reply to post by MysterE
Im a local
Nothing to worry about,
Parkfield shakes all the time.
earthquake capitol of the world
I felt the 04 quake(6.0) from parkfield, its was the oddest sensation.
I am about 70 miles from parkfield, and I was sitting at my desk doig some machine programing, using 2 computers so I had my hand restin on the desk
bout 2 feet apart and my feet were apart on the floor.
I heard a truck go by then I felt a wave going from right to left through my right hand and foot to my left hand and foot.
I could even see the desk slightly move.
I could tell that it was not a train or truck going by and the direction it came from was the coalinga/parkfield area.
i ran out into the shop to see if my guys felt it, but they were such an oblivious lot it went right past them and they didnt even know.
About 5 minutes later they broke through on the radio the say there was an earthquake in parkfield.
I remeber the 1983 coalinga quake(6.5) very well, it happend the day i left for "basic training" for the california conservation corp. (CCC). It
was strong enough to shake cars around 70 miles away. It did quite a bit of damage in coalinga but not much anywhere else. When I got out of training
I went right into a crew working in coalinga. There was also a huge fire there a couple of months later(50,000 acres), got to work that too.
I also remember the 1989 loma prieta (6.9)quake we could feel it here as well.
Then north ridge quake(6.7), that was a doozy, there was a something like a 36" vertical movment in some places. It also produced the highest
ground acceleration ever recorded 1g just think about that a movment so large and quick it amounted to 1g.
The day that happened I had a 6:30am calculas class and had gotten to the math/science building about 6:00 to finish my homework. As I milled around
i noticed the huge earthquake recorded on the siemograph that was in a case in the hall.
And there were a number of after shocks I got watch one happen it was kinda cool.
I didnt know about the quake in northridge yet but that was all every one was talking about when they got to class.
And the landers quake (7.3)pushed up the san bernadino mtn up about 14 inches i believe.
Any way the ground shakes around here, I might be concerned if i lived in the bay area or la.
Our building codes are good, and in most parts of the state the older homes are usually wood framed and they will stane up to a good shakin btter
than brick/block or stone.
Now many of the older larg buildings are kinda scary being all brick and stuff.
There have been a lot of big earth quakes and there will always be an earthquake about to happen.