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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:34 PM
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While people make fun of the quake...


Yep, that is from a supermarket



Can't find yet photos of real damage

The Pentagon has had a few problems with pipes failing

The mayor of Mineral VA reports her walks are cracked and extensive physical damage.

Go laugh it up... but there IS damage... as in REAL DAMAGE.

A little sensitivity will go a long way.

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:36 PM
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1. here's pict of ntl cathedral
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:41 PM
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3. Yikes. Actually, I'd be expecting some teabagger congressperson to start squawking
Edited on Tue Aug-23-11 04:42 PM by calimary
in a few days about how the USGS really should be defunded! We don't NEED it! No taxes! No taxes!

I wish some Democrat would get up there now and point this out - ask when we're gonna start hearing that from these Something-for-Nothing Know-it-Alls. And some Dem ought to use this as an illustration of how the move to privatize everything will screw you. Stop funding the USGS! Give it to the private sector! Then you'll get every earthquake warning or measurement or other news only via paid subscription! Can't afford it? Aw... too bad. Sucks to be you! Personal responsibility!

RUTHLESSNESS ABOVE ALL!
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:42 PM
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5. Tip of the towers
somebody could have gotten killed with that falling debris.

YUP roaring funny... :sarcasm:

Thanks by the way.
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:55 PM
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12. Where has our sense of humor gone?
Yes, I saw a picture of a lawn chair knocked over and I made a joke in regards to it. If people had been hurt or killed, I would not have said a word. So far, I've only heard stories about structural damage and most of that damage was minimal. If there is more serious structural damage, I would think that those whose property has been damaged, would have insurance to cover the costs.

I really am having a hard time these days feeling sorry for corporations and organizations who may suffer from this particular event.

Yes, it could have been more devastating, but it wasn't. I am thankful for that. But if people want to partake in some comic relief in regards to it, I don't see why it should be a problem? :shrug:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:59 PM
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15. Your post was not precisely what I was talking about
and I will not link to a few of those OPs, by the way... fire fighters are now, not shocking, going out on heart attack calls Those go up too
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:19 PM
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26. Posting mocking things minutes after the quake, before there was any time to see
what had happened, to get any view of damage or injuries, that was uncalled for.

When enough time passes to make sure there aren't serious injuries, then get some "comic relief", but at least let the dust settle before mocking.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:40 PM
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2. Just put on a Jimmy Buffett CD
And groove along to his hit "Volcano." Some of us in the Pacific Northwest don't find it all that amusing, but I'm assured it is a rib-tickling novelty song well worth the 99 cents to download from iTunes.
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:41 PM
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4. Quite sobering. K&R.
Who will pick up the toppled shampoo bottles?

I ask: WHO?

:cry:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:43 PM
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6. The top of the cathedral had debris fall
if any of that hit anybody you'd be talking somebody killed or injured, yup, incredibly funny.

:sarcasm:
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:44 PM
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8. That's the rub: if it DID, we'd have HEARD about it.
But evidently it DIDN'T, so what is the point?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:49 PM
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9. The point is that you are making fun
of an event that is actually serious. Just because the trains did not derail does not mean there is no damage to the line why they are running very slow.

Just because flights have resumed from some airports does not mean some damage has not occurred

Just because you have not heard of a death yet does not mean one has not happened (and I hope none happened, but heart attacks do go up after one of these)

The fact that you have not heard of a slew of things.

And chiefly... you are making fun of people who are right now quite scared... not a progressive value last time I checked.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:50 PM
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10. Odd you should mention that - NPR was interviewing someone
at the epicenter, and all the firefighters were out on heart attack calls!
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:56 PM
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13. Not surprised at all
According to some I never wore the hats I have worn over my lifetime. And they have to do the calls on top of assessing damage.

They will have a spike of those for anywhere from 12-24 hours
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:05 PM
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20. I did the Northridge quake in a Los Angeles highrise...
Out of 50 relatively affluent residences, I think 3 of us had any form of preparations or action plan. Lots of the 'how funny you'd store water' people had a tough time for a day or two. The 'why do you keep a flashlight by your bed' people learned to walk down 10 flights of stairs by Bic light.

Barefoot smirker to me, morning of the quake, pitch dark, as I help him look for glass on the ground with my flashlight: "Hey, you have on those slippers that are always by your door."
Me to smirker : "Yep."
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:17 PM
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25. Oh I have been through many quakes in cali
and that quake I was on standby for mutual aid.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:43 PM
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7. LOL
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:51 PM
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11. I think the people making fun of the event are largely blowing off
tension. Gallows humor is very common.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:08 PM
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21. I can see people "blowing off tension"
if they've been dealing with a frightening event for a couple of hours or days.

But this happened in the blink of an eye.

There wasn't even time for people to build up tension. So I don't buy it. I think people are just being jerks.

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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:59 PM
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14. Some structural damage has been reported at federal buildings.


<snip>

"Broadcasting Board of Governors: Evacuated due to structural damage.

Education Department: Employees in the department's Union Center Plaza building were sent home due to structural damage at the adjacent CNN tower."

<snip>

http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=48603& ;oref=todaysnews


Also, there's a pic of some cracks in a wall in the Rayburn building - that can't be good.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/23/images-from-the-east-... /

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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:03 PM
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17. We really do not know yet the extent
As to that crack here hoping it is just cosmetic
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:11 PM
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22. It would be even more sobering if
Edited on Tue Aug-23-11 05:13 PM by AsahinaKimi
You had a Nuclear plant near by that was affected by the quake..
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:14 PM
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23. Santa Anna scrammed safely and has no outside power
Thankfully the road is not that damaged so if they need to truck diesel in to the generators...

But keep your eye on that one...I was getting flashbacks
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:38 PM
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31. Here, in fact




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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:47 PM
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33. Lets hope they are more
Edited on Tue Aug-23-11 05:48 PM by AsahinaKimi
Efficient than TEPCO.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:50 PM
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34. Well they do have a road so if they need to truck in diesel
it helps. Believe it or not this was rated for a 6 pointer.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:52 PM
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35. I was here in San Francisco for the 7.0
back in 1989. I was 15 at the time. Want to find a great way to scare a 15 year old girl to death? Shake her house like a chew toy in a dogs mouth!
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:01 PM
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16. That supermarket photo
Harrowing.

:scared:
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Rhythm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:24 PM
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27. Maybe you'd prefer these...





People on the eastern seaboard just don't get events like this often... would a little compassion hurt all that much?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:26 PM
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28. Looking at the masonry on top of car
nobody got killed and that was lucky
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Rhythm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:37 PM
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30. Taken in Vienna VA (posted on MSNBC)...
Looks like a retaining wall toppled over... scary as hell the damage to the cars.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:39 PM
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32. The damage is just coming in
in New York and DC, yep, easy, but some of these towns are well off the beaten path.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:04 PM
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18. Instead of making fun...
I would think people might be glad nobody was hurt or killed.


Maybe they'd feel better if a couple hundred people got crushed under falling bricks or something.



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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:16 PM
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24. Well it is the east coast vs west coast
but yep, I am glad nobody died... and I hope all the predictable heart attack calls are just that, calls.

Oh and that there is no underlying damage that Irene will be able to have fun with that otherwise it would never have happened.
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itsallhappening Donating Member (578 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:05 PM
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19. Send in the National Guard to pick up the six things that fell of that shelf.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 05:26 PM
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29. Maybe you'd prefer these
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Feron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 06:05 PM
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36. Talk about making a mountain out of molehill.
Yes there was some damage, but most of it is minor. In addition nobody was injured or killed.

The earthquake is certainly unusual, but it's not a devastating event by any stretch.

The media is just as bad...Look at this pile of bricks for the 200th time this hour! My books in the office fell off the shelf!!nuclear power plants!!eleventy!!

/cue post-earthquake CVS picture that looks neater than most Wal-Marts on a good day.

I'm so tired of hyperbole and fearmongering perpetrated by the media and others. And so are many other people. Hence the jokes.

Being afraid in an earthquake is understandable. However it's ridiculous to act like this was some sort of catastrophe.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 06:09 PM
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37. That is far from the point
Edited on Tue Aug-23-11 06:09 PM by nadinbrzezinski
The point is that people are treating this as a fun thing to make fun of people.

Agreed to the media. If they wanted to do some good they should have given a few good pieces of standard advise, not that they do, or expect them too

As to deaths... if there is a heart attack leading to a death in the next 24 hours, not that your media will go there, it could be linked to it. Those calls go up ALWAYS.

Oh and USGS is estimating ECONOMIC losses at 100 million or more.
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 06:09 PM
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38. Thank heavens that the major news media isn't based in SoCal. nt
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