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OK, that was fun.

So we're sitting here watching tv and suddenly we get this short Wham! that rattles the windows.  We look at each other.  "Earthquake."  We resume watching tv.   My computer was in the process of charging up so I waited awhile, then after I got it up again went over to Did You Feel It? and sure enough, there was a 3.2 earthquake in the general area.  In fact quite close - about 12 km down and 3 or so south (or roughly under the intersection of Lincoln and South Manchester blvds.).  Hence the jolt instead of rolling.  Wonder if this is the most hits DYFI has ever gotten on an earthquake that small.  I left my  own comment (yes I felt it, no nothing broke).  Must say I hope I never encounter a more significant earthquake at that range.  I think my biggest surprise was the way car alarms all around the area stayed silent; usually any earthquake sets 'em all off.



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Apr. 27th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'd guess being almost right on top of it played a factor.
(Lecture time; sorry)
Car alarms activate on motion consistent with stealing a car, ie., motion in all three planes, and over several seconds. What you described sounds like a straight vertical displacement of less than an inch in less than a second (I'm guessing, of course), and the car suspensions absorbed it; thusly, no alarms, and consequently, no irritated people having to shut them off.

Edited at 2013-04-27 03:01 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
And if I didn't already know you were a guy I would now. :) Actually I figured that out when I found out about the distances involved, but thanks anyway.

I'm not sure, since I don't keep records, but this may be the closest I've been to the epicenter of an earthquake. Sorta the reverse of the gently rolling earthquake from considerably further away that had me wondering if I'd suddenly come over dizzy until the hanging doorchimes started hitting each other. It's not every earthquake that's polite enough to ring the doorbell. :)
Apr. 28th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
And if I didn't already know you were a guy I would now. :)

I don't know whether to feel complemented or insulted.
I'll get back to you...
Apr. 28th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Grin - Neither, actually. Traditionally men are supposed to be so eager to help or prove their superior knowledge (depends on who you ask) that any indication of a lack of knowledge on anybody's part brings out the response usually expected to sentences of the type "Can you tell me why" or similar. :) Some tend to take this as some sort of put down, so caution is required.

Shall have to come up with a list of things I'd like to know that either don't seem to be on the net, or cannot be presented as anything that doesn't get lost in the clutter, and ask them in here.
Apr. 28th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that it was only a mild quake. Odd to hear it too, given that I was watching a little of a typically lousy SyFy movie about geological disturbances ("Swamp Volcano", based on a for-real 19th century legend about a supposed volcano seen in the Florida Everglades).

Take care and here's hoping that the earth will remain considerately still beneath your feet.
Apr. 29th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Well, reasonably still anyway - I DO live in Los Angeles... :)
Apr. 28th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
Now that's interesting - I've taken to allowing far fewer sites to set cookies, so had to log onto Live Journal just now. Before I did, it insisted there was only one comment on this post, after I did I saw the rest of them. Something in my settings must be even more protective than I thought.
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Remember this?

RMES: Changing the world for your convenience - our way.
Apr. 29th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
Grin. Yeppers...
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