[extropy-chat] A sad day

david deimtee at optusnet.com.au
Tue Oct 11 20:12:29 UTC 2005

Robert J. Bradbury wrote:

>On Tue, 11 Oct 2005, Russell Wallace wrote:
>>Suppose you stuffed a hundred tons of dynamite down a borehole in the middle
>>of a break fault and set it off, would that trigger the earthquake early?
>Quite possibly, but I'm unsure as to how you could make sure
>it would be less severe than waiting for a natural "break".
>I assume you are aiming for a bunch of little quakes rather than
>one big one -- and I don't think that much is known about the underlying
>geology to get close to that at most earthquake prone regions around the

Even if you triggered the full-size earthquake I think you could 
drastically reduce
casualties and damage by triggering it on a schedule.

eg.  "At 10:00 AM on Monday we will have a Richter 8.0 quake.  Please 
your home, and remain outdoors until  the all clear is given "

There would still be significant structural damage but you could 
eliminate casualties and incidental damage.


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