Tuesday, December 16, 2008

EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!!!!!

First report... this was at 7:42 am Eastern U.S. time,
about a half hour ago as I type this...

so that's what that shaking was.

I am 9.7 3.83 miles from the epicenter.... it felt like... a dozen of the heaviest trains rumbling by, 6 on each side of the house. (the USGS has since recalculated it about 5 miles closer to here!)



It was LOUD!!!!!!! Nothing fell off the walls but the house shook and shook for about 3 to 5 seconds. Kids waiting outside nearby for their bus to school started yelling, "WHAT WAS THAT?!?!?!" I ran outside wondering if maybe the International Space Station had just fallen to Earth. I had no idea what it was. Sure, I suspected an Earthquake, there was a HUGE one in 1886 that destroyed like three quarters of Charleston and it was centered right here in Summerville like 20 miles from Charleston. This morning, though... I had no idea. It's been BREAKING NEWS all over the local news stations.

They thought some fog was going to be the big thing of the morning. HA!

http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/last_event_states/states_south_carolina.html

Magnitude 3.6
Date-Time
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 12:42:15 (UTC) - Coordinated Universal Time
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 07:42:15 AM local time at epicenter

  • Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location 32.97N 80.00W
    Depth 5.0 kilometers
    Region SOUTH CAROLINA
    Distances 20 km (10 miles) ESE of Summerville, South Carolina
    20 km (15 miles) NNW of Charleston, South Carolina
    80 km (50 miles) SW of Georgetown, South Carolina
    150 km (95 miles) SE of COLUMBIA, South Carolina



    12 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    I felt it, and was scared to death, as I had never experienced one before. Since we live so close to the airport, I thought a plane had crashed. It was NOT fun watching and feeling your house moved from side to side like that.

    Sam said...

    WOW! That is so crazy. And weird happening on this side of the big crack. Glad to hear you're alright, man.

    Daisy said...

    Oh man, glad I left Columbia when I did!

    Glad you are okay!

    Deadman said...

    Oh for fuck's sake - what a bunch of pussies...

    Zoooma!! said...

    I suppose to someone who feels a 3.6 from time to time, it's no big deal.

    In South Carolina, quakes like this aren't felt all the time so it was a pretty big deal.

    Back in Alaska, when the temp went down below zero -- no big deal. Other parts of America people freak out and think they can't possibly live their life if it's a mere 20 degrees out. 20? That's downright balmy!!

    So yeah, I can understand someone thinking 3.6 is lame... I kinda wish it was bigger!!!

    Deadman said...

    Like I said...

    PUSSIES!

    This was all this past week right in our neck of the woods.

    See that one NE of Petaluma yesterday? That was me dropping my dick on the floor when I got out of bed in the morning...

    :oD>

    Zoooma!! said...

    Whatttt...... ever. All those were felt by squirrels. Your dick hitting the floor maybe by a cockroach under your bed.

    Deadman said...

    Yeah, but - It hit the floor, dude.

    And if you look again, there are some 3+ temblors in there. Yeah, that thing you wusses called an "earthquake" is only a temblor...

    H2o said...

    Oh please...

    Try a Cat.3 hurricane then we'll talk.

    Anonymous said...

    I thought it was only here California we had movers and shakers but hope everything is ok,

    just shaken, not stirred.

    Respect Zooma!

    Zoooma!! said...

    In the Lower 48 outside of California, I don't know how common a 3.6 is, but yup, they do happen.

    I haven't been through bigger than 3.6 or more a hurricane more than Cat 1 but one o' these days I'll retrieve from my recently deceased computer a pic from Fairbanks, Alaska when I was outside in front of a bank weather sign and the temperature...

    -40!

    Deadman said...

    TCG has my utmost admiration for riding out Ike.

    However, I rode out two typhoons on Guam and made it through the Loma Prieta quake unscathed, so nanny nanny booboo...

    Earthquake activity occurs in Missouri.

    A quake there temporarily reversed the flow of the Big Muddy in the 1800's.

    one says one number and the other another
    but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

     
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