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We Calyfornians sniff at your so-called earthquake [20080227|09:00]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Dear England,

You'll have to do better than that to wake up the woman who nearly slept through the 6.6 Northridge earthquake in 1994.

- An unimpressed former Angeleno
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2008-02-27 11:14 (UTC)
4.3, right? Not too bad if it's the first you've ever been in. Although the first one I can honestly say I felt (I think I slept through one or two in college) was the 5.6 wot hit the Bay Area back in October. Just as I was getting up for snacks all went WUMPrumblerumblerumblerumble and I fell back on the couch and spilled my beer. WOES!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-27 17:50 (UTC)
How traumatic; falling AND beer loss. I'm surprised you're still here to tell the tale.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2008-02-28 00:50 (UTC)
I can only hope I continue to serve as an example of man's insurmountable spirit...
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[User Picture]From: namey
2008-02-27 11:38 (UTC)
Had a few the past couple weeks, mostly 3s and 4s... half my floor was "Oh, hey, earthquake. *taptaptap*" The other half (including me) was, "What earthquake?"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-27 17:46 (UTC)
My philosophy is that if it didn't make the building fall down around me while I was asleep, then it wasn't worth getting out of bed for.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2008-02-28 03:09 (UTC)
Huzzah.

The only reason I moved from were I was for the last one I felt--which was the first one since I moved here that I recognized as an earthquake while it was happening--is because my desk is this glass and metal contraption that I don't want shattering over my knees. Well, that and this building shakes in a stiff wind.

Must. move. soon.

And replace the desk. Neat in Delaware. Sort of alarming in San Francisco.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-27 17:34 (UTC)
Haha. Did you visit while you were over here?
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2008-02-27 13:51 (UTC)
Didn't feel it. Meh. Perspective provided by salmon_of_doubt

... sobering revelation that, worldwide, that was only the fourth most powerful tremor since I got home from work...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-27 17:31 (UTC)
The scat!brain took over for a second there, as I interpreted that as an allusion to bathroom performances.

I clearly spend too much time around icky boys.

Edited at 2008-02-27 05:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2008-02-27 15:19 (UTC)
I can live with being an inhabitant of an island that has no carnivorous animals (excluding those that walk on two feet!), no dangerously poisonous insects, only one poisonous snake, which is so rare that it's a protected species, and no earthquakes of significance. Long live mediocrity in disasters and dangers!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-27 17:33 (UTC)
Then again, maybe if you lived somewhere less boring, you wouldn't be driven to create excitement for yourself by smashing your face into the pavement, eh?
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2008-02-27 18:50 (UTC)
LOL, you're right. I'm off to see if I can slam my head in a closing tube door!
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2008-02-27 17:42 (UTC)
In the phonetics lab at UW there is a very old flyer informing anyone experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress in the wake of the recent earthquake (a 6.8 centered near Olympia) that resources were available to them. I laughed pretty hard the first time I saw it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-27 17:47 (UTC)
My parents experienced that quake! They live in Olympia and they said it was a most peculiar experiences - long rolling waves that made them feel slightly seasick more than anything else.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2008-02-27 17:50 (UTC)
The Whittier earthquake was like that.

...it also traumatized me, as I was five and sleeping over at a friend's house for the first time, and when it happened my friend, her mother, and her sister were in the kitchen but I was in my friend's room. Their mom grabbed both of them and dashed out of the house, so when I ran down the hall to find people (ground rolling under my feet all the way) there was no one there.

My mom was pissed when she found out.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2008-02-27 17:42 (UTC)
5.2? They call anything under 6 a quake? Bah.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-27 17:44 (UTC)
That's what I'm sayin'. \m/
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2008-02-27 22:58 (UTC)
I submit that anything under 7 should be qualified as a "bitchquake".
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2008-02-27 20:53 (UTC)
We get them much bigger in Trinidad and our earthquakes aren't anywhere as bad as California. This guy at my work said it was really bad but I am pretty sure if it was that bad I'd have woken up.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-29 14:44 (UTC)
Perhaps they're just hypersensitive to earthquakes since they almost never happen here, whereas we're quite blasé about them. Or maybe they're just excited to get to talk about something other than the miserableness of the weather/public transport. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2008-02-28 14:10 (UTC)
Fun story about being American in Japan. They assume I'm from Ohio or something, until they know otherwise.
"Have you felt earthquakes since you've been here?"
"Of course."
"What did you think?"
"Uhh, a lot like the earthquakes back home, except now I don't have door-ways to not bother running towards because the earthquake was too small to make me fear any sort of property or personal injury."
"Wait, they don't scare you?"
"Uhh, no."

That's the conversation I wish I could have on the topic anyway.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-02-29 14:42 (UTC)
Heh. So I guess they just assume America is a big flat place with no interesting weather or natural disasters, except maybe hurricanes in the Southeast?
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