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regularly scheduled earthquakes   (+3)  [vote for, against]

The problem with earthquakes as i see it. 1) they happen when you aren't expecting it 2) there is a lot of pent up force so when they do happen they are big movements.

I think a resolution to both of these problems would be devise a means triggering small ear quakes on a scheduled basiss ever 50 years or so, this would not only release the pressure before it got to great, but it would also allow citizens advanced notice so they could evacuate, or otherwise prepare themselves on the day.
-- bob, Aug 01 2015

I'm not so sure. I don't know if I'd evacuate if I had forewarning of an earthquake. Quite the reverse, in fact.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 01 2015

I play loud music spontaneously. Scheduled ear quakes wouldn't be fun. And I listen much more frequently than your proposed schedule.
-- Voice, Aug 02 2015

We have the technology to do this. All we need to do is drill wells along every fault line, and pump water in. This literally lubricates the fault, and makes it easier to slip.

The problem is the FIRST earthquake that happens as a result of doing this, along each locked fault line. For example the faults that caused the 1906 San Francisco quake have been locked for 100 years, and now have a lot of stress. There will be a major quake when the fault slips, and we have no way to cause a limited slip.

And of course if we don't do this thing, deliberately causing the quake now, we will eventually get an even bigger quake, when it naturally finally slips. This is called a "lose-lose" situation.
-- Vernon, Aug 02 2015

[Veronon] One way to deal with the problem of the first quake is to only start the scheduled quakes after a major natural quake on that fault line.
-- scad mientist, Aug 03 2015

[bob], you're being paid by the natural gas fracking industry, aren't you...
-- RayfordSteele, Aug 03 2015

//scheduled basiss//

A huge vehicle, all decorated in speakers and black, pulls up into the driveway. A burly figure in black jeans, boots, tanktop, shades & Stetson clambers out, and walks up to the house with a large - very large - 4 string guitar slung at his back.

"I believe, Ma'am", he says, "we had a 1:30 appointment to... ah... make the earth move under your feet..."
-- lurch, Aug 03 2015

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