5.6 Earthquake in the Bay

Posted in Earthquakes, Personal News, San Francisco, SF Events at 12:33 pm by divinity

San Francisco Earthquake

Last night was an interesting evening. After meeting up with Rubin, Jake, and Audrey we headed to get sushi, only to find that BART was closed due to a suicide. Then during sushi at Miyabi, we thought we heard someone drop something in the kitchen. The sound was questioned, and we stopped eating to notice that the ground was kind of swaying. I looked up and saw the lights swinging from side to side. The other diners paused for a minute and you could see everyone waiting to see if things were going to subside or get worse. This was the first quake that I’ve been able to ask “Is this an earthquake?” instead of “Was that an earthquake?”. Being in the moment and realizing what was going on felt slightly more comforting. I even had a chance to flip open my Sidekick and send a Twitter message during the actual earthquake. Unfortunately for my “geek cred” Dan beat my to it by 4 seconds (I blame the Sidekick’s slow SMS sending).

Of course afterwards, we were all looking up info on the magnitude, watching the after shocks register, checking on friends, and deleting Twitters and IMs from just about everyone in the Bay Area. But everything is fine, very little to no damage around and as we waited for BART I noticed that the signs in the station said that there was an “earth tremor” and that trains were slightly delayed as tracks were being checked.

My favorite photo of the damage (as pointed out by s4xton) was this one:

San Francisco Earthquake Damage

Immediately after the 5.6 rumble, there were a number of after-shocks. These have continued through the night and today ranging in magnitude from 0.7 to 2.8. There are also forecasts of a 30% chance of an aftershock of 5 or greater. Hang on everyone!

image source: USGS by way of SFist


Another earthquake

Posted in Earthquakes, Personal News at 10:47 pm by divinity

These are all too often it seems. From what I hear it used to be only one or two a year. This is my 4th one in as many months. The first one I’ve experienced in my apartment too. The building definitely had a swaying feeling. The cats, however, are not worried in the least as they sleep on the couch. Wow, magnitude just got posted. My biggest one yet, 4.2. According to the Richter scale that’s equivalent to a small atomic bomb.

4.2 2007/03/01 20:40:00 37.901N 122.098W 16.6 2 km ( 1 mi) NE of Lafayette, CA

wow, 4 in a row down by Lafayette. I only felt the first one. George said it knocked his razor off his counter.

1.3 2007/03/01 20:59:29 37.897N 122.120W 14.1 1 km ( 1 mi) NW of Lafayette, CA
1.8 2007/03/01 20:52:40 37.897N 122.112W 13.8 1 km ( 0 mi) N of Lafayette, CA
2.8 2007/03/01 20:46:13 37.899N 122.112W 15.1 1 km ( 1 mi) N of Lafayette, CA
4.2 2007/03/01 20:40:00 37.901N 122.098W 16.6 2 km ( 1 mi) NE of Lafayette, CA


I <3 California

Posted in Earthquakes, Personal News, San Francisco at 5:55 pm by divinity

Less than 4 months and I’ve already felt 3 earthquakes.

This one was a 3.4
3.4 2007/02/23 15:46:15 37.865N 122.241W 11.5 3 km ( 2 mi) ESE of Berkeley, CA

Oh, and the best part? 5 minutes later after we find out the magnitude, everyone’s back to work.