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<a href="http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Maps/Los_Angeles.html" target="_blank">http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Maps/Los_Angeles.html</a>

anyone else feel the earthquake about a 1/2 hour ago?
post #2 of 26
Isn't a 4.6 'nothing' out there on the West Coast? Are you sure somone wasn't tearing down a house or something?
post #3 of 26
At the epicenter, things heavy items can fall off shelves of a 4.6. You should also be able to feel a 4.6 on the richter scale within a 50 mile radius or more.

I wouldn't want to be standing underneath a brick chimney in a 4.6 quake near the epicenter, in other words.
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post #4 of 26
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anyone feel it? haven't seen anything else on it
post #5 of 26
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post #6 of 26
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i felt a very slight rumble......

for about a sec.

thats about it
post #7 of 26
Hearded it and felt a light shake. My wife and I went right back to watching TiVo.
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post #8 of 26
not enough big to get to newspaper (online ones) in italy.
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post #9 of 26
Earthquake? I didn't feel anything. I guess it's lost its relevance with my days late post. Oh well.
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post #10 of 26
Does this mean hollywood didn't fall into the ocean yet?

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post #11 of 26
I didn't feel anything. Of course, chances are I'm too far away.

HOWEVER, I've felt other quakes of that magnitude that have originated in the more eastern desert areas of the county or region.

Odd.
post #12 of 26
I was in a Tokyo high-rise during a mild quake once - talk about disconcerting. The buildings there are designed to give / sway during quakes so they don't come tumbling down...I practically fell off the couch I was sitting on. The first few seconds I thought I was having a dizzy spell or something. Then when all the earthquake doors slammed shut I realized what it was.

Scary, those things....

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post #13 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Moogs:
<strong>Then when all the earthquake doors slammed shut I realized what it was.

Scary, those things....
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What on earth is an earthquake door? Are those the doors in dykes to hold back tsunamis?
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post #14 of 26
And I thought this thread would be a nostalgic look back to January 1994 and the Northridge quake. Something that actually knocks you out of bed at 4:30 in the morning counts as a quake, but once in a lifetime was enough for me.

Anyone else here in LA for that one?
post #15 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Ringo:
<strong>What on earth is an earthquake door? Are those the doors in dykes to hold back tsunamis?</strong><hr></blockquote>


LOL

No. In many high-rise buildings in Japan you will notice as you walk downthe hallways that there are large steel doors that sit flush with the walls - I dunno, every 40 feet or so if it's a big building.

What happens is, when the building starts to shake, the doors are jarred loose from their magnetic "shoes", and suddenly slam shut. This serves two main purposes. First, the doors are not padded so when they slam against the steel door frame, they are loud as hell (like hitting a thin steel sheet with a hammer). This wakes people up in the event of a night quake. More importantly, since fires often cause the most damage after a quake hits, the doors shut off the oxygen supply in large structures so that localized fires don't spread to other parts of the building.

Of course, they don't intend for people to open these heavy (and possibly hot!) doors afterward, as they have planned escape routes in every building and conduct drills on a regular basis (much more often than we do the fire / tornado thing here).

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[quote]Originally posted by anamac:
<strong>And I thought this thread would be a nostalgic look back to January 1994 and the Northridge quake. Something that actually knocks you out of bed at 4:30 in the morning counts as a quake, but once in a lifetime was enough for me.

Anyone else here in LA for that one?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Funny you brought that up...I sure was!

My wife (at the time) and I had just arrived to Orange County from Tennessee a month-and-a-half earlier (Christmas 1993). She was a Marine, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, in the Irvine area.

We lived in base housing (upstairs 2 bedroom apartment) and that morning the Northridge quake hit, waking both of us up instantly. It was still dark outside, but we both sat up in bed and still felt everything rumbling.

Now, we were a good 40 or miles away (at least...maybe more?), but the rolling and shaking very VERY strong and apparent.

Veronica's first words were "Is that an earthquake?" and I said "It has to be...holy cow!" or something like that.

We jumped out of bed and I flipped on the TV and within minutes, there were already showing live footage from the area of fire hydrants spewing water, gas stations spewing flames, collapsed structures, messed up freeways, etc.

We immediately got on the phone and called our families back in Tennessee to let them know that we were okay (before everyone else in SoCal started getting on their phones and overriding the system).

So we called, assured everyone we were okay and that we weren't in any sort of true, immediate danger, then we sat down on the couch and just watched TV coverage for the next few hours, experiencing one aftershock after the next throughout the morning and all that afternoon.

Weird thing was watching the newscasters from L.A. and they'd be talking and suddenly the camera would quiver and they'd grab their desk a bit and say "okay, folks...we've got another aftershock coming through...hang on just a minute..." or whatever.

Then we'd sit and count the seconds for the aftershock wave to ripple it's way down through south L.A. and into Orange County, then we'd feel it.

Would always take about 5-10 seconds, like a bomb blast or sound wave. You see it or hear it, but if you're far away, you have to wait a few seconds to feel or hear it.

Same thing here. They'd feel it up in L.A., then our apartment would tremble a bit a few seconds later.

Those were okay because we knew they were coming and could expect them.

Still, it's a VERY unsettling and freaky feeling to have the one thing you consider firm and solid (the GROUND!) suddenly not appear to be that way!



Late that afternoon, we went to a grocery store and a pretty strong aftershock hit and that was probably the most tense, uncomfortable moment (besides the initial main quake at 4:30am, of course).

Standing in the grocery store, pushing a cart, and suddenly feeling like you're on a people-mover is NOT a cool feeling!

post #17 of 26
We had a bad earthquake in Sicily last night, 3 am. It was mostly in Palermo, actually on the sea in North of it, but it was felt in all Sicily.

5 in the scale.

Now they are showing that in tv...

An <a href="http://www.repubblica.it/online/cronaca/sisma/sisma/sisma.html" target="_blank">article</a> (in italian, La Repubblica),

And <a href="http://www.repubblica.it/gallerie/online/cronaca/sisma/index.html" target="_blank">pictures of the earthquake</a>

:eek: :eek:

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post #18 of 26
In the sea the seismic power was about
8

:eek:
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post #19 of 26

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what does that mean ? google translates .sit

and how are you, mulattabianca ? everything fine ? nothing hurt ?
post #20 of 26
... just caos caused with the people on the streets.

i'm fine, thanks Defiant.

But i'm not in Palermo now.. I'm closer to you than to Palermo right now. I believe my last home in Palermo has got some damage; if it wasn't restaured last year it would have fallen into peaces last night. Two years ago when it was raining for two days, it was raining in the bathroom... on the last floor.

Two people have died (for infarct).
The force was 8, as i said. The epi.. centre was close to the isles of Filicudi and Ustica. It was maybe the biggest earthquake sine the beginning of 1900s (there was a seaquake in Messina that killed most ot the habitants of Messina and Reggio Calabria). Today there have been over sixty small quakes... they are following the situation.

The quake was 3.21 tonight...

If i'd have been there i'd have saved as the first thing my ibook...

There have been no collapsed buildings so i suppose my ex home really has been restaured.

Lets hope that was enough of that earthquake for so far...

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This church (S. Anna) is about a km from my ex home...

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post #22 of 26
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I think I win......

I was in San Jose when the 1989 oct. 16th San Francisco Earthquake happened.......

now THAT was an earthquake!!!!!
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there's nothing about winning if it's about an earthquake... <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />
post #24 of 26
No winning for sure. The two weird things about the Northridge quake were: finding a roommate and moving to a different part of LA instead of taking an apartment in the Northridge Meadows complex (the one that collapsed on itself and killed people)

And my roommate fell asleep on the couch that night and so did NOT get squashed by the huge bookshelf that fell over in his bedroom, dumping hundreds of books out. Luck never hurts!

Happy that everything is OK with you in Italy, MB!
post #25 of 26
Here we go.

Tonight the earth was moving again in Palermo, <a href="http://www.repubblica.it/online/cronaca/sisma/notte/notte.html" target="_blank">article of La Repubblica</a> (in Italian).
A 9 storey block of flats is about falling into pieces. Surprising my ex home hasn't fallen into pieces.. now sometimes it has happened that when it rains a lot, one or two of the buildings of the historical centre just fall down. Some are still left as they were after bombarding then in the 2nd world war..
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There is also a (crepa?? ZO help) .. well the earth has a 4 m deep scratch (no dictionary, sorry) 6 km long.. well look the image below, that's it



<a href="http://www.repubblica.it/gallerie/online/cronaca/ferita/index.html" target="_blank">more pictures</a>



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[quote]Originally posted by badtz:
<strong>I think I win......

I was in San Jose when the 1989 oct. 16th San Francisco Earthquake happened.......

now THAT was an earthquake!!!!!</strong><hr></blockquote>

badtz, well, as with all rolling quakes, the most damage occurs either at the epicenter or pretty far away. For example, San Jose actually saw less damage than SF. SF saw quite a bit of damage compared to my house 20 miles south, which only suffered a few cosmetic cracks in the stucco exterior.

Unless you were really close to Loma Prieta / Santa Cruz, most of the real damage was done 50-60 miles away, like in SF where buildings collapsed dude to liquefaction of the soil...and the East Bay where people where crushed between pancaked sections of the Cypress structure (Nimitz Freeway.)

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