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Thy Brilliance



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: logarithmic scale works wonders Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
5.9 is medium strenght. That doesn't means one has to take it lightly if no para-sismics measures are taken; last year one's in Turkey was 6.1 and killed over 50 people.


Technically it was a 5.8 earthquake that was felt as a 3.6 in New York.

Where all the media tend to hype things.

( 10 ^ 6.1 ) / ( 10 ^ 5.8 ) = 1.99526231

By a half apparently.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thy Brilliance wrote:
Yea, 5.9 is pretty tame.

It wouldn't be news in Cali.

Yorick wrote:
it's news because of the rarity, not the magnitude.


on the other hand, today I learned it's the biggest on the east coast in 114 years.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
5.9 is medium strenght. That doesn't means one has to take it lightly if no para-sismics measures are taken; last year one's in Turkey was 6.1 and killed over 50 people.


Speaking of.. the actual earthquake epicenter registered as a 5.8 (it got brought back down from a 5.9).. yet, hundreds of miles away up in New Jersey, the USGS said they experienced a bunch of 5.somethings as well as even a 6.1 in one city from our earthquake in Virginia. Blows my mind that it was able to radiate out like that.

(Also, my office was updated to 5.0 for what I experienced.)

So, here's a pic of a friend's home in Louisa, VA that he came home to after work yesterday.


And here's one of a friend's friend's classroom at Louisa County High School.


And here's a picture of the ONE misplaced item from my entire apartment that I was able to find.


The horror!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

America has to bomb somebody for this. we were hit with a Weapon of Slight Destruction! we cannot let this stand! FREEDOM APPLE PIE JESUS TROOPS BASEBALL

how about you, Burkina Faso? i see you sitting over there, so smug with the two words in your name. fuck you, Burkina Faso. you think you're so cool with your dual-worded name? fuck you. we're the United States. we invented that shit. you're goin' down, Burkina Faso. down for FREEDOM.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bomb belgium

i'll greet you as liberators
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
5.9 is medium strenght. That doesn't means one has to take it lightly if no para-sismics measures are taken; last year one's in Turkey was 6.1 and killed over 50 people.


damage is related to how much the building codes insist on earthquake-resistant structures (and how well the code is enforced). a 5.9 is nothing here, where we expect regular earthquakes and the buildings are constructed to withstand them. in a place where you don't expect earthquakes, and so don't build with withstanding them in mind - yeah, you can get some pretty severe damage. sounds like the east coast pretty much managed to avoid that, though. all i heard on the news was about some bits that fell off the national cathedral.

{edit} ok, so apparently i missed the whole second page....but you see what i mean, we californians know how to load our shelves and stuff. and make ceilings.
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Lemontree



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mouse wrote:
{edit} ok, so apparently i missed the whole second page....but you see what i mean, we californians know how to load our shelves and stuff. and make ceilings.


You're still mostly right. That damage was from within 10 miles of the epicenter.. Back here in Richmond I haven't heard of any serious damage.
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Thy Brilliance



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:25 pm    Post subject: Compare and contrast damage. Reply with quote

Typical day in LA.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willem wrote:
bomb belgium

i'll greet you as liberators


Willem seems to be a bit tired of Belgian politicians. Look on the bright side, at least they're back from their inexplicable 3 week holiday.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! We'll have a government in no time oh hang on
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The earthquake for me was an after thought when it happened and continues to be an after thought as I have my eye on Irene.
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Samsally



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure we'd all be fucked if I felt an earthquake (without traveling for quite some time, anyway).

Good luck, E-boy.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was definitely stronger then the 4.3 that I experienced in st. louis a few years ago. Me and my roommate had a pretty funny back and forth when it happened.

Me: You feel that?

Him: Yeah...Earthquake?

Me: Yeah.

*We go back to playing video games.*
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willem wrote:
Great! We'll have a government in no time oh hang on


that's right! you guys are like a white people's Somalia or something!

HANG ON WILLEM WE WILL BRING YOU FREEDOM
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Explanation of the east coast resonance and a warning about the New Madrid Fault in the central U.S..
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