October 30, 2007
The House Was A' Shakin' Tonight
My house just shook for what felt like ten minutes. Obviously it wasn't ten minutes but when your house shakes, even 20 seconds can feel like a lifetime.
It was the most 'vibrant' earthquake I've felt since I moved to San Francisco. Frankly, the others were so small, I really didn't even feel them. A blink in the night. You mainly notice the smallest of tremors from a shift of items in your house, i.e., a painting that is crooked on the wall, a bowl in your kitchen has moved slightly or there's a sprinkling of dust on your windowpane.
Given that nothing fell off the walls or broke, I figured that the magnitude was likely small. I went to Google for data within minutes, an obvious reaction, particularly when you're sitting in front of a PC when it happens.
I have always hoped when a "big one" hit, whether its here in San Francisco or elsewhere that a) I wasn't alone and b) that for XJ*H's sake, I wasn't in front of a computer.
I want to be in nature even though its probably not the safest of places. Safe nature, whatever that means in the context of earthquakes, but most definitely not in front of the controlling PC. If its really the BIG one, my last memory on this earth must NOT be staring at Windows.
Interesting. The last hour shows a small red blip (1's and 2's out of 7) whereas the last day shows a 5 out of 7 in the South Bay closer to San Jose. I didn't feel a thing yesterday. Did they mix it up? That 5 was not 24 hours ago but less than an hour ago and it extended to San Francisco and right under my house.
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the timestamp says 21:41 and the quake happened 20:04, so it wasn't within the last hour but the last day
Posted by: Alan Brown | Nov 2, 2007 1:37:12 AM