I wonder if I'm in for a couple dozen more like last time...
So, in 1994, I moved to California (Granada Hills, SF Valley) eight months after the quake in Northridge. Five aftershocks later, I headed back to the Midwest. I think I can handle hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, whatever. BUT, the earth ought not move beneath your feet. Move to Michigan.
LoL My mother-in-law and two of my husband brothers moved from from Michigan to California for a year. Shortly after they got here there was a big quake centered about 6 miles from our house. By the
time I got to their house one of my brother-in-laws was packing his car to go back to MI.
Well, USGS has reported 6 earthquakes so far. But they seem to be gradually moving farther away. I only felt that jolting first one. I'm kind of in nervous mode today, I don't need this...
I just heard about it on the news. They are behind since they only reported 3 so far. But you are right there so you have more up to date info. Are those actually 6 separate earthquakes or are they considered aftershocks.
That first one that was like a jolt is kind of unusual -- they usually are more like rolling feelings. Am I right?
Hope you're okay out there.
USGS retracted one of their reports, bringing the count down to 5. I could go with rolling, instead of jolting. What with the lamps swaying and it actually making me feel a little dizzy. Seems to have all stopped now. Famous last words...
Oh, so it wasn't my imagination! I meant to check the local seismometer when I felt that, but I was in the middle of work and didn't stop to look. Pretty colors on that chart.
Glen, the jolt usually means you're closer to the epicenter, or on harder rock (which is fairly rare in California — east coast, by contrast, get so few earthquakes that when they do get one they ring like a bell and transmit a long, long way. Here it's more like hitting sand with a mallet.)
Once you get further out from the epicenter, you tend to get the waterbed effect.
I barely felt this one, though it made a water glass on my desk wiggle a bit. A bit of a queasy feeling but not enough to do my usual earthquake check — look at Twitter and see who's posting #earthquake. You can usually get a rough estimate of magnitude and epicenter by seeing how many people are posting in all caps, and how many people are being sarcastic.
Thanks Greekgeek, that's a very clear explanation. The mallet hitting sand is a great analogy. The water wiggling in a glass is something I experienced watching. But not during an earthquake. It was when I used to work in the Sears Tower in Chicago. On a windy day the building would rock. On higher floors one could see the water in a glass wiggle like that. But ever so slow -- about a minute for one complete wiggle. It can't be felt. Not anything like an earthquake.
Under a pile of rubble. I'm amazed I'm still able to post here. Just kidding... Southern California. And USGS has deleted 2 more of their reports, saying false alarms caused by automated equipment. So, looks like a quickie 3 and that's it.
I'm seeing a 4.7 in Anza and a few related aftershocks around it. That's just barely strong enough to reach parts of LA, so I imagine that's what I felt. It was enough to make me look up and check the cat, which usually means "4 to 5, some distance away."
USGS earthquake count back up to 5 again. However, haven't felt a thing here since the 4.7 one.
Remember, there's a constant background patter on the USGS earthquake charts for California all the time. It's when you don't see anything that you should worry! (I'm looking at YOU, Cascadia Fault.)
The USGS SoCal earthquake count is up to 8 now. But all continues to be peaceful where I'm at.
I heard about the quakes on the news - was thinking of you. How's it going now?
What with this being year 2013... I'll have to get back to you on that in 9 months.
Stay safe and far away from flying shards! Hope it gets quiet for you soon.--Deb
by IzzyM 10 years ago
Newsflash on the TV says there's been an earthquake in Lorca in Southern Spain - about 100 miles from here - maybe less as the crow flies. 5.3 and up to 10 dead. A lot of buildings extensively damaged.I didn't even know there was a fault line here and no tremors felt where I am, so far.
by x 9 years ago
This one really covered a large area.
by x 8 years ago
Lamps swaying.Right now.
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by Tim Mitchell 5 years ago
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by Joan1 10 years ago
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