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04:29 Wake Up Call

Had an interesting wake-up this morning ... a 3.9 less than 20k away. The windows were rattling, didn't wake the kids, when it was over I went for a pee and back to sleep. I may be a little more complacent than I should but WTF can you do short of moving?

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ushyai.htm
Permalink PNII 
January 15th, 2006
well, now this puts it into perspective - a list of quakes since Jan 01, there's been a lot of them specifically in the 3.x range:
http://www.pgc.nrcan.gc.ca/seismo/recent/wc.50evt.list.html

interesting.
Permalink PNII 
January 15th, 2006
Actually, I think you acted quite calmly.

Other's might have said, "Alright, everybody, out of the house! Right now! EARTHQUAKE!"

But that kind of panicky reaction tends to lower your credibility in future events. As it is, I think you handled it quite well.
Permalink AllanL5 
January 15th, 2006
AllanL5,

Oh yea, big time but by the time you wake up, realize WTF is going on, allow the grey matter a few secs to process the data and come out with "Alright, everybody, out [...]" it's over. I can't really take any credit for handling anything except maybe not acting like an ass once it was over. This was probably been the 3rd or 4th that's been that noticeable in the 10 years we've been living in this house.
Permalink PNII 
January 15th, 2006
I think I prefer hurricanes to earthquakes.

With a hurricane, you can see it on the radar, and have a good idea if it's worth driving inland before it hits. Cat 3? Posh. That's nothing. Cat 5? Time to go!

Earthquakes, OTOH, don't let you know how big they'll be until it's too late. Feels like a 3.4... wait, the upper floor just landed on me, therefore it must be a 7.0
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January 15th, 2006

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