Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Real California Welcome

When we were driving down to California I mentioned to Roger that I hoped there wouldn't be an earthquake while we were there. We had been upstairs in this very house for the big one in 1989, and it left quite an impression. So, let's see, we've been in California less than four days, and there was a 5.6 earthquake Tuesday evening. It wasn't nearly as large (7.1) as the one in 1989, but it was still significant and really quite a bit of a shake. It rattled our nerves a bit, but still there is something almost thrilling about feeling the earth move like that beneath our feet. We're hoping it was a stress-relieving quake and not a prelude to a bigger one. Oy.

Tuesday's earthquake was the largest to hit the area since the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. One of the reasons I worry about this 5.6 temblor being a prelude rather than a stress reliever, is that I remember this: On August 8, 1989 we were awakened at 1:00 am to a 5.4 earthquake. It shook long enough for Roger and me to run downstairs and head out into the street. We had a dear friend staying with us. She was in one of the downstairs bedrooms, and she met us in the street. Because Loma Prieta happened two months later, this smaller quake seems to be all but forgotten. Perhaps it occurred on another fault. I'll have to look that up. If you click on the pic, you'll see I've highlighted the event.

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