Saturday, January 09, 2010


Yep, this was a good one. Worst I've felt. Our house, especially the kitchen, is trashed. All kinds of broken glass. Oddly, power still on and, after a temporary interruption, internet back. Can't believe this computer is still in one piece. Might not be over yet, though. Hopefully, no big aftershocks on the way.

KMUD reporting it was a 6.5. Hard to believe. This was the worst one I've lived through in 35 years up here. Scary. Glad this happened when it was still light out.


At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We still don't have cable - regular channels in McKinleyville so can't see the rest of the football game. No damage here except things falling over in garage and hanging lights swinging but it was felt pretty good here.

Supposedly near Ferndale and not very deep so guess that is why everyone felt it pretty good. We had a couple of bathroom cabinets open but not kitchen cabinets.

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My bong fell over and now there is bong water all over the floor. Fred, how is your bong doing?

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

Fred was it worse than the '92 quake where the seafloor lifted out of the ocean by 4 to 6 feet?

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Rose said...

It felt like the biggest one I have felt - can't believe it was a 6.5, have lived through 6.5s before - must be the proximity to the surface. Really surprising how violent it was. It lasted a long time.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Actually, the '92 quake caused a lot of structural damage to our house, but nothing we had to clean up inside. This one didn't seem to cause much external damage, but it sure trashed the kitchen. We have almost 3 five gallon buckets of broken glass to throw away.

I think the bigger houses took the bigger hits, structurally. The Matteolis,across the street, lost 6 windows, but they didn't have much stuff inside to clean up.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Rose wrote, "Really surprising how violent it was. It lasted a long time.

Violent, indeed. The most violent I've felt. But a long time? It certainly seems like a long time when you're living through it, but I think USGS is saying it was only 30 seconds.

Regardless, if that would of lasted even twice that long, there would of likely been MAJOR damage.

At 9:06 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Oh, by the way: So much for that old saying "earthquake weather". Sure, it wasn't raining in Eureka, but it was nearby.

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was crazy! My kitchen is about 2-3" deep in broken glass. Cabinets flopped open and plates and glasses everywhere. The medicine cabinet(s) in the bathroom opened and everything is out onto the bathroom floor. One TV on a stand went over and it is DOA. No apparent structural damage. I'm over by Zane Jr High. We were bouncing!

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yeah, we had about the same thing going with our kitchen. Luckily, though, most of the broken stuff was of no real value to us. Nothing we really need to replace, anyway, except the wife's coffee pot.

And Ernie; I started thinking about the '92 quake and realize I'm confusing myself about which quake is which. Seems to me we've had 2 big ones since we lived in this house. I believe the '92 one was the one that gave us the most structural damage. That one was around 6am'ish in the morning?

There was another one, though, that happened around noon time. I think the Petrolia Store burned down in that one. I was out in Cutten when that happened and hurried home expecting to find a lot of damage but there was no damage I could find. Only evidence of an earthquake I could find was a gallon jar, half full of sugar, that was on top of the fridge and had fallen, landing upside down but not broken.

And the power was out. Other than that, we came out fine. Can't remember when that earthquake happened.

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would have lasted, Fred, not would of lasted.

At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In April 1992, there were three separate quakes that hit us. Each one was very powerful. Those three quakes came close together, within a span of about 18 hours (that's my memory of it).

In Ferndale, houses were smashed and knocked off their foundations. In Scotia, a fire burned a big historic building. Lots of damage happened in other places, too.

In Eureka, chimneys were snapped off at the roof line on many houses in central Eureka (I know because I saw them.)

But in central Eureka, each of those quakes shook violently but not all for the same length of time (as I recall).

The one that hit at 4 a.m. shook my house so hard I thought the side of my house would fall off. But in fact, almost no property damage happened there.

Yesterday, we lost a lot of glassware, lamps, vases and such. No serious structural damage seems to have been done.

So were the '92 quakes worse than yesterday's quake? I think it depends on where you were, how hard the quakes hit, and whether your concern is for yourself alone, for your loved ones, for your town, or for the entire region.

In other words, it is a very subjective judgment.

For an objective judgment, I recommend asking a seimologist.


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