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Earthquake! [Dec. 20th, 2006|07:17 pm]
Nicodemus
Just felt a small temblor roll through.

It happened while I was in the bathroom and, being a Californian, my first thought was honestly "Geez, I hope the Big One doesn't hit while I'm on the toilet."

But it turned out to be just a minor one that passed pretty quickly. And it happened nearby, in Berkeley. Preliminary magnitude is 3.7.

EDIT: Did you feel it? Here's the map by zip code of people who did.
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[User Picture]From: chairoraccoon
2006-12-21 03:33 am (UTC)
Yup, sure did. Both me and Mr Glenn did. Maxx didn't so much as flinch. But the inital hit was more powerful and landed like a THUD rather than the more rolling ones I am used to. Our house is about 10 miles south directly on the fault (Hayward). Neato.
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[User Picture]From: gilmorelion
2006-12-21 03:35 am (UTC)
I can't imagine getting to the Pearly Gates and having to explain to St. Peter that I died on the crapper!

Glad you're okay. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-12-21 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. But this was really a very small one, so I escaped from my bathroom unharmed. No structural damage, probably even at the epicenter.
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[User Picture]From: pyrate_queen
2006-12-21 04:46 am (UTC)
When we had a pretty decent earthquake up here my mom was in the shower!
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From: jovino
2006-12-21 04:58 am (UTC)
OMFG!!! My girlfriend was on the toilet too! I was gonna mess with her, and I paused part-way down the spiral staircase because I sensed something. Then... bam. We're not so far away from you in Oaktown, bootyville.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2006-12-21 05:05 am (UTC)
I didn't feel it, and that's no surprise looking at the map
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From: rcmouse
2006-12-21 06:14 am (UTC)
Sometimes I thought I felt a tremor... but it usually is Camp Pendleton doing something. ;)
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2006-12-21 07:49 am (UTC)
By a strange coincidence, the thought that went through my head when I felt it was, "Geez, I hope the Big One doesn't hit while I'm on the toilet and stuck at work." O.o
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2006-12-21 09:52 am (UTC)
You had an earthquake?! I must say, you're taking it very well. Australia is geologically very stable so earthquakes are a rarity and in fact unheard of in Brisbane, so I'd be practically in a state of shock.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2006-12-21 10:27 am (UTC)
I've never felt an earthquake in my entire life! Completely unheard of in Texas.
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From: jovino
2006-12-21 08:12 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2006-12-22 12:11 am (UTC)
Whatever that map means (seriously, why doesn't it say what the colors mean?), it doesn't change the fact that I've never felt an earthquake here in Texas.
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From: jovino
2006-12-22 03:06 am (UTC)
It pretty much sez that there are faults in texas -- and we're not just talking ectonic plates either. ;) Seriously though, Texas has the potential of earthquakes based on the natural plate formations that cause the Gulf of Mexico to be formed.
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From: jovino
2006-12-22 03:06 am (UTC)
'errr... make that: tectonic plates.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-12-21 05:29 pm (UTC)
It was really a very small one. It takes, like, a 5.5 to really get Californians' attention.

With one this size, even so close to the house, you don't feel too much. This one had a hard initial hit, then just a few seconds of mild shaking behind it.

I'd say the initial hit was about like a truck had accidentally backed into a wall on the far end of the building. It was a thud and caused the windows and medicine cabinet to rattle. But that was it. Certainly no structural damage.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2006-12-22 04:23 am (UTC)
That's about what it was like when the BP plant in Texas City blew up in 2005. The plant was about 35 miles away from my house, and I heard a "thud" from the wall, as if someone had thrown a large tree branch against the side of the house.

So I guess that's the closest I've come to experiencing anything like an earthquake.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-12-22 05:35 am (UTC)
That's probably pretty similar to the initial shockwave. I was in Stockton once and a metal foundry had an explosion. Felt about the same. Just follow that initial bang with some mild, irregular shaking. See? You're not missing out on anything.
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2006-12-22 12:57 am (UTC)
Takes a serious quake for me to notice. I can only recall 3 that I've ever felt.
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From: jovino
2006-12-23 07:21 am (UTC)
Wow, another event tonight. That makes two in the same location within a few days of each other and four along the same faultline (two being aftershocks). That faultline is definatley moving right now.

2.2 2006/12/22 23:11:47 37.856N 122.237W 8.7 4 km ( 2 mi) ESE of Berkeley, CA
3.7 2006/12/22 22:49:57 37.861N 122.237W 10.0 4 km ( 2 mi) ESE of Berkeley, CA
2.2 2006/12/21 00:55:40 37.856N 122.235W 8.8 4 km ( 2 mi) N of Piedmont, CA
3.7 2006/12/20 19:12:28 37.860N 122.237W 9.0 4 km ( 2 mi) ESE of Berkeley, CA


It's not the faultline that I am worried about, and I don't think that these quakes are enough of a cause for the San Andres fault to be affected by the movements. Then again, I'm not a seismologist or oceanographer, so I cannot be certain that any of this means much.

This time I felt a small pre-shake before the main hit and mentioned it to my girlfriend as we were sitting in the living room talking. No toilet tomfoolery for us this time. Hehe.
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