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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
OK, we just had a good, short and hard shake here. Nothing bad at my house, but I haven't checked things out yet for epicenter or magnitude.

Esse didn't move, Charlotte stood up and looked around, Simon yowled, Pie and Pengy are hiding.

I'll edit with more info as soon as I get it.

Edit: there was a 2.9 in Thousand Oaks, but that wasn't what I felt. Minimum of a 4.5 (I don't feel them less then 4 if they're that far away). Maybe it just hasn't been updated yet. O.K., that was the event. But it was no 2.9. Thousand Oaks is easily 35 miles away, and I don't feel 2.9's except in a 10 (general) mile radius.

Edit again: They've moved the location to within about 6 miles of my house. That makes far more sense. I'd feel the 2.9 if I was awake and sitting (not doing dishes, vaccuuming, et cetera.)

Last edit: Here's a waveform map. http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/review_e.../10083305.html

Esse is alseep again, Charlotte back laying down, and Simon is curling up as we speak. They are definitely not Earthquake alerters. LOL.

I hate these damned things. Someone say something comforting, please?

Best-
Michele
post #2 of 24
Michele, glad to hear everything is okay.
I was able to sleep through a mild earthquake (found out about it on the news the next day ) but my gang did act funny few hours before it happened. They were like all alert and seem to be waiting for something. No panicking or pacing about, just ears zooming on sound I couldn't hear, wide eyes and sometimes they would stop breathing.
Well, since Esse, Charlotte and Simon are back to normal, I guess it's over and it's time to relax.
post #3 of 24
I am so glad you all are alright!
post #4 of 24
Aw I'm glad it's over and you're okay! Sorry, I don't have anything else more comforting to say... I live in Texas and have never had to feel an earthquake.
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
I just hate these things. As they go, however, this one might make the news, but only a 15 second squib. Nothing major at all. I just hate them with a purple passion.

The only difference in my five today was Pengy was a bit more aggressive with me than usual, but I have nothing to go on with her. Esse is definitely NOT capable of predicting; she sleeps right through anything less than one big enough to move her. Charlotte is always aware, this was Simon's first, and Pie is a shy baby, so I've never noticed her during one.

One cute note: Me, in the kitchen, getting a bowl of cereal. Simon comes over, thrusts himself on my legs hard. I ask him "didja like your first earthquake?" and he sat back, and, with fire in his eyes, yowled at me. I laughed, he jumped onto the counter, and then pushed his head between my arm and my side. I scooped him up and he's cuddling on my lap now...but he's still a bit tense. I think he was saying "NO, Mom, I didn't like it. I don't wanna do that again!!!"

Thanks for the comfort...I am such a big baby about earthquakes. Give me fire, storms, mudslides, riots...meh, I manage. Earthquakes make me bonzo. Even wee small ones like this. You all should'a seen me during the '94 quake...just NO fun at all there for about a week.

Aigh. Well, at least they're short. Mostly.

I'm gonna crawl into bed with a good book and 4 of my 5...nothing settles me faster than lovin' on my fuzzbutts.

Best-
Michele
post #6 of 24
relieved to hear all is well my new furry is comming from around there,
post #7 of 24
I didn't feel it at all in the Hollywood area. What area do you live in Noni?
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone. I'm starting to feel a bit more sound. Or so I'm trying to convince myself. LOLOLOL...

Hope, I live in the Burbank/Toluca Lake area. You know, it's likely because of the mountains you didn't feel it. Often I won't feel the ones you get down there - from the Santa Monica or Inglewood faultlines. Again, they're usually small like this one...which is why I was convinced that Thousand Oaks was NOT the epicenter if the magnitude was correct. There is a mountain range between me and them, too.

I was in the 71 quake here (similar location), in North Hollywood during '94 and the Whittier Narrows quakes, and in San Fransisco/Sacramento in the Loma Prieta quake in '89 (visiting a friend). I had lasik the day before the 29 Palms quake in 99, I think, in La Crescenta...

Yep, I've managed to experience all the "good" ones in the last 35 years...it's like I've got quake karma or something.

Aigh.....gevalt.

Best-
Michele
post #9 of 24
You're going to think me very odd, but I think they're the coolest thing. Being raised by geologists in Ohio is really frustrating. There's no moutains, volcanoes, or earthquakes to experiance. I had only heard stories about them, because I've never traveled out of state before.

I was lucky enough to feel the last two big ones in my area (NE Ohio). Strangely enough both times I was in my kitchen mixing up muffins for a French Club Bake sale. The epicenter was so far away they were nothing more than a rumbling of the house, like a really big semi driving past without any engine sound. I don't remember Eby ever getting upset over them, but the birds outside were freaking out.

It's one of those things I can tease mom about, because there have been only four earthquakes in the area since she was born, for the first she was out of town at the time, and the other three she was in a car and didn't get to feel them.
post #10 of 24
Glad to hear it's all over, you are OK, and the beasties are settling down.
post #11 of 24
Michele, you have been through some rough rides, quakewise, & no wonder that you respond so much!! When I was waiting tables in Mammoth Lakes, a snow removal Cat went rumbling by & a poor, frightened woman jumped up & went off like the town fire siren!! That set off a panic in general, & quite a few toddlers began crying & screaming, too! So judging by the closeness of the epicenter, I think that you are just showing some good survival skills.
I've always dreaded being in a major quake down there. It'd be hard to evacuate the area because of the traffice & there just aren't many creeks nearby for water, fuel wood to gather for cooking, and if the water & sewers are out, not much privacy for "cat-holing" with the shovel Wont it be great when we can get more warning, like for tornadoes (which do scare me lots more - just look at the statistics)!
I'll keep checking the USGS event site, since now I have more reason to take an interest in what goes on down there! Hang in there!! Susan

Quote:
Originally Posted by noni
OK, we just had a good, short and hard shake here. Nothing bad at my house, but I haven't checked things out yet for epicenter or magnitude.

Esse didn't move, Charlotte stood up and looked around, Simon yowled, Pie and Pengy are hiding.

I'll edit with more info as soon as I get it.

Edit: there was a 2.9 in Thousand Oaks, but that wasn't what I felt. Minimum of a 4.5 (I don't feel them less then 4 if they're that far away). Maybe it just hasn't been updated yet. O.K., that was the event. But it was no 2.9. Thousand Oaks is easily 35 miles away, and I don't feel 2.9's except in a 10 (general) mile radius.

Edit again: They've moved the location to within about 6 miles of my house. That makes far more sense. I'd feel the 2.9 if I was awake and sitting (not doing dishes, vaccuuming, et cetera.)

Last edit: Here's a waveform map. http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/review_e.../10083305.html

Esse is alseep again, Charlotte back laying down, and Simon is curling up as we speak. They are definitely not Earthquake alerters. LOL.

I hate these damned things. Someone say something comforting, please?

Best-
Michele
post #12 of 24
An earthquake?What a shock, Michele! Simon is so precious! I'm just thankful you are all ok!
post #13 of 24
Hubby used to live in the LA area and was there for the 94 quake - he's told me how his birds handled it and the chaos. Still he says he'd rather live with the earthquake threat then the tornado threat here in NE Ohio. I think he is nuts!

Glad everything is OK.
post #14 of 24
I am glad to hear everyone is ok. Strange the cat's did not give you a warning before the quake hit, I thought they were supposed to be good at that sort of thing. Up here in NY we don't worry much about earthquakes, although I do think I felt one before when I was younger. Its hard to remember that far back though. Unless the buildings start falling down though, I am not at all worried by them and you should't either.. you still have plenty of years before CA falls into the ocean.
post #15 of 24
Glad to hear you are ok! We get earthquakes everyday here in NZ!
post #16 of 24
I was in California a few years back, on my way to a Freightliner dealer with a sick Cat, the diesel kind, not the furry kind.
As we drove across I-10, my student remarked that the roads were really rough in California, I said, Yep, they were.

When we got into the motel, only then we learned that we had been driving when the small earthquake struck.
"Well" I said to my now pale student, "Thank-God for air-ride suspension".

Another time, I had watched "The Exorcist" and gone to bed, early the next morning I was in bed awake, considering getting up to go get some breakfast when the truck cab started bouncing from another small quake.
I started to think about the movie I saw the night before and thought, "Oh, Great. Now I'm possesed!"

Leggo my Eggo, Lucifer!
post #17 of 24
Glad to hear you're ok!
post #18 of 24
I live in NY so, I've never experienced an earthquake... my mother said that years ago we had a quake when we were living in the bronx... She said it felt like the train right next to our house had derailed but it was actually an earthquake... I slept right throught it so I wouldnt have known unless she told me... How often do they occur, Michele?
post #19 of 24
Okay, something reassuring . . .:-)

Earthquakes are generally caused by the build up of pressure when two different tectonic plates are moving past each other. Each earthquake releases some of that pressure - so, a whole bunch of small quakes works the same way as a one BIG quake in releasing the pressure . . in other words, if you are having the small quakes and they are right near where you are, then the pressure isn't building up to be released as a BIG damaging quake. Feel better yet? (VBG)

Kathryn
(who has felt several quakes in Ontario as there is a very seismically active area around Lake Erie/Lake Ontario but most quakes are so small that they can't be felt and so seldom build up enough pressure to be a big quake:-) ).
post #20 of 24
We're in an earthquake area, too, so I know how unnerving they can be(though we all slept through the last one, which was pretty big for this area). I'm glad to hear everything is okay. I always get very paranoid about the roof falling.
post #21 of 24
I also live in Cali and I haven't heard about the earthquake. I am glad that youa re all right. and no one has gotten hurt.
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hi, Liza...

Quote:
How often do they occur, Michele?
Frequently.

Here is the current seismicity map for my general area....http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqs...-120.-110.html

All those little squares are earthquakes, none more than 1 week old (yellow). This one was odd because I felt it, rather than not. And that was what bothered me. When I don't feel them, I don't know they've happened, so I don't care much.

Kathryn, I agree, lots of little quakes is a whole darned sight better than one big one. However, the only difficulty with your theory is...sometimes the plates which move actually place more pressure on a larger plate, and build the pressure up on that one. For example, the San Andreas fault (which is about 5 miles away from me) has been frozen since the 1971 slip, and we are due for a large quake sometime in the next 12ish years.

Only thing I can do is keep my GOD kit ready (Get Outta Dodge), and make sure I've got carriers ready for all five...as well as my readiness to include food, water and medication for at least 72 hours, and includes my father and his roommate's needs, as well.

It really wasn't so bad...I just hate them, and am on edge for hours (or days, depending upon the size) afterwards, waiting to see if it was a precursor shake or the "main event."

Best-
Michele
post #23 of 24
Stay as safe as you can. I'm sorry you have to experience those.

Peace,
mrsd
post #24 of 24
Glad you are all okay down there.

We're here in CA too and been through a few 6.0+ in the last year and 1/2.

Noni- what part of So. Cal are you in?
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