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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Earthquake Types Explained.

Not long ago, California had a series of small earthquakes. Some were thought to be oscullatory, while others were believed to be trepidatory.. It occurred to me that most people might be confused about this, so I thought it wise to let everyone know the difference.






What's the difference between an oscillatory and a trepidatory earthquake?


1. This calculation is just for engineers:




2. And this one is for laymen -- like most of us:



This is a trepidatory earthquake -- an up and down movement.....





This is an oscillatory earthquake -- a side to side movement...





And this is a combination of both trepidatory and oscillatory:





Isn't science beautiful when properly explained?





When it's properly explained, we can understand anything!



This has been a public service announcement.



Sorry, ladies. I have to post something for the guys once in a while.



EVA

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Did my husband email a blog post request? :)

tsonodablog said...

Oh yea! I like science.

River said...

Ha Ha! that's funny!
I always thought earthquakes were caused by my hubby stomping off in one of his hissy fits.

Muffy's Marks said...

You are so baaaaaaaaaaaaad!!! Love your humor!!! Thanks for explaining the difference. Have anything for gravity pulls?

Canadian Blend said...

Mr. Wizard would still be on TV if he'd have explained science like that.

Of course, he'd be on Cinemax.

Jen said...

Well, thanks Eva, . Like we needed to know/see .....OOOHHH !! I feel dizzy, off balance.....oh yeh, just an earth quake....

Bossy Betty said...

My husband must be very interested in science. He enjoyed this post very much.

Sandy said...

Eva!!! Can we go back to the Male Bloggers in Swimsuits now? LOL

EmptyNester said...

I MUST share this with my brother!

EmptyNester said...

Sent your site to my brother...I'm not going to share with you what he had to say...I'm used to his....crassness, shall we say? LOL Not sure your other commenters would appreciate it though! But he was very appreciative of your post!

laughingmom said...

Priceless!!!

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: I thought you might! (being a student again, and all, cough, cough.)

Canadian: Nah, he'd be on MTV!

Jen: Always glad to provide a public service. Take it easy and sit down, now. Don't get too dizzy!

laughingmom: Glad to give you a chuckle.

Al Penwasser said...

And yet....I cannot turn my eyes away......

Unknown Mami said...

I'm not showing that to my husband, he'll expect me to master all three demonstrations. Not doin' it!