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"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."
A series of earthquakes that struck the California-Nevada border early Wednesday morning.
The strongest quakes rattled Hawthorne, Nevada at 5.7-magnitude and 5.6-magnitude between 12:15 and 1:15 a.m.
John Rundel, a dignified physics and earth sciences professor at UC Davis, and geologist Tim McCrink with the California Geological Survey broke down the earthquakes in depth for KCRA.
HOW SIGNIFICANT IS A 5.7-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE?
they occurred in an urban area we would have expected some damage.
People would have felt it. You might expect chimneys to fall, windows to
break, things like that. Insides of houses would come crashing down,"
IS THE AREA STILL SEISMICALLY ACTIVE?
time that you have an earthquake that's of a significant size, and
these are of a significant size, you can expect days, weeks, months of
aftershock activity to go on there," McCrink said.
"After you have
a large earthquake you can expect in a short period time-- within hours
to days-- that it could lead to something bigger. But once you pass a
couple days then the probability of going to have a bigger or same size
earthquake drops off rapidly."
WHAT STANDS OUT ABOUT WEDNESDAY MORNING’S ACTIVITY?
“The major events that we had in that area was in 1980, we had a series of magnitude 6.0 earthquakes,” Rundel said.
Prior to that 7.1-magnitude and 6.8-magnitude earthquakes struck on the same day in 1954.
"Those earthquakes of today could also be essentially long-lived aftershocks from those events," Rundel said.