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"If the house is a'rockin.... Come on in and see if we're ok!!!!"


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#1 of 50 Dave Mack

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Posted March 01 2006 - 07:43 AM

Ok y'all, I'll admit it. I am from the east coast. Been here on the west for 8 months. We've felt a few minor quakes and I was all yappy about it and everyone here was like, "Whatever..."
Well this morning we had a small shake, 2.8 and the house had a little shudder and groan. I thought, hmmm...
Then 6 minutes later, a MUCH bigger jolt and I even felt it coming beforehand. The whole house shook back and forth and I could feel the wave travel up the walls and the ceiling made a strange cracking sound. The pets, (2 cats and a wiener dog) definitely noticed this one. Buffy the pooch kinda freaked. Went online and it was a 3.4. But we live 5 blocks from the Hayward fault line and the epi. was 3-4 miles away so it felt pretty strong.
I know the Californians here will laugh but it was spooky.
Also made me wonder if a biggie is a brewin'.
The house we are renting is an old stucco/wood number and does not seem very solid. And like I said, we are 5 blocks from the fault-line.

Is it weird that the second one was bigger than the first?

Or am I just a big wussy New Yorker!


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#2 of 50 Paul McElligott

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Posted March 01 2006 - 07:47 AM

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Is it weird that the second one was bigger than the first?
Not at all.


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#3 of 50 Dave Mack

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Posted March 01 2006 - 07:54 AM

Well, I HAVE lost some weight recently....


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#4 of 50 Inspector Hammer!

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Posted March 01 2006 - 08:16 AM

I always find it funny that Californians can find humor in the SHAKING OF THE EARTH! Posted Image
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Posted March 01 2006 - 09:14 AM

On a re-assuring note, if it's an "old" house, it's probably seen a lot worse quakes already.
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#6 of 50 Jim Sentry

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Posted March 01 2006 - 09:24 AM

...and therefore ready to collapse at any moment.

Quick move.

#7 of 50 Ken Chan

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Posted March 01 2006 - 09:29 AM

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Stop wondering; the answer is yes.

#8 of 50 Jack Briggs

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Posted March 01 2006 - 10:17 AM

For me, 1994's Northridge 'quake was my personal all-time high, at a Richter Scale rating of 6.8. The 1989 San Francisco shake was -- what? -- in the 7.1 range or thereabouts.

As for "getting used to it," that actually happens for those who live in fault line-heavy areas -- up to a point. The late '80s on through the early to mid-'90s here in California made it easy for us to look at anything at 4 or below as a yawner. No longer, though. It has been seismically quiet for a few years. A mere 3.5 to 4 will now scare us more.

In fact, just about four years ago or so, there was a 3.5 or so event epicentered in West Hollywood. I'm a block or so from West Hollywood, and that little shaker really got my attention.

In the end, you never get used to earthquakes.

#9 of 50 Bill Cowmeadow

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Posted March 01 2006 - 01:11 PM

To answer your question -- "Also made me wonder if a biggie is a brewin" and "Is it weird that the second one was bigger than the first"



From the USGS--

An earthquake with the largest magnitude is called the main shock; anything before it is a foreshock and anything after it is an aftershock. A main shock will be redefined as a foreshock if a subsequent event has a larger magnitude. The rate of main shocks after foreshocks follows the same patterns as aftershocks after main shocks. Aftershock sequences follow predictable patterns as a group, although the individual earthquakes are random and unpredictable.
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It's no wonder we can't figure out when the next one will strike.

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#10 of 50 Dave Mack

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Posted March 01 2006 - 05:28 PM

Well we just had another! A 2.9 but closer. Only 2 miles away this time from Berkeley. If this is a foreshock than we'd better get ready to hold on!
3 in one day in virtually the same spot is normal, right???


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Posted March 01 2006 - 06:33 PM

Dave -

Did your pets act strange in the days beforehand? When we lived in CA our dog would act weird - unsettled, clingy. When we'd mention it to people we worked with most said their dogs were acting odd too. Then a day or two later we'd get an earthquake and the dog would go back to normal.

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#12 of 50 Micah Cohen

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Posted March 02 2006 - 12:43 AM

As a former New Yorker who tried to live in LA years ago, I think earthquakes are clearly Mother Nature's way of telling you to move back to "the real coast."

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Posted March 02 2006 - 01:28 AM

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Did your pets act strange in the days beforehand? When we lived in CA our dog would act weird - unsettled, clingy.

Hmm, I'm in NYC, but I'm feeling all weird, unsettled and clingy too. An omen?
He's got the bit between his teeth... all right!

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Posted March 02 2006 - 03:01 AM

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I know the Californians here will laugh but it was spooky.

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#15 of 50 Rob Willey

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Posted March 02 2006 - 04:43 AM

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3 in one day in virtually the same spot is normal, right???
Yes, quake swarms, especially of small magnitudes are pretty common here in the Bay Area. They can go on for weeks or stop after just a few. You just never know...

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#16 of 50 Dave Mack

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Posted March 02 2006 - 05:45 AM

Thanks Rob,

There was another small one this morning.
Paul, during the first one yesterday, the pets didn't even move before, during or after. After the 2nd one (3.4) the cats awoke and looked around and the pooch was spooked.
Last nite before the 3rd, one of the cats was yowling for no reason we could figure.

Hopefully it's just letting off steam and not just building up!

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Posted March 02 2006 - 07:48 AM

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You just never know...

...when the Earth will open up and swallow your house.

I would never move to California, the whole idea is crazy to me. Plus, Earthquakes would break all my stuff, I ain't down with that.
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#18 of 50 Jack Briggs

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Posted March 02 2006 - 07:55 AM

John, you jest of course.

California is crucual to the U.S. (it has, among many other things, the fifth-largest economy in the world) and to the world. Besides, the scenery is unmatched and the people oh-so cool. I cannot think of a nicer place to live.

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Posted March 02 2006 - 08:20 AM

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John, you jest of course.

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I'm sure it's a cool place, but the whole Earthquake and possibilty of the entire joint breaking off and sinking into the ocean eventually thing just sorta kills it for me.

Is that whole thing still true BTW, or is it just an old wives tale now?
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#20 of 50 Jack Briggs

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Posted March 02 2006 - 08:42 AM

California would not "sink" into the ocean; that's not how plate tectonics work. It would not even separate from the continent. Do not be so influenced by silly films.

In the Midwest, one must deal with tornadoes and floods and thunderstorms. In the Southeast, one must deal with hurricanes. There are dangers everywhere and in many forms.

Again, California is not "dangerous." Jeez.


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