Some of you may have heard that Northern California had a pretty good sized earthquake today at 4:30pm.
It shook us up pretty good, but most of our stuff stayed put. My MIL, however, had books, glass and various sundries all over the place. I’m such a freak that it didn’t even faze me much.
I was in Napa for the Loma Prieda earthquake in 1989. At 8.3, that sucker still caused pickle jars to cascade down the aisle of the small grocery store I was working in at the time. I don’t freak out over earthquakes anymore. To me, they’re natural.
Here’s a picture from the U.S. Geological Survey site.
Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 00:27:38 UTC
Saturday, January 09, 2010 at 04:27:38 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
7.6 km (4.7 miles)
OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
33 km (20 miles) WNW (288°) from Ferndale, CA
37 km (23 miles) W (259°) from Humboldt Hill, CA
39 km (24 miles) WSW (254°) from Bayview, CA
42 km (26 miles) WSW (251°) from Eureka, CA
359 km (223 miles) NW (312°) from Sacramento, CA
Apparently it was a little known fault line offshore. We’ll be going to the in-laws tomorrow to do some clean up.
Everything here is fine. We have heard of at least one house in Humboldt Hill that fell off its foundation and killed the family dog, but for the most part, it was a pretty mild one.
That’s not to say we’re out of danger. Right now, it’s 8:00pm. When the 1992 Gordo Quake decimated Ferndale, it began with a 7.2 shaker followed by a 6.5 eight hours later and a 6.7 earthquake four hours after that. In other words, three fairly big ones right in a row.
So far there’s been four or five small aftershocks 3.0 or bigger but we’ll see.
Any news from the Ferndale front?
UPDATE: Apparently there’s a big crack in the road at Humboldt Hill and also on Wabash. It looks like Humboldt Hill (Just south of the main city of Eureka) has really gotten hammered. I’m curious to know how Winco and Costco faired in the massive shaking.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Costco had a tough time and someone who works there said they had to load all the cold stuff into trucks last night. The power came back on at 2am and Costco workers were called back to put everything back in. A big mess, so I understand.