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Napa earthquake tl;dr: we are fine, how are you?

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Aug. 24th, 2014 | 10:43 am

The earthquake this morning was strong and long enough to wake us all up, but not enough to break anything in our house. Considering the bookhenges, that's pretty mild.

We're 40 miles from the epicenter though, and it was a bit worse up there. Some of the oldest buildings in California are in Napa and while they mostly stayed standing, a lot of decorative facing bits and bricks fell over. Some trailer homes fell off their foundations and some collapsed. But this was a relatively light one, 6.1, and the California building codes are quite strong, so it could have been worse.

The SF Chronicle local newspaper has a good story

and the US Geological Survey has the definitive data

So it's not the Big One, like the 1960 San Francisco earthquake, which was a 7 (10 times as strong as a 6). We're going to be in so much shit when that one comes...

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Anonymity as a Refuge

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from: mirabile_dictu
date: Aug. 24th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
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The Chron was the first place I checked this morning and was surprised not to find even a word about the quake, yet the LA Times had several paragraphs. I think theirs was from a USGS feed, but still. Anyway, that Chron's article was good, as you say, and I also enjoyed reading the related one about the obscure fault they currently think generated the temblor.

I am happy to read all your bookcases are standing!

And yes, the Big One is going to be so very very big . . .

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 24th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Everything OK at your house? You are much closer!

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Anonymity as a Refuge

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from: mirabile_dictu
date: Aug. 24th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I honestly thought we'd see some real damage, that's how hard the house was shaking, but thank goodness, all seems to be well. The power was out for about five hours and even T-Mobile went out, which personally I found very scary, but all is well now. Thank you!

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foxrafer

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from: foxrafer
date: Aug. 24th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
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I came online today specifically to see if people I knew in the area were doing ok. So glad to hear you and yours are doing well.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
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Thank you, it was frightening and seemed to go on and on. No one slept well after that so we're all just vegging out

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hanarobi

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from: hanarobi
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
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Whew. Was worried and so it is good to see this.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
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Thank you! And for your email!

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from: magickalmolly
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
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We felt one shake at about 3:15 this morning. It was strong enough to wake me and Jon up, but it only lasted about five seconds. If there were anymore here, I didn't feel them - I rolled over and went right back to sleep!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
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3:20 was the big one, went on for at least 15 seconds which felt like forever!

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the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson

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from: matildabj
date: Aug. 25th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
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The only earthquakes I've experienced were VERY light and short, so I can't imagine how scary it must be to experience a bigger one. Thank goodness you're all OK. *hugs*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 26th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
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I've been through two biggish quakes and would rather not have another, but my opinion is apparently insufficient to stop.

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from: pir8fancier
date: Sep. 26th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Surprised you didn't have any books topple off shelves! I slept through it. Work has been insane as a result of the earthquake (which is why I'm just catching up with LJ!). The damage was surprisingly limited but then it's not a very populated area. Ownders who didn't retrofit their masonry buildings (like they were told to) after the last Napa earthquake suffered a lot of damage.

You and I both know that if that had happened on the Hayward fault, the damage would have been enormous. Models predict that the Hayward fault will most likely rupture with a 6.8-7 magnitude. A lot of it depends on how it ruptures, or course, and how deep the rupture, etc., but the bottom line is that it's not going to be pretty. It's difficult to speculate what was the magnitude of the 1906 earthquake, but estimates range from 7.7 to 8.25. Can you imagine? Some of these earthquakes in Chile are like magnitude 8 and go on for FIVE minutes. Ugh.

Hope you are well!

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