Event 40204628

We just had another earthquake.
The house jolted; the front door chain swung back and forth, tapping the doorframe; and I stood up, looking out the back window, realizing that if all hell breaks loose I'm really thirsty and I don't have any bottled water. The jolting became a dull vibration, and then it ended. I sat back down on the futon.
It was a 5.6 on the Richter scale, and the epicenter was 5.7 miles beneath the Earth's surface.
It was Event 40204628.

Earlier: Event 14312160

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Blogger Chad said...

wow, that was quick.

October 31, 2007 12:03 AM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

I was online.

It was the least I could do to help rebuild this city...

October 31, 2007 12:05 AM  
Blogger Mike Laursen said...

It was on the verge of being scary. It wasn't that powerful, but it lasted a long time.

October 31, 2007 12:25 AM  
Blogger Blaize said...

I actually got scared by this one, probably because it's the largest (and longest, for sure) one I've felt in my new house, which isn't really a house so much as a manufactured house. In a trailer park. Woo-hoo! In addition, it's on river sediment. Liquefaction, anyone? At least it will Really Finally Actually make me affix my many many teapots (yeah, I know, I live in a trailer park and have a lot of teapots. But I only have ONE cat, so I'm not the Crazy Cat Lady. Yet.)with Museum Wax.

October 31, 2007 1:03 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Henthorn said...

It was a fairly quick but steady earthquake: 10-15 seconds. The motion was a uniform shaking, not just a couple thumps. It hung around just long enough for me to wonder if it was going to explode into something bigger and then it was gone.

I was out with some friends at Black Angus and before it was over my friend and I had already made guesses at it's richter rating. It looks like I won. :-)

October 31, 2007 1:10 AM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

There were definitely some thumps within all that uniform shaking.

In any case, CNN chimes in.

October 31, 2007 1:38 AM  
Blogger HomerTheBrave said...

Welcome to the west coast! :-)

Now go get some bottled water.

October 31, 2007 2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FWIW, I've been in 3 earthquakes that I'm aware of. One was in Boston, from a fault in Quebec. One was in Northeast Ohio. The most recent was in Berkeley, earlier this year. None were significant.


October 31, 2007 8:14 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

I'm glad everyone is alright out there.In reference to you Greater Los Angeles post...I just read this in Robert Stern's "New York 1960".

I don’t think New York is like other cities. It does not have character like Los Angeles or New Orleans. It is all characters—in fact, it is everything. It can destroy a man, but if his eyes are open it cannot bore him. New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it—once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough
--John Steinbeck, 1953

October 31, 2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger mark said...

i hate to be a nitpicky douchebag, but i'm in a geology lab and i feel it is my duty to point out the difference between epicenter and focus.

epicenter is on the surface. the focus is the underground point of origin.

November 01, 2007 1:31 PM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...


November 01, 2007 1:37 PM  
Blogger Alexander Trevi said...

Where Geoff goes, disaster follows.

November 01, 2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

I wouldn't have it any other way...

November 01, 2007 10:26 PM  

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