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Old 08-24-2014, 04:23 PM   #21
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I live in a high rise built on "bay mud". I am surprised we didn't feel more of the shaking as it is supposed to be amplified greatly by this type of soil (we are about 30 miles away from the epicenter). All those metal piles they bury under buildings around here must be doing their job.

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Old 08-24-2014, 05:29 PM   #22
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I lived in Sunnyvale for Loma Prieta. Was actually off that day. Got out of our apartment pool and was on the balcony when it hit. Fell down and we crawled inside to the nearest inside door jamb. It was like a bucking bronco. A friend in Santa Cruz said he saw a semi bouncing down the street. The pool emptied about 1/3 in 15 seconds.

I got dressed and went to the hospital to volunteer in the ER, suturing minor wounds. All the ER rooms were full--the local plastic surgeons had shown up in force for suturing duty. One if the scariest experiences for all concerned. One of my partner's wives developed PTSD and moved home to hurricane country.

I've experienced many minor earthquakes in my 40 years in CA. They're merely interesting.

A serious earthquake is a different experience entirely. The following week I was on vacation and showed up at a local Salvation Army. Volunteers by the hundreds were out in the rain loading trucks full of water, food, blankets and clothing into trucks as fast as they could, serving Watsonville which was devastated. Historic downtown Santa Cruz was leveled.

A 6.0 can be locally serious but fortunately the damage is limited. I hope all who were injured, especially the boy, are going to be OK.

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Old 08-24-2014, 07:31 PM   #23
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Having lived my entire life in Illinois, I've never experienced an earthquake greater than 4. I've seen the damage on the news. Stay safe everyone. Hopefully things get back to normal as soon as possible.

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Old 08-24-2014, 08:10 PM   #24
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My cousin lives in Menlo Park (between SF and San Jose) and he got awakened by the minor shaking. No damage or injuries to him or his wife and 2 kids.

The earthquakes I have experienced were one northwest of San Diego in the high desert when I was visiting other cousins in SD in 1984. It was only in the low 4s but we felt and heard the shockwaves go through the house. It sounded like a fat squirrel was running across the roof. I was near a piano at the time and it made some noise. My cousin was sleeping on her waterbed so it felt very strange when the shockwave went through that LOL!

And on August 23, 2011, the strong quake in Virginia was felt all up and down the east coast, including Long Island where I live. I was eating some pizza at my local pizza joint when the hanging lamps began to shake. Everyone ran outside but I finished up the last few bites of my pizza slices before going outside and walked back to my apartment where I spoke to some neighbors and put on the news to learn more about what had happened.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:56 PM   #25
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The shaking woke me up this morning. No damage.
I wasn't sure if it was a dream or I imagined the bed shaking but then saw on Twitter that it was an earthquake.
Need to be better prepared for the big one.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:25 PM   #26
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It was strong enough to wake me up (North Oakland), but nothing was disturbed here. Friends in Vallejo report bookcases (unsecured) toppling, a bathroom mirror shattering and assorted items tumbling to the ground; a couple of people lost power and gas. One Napa friend shared pictures of heavy (well secured) equipment in a workshop toppled over, and general disarray; their power is out.

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