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OMG scary scary earthquake!
December 22, 2003
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Oh, I sure hope nobody here is in the Paso Robles, California area. They've got a few buildings down, roads have buckled and 1 confirmed fatality as of now.

No kidding- I was just sitting here reading threads and there was a shaking- I thought at first a missile had been launched (I'm right by a missile test range and that happens frequently) and then there was like a sonic boom or so it felt (we get those around here too) and then everything just started shaking and I'm like OMG this is an earthquake! Ran to the front door to stand in the doorway and had to hold the bird's cage cuz it was goin off the table- and it lasted about a minute. Got dizzy- chandelier was swingin big time, the lamp posts on the street were swinging- it was so freaky. When it was over everybody on the street went outside and we turned on a battery operated radio kuz we're in a valley about 60 miles downstream from a water reservior and we're all like "OMG where was that thing centered" kuz a 6.0 will take out the dam if it's epicenter is withing 20 miles or so of it. We just sat listening for the sirens. All the phones went dead, including cell phones. Lost all our power. A bunch of radio stations were down. All we could do was to sit and listen. Radio said 911 system was down. I didn't know that could happen. Don't they have generators or something?

This went on for about half an hour, when we heard that the epicenter was north of us, not south (where the dam is), and on a different fault (it happened on the San Simeon fault, not the San Andreas fault where the dam is). Phones have been restored now as has power, but it's hard to call out kuz all the circuits are busy.

The local mountains have been reported to be raised one foot.

My cabinets all opened and stuff came forward- nothing fell out though.

Freaky. Just really freaky.

Right now we're all waiting to hear research reports about the fault. Hopefully this quake reduced tension. Sometimes, rarely though, these are a prelude to bigger quakes as the plates buckle and snap. Was born and raised here- I've never been in a shaker like this one- it was a snapper. the last biggest one I remember was the Oxnard quake in about 75ish? but that was roller. the Northridge rolled us as did the last big one in San Francisco. This one shook and snapped.

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December 22, 2003
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Free we felt it too the building is on rollers and we just kept rolling and rolling and getting dizzy.
6.5 Earthquake Centered In Central Coast Rattles Bay Area
Minor Structural Damage, Injuries Reported

earthquake centered near San Simeon at 11:16 a.m. was felt in the Bay Area.

The earthquake rattled office buildings and sent light fixtures rocking as far north as San Jose and was even felt as a gentle swaying in San Francisco.
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6.5 Earthquake Hits California

The quake was felt as a sustained but gentle rolling motion in downtown Los Angeles.

The quake was centered nearly 11 miles north of Cambria, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Cambria is about 185 miles northwest of L.A. and near Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

USGS geophysicist Ross Stein said at a press conference that the earthquake occurred on the San Simeon fault.

The main shock was immediately followed by at least five aftershocks of magnitude larger than 3.3.

The largest, an estimated magnitude of about 4.7, hit a little before 11:30 a.m.

Some minor structural damage and minor injuries have been reported in the Cambria area.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff's Sgt. Pete Hodgkin says damage reports are trickling in.

He said: "It's the usual stuff, broken glass and stuff. Haven't heard anything serious. Some people are hurt at the Wildhorse Winery, some wine barrels fell over."

Tad Weber, managing editor of The Tribune in San Luis Obispo about 30 miles southeast of Cambria, said he was in a meeting when "all of a sudden there was a jolting and we look up and see the building swaying. I dove under a desk to wait it out. At first we thought it was a heavy truck but it just kept going. We all called our families and they were all OK."

December 22, 2003
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Hey Free, glad you're OK.

December 22, 2003
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Anything happen in the Torrance/Redondo Beach area?

December 22, 2003
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Free....glad your are ok...

December 22, 2003
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I don't think so Zinnie. Was a good little shaker though. It kept going for a good long while, too. Nothing as bad as Northridge though. That one - got my attention real fast. I think the bad ones seem to start out BAD. I'm surprised no damage was done to Hearst Castle. They have alot of stuff that can go flying around and toppling over! Glad everyone on here seems to be okay though!

December 22, 2003
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You too Bel...
Lisset , How are YOU?

December 22, 2003
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Torrance Redondo Beach is about 4-5 hours south of the epicenter. I'm about an hour. They probably just felt rolling. We felt the 4.7 aftershock and that was just a roller. Roller's are disturbing, but nothing like the shakers.

There has been a fatality kuz a building fell over. The roof of the building is perpendicular to the ground. it didn't collapse like the Trade Center. It pretty much fell over. They're trying to keep people out of the Paso Robles downtown area.

Peoples, this thing hit a little after 11 on a monday. Where were all the people in the three buildings that are down? That's my first question. The news is not reporting that they were parking structures. So, where are all the people?

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December 22, 2003
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I'm so glad that all of you are safe. Living in the center of the US we get the tornadoes and lightning and things like that but never an earthquake. Sounds like this earthquake lasted a while. Is this normal for it to go on for a bit? Anyway, I'm glad that all of you are safe.

December 22, 2003
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The grocery stores in my town are closed.

I don't mean to rattle anybody, I'm just wondering "where are the people in the buildings that collapsed?" 3 of them, reportedly are down.

Hearst Castle has been evacuated.

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December 22, 2003
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Eeek! We just get bushfires here. Hope everyone is OK.

December 22, 2003
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What about Sacramento?

I hope all our visitors are alright, and send thoughts of peace and love to those who may have suffered losses.

Free, so glad you are alright!!! Ain't life a kick in the head?!!

Hang tough, all you Californians...

Love,

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December 22, 2003
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Just heard on the radio here, three deaths in Paso Robles.

December 22, 2003
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Sacramento is way north Arwen- about 8 hours from me so probably about 7 hours from the epicenter. they probably felt it but not bad.

I just heard that too Ladeska. 3 confirmed fatalities but they aren't saying from where, just paso robles.

I'm just wondering about those collapsed buildings.

Fortunately, Cal Poly State University is on winter recess as is Cuesta College. They are right over the Cuesta Grade from paso. Bunch of my former students go there.

I'm perfectly fine myself, just definitely WOKE UP! On hypervigilant radar status here.lol

My kids rooms are a mess. They have all these shelve cases with an unbleivable amount of stuff on them. Their rooms look like those little shops with stuff from bottom to top in every crevice. Well, let's just say everything isn't exactly on the shelves anymore. But no shelves fell over. We have them "butterflied" into the walls for, get this, earthquake preparedness!

December 22, 2003
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Hi Free,

I grew up in Torrance/Redondo Beach area.

Glad to hear you are O.K.

Sending prayers out to those affected by this.

Love,

Zinnie

December 22, 2003
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I just heard on the news that the first two floors of a jewelry store was the building that collapsed where the three people were killed in Paso Robles. sad...... When I feel these things, first thing I think is - who died in this one? Hey Free, maybe amid the debrii you can find things in the house you thought you lost! That's one thing earthquakes are good for. OH THAT is where that was!!!

December 22, 2003
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Lissett

It was a 6.5 centered by Cambria. that's an upscale tourist town in a bautiful rural area, not densely populated. Paso Robles is just southish of Cambria and was hit pretty hard because it is more populated- nothing like the Bay area. It is a city, but a very small one. Paso is a farming community but has a downtown city area, which is where the buildings collapsed- older ones. Just South of that is San Luis Obispo, where Cal Poly State University is. It is a college town.

6.5 is a big quake. If it had been centered in a populated place there would be immense damage and many fatalities. If it had been centered within about 20 miles of this water reservoir near me, it would have taken out the dam and flooded my valley wall to wall.

This one was centered in the "boondocks"

December 22, 2003
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lol Ladeska! I'll have to go "clean up" in their rooms! Maybe I will find some of my missing makeup in the girls rooms lol

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December 22, 2003
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Glad you didn't get washed away Free!! Maybe you better invest in an instantly inflatable raft!! How much time would you have if the dam did burst? How far are you away from high ground?

December 22, 2003
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Ladeska I think the Northridge was not so big to me kuz I'm about 2 and a half hours North of it, so to us, it was a roller. the Bay area is 4 hours North, so that was a roller. Now the Oxnard quake, well I was in Ventura right by it. I equate this one to the Oxnard quake.

It didn't start bad though like you said Northridge did. there was shaking, like a missile going off, then a weird low boom- like a sonic boom- ya feel those more than you hear them. and then there was some serious jolting. I had to grab the stove and then the wall on the way through the kitchen to the front door kuz we were just rockin and rollin

wee-haaaa

Now I'm about an hour away from the epicenter. I imagine it started bad for those people.

Still worried about those people in the buildings.

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December 22, 2003
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Ladeska

We're about 50 miles downstream from the dam. Our town has an emergency thing in place in case the dam breaks.

this came to be a few years ago when an earthquake evaluation thingy was done on the dam. It's not "earthquake proof" according to the study. A 6.0 centered within 20 or so miles would take it out.

So we have an evacuation route designed for each and every street in the town and sirens that would give us 45 minutes before the water hit. My evacuation center is a school about a mile away- safe ground (inches of flooding) only about 3/4 of a mile. My house would be under 15 feet or so of water. It just all depends on exactly where ya live in this town, so each block of each street has a personalized assessment thingy that says what to do and what NOT to do, such as try to drive out of town (there are only 3 exits, 1 exit is a two-laner over a bridge, 1 is a 2 laner to the beach, and 1 is a two laner to deeper water).

The kids and I have it all planned out to throw the animals in the wagon and put on my backpack with a tent and stuff readily accesible in the garage and head out. We've even walked the route- it's about 15 minutes. No biggy.

It was just kinda funny when all of us showed up out in the middle of the street about the same time immediately after it ended asking "where was that centered?"- as if anybody would know! that kinda cracked us all up as one gal turned on a battery operated radio in her garage. then we just kinda talked about it, tried phones, listened for sirens and to the radio. What else ya gonna do? It was definitely a trip.

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December 22, 2003
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thanks mj it was scary

December 23, 2003
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How is everyone today?

December 23, 2003
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I marvel at the fact that your senses of humor survive--regardless! If I grow up, I want to be just like you...

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December 23, 2003
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Hi MJ doing okay today, were have a few after shocks but here where I am I have not felt them. Paso Robles was the hardest hit its so sad there were deaths and injuries.

How are you Free?

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