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Old 01-11-2009, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I think it is entertaining that Californian's don't take much notice of an earthquake, yet when the weather gets under 65 degrees people will bring out the parkas and gloves to keep warm. Just an observation.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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A NY thunderstorm is far scarrier than and earth quake..

I remember all the big ones
Is "remember all the big ones" the same as "experienced first hand the big ones"? If so, you and I have a much different reactions to earthquakes.

I experienced Sylmar 1971 (lived in Canoga Park age 9) and Northridge 1994 (lived in Moorpark). I also lived on the Palmer Divide in Colorado, one of the most thunderstorm and lightning strike prone places in the US. Thunderstorms (which someone always has warning of) are nothing compared to the core fright an earthquake produces when you awaken from a deep sleep as your house is rolling and jolting in complete noisy darkness. All things that we assume as under control and stable (like the ground) are not giving us secure feedback.

I have vivid memories of these things. It is scary as hell.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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Ain't that the truth. Even when I do feel a 4.5, I barely acknowledge its existence. My dog didn't even stir for this one.
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u16/gregg1971/animated%20gifs/animated%20pictures/quake.gif (broken link)
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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A NY thunderstorm is far scarrier than and earth quake..
I've never had a thunderstorm toss me around like a rag doll, then throw me off a platform to the asphalt 12 feet below, where a toolbox was waiting to painfully break my fall. (Northridge, 1994)
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I've never had a thunderstorm toss me around like a rag doll, then throw me off a platform to the asphalt 12 feet below, where a toolbox was waiting to painfully break my fall. (Northridge, 1994)
You were on a platform at 431AM?
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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People do work graveyard shift. Hence the tool box.
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:55 PM
 
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Earthquakes in SoCal are still far less frequent than thunderstorms, especially here in Texas. Even after living here for 13 years, storms still scare the living daylights out of me, especially the deafening thunder. And I hate driving in the rain. I too experienced the 94 Northridge shaker. I was jolted awake, but fell right back asleep afterwards. Give me shakers over thunderstorms any day!!!
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Earthquakes in SoCal are still far less frequent than thunderstorms, especially here in Texas. Even after living here for 13 years, storms still scare the living daylights out of me, especially the deafening thunder. And I hate driving in the rain. I too experienced the 94 Northridge shaker. I was jolted awake, but fell right back asleep afterwards. Give me shakers over thunderstorms any day!!!
You got that right!! Here in TN there are thunderstorms regularly. Last one was a couple of months ago ... I now have an 'idea' of what a monsoon may look like. Raining sidesways, rain hitting the ground so hard that in Walmart it sounded like a plane taking off from the parking lot. The cashier even said so. The lightning hit trees and oddly enough, the "boom" of a thunderstorm sounds similar to the boom sometimes heard before an earthquake -- same vibration and everything. Once we made it home, the power lines had been hit and no power. Black out only lasted an hour and power was back on. But the visuals of the lightning is amazing.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I think it is entertaining that Californian's don't take much notice of an earthquake, yet when the weather gets under 65 degrees people will bring out the parkas and gloves to keep warm. Just an observation.
Well, duh! We aren't used to cold weather. I'm breaking out my coat when it gets below 80 because I'm used to temps in the 100's.

My husband and I had an outdoor wedding here in the Coachella Valley where we live, in June. You would have thought the non-CV people were going to die or something - and it was a 6pm wedding and only 90 degrees out! I've never seen so many sissy folks assembled in one place in my life! Just an observation.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Were they sissies, or were they from the coast where people aren't used to CV style hot weather?
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