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April 07, 2006


So I got here, finally, and I asked the person who picked me up at the airport about the earthquake. And she replied, basically: There was an earthquake? Here? When?

So I guess they have recovered.


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Ignorance is bliss

It's not the first time that's happened!

a 4.2's not a real earthquake

hell, you need more force than that to mix a decent martini

OH!!! THAT Earth! Yeah it shook a bit.

You know you're laid back when even an earthquake fails to move you.

Depending upon how far you are from the epicenter and how severe it was, you can go through a quake and not know it.

A childhood friend of mine used to deliberately bump the dining room chandelier and then make sure his quake-phobic mother noticed it while himself pretending nothing was wrong. Cruel, yes. Hilarious, you betcha!

Ask puppytoes. anything under a 5.0 is barely perceptable.

Lmd33: You know you're heavy when an earthquake fails to move you.

I resemble that remark!

I'm from California (though now living in Denver). For a Californian, a 4.2 is barely distinguishable from a large semi driving by the house--except the semi makes more noise.

Of course, back in 1989, I was living three miles from what turned out to be the epicenter of the Loma Prieta quake (which was a 7.0; see http://nisee.berkeley.edu/loma_prieta/stewart.html). Now, _that_ was an earthquake. ..fritz..

I told you Dave, 4.2 is nothing we Californians even acknowledge, especially to visitors to our state.

Earthquake coolness is a state resident requirement.
Call me when there's a 5.7 if I don't wake up. :)

4.2. Pish. A 4.2 would barely make a ripple in my coffee.

Dave, the good thing about earthquakes is that they're over in a moment or two. Most of them are hardly noticeable. Hurricanes, on the other hand, can last for hours (as you well know). This makes Floridians either certifiably insane or incredibly brave for voluntarily living there.

Dave, If you want to know if there will be any more quakes, just ask me



Sounds like some women I know.

"Is that it? Is it over? Are you done now?"


Have you visited the Gum Wall yet? The trick is to walk down the alley without touching the walls. *shudder*

Actually you may have blogged it years ago...

no, that's deep denial and is a sign of serious trama. they're far from okay there in san lui.

all that can be done is to administer alcohol.

Don't worry, Dave. That's small enough that it's probably just a precursor to a bigger one....you ARE out of there by now, right?
I was about half an hour from the Northridge epicenter. Sounded like the support beams in the walls were screaming...of course, that could have just been me.

Hey, now, niblets, if the guy was driving, he wouldn't have felt it.

I just checked - they had two more quakes today - a 3.5 and a 3.7....whoops, just had another, a 3.0....IANMTU! If you want to check yourself - CA quakes

Clark - there's a website out here that the USGS maintains called "Did you feel it?" I've often wanted to report ex-beaus on that site.

Annie's problem is that they're a half-hour from the epicenter.

Said safely from seismically inert, hurricane central. [Florida is just a big, sandy island; Georgia sucks].

CJrun - that hurt...nah, actually I didn't even feel it.

If the yard starts rockin'....HELP!!!!

Haven't felt a thing....

I am certifiably insane.....and incredibly brave. My name is
Suzy Q and I live in Florida.

Born here, actually.

Yep. Like I and others have said here, a 4.2 is nothin' much.

I'd still much rather live in earthquake country than hurricane country. Even a CAT 1 hurricane is still a pretty strong storm that can bring down trees, damage piers, and just generally be a PITA. And they last a long time, unlike earthquakes which are over in seconds.

Being a long-time Florida resident, I'm more afraid of earthquakes and tornadoes than hurricanes. I guess it's just about what you get used to.

Hurricanes are kind of like slomo tornadoes, only wetter.

*having said that, sends up a prayer to the hurricane gods to give us an easy year*

At least with hurricanes you usual have time to pour yourself a drink. The extreme randomness of earthquakes is the scary part...you never know when...and after a big one, every little rattle sends your blood pressure back up. I've been through a bunch of big, rolling earthquakes, but the Northridge one was different....kinda like an ant would feel in a snowglobe when you shake it.

sigh....'you USUALLY have time to pour yourself a drink'...btw - I live just a couple hours south of San Luis Obispo. The li'l quakes were near Hearst Castle in San Simeon. I didn't feel anything. (no comments from YOU, CJrun.)
..and yes, I've been through hurricanes and severe electrical storms (our house was hit by lightning), but no tornadoes...yet. I'd take any of it over a big eq, say 6.0 and up.
..and eq's AREN'T over in a few seconds - aftershocks continue for months. Combine that with having a chunky bigfoot working in the office above yours, and you have a bad case of earthquake anxiety.
....and I'm fine. Really. But thanks for asking.
*tightens seatbelt on recliner*

Well here in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, we apparently have earthquakes everyday, and every other month or so they are on the magitude of 3.ish on the Richter scale.

We don't notice though, because nine times out of ten, there is a friggin' tornado chasing us!

So I think I passed my comps today, in the midst of friggin' torandoes - so I'm happy and treating myself to a bit of drink.

Anyone want to buy me a round. Please don't offer any parfait because I have no and haven't had any in a long time and I've been so stressed I might just be tempted to go up to local mini mart and ask for some, which would, then land me in the same jail in which I work. So let's not do that...

See, I live on the Canadian prairie, where we have neither earthquakes nor hurricanes. And relatively few tornadoes.

Course we have snow from November to March, but hey, it's a dry cold.

Damn, you almost had me there for a sec Mr. Death.

I'm job searching. I want to move somewhere with no earthquakes, tornadoes or wild fires - an occasionally hurrican or typhoon would be tolerated as along as the summer temp doesn't get above 78 and the winter doesn't go below 45.

The place also needs to have a large univeristy, a large jail or prison, good rental housing and excellent pre-K educational programs.

Any suggestions?

How would you like to have an earthquake DURRING a hurricane....


the bartman - that has to thoroughly stink. Please don't tell Dave that has happened in Florida before.

Jacki - congrats on passing your comps. Although I can't think of any place that meets all your requirements. El's San Diego comes close, except for eq's and forest fires and high cost of living....sigh.

".and eq's AREN'T over in a few seconds - aftershocks continue for months."

Yeah, well, aftershocks don't usually count, in my book.

Even though you have time to prepare for hurricanes, I'd still prefer earthquakes. Preparing for hurricanes is no walk in the park. Board up the windows, get supplies, evacuate the house if you have to, etc. etc. Checking the weather reports and seeing this gigantic swirling mass inexorably following a path to smash into your area. And praying that that you still HAVE a house that's not flooded to all hell when you get back.

I think I'd prefer the extreme randomness of earthquakes. It makes it so I don't have to worry about it until it's actually happening. And then when it does happen, I either (a) get crushed or (b) survive. So far I've survived just fine, with no property damage to speak of. I know the Big One could hit and kill me at any time -- but a car could run a red light and kill me at any time also, or any other number of things. No use worrying about it. It's just that with hurricanes, you kind of HAVE to worry about it. There it is. It's huge, it has winds of 75-200 MPH, and it's coming. You can see it, and it looks scary.

But to each his own...

Annie - if you stay buzzed all the time, you will always be properly prepared for the earthquake

*zips in*

I am TOTALLY with Wavey, 100%, in this conversation.

I guess that's all I have to say.:(

Just to let you all know . . .

I felt the earthquake.


By the way, Dave sold out the show in SLO. I pulled all the strings I knew how to pull and I still didn't get to go.


Try New Jersey - unless you consider toxic waste, pollution or organized crime natural disasters (we do get earthquakes, but just little baby ones).

I'd suggest Chicago, but (besides the snow, the heat, and the occasional seiche sweeping people off the piers into Lake Michigan) I have it on good authority that the worst earthquake zone in the continental U.S. is the New Madrid fault (accent on MAD) in s. Illinois. When it made the Mississippi run backwards for a while in 1811 (for real), there weren't enough folks around to have it matter much. However, with today's population distribution, a similar quake today would "topple highrises" and leave downtown areas several yards deep in broken glass and other debris.
But come on ahead! There's only a 90% chance that this will happen before 2040, according to somethin I googled a minute ago.

Lived in CA for a while, there were quakes every day in our area, never felt them. As I was driving out of the state last year to move to Texas they had "real" one. When I heard it on the radio I thought "got out just in time."

Give me tornados any day, you can tell when they are coming and avoid them, and usually the damage, while extensive, is localized. I like my disasters to happen a few blocks over, thank you.

Wavey - you're right - I don't fear hurricanes much because they don't happen here. But Northridge had me shaking literally for months. I felt like an ant in a snowglobe that someone shook up.

Tiny - you're right - when the Whittier quake hit in the '80's, my roommate was in the shower and never noticed the quake because she thought she was just hung over when she fell into the shower door.

Betsy - you're right - New Madrid is the biggest. I had a friend move to St. Louis to avoid eq's. I told her to look up New Madrid, which runs nearby. They are going to be hurting bigtime, since no one plans on one back there, they won't be prepared, and I don't think they're big on retrofitting or building eq-resistant buildings.

Thanks, AWBH. I'm not sure how one prepares for a quake in Chicago, but I still have my lanterns, batteries and drinking water from Y2K (well, the batteries & water have been updated); and I live on a low floor of my highrise, so presumably I'll be able to walk down the stairs, unless, of course, I'm buried under twenty stories of rubble. Bottom line: I doubt that there's anyplace on earth that's completely safe...it's all got snakes or storms or quakes or forest fires or tsunamis or terrorists or hurricanes or tornadoes or crackheads or bad drivers. And in some cases, not mentioning any states by name, most of the above.

If you live in or around san luis obispo you come to expect these things.

sometimes the "movin" and "shakin" is not from the ground but from too many cocktails. If your drink don't drive, if you do and get arrested here is a great site: San Luis Obispo DUI Information

It's interesting to see this point of view. I can't say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.

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