A 8.8 earthquake hit Chile a year ago and I actually live in the epicentre, I was 14 back then. I was really scared and started to cry because all my things (computer, TV, books, toys, plushies, DVDs, etcetera) started to fall. And there was this horrible sound that was like the mouth of a monster that tried to eat us (that was what I thought during the movement). And after the earthquake, the same night, it was more frightening. People started to plunder the supermarkets and stores. I lived a lot of things in few days: had to wait for hours to have some drinking water; no electricity; eat in a day less than what I eat in lunch; for some reason, being affected by the tear gas alone while waiting in a huge line, of people I didn't know, for more water; saw a soldier hitting a man; being in curfew... etcetera. And the aftershocks where (are) sooo annoying. And the tsunami... God, that was totally pathetic. All the 500 o more death were fault of the stupid government and ONEMI.
Living in Southern California, I've felt a bunch. Big ones, like Whittier in 1987 & Northridge in 1994. Nothing as big as Japan, though. And of course smaller ones, which we feel every now and then. I hate the ones early in the morning that wake me up out of sleep.
Another time I was driving and I thought I had flat tire. I drove to a gas station and looked at my tires and they were fine. I went inside the gas station and everyone was freaking out.
Funny enough, my dad's from Hawaii & my mom's from Japan. My dad had spent enough time in Japan to get used to the earthquakes. During the Whittier earthquake my parents laughed at me because I was freaking out about the shaking and they told me it wasn't that bad (we were far enough away from the epicenter there wasn't too much damage). I think that's why the Japanese have been so orderly, they are fairly used to the shaking but I know that with this last one they were pretty agitated (I checked on them and they are ok).
Here in Lisbon i've felt 3 few already, but no big deal, fortunately. Last one was kinda funny, i was in my bed we had some good laughs XD
Lots of geological activity around here. Last big one ocurred in 1755 and destroyed almost every building, followed by fires and tsunami - 10.000 killed (some say many more thousands died, but no one really knows, i guess). Now experts have done the maths and say we must be ready to a major shake, probably this century, given them frequency through history in Portugal. Just thinking about that freaks me out.
When I was a kid, the 94 earthquake in California, I was at a sleepover and I remember having a dream that my friend's uncle was pulling me and my friends around in a wagon or something, like a really bumpy ride, then I woke up and he was shaking me, to get me out of bed and out of the house. We were running out, glasses were falling everywhere from the cabinets and the waterheater burst out of the closet, it was crazy. Then, for some crazy makes-no-sense reason, they piled us all in their car and drove us to another house, but the freeway we were on was literally crumbling apart, I think it later split in two, we're lucky we made it.
i grew up in CA. In 1989 i was in Oakland, CA for the Loma Prieta Earthquake. I was in Los Angeles for the 1994 Northridge Quake. Been in one in WA state and been in a bunch of small ones also. its interesting.
After 9-10yrs of living in So-Cal, the only one i've felt was teh 5.8/5.9 a few yrs ago. At work, the floors started waving, books started falling off shelves... so I just stood in the middle of the office cause it wasn't very safe to get to a doorway.
A lot of our door frames have shifted too. I can't lock my bathroom door now because the door & panel don't align any more.
Yes. We do not get very many earthquakes here on the eastern coast of the United States, but one night I was a late working on the computer and suddenly I felt this mild rumbling, like a train going by but with no sound. I did not pay any attention to it but later the next day I heard mention of it on the news, and when I went to visit my uncle, he pointed out a thin crack that ran across his basement floor which was caused by the quake.
Wow! I'm really shocked that so many folks have never been in an earthquake! I guess depending on where you live they can be pretty rare.
They're not really a big deal depending on where you are when they happen. When I was a kid the never scared me because there wasn't really anything in our house that could fall on me of anything, and for some reason I was certain I could survive if the house collapsed. Lol! Kids think they're invincible! But I've never felt anything all that big. When I got older and I we had a quake while I was in my office building on the 3rd floor I got nervous because I wasn't sure our building was up to code because I didn't know how old it was. I don't like quakes when I don't trust the building I'm in.
Lol! That's so funny! Living in California I feel the opposite. I'd rather be in an earthquake because a hurricane lasts so much longer and I really don't know anything about dodging a hurricane. Plus they're seasonal so they happen all the time. I'm not a fan of water damage or my roof flying off. I guess it just depends on what you feel prepared for.
Been through too many to count, and they all feel different. Landers quake in '92 was 7.2, whole lot of violent shaking then a lot of rolling to the point that you don't know when it is actually over because your body still feels the rolling. Northridge in '94, SF in '89, Whittier Narrows in '86ish. Earthquakes kind of freak you out the first time you experience them, but after you have been through so many, it become almost second nature. Living in California, you are always waiting for "The Big One" which hopefully won't happen in my time in California. We have been lucky enough not to experience anything like Japan.
no quakes, no hurricanes, no tornados, no volcanoes,..... I love living in Johannesburg, South Africa. although we have some tremors, but they are caused by old mines collapsing. its a pretty intense experience.
Pariah000Featured By OwnerMar 13, 2011Student General Artist
We had a small freak earthquake back where i used to live. i was on a lawn mower at the time so i didnt feel a thing but everyone was carrying on about it. i didnt think it was an earthwquake though, i figured it might have been one of the nearby fireworks factories blowing up again lol
I live in Southern California and 4.0 - 5.0 quakes are common enough that we don't sweat 'em all that much. At 6.0, you start to get my attention.
Most of the stuff we get here feel kind of like a vehicle ran into the building you're in. The bigger the quake, the bigger the truck that hit you. Now, I'm told that the thing in Japan lasted for 5 whole minutes! OK, experienced as *I* am, I'd be pooping my pants at that point!
Well ive experienced one or two. Real small ones compared to what hit Japan. But when you are 12 floors up in the air even a small earthquake can feel real scary. There was this one time the chandelier was rocking back and forth a little bit with no apparent reason then a few seconds later boom an earthquake. Kinda scares the living poop out of ya. Cant imagine what a 8.9 would feel like. And what it will do to my pants.
If, when I went to go see the birthplace of my girlfriend in San Juan province, whose capital city is at the base of the Andes mountain range in my country (Argentina), overnight in hours from dawn, I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor and notice how the ground shook ... woke her to tell her if she had noticed, and I said yes .. but it happened all the time, the next day to listen on the radio who had felt in the city one of the many small earthquakes that occur in the mountains .. I did not know but Los Andes is one of the youngest mountain ranges on the planet and still it keeps moving, so many small earthquakes are occurring daily without implying a hazard to people living there (although I have to point out that an earthquake of great intensity, the same city left in ruins during the forties)
I felt the strong one that England suffered years ago - I say strong one. I mean to English standards - so please no Ring of Fire nations getting at me!
My bed was shaking and my doors were banging. It lasted about 15 seconds I would say. But for some reason. I thought thieves were running a mock in my house.
I was up in a flash and looking around the house for a thief. I spent roughly 15 minutes looking for someone. Couldn't find any way in the house. Went to bed. The news told me it was an Earthquake the next day.
It was '99. Aug 17th, a 7.4 and on Nov 12nd a 7.2. They were so terrifying. We weren't aware what an earthquake ca do. We hadn't seen one as big as them till then. But after the shock you get used to it.
quite fortunately i live in england so we rarely have them and rarely cause any sort of damage. the last time i can remember was in the middle of the night, lasted for about 20 seconds and was only just noticable really.
Oh, yeah, Mexico city, September 19, 1985, 8.2 (or 8.4, not sure) in the Richter scale. Unofficialy, several thousand dead, oficially? like 2 people dead. I was 12 years old, so, I guess I didn't really felt the true repercusions, but seeing all the collapsed buildings and pictures of corpses and hands reaching out from the rubble on the news wasn't very healthy. It changed life for everyone who lived in this city.
Marmite-MoFeatured By OwnerMar 13, 2011Student Traditional Artist
Hellz Yea I have! I live in Wellington, New Zealand, which was known for having little earthquakes all the time, and bigger ones too, it was totally normal. But since Christchurch had the really destructive ones it's been a bit different.
There's been 2 where I live in the past few years. For the first one, there was a sports event going on in my school stadium, and I didn't feel a thing. I heard that the desks shook though. The second one was just a tiny one that ended in like 5 seconds .
I lived in Japan for 3 years, and experienced many quakes. Most of them only last a few seconds, and few of them are truly scary, because you know what to do. From the footage I saw of the quake, itself (forget the tsunami - that's another issue), this one would have terrified me.
I do have a funny story about one of the quakes I went through, though . . .
When I was 7, I had a dream that King Kong was wandering though my neighborhood. I knew he was close, because I could feel and hear his footsteps. I got the sense that he was really close to my house, so I hid in the closet. Eventually, the dream got so scary that I woke up.
After realizing it was just a dream, I laid back down at tried to get back to sleep. Seconds later, the whole house was shaking. Paintings on the wall were repeatedly slamming against the wall. The bunk bed that I was in was swaying back-and-forth to the point that it probably should have collapsed with my little brother below me. And the whole time, I thought that King Kong was trying to pick up my house! I kept saying, "Wake up! Wake up!" until my dad ran into the room and pulled me off the top bunk, and I realized it wasn't a dream. And even then, I couldn't tell if it was an Earthquake, or if my dream became reality.
it was about 9 years ago more or less. I was at my grandmother's playing in the yard (i was making drawings) when it happened. I can't really describe much. I could the the gate shaking very much like a gang of people was shaking it (it was very noisy too) i could also feel everything in a shake. I started to think that maybe the ground was thumping because of a horse wagon outside or something. My grandma rushed to me and moved as far away from the house. She said "it's an earthquake" but it only last for a few seconds so i couldn't gather my eyes and senses around for too much. All i know is that granny usually is very sensitive about earthquakes. She can tell from the difference of thump-vibration in the ground from a train roaring on its tracks and an earthquake shake. I am not so lucky. She said i slept through an earthquake (she said it was a very weak one though)
I'm living in Japan for long 9 years and this is the worst quake i'd felt in here ,i'm living in Shizuoka city ,is located far of the Fukushima-ken but i was working when the quake starts and got and still scared ! *sorry for my poor english *
I lived an hour away from chch up until about a month ago [I missed the most recent one there but felt all the rest of them] the aftershocks went on for months. Its a strange feeling that can't really be explained through words. For the first one and every one afterwards my cat either woke me up or just started walking all over me a minute ish before it happened so I got used to realizing thats what she meant xD except for the first one I was so angry that she had woken me up but afterwards I was like baby I love you. Its the most unraveling feeling you will feel during, its like no matter what you or anyone can do at that point of time you are not safe.
I've experienced a bunch, you know living in Japan and all, this one by far the worst ever! Not to mention the tsunami that's pretty much wipped out a good chunk of this country. Something I'll never forget and wish I never had been through. I'll be more than happy when this deal is all over.
Just minimal after shocks from other states that had an earthquake. only reason I knew we had the 1st was the hanging plant in the t.v. room swung like someone bumped it a bit. Another time I was outside and watched a ballbat roll about 3 feet, no wind, th bat was there for 20 minutes before. The 3rd time my Buda vibrated abolut an inch forward on my dresser. But to have actually felt the tremors, I did not. 1st in the early 1980's 2nd mid 1980's 3rd in the early 1990's
Many were small, along 4-5 on the Richter scale any I either slept through or looked up wondering if I just felt the room shake.
The largest earthquake I've experienced registered 6.5 on the Richter scale while out camping with my girlfriend getting frisky in the tent. (Insert jokes here) That was a memorable moment to say the least.