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At times I am in doubt that the Earth will last until the Sun slowly kills it, millions of years from now.

Fault lines acts like hairline fractures on the earths crust which grow larger and larger in time and connect with other hairline fractures becoming one large fracture.

Fractures can never be healed but grow in time, therefore earthquakes should increase in frequency and severity.

How long will it take for these fractures (fault lines) to meet with each other?

Will the earth survive these fractures and the violence that comes with it before the Sun destroys the earth for good?
 

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Any links to scientific articles or science news on these strange hairline fractures?

Plate tectonics is the scientific theory that describes the large-scale motions of Earth's lithosphere.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics
 

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Fractures can never be healed but grow in time, therefore earthquakes should increase in frequency and severity.
This is not true, fortunately. Europe and the Americas for instance are drifting apart at the same speed as our fingernails grow. The rupture halfway the Atlantic (the mid-atlantic ridge) widens, but molten rock from the hot mantle underneath crops up and solidifies, 'mending' the break continually. The Earth's crust consists of two dozen or so 'plates', that slowly move, and slowly slowly slide under each other, or collide, or drift apart (a process called plate tectonics). In all cases rock (re)melts, or solidifies. During this slow movement tension rises, and when this tension suddenly relaxes (a big part 'slips'), an earthquake results. So fortunately Earth is not slowly 'cracking up' further and further.
 

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I used the hairline fractures as an analogy and also I wish using the principle of metal fatigue as an example.

I was referring to the blind faults, hidden faults and other small fault lines (away from the main tectonic plate boundaries) increasing over time to form one large faulting as predicted possibly happening...having trouble finding what I am looking for online to back this up (may have to start searching the documentaries online, as that is where all the theories on this are stated and found).

Another theory is that the Cassdadian fault line and San Andres fault line will eventually merge together
I am using my hometwon as an example....

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There is discussion whether these small fault lines (actual, blind or hidden) will form into one fault line over time.
 

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You can find any links because what you are talking about is not established science.
 

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You can find any links because what you are talking about is not established science.
That is the weak point of empirical science I do not like very much.

I am confident that this theory will be proven right (that some of the smaller fault lines will join up).

Other not established theories about earthquakes I am really fascinate about is how the climate can affect the fault lines and how the moving glaciers may play a part also....

I tend to think logic and common sense dictates this should occur therefore this should happen and I tend do go find out if I'm right.

Watch this space....:peace:
 

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Have you been through an earthquake?
 

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1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

The Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the Quake of '89 and the World Series Earthquake,[4] was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989, at 5:04 pm local time.
 

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Meat Pie,

Yes, I have, all of them small to moderate

2 x 5.0 in Wellington

and several 3.6-4.5
 

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Which one felt the strongest and scariest?

I survived the 1999 İzmit earthquake which was a 7.4 magnitude.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_İzmit_earthquake

I live in Western Bulgaria but in the summer of 1999 I was on a long vacation to the Black Sea, several kilometres from Istanbul.

I was just 16 at the time and this was my first major earthquake, buildings swayed violently from side to side for a good 40 seconds. I had to hold on to a balcony railing and felt sick.

No internet connection back then but in the morning we turned on the radio and we heard the epicentre was in Turkey where up to 17,000 croaked that terrible night.
 

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Jan 2005 5.6 in Wellington, that was the strongest and scariest for me, due to my relatives house was at a bottle of this hilly street and the ocean/bay was across the road, so I didn't really want to get buried and swept into the water.

I slept on the beach that night...lol
Wellington is very hilly and lots of their buildings are built up inclines. Therefore the chances for landslides are high.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0501/S00146.

The first earthquake I remember experiencing was in Christchurch 1994 when I was 14, just before 8am in the morning and got woken up by an earthquake. Not easy trying to get out of bed half awake and room shaking. Only time I saw my Dad in underwear lol. He looked really scared.

I am confident it was before the Arthurs Pass in June 1994 that year, that was 6.7 and it was a 3.6 where we were in Christchurch and the distance is only about 85 kilometers away.

Mostly of the time it is not the main earthquake that rattles my nerves, it is the continuous aftershocks that does the most damage to the nerves.

ps:- New Zealand also has volcanoes!!!
So we are living with the threat of overdue volcanic eruptions all over New Zealand, combined with New Zealand waking up seismically and New Zealanders are now taking torandoes in our country seriously
 
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A volcanic eruption will be truly catastrophic for NZ, why do you say it's overdude?
 

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New Zealand has not had a major eruption since 1886
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tarawera

How is a map of New Zealand Volcanoes



See how the volcanoes are spread out?

The middle of the North Island and white Island is a concern.

Also, the Auckland Volcanic field, 1M+ people in Auckland City...ooops.
It is suppose to be borderline extinct/dormant.

See map below of Auckland City
(I should move back to Christchurch?)



There is an inactive or borderline extinct underwater volcano in Akaroa, not far from my home city.

Interesting links

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1308/S00598/white-island-volcanic-activity-being-monitored.htm


http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/8342866/Masters-study-to-probe-secrets-of-devastating-Taranaki-


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11111633



http://abundanthope.net/pages/Envir...s-Natural-disaster-due---expert_printer.shtml
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10351746

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/nzs-mount-tongariro-volcano-erupts-again.htm
 
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