A-shake-shake-shake…

A 4.2 quake hit just northeast of Berkeley at 8:40pm this evening.

It jostled my chair ever so slightly (an Aeron in full bouncy mode) and made the shelves / TV pop a little. I wasn’t the only person to feel it.

I knew what it was when it happened and didn’t really even think about it. It was quite minor here, but likely caused light damage near the epicenter. Shook up a basketball game a little bit, too.

I fully expect to lose control of all bodily functions when a quake that size happens nearby or when a much larger quake hits in the area.

Tally? 4 quakes since moving here nearly 4 years ago. One was a 3.4 basically directly under our house — woke me up. One was at Apple; just a bit of movement caused by a good sized quake south of us. One was at home; my wife had just gotten done with a rousing round of Dance Dance Revolution and stated that either she was having a heart attack or we were having an earthquake. Thankfully, it was another medium sized quake south of us. And now this one.

Oh, and I sort of woke up, but mostly slept through, a quake in mid Missouri when I was about 8.


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4 Responses to “A-shake-shake-shake…”

  1. Fascination Place » Quakin’ says:

    […] Yep, we were. A 4.2 magnitude quake based on the other side of the bay. People out that way felt it pretty strongly. Ceej and Bill felt it too. A lot of people did, actually. […]

  2. rama says:

    I didn’t feel this one, but got a call from my bro-in-law immediately after asking if I did. (sent him to the USGS site for confirmation)

    “I fully expect to lose control of all bodily functions when a quake that size happens nearby or when a much larger quake hits in the area.”

    You’d be surprised. As a a cali native, I’ve gone through a large # of quakes, including the 1989 quake. Unless stuff is crashing all around you and threating your life, you’ll probably just sit there and take it all in like most everyone else. ‘Course thats not the *right* response. 😉

  3. Fred says:

    I remember that quake in Missouri too. I grew up near a quarry, so I was used to tremors like it. Had I been at home I probably wouldn’t had noticed it. I was at my grand parents’ home so I noticed it. It was kinda cool in a way.

  4. Mark Dalrymple says:

    The New Madrid fault is right there around Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennesee. Hopefully the area won’t asplode anytime soon.

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