IGPP glaciologist Helen Fricker predicted that the Amery Ice Shelf would calve its "Loose Tooth" by 2015. The day after Amery calved D28, Fricker spoke to the BBC about the event and her earlier prediction. Though it remains "wobbly," Amery shed a much larger iceberg, D28, which Fricker described to the BBC as being "the molar compared to a baby tooth." While this event is unrelated to climate change, "there is no cause for alarm yet for this particular ice shelf," Fricker added.
Congratulations to Helen Fricker who has been recognized by the AGU and will be presenting the John F. Nye Lecture at the fall meeting link here. Learn more about Helen's current work at polar.ucsd.edu.
Yehuda Bock and the rest of SOPAC have also been busy since the Ridgecrest Earthquakes shook So Cal. SOPAC computed coseismic offsets for the two events using the GAMIT/GLOBK software with 30s data from 109 continuous GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) stations within a radius of 160 km from the epicentral region. Click here.
Frank Vernon also spoke to reporters from the Times of San Diego about the recent EQs. The article "Recent Back-to-Back Earthquakes Don’t Signal ‘The Big One’" should reassure readers that the seismic activity in Ridgecrest is very unlikely to have any impact on the San Andreas fault. The full article is available here.