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Old 11-03-2015, 07:25 AM   #15
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RE: the Northridge Quake. My experience was being sound asleep when it hit. Remember Linda Blair's bed jumping up & down in The Exorcist? That's what it was like. Not fun!
Looks like we were in the same place. We lived in Tarzana near Reseda Blvd. and the 101....... Fun it was not, and it was very depressing living around all the condemned complexes, not to mention what it did to real estate values.

We got very lucky in so many ways in the aftermath, all things being considered......
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Looks like we were in the same place. We lived in Tarzana near Reseda Blvd. and the 101....... Fun it was not, and it was very depressing living around all the condemned complexes, not to mention what it did to real estate values.

We got very lucky in so many ways in the aftermath, all things being considered......
I was living in North Hills at the time. Now I'm in Tarzana.

I must admit, I made a lot of money in the weeks following the quake. I am an insurance adjuster and worked with a catastrophe team company.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:30 AM   #17
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Lived in Glendale, CA during the Northridge quake, not close, but close enough. In a couple hours I will be driving down I17 from Cordes Lake junction to Phoenix. Hope we make it!


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Until I moved to Utah, I had never lived in earthquake country. While quakes aren't as common here as in California, those mountains a couple of miles east of me were created by numerous earthquakes, all 4000-5000' above my level. I very deliberately bought a newer house that was up to date on earthquake zoning requirements, and I have quake insurance (not expensive because of the construction techniques). I still worry some. The local threat is a 7-ish earthquake, not insignificant. DH just went through emergency response training. Interestingly these days you are supposed to turn off your water immediately (contamination) but leave the gas on unless you smell escaping gas. We have he little adapter to turn off the gas (part of the kit they got when they completed training) attached to the meter outside, just in case.
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Have to agree with others, a quake above 6 is no fun. We experienced our first in Turkey living on the 5th floor of a seven story apartment building...darn scary, and then not knowing whether something stronger is coming (or a tsunami as we were on the coast) added to the general fear of everyone.

Couple weeks later, we experienced a 3.5 aftershock while scuba diving off the coast...again, a scary experience being at 60 feet scubaing between two large boulders when it starts and sand starts falling off the boulders while you hear this incredible grating sound.
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There doesn't seem to be a perfect place. Whether it be earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornados. I can't imagine living in an earthquake prone area. A friend of mine was self building his house in Redding, CA. The engineering and cost that are required to meet code is mind blowing. Yet, my California friends shudder at the thought of our tornados.


We had an F4 tornado (1 in 1000 chance) pass 300 yards behind our newly built house in 1997. I looked out the window and saw trees flying over us about 500' in the air. Dogs and I hid in a closet. We were very lucky and only lost a few trees and suffered minimal damage. It was essentially the same system that spun the F5 tornado that hit Jarrel, TX killing 29. They found a man's watch several years later that belonged to somebody in Jarrel, about 3 mi from my house. I live about 60 nautical miles from Jarrel. May 27. 1997. Those dates stick in you mind.
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There doesn't seem to be a perfect place. Whether it be earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornados. I can't imagine living in an earthquake prone area. A friend of mine was self building his house in Redding, CA. The engineering and cost that are required to meet code is mind blowing. Yet, my California friends shudder at the thought of our tornados.


We had an F4 tornado (1 in 1000 chance) pass 300 yards behind our newly built house in 1997. I looked out the window and saw trees flying over us about 500' in the air. Dogs and I hid in a closet. We were very lucky and only lost a few trees and suffered minimal damage. It was essentially the same system that spun the F5 tornado that hit Jarrel, TX killing 29. They found a man's watch several years later that belonged to somebody in Jarrel, about 3 mi from my house. I live about 60 nautical miles from Jarrel. May 27. 1997. Those dates stick in you mind.
I have lived in tornado and hurricane prone areas as well as southern CA. There is ONE HUGE difference, and that is an earthquake could happen at any moment in time, any day of the week, rain, shine, snow or whatever.

Not trying to minimize the losses with any natural disaster, but a tornado is not going to drop out of the sky on a bright sunny day out of nowhere, and while hurricane predictions are not 100% accuarate you have a pretty good idea these days to be prepared one way or the other. Yes people get caught by surprise when a tornado does happen to strike, but the weather gives you a telltale sign for the potential.

You can't live in an "earthquake shelter" 7x24x365, or evaluate ahead of time unless you simply move away like we did.
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I have lived in both areas known for earthquakes and tornadoes. Give me a an earthquake any day over a tornado. You can prepare for a tornado by securing furniture. Hot ware tank etc
I learned from an expert on earthquakes that they are the most survivable disaster. Any home or business that has been built on the past 20 years will withstand a moderate earthquake. Most injuries occur from broken glass and people falling trying to get to a safe location.

On the other hand a tornado frequently hits at night and you get no warning to go to a safe area. Not all states have a siren warning you. I have personally seen the destruction that they cause.
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Tehachapi California, July, 1952.
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Yes, 14 years old. Really rockin summer, many large after shocks. Very destructive and deadly quake. Q
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I have lived in California for almost 60 years and have been thru more earthquakes than I can remember, including the major ones previously mentioned. Like said they are not fun and you never know when they are coming and when they are going to stop, and was it a fore shock for a bigger quake. The last one we had, the epicenter was about a mile from our house. It was a smaller quake, about 4.5, but it felt like someone picked up our house and dropped it. Fortunately we had no severe damage, just cosmetic and clean up.


All that said I still think I would rather have earthquakes than Tornados, as tornados probably cause more wide spread destruction and occur in a severe magnitude multiple times every year. Also you usually don't see entire towns disappear as a result of an earthquake like you do in a Tornado. Earthquakes are survivable for the most part, and in California the death rate has been fairly low. I know if your the one, a family member or a friend, that dies that is too many. Also I don't think the OP was making light of earthquakes, he just wanted to experience one. You would be amazed how many people want to experience one. It's very similar to those that chase Tornados, and they aren't all professional weather watchers. Every time relatives came to visit us from back east they always said they hoped we would have a mild earthquake just to see what it felt like, and we always thought it would be neat to get snowed in. Neither would be fun to experience numerous times or an extreme event.
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