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Felt it.

29 Dec 2015 shake mapBed is a pretty good place to be in a mild (4.8) earthquake. It’s a little like being on a boat as another boat’s wake crosses beneath. I was reading (All the Light We Cannot See) when the house gave a couple of soft squeaks — one in the front, one in the back — and then began to shake. For perhaps three seconds the house shook along an east-west axis, and I in my bed-boat listened and shook along with it. Unlike my L.A. condo, which rattled and squealed miserably every time there was an earthquake (and there were many, including Northridge), the house was quiet. My heart was less so, roused by that shot of adrenaline, ready for flight. Until it’s over, you just don’t know whether, or for how long, it will go on, or if it will ascend the scale of disaster into something epic. It took a while to get to sleep.
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Shake map courtesy of USGS

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4 responses to “Felt it.

  1. Jennifer Bullis December 30, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Me too! After being nearby for the Whittier and Loma Prieta quakes, I was relieved that last night’s waves here were small and brief.

    This morning, I’m also enjoying this gallery of lighter takes by BC residents: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/photos+vancouverites+make+light+earthquake+social+media/11621870/story.html

  2. David J. Bauman December 30, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Wow. Only ever felt one of these, in . . . was it 2012 here in the Eastern US? There was a loud noise like a large garbage truck in the back parking lot, and then I realized, wait, there is no truck back there and it sounded . . . well, less locatable than that. Then my wine glasses started to tingle in the rack where they hung. Seconds later people were posting on Facebook all across PA into NY and down to Maryland I think. I might have knocked over a plastic picnic chair at worst, but I’ll never forget that churning sound from the third floor of a hundred year old building.

  3. jik December 31, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Yes, when the earth shakes it definitely gets our attention and leaves a lasting impression. Thanks, David, and best to you for the New Year.

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