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Huh. Moderate earthquake this morning. Just big enough to shake the house more than the wind (we regularly have winds over 40mph). Quake was about a 4.0 mag: big enough to startle the dogs and gave the tourists a thrill.

For native Californians, earthquakes provide their own alarm-warning system: if it's big enough to literally throw you out of bed, take action; if not, go back to sleep. Ironically, the current official recommended action is...to get back in bed. Win-win.

Apparently your own bed is one of the safest places in your house: great shock-absorber, not much to fall on you there (unless you foolishly store a library's worth of books over your head...*cough*...hrm). Better than doorways (the quake often causes the doors to slam with surprising force...with unfortunate results). Most common injury after a big quake: broken fingers (doors slamming), broken/sprained wrists and ankles (people trying to run while the place shakes like a funhouse ride).

Most surprising about this little shaker: A friend living on the epicenter (Martes) and her husband apparently didn't feel a thing...the fish tank wasn't even splashing (fishtanks: a common SoCal EQ monitor).

Date: 2012-10-28 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martes.livejournal.com
I did feel it-- I was still in bed but awake. Dwight didn't feel it for some reason.

Date: 2012-10-28 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tori04.livejournal.com
Woke us up. Totally upset the cats. We can feel some of the small aftershocks too.

Date: 2012-10-29 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lironess.livejournal.com
Actually the safest place is on the floor right next to the bed even if the ceiling collapses there is likely to be a small space left there...

Also NEXT to heavy furniture not under it...

Date: 2012-10-29 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c-eagle.livejournal.com
Wow!... I heard about this on the news, but I didn't feel it either... I *did* feel the one that was nearer to me a couple months ago though.... 4.5 in Yorba Linda .. http://comcat.cr.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci15189281 .. That was about 10 seconds of rolling..

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