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Old 02-13-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Big Earthquake

Just got out from under the desk. All OK.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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Al, what about tsunami danger? You feel safely elevated above the beach?
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OK, it was a 5.3, but the epicenter was very close. That was one of the biggest I've felt, and one of the pans hanging from the ceiling is still rocking.
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Al, what about tsunami danger? You feel safely elevated above the beach?
Yes, we are high enough that there isn't much danger. But the other end of the street is in tsunami range.
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Here is an interesting site to check California earthquakes. Most we don't feel at all; yours was a pretty good sized one.

California-Nevada Fault Maps
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Here is an interesting site to check California earthquakes. Most we don't feel at all; yours was a pretty good sized one.

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It's amazing, that site shows the earthquake even before the shaking has stopped. It took a few minutes for it to fill in the Richter info, but the quake itself is there in seconds.
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I didn't realize it was that quick; I've always been amazed at how many earthquakes there are in a day. Most are small, fortunately.
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Glad you're OK.
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[edit: didn't realize I was posting the same link...]
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In a few weeks, I'll be trading tornadoes for earthquakes. I don't know what's scarier...
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Seriously? Dang! It must be that triple-junction again!

Oh - I see where it is. Wow - that IS very close to you! California-Nevada Fault Map centered at 41N,124W M=5.6 2012/02/13 13:07:02 PST
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My daughter has a ranch in Snyder, Tx. They had several earthquakes last year, with the epicenter being within a couple of miles from their house. I was there in early September when they had a 4.4 quake and it was so interesting. First a big crash sound, then lots of shaking for about 30 seconds. I don't think I'd want to be in one over 5.
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Al - You should subscribe to the earthquake notification service
https://sslearthquake.usgs.gov/ens/
That way you'll know when you should duck and cover
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Glad you and Lena are OK, Al. I take it that you had no damage, and hope you don't experience any aftershocks.
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In a few weeks, I'll be trading tornadoes for earthquakes. I don't know what's scarier...
Both are scary, but I'll take tornadoes over earthquakes. At least you know when tornado prone weather is in the area. Earthquakes heed no warning and just happen.
At least IMO.
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Glad you and Lena are OK, Al. I take it that you had no damage, and hope you don't experience any aftershocks.
No, no damage. It really is an interesting experience. Often, a quake is so quick that by the time you realize what's happening, it's over. But when it keeps going, you have time to savor it. It's fun and interesting and scary all at the same time. With this one, I had the distinct feeling that the entire world had turned rubbery. It was as if I could sense these waves rippling through the house.

Then my thoughts are "Is this a small one that is close or a big one that is far away?" The San Fran earthquake was felt here.
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Seriously? Dang! It must be that triple-junction again!

Oh - I see where it is. Wow - that IS very close to you! California-Nevada Fault Map centered at 41N,124W M=5.6 2012/02/13 13:07:02 PST
Holy cow! That map of fissures surely looks like a crow's feet on a geezer's face, right where T-Al is. I dunno...
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I've only felt 2 earthquakes in my 59 years in California. One was a 6.0 in Mammoth Lake about 140 miles from where I lived. It woke me up and I felt it roll under my house and keep going. The whole house shook, but I had no damage. In the town near me, the stores had things tossed off the shelves...lots of small damage.

The second one was a smaller one that I felt at work near Sacramento. Most buildings are on cement slab here. From the 8 or 10 people working near me, about 6 of us felt it. The others did not.

It's a strange feeling...I think tornadoes are more scary from what I've seen on TV. I watch Stormchasers..
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I felt numerous earthquakes when I lived in northern California, including the 1969 Santa Rosa earthquake (5.7). When that one hit my boyfriend and I were caught in flagrante, and we thought it must be love... It rolled and rolled, and lasted for what seemed like quite a long time.
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It rolled and rolled, and lasted for what seemed like quite a long time.
Now tell us about the earthquake...
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Now tell us about the earthquake...
That too!
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