Talk:Series of earthquakes strikes Reno, Nevada area

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Blast it. Can someone take "editing" out of the title? Woah! While making this, we got another moderate one! Probably between 3 and 4.5. I'll up the #'s by 1. Jade Knight - (talk) 08:44, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

I may have been wrong, as the largest showing up in the list from the last 20 minutes is a 1.9. However, the list may not be totally updated again. Have fixed things, and I'll see if the list has been updated again in the next 10 minutes showing that it was over 3.0. Felt about like the 4.2 early today, though. Jade Knight - (talk) 08:53, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
Ah. There it is. 3.2. Jade Knight - (talk) 08:54, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
Join the IRC channel #wikinews, we have a live feed of reports from USGS. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:59, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Image[edit]

There's a great map of recent quakes in NV/CA here: http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/latest.htm. How does one go about uploading & adding images? I've not done much with the graphical stuff on Wikimedia before. Jade Knight - (talk) 08:57, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Original Reporting[edit]

In addition to having experiences these quakes, I've drawn out information from charts in the sources, and the numbers (65, etc.) were added by hand from the links given. Jade Knight - (talk) 09:03, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Typo in the new name: Should be "strikes" (not "strik"). Jade Knight - (talk) 09:09, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

To whomever changed name from "strikes" to "strike": In Standard American English, collective nouns use the singular verb; "a series strikes" (just like people say "Congress is in session" or "The World Series is coming up soon".) This differs from British (and some other) usages. "Series" is also the subject of the title, not "earthquakes". Jade Knight - (talk) 09:20, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
Ah well... you learn something every day. I grew up with the BBC and "strikes" just doesn't sound right. :) I'll move it back, as it is about Nevada U.S. English is appropriate. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:22, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
Well, "strikes" may even sound funny to Americans because "earthquakes" precedes the verb directly (creating a small amount of cognitive dissonance). Regardless, it is correct (explanatory note: http://www.bartleby.com/64/C003/0264.html ). Jade Knight - (talk) 09:25, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
The issue is not US/UK English it is with the word wikt:series which is spelled the same in singular and plural, so the reader is left to guess whether it is one "series of earthquakes" or many "series of earthquakes". --SVTCobra 14:11, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
But collective nouns (such as series is) use the plural verb in British English. Though the fact that the singular and plural use the same form is also an issue. Jade Knight - (talk) 23:06, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Marked as {{ready}}[edit]

I've changed {{develop}} to {{ready}} --Brian McNeil / talk 09:29, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Concern about real-time source[edit]

I posted this as a comment in-article, but I think I'd better post it here: The chart in one of my sources is real-time, and regularly updated. In time, this evidence will vanish. How do we fix this problem (ie, preserve the data in an accessable form)? Jade Knight - (talk) 09:49, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

We can't realistically do so, in general for things like this you add accessed: Month Day, Year hh:mm UTC. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:51, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

4.9[edit]

Just had a 4.9 here. Jade Knight - (talk) 06:55, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Well, it was later determined to be a 4.7 near the surface. However, in one area, the damage this has caused to residents has been about that expected of a 6.4 or so. A significant portion of a flume broke, some houses have cracks, and at least one building reported shifted entirely off its foundations. Someone I know had a 50-gallon fishtank break as well, leaving them with a very wet house. Jade Knight - (talk) 10:10, 27 April 2008 (UTC)