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Earthquake!

Wed Nov 29, 2000 10:30 pm

I experienced one today, again. (2.5 on the richter- scale.(spelling?))
I had never experienced an earthquake untill this summer. There were two earthquakes during 1 week. Both below 3 on the RS.
However today there were two more. It's kinda cool, as long as it doesn't get to violent.

I know this is pale compared to what eartquakes can do other places in the world,(California,Japan etc.) but I was wondering if you have ever experienced an earthquake. If you have, what was it like?

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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 1:19 am

Many in my 28 years of life living in California. The biggest was the 1989 Loma Prieta quake 7.1, I was sitting in my parked van and it shook like crazy, I almost thought it was going to tip over.
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 4:51 am

I have felt many of them in my 6 years of living in CA. the biggest was over the 7 in Barstow the other year. The house shock quite bad, things where rattling, and when you looked out the window you could see the power lines arching and iluminating the night sky. The most recent one I felt was the other week, a book fell of a shelf, I did not feel anything!
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 5:16 am

I have expiernced an earthquake of 5.5 on the scale of Richter. It was somewhere in 1992 at night. I couldn't sleep when I suddenly heard such a loud noise comming from far away, suddenly the whole thing started shaking....... brrrrrrrr very strange. Then I was pretty scared but now I think it is kind of interesting to experience something like this increddible force of nature.
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 6:47 am

When I was in Miyako, Japan(Vacation), I was sleeping, then I woke up, and I noticed the room was shaking a little. It wasn't strong, about a 1-2 on the Richter.

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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 9:20 am

Last one I remember was the 7.1 Richter quake that happened out in the Mojave Desert of CA at night a few months ago, a few hundred miles away from where I live. I remeber waking up and feeling my bed shake from the shockwaves.

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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 10:20 am

The worst I have experienced was one that was in Gisborne, New Zealand. I can't remember the exact magnitude, but it was below 6. I still remember the day vividly, despite being only 7 years old. Being the spring in New Zealand, our class went swimming a few times per week. We were just getting changed when the overhead lights started swaying and things falling off the shelf. Immediatley, we all dived under the tables as we had been trained. I also expereince several other smaller quakes while living there...ususally I remember my father would put us in the car after a quake incase of after-shocks or a stronger quake.

The most recent one funnily enough was here in Toronto in September 1998..only around 4 on the richter scale. But it completely took me by surprise...I was always prepared for an earthquake in NZ but never did it enter my mind that I could experience one in Toronto. At first, it was just a vibration...so I thought it was a truck driving outside the house...but it lasted too long and got stronger. Then it finally hit me it was an earthquake and I ran under the door frame for protection (also following my NZ training). Of course it was a very minor quake, but frightening all the same. If there was a major quake here, there would be chaos. No one would have any idea what to do.
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 10:50 am

The worst I have been in was a 5.2 here in Seattle a few years ago.... not much damage at all. They say the "big one" is coming in a couple of years though.

On the news tonight they said a 5.9 earthquake occured this morning in Alaska between Fairbanks and Anchorage.
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 11:19 am

There have been several studies showing that the "big one" will hit Vancouver some time in the next 1000 years, submerging the city. Scary stuff.
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 11:48 am

How do those Motel Sixes in Cali hold up in the earthquakes???
LOL
I have been in some of them where the floor bounces when you walk and I think that well they don't fair well in earthquakes. Anyone seen em fall apart or anything like that?
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 12:11 pm

Submerging the city?!?! That IS pretty scary!
The next "big one" (7.0+) is supposed to hit Seattle in the next 5-10 years... and the fault runs right through downtown and Boeing Field. That couldn't help Seattle's economy any.....
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 12:53 pm

One of my science teachers said that NYC is going to have a major quake within 25 years, at least a 7 on the Richter scale.

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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 12:58 pm

This has been going around for a while but I heard that the west coast is supposed to get a big one soon becuase of all the rain the got during El~Nino and that there was added presure on the plates. Oh well I heard this after El~Nino and nothing has happened so I don't know.
 
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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 1:12 pm

I've been in three earthquakes ranging from 3.0 - 4.8 on the Richter scale. One I didn't even realize it was an earthquake until I got home. The other two I knew almost immediately they were earthquakes.

The most recent one, I heard it before I felt it, because I was sitting in an office full of glass cases and they started rattling. Once I realized I could feel the vibration under my feet, too, and didn't see any trucks out the window, I knew exactly what was happening.

All three times I was sort of dizzy and spatially disoriented for the rest of the day. I guess that is probably "normal."

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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 5:35 pm

I've been in magnitude 3-4 earthquakes during my 5 years of my life in Japan and a very weak earthquake in Manila.
New York's possibility of getting an earthquake must be next to nil! There isn't a plate boundary anywhere near it. I saw the movie though.

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RE: Earthquake!

Thu Nov 30, 2000 6:59 pm

I was at work....That 5.9 last night wasn't anything to write home about. But it got the attention of the guys in the tower. I was listening to ground at ANC at the time.

The strongest one I have been in was a 7.1.

I rode through one on a 727 that a a 6.6.

Remember the Richter Scale is exponential not linar as far as strenght goes. Also the depth of the epicenter and you distance from it effect how much of it you will feel. Also the type of soil or rock you are standing on at the time has a lot to do with it too.
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RE: Earthquake!

Fri Dec 01, 2000 4:41 am

I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the big one in California. It's suppose to be the most violent so far, and will strike sometime between 2002-2004. (I think.)

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RE: Tokyo!

Fri Dec 01, 2000 9:27 am

Tokyo is expecting a big one as well. I'm learning about earthquakes in Geography right now and are comparing SFO to Tokyo. SFO seems very well prepared but Tokyo is simply terrible! Narrow streets with obstructions, tiny so-called evacuation sites etc. Anyone brave enough to evacuate the whole of Tokyo after predicting an earthquake in 3 days time?

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RE: Earthquake!

Fri Dec 01, 2000 10:42 am

I had my first experience with earthquake just last year (Oct 1999) right here in Welllington, New Zealand. I was originally from Singapore, so NEVER had a change to experience one. Only moved here last year, desptie visitng a few times before then.

Anyway, was quite a big one - something like 7.3 (almost as powerful as the one which destroyed parts of Taiwan last year). Seemed it's centred somewhere beneath Lake Taupo (central North Island in NZ), some 160+km below the surface of the earth. But could feel it here in Wellington, even as far as Christchurch. The whole building just shook and rocked, as if you in a shotover jet. Lasted some 30 secs at least - I didn't even realised it was an earthquake at first, only after a while like 15 secs into it. It happened at approx 10:30am, while I was at work, and my whole desk just swayed around!!! I didn't even have time to feel scared...

The latest ones I experience was sometime last month, right in the middle of the night - the whole house just shook and windows rattling etc.

There were lots more in Wellington, but most of the time we just slept through it...!

 
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RE: Earthquake!

Fri Dec 01, 2000 11:28 am

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Don´t remember exactly but I think it was 7.9 on the r/s. Believe me, you don´t want to be in a hard one. It is very sad to see people dead and parts of buildings everywhere.

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RE: Earthquake!

Fri Dec 01, 2000 12:32 pm

Boston has one of the largest fault lines in the United States just to the north. Most earthquakes in Boston seem to occur in the night. Usually they aren't that big, not enough to wake me up, but enough for the news to go "Oh wow, we had an earthquake last night." Geographically, Boston is F-*-C-K-E-D if a larger earthquake were to hit here, as is predicted for the sometime within the next 10 years or so. As much of city centre Boston is made of landfill, along the Charles River, a large earthquake will liquify this ground. Although the taller buildings in this area, like the Prudential Center, and Hancock Tower have their foundations dug into the bedrock underneath, it does not do much for the buildings that are not so lucky.

I do want to feel one though, but nothing too bad. Does seem scary to think that 90 seconds can paralyse a city.

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RE: Earthquake!

Fri Dec 01, 2000 5:22 pm

I've experienced one "Great" quake and a Major Quake so far in my lifetime:

Those being the August 8, 1993 Guam Earthquake measuring 8.2, distance from epicenter: 30 miles. My Toyota Tercel was dancing off the pavement. I lost a mirror that crashed on the bedframe and came close to slashing the waterbed mattress. The aftershocks from that one while on a waterbed were interesting to say the least.

The second one was far more devastating, the September 21, 1999, Taiwan Earthquake measuring 7.7. I was 75 miles from the epicenter. That thing lasted around --4-- minutes and seemed to never end. It was far more frightening than the Guam Quake as the rupture occurred -at the surface- and released all that energy over a vast area.

It was felt as far away as --Shanghai and Hong Kong--! Take a look on a map and see how much distance that is from Taiwan and you'll appreciate the power this thing had.

We were in a concrete house, at least 5 floors above ground. The structure swayed back and forth like a swing! 2500 people died, over 100,000 were injured. Over 14,000 aftershocks recorded in the month and a half afterwards. Some registering 6.9 and thereabouts. The 100km long faultline in question ruptured 28 feet on east side and 60 cm diving underneath it on the west side that terrible morning. It's still shaking there.

Newsweek Magazine described it as "The Night Heaven Fell". It was a horrifying experience.

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RE: Earthquake!

Sat Dec 02, 2000 1:00 am

I lived in California for a while and we had tremmors fairly often. The only eerie thing is when you are in a tall building and you have one--it doesn't shake, you feel the sway.

They didn't bother me too much.

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