Just one note for the East Coast and those making light of this
I have spent some time looking at damage pictures.
Several things stand out.
1.- If you believe in a deity, thank such a deity that nobody got hurt or killed. Wall collapses were a plenty... that is what usually hurts people. If you don't like me, still be thankful.
2.- For those of you in the quake zone, if you are near any damaged structure, even if it looks minor, stay away until it is cleared by engineers. If there is damage an achoo (aka an aftershock) can finish the job.
29. People, on this board especially know that Washington isn't listening to them,
and that the voting machines are likely taking away the only option they ever had to get their anger heard. Unfortunately, we aren't to the part where we coalesce and become a thing for Washington and Wall Street to fear. For now were just a bunch of squabbling serfs who are, as slave groups often do, squabbling with each other. Other wise known as the circular firing squad. When we quit that and who knows how long that will be, the writing will be on the wall for a lot of Oligarchs. This seems to having nothing to do with this topic and yet, it really, really does.
California here, if your are not used to that type of activity it can be pretty scary. Don't take it to hard that my fellow Californian's gave you such a hard time today. They are lashing out as every time we have an earth quake, flood or fire the media drops us like a potato.
For years we have felt left out, don't take it personally.
Some of us have never experienced anything like this. (Me for one.) I live near Pittsburgh, and we felt it here. It didn't scare me, it was just a very unusual feeling. It lasted about 10 or 15 seconds here.
I have always heard pets act up before an earthquake. I have 5 cats. Not ONE of them exhibited any unusual behavior. Maybe that is because this is the first earthquake THEY experienced too!(?)
is that most of us who live in quake country (I was in the Bay Area for Loma Prieta), 5.9 or 5.8 just doesn't sound that bad. The thing that we forget is that our infrastructure, since 1906, has taken earthquakes into account so a 5.9 just doesn't do that much (things are shaken off the shelves at the local grocery, a few things bounce around, water sloshes out of the swimming pools, etc). The east coast (much of which is more than 100 years old) doesn't have the same earthquake awareness that the west coast has... but we here shouldn't minimize what the DC area is going through... I remember moving to CA in 1988 and going through a couple of "small ones" (5.6, 5.8) and thinking "wow, that was scary and weird"... now, after 20 years and a 7.1, I don't even think about a 5.8 unless it's right under my feet (within 15 miles).
11. I am still amazed at the lack of basic seismic updates to the building codes
Edited on Wed Aug-24-11 12:40 AM by ProgressiveProfessor
Was back in MD recently visiting friends and to give a guest lecture. Nearly new house and many things that have been code for years in the west are still not requirements such as strapping a gas water heater to the structure. I remain amazed.
These are government issues, not the fault of residents.
21. I recently visited a site where a new garage is was being built
The stuff required by the door was impressive and not cheap. I had not realized that it was a weak spot for earthquakes.
Last time we lived on the east coast we had a gas fired water heater in the basement I strapped it to the studs. Inspector wanted me to take it off since it was not required and was not "code". Ahhh, so much for the backwoods of southern MD.
28. Every Friday I took the kids to a video store on Wilshire Blvd.
The was a plaque next to the door which said "This building is constructed of unreinforced masonry which may be unsafe in an earthquake." We passed by it after Northridge to find it PANCAKED. Had the event occurred during business hours there would have been many lives lost.
I'm so disheartened by the meanness displayed on this topic. It's NOT a tiny thing if one is not accustomed to it. After some years in L.A. I could sleep though a 5.5 (It's a truck... it's a truck... no it's an earthquake... whatever... ZZZZ) KNOWING my shoes were next to the bed, the cabinet doors all had latches on them, the flat was arranged so there were no heavy things in high places, in short we were as prepared as possible.
I'm in north central VA right now and am feeling the same way--ie. if this had been a 6.1 or 6.2 we could have seen something like the disaster in Christchurch NZ. In other words, multiple deaths and injuries. Apparently there were heart attacks but no reports of major injuries. And the North Anna nukes are only rated to withstand a 6.1 quake. If it had been say, a 6.5 we could be looking at something really huge, nuclear -wise, not to mention that also there are nukes in the DC to NYC area.
Unbelievable this did not cause more damage. I hope it sends a warning to everyone on the East Coast. We must have more attention to the possibility of East Coast earthquakes.
And then there is this thing Irene moving up north this weekend. Weakened structures that otherwise would sneeze at Irene might not.
Nature is giving the East Coast a one two punch. As to earthquake preparedness, I have no idea if this will finally do it. In Cali it adds about 20K to any structure. And due to things like North ridge I have my doubts that our standards are where they should be... a seven pointer should not do that much, unless it is really shallow and right under your feet.
37. My aunt who lives in Southern Maryland described the shaking as very intense.
When you've got no prior frame of reference, it can be a very scary thing. We didn't feel it here in Florida, but if we did, I know I would have been freaked out about it. Unlike Hurricanes, Earthquakes are disasters which are simply random and unpredictable.
It was quite violent in my neighborhood in Northern VA
Things fell on the floor in every room. We had 3 breaks- a ceramic plate, a toy statue, and a pumice stone fell in the bathtub and broke.. and yeah that one was no big loss but on top of the roar and the house shaking, the stuff breaking just made it scarier. I had to hold onto the kitchen counters. All I could do was cry afterward, I'd been so scared and I was so glad it ended. I wanna slap the smirk off anyone picking on us for being so alarmed.. ANYONE who was in my house yesterday would have been just as scared as I was.
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