Here in Southern California, we just experienced another little shaker, as referenced in plankter’s thread here. It always gets me to thinking about other people’s feelings on earthquakes, so this’ll just be sort of a generic poll.
Have you ever experienced an earthquake? When was your most recent experience?
If so, what’s the largest magnitude quake you’ve ever felt? Describe your experience.
Regardless of whether you’ve experienced one or not, do you fear earthquakes?
If you live in earthquake territory, do you have a preparedness kit?
If you have a choice between living in an earthquake-prone area or a tornado or hurricane prone area, which would you choose/avoid, and why?
1) Have you ever experienced an earthquake?
Well, yeah, obviously. Today was most recent.
2) If so, what’s the largest magnitude quake you’ve ever felt? Describe your experience.
Technically, the largest quake I’ve felt was the Landers Quake in 1992, but it was far enough away from me that it had a fairly minimal impact on me. The Northridge Quake affected me most, by far. I lived in a three-story apartment building near downtown LA at the time, and I pretty much went flying from the room as soon as it hit (which turned out to be fortunate, as I had heavy speakers on a shelf above my pillows that came down during the shaking). We lost power, and we gathered with our neighbors in a darkened hallway to watch one guy’s portable TV to find out what was happening.
Our building suffered some superficial cracks, and I think we lost a couple of dishes in the apartment, but no real damage. The one thing that was advantageous to me is that I had been grounded at the time and forbidden from phone use, but my mother allowed me to call my girlfriend at the time anyway to let her know I was OK.
3) Regardless of whether you’ve experienced one or not, do you fear earthquakes?
I don’t particularly fear them, although I don’t consider them anything to look forward to, either. The chances of my house or my office building downtown collapsing are pretty minimal. In some ways, I’d rather be at work when a big one strikes, as I think the buildings are better suited to it, and the sound of a house shaking violently is just not pleasant at all.
4) If you live in earthquake territory, do you have a preparedness kit?
Sad to admit this, but I don’t. We get Sparkletts delivery at home, so there’s always bottled water around, but that’s about it.
5) If you have a choice between living in an earthquake-prone area or a tornado or hurricane prone area, which would you choose/avoid, and why?
As I said, earthquakes don’t particularly frighten me, so I’m happy where I am. Granted, we don’t have the advantage of early warning, but I really, REALLY don’t like thunderstorms, so I think I’d soil myself if I ever got anywhere near a tornado. I have no idea how I’d deal with a hurricane, but I hate traffic, so the idea of getting caught in an evacuation effort doesn’t appeal to me, either. I’ll take earthquakes.