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Being Airborn When There Is An Earthquake...

Mon Jan 15, 2001 12:11 pm

just a thought--

if you were airborn, would you feel any effects of an earthquake if there was one on the ground below you? my guess is that nothing would happen to you, but it would be cool to see building collapsing from the air!!!


 
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RE: Being Airborn When There Is An Earthquake...

Mon Jan 15, 2001 12:15 pm

You wouldn't know that anything had happened. You probably wouldnt even be able to see that anything was happening even if you were really low to hte ground. This is especially true up at cruise altitude. You are 7 miles from the ground up there...any movement..no matter how sudden would be hardly noticeable from up there.
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RE: Being Airborn When There Is An Earthquake...

Mon Jan 15, 2001 12:43 pm

I doubt any effect as well. The air doesn't move. Anyways, don't feel bad, how are us midwesterners supposed to know  

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RE: Being Airborn When There Is An Earthquake...

Mon Jan 15, 2001 1:01 pm

That question ranks up there with...
1. If there's a fly in your airplane is the gross weight of the aircraft reduced by the fly's weight whenever it's flying around in the cabin?

2. Why can't you feel it when an airplane flys directly overhead?

A few years ago I was on a trip to the east coast. It was about 11 pm and we were cruising over a large city at FL410 when they had a power failure. It was pretty interesting to be looking at the lights of the city one moment then then next moment half of the city went completely dark. The lights just flickered on and off a couple of times then darkness. Oh well, just thought that I'd add that comment.
 
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RE: Being Airborn When There Is An Earthquake...

Mon Jan 15, 2001 1:23 pm


Hey, what was the answer to the "fly" one?  
 
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RE: Being Airborn When There Is An Earthquake...

Mon Jan 15, 2001 5:56 pm

Actually, what IS the answer to the second one? If an airplane is on final approach, just 30-50 meters above my head, why don't I feel it? After all, shouldn't at least my ears pop a bit due to the increased pressure under the wing or something? The only thing I felt yesterday at LHR was bone-shattering noise when that DC10 landed...
 
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RE: Being Airborn When There Is An Earthquake...

Mon Jan 15, 2001 8:42 pm

I think you feel an effect pretty badly when you realise that your destination airport and any possible divertions within range have been damaged by the earthquake. And yes, yer fuel is running low...
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