Sunday, October 15, 2006

This Just In

Harry Eagar Ignores God's "Don't make Me come down there!"

4:00 EST (Approx) Magnitude 6.6 earthquake follows flooding rain. Locusts reported to be en route.


Blogger Harry Eagar said...

All serene. I was in an upstairs room that is supported on 4by4 posts. It sways a little in magnitude 4 quakes, while the main house, which is conventional wood frame, does not.

This time, the whole house shook for about 5 seconds. One picture fell off the wall.

About a thousand feet higher on the mountainside, by friend said windows cracked and one guy's truck rolled down the hill -- it's steep -- and over.

I was amused to see that Charles Johnson, who lives in southern California for pete's sake, described it as 'a major earthquake.'

October 15, 2006 3:43 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


Well, it was on the Big Island, after all. That's not exactly next door to you, is it?

The 1969 San Fernando quake, close-ish to where I lived, was, at 6.9, plenty darn big.

October 16, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

I'm about 50 miles from the epicenter.

There's some discrepancy whether Sunday's quake was 6.3 or 6.6, but either way, that's a lot smaller than 6.9.

The previous biggest quake we'd experienced here was around 4.5, so this one was about a thousand times bigger.

The mountain I live on is the biggest on Earth. (I'm not sure how they determine where one mountain ends and the next begins, but somehow they do.) 93% of it is underwater, but the 7% above water is a symmetrical pile two miles high and about 40 miles across.

It is awe-inspiring to think of how much effort it would take to nudge that enough to make a picture fall off the wall.

October 16, 2006 11:48 AM  

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