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Old 6th Jul 2019, 17:10
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The Earth Is Moving...

I know it's no laughing matter if you are in one - I've been in two earthquakes - but the reaction of the two studio presenters is rather amusing...

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us...under-the-desk
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 18:04
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It's California's fault.
But seriously, hope there are no casualties, must be pretty terrifying.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 18:05
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A little ott. Some shaking to be sure.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 18:06
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I was in a small earthquake in California in 1986. Only a 5.6, but at 0730 local time and sitting on the loo - as one does when getting up, washed and dressed in a morning - it was rather an earth moving happening. Could be said to shake the sh*t out of you and it did!
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 18:15
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My niece experienced them and said it was nuts - I thought she's currently living in San Francisco but may be LA. Was it felt as far away as San Fran?
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 18:26
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Originally Posted by clareprop View Post
I know it's no laughing matter if you are in one - I've been in two earthquakes - but the reaction of the two studio presenters is rather amusing...

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us...under-the-desk
Look like the DNC watching Trumps electoral votes come in
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 18:49
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I experienced an earthquake in Cyprus about 20 years ago. After an 'enjoyable' evening at SBA Dhekalia, I rose shakily, in my second floor apartment, at about 07.30 to search for a few litres of water. As I opened the fridge, I heard the local wildlife (birds and dogs) start screeching and barking and then started to observe symptoms similar to that of a mild stroke...unbalanced, room moving etc. Recovering quickly, I realised what was going on and then spent the next fifteen seconds running around like a headless chicken wondering whether to head for the ground floor or run up the stairs to the roof and ride the building down...
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 19:52
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Treadigraph,
Probably not felt in SF, I live on the coast between SF and LA and am almost directly west of those two recent earthquakes and I didn't feel either of them.
The '89 got my attention as I was living in SF at the time, I also experienced a pretty big one in Hokkaido quite a few years ago, the veritable "sounds like an express train coming" experience.
Give me an occasional earthquake in California over those very frequent and deadly tornadoes in the mid-west and south.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 20:04
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Was quite an impressive rattle even here in LA, 150 miles SW of the July 5 epicenter. Also, gave my wife a good...story. She happened to be inside an MRI scanner, at UCLA, for a routine chest/abdomen/pelvis MRI when the 7.1 struck. She said that just before it struck, the tech announced to her that he was about to inject the contrast medium, but because the procedure had already gone on for so long, the contrast medium had settled and he would need to give the bottle a good shake(!). Immediately after the announcement, the shaking commenced.

(All in all, I think this wins out over my story of landing at SFO in the early 1980s and experiencing rather violent shaking during rollout, which the crew PA'd as, sorry, gusty. Wasn't until we were at the gate that we learned the earth had moved.)
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I've been through a few in the Seattle area - the biggest being a 6.8 in 2001. I was at work near Boeing Field - which was one of the worst areas to be since much of the land their is 'fill' (including the building I was in). I was in an windowless conference room with several others in a conference call when it started - several big 'bangs' (my first though was WTF were they doing upstairs) then the roller coaster effect for nearly a minute while we all huddled under the table.
One of the strange things about an earthquake is you don't know if you were in the middle or on the edge - was it worse someplace else (e.g. home)? Once the shaking stopped everyone evacuated the building - while heading outside I pulled out my phone an called home - my wife answered "WHAT WAS THAT!". Fortunately she and the dog were fine and there was no damage (as noted, I was in one of the worst places - my house was 30 miles north while the epicenter was to the south). We were right under the landing path for SeaTac airport - I looked up and saw a couple aircraft on approach and figured it must not have been too bad if they were still landing when both aircraft suddenly aborted their approaches and turned away (the SeaTac tower got hit pretty hard).
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I experienced an earthquake in Pasadena in about 1979. It wasn't very strong: I wasn't rattled.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 21:23
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The Earth Is Moving...

.....and long may that so continue.

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Old 6th Jul 2019, 21:27
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The first earthquake I can recall feeling was Sylmar, on my birthday in 1971.

I missed the Loma Prieta quake in '89.
We were a hundred miles offshore, cruising down to Cabo when we heard the news over the high seas radio.
It had bounced from ship to ship, gaining momentum along the way.

San Francisco is burning, 10,000 people killed or injured.

The family I was traveling with had a daughter living in Hollister so they were a bit concerned.
Soon as we docked in Cabo we got over to town and signed up for the pay phone.
Placed the call an hour later and got the real story. Daughter was fine.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 21:28
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About 20 years ago, I experienced an earthquake when I was in my bed on the top floor of an early 18th Century three storey house.
The whole room shook alarmingly and I was concerned that the chimney next to my bed would collapse onto me.
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My Grandfather experienced a minor one in Madeira. He said the quake didn't wake him, it was his false teeth chattering in the glass next to his bed.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 21:43
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I was working in a UK Microsoft office once when there was an earthquake at their main campus. Someone had had a webcam on a shelf looking out into the office, and the footage got passed around.

In due course the camera got shaken off the shelf and the transmission stopped, but the room had long since emptied. The impressive thing was that all the staff in that room seemed to be out of the door within about a second and a half of the shaking starting (though it's possible they could feel the earthquake slightly before it got to be enough to shake the picture).

No messing about. No "WTF?" thinking time. Just instant reaction. Must have been trained and practiced, we thought.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 21:59
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Treadigraph,
Probably not felt in SF,
Apparently she's in Longbeach at the moment.

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Old 6th Jul 2019, 22:29
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Was woken by one at 2 a.m. in PNG. Fortunately, the whole (mining) town was built to be earthquake resistant, and the only structural damage was to a house that was damaged by a rock that rolled down a hill. We did see what people wore (or didn't) to bed though, as they ran outside to see what had happened.
Minor damage was caused by a small tsunami, but as most coastal houses were stilts, even that was minimal.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 23:54
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
I was working in a UK Microsoft office once when there was an earthquake at their main campus. Someone had had a webcam on a shelf looking out into the office, and the footage got passed around.

In due course the camera got shaken off the shelf and the transmission stopped, but the room had long since emptied. The impressive thing was that all the staff in that room seemed to be out of the door within about a second and a half of the shaking starting (though it's possible they could feel the earthquake slightly before it got to be enough to shake the picture).

No messing about. No "WTF?" thinking time. Just instant reaction. Must have been trained and practiced, we thought.
Living in an earthquake zone, immediate evacuation is not the recommended course of action in most cases.
https://www.osha.gov/dts/earthquakes/preparedness.html

Pick "safe places". A safe place could be under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you. The shorter the distance to move to safety, the less likely that you will be injured. Injury statistics show that people moving as little as ten feet during an earthquake's shaking are most likely to be injured.
Besides, we were on the third floor - vacating the building was not a realistic option until the shaking stopped. As for the 'WTF' - the initial banging didn't make it immediately obvious it was an earthquake - it really did sound and feel like someone had dropped something big on the floor above. It wasn't until the shaking started a second later that we knew what was happening.
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 00:01
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So, like 5000 Meters, I'm about 150 Miles southwest myself, but in Orange County. Living in Southern California, these are just one of the extras that you get along with the traffic. That said, these two were the most gentle large earthquakes I have ever felt and I've lived here my whole life. While the second one lasted longer, they were both rolling quakes, similar to sitting in a small boat on a lake. Generally there is a shock followed by shaking. These both just started slow and increased in strength, but no shaking, just an eerie off balance feeling. The second one was big and long enough to make me get up and hold the big screen TV, even though all large objects in my home are anchored to the wall, for this very reason. I have had my fill for the excitement, but it has been several decades since we have had large earthquakes. I'm fine with waiting another 20 years for the next one. For real time information though, here's the ink I use. Hopefully it will work for you.

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthqua...t%22%3Anull%7D
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