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Earthquake in LA - 5.4 - not too huge

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Jul. 29th, 2008 | 12:49 pm
mood: shakey

Collective intelligence: people filled in a form to say how much is shook near them, and out comes a map. USGS was doing mashups before there WAS a google maps.

earthquake map

I'm not hot-linking to the dynamic updating one. You can go see the updated map or .report your own experiences. I always check there first, I think it's amazing.

For some reason, this is my earthquake icon.

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THE INTERNET IS FOR ASS GIFS

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from: koncupiscence
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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ooh, interesting map. thanks for the link. :)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
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I love that whole interactive thing! Of course, in the Big One, we'll all be knocked offline, so there will be these white spaces in the center where no one reported.

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the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson

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from: matildabj
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Cool. I've only ever felt an earthquake once, it was very slight and in the middle of the night so I thought I was dreaming. Can't imagine what it's like to properly feel the earth move!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
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It's really really weird, much worse than being on a boat or a plane that's rocking and pitching and yawing, because it's the GROUND doing those things, and it's like gravity's temporarily repealed. And then there's the aftermath. At least our schools are all earthquake resistant.

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AngiePen

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from: angiepen
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I always go there first after a quake. :) It's pretty cool seeing how strong it felt in various areas.

I suspect that the much-higher estimates in downtown LA are because of the taller buildings; earthquake standards have tall buildings swaying in quakes, to dissipate the forces, and if you're more than a few stories up it can be quite a ride, which makes the whole thing feel stronger than it really is.

Angie

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
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That part of LA is built on an alluvial plain, rather than something firmer like bedrock. Liquefaction, that's what we have to look forward to :-(

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AngiePen

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from: angiepen
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
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My husband assures me that where we are is pretty solid, with bedrock not too far down, but yeah, alluvial plain is just a notch or two better than landfill. That'll do it. [nod]

Angie

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from: pir8fancier
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
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What is happening in real time reporting these days vis a vis earthquakes is FASCINATING.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
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Oh I bet! Real-real-time, not software-vendor-real-time (which I insist on calling "near-real-time" and they give me dirty looks.)

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hanarobi

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from: hanarobi
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
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Yikes. Yes, the map is really cool, but still...yikes.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
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All our books are going to fall down, even though the cases are attached to the walls. I'm going to get outside, away from the heavy rectangle-things.

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cordeilla33

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from: cordeilla33
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I hope all of our LJ friends are fine after this earthquake. Eventhough I live in the Bahamas I did experience one in L.A. in 96 or 97 can't bloody remember LOL! I guess it's because I slept right through it - and the only thing that woke me up was the Hotel's alarm. This was when my sis was going to school in NZ and came to LA to visit. Many times I say to myself if I know what I know now about LOTR I think I would have gone with her on a return trip to stay LOL!

*This event has also inspired me to write a drabble or fic about the earthquake and how it effected the hobbits in L.A. - I might post it in 'Monaboyd' at the end of the week or sooner. ;P

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 1st, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
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You live in the Bahamas, that's pretty neat. I'm in NorCal so felt the one in 89, the one that shook down the freeways, but we were fine. All the old houses in our neighborhood lost their brick chimneys -- we'd walk down the street and almost every house had a pile of bricks that fell down.

I'm looking forward to your ficlet (I really believe that drabbles are exactly 100 words).

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