reply to post by carewemust
Excuse me, but I must scoff at your reply. *Scoff, scoff, chortle*
Ok, now then, let me tell you a thing or two about this earthquake. It was a big one and unlike any other earthquake I have ever felt. Seeing as I
live only 30 or so miles from the epicenter of the quake I had one hell of a ride.
Here's a breakdown of my experience yesterday: I'm sitting at my computer in my bedroom and I hear an unusually loud bang and thump, like someone
slamming a door and rattling the whole house, or someone stomping around on the roof. I looked up, startled, and then BAM! It felt like the house
jumped off it's foundation and then felt like the house was being shaken vigorously like a child trying to identify a mysterious present by shaking
it. This lasted for about 30 seconds, which felt waay longer, and then for another minute the ground was slowly rolling under my feet. Luckily no
damage to the house, nothing fell either, we are safe and sound.
I'll give links to a local newspaper, there was a lot of damage to stores in Eureka and Ferndale but not much elsewhere, these were the closest
cities to the quake. A couple buildings in Eureka had large cracks running through them, there was a lot of damage to the local mall. Eureka has
pretty old infrastructure, especially in Old Town near the bay. The city is quite dilapidated in my opinion, and I have lived here my whole life.
The thing that scares me is recently (maybe a year ago?) a business was closed down on the waterfront, namely Eureka Ice. It was forced closed due to
many safety violations including buildings falling apart, old piping and refrigeration and storage, and illegal disposal. Keep in mind this is a
company with thousands of gallons of anhydrous ammonia, which in gas form I believe is fatal? I know at least it is very bad for the health and lungs
and this company was literally dumping gallons and gallons of this stuff into the storm drains and sewers.
I do believe that one of the main reasons for the closure of the facility was that it was not retrofitted for earthquake protection, the place would
have collapsed had this earthquake happened while it was still around, and that would have released poisonous gases into the city and caused a major
catastrophe. Eureka Ice fiasco
Please feel free to do a tad bit more research
on this, to truly understand how close to being waist deep in s#!t we really were.
Here's our local (Humboldt county) newspaper: Times-Standard
. The headlines appear to show a preliminary
damage estimate of $12.5 million, with only one major injury. At least, in Eureka that is.
We are most unfortunate to sit right at a triple junction of fault lines, where the San Andreas ends and comes together with the Pacific and Gorda
plates. A very active region, seismically. USGS Mendecino Triple
Well, cheery days to all from Humboldt County, the North Coast, home of the Redwoods and big quakes
[edited to add link to Eureka Ice story]
[edit on 10-1-2010 by NoEXcUseS]