I will admit, I may be a bit over reacting to this recent EQ swarm near Brawley. The potential volcanic activity intrigues me, not to mention I live
in San Diego, about 90 Miles away.
People make it sound like EQs are always happening around California and we need to Chill. Yes, there are a lot of EQs here, so much that they seem
normal. We write them off if we don't feel them or if not over a 5.0.
I would like to provide to those who may not have been around back then some perspective on why I think that although they maybe small and "normal"
for CA., there is coming and was a time when they were anything but "normal".
Below are some pictures of some of the damage the major quakes have done in the past. Specifically the
Loma Prieta Quake in 1989(Bay Area)
Northridge Quake 1994 (North Los Angeles)
I was just a kid when the Loma Quake hit, I was 200 miles away and felt it. Saw my swimming pool tossing its water from side to side spilling over the
edges. They stopped the World Series between my two favorite teams, Giants and The A's. Our family visited the Bay area often, so I was familiar with
the sites and landmarks that were destroyed.
I was a kid and had to deal with images like these below, Crushed cars and collapsed buildings, you might say it was traumatic. Since then to cope I
have been trying to educate myself on earthquakes, when ever I can.
Cypress Freeway Collapse
In the City
While all of these are structures, There where many individuals who suffered loss. Im not going to list the death toll, you can look it up if you
want. I don't think we need to be in constant fear about quakes, but I think we need to at least respect the potential power of nature.
I hope I'm not alone on this. I think that might explain why some of us are really into EQs and anything related that might be out of the ordinary. I
would love to hear from others who were effected in such a way.
Thank you to those who have posted helpful information this past week.
edit on 29-8-2012 by Observationalist because: (no reason given)