July 1st, 2005

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I am now a college graduate.

Emily and I celebrated this with beer and sushi down by Mussel Rock.

It is the absolutely nicest place I know.

We found hermit crabs, watched the waves crash against the jagged rocks, saw fog of epic proportions escaping the valleys and enjoyed the most gorgeous sunset colors.

What makes the Cape Mendocino area most interesting is the Mendocino Triple Junction.

Each dot shown here is a documented earthquake. You can really see the linear quality of the Mendocino Fault.

In 1906, there was a 7.7 earthquake just south of here. For comparison, the 1989 Lomo Prieta or "World Series" Earthquake was a 7.1 or maybe six times smaller.

Because there are relatively few people living in Northwest California, the earthquake hazard here has been underemphasized compared to Southern California and the Bay Area. But I find it to be a more geologically vital area.

Both oblique views started at from Google Earth before I photoshopped them like mad.

And I hope this wasn't too educational.