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5.1 Earthquake Hits California

Soulskill posted about 7 months ago | from the shake-rattle-and-roll dept.

News 114

An anonymous reader writes "A 5.1 earthquake hit Southern California at 9:09PM local time on Friday. It was preceded by a 3.6 earthquake, then followed by 3.4 and 3.6 quakes, as well as 100+ smaller aftershocks. The United States Geological Survey has a map showing the epicenter. There have been no reported deaths, though roughly 50 people have been displaced from their homes. 'The shake caused a rock slide in Carbon Canyon, causing a car to overturn, according to the Brea Police Department. Fullerton police received reports of water main breaks and windows shattering, but primarily had residents calling about burglar alarms being set off by the quake.'"

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Happy Earthquake from The Golden Girls (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609199)

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

Re:Happy Earthquake from The Golden Girls (2, Funny)

zenlessyank (748553) | about 7 months ago | (#46609233)

Hopefully the earth will open up and swallow your stupid ass up. Troll up on my nutsack.

Re:Happy Earthquake from The Golden Girls (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609239)

Is she illin in the panicillin?
Is she chillin in the panicillin?
Is she stealin in the panicillin?
Is she feelin in the panicillin?

Panka panka

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Is she liable no suitifiable im not on trial but its suitifiable
Is she reliable no suitifiable not just viable but real suitifiable
Is she try-able no suitifiable lying in the aisle im real suitifiable

Is she spillin in the panicillin?
Is she squealin in the panicillin?
Is she feelin in the panicillin?
Is she trillin in the panicillin?

Panka panka

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Is it a style? no suitifiable im not on trial but its suitifiable
Is it a mile? no suitifiable not just viable but real suitifiable
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Re:Happy Earthquake from The Golden Girls (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609249)

Kill yourself.

Re:Happy Earthquake from The Golden Girls (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609261)

When I was 17 my girlfriend at the time was finally ready to have sex. I, as one might expect of a 17 year old, was excited. Neither hell nor high water was going to stand between me and my final destination.
I get ready for the night, trim everything up, shower extra well. Unfortunately there was also an issue. I have a digestional disorder that sometimes cause my shit to become large and quite solid while still inside me. I wasn't aware it was a treatable problem and, in fact, just thought everyone had to deal with the equivalent of anal kidney stones. I bring this up because I had a mighty one which had been loaded into the gun for several days.
Let me set the scene. Her parents are away. We have her house to ourselves. She was always a little kinky so she demands we do it in her parents bed.
I walk in to a candle holocaust. She's been working on this all day apparently, and its as bright as high noon in there with the lights off. Which is good, because she proceeds to do a sweet, sexy little dance for me. At 16, she was AMAZING. For those of you who never experienced a female at that age, I pity the fool.
Now I'm sitting on the bed, watching this dance. I smile and tell her how good she looks. Unfortunately, most of my attention is focused on the dull throbbing from my sphincter and the large amount of intestinal discomfort associated with not dropping duce in days. But somehow I still get hard and we go to town.
She starts out on top, then we switch. I bend her over the bed, and I even smack her ass (a ballsy move at the time, but she loved it). Due to my built up distraction, I last for what seems like FOREVER. She can't stop moaning and telling me how good it feels, and then she says what every man wants to hear "I want to make you go in my mouth." I **** love women.
So she goes down on me. She was always average at best in the head department but at least she tried. She pops my **** out of her mouth long enough to look up at me and say "tell me if you like this". Then I feel it.
She stuck her finger up my ass.
My brain hits the panic switch and every muscle in my entire body locks up tighter than a three year old virgin. But its too late.
I take a massive, PAINFUL, PAINFUL shit, all over her parents comforter.
No, you aren't understanding. I mean large. Huge. IMMENSE. Take your largest shit and multiple it by forty-two and you'll have an idea of what flew out of me.
And gents, when I say flew, I don't mean "I pooped." I mean "projectile". I mean "hurricane force winds hitting an umbrella stand". And due to my condition, it comes out as a large, dark brown, smelly harpoon.
I know it hit her. I didn't see it. She ran screaming "OH MY GOD OHMYGODOHMYGODEEEEEWWWWWWWW" but I always imagined that, due to her position, it hit her right in the chin. Or at least the tits.
I would like to say I got up to go after her. But I heard the bathroom door shut and I just lied there. The smell hit me after a few seconds. It smelled like someone rolled a cat in shit and threw it into a tire fire. I looked down and saw, to date, the largest bowel movement I've ever heard of laying on the bed. Then I noticed the blood, and when I did, I noticed the pain.
Apparently the fact that it was so large caused it to rip my ass a little bit (thought I was bleeding from the inside. This little doctors trip the next day is what taught me of my condition). There was a small pool of blood where my ass had been. A final reminder of the exact place and moment I lost my virginity. I will treasure this memory for all my days.
I grab my shit with my hands and go to the downstairs bathroom. I throw around 1/3 into the toilet and flush, fearing any more will clog it and only add to my already significant woes.
I stand there, holding 2/3's of my biggest shit of all time, feeling a trickle of blood flow down my leg, trying to ignore the sharp pain stabbing my rectum. I find myself wishing I had a photo of this.
Anyway, I finish flushing my baby, clean off my hands, jam toilet paper between my cheeks (I skipped the bandaid) and went upstairs. I could hear my girlfriend sobbing from behind the bathroom door. I decided not to say anything to her and just keep moving. The smell in her parents room was abysmal. Its like when you take a shit and walk out of the bathroom you think "hey not so bad today," but then you walk back in to grab your magazine and go "HOLY SHIT!". It was one of those moments.
The scene is burned behind my eyelids for all time. My life. My shame. My very first time smelled like a pile of dead babies. I quickly got dressed since the heat from ten thousand candles was making the room feel more like a port-a-potty. I was aware enough to grab the comforter on my way out and drag it downstairs to their washer. Also the top and bottom sheets since the blood had leaked on through all the way to mattress. Still no sign of the GF but at this point I considered it a blessing.
I jammed in the washer with 3 loads worth of detergent and set it on spin, knowing that not even the hand of God would save these linens, let alone Tide and Snuggles.
Then I left. I avoided my GF's calls for days until she came to my house. We had a long talk about what happened. Talk being synonymous with "breaking up with me because I shit on her". And it was all over. She promised not to tell a soul and I don't THINK she ever did. She was probably as ashamed as I was about the whole deed. But I will always this happening as the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me.

Re:Happy Earthquake from The Golden Girls (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609817)

it's "...you're a pal and a pile of snot"

Your mom (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609201)

I guess she just set foot in California

Re:Your mom (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609391)

So a little while ago I felt like I had a great big healthy shit coming on. I mean it makes sense. I have been adding more fiber to my diet lately. So I sat on my white porcelain throne and then ... *unghhnhhghhghh* *PLOP* Ah. Wow that was a big one. Damn it this is a big, wide, long log. It'll probably fold in half and get stuck and clog the fucking toilet. Again. Ah well. I will deal with that if and when it happens.

It was such a wide turd-log with such girth though. Amazing that my otherwise virgin asshole can expand that wide. Hmm that could be a problem. So I start to wipe. Damn it this could take a while. I got feces smeared on the sides of my ass cheeks from the girth of that turd. I wipe some more and ... oh no. I feel something knotty. Yup, what I feared from this turd has come to pass. I have lots of hairs around my asshole. I suppose most men do. Nature's way of saying "I love you! But not that much."

There it is. I can feel it through the single ply paper. A great big DINGLEBERRY. Naturally I try to awkwardly grab it with a folded sheet of toilet paper and dislodge it. I pull. Ouch. I pull harder. OUCH. Wow during its brief passage past the asshair, this turd-let really securely managed to get caught on some ass hairs. I can't just pull the dingleberry out without ripping the hairs right out. I have no idea if that caries the possibility of breaking the fecal encrusted skin and leading to an infection or what, but I know it would hurt so I want other options. I try gathering lots of sheets of toilet paper. I repeatedly wipe the same area over and over, hoping to wear this fucker down. I manage to whittle it down a little but this is taking far too much time. This turd is really determined to stay in its new home!

I can't very well pull my underpants back up now, that would get them all shitty and smelly. If I wanted to smell bad all the time I would let myself get fat. Maybe some water will help. I awkwardly reach for the faucet, turning it to a slow stream, and wet some toilet paper, making a mental note to disinfect the faucet handle later. I can't see the damned thing but judging from the brown stains appearing on the sheets of toilet paper, I am at least making progress. Now my hands are wet and shitty smelling and I am thinking this better be worth it. I use a dry sheet to feel for the dingleberry again. It did shrink but it's still there, dangling from my ass hairs, mocking me. WTF have I been eating lately to produce such a persistent turd? Nature does abhor a vacuum, which is why lots of gas has entered my bowels where the big turd-log recently was. I enjoy a nice after-defecating loud fart while I wonder what to do next. I chuckle because when the fart is your own, you don't think it stinks but you know somebody else would evacuate the area. Ok time to stop laughing, this is a serious predicament.

I toy with the idea of getting some scissors or something to try and cut the dingleberry out. Then I consider this is a sensitive area, I cannot see what I am doing, and it's too close for comfort to my cock and balls to be wielding a bladed item. I am starting to get angry. I am starting to not care anymore about the consequences of just yanking the damned thing out. I tried the easier ways and they failed. Fuck it, I have places to be and things to do. I can't very well spend all day in the bathroom playing a not-so-fun game with a turd. I double up on toilet paper and get a good secure grip on the dingleberry. Okay fucker, you're going DOWN. *YANK* Yeouch, fuck that hurt as much as I thought it would. And there it is, in my hand, nestled in the folds of toilet paper: my dingleberry! Ha ha ha, you won the battle, dingleberry, but I just won the war! I rub my sore ass cheek. Then I ceremoniously plop that fucker in the toilet bowl, to briefly swim with his big brother log. Oh man, you never heard such a satisfying flushing sound in your life. I rub some aftershave around my ass hairs just to make sure, better to smell funny than to get some kind of infected pimples or something.

I was careful. But not careful enough. Never careful enough. It was no trivial task to scrub the fecal matter completely off my hands and especialy, from under my fingernails. I find it useful to use a bar of soap and dig my nails in it. Repeatedly. I think all the turd particles are gone now. If I eat with my hands and get sick later I will at least know why, but it hopefully will be okay. Man. What an ordeal. Anyone who ever fought against a dingleberry knows how persistently they can cling to life next to your asshole.

So I watch this mixture of feces and paper swirl around the flushing toilet bowl. Sure enough, the very middle of the log gets sucked toward the drain. Not good, not good. It folds in half and the two halves at once is too wide to fit through the toilet. Great. Now my toilet is clogged. But the water continues to rise. Oh man, this doesn't look good. Quick, where the fuck did I put my plunger?!

... the saga continues ...

Re: Your mom (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609537)

Wtf

Behold! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609207)

THE END IS NEAR! Hell its here! Stay tuned for tomorrows disaster!
See I didnt wear that sandwich board warning you for the last 35 years , for nothing.

Re:Behold! (1, Funny)

pigiron (104729) | about 7 months ago | (#46609543)

OMG, it's another sign of global warming!!!

Re:Behold! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609919)

In 5.1 Dolby Surround too!

Re:Behold! Troll the fuck out of this story! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609569)

HOW TO BE A WORTHLESS, VILE, AMERICAN YARD-APE!!!!
  • Slink around, shuffling your feet and bobbing your neck like the lazy retard you are.
  • Walk down the middle of the street because you don't know what a sidewalk is for.
  • Hang out at carwashes and mini-marts because everybody knows these are the best places to be a dope, I mean dope.
  • If you're a nigger bitch, shit three nigger babies into the world before 17 years of age. This assures that welfare money will support you, so your nigger men have more time to commit crimes.
  • And give REAL honest black people a bad name.
  • Oh yes, make sure each nigger baby has a different father.
  • Bastardize the English language in the name of nigger culture.
  • Make sure that several terms have multiple meanings and others have ambiguous meanings and that only 50% of nigger words are even complete words. Real niggers will know what you're trying to say.
  • As a culture, make sure there are always more blacks in prison than in college at any given time.
  • Hang out in packs of 10 to 15 and make sure everyone acts as annoying as possible. This helps to promote nigger individuality.
  • Always talk loud enough so everyone in the 'hood can fucking hear you, and if they are niggers, they will know what your saying, bro.
  • Wear clothes that are 10 sizes too big, making sure the pants hang off your ass.
  • Park at least 5 junk cars in your yard while being careful not to use the driveway. It's OK to abandon them in the street as long as it's in front of someone else's crib.
  • Exaggerate every motion, every tonal inflection and grab your dick a lot.
  • Do drugs, sell drugs, make drugs. Okay, don't REALLY do this, but it IS what niggers do.
  • Turn your backyard into a junk yard. If you don't have a backyard, turn your mother's into a junk yard.
  • Travel around leaching off relatives, friends, salvation armies.
  • Drink cheap wine and malt liquor every day, forgetting that "malt liquor" is just fortified cheap beer.
  • If you're a nigger buck: fuck anything that moves, no matter how ugly she is. After two 40oz, even the ugliest, fattest nigger bitch will look good.
  • Be charitable and covet fat, ugly white chicks. After all, they're niggers too. They can't help being so undesirable to white men that they have to fraternize with black dudes on a 20/20 trip. And white ho's are a special trophy too, especially the not so ugly ones.
  • Spray paint everything in sight with scribbles that mean nothing to white people but mean things to fellow niggers (except niggers from another hood who will probably go after you for tresspassing on their turf).
  • Use the term "motherfucker" in every sentence. It's one of the most versatile words in the nigger language, being a noun, verb, adjective and complete mini-sentence in event you run out of thoughts.
  • Stop in the middle of the street, blocking all traffic to converse with fellow niggers and have complete disregard for everyone else.
  • Overcharge customers at Taco Bell and pocket the difference.
  • Drive your car while slouched so low that you can barely see over the wheel (gangsta drivin').
  • Get a job under affirmative action. Then sit around all day pretending that you earned the position and that the other co-workers respect you. Whenever you fuck up, scream "racism!" & hope you get enough Generation X liberals in the jury.
  • Never, I mean NEVER, take any responsibility for your actions. Always blame others including Asians, Latinos, Mexicans, and especially Whites for your sorry ass stupid lives.
  • Be sure to get a dog, tie it up in the cold and mud and neglect it until it dies. Then start all over again. Cash must be used because you long ago fucked up your credit and checking account.
  • Cram 5 generations into a two room government apartment and still be able to neglect your kids.

Then you too can be a true nigger, and anyone who finds any fault with anything you do is automatically a racist. They don't dislike what you do and wish you would do something better with your life, nor do they wish you would realize that other people exist and should be treated with respect. No, they're just racists who hate you because of the color of your skin, and everything bad in your life is their fault. You nigger.

Re:Behold! Troll the fuck out of this story! (0)

raind (174356) | about 7 months ago | (#46610035)

The sad part it is that some of those are true, and it's also true racism is alive and well, at least from west coast (?) ac white trash

Other quakes today (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609209)

5.0 - deep Atlantic Ocean - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
5.8 - deep Atlantic Ocean - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
5.2 - 100 km east of Japan - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
5.0 - near New Guinea - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
5.2 - Nicaragua - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
and then there are the ones below magnitude 5

Re:Other quakes today (0)

flyneye (84093) | about 7 months ago | (#46609223)

Meanwhile in Oklahoma; Earthquakes due to fracking have increased in such number, teen boys have farting contests to see who can set off the biggest quake.
Gas production vastly increased, film @11.

Re:Other quakes today (3, Insightful)

tompaulco (629533) | about 7 months ago | (#46609541)

Come, now. We've only had 5 earthquakes in the last day in Oklahoma, and not a one above 3.2. Seriously though, I have to wonder about whether the frequency is a bad thing. Are they earthquakes that would have occurred in the fullness of time, in other words, from plate shift? In that case, the more frequent the better, in my opinion. Rather a 100 small vibrations than one big shock. On the other hand, if the shocks are caused by emptied out caverns underground collapsing, then again, fracking would serve to lessen that by filling the caverns with fluid. Fracking is being used in Oklahoma mostly for forcing out natural gas. So they caverns are already empty. Fracking fluid should prevent rather than accelerate cave-ins.

Re:Other quakes today (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about 7 months ago | (#46610677)

Dry rock doesn't slide or collapse. Wet rock does. I'll let you put that together.

Re:Other quakes today (1)

tompaulco (629533) | about 7 months ago | (#46612175)

Dry rock does slide or collapse, it just doesn't do it until a lot more pressure has built up. I would think it would be preferable to have a lot of little earthquakes than one big one.

Re:Other quakes today (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about 7 months ago | (#46612185)

So long as the caverns stay filled, everything should be fine, but once those caverns begin to drain; and they will, soon; I expect to see a lot of sinkholes in Oklahoma. Untouched (and dry), those caverns were quite stable and capable of holding the load above them.

Just look at the slides in Washington for an example of what happens when you get otherwise stable *dry* rock wet.

Re:Other quakes today (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | about 7 months ago | (#46612483)

Just look at the slides in Washington for an example of what happens when you get otherwise stable *dry* rock wet.

What, major slides every 5-10 years, so much that the place is known as Slide Hill?

Re:Other quakes today (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about 7 months ago | (#46612549)

Hey, you know what? I'm not the one that makes slides and sinkholes happen, physics handles that part. Let's revisit this discussion in a year and see who's right, my email address is right there.

Re:Other quakes today (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | about 7 months ago | (#46613881)

That rock in WA State wasn't stable, and hasn't been for quite a LONG time (at least 100+ years). It's not a good example of stable rock getting wet - it's an example of thick soil and lots of trees (roots breaking up rock) on steep bedrock in very wet conditions - continual slides. Saw it happen an awful lot when hiking in the back country off of Stevens Pass (I was born and raised in Seattle).

Re:Other quakes today (1)

eliphalet (1222732) | about 7 months ago | (#46611229)

The earthquakes in Oklahoma aren't all in the same spot. I would be interesting if several of these small quakes were to happen at about the same time and the vibrations intersect.

Paid trolls are having a party in this thread (1)

Rujiel (1632063) | about 7 months ago | (#46612311)

You're seriously arguing that lubricating something makes it less slippery? Wastewater disposal is the part of fracking that *causes* earthquakes. You "guys" aren't fooling anyone.

Re:Other quakes today (4, Informative)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 7 months ago | (#46609403)

This one, however, could be significant in that seismologists say it concerns them because the fault that caused it hasn't been active in awhile, and it runs directly through downtown Los Angeles. There is a small but significant chance that a larger quake could be coming.

Re:Other quakes today (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610007)

Unlikely. Large earthquakes don't provide smaller warning quakes ahead of time. If anything, we can rest a bit easier knowing that pressure has been released from the fault. I did feel it too, but living in Venice, a good distance from Brea and Orange County, it wasn't very powerful.

Re:Other quakes today (2)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 7 months ago | (#46610469)

I guess both seismologists that I saw interviewed on the news were lying then. There's at least a 5% chance, according to them, of a larger quake in days or weeks to come.

Re:Other quakes today (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610527)

As someone who has lived in California for a very long time (probably longer than those seismologists have been alive) and has been through many quakes, my experience tells me that they are indeed mistaken. A 5.1 quake like that is a good thing, because it's small enough that is doesn't cause much damage, but powerful enough that tectonic pressures are released. We might get a few, weaker aftershocks but there is no way that this is leading to a bigger quake.

Re:Other quakes today (1)

cyn1c77 (928549) | about 7 months ago | (#46613281)

As someone who has lived in California for a very long time (probably longer than those seismologists have been alive) and has been through many quakes, my experience tells me that they are indeed mistaken. A 5.1 quake like that is a good thing, because it's small enough that is doesn't cause much damage, but powerful enough that tectonic pressures are released. We might get a few, weaker aftershocks but there is no way that this is leading to a bigger quake.

Look up "geologic timescale" and compare those times that to the lifespan of anyone that you know.

Then think about if human recollection is useful in any way for anticipating earthquakes.

Re:Other quakes today (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610701)

I don't know what a "small but significant chance" is, but I do know that a 5% chance of it happening means a 95% chance of it not happening. And that, to me, qualifies as "unlikely".

Re:Other quakes today (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 7 months ago | (#46610753)

Point taken, it is unlikely, but 5% is a large chance compared to most quakes.

Re:Other quakes today (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 7 months ago | (#46613391)

Unlikely. Large earthquakes don't provide smaller warning quakes ahead of time. If anything, we can rest a bit easier knowing that pressure has been released from the fault. I did feel it too, but living in Venice, a good distance from Brea and Orange County, it wasn't very powerful.

There is a theory that an earthquake does two things - it sets the next stress point, and the shaking may loosen and nudge other sticking points. The end result is the first may be a spot that can't handle the newly imposed loads and fail (another earthquake), the second is that even stable areas of the fault now have lubrication and can slip past each other where before they couldn't, forming yes, more earthquakes.

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell when the next quake will be a big one, a small one, or a devastating one.

The evidence has been that the number of earthquakes around the pacific rim ("ring of fire") has been increasing because of it.

It think the end result is pretty much "just continue on with life" - whatever the risk has gone down because of that failure may have increased the risk elsewhere (as in, not in the exact same spot - no one said it couldn't happen a little way down the fault).

Re:Other quakes today (1)

rochrist (844809) | about 7 months ago | (#46610929)

Volcano! The Coast is Toast! Someone send for Tommy Lee Jones!

Re:Other quakes today (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 7 months ago | (#46611013)

Screw that. I'm calling for Charlton Heston [youtube.com] !

What? He's dead? We're boned...

That's quite a subwoofer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609251)

Was it a black earthquake?

Re:That's quite a subwoofer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609309)

Bass QUAKE!!

Equivalent (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609305)

A 5.1 in California is the equivalent of an inch of snow in Ohio. People will kvetch about it but not cause any real issues.

Re:Equivalent (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 7 months ago | (#46609347)

A 5.1 in California is the equivalent of an inch of snow in Ohio.

But on Slashdot, it's the equivalent of a foot of snow in Miami... What is this place? USA Today? Good Morning America?

Re:Equivalent (1)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about 7 months ago | (#46610879)

Actually I fail to see why this is news that matters or how this is news for nerds however.
IF it was triggered by a google experiment I could see why it has value on /.
IF it was triggered by a Morlords I could see why it has value on /.
IF it was triggered by a aliens I could see why it has value on /.
IF it was triggered by a cosmic event I could see why it has value on /.
IF it was part of a beowulf cluster of minor earthquakes running on GNU-Linux on raspberry-pi's I could see why it has value on /.
Just some rocks sliding and stuff is no news. Let allone for nerds.

Re:Equivalent (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 7 months ago | (#46610171)

The upside of a good quake in CA is that it scares out enough of the population to lighten the traffic for a while.

2012: "Let's move to Cali, the weather is soooo wonderful and we might see a movie star!"

2014: ~~Quake~~ "Let's get the hell outta here! At least snow ain't fall over and kill ya."

Re:Equivalent (1)

RR (64484) | about 7 months ago | (#46610821)

2014: ~~Quake~~ "Let's get the hell outta here! At least snow ain't fall over and kill ya."

ORLY [yorkdispatch.com]

filed under lame news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609307)

mag 5 is a nothing quake. california really needs to get over itself

Re:filed under lame news? (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 7 months ago | (#46609437)

I certainly agree with that sentiment. The best place to build a home would be a place infrequent of natural disasters. You know, like earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, volcanos and all that? Turns out that's pretty hard to do while also having access to vital resources and also reasonably close to civilization.

People love to live dangerously and famously. In placed like New York and California, they have both.

What amazes me about those places is property values. If I owned property in California, I'd sell. Same with New York. With California, it's mostly the land conditions and with New York, it's the people. Both peoples are full of themselves though. Their own politics are their own undoing. It's at least a little fun to watch them from a distance.

I used to think living in the country somewhere, a drive away from a WalMart but out where a man's rights are respected, was crazy talk. Now it seems like a nice way to lay back and watch the world spin.

Re:filed under lame news? (3, Insightful)

causality (777677) | about 7 months ago | (#46609479)

I used to think living in the country somewhere, a drive away from a WalMart but out where a man's rights are respected, was crazy talk. Now it seems like a nice way to lay back and watch the world spin.

Most things that make sense to the informed are "crazy talk" to the rest.

Re:filed under lame news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609789)

Most things that make sense to the informed are "crazy talk" to the rest.

Having the same priorities as you and being "informed" are not the same thing.

Re:filed under lame news? (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | about 7 months ago | (#46609997)

How hard is it to understand? Anybody who agrees with me is informed. Anybody who holds a dissenting viewpoint is an ignorant sheep. Very simple.

Re:filed under lame news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609511)

Johannesburg. None of the above natural disasters, and it is at least moderately civilized.

But then you just trade in the natural disasters for the man-made variety - state looting & corruption, frequent prolonged strikes, murders, robbery, theft, mugging, rape, etc. etc. etc.

Re: filed under lame news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609667)

Only if you're black

Re:filed under lame news? (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#46609983)

And aliens.

Re: filed under lame news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609741)

High property values in LA and NYC reflect the high salaries that can be made there by high achievers. I live in LA and make twice what I did in a smaller city, but of course the cost of living is higher here.

Re: filed under lame news? (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 7 months ago | (#46609855)

High pay isn't high achievement unless that is how you measure high achievement.

Re:filed under lame news? (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 7 months ago | (#46609877)

As long as you find a nice spot to write your manifesto.

Re:filed under lame news? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610189)

Congratulations, you have an opinion, just like everyone else on the planet.

Doesn't mean you know shit. For example, laying back and watching the world spin doesn't do anything to contribute to the extraordinary achievements of which humans are capable. The people who do that are (mostly) in... you guessed it, places like CA and NY.

You're at least as full of yourself as those people you contemptuously dismiss.

Re:filed under lame news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610223)

I certainly agree with that sentiment. The best place to build a home would be a place infrequent of natural disasters. You know, like earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, volcanos and all that? Turns out that's pretty hard to do while also having access to vital resources and also reasonably close to civilization.

People love to live dangerously and famously. In placed like New York and California, they have both.

What amazes me about those places is property values. If I owned property in California, I'd sell. Same with New York. With California, it's mostly the land conditions and with New York, it's the people. Both peoples are full of themselves though. Their own politics are their own undoing. It's at least a little fun to watch them from a distance.

I used to think living in the country somewhere, a drive away from a WalMart but out where a man's rights are respected, was crazy talk. Now it seems like a nice way to lay back and watch the world spin.

The NorthEast US (Boston) and Canada are pretty close to fitting that ideal. It's true that we have snow storms and Nor'easters roll through but very few natural disasters.

Re:filed under lame news? (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 7 months ago | (#46610347)

I used to think living in the country somewhere, a drive away from a WalMart but out where a man's rights are respected, was crazy talk.

You are far more likely to die in a car accident while driving to WalMart than you are from any natural disaster.

Re:filed under lame news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46611993)

"The best place to build a home would be a place infrequent of natural disasters."

An example is along the San Andreas fault, a long section near Palm Springs. One result of the faults are two tectonic plates next to each with one side 'higher' than the other. As the plates slide against each other they grind very fine rock dust which make a water barrier. The result is ground water from the higher plate seeps out as underground springs right along the fault. You can see a line of desert oasis in the desert there, right on top of the fault. And along come humans, and they see and say, "Hey! A source of water. And date palms!" And next you know they are building fancy mansions and big resorts....

Re:filed under lame news? (4, Funny)

Dupple (1016592) | about 7 months ago | (#46609515)

mag 5 is a nothing quake. california really needs to get over itself

I think the problem is that California is getting under itself

Saw a forum post about this (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#46609351)

Some guy was complaining that his wife was angry because some of her wine glass collection fell over and broke. Wine glass collection, in Los Angeles. Good ideer! I keep my playing card house collection in a storage locker down there. I guess I should go check on it. You wouldn't believe what I went through to get those things moved.

Anyway, he also said that some people he knew weren't being allowed back into their neighborhoods or something. And when there isn't a gas leak, I'm surprised, knowing PG&E. So maybe there was some more significant damage around, if not major.

Re:Saw a forum post about this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609375)

I live in Culver City and slept though it. Noticed a couple things fell over.

Re:Saw a forum post about this (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 7 months ago | (#46610127)

I did that. Sorry.

Re:Saw a forum post about this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610383)

I'm just down the way from you in Manhattan Beach and did the same. I'm surprised this minor quake even made it to the news.

In other news, Thunderstorms hits Florida (1)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about 7 months ago | (#46609397)

Normal weather for each respective locale.

And in other news for nerds (4, Insightful)

markdavis (642305) | about 7 months ago | (#46609407)

And in other technological "news for nerds"....

Hurricanes hit the Mid-Atlantic
Tornadoes spawn in the Midwest.
Snow falls in the Northeast.
Taxes go up.
Civil liberties go down.
Google makes money.

http://www.earthquakecountry.i... [earthquakecountry.info]

Breaking News! Slashdot only 12 hours late! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609431)

This rather minor earthquake happened 12 hours ago in an are that frequently has earthquakes, and that had a bigger quake two weeks ago. Why is this one news?

Re:Breaking News! Slashdot only 12 hours late! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609963)

You're early. You should have waited to post this critique for at least another two days.

Re:Breaking News! Slashdot only 12 hours late! (1)

Eristone (146133) | about 7 months ago | (#46610015)

Any magnitude >= 5 earthquake with an epicenter in the middle of a large urban area is going to cause some damage and make the news. One that is 100 miles away from the coastline and 800 miles away - less so unless it causes a tsunami (which the one two weeks ago didn't do). Why is it news for nerds - Irvine, Downtown LA (One Wilshire) and El Segundo are all within 30 miles and a decent amount of network traffic passes through those hubs or point of origination is in one of the data centers there.

Are You Scared of West Coast Earth Quakes? (1)

deviated_prevert (1146403) | about 7 months ago | (#46609449)

If a little shake rattle and roll scares you? Take a time trip back to Naples in the year 79 AD. We are all at the mercy of Gaia and perhaps she is getting pissed at our insolence and stupidity again. I would not at all be surprised if the Earth is due for another major ice age that verges on a snowballing. Caused by something like an unforeseen coronal mass ejection that reduces the mass of the Sun and in so doing fundamentally changes the physics of our solar system and decreases the output of the Sun. Are we absolutely certain these kind of events cannot occur in the natural progression of a solar system like ours? Perhaps stars the size of our sun change habitable zones in a succession inward, this could explain why there was once water on mars.

The time of man on Earth might just be coming close to an end and we might not even know it. The shameful thing is that in our arrogance we believe intelligence is uniquely human and perhaps for this very reason we will not survive as a species. We are far to anti-social and aggressive to advance past our current state. Unless we get our shit together and learn how to expand (evolve) into a cooperative non aggressive outer space species human kind may not survive.

Re:Are You Scared of West Coast Earth Quakes? (1)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about 7 months ago | (#46610207)

How's the weather on Tralfamador?

Re:Are You Scared of West Coast Earth Quakes? (0)

deviated_prevert (1146403) | about 7 months ago | (#46612195)

How's the weather on Tralfamador?

As long as I get a room with a playboy bunny I could care less what happens to mankind.

If our existence is to have any consequence and purpose then we must look beyond the earth.

Every time I have been in an earth quake I wonder when the tenth prediction of Edger Cacye is going to occur, as soon as the sky clears at night I feel like going out and looking at the stars after a quake. Or listening to the sounds of the Northern Lights like I did when I was a child. Many intelligent people do hear them [auroraborealisyukon.com] Scroll down to a question posed by someone,,,Not me, but there is much that we do not know about ourselves as a species fearing the future when an earth quake occurs is a natural response and seeing a post about an inconsequential event like a 5.1 event in California only goes to show how the human brain works.

Curiosity is a good thing and those who dissuade others from speculating in why things occur are a curse and usually wind up in positions of authority! It is disheartening to see the parade of nihilists dumping on slashdot lately.

The numbers and nature of the anon coward posts lately on this web site is getting stupid. I have given up trying to help mod!! Seeing that I have Karma to burn I might just change my rating prefs to plus one and keep it there. However even though my KARMA ALLOWS ME TO SHUT OFF ADVERTISING I WILL LEAVE IT ON UNTIL IT STARTS TRYING TO SELL ME VIAGRA ONLINE AGAIN AT A DISCOUNT FROM SOMEONE IN CALIFORNIA.

NA maybe I will just register here and troll around this forum [projectavalon.net] UNTIL THE TENTH PREDICTION OF EDGAR CACYE HAPPENS. By the time California slips beneath the waves and his tenth prediction happens the NIHILISTS here on ./ might just as well stick their collective heads between between their legs and kiss.......

About 30 Miles South of the Epicenter (2)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 7 months ago | (#46609451)

There was some rumbling, then a jolt, then afterwards for several seconds it felt like the ground was moving back and forth. On the second story, the towels were swaying. I think I will put those saftey straps on the IKEA book cases I purchase years ago.

Re:About 30 Miles South of the Epicenter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610221)

In a third-floor apartment in Venice, we did not get the rumbling nor the jolt, but only the gentle swaying that felt like it lasted about 20 seconds, perhaps with some small pauses in the middle. The previous quake up in the valley gave us more more sound effects and jolting.

So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609481)

Didn't even feel it... Slept right through it... In Glendale, CA.

Maybe if it was a 7 or better.....

23 replies (1)

delta98 (619010) | about 7 months ago | (#46609489)

and not one Taco Bell joke? A/C is slipping.

Re: 23 replies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609577)

But there are a few "shit" posts, a "your mom" joke, and the golden girls have made an appearance. AC is still alive and kicking.

bah (1)

sociocapitalist (2471722) | about 7 months ago | (#46609501)

Is this non-news really worth posting on /. ?

Re:bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609671)

Is this non-news really worth posting on /. ?

I say we should make it worth it. Since this obviously has the fingerprints of megamedia all over it, perhaps we can use it to better shine a light on that problem?
What I mean is, CNN made a story out of this. Shortly after it shows up here, there, then finally slashdot. Was it somewhere before CNN? Do the same ones always copy off of the same other ones? I'd like to see some data geeks do analysis on this stuff...

Also, it is definitely very much not news. I've only been casually viewing earthquake info for the past 2-3 months or so and I almost instantly saw the regular patterns in data... Yesterday when I was at the dentist the assistant was talking about the weather and I said "there's gonna be an earthquake today, I just hope it doesn't happen while I'm in the chair". She said "how do you know?" I said "There was several earthquakes in asia, alaska, and south america yesterday. When that happens, within 12-24 hours there's one in LA. Same thing happened last week." She looked at me dumbfounded.

And automobile alarms (2)

rotenberry (3487) | about 7 months ago | (#46609603)

During the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake every car alarm in the area was set off.

Although I now live in quake-free Texas the first thing I think of when a car alarm goes off is Earthquake! It must be the reptile part of the brain or something. Once my heart starts beating and the rest of my brain starts working I realize there is no earthquake.

Re:And automobile alarms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609731)

nobody has car alarms anymore.

Re:And automobile alarms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610505)

You obviously don't live in LA. Everyone has them here and everyone just ignores them when they go off.

Re:And automobile alarms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610737)

I know and I love it! When I break that window and set off an alarm, I know I have all the time in the world to extract every bit of value from my find, going through the glove box, center console, door side compartments, looking under the seat, popping the trunk -- oh look, a nice amp and sub! Plenty of time to pull out my tools and take that shit without causing any damage. And when the 0-gauge positive cable grounds out against the body when I drop it, it provides just enough of a voltage dip, before the fuse blows, to reset the alarm, so you can come check on it shortly after I've left. Thanks!

Re:And automobile alarms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610985)

Thank someone else, I don't even have a car.

Re:And automobile alarms (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | about 7 months ago | (#46610615)

...quake-free Texas...

Everyplace is earthquake country if you wait long enough. Deal with it.

Earth Quakes Might become the least of. (-1, Offtopic)

deviated_prevert (1146403) | about 7 months ago | (#46609615)

Our problems, considering what Putin might do in the Ukraine. Especially if the response ramps up to the use of neutron bombs to protect property values but kill off the invading armies. We do not deserve to survive if we get into another war this time around if the result of this little conflict turns out to be another major world war.

One suggestion is to take Putin some US Republicans and a few Ukraine red necks on a fishing trip to a certain river in the Ukraine close to the most famous smoking ghost town on earth and leave all of them there until they resolve the problems they are creating.

Re:Earth Quakes Might become the least of. (1)

bussdriver (620565) | about 7 months ago | (#46610205)

Neutron bombs make other materials become radioactive and the bomb itself is supposed to have a dirty result in a much smaller area.

It's relatively clean compared to one of the worst things invented but it is not really clean. We will know for sure when all this positive hype gets somebody to use it and then the real world results will slowly come out (whether or not the gov knows in detail about it does not matter, they'll claim ignorance for anything bad that results and rationalize justifications.)

Re:Earth Quakes Might become the least of. (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 7 months ago | (#46611289)

only if we can sent obama, and the rest of the US democratic leadership along with those republicans. you know, fairness and equallity and all

Lots of damage for a small quake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46609621)

50 people displaced for a 5.1? Where I live earthquakes are smalltime only, so it's not like we're engineered for quakes. We had a 5.4 last year (biggest in a century), in an area made mostly of clay (so it amplifies the shaking), and no one was displaced. A few chimneys fell, that's all.

Re:Lots of damage for a small quake (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#46610009)

In the greater LA area, it's rather likely that 50 people are displaced from their homes on a daily basis from water mains leaks, fires, termites and Bog Knows what else. Call FEMA (and me) when you ramp it up by a couple of orders of magnitude.

Re:Lots of damage for a small quake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46610247)

It was 50 people displaced from one house... the house was fine but the landlord failed to consult a seismic engineer while piling up the people in the first place.

In Dolby Where Available (2)

DJRikki (646184) | about 7 months ago | (#46609771)

Though would prefer 7.1

Re:In Dolby Where Available (1)

BronsCon (927697) | about 7 months ago | (#46610757)

Why not 7.2, stereo subwoofers (yes, that's a thing). They do 9.1 now, as well.

Re:In Dolby Where Available (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 7 months ago | (#46611325)

Except unlike most 5.1's on the market, this one had *proper* bass levels for the discerning music enthusiast.

We will rebuild (3, Funny)

houghi (78078) | about 7 months ago | (#46610297)

We will rebuild [imgur.com]

NO!!! An earthquake in California!?! (1)

Tolvor (579446) | about 7 months ago | (#46610389)

Seriously, is this news? I've lived in California and minor-moderate earthquakes are no big deal. Californians cause about 5 minutes of excitement where everyone runs outside (you don't want a house falling on you), and businesses evacuate (don't want heavy equipment falling on employees or customers), and traffic slows and stops. Afterwards it is not news even for Californians - it is business as usual.

According to the CA Department of Conservation - "Each year, California generally gets two or three earthquakes large enough to cause moderate damage to structures (magnitude 5.5 and higher)" and this from the USGS "Each year the southern California area has about 10,000 earthquakes; the majority of which go unnoticed. " Seriously, minor / moderate earthquakes in California is not news.

In related news:
There are strong wind gusts in Chicago
It is really cold (19F) in Anchorage, AK
People traded *billions* of dollars in stocks and securities on the New York Stork Exchange on Friday
Somewhere in the US there is a thunderstorm, with lightning bolts containing approximately 1 TW of power
Most cities has di-hydrogen monoxide in its food that people are eating right now. The LD50 (median death dose for 50% population to die) is only 90 ml/kg.

Wow! California has an earthquake? Next you'll tell me that a Democrat got caught taking bribes, that a Republican got caught saying something stupid, that a Hollywood movie star got caught behaving badly, and that someone rich just did something like a giant telecommunication merger to make them richer!

Nuclear fuel top broken building waiting.. (1)

MonsterMasher (518641) | about 7 months ago | (#46610553)

Ops, sounds like God needs to refine his aim. Just around the world a little and he can start Judgement Day with 30 generations of cansor at puberty.
But please, no one bother their tiny brains thinking of all that burning fuel shooting into upper atmosphere, circulating around the globe, .. etc.
When? At a guess, I'd say around Eater seems a likely time.. complete guess, could be tonight.
When do you think God will start the end?

5.1 mmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46611639)

It only a shake on Chile....

Let me guess: Fullerton police fanned out (0)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 7 months ago | (#46611773)

Looking for quake-destroyed houses, and beating people they found cowering in their yards to death. After all, they were now homeless and a California jury has ruled them fair game. Watch for the hilarious videos on YouTube.

The internet may fall into the ocean (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46612193)

think of all the tech companies in california. what would happen if california fell into the ocean?

Re:The internet may fall into the ocean (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46612669)

We'd all have to start buying our computers from China! Oh, wait...

Nobody cares. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46612821)

See title.

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