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Old 08-23-2011, 03:50 PM   #21
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(2) Earthquake isn't much of a concern, so buildings and structures are not engineered with earthquake safety in mind.
Yeah, the Baja quake really fucked things up down in Mexico, whereas up here, we just had a bit of glass to sweep up.

Actually, now that I think about it, the crack in the wall of the building near my office (which originally started during one of the '05 / '06 quakes) got slightly larger, and finally reached all the way up to the ceiling during last years' big one.

I should call maintenance and have them squirt some caulk into that. If it were ever to rain, we'd probably get some water seeping through.
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Yeah, that's true. They usually don't make the news around here unless they're a bit more dramatic. The Easter Quake of 2010 was a 7.2, and remember that it's a logarithmic scale, so that's about 90x as powerful as a 5.9.

It broke a few windows, and one guy got hurt when a sign fell on him. They also had to close one terminal of the airport for about 10 minutes.

7-8 quakes are actually kind of cool. If you've never experienced a really good one, you're missing out. Sometimes, if you're standing outside in an open area (eg: near the top of a peak looking over a flat area) you can actually see the surface of the earth ripple like waves in a pond.
We had a pretty rad 6.9 up here about 10 years ago. I cant wait for the next one. Buildings around here (for the most part) are engineered to supposedly be able to stand up to 9.something quakes.
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A+ would read again.
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Buildings around here (for the most part) are engineered to supposedly be able to stand up to 9.something quakes.
Yeah, it's just like airframes and ship hulls- they've gotta be designed to roll with the movement. Trivia: this was one reason why the WWII "Liberty Ships" suffered such frequent and appalling losses- in the haste to build them quickly and cheaply, they substituted welding in place of riveting in much of the hull and superstructure, which caused them to quite literally break in half.


Excerpt from an editorial by Paul McLane of Radio World:
"West Coast folks will chuckle at the disruption caused by our little 5.9 temblor today that originated not all that far southwest of where I sit..."
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Anyone hear there was a similar quake in Colorado?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/us...uake.html?_r=1

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I'm still waiting for Jason's explanation as to how this earthquake was the result of a conspiracy between the Federal Reserve Bank and the USGS, and how if the free market were allowed to operate unimpeded, the Earth's lithosphere (the layer in which tectonic movement occurs) would naturally seek a more stable equilibrium.
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Wouldn't mind reading about that one myself...
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I'm in columbus, ohio as well, that earthquake was something like 400miles away. I was finishing a late lunch at the office, and i started feeling the room move. I was thinking "If this isn't an earthquake, I'm never eating panda express again"....I was upset, because it tasted absolutely delicious, and I would have missed loosing it after only having known it twice...
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I'm still waiting for Jason's explanation as to how this earthquake was the result of a conspiracy between the Federal Reserve Bank and the USGS, and how if the free market were allowed to operate unimpeded, the Earth's lithosphere (the layer in which tectonic movement occurs) would naturally seek a more stable equilibrium.
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I'm in columbus, ohio as well, that earthquake was something like 400miles away. I was finishing a late lunch at the office, and i started feeling the room move. I was thinking "If this isn't an earthquake, I'm never eating panda express again"....I was upset, because it tasted absolutely delicious, and I would have missed loosing it after only having known it twice...
That's just the Earth trying to shake off Ohio.
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(zack morris's phone)

Bush's fault.. get it fault. Fault line.... airiairiduaeaeaeaahaha
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some girl in my afternoon lecture broke out in tears because her DC-dwelling brother wasn't responding to text messages
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thats cause cell phone service died instantly.
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this was like 2 miles from my office:



i could have died.
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this was like 2 miles from my office:



i could have died.
I would have paid good money to see video footage of a little red Miata zip into a crack and fall down to Hades. Imagine the gifs.
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this was like 2 miles from my office:

i could have died.
From rocks falling 2 miles away?
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yes!
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I was at work near hartford ct and it just felt like a loud heavy truck drove by. Nothing more than a slightly shaking table. Also my cousin lives near richmond (norfolk area) and didn't even feel it, although i guess her kids at the house did.
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From rocks falling 2 miles away?
Well, yeah.

I mean, what if one of those rocks had fallen onto a dog, which was wounded but not killed, the wound became severely infected, and the dog then fell into a river and died. The infection in the dog's body might mutate into some kind of super-germ, which would then dissipate into the city's water supply, infecting the whole population (including Scott) with the result that a giant wall would have to be erected around the entire city and the whole area declared a Zone of Alienation. As the infection grew and spiraled into an epidemic of biblical proportions, the President would eventually have no alternative but to order the firebombing of the entire area as a last-ditch effort to save the rest of humanity.

Sidebar: how's the looting and shooting-at-rescue-workers going?
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some girl in my afternoon lecture broke out in tears because her DC-dwelling brother wasn't responding to text messages

Now would be prime time to get some looting done btw.
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LMAO!

Anyway, a 5.9 earthquake on the east coast seems pretty unusual.
New Madrid Fault Line. Google It.
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