Sunday, January 29, 2006

I was wrong

Turns out I need to go back to geology class. From Stuart Sipkin, an earthquake expert with the United States Geological Survey:
Earthquakes occur within the solid part of the earth, not in the water. So while the majority of earthquakes are, indeed, shallow, they can occur up to more than 670 km (~420 mi) deep. So no, that wasn't an error. The recent earthquake did occur at a depth of approximately 212 mi.
So, it was 212 miles beneath the surface of the earth; the fact there was water over top the land has nothing to do with it.

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