Tectonically Tickled

July 29, 2008

Well, since everybody on the blogosphere is doing it,… 🙂

San Andreas Fault - LA on the Pacific Plate and SF on the North American Plate, sliding towards each other.

San Andreas Fault - LA on the Pacific Plate and SF on the North American Plate, sliding towards each other.

As a native Southern Californian in the face of a 5.4 quake, like most of the throng of people working here at APU, we just normally sit tight and let it run its course. But this time, I really did take all those years of elementary school training and settled under the desk. The office bungalows we were in really took a nice shake so it was hard to say in the moment if it would be a lot worse than it actually was today.

What raced through my mind was all the news articles that talk about Los Angeles being dried of an earthquake for so long that the next one would be significant:

“Geologists say an earthquake capable of causing widespread destruction is 99 percent certain of hitting California within the next 30 years.”

“Today’s reminder is that the big quake is yet to come. It’s going 7.9 to 8.1 on the San Andreas Fault in the next decade,” Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith told reporters.”

When the Northridge Quake hit in 1994, some of the staff members here remember the bungalow splitting apart at the seam where two units attached. Tell me that wouldn’t be weird, suddenly seeing daylight in the middle of your office complex.

So crawl under those desks, run to those doorposts, watch for those aftershocks, and have a nice day!

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