Just finished a 5.8 earthquake here in SoCal.
Epicenter reported to be within 20 miles.
Lasted 20-30 seconds.
The walls of my bldg moved like they were dancing.
Couple of things fell off the shelf, otherwise no damage.
Gotta love that chicken wire construction.
The sun is shining, life moves on.
For all practical purposes, if you are within 20 miles, you're at the
After all, it was felt in San Diego (90-100 miles) and reportedly in
Las Vegas (300 mile range).
It has been down graded to a 5.4 and now falls into the "garden
variety" quake for SoCal, and there is no serious damage reported YET.
Some broken glass, some stuff on the floor, that's about it.
Beats the hell out of a flood, snow storms, etc.
You know, all that stuff I left Ohio to escape.
I was on Shemya in Alaska back in 1976 when there was a 7.6 with it's
epicenter not that far away.
Let me tell you, when you see steel reinforced concrete driveways ripple
like someone droped a stone in water, you get a sense of just how much power
is in one of those quakes.
As they used to say, 'It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature'.
Very sobering indeed....
You have to realize that California is long - about as long as a
of the width of the continental. lower 48, United States, which isn't
exactly a tiny country itself. And when 0.001% of a state with as
many different environments has an "event" - the "news" - which is
mainly (and in some case, exclusively) in business to get your
and hold it so they can sell advertising time - keeps showing and
about the worst case of the relatively minor situation.
In 1989, when the San Francisco Bay Area had the Loma Prieta
Quake that caused a deck of ONE of the bridges in the Bay to fall,
and maybe a mile and a half to 2 miles of a double deck freeway
section to collapse, and some condos built on bay fill leaned badly
and some caught on fire - the impression was that northern
California (KahLeeFORNeeyaah) was devasated - AND on FIRE!
I live less that 20 miles from the epicenter of that quake. I lost
a bud vase - that's it. Phones didn't work for several days and we
were without electricity for an additional day - but so what.
Now compare the California coastline, Yosemite, SF Bay, any of
the So. Cal beaches - on their worst day - with say DC or NY or
Atlanta or Dallas or New Orleans, or Chicago, or Boston - in either
mid winter or mid summer. So every once in a while the ground
does Rock n Roll, or there's a mudslide in an area where houses
should never have been built in the first place, or some houses
in the middle of a kindling pile go poof in a firestorm. Then put
the number of people affected in the context of a population that's
about 1/10th the whole nation's population - and you might be
able to understand the appeal of this state.
Oh, and if you have access to Federal Census Data, look for the
census tracts with the highest per capita or household income.
There are a couple of "OLD MONEY" census tracts with higher
incomes, but out here, it's New Money - the kind people EARN
that explains the high per household income.\
Here's another indicator to note. Here in Silly Cone Valley aka
Silicon Valley aka Santa Clara County, one quarter of one percent
sales tax comes to about $100,000,000. That's 40 Billion in
sales taxable sales so you can imagine what the number is if you
include wholesale, non sales taxable sales.
Let me put it another way. I can be at the beach/coast in 30
to 45 minutes, at Monterey Bay in an hour and fifteen minutes,
in Tahoe in three hours, in wine country in 2 hours, in SF in
45 minutes. If I want to stand in a stand of Giant Sequoias
I can, in about an hour. Yosemite - maybe 3 1/2 hours.
And if I want to see "stars" - well I just wedge a 1" mortising
in a mortise, get my chin in line with it's exit path and pull -
hard. DAMHIKT ;)
I went through the San Fernando quake (1969? 7.2), in a woodframe
house only a few miles from the epicenter.
It really is impressive to hear the roar and rumble and cracking
noises, then feel the floor move up and down in rhythmic waves.
Makes you feel how small we are, as individuals.
And remember, "Mother Nature bats last".
When I lived in Downey, CA I survived the Whittier earthquake which
was over 6. When I got home there was broken glass all over the place
and a few gallons of salt water splashed out of the aquarium and the
medicine cabinet threw out all its contents anything glass broke. Some
people lost their TV. Since then I prefer plastic over glass, bolt
bookcases to the wall, and always know where my shoes are before going
to bed. A flashlight is helpful too. Some folks left California
after that quake, yet is was only "medium size."
Yeah, that's just the natural stuff. Then you get the other fun stuff
like high housing prices, high taxes, nanny-state regulations, and a state
that "knows" pretty much every substance known to man is "known to cause
California is a beautiful place, especially the Coastal Highway, I know
why people want to live there. The downsides though are just too daunting.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
I had laid down for my 40 winks and didn't feel a thing. Nothing out of
FYI. One of the local flatlander towns nearby has a baseball stadium
called the Epicenter. Yup the local team is called the
QUAKES! Ta-da. [rim shot]
And yes, there is a statue of Jack Benny out front.
Lew.. Being a native Californian, I'm glad it was only an earthquake..
Seeing your heading, I was afraid that your table saw or lathe was out of
BTW: According to our local news, they felt tremors in Mexicali and TJ, also..
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