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    Glad you are okay! I have only been in one quake and it was in the early, early morning. I woke up because my bed was shaking so bad.
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    Eek. Stay safe.

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    Pretty sure this is about your quake.

    http://current.com/news/92506663_usg...kes-canada.htm
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    Good to hear you're okay. Hopefully that was the last of it.

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    It actually reached here.

    Hope all is good now Sweabs.

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    Apparently it hit London too with tremours but I was already shaky and dizzy so I wouldnt have noticed anything.

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    They ARE weird, aren't they?

    There's no build up, and nothing to see. Just a . . . feeling . . . in your gut . . . and then you notice things shaking and realize it is a quake. As quick as you can start to decide whether to dive under a table or stand in a doorway or run outside, either it's over or you're dead.


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    It all dries up and blows away
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    But they never had much use for me
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    Apparently there were reports of the quake hitting Ft. Wayne. I never felt it, but our local news website had an article about it.
    I remember that I was dreaming and in my dream I was shaking. Eventually I woke up and realized my bed was actually shaking, but since I was still in deep sleep mode I thought it was still a part of my dream. When I finally woke up for real, the quake was done and looked down at the foot of my bed and my box fan had fallen over onto my bed. So I just assumed that the fan's vibrations were shaking my bed. At the time I thought my stupid roomate had moved the fan and caused it to fall over onto my bed. Then my friend walked into class the next day and was like "Did you guys feel the earthquake??" Then it all kind of clicked! I just wish I had actually been awake to experience it.
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    good to hear you guys are safe - its not easy dealing with a natural disaster

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    I was sitting in my car on a bridge over 37 in B-town when one hit. We were rocking and rolling like that old time news video of Golden Gate (?) and you don't wanna know what I was thinking.
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    LA is probably laughing hysterically at us for even making mention of something as 'light' as this one! I can't imagine what the serious earthquakes are like.
    Thankfully, I've never experienced a "real" one. Those are the ones that last so long that you have plenty of time to struggle and tumble your way to a doorframe and have a nice talk with a higher authority.

    The biggest one I felt was during a yoga class. The whole class was in an inverted position (head low, heart and sometimes feet high). Perched precariously already, everyone took a tumble.

    I just looked and found the email I sent to a friend just afterwards. It mirrors Putnam's description:

    Dat was a big-un!

    Yes, I'm alright. Thank you so much for checking in!

    It was very rolling - not an up-and-down shake or a quick sideways shimmy - more like someone pushing on your house and letting it sway back before giving it a harder push. Very big, smooth and even. It felt as if the building were gliding on rails back and forth at a four to five second interval.

    The duration was also troubling - it just wouldn't let up and kept going for minutes.

    I was in Yoga and we were inverted, and all the old ladies in the room starting wailing and freaking out. I couldn't make sense of what was going on as I've been out of touch with my body since my surgery a few weeks ago. Then I saw the part of the studio where the yoga straps hang from a rack. They were slowly swaying in unison back and forth. And then I realized that It wasn't the hanging parts of the straps that were moving, it was everything else.

    It's weird. Your eyes are telling you that nothing is moving, because they depend on judging relationships. But your sense of balance, your GUT, is screaming EVERYTHING IS MOVING! SAVE YOURSELF!!!

    I can see why people get sick after even a moderate quake like this. The one certainty of our existence from minute to minute is the security of the ground you walk on. Earthquakes quite literally pull the rug out from under you.

    Finished yoga class, got a massage and went for a country breakfast.

    Desperate measures...
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    Glad you came through it ok. I remember my first earthquake experience. I was at Indiana State one summer and on the top floor of the dorm. It started moving and shaking. We all scrambled down 10 flights of stairs. No one on the ground felt a thing. I hate to think what would have happened if it had been any stronger.

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    Which Dorm?
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    I had to look it up on a map. Jones Hall or the one next to it.

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    I just found the judge judy episode that was being taped during the quake I described in my email above:

    EDIT: Notice how the camera is shaking but even judge judy doesn't take notice at first.

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    I had to look it up on a map. Jones Hall or the one next to it.
    Rhoades Hall for me....it's first year in business.
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    Just had one. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

    We have a few items in the house that hang from the ceiling. I heard a "clicking" sound, looked around and everything was swinging back and forth a few inches.

    My apartment is built pretty much on sand, which does not conduct the vibrations too well, I hear other parts of the city got a good shake out of it.
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    Wow - it was stronger and farther away than I would have thought. Preliminary reports put it at 5.9 and way over in Borrego Springs.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?client=s...ed=0CCEQ8gEwAA
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    I missed it LA, but several people in the office felt it.

    I remember that one a couple of years ago. I was standing next to a 30 foot wall of windows. I noticed the earthquake when the windows started rippling. The earthquake made me sick to my stomach.

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    The DC area just had one this morning. It was only a 3.6 so I slept through it, but it's the largest we've ever had around here. I've never experienced an earthquake so I'm a little disappointed I missed it.

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    My friend slept through it too. Maybe you'll have aftershocks.
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    I slept through the one this morning as well.

    I actually was in the one on Guam, in 1993 I beleive, that was a 8.2 or 8.3. So I have expereinced my fair share of earthquakes, and I for one am happy I slept through the one this morning.

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