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At 5:53 PM MST Boise, Idaho today I experienced a 6.5 earthquake. There was first a large rumble and I thought “wow the people upstairs are making a lot of noise.” Then the floor was shaking the table the shaking the windows were shaking and it started to roll and build and get worse and worse and it did all this for about 30 seconds. It was like the earth had waves in it and you could feel every wave as it went through your body. As it got worse it was really frightening. When it subsided my heart was definitely in the aerobic target zone. Earthquakes are not common here by the way. The picture, is not truly what happened but it’s what it felt like. I have a tendency to be a bit dramatic. But without any exaggeration it was quite an event, simply due to its novelty.

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Yeah man. Felt my first a few months back. Knew I would eventually but you can't prepare for that feeling. So weird and helpless. You just have to ride it out. Glad you're ok. 

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19 minutes ago, Yoda said:

Yeah man. Felt my first a few months back. Knew I would eventually but you can't prepare for that feeling. So weird and helpless. You just have to ride it out. Glad you're ok. 

Yeah everybody’s OK, thanks. It’s just weird. What was worst was that after 10 seconds it trickled to almost nothing and then came back with this rolling feeling that grew and grew and the rattling and the rumbling grew and grew and I knew if it kept growing it would rip my building to pieces. Glad it didn’t. 

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7 minutes ago, IdahoBert said:

Yeah everybody’s OK, thanks. It’s just weird. What was worst was that after 10 seconds it trickled to almost nothing and then came back with this rolling feeling that grew and grew and the rattling and the rumbling grew and grew and I knew if it kept growing it would rip my building to pieces. Glad it didn’t. 

Yeah you guys aren't really built for that. My house was built back in the 40s and I have no idea what earthquake tech was back then but I feel like I'm pretty safe here, unless we get "the big one". I've never had a big one and I don't plan on starting now. 

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8 hours ago, Yoda said:

Yeah man. Felt my first a few months back. Knew I would eventually but you can't prepare for that feeling. So weird and helpless. You just have to ride it out. Glad you're ok. 

Sounds like marriage

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Worst one I ever experienced was in San Diego. I was walking toward a door to turn on a lightswitch and the ground sunk as I put my foot down. It speaks to the rolling wave sensation that Bert felt. My roommate, who is from Minnesota, had never experienced an earthquake and he freaked out. I had gone through several at that point but that was definitely the worst. It is a strange feeling indeed.

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50 minutes ago, Biff Mayhem said:

Worst one I ever experienced was in San Diego. I was walking toward a door to turn on a lightswitch and the ground sunk as I put my foot down. It speaks to the rolling wave sensation that Bert felt. My roommate, who is from Minnesota, had never experienced an earthquake and he freaked out. I had gone through several at that point but that was definitely the worst. It is a strange feeling indeed.

Yeah. That’s it.

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Well, look at on the bright side: you're close enough to Yellowstone that if the big one ever goes you won't have to worry about slow death by starvation and global winter.

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10 hours ago, Yoda said:

 I've never had a big one and I don't plan on starting now. 

lol

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I was in SoCal once visiting, driving around listening to the Jim Rome program, as one does..... he's in SoCal and started talking about the quake they had.... I didn't feel it at all, I guess b/c I was driving at the time?

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15 minutes ago, pfife said:

I was in SoCal once visiting, driving around listening to the Jim Rome program, as one does..... he's in SoCal and started talking about the quake they had.... I didn't feel it at all, I guess b/c I was driving at the time?

yeah - in a moving car it would be almost impossible to notice a small quake. Years ago, we were visiting my sister, who hadn't been living in SoCal for long. Her house had a big foyer and a curved staircase going up with a big chandelier hung inside the curve. So a little roller hits and we are all heading for the doors and she is standing at the banister upstairs leaning out trying to steady the chandelier. My BIL just looked up at her and asked her if she was crazy. We never let her live that one down. xD

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The earthquake we had last summer, the Dodgers played right through it. The announcers could feel it but the players on the ground had no idea anything was happening. It was really weird. 

 

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1 hour ago, Yoda said:

The earthquake we had last summer, the Dodgers played right through it. The announcers could feel it but the players on the ground had no idea anything was happening. It was really weird. 

 

Granted the stands would amplify the motion for the fans and announcers, but still -- an indicator of a pitcher's concentration level to deliver pitches with the mound moving around.  Lauer didn't seem to notice at all.

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7 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

I was walking toward a door to turn on a lightswitch and the ground sunk as I put my foot down. 

Sounds like a trip.

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5 hours ago, pfife said:

I was in SoCal once visiting, driving around listening to the Jim Rome program, as one does..... 

We all make mistakes.

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16 hours ago, IdahoBert said:

At 5:53 PM MST Boise, Idaho today I experienced a 6.5 earthquake. There was first a large rumble and I thought “wow the people upstairs are making a lot of noise.” Then the floor was shaking the table the shaking the windows were shaking and it started to roll and build and get worse and worse and it did all this for about 30 seconds. It was like the earth had waves in it and you could feel every wave as it went through your body. As it got worse it was really frightening. When it subsided my heart was definitely in the aerobic target zone. Earthquakes are not common here by the way. The picture, is not truly what happened but it’s what it felt like. I have a tendency to be a bit dramatic. But without any exaggeration it was quite an event, simply due to its novelty.

 

Good to hear you are OK.  You've had a heckuva few months, haven't you?

You know, you think about 10 seconds, 30 seconds, and it doesn't seem like such a long time unless you're in a situation like this.  One Mississippi, two Mississippi probably becomes more like one Mississippi Massachusetts Maryland Michigan Montana Missouri Minnesota, two Mississippi Massachusetts Maryland Michigan Montana Missouri Minnesota,....

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I remember an earthquake being felt in Detroit in the '80s during a Tigers game, enough that Ernie & Paul commented that it felt like kids were pounding the top of the booth as if it was Bat Day.

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I remember that earthquake we had in Detroit about 2 years ago,  I think it was centered across the Detroit River Trenton.    Man, I thought that was the end of days,  many.............That three second rumble that sound like a truck sped down my streret.    I still wake up in a cold sweat thinking of that evening.    

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23 minutes ago, lordstanley said:

I remember an earthquake being felt in Detroit in the '80s during a Tigers game, enough that Ernie & Paul commented that it felt like kids were pounding the top of the booth as if it was Bat Day.

Yeah - I guess it was the 80' or so. If it's the one I remember It originated in KY but so deep underground that it propagated a long way. That was a weekday afternoon, my first thought was that a truck had hit the loading dock in our bldg hard, but then it didn't go away and all the equipment in my lab started to rattle. Still that was pretty small. I'd just as soon miss a 6.5.

 

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55 minutes ago, lordstanley said:

I remember an earthquake being felt in Detroit in the '80s during a Tigers game, enough that Ernie & Paul commented that it felt like kids were pounding the top of the booth as if it was Bat Day.

 

19 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Yeah - I guess it was the 80' or so. If it's the one I remember It originated in KY but so deep underground that it propagated a long way. That was a weekday afternoon, my first thought was that a truck had hit the loading dock in our bldg hard, but then it didn't go away and all the equipment in my lab started to rattle. Still that was pretty small. I'd just as soon miss a 6.5.

 

I thought I remembered hearing about one in the mid/late 80s.  I don't remember feeling it, and if I recall correctly, the timing of it would have had me in school, I think during gym class.  Supposedly it was a minor one, there's allegedly a minor fault line around Bowling Green, OH?  I don't know, maybe it was just Sister Felicitous beating the snot out of an unruly kid.

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Earthquakes are near the top of a very long  list of things that I don’t miss about California.   

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I think I felt a couple aftershocks today. I was sitting in the kitchen on the same wooden chair I was sitting on the day before when the real earthquake happened and suddenly the floor and the chair just vibrated momentarily and there’s no good reason for that kind of stuff to happen. If I’d been sitting on a cushy couch of some kind I don’t think there’s any chance I would’ve felt it.

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11 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Granted the stands would amplify the motion for the fans and announcers, but still -- an indicator of a pitcher's concentration level to deliver pitches with the mound moving around.  Lauer didn't seem to notice at all.

Being in a structure really makes a difference. my son just happened to be under a shelter in a park and he noticed it because the shelter started making lots of noise. The first thing I noticed was lot of noise coming from above me in the apartment above, after that I felt it at ground level where I was. If I’d been outside standing on grass I’m not sure what I would’ve felt

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6 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Yeah - I guess it was the 80' or so. If it's the one I remember It originated in KY but so deep underground that it propagated a long way. That was a weekday afternoon, my first thought was that a truck had hit the loading dock in our bldg hard, but then it didn't go away and all the equipment in my lab started to rattle. Still that was pretty small. I'd just as soon miss a 6.5.

 

July 27, 1980. 2:50pm.   5.2 in NE Kentucky. Felt into Ohio, southeast Michigan and southwestern Ontario. The Tigers were hosting the Oakland A’s for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader in front of 44,000. All of that sounds familiar to me, I had forgotten Oakland was the opponent.

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8 hours ago, lordstanley said:

July 27, 1980. 2:50pm.   5.2 in NE Kentucky. Felt into Ohio, southeast Michigan and southwestern Ontario. The Tigers were hosting the Oakland A’s for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader in front of 44,000. All of that sounds familiar to me, I had forgotten Oakland was the opponent.

A few days before that the sky turned green in Michigan and a bunch of damage was done.  Windows were blown out of the RenCen and it was the week of the Republican Convention.  Peter Sellers died that week too.      I don't think it was a tornado, I think it was straight line winds,  which aren't as sexy as a tornado, but they do more widespread damage.      

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