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Old 03-29-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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That was quite a quake last night. It kept shaking for 15-20 seconds. I was sure there was going to be some damage, but I walked around the house this morning and found nothing. Not even a single picture that needed to be straightened. It's amazing that a house could withstand that much shaking and not show a single sign of damage.

Did anyone else feel it last night?
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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Never said this before but I heard it rather than felt it. The house was quiet and, for no apparent reason, the floorboards started creaking. I didn't find out there had been an earthquake until I turned on the news a few hours later.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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We're fairly close to the epicenter so we felt it pretty good. Always wonder at the beginning if it is going to really start rocking or if this is as bad as it is going to be. Haven't had a moderate one like this in a while. Glad it wasn't worse.
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Didn't feel a thing.

Oh, hang on - I'm in Northern California
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A friend was within a few miles of the epicenter in the movie theater. They were watching the movie Noah, and just as the water began gushing from the bottom of the earth the quake hit. I think a lot of people in the theater thought the special effects in this movie are really amazing!
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:35 PM   #6
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Just got zapped with a pretty good after-shock.
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I didn't feel a thing either. But then, I'm in West Virginia.
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It's been a while since yall have had any "activity". I hope it is not the start of a trend.
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I sure felt it (Long Beach / Lakewood area), and several pre/aftershocks, especially the 4.1 this afternoon.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:52 PM   #10
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Didn't feel a thing.

Oh, hang on - I'm in Northern California
Me too.

However I've felt a few earthquakes in Northern CA over time.
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I believe this is the 2nd one this month. There was one a few weeks ago in the morning while I was driving to work around 6:30am, but it was about a 4.4 mag.
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Is this time different? I heard on the news that you've had 100's of aftershocks, is that usual?
In Pennsylvania it's a rarity but we had one in the 80's. I was standing in the playground and it was like the ground rolled. Can't imagine what you feel in California.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:44 PM   #13
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I spent nearly 15 years in the earthquake business, as instrumentation tech. I still have some interest left. California is an interesting locale for quakes, given the many faults that traverse it.

Old joke: Q: How do you find an active earthquake zone fault? A: Look for a nuclear power plant.

In the following article is one Seismologist's learned opinion, I'm sure though that if you ask ten Seismologists you would at least 20 opinions.

One can be reasonably sure that they will all agree that the big one is a question of when. All the ones I worked with agreed on that point 30 years ago. If I had to guess, the big one is now a lot closer in time than when I was in the research community.

Is California overdue for a big earthquake? - CSMonitor.com

An excerpt:

"Q: How does California fit into the world of earthquake storms?A: Most of the motion between the Pacific and North American plates occurs along coastal California. In the last hundred years, there has been only one significant earthquake along those plates: the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the World Series earthquake.
But during the previous hundred years before that, there were five significant earthquakes along the California coast, in 1812, 1838, 1857, 1868, and 1906.
Large earthquakes are the major means by which seismic energy gets released after building up between the two tectonic plates. And so one or more large earthquakes are in California’s future. It is a matter of when."
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:49 PM   #14
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I felt it and watch the light poles move back and forth.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:47 AM   #15
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We did for sure, though with minor damage. Others in our neighborhood suffered more than we did. It seemed to depend on which way each home was positioned.

On a side note, I would be curious to know who has earthquake insurance, and why or why not.

We do, with a 15% deductible, which we could afford to pony up in the event of a total structural loss. The EQ premiums are double our HO premiums, which would appear to reflect the high likelihood of an EQ claim vs an HO claim.
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