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CPUFreak91

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Yesterday we experienced at 4.9 earthquake that lasted almost 6 seconds (although by the time it got to our house it was somewhere around a 4.2).
It was one of the funnest earthquakes I've ever been in, except that I got seasick afterwards. For those who haven't experienced such a violent earthquake, it feels as if your were standing up in a bumper car, and then got hit from the side.

What kind of natural disasters have you guys been in?

EDIT: Ah here's the AlertNet article:
GUATEMALA CITY, Dec 3 (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Sunday and was felt strongly in the Central American country's western highlands, although no damage was immediately reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported on its Web site that a 5.8 magnitude quake struck at 3:52 p.m. EST (2052 GMT) 60 miles (100 km) south-west of the capital Guatemala City.
Eddie Sanchez, director of Guatemalan geological center Insivumeh said there were no reports of damage.


EDIT2: Still interested? I found some maps too:
http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_vvaj_l.html





Maps of GUATEMALA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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kenman

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Been involved in a few tornados, mostly when I was in Texas. They are quite impressive to watch. The one I was oustide sitting in a ditch and it went over our heads. Did not do much damage to buildings, but we watched 55 gal drums of oil fly by our heads. Nothing like a good tornado to get your life back in line!
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quote:
Originally posted by kenman:
Been involved in a few tornados, mostly when I was in Texas. They are quite impressive to watch. The one I was oustide sitting in a ditch and it went over our heads. Did not do much damage to buildings, but we watched 55 gal drums of oil fly by our heads. Nothing like a good tornado to get your life back in line!

Hahaha. Cool I'd like to be close to a tornado sometime (may go tornado chasing too).

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CPUFreak91

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quote:
Originally posted by kenman:
Been involved in a few tornados, mostly when I was in Texas. They are quite impressive to watch. The one I was oustide sitting in a ditch and it went over our heads. Did not do much damage to buildings, but we watched 55 gal drums of oil fly by our heads. Nothing like a good tornado to get your life back in line!

Hahaha. Cool! I'd like to be close to a tornado sometime (may go tornado chasing too).

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Mene-Mene

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Quite a few Earthquakes in California, some light floods, thats all I remember.

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I don't know if you guys count blizzards as natural "disasters" but I find them to be worth mentioning. Been in a few that nearly buried 1 story houses.

I've also seen a few tornadoes.

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back in new zealand

mostly earthquakes, ussually a couple a year ranging from 5.0 to 7.0ish .. though some volcanic explosions, flooding, cyclones, huge waves - once went surfing in a cyclone/hurricane.


in 1996 i saw this volcano erupt..

however i wasn't up there then.. there is a cool photo somewhere of this eruption showing the eruption and snowboarders on the mountain at the time.
A couple of years ago i was up snowboarding this mountain with my brother, and it was a beautiful day.. finally near the end of the day, i decided to seperate from my brother for an hour or so , so i could go up to the really steep areas.. then within minutes it went from clear to blizzard whiteout.. then i heard over the loudspeakers "this is a volcanic emergecy, laha is expected to flow through the ski areas, please move immediately to higher ground", strangely enough i wasn't scared but rather more annoyed that i wouldn't be able to see it because of the whiteout conditions.. anyway after a long uphill trek (which is difficult in snow) we then found out it was just a drill...

my hometown back in New Zealand sufferd a large earthquake in my grandparents day that killed about 20% of the population..



the fact that i love natural disasters kind of worries me.. Don't get me wrong, i don't like anybody to get hurt or killed, but i love being in the middle of a big earthquake or such..


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CPUFreak91

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Originally posted by klumsy:
back in new zealand

mostly earthquakes, ussually a couple a year ranging from 5.0 to 7.0ish .. though some volcanic explosions, flooding, cyclones, huge waves - once went surfing in a cyclone/hurricane.



Hehe. Do you like the earthquakes? I went on a demo earthquake simulation... it was very fun. More so when the earthquake is real.

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in 1996 i saw this volcano erupt..
however i wasn't up there then.. there is a cool photo somewhere of this eruption showing the eruption and snowboarders on the mountain at the time.


Cool! Guatemala has about 3 active volcanos. I've never been on one when it erupted or while it was so I've never seen a lava flow . A lot of the Govt. employed hiking guides though have seen them. Next time a climbable one erupts, I intend to go see it.

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the fact that i love natural disasters kind of worries me.. Don't get me wrong, i don't like anybody to get hurt or killed, but i love being in the middle of a big earthquake or such..

That's because natural disasters scream "God made this earth and he's powerfull... more so than me!". As long as my house isn't severely destroyed by a natural disaster I enjoy them too. I've always wanted to breakdance during an earthquake, but the long ones are so few and far between (the last long one was 2 years ago) and I don't realize one is happening till it's almost over. Still though watching walls move and the floor shake and the rumble is pretty nice.

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zookey

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Pretty tame here in Montana--one VERY light earthquake last year--just shook things slightly and I even knew people who didn't feel it---the only thing that would make you nervous about that is if it was Yellowstone---they have a bulge in one of the lakes kinda like the bulge that was on the side of Mt Saint Helens before it went----and someone I used to work with watched a Discovery thing on it that basically said that a large part of the northwestern US is a crater of an ancient volcano and that, if it went (which that bulge would be a sign) it would be a global killer---I didn't see the special myself so I don't know how true that is but when things first shook it wasn't the earthquake that was scary as much as 'is this a sign of something worse?'---it ended up being near Yellowstone but wasn't that--------other than that very tame here---we don't even get that many severe blizzards where I live--weird considering one nearby town actually has problems where people have a hard time opening their doors after some storms due to snow drifts 5 feet high and bigger--but that town is in a ravine so that may be part of the reason.

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Ereon

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I went through 3 hurricanes while my family lived in Florida. Two smaller ones, and then the infamous Hurricane Ivan that did a huge amount of damage to my town and was considered a big hurricane until Katrina came in. We're talking miles and miles of coastline literally wiped totally clean, roads and all, and washed out to sea, and mounds of tree fragments and even entire trees stacked 40-50 feet high along the roads all through town. It was a mess. The ironic thing though was that the only damage our house even had was one window busted in, and it was cracked like crazy anyway. We didn't even lose so much as a tree. Needless to say allot of people were ALLOT worse off though.

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Max

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tornados, and Iowa's flood of '93. Also, blizzards that rendered people in their house for about 3 days.

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CPUFreak91

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Originally posted by CPUFreak91:
Yesterday we experienced at 4.9 earthquake that lasted almost 6 seconds (although by the time it got to our house it was somewhere around a 4.2).
It was one of the funnest earthquakes I've ever been in, except that I got seasick afterwards. For those who haven't experienced such a violent earthquake, it feels as if your were standing up in a bumper car, and then got hit from the side.

How very odd. That there was a 4.2 earthquake I was talking about that felt really violent and on EDIT:[June] 8th we had a 5.something that I never felt which was in pretty much the same place. Then yesterday (June 13th) there was a 49 second one (I trust the local seismologists more than I do those thousands of miles away for timing) that happened really close (about 70 miles from where I lived).

So now I'm curious, if your house started falling apart in a natural disaster, what material things would you take with you if you had the chance? Ignore human life, because I'm assuming it's not going to be a problem (everyone will be safely... away/out/un-hurt) in this utopian disaster

For me it'd be the laptop (wouldn't be able to get the power cable in time methinks ), the Backpack that always has food and junk in it and my jacket.

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I'd grab my wallet and my brother's AR-15 and jump out the window.

We don't go in for emergency-preparedness around this house...

(We used to "talk" about it alot but Mom and Dad don't really have the time to actually do it)

Faith_Warrior

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4.2? Anything under 5.2 I just roll over and go back to sleep usually within seconds. Wood frame houses do very well in an earthquake especially when the foundation is literally carved out of bedrock with a jack hammer and poured right in.

What to take? Flashlight (if itís still dark), boots, knife, pants, shirt and radios (all in the same location). I can always get back in to recover a hard drive, safe, guns or what not even if it collapses flat.

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I'd grab my envelope full of receipts and my hunting knife.

The receipts for the insurance company if everything turns out alright. And the hunting knife just in case the disaster destroys society/unleashes zombies onto the world/ allows some country with no defense against knives to invade/ or the insurance company needs some encouragement.

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Natural Disasters?


(I live in vermont, no volcanoes, no earthquakes, no hurricanes, no tornadoes, no floods... just blizzards, but that's not really a distaster)

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Good 'ol Ohio. None, unless you count an "almost a blizzard but not really" blizzard.

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Faith_Warrior

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Blizzards are considered disasters. At least six are listed here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_disasters_by_death_toll


I went through a couple notable earthquakes (Sylmar, Northridge), a fire storm (1993 -ripped through my neighborhood), a flood (1993) and one riot (L.A.).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylmar_earthquake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northridge_Earthquake (at a safer distance)
http://www-ks.cr.usgs.gov/Kansas/pubs/reports/wsp.2499.sumca0193.html
http://www.intute.ac.uk/sciences/hazards/billion.html#1993 (hard to find report)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LA_riots (best b-day party I ever attended- then made our escape)

I also grew up in L.A. (hour by bicycle to downtown), that is just one big perpetual disaster... http://www.wtv-zone.com/Mary/Animals/pig2.gif

CPUFreak91

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Originally posted by Cohort X:
the hunting knife just in case the disaster destroys society/unleashes zombies onto the world/ allows some country with no defense against knives to invade/ or the insurance company needs some encouragement.

Good uses for a knife. I always have a cellphone and a leatherman on my person at all times, even when I sleep (no I'm not paranoid, I just misplace things).

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bwoogie

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I live in kansas so we have our fair share of bad weather. but personally i havnt been affected by it really. However, I came pretty close once. I used to ride my bike to school but one day it was raining way to hard to ride bike so i stayed home (I had no other way, both parents were at work). If I would have went, by the time I would be arriving at my school a tornado was touching down less than a mile away.

I believe it was an another time that my school suffered minor damage to the roof and lost power for a few days from a storm. I got there and they were letting kids go home since there was no electricity. But since I rode my bike they told me to stay with some other kids - i guess who walked or their parents just wanted to make them stay o_O. It was pretty fun though. We just played around all day and got free ice cream so it wouldn't melt

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steveth45

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quote:
Originally posted by Cohort X:
And the hunting knife just in case the disaster destroys society/unleashes zombies onto the world


Good to think ahead. I prefer shotguns when it comes to zombies. Speaking of post-apocalyptic scenarios with zombies, I just read _I Am Legend_, a book that has inspired three movies, the most recent of which is coming out later this year, starring the Fresh Prince--I mean Will Smith. It's pretty good for being written in 1954.

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Faith_Warrior

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Cell phone seems like a good idea, but donít expect it to work. You and everyone else will be using the system (overload), if that system is even able to relay due to power outages or damage. Good things to have are a CB or 6M radio (easy 6M license but not sure of the laws outside the US).

If you are lucky you can relay an email message over the CB to someone outside of the effected area. Or contact someone directly on a 6M that may be outside of the effected area to send out a call, send an email thru a person or do a modem to modem over the radio or ham satellite.

CB is useful though, I keep a walky-talky style CB on my desk with fresh batteries in it. Iím in range of a police station that monitors the emergency channel and during an emergency (about the only time these days) the airwaves usually see some chatter.

kenman

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Just one thing to carry out

Not the grand piano either.

Probably one of the pets, or my guitar which ever is making the most noise at the time

Mene-Mene

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Well I don't have a laptop, so I can't exactly haul my desktop out. Probably my harddrive, and my Bible.

I slept through most earth quakes.

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