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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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Jun. 17th, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
Maybe we're just building up to another Big One... although I suppose the 7.0 off the northern coast could probably qualify as that.
Jun. 17th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
Well, the last bad one down here was Northridge in 1994 (6.7); have you guys had a serious one since the Oakland quake in 1989? Certainly it was lucky for you that this new 7.0 quake was offshore.

It's kind of cute when you talk to people who've never experienced earthquakes; somehow I don't think they really believe us when we tell them that we don't pay much attention to the 4s and 5s -- that it's "business as usual".
Jun. 17th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
Umm, would my conversation with you be one of the cute ones? I still don't really believe you about taking the 4's and 5's in your stride. I "quake" at the thought. But I have changed my icon to something appropriately sombre (to match yours and noblerot's, which seem to have cheered down).
Jun. 17th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
Must've forgotten to mention that little quiver in your e-mail! And don't tell me it's all in a day's work.
Jun. 17th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
Well..*I'm* one of those 'cute' people because I've never experienced a quake. The idea does freak me out a bit. About a year ago a very minor tremor was felt in southern Wisconsin (not by me...I'm in the east-central part of the state) & it's all people talked about for days. Of course, being from the Midwest, people who have never experienced tornadoes look at us the same way when we tell them we sit outside and watch the funnel clouds form....
Jun. 17th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, apparently I experienced my first earthquake yesterday and didn't even notice. Alas.
Jun. 17th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well hello there! I was wondering when you were going to put in an appearance again!

Have a good birthday? Have a good time in Chicago?

When you get a chance, e-mail me your San Diego address and a phone number. I definitely want to make a trip down there before you flit off to London at the end of summer. I'm at: karen.chapman@cnb.com

Jun. 22nd, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Yup, birthday was good. I went down to Oak Park with a friend and looked at some Frank Lloyd Wright stuff. I loves me some Frank Lloyd Wright. I never actually went into Chicago proper, but I did memorize the route from Itasca to Evanston. I also got chased by an angry swan and got to see a super-rare temple with awesome architecture.
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