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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:20 PM
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EARTHQUAKE!
Southern California...details pending!

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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:21 PM
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1. ? Nothing in Central OC
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Tiggeroshii Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:22 PM
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2. I felt it!!
Just a minute ago...

it was small though. At least here. inland empire
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:22 PM
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5. I'm in the Valley. LA n/t
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:22 PM
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3. didn't feel anything
what part are you in?
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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The Valley. n/t
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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9. a small, smooth, wavy earthquake.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:22 PM
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4. I felt it!
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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10. Where are you? n/t
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:25 PM
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16. North Hollywood at the moment.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:26 PM
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20. Okay, that explains why we both felt it.
I'm in Woodland Hills. n/t
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:36 PM
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43. Hi, neighbor!
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:59 PM
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53. Hello! n/t
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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6. Yeah I just felt it!
Why did I leave Atlanta??
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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7. LOL! For the weather! n/t
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:25 PM
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15. ...and the nice views!!
I'm still kinda shakey!


I need a drank!
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:26 PM
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18. and the clean air!... just kidding
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:28 PM
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28. Damn, how long have you been in LA?
That was not a big quake at all.

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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:32 PM
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37. 5 years
Only felt a couple since I've lived here.

Used to spend a lot of time on the road.

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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:34 PM
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39. Okay, so you haven't had your earthquake cherry shocked. n/t
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:39 PM
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46. I'd like to keep that way now that I live here...thank you very much
I did get the crap shook out of me before I moved here.

Was in Magic Johnson's Starbucks in Inglewood years ago when all of a sudden I felt like a baby being shook by one of those bad nannies.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:47 PM
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50. And you're still antsy?
Come on!

You need to take a class on Earthquake preparedness.

Then you'll know what to do and won't be as easily frightened every time a big truck drives by.

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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:59 PM
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52. Where I was raised from you could flee threats.
We got plenty of warnings when a hurricane was coming... I evacuated N.O. a couple of times. Fortunately those were false alarms.

Earthquakes catch you by surprise wherever your ass might be at the time.

It's more like earthquake aftermath planning you have to be good at.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:33 PM
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55. No. You need to know what to do when one is happening.
Do you know what to do? (besides scream?)

What supplies to have on hand?

Where to meet other family members?

There are things to do before hand that can calm your nerves because you know what to do. That's why it's important to be prepared.

And that's why Californians always laugh at the newbies when a 4.0 hits.

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Tigress DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:05 AM
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61. Inside door jamb is one of the most solid parts of home construction.
Away from windows that will shatter and exterior walls which tend to get the most movement.

Under a strong table or desk near an interior wall is 2nd best. Things will fall down, let them fall on the desk/table first.

DO NOT run outside if you are indoors or toward a building if you are outdoors.


Aftermath -- finding clean drinking water and indoor plumbing that still works in case of a BIG Quake and the issue of natural gas lines getting bent out of shape and places going ka-boom from that.

Still, most buildings in CA that meet code will easily survive a 5.5.


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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:58 AM
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70. Wired to my gas meter I have one of those funny tools that's supposed to help me turn it off...
... in case I have to. Which I hope I never do.

Hekate


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Tigress DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:52 AM
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76. In MN during the winter there are a lot of nat gas explosions.
The TV spots say, if you can smell gas, just get out. Immediately. Just get out.

Your tool will probably be helpful if you decide to do landscaping and turn it off as a precaution. We also have a service from our Electric & Gas Companies where they will come and mark where the power and gas lines prior to any yard work or repair a person might plan so they can work around them.


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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:09 AM
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77. Wow. Different climate for sure. Here in SoCal our earthquake instructions...
... are to for gods' sake not light matches if we smell gas, but to go outside and turn it off at the meter if there's been a bad enough quake to break the house and the gas lines with it. At that point the gas company probably isn't going to be sending out drivers, and it's time to dig the emergency rations out and check to make sure the neighbors are still okay under the rubble.

Like I said, I hope I never have to try to do that.

Under normal circumstances we call Dig Alert before landscaping or similar and they come out and plant little yellow flags along the gas line route. Also I've twice called the gas company for a persistent but intermittent gas smell around my stove and the nice man did a good tune-up. Each time it was something different, and I figure one call every 10 years or so is okay.

But I've never heard of any explosions here. :wow:

Hekate


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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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5.5 according to USGS site:
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:24 PM by Dennis Donovan
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:30 PM
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33. 5.5? That's just "fun size" ... exciting but not normally dangerous
Now ... when they get to 6.0 ... THAT'S when lives are at more significant risk.

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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:59 PM
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51. "fun size" LOL! n/t
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blitzen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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8. 5.5 .... 16 miles from Ludlow
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:24 PM
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13. 5.5! Pfft, I'm going back to bed. n/t
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Tigress DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:50 PM
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59. Link to Wiki Chart about Richter Scale so you get an idea of what 5.5 feels like
IN computer terms (5.5) 178kb VS (6.9) 26.8MB { .1738 megabytes } VS { 27443 KB } < Rough corrolation >
is the DIFFERENCE between THIS EarthQuake and the 1989 SUPERBOWL Quake in San Fran CA that collapsed that double decker bridge

(more)
************* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_magnitude_scale ********************


<snip>
Richter
Approximate Magnitude --- Approximate TNT for Seismic Energy Yield -- Joule equivalent
--- Example

<snip>
5.5 --- 178 kilotons ----------------------------------747.6 TJ

Little Skull Mtn. earthquake (NV, USA), 1992
Alum Rock earthquake (CA, USA), 2007

<snip>
6.9 -------------------26.8 megatons ------------------------------------112.2 PJ

San Francisco Bay Area earthquake (CA, USA), 1989




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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:23 PM
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11. 8:20 PM. It was a fairly good one, but not underneath me in the Valley.
Scared the cats, swayed the building, really swayed my vertical blinds.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:25 PM
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17. Earthquakes: Nature's automatic dusters. n/t
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Yavapai Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:13 PM
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81. You sound like a old time land surfer, dude!
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:29 PM
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84. LOL! That's about right, yeah!
Until Lucy Jones comes on the TV and tells everyone where the quake was and how big it was, etc, one can never know what to expect.

BTW, under the right conditions, the basin of the Valley could become liquefied. In addition, Santa Monica is a low-lying area on the coast and scientists predict it could be devastated by a tsunami if one were ever to occur.

So land surfers could very easily become water surfers too.

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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:24 PM
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12. EEEEK!!!!
:scared:

I really hate that... well, only felt an earthquake once but that was in Mass! :P
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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:25 PM
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14. Is this it?
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 PM by Journalgrrl
Epi near Ludlow, Barstow, CA ...?

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Quakes/...



Edit: okay, maybe I am slow on the uptake... lol 5.5 !!!
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:26 PM
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19. Yeah, it's a little itty-bitty thing. n/t
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 PM
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21. I was starting to think I was the only one who felt it until I saw Colbert's post.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 PM
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23. : p n/t
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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:29 PM
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30. What's the biggest one you have been through...?
I had the ride of the Loma Prieta in the Bay Area, pretty wild, weird to be in the city and have no power for days. Now I live in the mountains, and I am pretty used to it and cooking on the woodstove if needs be! lol
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:32 PM
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36. Northridge, 1994. n/t
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:34 PM
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40. That was the one to write home about, indeed. I never want to go
through that again. NO THANKS.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:36 PM
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42. Yup, that was an earthquake to remember.
The aftershocks were pretty big too IIRC.

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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:42 PM
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48. Yep, the first one that came right on the heels of the big one was
enough to nearly give me heart failure. And that whole first night was a wild ride.......
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:38 PM
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57. Yup.
And it showed that a community can survive a natural disaster if building codes are followed.

We learn from our mistakes and we just keep getting better and better at it.

Sadly, here is an example of how not to follow building codes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_%C4%B0zmit_earthquake

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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:22 AM
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74. Building codes are kind of in our blood here. Whenever there's a bad one overseas we shudder...
... in sympathy. We (and the newswriters) also look at the photos of collapsed buildings and mentally tally missing rebar and crappy concrete or mud-bricks, while thanking our lucky stars -- and building inspectors-- that it's not us. California volunteer rescue teams with their dogs try to go wherever it is.

Hekate


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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:39 PM
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47. Loma Prieta - 1989 - while driving on a bridge - I thought it was going to collaspe. - n/t
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:57 AM
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65. try being two blocks from the epicenter during the Northridge Quake n/t
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:28 AM
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66. No thank you! n/t
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:13 AM
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72. The Northridge Earthquake was a doozy we felt up here beyond Santa Barbara...
Woke me right up. It's funny, I could tell from the rolling that it was a big one and that the epicenter was far away.

The electricity went out about 2 seconds after that, so I couldn't turn on the radio or TV. However, I remembered all those foggy 6 a.m. wake-ups from my clock radio where it would inexplicably pick up a San Diego station, so I went out to my car and started searching on the radio. Sure enough, I got San Diego and the beginnings of the information I needed.

Went back inside and hunted up my old Melitta coffee pot, boiled water on the gas stove, and made my morning brew.

It's a good thing I had my coffee, because I started fielding calls. Yes, we have one land line phone left, and it works in an emergency. Told my sis in Massachusetts that we were fine. Told my rather frantic daughter that I had no idea if her dad was okay--he's my ex and lived in Northridge at the time.

Turns out that my ex was okay, and so were some old family friends who also live in Northridge. He said that he was thrown from his bed and tossed around like a wash-load with the contents of his apartment. My parents' old friends found that every single cupboard in their house had been dumped, and that everything that could break, broke. But the house itself was okay, and didn't have to be red-tagged.

There were some awful stories from that day. I will never forget the news-helicopter checking the freeways and helplessly filming an early-arriving cop car as it sped toward the abyss of a shattered overpass.

One important thing though: this was during the Clinton administration, and FEMA was staffed by professionals. FEMA worked fine.

Hekate


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moriah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:59 PM
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80. A 3.9 here in Arkansas... kinda wacked out actually
It was in an area that is pretty far from the New Madrid, so it was kind of weird.

Data from USGS on it:

2000 06 27 012845 35.80 -92.75 0 3.9 LgCERI

I was out in the boonies in the Ozarks, felt the house shake.

Went outside, the two other residents were gardening in the terraced gardens. One was standing on dirt, and felt nothing. The other had been standing on some of the rock that made the garden terrace -- she was knocked to the ground.

The house had been built with the pillars of the foundation on bedrock, so that's the only reason it shook the house.

Was pretty weird for that part of Arkansas, at first we thought it had to have been a dynamite blast or something nearby, but no.... was an actual earthquake.
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:57 PM
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93. My husband was in San Jose for that one.
He calls it 'Surfing with the Alien'.

In the Bay Area, I once felt the concrete floor in Cost Plus (SF) shake under my feet. I've missed out on earthquakes so far. But I've weathered some supercell/torandic storms in the midwest which are their own little ray of sunshine.

I now live next to a volcano. Always living dangerous, me. :D
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 PM
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22. Shit.. we always miss out:(
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 PM by SoCalDem
It's been months since we had one I could feel

my kitties need the exercise :)
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 PM
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25. What city?! n/t
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:29 PM
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29. Moreno Valley...near Riverside (March ARB is here)
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:35 PM
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41. I don't know what's worst: Riverside's oddball cults or the random earthquake. n/t
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:29 PM
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31. Putting it all in perspective, eh?
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 PM
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24. I should call my brother tomorrow.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:28 PM
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26. Didn't feel a thing
Looks like the epicenter is way out in the desert though.
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Popol Vuh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:28 PM
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27. 5.5
I didn't feel a thing here in San Pedro (next to Los Angeles Harbor)

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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:30 PM
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32. Meh, it wasn't that big anyway. You didn't miss anything. n/t
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:31 PM
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35. Yep, that's it. I could tell it was pretty far away by the gentle swaying
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:32 PM by kestrel91316
rather than rattling.

About 5 minutes before, both my cats became fascinated with looking out the sliding glass door onto my balcony. Interesting. They probably knew it was coming.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:31 PM
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34. OMG, you guys had me scared for a second, thinking this was the "Big One" you guys have been...
worried about for a while down there.

Hope everyone's OK!!!
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:33 PM
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38. Yeah, we're fine.
I just posted in case it was a "pre-shock" (as opposed to an aftershock).

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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:38 PM
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45. One of my cats spooked again a minute or two ago. I give it
halfway decent odds of being a foreshock to something in the next hour. Hope NOT, though......
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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:37 PM
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44. Is there a map with all the faults on it...?
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:38 PM by Journalgrrl
Some of those puppies stretch a while...

Wonder if we could get some action on this end of the sierras...?
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:45 PM
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49. Post #8 above.
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kywildcat Donating Member (529 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:21 AM
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73. Some on DU posted this a year or so ago.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:17 PM
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54. WTF are you West Valley guys smoking?
Nothing in Burbank. :crazy:
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:40 PM
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58. LOL! Hey, I always post in case it's a "pre-shock!" n/t
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:34 PM
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56. Riverside - just a slight swaying, enuff to feel it and that's about it nt
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:54 PM
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60. OMG!!!! IT RAINED AND PEOPLE GOT WET!!! (details pending) (nt)
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Lindsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:24 AM
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62. One of my best friends called me from The Valley and asked,
"Did you feel that." I'm in West L.A. and didn't feel a thing. He was in a movie theatre when it happened and it freaked him out a little. He was quite a distancefrom the epicenter during the '94 Northridge Quake so he hasn't ever REALLY been in a big one....OMG....Nothing has ever, ever, ever, scared me like that. It was the only time in my life I just knew I was about to die. We had a whole lot of damage and moved but only to another part of L.A. because I really love it here and I figure if I die in an earthquake at least I'll die lovin' life and where I live.....
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:37 AM
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63. Yeah. The OP's hysterical excitement over a common event is symptomatic of something.
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 01:42 AM by ConsAreLiars
I can guess what, but won't. A 5.5 quake is nothing but a mild drizzle compared to the real 7+ thing. ALL CAPS hysteria? Says more about the OP than the event.

(edit a bit)
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:29 AM
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67. "hysterical excitement" Excuse me? Where do you see "hysterical" or "excitement"? n/t
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:37 AM
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75. That would be, in case you are really as dumb as you pretend, in the ALL CAPS plus the "!" (nt)
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:48 PM
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78. I keep forgetting that for some people I still have to post the :sarcasm: smiley.
I will have to remember to post that especially for you next time.

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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:35 AM
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69. Excuse me, but in the two years I have lived in SoCal
We have had only two earthquakes in the 5.5 range. Not really that common an event.

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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:01 AM
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71. One every year, and no damage other than a few broken plates?
Not really anything deserving an ALL CAPS with ! added unless the OP is a drama queen.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:49 PM
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79. "unless the OP is a drama queen." Calm down, keep your personal attacks to yourself. n/t
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 02:49 PM by ColbertWatcher
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:31 AM
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68. SoCal gets a lot of transplants. I love to watch them freak when it's a tiny little bugger. n/t
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:31 PM
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85. I'll take quakes over tornados ANY DAY
a normal quake is like:."ooh, did you feel that"?
(obviously not for the BIG ones)

ANY tornado can "get you", and they happen regularly like clockwork for a LARGE part of the US...

sitting, huddled in a spidery basement, under a desk, in the dark, in 80+ temps, with whining kids, yipping dogs & yowling cats..listening to static-y am radio...for HOURS is waaaay worse that "ooh, did you feel that?"
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XOKCowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:58 PM
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87. Hold on...
Tornadoes come and go within minutes not hours. Unless it's coming right over you it's not a threat. You can watch them from less than a mile a way in total safety. I rode out one in OK in the first floor laundry room of an apt building looking out the door as the world went by sideways. Just sayin....

Now as for earthquakes the only one I experienced was at a show in Anaheim. I was on a stage with subwoofers underneath it so I didn't feel a thing but the audience sure freaked out. Dadgummit!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:10 PM
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88. One summer in Olathe, Kansas, we spent almost as much time in the basement
as we did upstairs.. We'd get clusters of twisters..one night there were 5 on the ground within a 5-mile radius..and wouldn't you know, the damned sirens were right outside my youngest's bedroom window...once a week they tested that damned thing..right during naptime :)

and after the 1968 tornados that swept through, I was never one to hang around upstairs..we lost part of a roof..my friend's family lost their house & Topeka got SLAMMED..
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XOKCowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:29 PM
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90. A summer in Oz... Must have been fun
The thing about tornadoes is that they're so damn unpredictable. One year it's one after another and the next 5 yrs nothing. I remember those green clouds. It'd be a beautiful day, hot, clear an breezy and then few clouds would appear then rain and lightning and then a calm with the green clouds. Very eerie! It's funny though. If you grew up there then you always had your eye on the NW sky and instinctively knew when there was danger.

Now earthquakes... That's scary! :)
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:45 PM
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92. Our worst tornados happened at night.. when you cannot see them
:(

We've been in SoCal since 1980, and have never even had a dish break from a quake :)//knock wood
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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:17 PM
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82. Why do you have to be such a jerk about the OP?
Have you ever been in an earthquake?

And, if you write back, and tell me you are an old pro at weathering them, then did you ever think that it might have been Colbert Watcher's first?

I've been in quite a few and they can be very unnerving....so CWer came to her DU community for some, well, community.

Also, if you've been in them, you know that what you are feeling might be miles and miles from the epicenter.....and so you never really know until after the fact whether it was big or not.

My first quake: I was living in LA and the room barely moved and the lighting fixture swayed. My native CA roommate, said, No Big Deal.....well it ended up being the HUGE quake that hit and devastated San Francisco..........
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:23 PM
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83. It's not my first earthquake and I have no problem with ConsAreLiars. n/t
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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:33 PM
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86. Fine with me, thought it was out of line for CAL to call you a "drama queen" and "dumb"
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 05:33 PM by rvablue
for your innocent post, but if you're OK with it, so am I.

:shrug:
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:13 PM
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89. I keep forgetting that most people are more literal than I am.
And, that I have to post the sarcasm smiley more often.

LOL!

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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:41 AM
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64. I have yet to feel it.
But that may have a lot to do with living in NC.
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:30 PM
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91. It wasn't me...I wasn't anywhere near the place!.....n/t
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