Tuesday, June 14, 2005

All Shook Up Over Nothing 

I got a call around 8:45PM: it was my mom wondering if I was safe.


She called to say that there was a 7.0 earthquake near San Francisco. If there actually was a 7.0 earthquake in SF, I would be calling her.

It turned out the quake occured off Crescent City, quite far from here. There was a tsunami warning, but as of 9:10 PDT, that tsunami warning was cancelled. Since it was quite far off the coast, relatively few people felt it.

As they often say, "Move along, nothing to see here." However considering recent history with tsunamis, there was a bit of alarm at first. All I know is I'm going to bed.

UPDATE: Well, it was a little more than "nothing" in Crescent City, about 350 miles north of Fremont and me:

In Crescent City, about 300 miles north of San Francisco near the border with Oregon, local residents left low-lying areas for higher ground after an emergency warning siren sounded.

"People were running around like chickens with their heads cut off," said Mac McGuire, who is no longer with the city's emergency services department, but headed it when the 1964 tsunami quake hit. "We knew there was an earthquake -- we felt it."

Many telephone lines in the area were jammed as worried locals called police, neighbors and others to figure out what was happening.

"We probably received a couple hundred phone calls," said Sgt. Bill Nova of the Eureka Police Department.

Crescent City is understandably jittery. In 1964, a tsunami generated by a powerful Alaska earthquake killed eleven people.

OK, now I am going to bed.

However, LA area (really San Berdu) has had 2 feelable earthquakes this week. The 5.6 in Anza, and a 4.9 today in Yucipa.

Maybe we're just getting ready to fall into the sea? I don't think so though. It's just a thing to welcome new residents of the state.
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