Mild / Moderate earthquake near SF
October 30, 2007 10:43 PM   Subscribe

San Fransisco earthquake (minor) Anyone feel it? I'm too far away for this one.
posted by TeatimeGrommit (72 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Once again, a small/moderate quake in CA that didn't cause any particular ruckus isn't FPP material. If something big happens, post about it then. -- cortex



 
Looks like it's really more of a moderate earthquake in nearby San Jose. Hope no one was hurt!
posted by TeatimeGrommit at 10:46 PM on October 30, 2007


ummm... best of web?
posted by slater at 10:46 PM on October 30, 2007


Some people over here did.
posted by obfusciatrist at 10:46 PM on October 30, 2007


Yep--was at dinner, suddenly thought I was spontaneously drunk (having only diet soda with my meal, that was puzzling). It was fairly strong, but I live east of the epicenter, in the Central Valley (quake was somewhere under the coastal range east of Milpitas, according to the USGS). My brother, who lives in SF, didn't notice it.
posted by LooseFilter at 10:49 PM on October 30, 2007


how is babby double formed?
posted by Rhomboid at 10:49 PM on October 30, 2007


in san jose it was pretty strong, enough to knock you down if you werent careful during it. Lasted about 30 seconds...
posted by mikojava at 10:49 PM on October 30, 2007


Most rocking and rolling of the web. Anyway, this is supposed to be a community, right? We can't always have YouTube posts about farting dogs on flaming trampolines, right?
posted by KokuRyu at 10:49 PM on October 30, 2007 [2 favorites]


I'm in the second story of a townhouse in Fremont, and I felt it quite a bit. It was a little scary at first because I didn't know whether the roof would cave in or how long it would last, but once it was over it didn't seem like such a big deal any more. A few things fell off the shelves, no big deal.
posted by thalakan at 10:50 PM on October 30, 2007


Get your own farting dog trampoline videos, fuckwit!
posted by slater at 10:50 PM on October 30, 2007


We can't always have YouTube posts about farting dogs on flaming trampolines, right?

Link, please.
posted by dhammond at 10:50 PM on October 30, 2007


no, no, no.
please. I don't post when it hits 30 below here even though it is rare(ish), please, unless it is serious, OMFG the humanity!!!, I don't think natural events postings should stand.
posted by edgeways at 10:51 PM on October 30, 2007


nevar forget?
posted by knave at 10:53 PM on October 30, 2007


Third floor of a three-storey flat, in the Mission near SF General. I heard it before I felt it - the first jolt rattled things (nothing fell), and the second made the house twitch like it'd been kicked. Altogether, it lasted 3-4 seconds.

Here's the ZIP code-based "did you feel it" map.
posted by rtha at 10:54 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


also 5ish quakes in Ankara, Kathmandu and a 7 in Japan.
posted by nickyskye at 10:56 PM on October 30, 2007




26 minutes later there was a 7.2 magnitude quake north of the Marianas Islands. That sounds more exciting.

Wonder if they felt it in Saipan.

There have been 20 5.0+ earthquakes in the last week; they really aren't that noteworthy.
posted by obfusciatrist at 10:58 PM on October 30, 2007


I felt it. Everything was shaking, and then it stopped.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 10:58 PM on October 30, 2007


This is not what Metafilter is for.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:00 PM on October 30, 2007


GYOFBHW
posted by bshort at 11:01 PM on October 30, 2007


I feel the heavy step of the deletion monster coming upon this lame news thread.
posted by LarryC at 11:01 PM on October 30, 2007


And though I have never, ever, made the last post on a deleted thread, I think that this is my lucky day.
posted by LarryC at 11:02 PM on October 30, 2007


Nope.
posted by homunculus at 11:04 PM on October 30, 2007


*farts*
posted by KokuRyu at 11:05 PM on October 30, 2007


Agreed. Too local. Even though I felt it tonight while having drinks in the Tenderloin. We thought it was a big truck going by.
posted by vacapinta at 11:06 PM on October 30, 2007


Pelosi is pissing off God again...
posted by Pants! at 11:07 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Felt it. Strongest thing I've felt since moving out here... but... yeah. Not FPP material.
posted by brundlefly at 11:07 PM on October 30, 2007


Pffft wussies.
posted by gomichild at 11:11 PM on October 30, 2007


Just moved to San Jose about four weeks ago, so a pretty new experience for me! Biggest earthquake we ever had in Ireland was I believe a 4 point something back in '84. It's now on the front page of CNN btw.
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:13 PM on October 30, 2007


Felt it, and I was 60 miles away. Don't know that it's necessarily FPP material, but on the other hand it is the biggest earthquake to hit the Calaveras Fault since 1986 -- which is newsworthy.
posted by blucevalo at 11:15 PM on October 30, 2007


It killed James Brown and Radiohead.
posted by Tube at 11:15 PM on October 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


According to USGS, my house is 3 surface miles from the epicenter. It didn't knock us off our feet, but did knock down several picture frames, thus breaking the glass. Just about everything else in the house was already strapped, bolted, nailed or glued down due to daily feline seismic activity. Speaking of which, haven't seen either cat in 3 hours.

And, this is so not best o' web.
posted by jamaro at 11:17 PM on October 30, 2007


It's an atheist earthquake, and it's fat.
posted by Artw at 11:18 PM on October 30, 2007


Also: HITLER!
posted by Artw at 11:18 PM on October 30, 2007


TwoWordReview: join us at Bodyworlds.
posted by jamaro at 11:21 PM on October 30, 2007


I've never felt an earthquake, though this was the second one since having moved to the city early this summer.

I saw a map at the San Andreas fault vistor's center that showed my street as being on some of the most solid bedrock around (I'm just west of Dolores Park).

I guess I'll have to wait until one hits while I'm at work over in Oakland.
posted by rafter at 11:22 PM on October 30, 2007



Watching and having a polite drinky-poo one night in a Northen Uni bar, a large rugby chap suddenly, and loudly tells his tablefull of fellow drinkers:

"If you put a tenner on the table, I'll go and shite in a pint, come back and drink it!"

After a lot of "he'll never's" and "he won'ts", the fellow drinkers clubbed in a tenner. As I was drunk and curious, I chipped in a quid - after all, you know you'd pay to see this...

The chap then disappears to the toilets, and returns with a large brown mound in his pint glass, which, after a little crowd teasing, he takes a manly swig from.

I'm not ashamed to say I nearly barfed, as did everyone else. He then, majestically, sweeps the money off the table, pockets it, and says: "It were only a Mars Bar, you twats!".

I didn't begrudge him the pound, the whole performance was sheer showmanship.


--

Yes this is from b3ta. But it seeme appropriate.
posted by lalochezia at 11:25 PM on October 30, 2007


Anyone feel it? I'm too far away for this one.
Me too.
posted by tellurian at 11:26 PM on October 30, 2007


join us at Bodyworlds.

Hmm, missed that thread. Sounds like fun and I should be around!
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:29 PM on October 30, 2007


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Damnit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a seismologist!
posted by knave at 11:31 PM on October 30, 2007


Che Guevara is still burning in Hell.
posted by trondant at 11:47 PM on October 30, 2007


I have to really squint, and step back about 10 feet, but yeah, I see it.
posted by graventy at 11:48 PM on October 30, 2007


We certainly felt it. Not violent at all, but it lasted for a pretty long time.

My roommate has a friend that goes to CSU San Jose and apparently the windows in her dorm building all broke.
posted by kosher_jenny at 11:50 PM on October 30, 2007


Scheisse. Let's see if I can get this in before the thread gets deleted (rightfully so). Report from my parents in lower East Bay is that it was strong-ish and lasted a long time. My mom dove underneath the table. But yeah, 5.6 is strong if you're near but usually doesn't do any damage anywhere, even the epicenter, unless you're talking a poorly constructed town in the developing world.
posted by donpedro at 11:52 PM on October 30, 2007


I always like that it feels like a fat man aggressively falling down my stairs.
posted by hototogisu at 11:56 PM on October 30, 2007


I have to really squint, and step back about 10 feet, but yeah, I see it.

Highlight it, it looks better in reverse.
posted by knave at 12:01 AM on October 31, 2007


I didn't feel it in Maryland.
posted by stavrogin at 12:15 AM on October 31, 2007


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posted by wfrgms at 12:15 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


I'm sure this will be gone shortly, but may I just say that this native San Franciscan really doesn't mind people calling my hometown San Fran, or even 'Frisco, but freakin' hates it when anything outside of the city line is called San Francisco.

Milpitas ain't the City.
San Jose ain't the City.
The whole area is chock full of unique and memorable names...use them!

Oh...but not on a post like this. Maybe this qualifies as an AskMefi query? Meta Talk?
posted by squasha at 12:39 AM on October 31, 2007


I'm in SF proper, didn't feel any shaking but housemates did.

I did, however, get an SMS from USGS.GOV 'cause the quake broke the 5.5 threshold I have programmed for alerts in the area, which made me do...


...little more than step quickly beneath a bridge on my way to the corner store, and fill up all of my water jugs when I got home. I think I glanced at my fire extinguisher and first aid kit just to check on where they were.

See, if there's a nice, moderate quake, I just hope I get the SMS alert from USGS fast enough so I can go outside and surf the damn thing. I've been through nearly half a dozen nice-sized quakes, but I've always been indoors. I think I'd enjoy seeing the ground ripple, as long as stuff isn't falling on me and I'm not being hurled bodily in the air by a 9.x monsterquake.

SF/Bay Area is long overdue for a big one. Check your supplies, kids!


last post
posted by loquacious at 12:50 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


No, seriously. Live in the Bay Area? Fill water containers, charge your phone and other batteries and make sure you have some food and water and whatnot. The probability for a large quake in the very near future just increased an order of magnitude or three for the next few weeks.
posted by loquacious at 12:53 AM on October 31, 2007


I saw the light fixtures swaying in Oakland. Lasted long enough to think "Dang it, why don't I have anything resembling a table!? Should I get in the closet? Wonder if this is about to get wors--" and then it was over.
posted by salvia at 1:26 AM on October 31, 2007


(Much like this thread.)
posted by salvia at 1:26 AM on October 31, 2007


As a lifelong resident of California & Tokyo, this was exactly an middling-sized quake (as felt in Sunnyvale) in my experience. Not mild, not severe.

Didn't have that fore-running vertical jolt component that tells you heavy shaking is coming (and soon!) but it was large enough for me to worry that my unsecured bookcases might have fallen over.

>Fill water containers

Been saving a 10 x 1Gal case of spring water from Winco!
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 1:29 AM on October 31, 2007


obfusciatrist writes "There have been 20 5.0+ earthquakes in the last week; they really aren't that noteworthy."

Now if it was NYC it would be stop the presses time.
posted by Mitheral at 1:34 AM on October 31, 2007


wfrgms writes "OH MY FUCKING GOD! ITS A UNIGASUS!"

Google says the correct term is alicorn.
posted by Mitheral at 1:41 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's kind of odd to click on "Recent Activity" and see "Mild/Moderate earthquake near SF."
posted by brundlefly at 1:48 AM on October 31, 2007


I was sitting on a couch on the top floor of a six story office building in the Financial District. When the shaking stopped, I announced to the office, "4.5 to 5, closer to 5, far away, not Oakland or Berkeley." But I'll check the final report tomorrow morning—sometimes the magnitude gets adjusted.

My accuracy is improving, but the USGS is pretty damn good at this game. I need more datapoints, damn it.
posted by ryanrs at 2:05 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


The price of beer in my local has gone up. It's a disaster I tells you.
posted by Joeforking at 2:18 AM on October 31, 2007


Downtown San Jose it was pretty fun--enough to worry that the bookcases might fall on us. I was in a class at the time: the lecturer stopped talking, the whole class looked at each other, and then as one we all got under the tables. But really, no damage, a few things fell over on shelves, that was about it.
posted by agentofselection at 2:19 AM on October 31, 2007


close this now
I felt it
posted by Dr. Curare at 2:30 AM on October 31, 2007


Does it help to get under a table?
posted by Hildegarde at 2:38 AM on October 31, 2007


I felt it.
Or maybe it's just gas....
posted by Floydd at 2:48 AM on October 31, 2007


Makes bodies easier to identify.
posted by Dr. Curare at 2:48 AM on October 31, 2007


I didn't really feel it, here in Brisbane.

prepares post on how it rained here last night
posted by jacalata at 3:51 AM on October 31, 2007


Surely everyone traumatized by this has now gone through therapy and recovered by now?

die thread die
posted by gomichild at 4:02 AM on October 31, 2007


I stubbed my toe.
posted by trip and a half at 4:26 AM on October 31, 2007


I ate my worm. Can I have another?
posted by intermod at 4:43 AM on October 31, 2007


Earthquakes? That's where I'm a Viking.
posted by Hildegarde at 4:47 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


I like the post. So there. Quakes fascinate me. Only experienced one that was big enough to have a name (Wittier).

Quakes make the cats hide. Mine went missing, found her hiding in a kitchen cupboard! She was stiff with fear, and it had been hours since the quake. Had been calling her, and she did not respond. (I'm talking about Toots, the best cat ever, of course!)
posted by Goofyy at 5:15 AM on October 31, 2007


Was in SF for one of these, and it was followed by sirens and commotion outside, so we go out to see what it was and there were a bunch of unrelated incidents going on: burning mattress thrown out the window of a flop house (must have started prior) fist fight over a debt, etc. It was like the population of The Mission sensed something was about to happen, like squirrels or snakes.
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:27 AM on October 31, 2007


ch- cha--a--ch--cha--chatfilter
posted by gimonca at 5:36 AM on October 31, 2007


I wanna experience an earthquake! Not too bad of one, though.
posted by Stewriffic at 5:46 AM on October 31, 2007


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