Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rocking 'n' rolling

Earthquake felt here in Santa Clara. Rumbling, shaking, light swaying back and forth, the works. Apparently it's the Hayward Fault slipping near Alum Rock in east San Jose. There was another earthquake earlier today near Altamont Pass. Eeep! I'm keeping an eye on my seismograph (my hanging dining room light).

Update: Oops, was the Calaveras fault, a mile or so to the east. Hard to tell from the USGS map. Oh well! Anyhow, luckily I live in an apartment building built in 1995, to modern earthquake standards. The Big One would turn it into a deck of cards, of course, but this one? At first I thought it was just the rumble of a low-flying jet having trouble on ascent from the San Jose airport (I live off the end of the airport). It kept getting louder and rumbling louder, and I wondered if the jet was going to crash into my apartment. Then the dishes started rattling and the light (on a chain) above my dining room table started dancing. That was when I realized it was an earthquake and decided to go outside. Of course, by that time it was pretty much over...

-- Badtux the Shaken Penguin


  1. We felt it up here in Concord. House slid back and forth for about 12 seconds or so.

  2. Rock-n-Roll, yeeeeee-hawwwwwww

  3. Didn't feel it down here in Santa Barbara....but it's only time we have one that we really feel.

    Give me a couple of minutes with a little shake rattle and roll than a tornado or hurricane anyday though.

    Don't like those fires one bit though.


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