Attention. This post may contain spoilers light, so if you haven’t seen anything from last season weird things, we recommend that you leave the same way you came. Now that only connoisseurs are left… remember the “earthquake” scene? Yes, the one that happens in the second part Stranger Things 4and what divides the city of Hawkins into 4 parts through huge cracks.

While viewers know these huge cracks are due to iconic season 4 villain Vecna, the people of Hawkins, as usual, don’t. For this, fictional media Stranger Things 4 they try to explain it like an earthquakein search of something that gives meaning to such an unusual event.

Well we were wondering could an earthquake cause such severe damage in the real world? Recall that the Hawkins cracks swallowed houses, people and everything that was on them at the time of the event. Although Stranger Things 4 this catastrophe is caused by a supernatural force, can we be in the same danger without knowing it? Of course, without Vecna….

Can an earthquake split the earth’s crust, as in Stranger Things 4?

capture 2012Roland Emmerich

Fracture may occur, but not to the level seen in Stranger Things 4. Let’s see, an earthquake can cause shallow cracks during landslides caused by tectonic movements. Nonetheless, fault lines do not open during an earthquake.

In fact, the very nature of an earthquake prevents the faults from separating. This is a movement of friction between two blocks of the earth’s crust. Both parts slide one next to the other, creating seismic vibrations. If the fault could open, there would be no earthquake as such because there will be no friction.

Likewise, these shallow cracks that open during an earthquake are unlikely to swallow a house. Not to mention the whole city or city and dozens of people at the same time. Meanwhile in Stranger Things 4for example, we can see huge cracks with brightness inside, which makes us intuit the existence of combustion under the surface, it is unlikely that something like this would happen in real life.

And we are talking not only about the part of the fire, but also about the apparent depth and width of the cracks. The biggest cracks in the floors were recorded from one and a half to two meters horizontal distance. Several people can fit here, but we must also consider their depth.

The cracks created by an earthquake are usually not very deep.. It’s actually a myth that people like movies. 2012 They managed to sell us well. Such a dramatic break in the earth’s crust would require so much power that if it did occur, a large crack would be the least of our problems.

Were there victims of these cracks?

In fact, it was believed that this had already happened. Greg Anderson, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, commented on the university’s old site. According to Anderson, there is only one such case when one death could be confirmed after falling into a crevasse caused by the earthquake.

It happened in 1906 being the protagonist in the matter of the innocent cow Payne Shafter, a rancher located near Olema, in Point Reyes. The story describes how the ground under the cow opened up, swallowing it.

crack from the 1906 earthquake
The resting place of the cow in question

But even that doesn’t seem to be true. According to website True Pure Science, alleged cow story never happened. Apparently, many years after the earthquake, Shafter’s cousin H. H. Howard sent a letter to the historian Robert Yakopi. In it, he explained what really happened that night to the innocent cow. plot twist: has always been dead.

“Listen, Pax, the cow died and we had to bury her. That night there was an earthquake and it opened up a big crack and turned her upside down so that her legs were sticking out. Then those journalists came, and… we weren’t going to ruin a good story…”

Payne Shafter to his father Pax

Source: Hiper Textual

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