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post #1 of 19
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OK, I've known that Montana is actually the 4th most seismically active State in the US, but until tonight I'd never understood why.

At approx 10:09 pm MST, a 5.6 quake was reported about 90 miles from me (if that - I'll have to check the map for the overland distance) Which means there was a WHOLE lotta shakin goin on here!! I was in the basement bathtub at the time, and watched the door shake on the hinges, and my necklace sway on its hook. It really is an odd feeling, the earth moving under your backside!! I really didn't notice any odd behavior from the kits or Cinnamon, but they were all outside the bathroom for once! Read more here: http://http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/usazad.htm

Actually the first quake I felt was when I was living in TN, the epicenter was in Southern IN - Jan? (gemlady) probably remembers it. If I hadn't been sitting still, I never would have known it had happened. But this one has reportedly shifted a few modular homes off their foundations and rattled some dishes - maybe even mine, but I wasn't where I could hear 'em!!

Anyone else been thru a really good tremblor?????
post #2 of 19
Yup here in NZ we have alot of them! I've been through some rockers too! They are no fun at all.
post #3 of 19
2 1/2 years in California, never felt a thing...

I cant say I am disappointed though
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by RicaLynn
Anyone else been thru a really good tremblor?????
I never have. It's just snow and mosquitos up here among other things. I was ummm...... imagining you in the bathtub though! Shake it baby!!!

-Glad it wasn't really serious though.
post #5 of 19
Born and raised in Southern California, so yeah, I've felt some. Biggest one was the Northridge earthquake I think, but it only knocked some books off the shelf.

When I was in Japan about a year ago I felt some while quite high up in our hotel (can't remember the exact floor). That was fun, the building made noises and kept shaking. I looked out to the ground and the skyscraper next door, and everyone was just going about their business.
post #6 of 19
Yeah, we've had a few here in SW Indiana. There are several fault lines nearby, but the last one of note - I think 2002 or 2003 - had it's epicenter less than 30 miles away (and very deep). It was a big jolt. I had thought the men working on the telephone line in front of our house had dropped the back hoe they were unloading!

Was that the one Erica?

The first one I recall was about 1970 - I was sitting in a chair at my grandma's and it started rocking. It wasn't a rocking chair! At first we thought it was a coal mine blast (lots of strip mines at the time) or sonic boom. Mom was at home and said by the time the house stopped shaking, she was headed out the front door and she didn't remember getting out of her chair! She claimed her feet took off without the brain realizing it.
post #7 of 19
Spent most of my life here in CA and I have been through a few quakes. Haven't been directly affected by loss thank goodness but it certainly makes one real edgy.

The biggest one I have been through recently was the 12/2003 San Simeon quake (a 6.5 magnitude) and followed by the Parkfield quake of 2004 (a 6.0). It was 34 miles from where I live and we had some plants flying off the bookshelf and a broken water pipe but no other damage (though city hall was damaged moderately.) The cats were the ones that felt it coming a few seconds before they hit and they were freaking out big time. It took them a little bit to calm down but they did.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by gemlady
Yeah, we've had a few here in SW Indiana. There are several fault lines nearby, but the last one of note - I think 2002 or 2003 - had it's epicenter less than 30 miles away (and very deep). It was a big jolt. I had thought the men working on the telephone line in front of our house had dropped the back hoe they were unloading!

Was that the one Erica?
Yup, that was the one!! then-Hubby and I were at home, no TV on, just sittin'. We both felt it, and then had to look at each other to make sure the other had felt it too!!

My mom told me about the '86 Challis ID quake. It happened about 3am, and she was working 3rd shift at the hospital, on the 4th floor. That was her first experience, and she felt the building sway ever so slightly - then asked the other nurses to be sure she wasn't imagining it. (My dad happened to be at home awake for his mid-night constitutional at the time, and felt John sway underneath him )
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by greycat2
The cats were the ones that felt it coming a few seconds before they hit and they were freaking out big time. It took them a little bit to calm down but they did.
I wonder if that's why I was so alone in the bathroom - maybe they'd all headed for ground, as it were?
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
I never have. It's just snow and mosquitos up here among other things. I was ummm...... imagining you in the bathtub though! Shake it baby!!!
Leave it to YOU, Wyan!!! Hope you enjoyed the show in yer head!!!
post #11 of 19
The scientists say we're overdue for a big one. It may be one of the ones nearby or the New Madrid fault.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by RicaLynn
Leave it to YOU, Wyan!!! Hope you enjoyed the show in yer head!!!
LOL!
post #13 of 19
I've felt a few, living in SF and Sonoma, but the biggest was the Loma Prieta. I was squatting down holding onto a fridge door and I started to sway. I thought I really must be sick! Then my asst Manager ran in and told me there had been an earthquake! LOL! So much for being sick!

Back at my home in Sonoma Co. my boyfriend said the whole bed was jumping up and down! Dog next door had been baying all night before!

In Santa Cruze though IT was a mess! Sad!
post #14 of 19
I heard about the quake on the radio this morning and wondered if you felt it, Erica. Glad it wasn't too bad.

Living most of my life in Colorado (and the rest in Nebraska), I haven't actually *felt* an earthquake. I've heard there was one like the day after, nothing more than around 2.0, but I always miss it!
post #15 of 19
I have been through one earthquake experience that to me was major..the 2001 quake located near Olympia area of WA state.

I heard this huge booming sound - it was as if someone was pounding on the roof of the house, I was getting ready to run outside, when the whole house began to slide - back and forth! I realized what it was, got into a doorway (was afraid I could not get out the front door and was just beginning to think what in the world was I going to do re my cats)..the doorway was between my kitchen and living room. I watched the wall with the picture window buckle out and then back in, and remember thinking the roof was going to come down.

I prayed. Fortunately, it stopped, not even a window broke. I especially would never forget it because we were in the midst of a hard struggle to save my sweet Bookie(RB) who was so very ill at that time. It seemed to knock the last bit of oomph out of her and we lost her 2 days later.

I can not imagine that size quake (I think it ended up being a 6.8) more shallow than this one was, no way would my house still be standing and I'd imagine my 100 foot plus firs would be down as well.

UGH...scariest single moment of my life.
post #16 of 19
Here in SF, Cali We have quite a lot of them, but none lately. (I fear saying that will jinx it) You kinda get used to them after a while. The last one we had was between a 6 and a 7, scared the bejeezers outta my dogs. But that was quite a while ago. Earthquakes, I'm used to (felt them since I was a kid maybe around 6 living here in SF), but I'm thankful we don't get hurricanes or tornadoes.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by gemlady
The scientists say we're overdue for a big one. It may be one of the ones nearby or the New Madrid fault.
My hubby has been saying we are due for the big one and after the two tornados we had last year I'm really scared what a quake might do to us. There is no where to go or hide if one happens.

Did you have any storm damage last year? It almost wiped us out we had NO warning it just hit
post #18 of 19
I've been through quite a few quakes. Only two really big ones though. One was when I was a kid, the San Fernando Sylmar Quake. That one didn't scare me that much, maybe because I was young. However,. the Northridge Quake really scared me. The little one's don't bother me, that much, although since the Northridge quake, I still get a little scared, for fear that it gets bad like the Northdige Quake was.
post #19 of 19
I also expierenced the Nisqually Quake of 2001. I was at work in Seattle when it hit. I dove under my desk and held on for dear life. It seemed to last forever. I had never been so afraid in my whole life and when it was over I just broke down and balled my butt off. I NEVER want to expierence that again although I'm sure I will.
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