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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:30 PM
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Minor Quake Strikes Near Mount Rainier 4.5
Minor Quake Strikes Near Mount Rainier
By Associated Press

October 8, 2006, 1:24 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattled homes east of Mount Rainier on Saturday night, but no injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The quake struck just before 8 p.m. about 7 miles east of the mountain's summit, said Tom Yelin of the University of Washington Seismology Laboratory.


Yelin said he did not think the quake was associated with any volcanic activity. >>>snip

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-brf...


http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Maps/US...


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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:31 PM
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1. ROVIAN DISTRACTION!!!!!11!1!1 n/t
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:54 PM
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2. I knew I felt something!
My wife and I were watching TV when I felt the house start to shimmy back and forth, very lightly. I asked my wife: "Did you feel that?"

"Feel what?"

"THAT!"
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:58 PM
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3. Rainer is a pretty big volcano I hope it is not awaking
and this was just a earth tremor. I felt a few tremors when I lived on the Olympic peninsula a while back.

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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:12 PM
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8. That was my first thought, too!
:scared:
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:15 PM
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4. When Little Sister speaks, Granfather will soon answer
Cryptically, SH

Grandfather:
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:18 PM
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5. I'm sure glad I don't live in Tacoma
I watched a TV program once that said everything between the mountain and the Sound is in real danger.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:28 PM
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7. Lahars. The snow will melt, running off to the Sound texture of cement
There are boulders in the area between MtTahoma and PugetSound, big boulders, even right east of SeaTac, think Ikea area, that washed down last time the mountain erupted.

Fast flowing cement with SUV size boulders and trees in it. Nasty.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:23 PM
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6. Mount Tahoma n/y
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:18 PM
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9. Like a friend used to say...
This is her home and if the mountain goes and takes her with it, that's just the way it was supposed to be.

And one little tremor does not an eruption make.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:59 PM
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12. actually it's been about 15 little tremors in less tha a week.
Though they are all small. I'm not saying it indicates anything beyond that the little quakes yield little attention.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:53 PM
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26. Like the people who were warned
prior to the Mount Saint Helens eruption?

And refused to evacuate?

Sorry, but those people were just. plain. dumb.
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:55 PM
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10. Also a 4.1 near the Vancouver Island region on Oct 2
Looks like the earth up there is getting restless.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:18 AM
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13. It's been a while
since we had a real shaker. Or any serious volcanic activity, for that matter.
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:43 AM
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14. I am NOT looking forward to the next quake
There have been three or four in Seattle since I moved here 12 years ago, and we are due for another. The last one occured while I was at work, on the 10th floor of an 11 floor building. The swaying was intense. Now, I work on the 28th floor of a 33 story building. In an office with two glass walls. :scared:

It would be better for me if it happened in the evening or at night. But then I think of all the people living in high-rise condominiums and....
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:01 PM
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11. Oh, no. Have my earthquake supply kit in place but how to
evacuate 7 cats and a puppy on my own?

That's at least two big carriers and a leash and a to go pack. Gulp.
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:49 AM
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15. A few possibilities
If you have that many animals, presumably you have a house rather than a condo or an apartment. The easiest thing to do is to open the doors and let them scatter (assuming you have them tagged.)

A second option would be to have your garage set up as an earthquake shelter, with reinforced beams and either plastic windows or the kind of "shatter glass" used to make automobile windows. You can keep the bulk of your supplies there; if you keep the litter boxes and kennel in the garage, the critters will be used to calling it home and it shouldn't be difficult to evacuate if necessary.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:31 AM
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20. It's a condo and no garage but a carport.
I think I just better drill getting out of here. At least it's only one flight of outdoor stairs.
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:07 AM
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16. Webicorder plot for that evening
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maseman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:16 AM
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17. Maybe Bush had Kim Jung Il
Blow his nuke off under Ranier??
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RawMaterials Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:22 AM
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19. great I'm going to seattle at the end of the month
hope I'm going to be ok
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:17 AM
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18. Duck, cover, then run for your life screaming!
When I lived in Seattle, the dump I worked at had periodic earthquke drills. We were supposed to jump under our desks when they gave the word. The "stuporvisors" jumped on anyone who didn't crawl under. As if we needed to practice. So one day a real quake starts rattling and swaying the building. The stupovisors stood at the floor to ceiling windows looking out. A Darwin possiblity passed.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:55 AM
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21. There was a 3.0 quake in Oklahoma...
WTF is going on with the planet?
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:58 AM
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22. Yeah, surely there can be no active seismic areas in
the American mid-continent.
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:21 PM
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25. The New Madrid fault runs thru mid-America.
http://www.scchealth.org/docs/ems/docs/prepare/newMadri...

About The New Madrid Fault

THE NEW MADRID FAULT SYSTEM EXTENDS 120 MILES SOUTHWARD from the area of Charleston, Missouri, and Cairo, Illinois, through New Madrid and Caruthersville, following Interstate 55 to Blytheville and on down to Marked Tree, Arkansas. It crosses five state lines and cuts across the Mississippi River in three places and the Ohio River in two places.

THE FAULT IS ACTIVE, AVERAGING MORE THAN 200 MEASURED EVENTS per YEAR (1.0 or more on the Richter scale), about 20 per month. Tremors large enough to be felt (2.5 - 3.0 on the Richter scale) are noted annually. Every 18 months the fault releases a shock of 4.0 or more, capable of local minor damage. The most recent registering 4.3 along the New Madrid Fault on Thanksgiving evening, 1996, which was felt by citizens in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, Illinois and Mississippi. Magnitudes of 5.0 or greater occurring about once per decade, can do significant damage, and be felt in several states.



THE HIGHEST EARTHQUAKE RISK in the UNITED STATES outside the West Coast is along the New Madrid Fault. Damaging tremors are not as frequent as in California, but when they occur, the destruction covers over more than 20 times the area because of underlying geology.

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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:14 PM
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27. They've had 8+ quakes along the New Madrid Fault
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 11:15 PM by XemaSab
For those of you keeping track at home, the 1906 quake was estimated at about a 7.8.

On edit: I don't mean they're had like, 8 pinner quakes, I mean they're had MONSTER quakes!

The Mississippi River flowed backwards, and church bells in BOSTON rang.

Here's a couple lists of the strongest quakes in the US. Note well that on the first list, California doesn't even make the top 10, and the quake that comes in at #12 is a very little known quake.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/topics/10_largest_u...

Also note well #2 on the list, which has a rough estimate of 9, making it 100 times more powerful than the 1989 quake in the Bay Area! 9:30 PM local time on January 26, 1700! Yeah baby yeah!!!!!!!

http://www.pnsn.org/HAZARDS/CASCADIA/cascadia_event.htm...
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:28 PM
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23. Hollywood!
Filming "The Core II."

Everyone relax.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:25 PM
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28. Oklahoma has 80-90 earthquakes a year
Most are so small they can't be felt.

The Meers Fault in S.W. Oklahoma registered a 3.9 quake a couple of years ago.

Plus we have quakes from the New Madrid Fault.

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geniph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:17 PM
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24. We have magnitude 3 to 5 quakes all the time
which is a large part of the reason we don't have a lot of magnitude 7's. The small quakes relieve a lot of the stress. Small quakes are good.
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