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Have you ever experienced an earthquake?

Posted by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM
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6.1 Earthquake Hits San Francisco Area -- 89 Injuries Reported So Far

by Lisa Fogarty

The San Francisco Bay area was hit today with its most powerful and destructive earthquake in 25 years. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after a 6.1 magnitude quake ruined buildings, started fires, and sent at least 89 people to the hospital -- three of whom, including one child, are in critical condition.

The center of the earthquake was a few miles south of Napa Valley's wine country. Even though it lasted 10 to 20 seconds, it was strong enough to cause an incredible amount of destruction.

Witnesses in Napa say they felt the first tremors at around 3:20 a.m., but that it spread as far as Fresno and Chico. Reports on exactly how many people were injured vary depending on which news account you read, which is to be expected since the number will likely go up as time goes on -- though we certainly hope not, of course. Queen of the Valley Medical Center officials say they've treated 120 people so far.

Of the three people who were critically injured, one is reportedly a boy who was airlifted to the hospital after a fireplace fell on top of him.

Four mobile home were completely destroyed and two others were damaged. Fires broke out across the city and historic buildings are in need of repair. As you can imagine, gas leaks, water main breaks, and downed power lines are rampant. More than 21,000 businesses and homes in Napa are still without power.

Gov. Brown says areas affected by the earthquake will receive the emergency services they need. Inspectors are in the process of checking to ensure bridges, roads, and major buildings are safe.

This is the Bay Area's largest quake since Loma Prieta, a 6.9 earthquake that killed 63 and injured more than 3,700 people in 1989.

Have you ever experienced an earthquake?

 

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by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM
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romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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We experienced one in NJ a few years ago. It centered in Virginia, but because of how the plates are in this area we felt it quite well up here. It was odd and scary and afterwards I noticed my equilibrium was strange the rest of the day.
Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Aug. 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Had a 4.0 here a few months back. We slept through it. Have been here in California since I was 10. I'm used to it and we expect them. 

Mrs.Pedro
by Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I experienced a small one while living in central Virginia about 13 years ago. I've been in Okinawa since December 2010, and have experienced about 3 6.0+ magnitude quakes... They are averaging about once a year I believe. That's not including the March 2011 quake and tsunami that happened on the mainland... We didn't feel that one, but we live a football field from the ocean and were forced to evacuate to higher ground in case a tsunami came here. We have never had any damage from them beyond a toppled walking stick.

Until there's money poured into California to change their building structures and codes, there will continue to be injuries and damage that could have been prevented. The same could be said for the Gulf Coast states and Eastern Coastal states for building in prep for hurricanes(Okinawa experiences lots of those and rarely takes heavy damage).
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I was at the WS game in San Francisco during the 1989 quake- I currently live a stone's throw from Loma Prieta- the epicenter of that 89 quake. I did not feel the quake in Napa.

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yes I lived in San Francisco during the 1989 Loma prieta, and I was only about 14 miles from American Canyon on Sunday. I've been though several earth quakes actually. 


mcdun
by Humboldt California on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

How big was the quake? 

Quoting romalove: We experienced one in NJ a few years ago. It centered in Virginia, but because of how the plates are in this area we felt it quite well up here. It was odd and scary and afterwards I noticed my equilibrium was strange the rest of the day.


Jesus has left the building...

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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Actually the buildings here in California are pretty well up to code even the really old ones. Here we have laws requiring owners to seismically retrofit buildings. I know the media likes to up play the damage and make it seem major but most of the damge to buildings was minor. Also the state has laws but it's up to owners to retrofit buildings. Three of the buildings lost in Napa were owned by one man who didn't want to spend the $300K needed to retrofit his buildings. The problem we have here isn't money needing to be poured into buildings it's local government actually enforcing laws and condemning buildings when the owner won't retrofit them. 

Quoting Mrs.Pedro: I experienced a small one while living in central Virginia about 13 years ago. I've been in Okinawa since December 2010, and have experienced about 3 6.0+ magnitude quakes... They are averaging about once a year I believe. That's not including the March 2011 quake and tsunami that happened on the mainland... We didn't feel that one, but we live a football field from the ocean and were forced to evacuate to higher ground in case a tsunami came here. We have never had any damage from them beyond a toppled walking stick. Until there's money poured into California to change their building structures and codes, there will continue to be injuries and damage that could have been prevented. The same could be said for the Gulf Coast states and Eastern Coastal states for building in prep for hurricanes(Okinawa experiences lots of those and rarely takes heavy damage).


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viv212
by Bronze Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Born and raised in Cali. It's to the point where if there is an earthquake, you just stop what you're doing, wait till it's over and carry on with your day. Thanks to our day on technology, we just Google how big it was and from where as soon as the quake is over.
trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM
I am born and raised in Socal so I grew up with them and have experienced many.
greenie63
by Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Yes. I live in Maryland and in 2011 we had a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. It was centered somewhere close to Richmond Va. The funny thing was I thought my dogs were being annoying and making my bed move. I was on my bed trying to get rid of a migraine and they came running in my room underthe bed. The bed started shaking so I yelled at the dogs to stop. They cane running out and the bed was still shaking and so was everything else. My boys were screaming mom what's going on! Very bizarre feeling. A few things fell from the kitchen cabinets but that was it.
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