Not, earthquake! Just, oh. Earthquake.
Tuesday October 30th 2007, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Life

Just a sort of a little one tonight, a 5.6 near where the Calaveras and Hayward faults meet (uh, dudes, that’s probably not great news. The heavily populated Hayward was already set to go off, bigtime, and most of the hospitals in the East Bay are built ON or immediately next to the fault line. There’s a reason that land was cheap in the ’50’s!)

Doesn’t seem to be anything major damaged yet, according to preliminary reports. The resident Red Cross volunteer is monitoring events in the other room.

Several years ago, I was sitting knitting and my daughter was at the computer, when she suddenly exclaimed, “What’s *that!*

“Oh, about a 5,” I answered. It had felt like someone was kicking the seat and the back of the couch, like a toddler throwing a tantrum underneath it.

My husband in the other room immediately switched his computer to the USGS report; he needed to know. He came around the corner a moment later, and announced, simply, “5.4.”

You know you’ve lived in California too long when you can guess the Richtor scale level reasonably well.

A few phone lines are down right now in the South Bay and a few cell lines overloaded, is all we’ve heard so far. Actually, our big Loma Prieta quake in ’89 and the lack of telephone service afterwards and worrying about his aunt next to the epicenter is how he got his ham license and Red Cross certification in the first place. Because of that, he’s been there helping out at many a house fire since then and helped run the shelter during the big flood our city had nine years ago. He’d wanted to get involved and to do good in his community, and that 7.1 in ’89 prompted him to make it actually happen.

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We sure felt it! Just heard there have been 15 aftershocks – haven’t felt any of those though. What’s the scarf pattern a few posts down – the gorgeous white one? I love it!

Comment by Allison 10.30.07 @ 11:04 pm

And the first thing I did when I heard there was an earthquake in NoCal was to run for the blogworld…funny how times change…thanks for the report Alison!

Comment by Betsy 10.31.07 @ 2:40 am

My computer was listing your site as “forbidden.” I thought maybe my computer had offended yours somehow. But I guess connecting lines were just feeling rattled. I’m glad to hear that you weren’t shaken too badly and that, as far as I can tell, not many people were. I guess it was just a pre-Halloween scare.

Comment by Laura 10.31.07 @ 1:12 pm

We had an earthquake in NH a few years ago. Well, come to think of it, it originated in Burlington, VT, but we felt it at our house. Scared me half to death… and it just felt like the snowplow going by (you remember that sound/feel right? ha ha)

Comment by Amanda 10.31.07 @ 3:56 pm

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