Cluster of Earthquakes off Island today should make us pause

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    25.4° C
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    102.01 kPa
    0.0
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    gusting 22.5 km/h
    Humidity
    44 %
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    Wind Chill
    25.4° C
    Heat Index
    25.4° C
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    12.2° C
    UV
    1.8
    Solar
    306 W/m2
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    Civil Rise
    04:56
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (72% full)
    Civil Set
    21:54
    Day Length
    13:25:39
    Day High
    27.3° C @ 15:19 Tdy.
    Day Low
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
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    Day High Barometer
    102.13 kPa @ 08:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.95 kPa @ 03:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    27.3° C @ 15:19 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 14.4km/h @ 17:45 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1062W/m2 @ 13:29 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.1 @ 13:26 Tdy.

You know… if I was a little bit of a more nervous person, I might be double checking my grab-bag in case of a large earthquake/tsunami warning.

In the past 12 or so hours there have been 5 earthquakes clustered off the north coast of Vancouver Island.  The largest, a 5.7M quake, having just occured at 7:13PM this evening.

They are all at the same depth (10km), and they are all within about 20km of each other.  Are we going to get the “Big One”… probably not… but if we ever wanted an example of ‘pre-shocks’ to a very large earthquake, this might be a good example?  I do not know that for sure, I am not a seismologist but it sure makes you think.

So, maybe before you head to bed tonight, or when you get up in the morning, go double check that grab-n-go bag, or your supplies in the basement, or that your batteries and stuff are all charged up for your emergency kit.

It never hurts to be prepared, and Mother Earth seems to be sending us her own message today that we should not be lazy. Maybe it is her New Years Resolution for us? 🙂