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Monday's earthquake was wimpy, but useful.

An earthquake early warning system being tested in California gave seismologists in Pasadena up to 30 seconds to prepare for Monday morning’s temblor in the desert of Riverside County.
“It was right,” said Kate Hutton, a seismologist with Caltech. “I sat really still to see if I could feel it and it worked.”
-- LA Times

This system can't predict earthquakes, but it can transmit an "Earthquake... incoming!" signal out from the epicenter faster than the ground waves propagate, giving people more than 20 miles away enough seconds to drop and cover, hit the brakes on the train, move away from the window, etc. Japan has had a national system like this for several years, and California is looking into implementing one.

By the way... for those of you who don't live in earthquake country, this is Dr. Kate Hutton:


She is southern California's Earthquakes SpokesExpert. Whenever a quake triggers news coverage, whether it be national TV or a local radio broadcast, chances are we'll hear the reassuring tones of Captain Kate explaining it all to us.

Outside of entertainers, she's probably one of the most visible out lesbians in the world. Unsurprisingly, she is a dyke icon in California.
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Absently checking local seismometers to see what's shakin' this week...

 

Seriously, where's all the little ordinary bumpity bumps that don't make the news but are there all the time? It's been too quiet lately.

 

It makes me think something's holding it's breath. And if that something is named Elsinore, erk. (I find it oddly fitting that the Elsinore Fault is the big one that threatens my home. That's the red line just to the right of Santa Ana. My home is below the first a in Santa. San Andreas is the red line further inland that goes by Palmdale; there's more mountains between me and it.)

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...just caused the fourth earthquake I've felt this month. (Three of the four were centered in Yorba Linda up the road, where Nixon is buried, so the Twitterverse has decided it's his fault.)

As usual, the moment things stopped shaking, I was searching Twitter for #earthquake to determine magnitude and location. It's the most realtime seismograph available.  

It's weird. I went for years without feeling an earthquake, and there have been four minor shakes this month. I guess I just got lucky, and the epicenter of one is quite near me so I'm feeling all the little stuff instead of just the 5+ stuff. 

ETA: Looking back at my "California" tag, I notice an odd thing: the last time I felt a lot of earthquakes was in '08.

Maybe it really IS Zombie Nixon, and he's commenting on the elections!
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So, today I had a nice quiet afternoon sailing down in Newport Bay (yes, that's my video, and my froggy voice): 



Most guests went aboard the ship made famous by the Pirates of the Caribbean movie (in reality, a reproduction of an 18th century privateer, the Lady Washington). I chose her sister ship so that I could get better pictures! 



More photos... )
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w000t! 10-second shake-and-bake. Far enough that the edges were smoothed off of it, but close enough to make the whole house creak and shift.

*pokey pokey pokey at recent earthquakes map*

C'mon!


EDIT: HA. 5.0. Am I good, or what?

Trekqueen, that epicenter looks like it's on your side of town. Anything fall off your shelves?


Sounds like a rather exciting showing of Star Trek in Redondo Beach. Ceiling tiles, projector, and movie screen came down!

Near Los Angeles some people reporting lots of stuff flying off shelves, out of cabinets, TVs falling, pictures falling and breaking, etc. They must've had more shake than here.

Earthquake!

Dec. 5th, 2008 08:22 pm
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I'm guessing... 4.6!

*waits patiently for the Earthquake Map to update*

That's probably too high, but it shook the windows.

Edit:
Did You Feel It? shakemap, for those who like giving starving geologists crumbs of data!

Ta-da! Okay, so it was a little bigger and farther away than I thought. 5.1, Barstow.


Source: Recent Earthquakes SCEC

Yes, I honestly love living in a geologically active area.
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You Know You're Not in Kansas When

Mother Nature celebrates Guy Fawkes Day
White fluffy stuff drifts down.
Not snow.

Tickets on sale:
$20 to play in artificial snow
In dry water retention basin.

Disneyland Parade with Santa
In flying sleigh drawn by robot reindeer
Spewing flurries of tiny soap bubbles
At night, under streetlights
Looks rather snowlike.

Wonder and joy
On children's upturned faces
So real you weep.

Happy Holidays!
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I seem to do a lot of these posts.

No, the current fires are not near me.
Last year's Santiago Canyon fire burned all the hills NE of my neighborhood, so unless something starts within a mile or so, I'm safe.
On the other hand, a fire started 3 miles away last weekend, but the Santa Anas weren't blowing there, so it just made a big bare blackened area in the park where I used to watch ducks.

That is all.

No, wait, not quite all. Ducks. I said the magic word.

Inspired by the viral Llama Song:




Disclaimer: views expressed in this video do not in all cases match my own. I simply have a lame (duck?) sense of humor.

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Sorry to be so spammy tonight, but this is WEIRD.

I logged in tonight to catch me some baseball, got the #$@#! blackout message that means my IP address has been reset and it doesn't know where I am, and when I called tech support they said they couldn't help me because I had an IP address that's in India, where apparently people are not allowed to watch American baseball. (which is weird, but I'm sure few of them care.)

SO... no Dodgers/Giants tonight, because California fell into the ocean and wound up in India.

Really surprisingly little damage, considering.
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By the way, SoCal folks, help the geeks at USEC, by going to the "Did You Feel It?" Shakemap and filling out their survey. (Others may be interested to see the map, which shows what people actually felt, as opposed to what the seismographs see.)

It's interesting to see all the numbers start trickling in within a few moments of the event.

Also, thanks to Trekqueen for reminding me to take a screencap of the USGS Los Angeles Area Seismic Map (it's more dramatic within the first hour, when all the markers are still red):



Looks like UCI felt it more, or else that's just one floor up -- lots of books down in the library.

EDIT: Another wee after shock just now. (5:39 PM). Heh. My upstairs office window seems to be just loose enough to pick up every vibration; I couldn't feel that one but it certainly rattled!

I see on the USGS site that the aftershock I felt at 11:51 was a 3.8.
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WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Longest earthquake I've felt since moving here. FUN, especially on the second story! Shakey shakey shakey shakey shakey onnnn and on. Everything rattled and creaked, and I could see things moving, but nothing fell off shelves. My first guess was "that's a biggie," but not right on top of me because it wasn't harsh. It felt like the edges of the jolts were rounded, if that makes any sense. Slightly cushioned. Which usually means farther away, rather than sharp and hard right underneath me. But it wasn't far enough away to be a roller like the 7.2 ten years ago.

Oh, lookie, an aftershock! (11:51)

Fun turning on the TV and hearing "preliminary magnitude 5.9." Which means there's probably been minor damage but it's unlikely to have caused much injury, unless somebody was really in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled terra firma.

EDIT: Downgraded to a 5.4. Better, I suppose, as that means minimal damage. Sounds like a few water main breaks here and there.

Link to Google Map of epicenter; I'm in Irvine to the sw

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