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Old 04-06-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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I was in Yellowstone in August, 1959! Eeeeek! Before the earthquake. I was also in Antigua, Guatemala about a month before a bad earthquake. .....

 
Old 04-06-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I was in Yellowstone in August, 1959! Eeeeek! Before the earthquake. I was also in Antigua, Guatemala about a month before a bad earthquake. .....
Note to self: avoid places plantlover has visited in the previous month!!
 
Old 04-06-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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LOL!.....I will let you all know of my traveling plans!! ))
 
Old 04-07-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: In an alternate universe according to some, AKA Aspergers
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Note to self: avoid places plantlover has visited in the previous month!!
I know how you feel! We've dodged several severe storms by ONE day so far, including 2 tornados! Don't know if it's "spidey" sense or what but I get this little voice saying "time to go" and so far (knock wood) it's not been wrong. The last one was leaving Oklahoma I think, not 6 hours after we left multiple tornados and really severe hail hit the area.
Whew, glad we missed that! Hail is hell on rv's! We lived through the Loma Prieta quake, the one that dropped the Cypress Structure like a giant pancake and dropped the middle of the Bay Bridge as well. My brother in law is a tow driver on that bridge and if you look at video or pic's of the event he's pulling the cars that drove off the part of the bridge that collapsed back onto the bridge. Don't know how he stayed to do that with all the aftershocks and such. I'd be the heck OFF that bridge!!! I used to travel the cypress a few times a week and on the lower deck I used to wonder all the time if it would fall on my head someday. It just made me nervous driving on it, couldn't wait to get to open sky/ground level.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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We may have to rename this the disastrous thread
I have only had two episodes of "rolling" waves. They were in Oregon during the 1993 Scotts Mills earthquake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was very strange to be sitting on the floor with my then toddlers and feel suddenly like you were on the ocean on a raft.
I think my life will be quite complete without another experience although when the caldron goes, I don't think there will be much to worry about, it will be quick.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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We may have to rename this the disastrous thread
Haha Here's a graphic (go down to the map near the bottom) that compares the New Madrid quake zone to the Los Angeles quake... 1812 New Madrid earthquake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia As you can see, California has some catching up to do if it ever plans to properly fall into the ocean!

The 1994 quake made big compression waves in Hwy 14 thru Santa Clarita, at first some were as much as 3 feet high (but far enough apart that it was just like driving thru tiny hills). They've subsided on their own over the years and by now are almost entirely gone.

According to USGS records, the only state that's essentially quake-free is North Dakota.

Personally I think tornados are the worst of the "big" natural hazards, as they're the most random, most common, and do the most damage that average structures can't really build or plan for.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I know how you feel! We've dodged several severe storms by ONE day so far, including 2 tornados! Don't know if it's "spidey" sense or what but I get this little voice saying "time to go" and so far (knock wood) it's not been wrong.
Note to self: preceed jimj; never follow him!!

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Old 04-07-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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My brother in law is a tow driver on that bridge and if you look at video or pic's of the event he's pulling the cars that drove off the part of the bridge that collapsed back onto the bridge. Don't know how he stayed to do that with all the aftershocks and such. I'd be the heck OFF that bridge!!! I used to travel the cypress a few times a week and on the lower deck I used to wonder all the time if it would fall on my head someday. It just made me nervous driving on it, couldn't wait to get to open sky/ground level.
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I drove by that thing once in '86 (don't know what freeway it is that parallels or breaks off near it, but that's where I was) and I was thinkin' the whole time that whoever designed it failed geology class... And they wondered why there was so much resistance to stacked freeways around L.A.?? After the Northridge quake a whole lot of people were saying SEE? WE TOLD YOU SO! tho I guess they've rebuilt some of the Long Beach Fwy as a double-decker; dunno for sure as I haven't been down that way in years.

I think I saw video of your BIL on the news -- I remember a tow truck getting into some right dicey positions to haul cars out of even worse positions, and wondering if he was getting hazard pay

There used to be an elevated bus bypass near downtown L.A. One day I was driving down to Anaheim and... it wasn't there. No quake or anything, it had just collapsed all by itself that morning. Whoa, someone failed every class!!
 
Old 04-07-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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More fun with quakes, specifically the Whittier Narrows quake:

One of the most-damaged buildings was an older brick auto-parts store, with a high ceiling and lots of the usual high metal racks to store stuff on. The walls fell down in their entirety, and the roof landed on the racks, which were sufficient to hold it up. Made for a very strange picture (also let the people inside escape unharmed).
 
Old 04-07-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I am thinking of tiberius this a.m. and want to hum the tune to the Andy Griffity show......you know, Opie and his dad were walking down the dirt path towards the fishing hole with his bamboo pole...... and then, of course, there was Ain't Bee with all her good food........

Okay, gotta go do some work around here.....have been on facebook all morning catching up.......just wanted to say Hello to everybody and hope that you are having a great day!
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