Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

It's wake up time Southern California! Did you feel it? I sure as hell did. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Chino Hills this morning around 11:45am and lasted somewhere around 45 seconds in total. Typically I was sitting around wasting time on the computer when it happened. The initial shock was like a hard slam which was then immediately followed by strong rolling motions. I figured right away it was either very close or very very large. Fortunately for those of us living in Southern California the quake wasn't large. As it turned out it was very very close. The picture with this entry gives a rough idea, USGS maps are never very media friendly. The big red blurry star is about 6 miles away from where I live.

Did a quick check of the property and nothing seems to have been damaged, however following the quake land line phone service is down. Ironic that, the internet remained alive and well. All hail DSL! The cell networks are jammed beyond capacity as people start trying to get ahold of each other to find out if they're ok, or just to have something new to talk about for a day or two. As usual the media picked it up immediately and now they're blathering on about it, comparing it to all the other quakes they can remember. People, Northridge was 14 years ago. Can we move on already? And of course it didn't fell like much to you self centered liberal media whores, you're in Los Angeles. Those of us living in the cow pastures live right on top of it and it was pretty damned important to us.

It's been at least 20 years now since a local fault around here went. I think the last time was a 5.5 centered just north of Upland in the mountains where Baldy is. I was also just talking about this with one of my roommates the other day about how our local faults are capable of making a big mess if they go off and that they're anything but dormant. Naturally the boobs didn't believe me so it's almost like, oh, I don't know, God decided to remind them or something.

On the bright side, with the phones down telemarketing is dead for however long it takes to fix. And the news people have something other than Obama to talk about for a day or so. :)
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"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

       
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Posted on Jul 29, 2008 12:31 pm by Samson in: | 10 comment(s) [Closed]
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Hmm. They've since revised this one down to a 5.4 but I don't think that's quite right. I've been through plenty of 5.4 quakes close by to know this was bigger. But they're the big bad scientists with degrees and all, so who knows.

       
Samson said:

And the news people have something other than Obama to talk about for a day or so. :)

It's too bad the potential costs in damages and human lives would be unacceptably high or we could hope for one of these weekly to keep the media busy...

Glad to hear that all (or mostly anyway) is safe and good for you, we worried a bit when we first heard about this one. 5.8 (or even 5.4) isn't exactly mild.

       
Bah. Conner. When you've lived with these quakes as long as I have, and most of us here in general, you get used to it. Sure, a 5.8 ( I refuse to accept 5.4 ) comes along it still gets your attention but unless shit starts falling off the shelves most of us forget it happened by the next morning. The media however seems to think it's some kind of major big thing because they're still going on and on about it. Even the New Zealand press picked it up. They should come back when the next Northridge comes along. At least then it would be a worthy media circus event.

       
Hmm, so a 5.8 isn't really enough to more than get you to perk up for the day anyway? In that case, having one weekly or so (wouldn't want it to be quite too predictable) would serve to keep the media focused on something other than Obama or Iraq and wouldn't really bother anyone for real out there? .... ;)

       
Heh. As long as 5.8 quakes didn't become too routine between now and November that would work out great :)

       
Maybe they could be made to taper off sometime in early October so they were gone by the last week of October so we could get back to the election info just before the actual election again.. ;)

       
Samson said:

Bah. Conner. When you've lived with these quakes as long as I have, and most of us here in general, you get used to it. Sure, a 5.8 ( I refuse to accept 5.4 ) comes along it still gets your attention but unless shit starts falling off the shelves most of us forget it happened by the next morning. The media however seems to think it's some kind of major big thing because they're still going on and on about it. Even the New Zealand press picked it up. They should come back when the next Northridge comes along. At least then it would be a worthy media circus event.


:P yeah, we do cover international news too! :P

       
Yes, but the point was that this was hardly an international event :)

The only good that came of it was shutting up the Obama talk for a couple of days. Yes, local media milked a whole extra day out of it.

       
Seems we're not alone in not wanting to hear more about Obama anymore: http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20080806/Poll.Obama.Overexposure/

       
It never ceases to amaze me how pollsters sample 1,000 people and come to any meaningful conclusions applied to represent the opinions of 310,000,000. My guess is that while the stats they come up with reflect my sampling of 10-15 people to some degree, that it's more likely to be something on the order of 75% of people who are sick of hearing about nothing but Obama all the time. I know they didn't bother to ask me and the people I live with, we'd have skewed their numbers enough to confuse them.

       
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