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Wednesday, January 5

Some scientists believe monster quakes come in clusters

KRT Wire | 01/03/2005 | Some scientists believe monster quakes come in clusters

Uh-oh. Not to foster paranoia, but this should really be getting more media attention than it is.

"Evidence is mounting that large earthquakes can rattle geologic formations more than 1,000 miles away - and perhaps even set off volcanic eruptions days, months or years later.

. . .

o monster earthquakes beget more monster earthquakes?

Could the two recent events signal the start of a new destructive cycle?

And is it possible the Sumatran quake jolted the geologic plates off Washington's coast enough to hasten the day when they let loose, unleashing what geologists predict will be a comparable catastrophe?

No one knows the answers to the first two questions, which are hot topics of research and scholarly debate.

. . .

Scientists have long known about the contagion effect, which can extend for 100 miles or so from the epicenter of a major quake. It's the phenomenon that's responsible for the aftershocks that follow many major quakes."

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