Thursday, March 06, 2008

Shake shake BOOM! rattlerattlerattlerattle

I felt this cute little earthquake about eight minutes ago.

An amusing trifle, really; just a magnitude 2.2 that wouldn't be noteworthy at all except the US Geological Survey says its epicenter was 5 km directly below my house. Someday the Gates of Hell will open up in my backyard and you'll all be sorry. But I'll be sorrier.

5 comments:

Sherwood Harrington said...

Cool! Did you drop something heavy at 4:27?

Speaking of which time, I was flummoxed at first by the seismometer time (17:27:53) compared to your posting time... which appeared to be almost an hour before the 'quake happened!

Then, just as I was about to ascribe a degree of prescience to you, I noticed that the trace time is given in PDT. I wonder why the USGS set their clocks ahead before the rest of us are supposed to.

Brian Fies said...

Didn't drop anything heavy (it wasn't my fault if that's what you're implying), but as usual I momentarily wondered whether a cement truck had driven through my garage door. I noticed the PDT time, too, and double-checked before posting to make sure I had the right day and event. Guess that's the government for you. However, I'm incredibly impressed that USGS has this system so automated that they can post a location, magnitude estimate, and charts for earthquakes within two or three minutes of when they happen. Now that's cool!

R said...

Like I said, I check it everyday, although I wouldn't have really paid this any attention if you hadn't said anything (2.2, so small!) ;)

But really, I'd prefer it if there were constantly this level of quakes going on; it would relieve some of the building pressure. Our house is supposedly on one of the most dangerous faults in CA...Yay...

ronnie said...

Give me a nice, predictable (by about six days) blizzard any day.

On the other hand, given that they are heading into a 3-day-long blizzard in Central Canada as I type (Niagara is supposed to get 50 cm of snow), maybe you Californians aren't so crazy after all...

ronnie

John said...

I can not imagine living with earthquakes all the time. But I would assume many of you would say the same about us an tornadoes.