Not THAT Small!

After checking Station M49A (quiet today, so far), I did a little research. My knowledge of geography and understanding of distances needs some work. I said the Solomon Islands were a “short distance” north east of Australia. Um, No….

US vs Australia Map










I made the classic mistake of forgetting that Australia is a continent that is slightly larger than the United States (without Alaska). So….A “short distance” turns out to be 1800 Km or 1118 miles north east of Australia. Joseph checked with some of his friends in “Oz” and they felt nothing. Though the quakes were on some of their news channels and Australia has provided assistance to the islands.

Deepest apologies to the folks down under. Ya got me, Mate!

Data and fact checking courtesy of Google Maps and Google Earth and On


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Retired science teacher that is learning to blog...

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