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5.2 Earthquake Shakes Up SF Bay Area

chrisd posted more than 12 years ago | from the thankfully-it's-not-really-a-big-deal dept.

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Joe Kaz wrote in (along with a number of other concerned folks): "There was a 5.2 Earthquake in Gilroy, CA, 70 miles south of San Francisco. The epicenter was 4.7 miles below surface. It lasted for about 10 seconds, and it did seem like a long time. Everything shook for a while, and it was a little scary. No reports of damage yet. Hope everyone is ok." I've got a report from my sisters father-in-law in gilroy (the epicenter) and he barely noticed it. Nate Oostendorp noted that "My stereo shook a little" in Walnut Creek. The SF Gate story on the quake notes that there are some phones out in some small parts of San Jose. The usgs has an event monitoring page if you are interested.

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didn't make it up as far (1)

ixo111 (531660) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515109)

it didn't make it north of the GG, it seems,
or not too far north of if it did

Re:didn't make it up as far (1)

Vexxor (549387) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515122)

We got a little shake in Hayward, but nothing big. Just another day in cali.

Re:didn't make it up as far (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515198)

felt it in Santa Rosa.. and it seem it lasted some 8 seconds overhere..

http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/STORE/X4013336 4/ ciim_stats_1

Damage Report from New Jersey.. (5, Funny)

Loki_1929 (550940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515110)

Didn't feel a thing. No apparent damage. No injuries. Carry on.

Re:Damage Report from New Jersey.. (1)

sciencewhiz (448595) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515117)

Friend was in the upper deck of the sharks game and didn't feel a thing, contrary to the AP Wire [ap.org]

Makes me wonder how much we should trust the AP.

Re:Damage Report from New Jersey.. (-1)

Pr0n K1ng (160688) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515120)

God damn! This is some of the funniest shit I have read on /. in forever! And you posted it at +2 so the moderators wouldn't have to waste all those points moderating this up to +5 funny where it deserves to remain for all to see the brilliant humour that is latent in New Jersey.

Re:Damage Report from New Jersey.. (1)

Misanthroporama (579311) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515133)

Superstring theory of matter Loki?

Re:Damage Report from New Jersey.. (1)

Loki_1929 (550940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515196)

My sig? Yes.
If everything I am can be explained by this theory, then I am fundamentally no different from a rock or a star, and therefore cannot be held accountable for anything I do as I'm simply acting according to the laws of physics. If this is the case, than every little thing I do for the rest of my life can be predicted with no possible way for me to change it. Free will is meaningless, morality is useless, and I just wanna get laid.

BUCATINI CARBONARA WITH ZUCCHINI FOR YOU! (-1)

RecipeTroll (572375) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515147)

BUCATINI CARBONARA WITH ZUCCHINI


6 ounces sliced pancetta or bacon, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, thinly sliced

1 pound bucatini or spaghetti

3 large eggs
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pancetta in medium skillet over medium heat until brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels; drain. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add cream, garlic, and crushed pepper to drippings in skillet; bring to boil. Set aside.

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini; sauté until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer to large plate. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Pancetta, cream mixture, and zucchini can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain well. Return pasta to pot.

Meanwhile, place eggs in their shell in small bowl. Add enough hot water to cover. Let stand 5 minutes. Crack eggs into large bowl and whisk to blend. Bring cream mixture to boil in skillet. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into eggs. Mix in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

Add sauce to pasta and toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta (do not boil). Add pancetta and zucchini and toss to heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve, passing remaining cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Watch It! (3, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515220)

When the BIG one comes, all the land east of the San Andreas (or mebbe Hayward) Fault will slide off into the Atlantic. Betcha wish ya were in sunny ... uh ... cool and windy (and often foggy during the summer) Santa Cruz, eh? :-)

fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515111)

first post :)

No big deal on peninsula (2)

aralin (107264) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515113)

On the peninsula, between SF and SJ it was barely felt. The house shook a bit, but just two fast shakes and nothing more. Definitely not making any damage and hardly waking up anyone who was already asleep.

Re:No big deal on peninsula (1)

caferace (442) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515175)

Different parts of the Peninsula felt it differently. Pretty nice roller here in San Mateo. No biggie really. After SF in '89 and LA in '71 I'm getting bored with 'em. :)

Re:No big deal on peninsula (2)

aralin (107264) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515250)

I'm just next to you in San Carlos and didn't seem any special to me. Maybe its just that I am not used to earthquakes, but if I'd be asleep I would not know there was any. Not even a picture moved...

In other news... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515114)

...It rained today in Vancouver*.

(*Vancouver is one of the rainiest placed in North America.)

Re:In other news... (-1)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (537317) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515230)

Who is on your twenty dollar bills? Then Vancouver is not in America, you bloody brits!

I Feel Your Pain (1)

Misanthroporama (579311) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515115)

Yeah I was in the Oly, WA quake last year, that was 6.8. Those things can be crazy. Glad it wasnt a very big one.

Re:I Feel Your Pain (1, Interesting)

insta (267245) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515262)

It was a big one. It was just very deep in the earth, didn't cause much damage. If it was near the surface we would have had probably one of worst earthquakes in history. Glad we didn't.

ESPN (0)

Weffs11 (323188) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515118)

Saw it on ESPN first.

woo - hoo - first post (0, Offtopic)

mergy (42601) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515119)

I felt it too

5.2 is not so scary (4, Insightful)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515121)

Until an earthquake's magnitude rises above 6.5, it's really not so bad.

Buildings that cannot withstand a 5.2 earthquake should be investigated.

Re:5.2 is not so scary (5, Funny)

Loki_1929 (550940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515164)

Buildings that cannot withstand a 5.2 earthquake should be investigated.

What's to investigate? The pile of rubble?
Here, I shall provide you with a thorough investigation report:

engineer1: "Shit, that was only a 5.2, and that building collapsed. I didn't even spill my coffee."

engineer2: "Gee, sucks to be them. Oh well."

engineer1: "Want to grab a burger?"

engineer2: "Ok."

Re:5.2 is not so scary (2)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515170)

Wouldn't you like to know what construction company built a collapsed building?

Re:5.2 is not so scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515188)

I'd prefer to know which construction company built the ones still standing.

Re:5.2 is not so scary (2)

flewp (458359) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515187)

I was watching the Colorado and San Jose hockey game, and one of the announcers noticed it. The other thought it was from the fans on their feet when the action got intense. I didn't even see anything shake, no players fell to the ground, so it doesn't seem like anything big. Then again, it was in San Jose (not sure how far that is from Gilroy.

Re:5.2 is not so scary (3, Insightful)

yomahz (35486) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515261)


Until an earthquake's magnitude rises above 6.5, it's really not so bad.

Buildings that cannot withstand a 5.2 earthquake should be investigated.


Not true... there are so many more factors to take into consideration when it comes to earthquakes. The depth, the type (rollers are much worse), the distance, etc.

Nothing to see here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515123)

Move along....

(Lame Officer Barbrady)

Monterey Bay (1)

sprinklerhead (547506) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515124)

I felt it here in Monterey. News said it was based just NW of Gilroy.

I live in Cupertino (1)

smaug195 (535681) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515128)

Felt nothing, my sister felt it a bit. I still remember my third night in the US I was living in Santa Barbara, and the '94 LA Quake happened. Suffice to say I was scared shitless(Israel and Russia are not earthquake hot zones). Now I rarely notice those 4 and 5 richter ones.

sister felt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515226)

I think we all know what your sister felt. You need to keep your family matters off here, lest you want several jibes at the topic.....

I missed it (0)

ungulation (566406) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515129)

I live near Palo Alto (think Stanford), and my whole family felt it, but i missed it... oh well .

Rough Road (1)

hoffmang (174358) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515130)

The road around my house in Woodside is so rough that I thought it was a pothole....

Is this a joke? (1)

dingo (91227) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515131)

Firstly accept my humble appologies if you have lost property or been hurt. However from the sound of it this is a bit of a joke.
My stereo shook a bit
and the guy at the epicenter who didnt notice.
IMHO I dont think this should qualify as a /. story.

Re:Is this a joke? (2)

rhizome (115711) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515156)

The shaking radiates in waves from the epicenter (which is deep in the earth, to boot), so there is rarely as much shaking at the epicenter as in surrounding cities. It's just that common epicenters get the side effect of skewed roads and cracked foundations from the fault motion. :)

i havent felt a good quake... (1)

andrewtea (208706) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515132)

since the big san francisco one in.....90 something?...and i was in tahoe..now that was interesting..

Re:i havent felt a good quake... (1)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515182)

1989. 1991 was the Oakland hills fire. The 89 quake was near Santa Cruz. Its easy to think of it as a SF quake, but if it really was centered in SF there would have have been a decent amount of damage. Some brick buildings near the epicenter were very much damaged or destroyed. The Cypress structure, a two mile long stretch of double-decker freeway collapsed in Oakland. It was 6.9 or 7.1 depending on the source.

Fun ride in Mountain View (1)

shutton (4725) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515134)

Lots of side-to-side shaking. 'Bout time we had some quake action out here. I moved from Indiana because I never saw any of the tornados I was promised, and the SF bay had been largely disappointing 'til now...

Who the fuck gives a shit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515139)

5.2 is nothing, this is not news worthy. Not news for nerds, not stuff that matters.

I didn't even notice... (1)

BobTheBooser (573732) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515140)

guess it didnt reach australia

strange...lets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515141)

Just twenty seconds after the earthquake, an elderly man in china watched as his car was severely damaged by an unexplained explosion.
=p

Oh, just a 5.2? (5, Funny)

hackman (18896) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515143)

No worries, seen worse. Be a good Californian and go back to bed.

Heh. Course I live in Oregon now so I bet if they had a 5.2 out here everyone would be out on the street talking about how scared they were.

Re:Oh, just a 5.2? (1)

steve_l (109732) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515236)

So oregon folk are soft are they? ask anyone who has been in portland for long enough will tell you what it is like to have volcano go off 50 or so miles away with the energy of a 30 megaton event. Some fabs I know out there built post mount saint helens are now specced to handle the weight of a metre or so of volcanic ash on their roof...

Little earthquakes are good... (1)

Mailloop Trooper (565028) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515144)

... they shake loose the dust from the processor fan so you don't have to vacuum as often!

GOD is comming for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515148)

Soon, then America can be rid of all that riff-raff out there in Cali - what mess that place is now, once a paradise, now a shithole.

Do you mean GOD is cumming for them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515227)

Hm.. I can't figure out whether you meant "GOD is coming for them" or "GOD is cumming for them." Either way, I don't think you're right.

Why is this news? (5, Informative)

n6mod (17734) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515149)

I grew up in Silicon Valley. 5.0 is the threshold at which you can ask your colleagues "did you feel that" without risk of embarassment.

I think it's you newbies that have only come here after '89 who think this is significant. It has been eerily quiet (seismically speaking) since then.

And yes, this was unusually long (not since '89 have I had the time to discuss the ongoing earthquake with those nearby) but not that strong. Here in Ben Lomond (maybe 30 miles away) there was a noticable shaking, but I don't need to straighten any pictures.

SLOOOOOOW night, eh? (1, Troll)

ThatComputerGuy (123712) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515151)

Dudes, this must be a real slow night for you all... hell, nobody that felt this damn thing was even surprised (living in California and all...)

It's a fucking 5.2 damnit, don't get your panties all in a knot... we'll fucking live through it.

You know the creepy thing is... (1)

Tycho (11893) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515152)

You know the creepy thing is I was just watching a PBS documentary on earthquakes.

Northridge (1)

HR Pufnstuf (18095) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515153)

The aftershocks days after the Northridge quake of '94 were registering 5.2. I've always thought (since I am completely nuts and want to experience an earthquake) that 5.2 would be about the perfect strength for a first time quake. It's enough to rattle you but death is not likely.

Re:Northridge (2, Informative)

Eric Smith (4379) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515238)

A 5.2 *is* enough to cause serious damage to buildings and a good chance of death, if you're in an area with a building code that doesn't require construction that is earthquake-safe.

Fortunately in California the building code does require this, so a 5.2 isn't likely to be a problem unless you happen to be very close or at a point where the P-waves and S-waves reinforce.

Why? (2, Flamebait)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515154)

Okay, forget karma or what not for a second. Honestly, why is this on slashdot? I'm not sure I approve of reporting minor earthquakes in San Francisco when I know hundreds of people die every day or so in huge catastrophes across the world. I'm an American, but I'm a little sick of this American-centric view of what's important. Either all minor disasters get reported, or none of them.

F-bacher

Here in south san jose.... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515155)

I absolutely swear to God that this happened 20 seconds after I smoked a joint. I thought the goddamn police were busting my door in to come after me. I broke down, and started throwing things everywhere.

Seriously, that really happened, and I'm glad I wasn't halucinating.

Parochial Rant Approaching! (2)

Debillitatus (532722) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515158)

This is why the East Coast kicks all the ass in the world, really.

Ok, flamebait aside, I still find it amazing that people can deal with this stuff on a regular basis. I've been through quakes a few times, and I have absolutely no desire to repeat the experience.

How on earth do all you Californians deal with it? I would be heading out on the next flight.

Give me nor-easters and rude subway drivers any day...;-)

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515184)

Every 50 years we get a major earthquake. Usually, there's rarely ever any injuries (especially as our buildings are very very well prepared).

Every other year, you get a major blizzard, hurricane, or tornado.

Furthermore, in Japan, they get 8.0s and 9.0s every 10 years, people at the top of their skyscrapers and sliding around on the floor.

"Hey, Mato, quit shaking my chair."
"Er, that was an earthquake."
"Oh, sorry about the accusation"

and that's that :)

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515185)

You're not from the northeast. No one from the Northeast would refer to a subway operator as a "driver."

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (2)

corebreech (469871) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515214)

No way to know whether they're rude or not either, unless, like, they run you over or something.

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (2)

n6mod (17734) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515194)

It's simple. The east coast sucks for one fundamental reason. Your oceans are broken. Here on the proper coast, the sun sets over the ocean. This is one of those romantice devices that chicks go for. (Oh, wait, this is /. Never mind.)

I'm told that the sun rises over the oceans on that coast, but I've never been up that early.

Besides, you had a 5.0 near Plattsburgh last month, so save the "we don't have earthquakes" crap.

(And no, I won't claim we don't have tornados here. We do. There was one a few years ago that destroyed a couple of hot tubs. ;)

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (1)

jchang (123949) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515219)

Ok, flamebait aside, I still find it amazing that people can deal with this stuff on a regular basis.

It all comes down to what kind of natural disaster you prefer. You have to deal with hurricanes and floods in the east coast, tornados in the midwest, and snowstorms in the north. A lot of people don't like the fact that earthquakes come with no warning. However, I prefer that to the constant warnings for hurricanes that always turn at the last minute, as always happened when I grew up in Texas. Call me unrational if you will...

think again (1)

g4dget (579145) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515229)

The East Coast is prone to earthquakes as well. Even New Jersey and New York. Have a look here [state.nj.us] . There are regions on the East Coast that are even more susceptible, and unlike the West Coast, the East Coast is almost completely unprepared for even a moderate earthquake.

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515234)

Hmm let's see: great weather, beautiful scenery, laid back people, jobs.

For about 30 million people, these are worth a little shake every six months.

Every place has pros and cons. It's just how you weigh the parameters on your personal scale.

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515240)

I'm sure you mean the northeast coast, since south of the Carolinas there are hurricanes. Not to mention that the summers are humid as hell from what I hear. Ours are just hot, but dry. Don't you have to worry about blizzards, too? I don't recall reading about Boise getting snowed in for two weeks at a time.

Re:Parochial Rant Approaching! (3, Insightful)

wdr1 (31310) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515255)

How on earth do all you Californians deal with it?

When I grew up in the Midwest, it was Severe Thunderstorms, Snow Storms, Floods, and Tornados.

If I lived on the East Coast, I'd worry about Hurricanes.

I live on the West Coast and it's Earthquakes.

Pick your poison.

-Bill

I know what caused the quake... (1)

corebreech (469871) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515159)

Those Israelis who were caught running explosives [foxnews.com] probably dumped their cargo somewhere around Northern Cal, where it blew up, and triggered some kind of post-Nevada-testing-site showdown with the San Andreas Fault.

Or something like that.

Re:I know what caused the quake... (2, Funny)

servanya (321392) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515177)

WOW....I felt it here in Portland, OR.
Wait a sec...no, that was just my g/f rolling out of bed. Nevermind.

in hayward (0)

JDAustin (468180) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515160)

Felt it here in Hayward (yes, one of the armpits of the bay area, but hey, its better then San Leandro). Didn't seem much more then a 4, much less a 5.

Reporting your observations (4, Informative)

zavyman (32136) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515161)

If you felt the quake, or if you were in the area and didn't feel it, be sure to record your observations here [usgs.gov] so that the data can be displayed and analyzed.

It's amazing to see 700 responses be recorded in about 20 some minutes, and more data just helps the cause of the USGS. It was minor up here near the bay, but hey, it was my first :) You can access the current map [usgs.gov] as well.

Re:Reporting your observations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515210)

Oh that POOR server!

earthquake preparadness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515163)

wow, this makes me really glad I bought that $3500 bio-terrorism survival kit back in october...

Sunnyvale (2)

CaptainCarrot (84625) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515165)

We're about 40 miles from the epicenter here. It was kind of long, which was the only worrying thing about it. When it doesn't stop right away, you worry that it's going to get worse before it stops.

But really, amplitude-wise it was no great shakes.

Yeah but.... (1)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515167)

...you EXPECT that kind of thing in CA, we had a 5.2 here in the NY/VT area (I'm in VT) back in April. Now ofcourse I had no goddamn idea what it was, I thought it was a bomb or something! I mean, you don't exactly put 'Vermont' and 'Earthquake' together in your head, now do you?

report your experiences to the USGS (5, Informative)

molo (94384) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515169)

[usgs.gov]
http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/ca/STORE/X4013 33 64/ciim_form.html

Go there if you are in the area of the quake. Report what you felt. Don't make shit up, don't troll the USGS.

I felt some moderate shaking. Biggest quake I've ever been in, but I just moved to Palo Alto from New York. Neat, but scary.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515171)

Dog Bites Man.

This poster's name secretly replaced by Folgers Crystals

Hmm... (1)

Hallucinosis (13082) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515176)

I don't think I've seen Slashdot report on any similarly significant earthquakes before... What's changed?

Is Slashdot now a general news site, or will the reporting be random based on who has been personally effected by it?

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515212)

/. is ./....it's not a news site and it's not important. Stop thinking there is any legitimate reason for anything here. Believe me, you'll sleep better when you stop thinking there is any substance associated with this site. Think more along the lines of the 'information' you get from reading the scrawls on the bathroom wall in a truck stop.

WOW. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515181)

How is this "stuff that matters"? So a few people in California were shaken for like 20 seconds. HOLY SHIT!

This site has really gone downhill. I remember just a few short years ago, there were still a few decent stories being posted.

Re:WOW. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515192)

downhill? You're too kind...this site started in the sewer and it's all downhill from there.

It was felt at the hockey game (4, Interesting)

Erbo (384) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515186)

Fox Sports Net broadcasters John Kelly and Peter McNab sure felt that one from the broadcast booth of the Compaq Center (soon to be the "HP Pavilion") in San Jose, where the Colorado Avalanche were dueling with the San Jose Sharks in a hotly-contested playoff game (Game 6, Sharks led series 3-2).

The quake hit in the 3rd period, while the Avs and Sharks were tied 1-1 (both goals having come in the 2nd, within 30 seconds of one another). It may have jolted the announcers, but it sure didn't faze goaltenders Evgeni Nabokov or Patrick Roy, who never let anything through in that period. The game was finally decided in OT, on a goal by Avs forward Peter "The Great" Forsberg, winning the game 2-1 and sending the series back to Pepsi Center in Denver for Game 7.

GO AVS!

USGS info... (1)

UnanimousCoward (9841) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515189)

...here [usgs.gov] and here [usgs.gov]

5.2 aint nothin' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515190)

Coming from someone who lived in California, and lived through the "Big One" (Or at least my "I survived the Big One" mug says so), I'd say you're whining too much sissy man. I slept through a 4.8 in San Martin, I was in a hammock, I probably had a good time! Anyway, what I'm getting at, is no one bothered to post anything about *our* earthquake. [washington.edu] It was 6.8. And we sure felt it. It didn't shake my stereo a little and get posted on slashdot, it got made fun of on Leno for good reason! We're still repairing damages, I want my bridge back. Yeah ...

Go!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515195)

I wonder what the Slashdot effect rates on the Richter scale?

Yup, I felt it too (4, Interesting)

Eugenia Loli (250395) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515199)

I am in Foster City, 75 km away from the Epicenter. Yup, I felt it. First thing I did was to shout "Sweetieeee, wake up!" to my husband who has *just* gone to sleep. But it only lasted for 10 secs or so, so it was not too bad.

In Greece I've seen worse that this quake.

And in fact, I was feeling like it would be a quake today. In Greece, (older) people have three things to undedify earthquakes that are going to happen in the next few hours:
1. If the climate is unsusally dryly hot and it feels weird to your.. ears (there is an unusual sound of silence, a low pitch sound that masks the other small sounds). It is a different sort of heat. It is like humid heat, but very dry at the same time. I can't explain it better in words, sorry.
2. If for some weird reason, while you just sit somewhere fine and daddy, your ear just "blocks", like it does when water gets inside when you are in the bath or something.
3. If the dogs just bark all day, and no matter what you do to them, they just don't stop barking.

At least these are the ways older people in Greece get a clue about nature's surprises.

Re:Yup, I felt it too (4, Funny)

Vess V. (310830) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515228)

Yup, I felt it. First thing I did was to shout "Sweetieeee, wake up!" to my husband who has *just* gone to sleep. But it only lasted for 10 secs or so, so it was not too bad.

Heh heh... gotta love out-of-context excerpts.

Re:Yup, I felt it too (2)

n6mod (17734) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515257)

2. If for some weird reason, while you just sit somewhere fine and daddy, your ear just "blocks", like it does when water gets inside when you are in the bath or something.

Funny you mention this. Especially on the way home, I had a hell of a time keeping my ears cleared. I just blamed it on allergies. ;)

Of course, I'm still having trouble, so either it is allergies, or that was just a foreshock...

Re:Yup, I felt it too (0)

cronik (196639) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515258)

As a resident of Redwood Shores I must comment that living on landfill makes the whole quake experience more fun. As long as the ground dosen'tdecide to liquify, it spreads out the shock a bit, felt like someone shaking a car a bit. Hell, in '89 we broke a glass, (my mom nearly had a heart attack) of course, who knows what will happen next time but it was a 5.2 BFD.

and I'm nearly asleep so aplogies for the rambling speach

Oh, Please... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515202)

I was lying in bed (In Capitola, east of Santa Cruz) and the building shook a for about 15 seconds. Big deal. 5.2 is nothing. What's more fascinating is that this rates an article on Slashdot. I'm going to sleep now, ok? Shall I post an article on that?

Slashdot before CNN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515203)

I received this news via Slashdot and checked CNN's webpage, who has no word of it. And people say that Slashdot is slow.....not in this case at least....

Re:Slashdot before CNN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515248)

Guess you'll be checking ./ for news on everything from now on. ...dupe...

Nate is in Walnut Creek? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515204)

Hey, I'm in Danville! Let's get together sometime and bump sausages!

Oh God (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515205)

My brother was hit in the head by large falling pieces of the ceiling during the earthquake. They just took him to the hospital. The paramedics are saying that they haven't seen an injury this bad for a long time.

If you are so inclined, please remember him in your prayers.

Safe kraton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515215)

It's always nice to be on a safe kraton. No earthquakes above 4.5 on the Richter Scale in more than 2,000,000,000 years. Where? The Fennoscandian peninsula! Where people don't have earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, and drive Volvo.

quake.usgs.gov (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515216)

Shouldn't this be a game server? :)

Is this (2, Funny)

doubtless (267357) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515217)

a news for nerds? or a slow news day? or maybe another evidence for the stranglets? hee-hee

It's raining strangelets!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515221)

is this a joke? 5.2, especially for californians, is nothing!

why this warrants a post on slashdot is beyond me

Silicon Valley + Earthquakes = trouble (1)

Radiohead (86586) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515222)

I felt the quake here in Capitola - about 20 miles from the epicenter. I've been through several quakes in the last 12 years here (including the '89 Loma Prieta) and this was strong enough to kick off my internal "oh shit" alarm and have me standing up in doorway.

What's the relevance to slashdot? Folks, Silicon Valley is smack in the middle of prime earthquake country (remember Superman-the movie?) It's easy to forget how a major quake in Santa Clara county could damage the tech industry here, but a minor earthquake like this is going to have folks in the area thinking about it.

A More Official Way of Measuring... (1)

IronTek (153138) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515224)

"How bad was it," I asked.

As a friend of mine in San Jose put it, "um...nothing fell from the bookcases."

Who needs the Richter Scale with that kind of scientific observation?!

alright (1)

Patrick_Starfish (558000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515232)

hooray, lets all jump in a fisure and get butt ass naked. did the quake manage to take out ANY of the baldwin brothers?

My dad thought it was his heart... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3515242)

I was working on a school report in latex, (I live
in Walnut Creek). I didn't feel anything, but my
dad came in asking if he had felt an earthquake
or whether his heart had some trouble... we
checked the chandelier. yup, it was swinging
with about 1/2 inch amplitude (it doesn't take much). defenitely and earthquake. heart ok...

I felt it in central San Francisco (2)

sulli (195030) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515243)

About 10 seconds of shaking, amplifying for several seconds and then about a 2 second gap towards the end; enough for my 'mates and I to get in doorframes and think of moving fragile items away from counter edges, but zero damage.

I felt one about like this 3 or so years ago - I remember distinctly being on a conference call with people in NJ around 7 am, and after feeling the quake (and hearing doors shake in their frames, actually the first sigm of the tremor) I told the NJ folks about it. They were quite impressed.

what da!? (1)

KeelSpawn (575726) | more than 12 years ago | (#3515252)

I remembered that on 1989 june earthquake in San Francisco I was near general hospital and when i was just about to cross the street i saw this bus bouncing up and down like heck and i was like "what the heck?? am i seeing things??"
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