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#66616 - 04/22/02 08:49 AM Re: Earthquake Repositories Down Under
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
We DO have earthquakes in Oz - and occassionally they are quite destructive. Perhaps the most famous being Newcastle (NSW) in the late 80's and Meckering (WA) in the 60's. On the whole - especially when compared to international events - they are quite benign.
The points in favour of a nuclear waste disposal facility here is not only the relative stability of the continent (in structural terms), but the minimal population density and sheer isolation of 95% of the continent. Assuming the stuff has to be stored SOMEWHERE, a repository such as that proposed in central Australia would just about have to be the best place in the world - especially considering the political and cultural stabilities of this place.
Irrespective of the facts, the hysteria of the debate ensures a sensible outcome is most unlikely - rest assured the most popular/vote catching outcome will win the day - irrespective of whatever merits the initial proposal may have.
BTW, a proposal by a commercial group for a facility way east of Kalgoorlie was loudly rejected a year or so ago.
#66617 - 04/22/02 09:39 AM Re: Earthquake
I have heard of wham, bam, thank you ma'am's, but 30 seconds!
Helen, sounds like you're confirming Max's observation that in New York, "your quakes are ... laughably small."
[edit: How apt that this thread appears, in the index, adjacent to one titled "I'm a member".]
#66618 - 04/22/02 02:07 PM Re: Earthquake
Loc: Warszawa Polska
I only may to feel sorry for you.
#66619 - 04/22/02 02:30 PM .
#66620 - 04/22/02 03:53 PM Re: Earthquake
Loc: rego park
well the NY earthquake was a 5.5-- not a biggy i suppose for trembling islands, but big enough.
i was 300 miles from epicenter and the trembling was not scary, but partly because i have experienced earthquakes before.
i think a big (5.5 3 miles away, not 300)earthquake might be very different._________________________
my other obsession
#66621 - 04/22/02 04:23 PM .
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