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jleves

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So for how many of you was this your first one?

How many felt it at all?

How many of you are near Ridgecrest or Owens Valley or Mojave?

I'm in Tujunga and we felt it pretty good for at least 10 or so seconds and I think things were still moving for the first aftershock a minute and a half later. We haven't felt any of the other aftershocks.
 
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I can't imagine what a big quake feels like. A few years ago we were in our office in Boston and we felt the building slightly sway for a few seconds. It felt really weird. We all looked at each other and said, "What the heck was that?" Went on the internet and 30 seconds later it was posted on Boston.com that Boston felt a slight earthquake. A large earthquake must be a really strange feeling.
 
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Was in Boston for that. Very strange

Didn't feel it near the beach here today, but Cowherd felt it at fox studios in West LA. Put 6.5 in DTLA and there are mass casualties
 
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We were driving to Big Bear but strangely enough felt nothing. Only alert was texts from friends.
 

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Yeah...that was weird. It wasn’t what I expected. I thought all earthquakes were about vibration. This was more swaying. It’s odd to be in your house and it’s swaying. I felt like I was on a ship. I am 200 miles away and didn’t feel the aftershocks. But that was weird.
 
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Experienced several Asian quakes, including significant 2008 tremors in Shanghai linked to the Wenchuan, Sichuan quake 2,000 km away (80K+ killed)

No deaths nor extensive damage in Shanghai, but by design co-workers and I experienced a rolling or swaying sensation on an office building’s 38F. Aside from thinking I’d eaten something bad for lunch, I recall subsequently directing my Chinese national colleagues to evacuate and barking “no, don’t take the elevator!” and “move way away from these tall buildings”. Might have been more colorful, but people in other areas and building levels felt little to a lot in different areas of the massive Shanghai city/province.

On the ground, I wondered whether the metro or roads all tunneled under the Huangpu River or my 28F apartment on the Puxi side would be safe. Initially, minimal credible info appeared available and I crashed for a night at a nearby Marriott with BBC news.
 

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My son in LA didn’t feel it at all. He’s been through several. We are headed there next week. I slept through a small one near San Francisco three years ago. If they are small enough to sleep through I’m good with it. Otherwise, no thanks.
 
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I was in Kobe during the Osaka earthquake that resulted in 4 deaths last year, but I was riding a train at the time it happened so the shaking just mixed in with the normal jostling of the train. We only realized when everyone's phone alarms started ringing and then the train stopped.

I'm not rooting for earthquakes to happen, but I did feel a slight sense of "kinda wish I had felt what the shaking was like."
 
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I'm out here in western Ventura County and felt nothing. But others all around here did feel it. I've been here almost 30 years, this could be tenth, depends on what you count, very small ones, distant ones, after-shocks? They are scary, but lately I'm more afraid of fires.
 

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I can't imagine what a big quake feels like. A few years ago we were in our office in Boston and we felt the building slightly sway for a few seconds. It felt really weird. We all looked at each other and said, "What the heck was that?" Went on the internet and 30 seconds later it was posted on Boston.com that Boston felt a slight earthquake. A large earthquake must be a really strange feeling.
I felt that one out on the Cape. Got up from my office chair and thought my vertigo had come back. Realized my office chair was rocking without me in it! That quake was in Va and cracked the Wash monument
 
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Live in downtown SD, felt nothing

Work in north county (Encinitas), nobody I know at work felt anything

Was in Boston for that weird one in like 2013
 

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We're in the southern CA desert, about 200 miles from the epicenter of the quake. We felt it for a minute or so, my desk was moving slightly. My new rescue dog got upset and was afraid for the rest of the day, and then the firecrackers came and he hid.
 
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The last quake I experienced was the Big Bear quake in June 1992. It's the only quake that ever scared me. We then lived in Corona.

There is a pattern to earthquakes. You feel the amplitude of the shaking increase and at a certain point you learn to expect that the amplitude will start to decrease. Maybe 45 seconds from start to finish. Small quakes are not infrequent so you get used to it. During the Big Bear Quake, we were woken up on a bright Sunday morning. We waited for the amplitude to reverse but it kept on increasing through the point we expected it to turn around. Leap out of bed, grab the daughter, and head for a door frame. But then it started to subside.

One of the many reasons I don't miss California.
 
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Been to CA many times. Never felt an earthquake. Felt quite a few in Oklahoma City though. Fracking quakes.
 

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sittin in my crib, 14th floor, lower market street SF, years ago. listening to tunes, staring out the picture window at embarcadero area. wait, wut? buildings are swaying? now my building is swaying? jump off the couch, run out into the common hall, see my neighbors, and ask 'what the....?' some started to chuckle at me, then say 'your first?' I said 'yeah' but immediately thought 'and last. im outta here.' seemed like I spent the rest of my time in beautiful cali with my fingers and toes crossed, cuz this yankee instantly knew that he don't belong there. no way, no how. quake people are mentally tough in a way I could never be.
 
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Felt one in NY. My coworker and I looked at each other as our monitors swayed. I thought I was going through a patch of motion sickness.

I actually flew back from LAX the day before the Northridge quake.
 

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How do you all like living in SoCal? The misses and I are relocating and LA and Ventura are both on our list. I’m iffy on California. The weather is a plus, but I can’t get past being prejudiced to think the people all want to be famous and are superficial
 

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Experienced several quakes in El Centro, California.

Weird feeling because you know you need to get to ground level if you are above first floor. Then you realize you might get swallowed up by ground.

Strongest quake I ever felt was Peoria, Il in 2008. Was about 12 floors up in an old style hotel room. Whole building was shaking like a train was approaching. I looked out window looking for tracks. None were nearby. Just a helpless feeling.
 

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I can't imagine what a big quake feels like. A few years ago we were in our office in Boston and we felt the building slightly sway for a few seconds. It felt really weird. We all looked at each other and said, "What the heck was that?" Went on the internet and 30 seconds later it was posted on Boston.com that Boston felt a slight earthquake. A large earthquake must be a really strange feeling.
This one wasn't felt much in LA and even what I felt was pretty slight compared to bigger ones I've experienced. It just rolled for 10 or so seconds. You could tell it was an earthquake, but it didn't get scary.

There was a 6.3 in 1992 that really demonstrated the power of earthquakes to me. It was pretty far from my house, struck at 4:50am. We grabbed the dogs and ran outside and you could see the land ripple as it moved past us with transformers popping in succession. Amazing to see how much power there was to move the earth like that.

The Northridge quake in 94 was pretty far from me as well but I had to immediately drive to work which was about 8 miles from the epicenter and I had a couple of 5+ aftershocks which were scary as hell.
 

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How do you all like living in SoCal? The misses and I are relocating and LA and Ventura are both on our list. I’m iffy on California. The weather is a plus, but I can’t get past being prejudiced to think the people all want to be famous and are superficial
As with any place, there are pluses and minuses. Obviously with the continued growth, probably far more pluses. There are far more normal people than those trying to be famous and superficial can be found anywhere (see southwest CT). The weather is fantastic to be sure. The politics are far too left for me with every new tax vote being approved, immigration issues, etc. You can find good places to live, but when I retire, I'm looking to leave the state - probably thinking Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada as a perfect place to retire.
 

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- probably thinking Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada as a perfect place to retire.
You’re a wise man. Been here for the past 30 years. Can’t beat it!

PS. I was in the 19 street BART station in Oakland when the big quake hit SF in 1989. Station swayed like crazy, bricks fell off the wall, the ground moved up and down for about 30 seconds. It was insane. The Cypress freeway that collapsed was about a mile from there.
 
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In 2011, I was in a tornado, a hurricane, and an earthquake. The earthquake was nothing too crazy. If I remember correctly, it started in DC and we felt it in the Philly suburbs where I was working. It was weird. We were all just in the office and suddenly we were like “was that a train? what was that?” It wasn’t a massive one but it was a little frightening because you didn’t know it a big one would follow it...
The hurricane was Hurricane Irene which was pretty bad - so much flooding where I lived. Nothing compared to Sandy a year later... but at this point it was the worst I’d been through hurricane-wise.
The tornado was in St. Louis and I was there on a work trip. I was in the airport hotel and the tornado sirens started during our meetings. Weird sound if you’re not used to it. Everyone I was there with tried to make me feel like it was no big deal, it happens all the time. Then the hotel announcement sounded and said they would send people to escort us to the tornado shelters. We had to go down 9 floors in the stairwell to the tornado shelter. We were down there for an hour. When we came back up the damage was terrible - it had blown out windows in the airport right across the way. I’ve never been so afraid in my life.
I don’t want to live through another tornado. But I don’t want to go through a bigger earthquake either, because those look pretty awful.
 

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