisiana out of Lafayette.

    Not a joke.


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