At 8:04 PM PST, there was a magnitude 5.6 earthquake pretty darned close to my house.

I happened to be sitting in the middle of my living room at the time.

Pretty amazing to be sitting here watching the 10 foot tall single pane windows flex back and forth like sheets of rubber!

It seemed like about 5 seconds of chaotic wave like motion with a few shocks along the way.

We had just the tiniest little bit of damage. Some stuff fell off one of our pile-high-and-forget shelves. Books, photos, etc… nothing breakable. Forced re-org of the closet is upon us. Nothing damaged But — by far — the most intense quake I have felt so far!

Roger thought it was pretty darned cool until he learned that (a) this was a minor quake, all things considered, and (b) there is this concept called “aftershock” that might be a bigger than the primary quake.

6 Responses to “Earthquake!”

  1. Clark Cox says:

    My first earthquake ever. 🙂

  2. Nigel Kersten says:

    Mine too 🙂

    Scared the bejeesus out of me.

  3. Ian Baird says:

    It was really exciting up on the third floor of the Cupertino Inn. I grew up in SoCal (four years at Edwards AFB), and this was by far the strongest I’ve felt.

  4. My first earthquake…. at mind the explanatory gap says:

    […] I see Bill Baumgarter felt it too… […]

  5. John C. Randolph says:

    I discovered that the wheels on my office chair and the wheels on my desk appear to have considerably different levels of rolling resistance.


  6. Garrett Albright says:

    As an (almost) life-long northern California citizen, I welcome you to the first of many. I personally vividly remember these puppies. A 5.6 can be scary, but those… those were earthquakes.

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