Dominica: “it’s a place best avoided”

Dominica: “it’s a place best avoided”

sunset 30-11Originally uploaded by Steve_Mc So says an article about Dominica, Barbados and the US soccer team. And as I read his article about a place he’s never visited, having seen this gorgeous sunset, having been surrounded by rainforest-clad mountains, having come through my small but friendly community I thought: ‘yes, perhaps you ought to stay away, there’s clearly nothing here for...

“Breaking news”

I thought I’d see what the local news channel had to say about yesterday’s quake. I’d stopped watching – I know there’s not a lot of local news at times, but the level of professionalism leaves me frustrated. And I wasn’t disappointed. The quake led the news of course, lots of hyperbole but no facts, apart from the magnitude. Nothing about any reports of damage or injuries, so I have to assume there was none. Perhaps the quake came after the point in the day it can be put in detail on the evening news, not that 3pm is ‘late’. Besides, isn’t that the point of covering ‘breaking...

USGS report on quake

From the USGS website: Tectonic Summary The Martinique earthquake 29 November 2007 occurred in the inclined seismic zone that dips to the west beneath the Lesser Antilles islands arc. In the region of Martinique, the South America plate moves to the west-northwest with respect to the Caribbean plate with a velocity of about 2 cm/yr. This relative motion is accommodated largely by the South America plate thrusting beneath the Caribbean plate. The earthquake occurred within the subducted South America plate, in response to stresses generated by plate’s slow distortion, rather on the thrust fault that constitutes the interface the between the Caribbean and South America plates… Earthquakes, such as this one, that have focal-depths between 70 and 300 km are commonly termed “intermediate-depth” earthquakes…[and]… typically cause less damage on the ground surface above their foci than is the case with similar magnitude shallow-focus earthquakes, but large intermediate-depth earthquakes… may be felt at great distance from their epicenters So, now we...
7.3 earthquake

7.3 earthquake

We were just rocked by a substantial earthquake – magnitude 7.3, centered not far west of Martinique. Now that’s what I call scary – about 2 minutes of sustained shaking. Cars rocked, motorbike shook, water tank shook and slopped water… and Puss...