Geology is all around us, scarcely thought of as we go about our lives. Yet, it affects everything we do as a civilization, as a society and as individuals. While barely appearing to change from day to day, it works to alter the course of evolution. Preserving a record of creatures and landscapes both ancient and forgotten, the story of our past is written in stone and waiting to be read. I offer a view of how I see our world and its inhabitants, both past and present, as seen through my lens.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Google Earth’s “Street View” Appears to Confirm No Shifting
This is a follow up to my previous post where I mentioned that workers reported that a building on 111 Devonshire Street in the Financial District of Boston was leaning against the adjacent building immediately following an earthquake on August 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM with its epicenter in Mineral, Virginia.
I captured the above aerial view of the two buildings in question taken well before the quake from Google Earth, which do appear to touch. The captured view below is also from Google Earth taken with Street View. Although less clear, once again, the buildings do appear to touch, again before the quake.
The following photo was taken by me four hours after the earthquake, yesterday, August 24, 2011.
This appears to confirm that the quake did not significantly shift either building on its foundation. The official confirmation arrived with the morning's Boston Globe that reported "the structures were built that way, just three-fifths of an inch apart."