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#66616 - 04/22/02 08:49 AM Re: Earthquake Repositories Down Under
stales Offline
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Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
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.

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#66617 - 04/22/02 09:39 AM Re: Earthquake
Keiva Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/04/01
Posts: 2605
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".]



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#66618 - 04/22/02 02:07 PM Re: Earthquake
Krzysztof Offline
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Registered: 03/10/02
Posts: 36
Loc: Warszawa Polska
I only may to feel sorry for you.


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#66619 - 04/22/02 02:30 PM .
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Registered: 08/12/00
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#66620 - 04/22/02 03:53 PM Re: Earthquake
of troy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
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.

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#66621 - 04/22/02 04:23 PM .
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Registered: 08/12/00
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