Earthquake Series

A work that is very much in progress and also very unlikely to progress very far. …

With the "Blocking Low" that persisted for most of the spell from the 25th of November, it occurred to me to try and find out what was happening in the southern half of the planet.

The southern hemisphere arrears to be very much an alien environment as far as collecting charts for it is concerned.

OTOH, I have only one source for one chart of the northern hemisphere. I think the planet would do well if it was better served by those charged with subduing it.

I expected that there would be few large earthquakes in the spell as the weather was so amorphous that contrasts between cyclonic and anticyclonic systems could not be defined.

The opposite was true of the opposite side of the globe. I had no way of analysing any of it of course:

This is about the best of the charts I could find. I have been rather scathing of the producers because the values of the pressures were unreadable. In reality it is as readable as the Canadian chart of the northern hemisphere.

Working alone on this thing, I have nobody to give me a slap from time to time. And if I get frustrated it isn't a pretty thing to see.


Half way through the spell several large earthquakes appeared. Several of them were in the northern hemisphere. And that upset me.

Being used to being upset by getting things wrong, I just about managed to keep a tooth on my dummy, though the pram wobbled a bit and I held on long enough to come up with a cunning plan.


13 thoughts on “Earthquake Series

  1. Back to the weather graphic. This particular one is from the 30th November 2011: was hoping that the following earthquake regions would be within spitting distance of the centres of the pressure systems in it.That each epicentre would be 80 degrees from one high or anther and also from one or another Low.They did turn out to be 90 degrees from the High on the 180 degree longitude, between 40 and 50 south. Near Chatham Island just west of New ZealandAt 1038 millibars it isn't extra-ordinarily high but it is the highest on the block.

  2. The last person I know of to invent a branch of physics was Frank Whittle. It would appear the English have a penchant for inventing unknown sciences. (I am still inventing mine.)I can't understand most of it but because I have a gift for it I am managing to keep my head out of the water often enough to aid breathing occasionally.Mr Whittle was frequently swamped at times too. It requires an awful ot of endurance sometimes.Can you understand "resultants"?Two equal forces pulling in slightly different directions will pull a weight equally between them. Not towards one or the other but along a line between them.With weather and earthquakes it is slightly different. It seems as though the two phenomena are pulling either side of a zip fastener, opening it.Whatever affects the weather, affects earthquakes. They are related to High pressure and they are related to Low pressure. But earthquakes are not being pulled by the air.Nor is the air acting at a distance to cause earthquakes.But they are related to each other by distance …sort of…Imagine whatever is inducing weather is causing qa standing wave effect, it tends to move away from the equator and from east to west near the tropics and from west to east near the 60 degree parallel.In the southern hemisphere the winds roar at the 40th parallel and continue more or less in that direction up to the Antarctic land mass -which just happens to be symmetrical and centred on the South Pole.More or less.As of last night (29th Nov 2011) i had assumed that the above earthquakes would turn out to be 80 degrees from the same High and 80 degrees from the same Low in the southern hemisphere.And 90 degrees from the squashed lines between them.In the above chart, the wind systems are arranged around Antarctica in a manner that remind me of a "stator" in an alternator.

  3. This is a stator. I got the picture from Wikipedia as the copyright allows me to show it. Ebay has a selection more suited to the above weather system.Don't get the impression I am trying to equate the weather with a dynamo. I am not.Even thunderstorms don't create electricity like that and the stuff they produce is quickly earthed and done with.Edit:Now there's odd, I never noticed the chart had an animation a looped forecast (something someone should tell the Met Office about.) behaves almost exactly like a generator's rotor or commutator does. On the Wikipedia page an animation shows the principles and apart from the direction, is apparently exactly what the South Pole does.The North Pole is far more complex than that.I wonder if it initiates subterranean sparks as the Lows pass the Highs.

  4. This is not by any means something of pin point accuracy. I expect that will come one day when a better man than I takes up where I left off. I am unable to account for geo-phenomena moment by moment but I expect that someone, given the right tools I so badly lack, will one day finish the job.Or thpartof it I was given to do.5.0 M. 30th CENTRAL PERU5.0 M. 30th LUZON, PHILIPPINES6.0 M. 30th LUZON, PHILIPPINES5.3 M. 29th SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA5.2 M. 29th MACQUARIE ISLAND REGION5.0 M. 29th PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION5.9 M. 29th NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND5.1 M. 28th MYANMAR-CHINA BORDER REGION5.3 M. 28th NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA6.4 M. 28th NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA5.2 M. 28th PUERTO RICO REGION5.8 M. 28th BALI SEA5.3 M. 27th MOLUCCA SEA5.2 M. 27th NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU5.1 M. 27th SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS5.0 M. 27th TONGA5.4 M. 27th NIAS REGION, INDONESIALooking for things that no others can seeCan't see, can't seeCan seeI'm looking for things that no others can seeCan't see, can't seeCan seeThe two largest quakes occurred on days the winds died down this spell. Largest, this spell.Looking for things that no others can seeCan't see, can't seeCan see Now there's odd, this is almost exactly as I see this sort of earth science:Originally posted by Wikipedia:

    French version:Oblique et coupant l'ombre un torrent éclatantRuisselait en flots d'or sur la dalle polieOù les atomes d'ambre au feu se miroitantMêlaient leur sarabande à la gymnopédie Slanting and shadow-cutting a flickering eddyTrickled in gusts of gold to the shiny flagstoneWhere the atoms of amber in the fire mirroring themselvesMingled their sarabande to the gymnopaedia would write it:Oblique cutting shadowsFlickering eddiesTrickle underground to gusts of shimmering stoneWhere aquifers on fire mirror heaven itselfMingling their sarabande of geo-phenomenae.

  5. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    Try this code just only in your post, Michael -it won't be able to work in the comment box properly.


    This is an Inline audio file…The inline sound is set in autostart mode, that is, it'll start to be heard as soon the page is full downloaded (If you don't hear it, F5 will be useful). The player has the advantage the user can click on it to turned off the recording, in loop mode in this very case.In any case, if you want to see how it works, go to

  6. Ah.I obviously needed to reload the page.It's working for me now too thanks.What a difference two decades makes to one's ability to encompass change.No wonder survivors are conservative.All the radicals adopt change.Then when they are the old fogey's like me, it's their turn to keep the status quo.One day, all this will be yours:Hearing aids, false teeth, subsidised medication, a love for "old" music and the inability to adapt.But oddly, you won't fear death.But I have to leave now; that ****** music is getting on my nerves.

  7. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    But I have to leave now; that ****** music is getting on my nerves.

    Fed up with the music?It's quite normal though..Originally posted by

    If you plan to use inline sounds in your web applications, be aware that many people will find inline sound annoying.

  8. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    Maybe I should ditch it.

    Not necessarily. You might change the mood of that file to: autostart="false"


    That way, the user might click in the player if he wishes to listen to the music..

  9. Quite."When sound is included in a web page, or as part of a web page, it is called inline sound.If you plan to use such in your web applications, be aware that many people will find it annoying. Also note that some users might have turned off the option in their browser.Our best advice is to include inline sound only in web pages where the user expects to hear the sound. An example of this is a page which opens after the user has clicked on a link to hear a recording."My mistake.Maybe I should ditch it.

  10. Originally posted by tdjmd1:

    be aware that many people will find inline sound annoying.

    What the article should point out is another solution. Maybe a timer to change from incessant to pause, or a stop once it has played for so long.I suppose you could arrange it yourself with sound recorder or whatever and add so many minutes of silence, maybe even another tune.I just missed out on 8 track recordings. Maybe I should look into that.

  11. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    I suppose you could arrange it yourself with sound recorder or whatever and add so many minutes of silence, maybe even another tune.

    Yes.. that's possible, it can be fixed that way certainly..

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