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I hope nobody else (besides the Big Island and Qinghai) had any unpleasant omens today. I had to collect and bag three dead house finches Mira found on the side of the house.

(No, that is not one of them. Just a different adorable idiot who needed a personal escort out of our feeder a couple weeks ago.)

I hear my dad had an exploding tire this afternoon. Here’s a palette cleansing river in case anyone else ran afoul of the universe today:

Sam and I have a joke where I start shouting that before any trip over the mountains. I explained what it is to Levin and Rachel just this weekend as we drove I-90 over to Ephrata.

That’s a spectrogram of seismic activity near Hoodsport on the Olympic Peninsula from yesterday. Don’t worry too much about how to read it but do notice there’s a whole lot of shaking going down— hundreds of events in the last few days. Check out this great web gadget from the UW where you can plot realtime tremor data on a Google Maps API. I’ll write up a proper ETS post later this week.

You’ll almost certainly feel none of this shaking… unless the Cascadia Subduction Zone uses the minor oomph imparted from this long rumble to trigger the dread megathrust earthquake. But, hey, at least the Northwest will have had a pretty last few weeks of life.

I saw on CNN.com breaking news about a 7.3 in the Moro Gulf, off the Philippines. CNN said it was “616 kilometers (575 miles) deep,” so I headed to usgs.gov to see which number was wrong. Arrived to pre-CNN news that the 616 was right— for the second of two 7.4 events within half an hour of eachother. The first earthquake was 576 kilometers deep; both are way deeper than the shallow Pacific Northwest variety I’m more used to.

Pretty funny screwup for CNN.com but not for poor Mindanao. Beam positive juju— they got hit horrifically by a tsunami from the same seismogenic zone in 1976.