Monday, March 09, 2020

Our Little Earthquake

That red dot is the shake, the blue dot is us
I wasn't going to post anything here today, but then the earth started to shake beneath us Sunday evening. It was a quick rolling quake, not a jolt, just a mellow little bit of movement. I was surprised to find that it was a 5.6, which is pretty significant, but it was 65 miles away and a depth of 1.39 miles. The local newspaper called it the "Daylight Savings Shaker." Of course now we'll all wonder if it is a precursor to a larger one to come our way. We'll wait, and then we'll wait some more, and then we'll forget... until it happens. That's life here in earthquake country.
 


26 comments:

  1. Do you get a lot of quakes or is that the east coast? In Australia we hardly get any - such an old continent. Though it is drifting north apparently and the tectonic plates occasionally grind against each other.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- We are definitely in the earthquake zone here. The east doesn't get much, but here out west it shakes quite often. Here's a link to a post I did a year ago about fault lines here.
      https://newdharmabums.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-fault-dear-brutus.html
      Roger and I have both been in some of the biggest quakes California has had in the past 50 years. Memorable, very very memorable!

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  2. No doubt the moitord it where I used to work, I found it strange that they could pick upi things on the otherside of the world

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    1. Billy-- I love that the place you used to work monitored earthquakes. I don't know how they do it, but they do it well!

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    2. BTW they have tested the Virus and there results have been released with Peer review apparently. least that's what my mate told me

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    3. Billy -- Sounds like quite an interesting place you worked. Earthquakes and viruses!

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  3. Hopefully that shaker is the only quaker. (Forgive me... exhaustion is setting in). But really, it's always a weird feeling.

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    1. Sharon-- I actually like a little quake every now and then. It helps relieve the pressure. It also helps to remind us of who is really in charge here!

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  4. You seem so calm about it! I am a worrier (altho that wouldn't help anyway!)

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    1. Ellen-- We've been through a lot of quakes here, some of the biggest ones California has seen in the past 50 years.

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  5. Wow! I didn't even hear about this one! Glad you're all OK.

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    1. Steve-- It was a gentle rolling quake, not like the major jolts of Loma Prieta or the Sylmar quakes.

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  6. Love It - The Rollers Were Always So Cool - Big Hugs

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    1. Padre-- Yes, that's how I feel about it. The rollers are always cool, especially when they don't do much damage.

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  7. Yes, it was on my news on FB this morning. Thought about you all, and am glad you let us know it wasn't one that shook too badly.

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    1. Barbara-- It was a nice little shake. The kind that doesn't scare us and simply reminds us of what can happen and why we should be prepared.

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  8. So glad it was only a little roller and that you are OK. Only have felt one here--my first ever--and hope I never get used to them. Glad you are prepared.

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    1. Patti-- Interestingly, I did not go into earthquake mode and hide under a table, like a I practiced doing during a fake quake shakedown prep drill. I just felt it rolling and thought, 'wow, that's another earthquake." My prep failed... LOL!

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  9. Here in the NC mountains we were surprised that we live not far from a relatively inactive fault. My husband asked our insurance agent if he sells much earthquake insurance. He replied that he sold mostly to the geology professors at nearby Clemson University. Yes, we bought the coverage.

    Hope your shake was the beginning and end for a while.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Interestingly we don't have earthquake insurance. We're just hoping things don't fall apart too badly if there's a big shake. We were in the 100 year old family beach house when the Loma Prieta 7.1 earthquake shook in 1989. That house rocked like crazy, but it didn't sustain much damage. We're hoping that's true of the house we're in now.

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  10. well, isn't that interesting? Life in California, eh?

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    1. Tara-- There were several small aftershocks that we didn't feel. Yes, life in California!

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  11. My ex-wife and son were living in Canoga Park when the Northridge quake hit. No injuries and the ex is still living in the same place. It always amazes me the complacency of the locals sitting where a huge major quake is constantly being predicted. They've got more bravery than me.

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    1. Catalyst-- A lot of the infrastructure in southern CA has been designed to withstand big quakes these days. I think the roads tend to get the most damage. My sister was in the hospital during the latest round of earthquakes in southern CA, and that was pretty scary stuff. There was a 7.1 aftershock when she got home, and no damage at her house. It is scary, but it comes with the territory.

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