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Old 07-07-2010, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Default California Earthquakes

Comparing today's earthquake with past California earthquakes caught on camera:


YouTube - Caught on Tape: Dramatic Earthquake Videos


YouTube - California Earthquake


YouTube - California Earthquake Part 2


YouTube - The Northridge Earthquake LIVE footage Jan.17th 1994
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:06 AM
 
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Videos of earthquakes never really give you an accurate feel for them, mainly because the camera is also moving.

In my opinion, the worst part about "big" earthquakes is rarely the quake itself. During the quake time may speed up or go slow, but either way you rarely have time to think about what you are doing during the shake. It's after the big one that you become rattled -- the aftershocks trick you into thinking it is happening again and can be unnerving. I was in the big 1989 No. California quake, and there were dozens of significant aftershocks in the week that followed. Each one made your heart jump into your throat.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:25 AM
 
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Videos of earthquakes never really give you an accurate feel for them, mainly because the camera is also moving.

In my opinion, the worst part about "big" earthquakes is rarely the quake itself. During the quake time may speed up or go slow, but either way you rarely have time to think about what you are doing during the shake. It's after the big one that you become rattled -- the aftershocks trick you into thinking it is happening again and can be unnerving. I was in the big 1989 No. California quake, and there were dozens of significant aftershocks in the week that followed. Each one made your heart jump into your throat.
Yeah, the footage of the classroom in Santa Cruz when the ceiling tiles and lights begin to fall down onto the students is unnerving, as you put it. But the damage to the freeway in Oakland is very frightening. The Northridge quake was even worst but because it hit while it was still dark there isn't as much video of the actual shaking.
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