Tectonic Summary (October 26th 2015)
7.5 earthquake below
the Hindu Kush Range:
result of reverse faulting.
Focal mechanisms indicate rupture:
either a near-vertical reverse fault
or a shallowly dipping thrust fault.
Collision causes uplift:
direct result of convergence
between India and Eurasia plates.
Intermediate quakes (depth 70 to 300 km):
2002 landslides caused 150 fatalities,
destruction of over 400 houses.
Seismicity in the hazardous Himalaya:
continental collision converging,
relative rate of 40-50 mm/yr.
Yarlung-Zangbo Suture (to the north)
and Main Frontal Thrust (to the south):
This region has the highest rates of seismicity
The largest recorded Himalaya earthquake:
15th August 1950 in Assam, strike-slip,
widely felt in central Asia, extensive damage.
Collective faults, crustal shortening, ongoing
collision, thrust faults, north south compression,
normal and strike-slip, east-west extension.
The active, left-lateral, strike-slip Chaman fault:
fastest moving in the region. In 1505, a segment
near Kabul ruptured: widespread destruction.
Shallow crustal earthquakes also occur
near the Main Pamir Thrust and other
active Quaternary faults.
Also within the Indo-Burmese Arc:
combination of strike-slip and reverse faults;
Sagaing, Kabaw and Dauki.
An interesting word, sufferance. Its origin is thought to be the Latin sufferre or the Anglo-Norman French suffraunce. Certainly has something to do with suffering, which is defined as a state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. In the context of sufferance, suffering might be thought of as tolerating or not objecting to a hardship or source of pain. I'm not sure what to do about suffering, so today, I'm thinking about sufferance. Here are some usages, ordinary as well as iconic, of the word. Anyway, I liked the icons.
Sufferance is defined as an absence of objection rather than genuine approval; toleration.
Tenancy at sufferance occurs when a tenant continues to retain possession of land or dwelling without the landlord's consent after expiration of the lease. It ends when the tenant is evicted.
Sufferance warehouses are licensed by the Canadian Border Security Agency for the short-term storage and examination of imported goods not yet released by the CBSA .
Psychotic Sufferance is a rock band from Malaysia formed in 1990.
Pauldrons of Sufferance is a web-based game of World of Warcraft.
Catharsis of Sufferance is a 3:26 minute YouTube video by Darling Violetta, released in 2005, using the theme from the TV show “Angel”.
The Hallowed Sufferance is a ceremonial knife piece of the Hallowed Protectors crafted set in Diablo III, another web-based game.
For reasons that I can't fully explain, I have subscribed to an earthquake alert program that sends me email notifications of quakes in the notorious Ring of Fire area of the globe. You can subscribe to Earthquake Notification yourself, if you're interested in receiving notices that pop up to remind you the earth is alive and changing all the time. You can register by area, seismic power, or other variables that suit your particular need to know.
Then, I heard on the radio, that there are two asteroids that are approaching an apogee flyby with earth. Most asteroids in the solar system orbit within the Saturn-Jupiter belt. Near-Earth asteroids are those whose orbits approach or cross the Earth's orbit. Accordingly, there is also, if you are curious, an asteroid watch site with startling information about the heavens we dwell within. I don't believe my curiosity is morbid, though. I think it's a good idea to reach beyond the ordinary internal landscape and consider the possibilities.
I attended an all day training on suicide prevention on Friday. Now I'm thinking about the people I've know who've committed suicide. And in particular, the artists, poets, writers. Suicide is quite a commitment. And it's quite a blessing to prevent one.
He could not ask for help. It was not poison that soured
taste when only sour milk was offered. The best moments
were only awful. Life was not salvageable. If only he had cried.
We've not forgotten him, just misremembered. He was unable
to imbibe fellowship, even when we fed him poems he himself
had written. He could not suck marrow from empty bones,
nor bear what wasn’t confessed. The visitations would never
evaporate. Like us, he had long days to live and limitless
narratives to spin. But he only ever wanted this moment to end.
If only he had heard us singing; if the wave had become a hand;
if our chorus had struck his brain waves. The best moments
were awful. He didn't cry. It was only life that was not salvageable.
It was not spoiled milk that left the sour taste when only poison
was available. Only, he could not ask for help.
from Mean Distance to the Sun, Aldrich Press 2013