Thursday, May 06, 2010

Chart of the Day

Warming zealots occasionally claim climate change increases the frequency of earthquakes. Some such assertions were prompted by last month's Icelandic volcano. Noted scientists Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues and Danny Glover agree, so it must be true.

What do the numbers say? According to the US Geological Survey, no:

source: USGS (data through 4/29)

More data here.
Adds USGS:
Although it may seem that we are having more earthquakes, earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant.

A partial explanation may lie in the fact that in the last twenty years, we have definitely had an increase in the number of earthquakes we have been able to locate each year. This is because of the tremendous increase in the number of seismograph stations in the world and the many improvements in global communications. In 1931, there were about 350 stations operating in the world; today, there are more than 8,000 stations and the data now comes in rapidly from these stations by electronic mail, internet and satellite. This increase in the number of stations and the more timely receipt of data has allowed us and other seismological centers to locate earthquakes more rapidly and to locate many small earthquakes which were undetected in earlier years. The NEIC now locates about 20,000 earthquakes each year or approximately 50 per day. Also, because of the improvements in communications and the increased interest in the environment and natural disasters, the public now learns about more earthquakes.
You'd think actual evidence would be important, except that enviros are not engaged in debate but rather a monologue.

(via Fabius Maximus, Watts Up With That?, Johnston's Archive)

1 comment:

OBloodyHell said...


It would be wonderful if some of these idiots would grasp that talent in one field does not translate to expertise in a totally unrelated one.

Just because you can play a President on TV doesn't mean you'd make a good one in real life.

Just because you can write a play titled after female body parts doesn't mean you have the slightest clue about global climatic science.

Our celebrities need to take a leaf from the ancient Roman custom of having those receiving widespread accolades being followed by a peasant whose sole job function was to constantly repeat within the hearing of the "accoladee" of the Latin phrase translated as "Thou art but mere mortal".

...Thou I suspect what some of these idiots really need someone walking along behind them with a frying pan, and, every time they get the urge to step up on a soap box:
"(Whack!) Shut the f*** up, bitch!"