Accelerators and Nature January 17, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in physics, physics life.
It was said that the LEP beam energy would change noticeably when the moon went overhead (think of tidal waves). I read the following in the accelerator report of its status this afternoon:
Evening Shift Friday: Store 5175 collided all shift. An increase in losses was observed and was attributed to an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of the Kurii Islands, near Japan.
Wow. 😉 Someone must have had fun writing that. Can you imagine — that is what, 10,000 miles away or so? And it still shook the ground enough in Chicago to cause a noticeable number of protons to fall out of the accelerator!