Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earthquake Number Two

We've lived here for 15 months now, and we just had our second earthquake. This was a big one, but a lot farther away. It was a 5.4* magnitude just east of LA, probably 120 miles from where we live.

There was a long, low rumble, and I heard some moving of picture frames, maybe, and then it was done. Compared to the first one I was in, this was longer and lower and less generally thrilling. However, I knew what it was pretty quickly this time.

The first thing I did was to run down to check on the foundation that is currently in a state of limbo. More to come on that project, but for now just know that nothing shifted here, temporary foundation and all.

Post-posting edit. I was too quick on the draw with my post -- the quake was just downgraded from 5.8 to a 5.4.


Stephanie said...

Saw the news and went to your blog to see how it affected you -- and the foundation. They come with no warning right?

George said...

Don't you feel a bit cheated they downgraded it? I mean, once you survive one, you want it to be as strong as possible.

Heather said...

Steph -- yeah, no warning that I know of.

George -- I agree. 5.8 is almost a 6, and that's a big deal. 5.4 can't honestly be called "almost 6". Of course, the quibbling is there because, as you say, we survived it.