When a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook Olympia, Wash., in 2001, shopowner Jason Ward discovered that a sand-tracing pendulum had recorded the vibrations in the image above.
Seismologists say that the “flower” at the center reflects the higher-frequency waves that arrived first; the outer, larger-amplitude oscillations record the lower-frequency waves that arrived later.
“You never think about an earthquake as being artistic — it’s violent and destructive,” Norman MacLeod, president of Gaelic Wolf Consulting in Port Townsend, told ABC News. “But in the middle of all that chaos, this fine, delicate artwork was created.”
There’s beauty in destruction.
More like there’s beauty in something that can cause destruction. Theoretically, if there was an earthquake on some continent where no people lived, nothing would really be destroyed. Because earthquakes rarely kill people. What kills people are falling buildings and broken pipelines. It’s only a natural disaster if someone gets killed. Otherwise, it’s just a natural occurrence. So really, is it just the beauty of a geographical process that we, and our feeble creations, happen to get caught in the middle of?