June 17th, 2005

Swan rampant

Still here

Rumours to the contrary notwithstanding (and probably to the regret of some people in Washington), California has not fallen into the sea.  While four earthquakes in a few days is a little unusual, none of them have really done any damage.  (The strongest of the four was the one off the northern California coast.)  In general it takes something above a magnitude 6.0 before you start thinking of damage, and even then it all depends on how close to a heavily populated area it occurs.  Most of the time we don't even feel quakes unless they're at least a magnitude 4.0, and anything below a 5.8 or so probably won't impact us (e.g. building evacuation).  So, with yesterday's 5.3 (later revised to 4.9) quake centered 80 miles east of Los Angeles, we all just stopped what we were doing for a moment, looked around, yawned, and went back to work.  Same old, same old.

I'll be going offline earlier than usual today, as the movers are coming in about 5 hours to load up all our stuff and take it to our new home on the 17th floor.

 

 

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