Oh jeez not again
Article says there was a 6.5 in the same area on Jan 9, too.
If you all will excuse me, I am heading to the store to buy canned food and bottled water.
No damage luckily, but it's crazy to think of two major earthquakes in the same relative area in about a month's time. Just a few miles from where I lived this summer, so I'm pretty glad I moved.
5.9 is strong but in the US, especially west coast, it normally isn't deadly. I was out here for the 6.5 quake that hit Seattle back in 01 and it really wasn't that bad. I think there was one death and it was actually a heart attack.
Well I guess Cali is on its way to breaking off and plunging into the ocean. Good to know any of you from there.:jimlad:
I was in a small one in the LA area several years ago - it was enough to scare the crap out of me - was in an building with full length windows on the 19th floor - it was about 30' along the windows to get out of my cubilce - I went right over the cubicle divider and across someone's desk to get away from the windows!
I wish our gov't would quit using that dang earthquake weapon, this is just getting out of hand...
This really isn't that unusual, especially with it being off the coast. Did you know that there was a major volcanic eruption off the coast of Oregon a few years ago?
With that being said, this was shallow enough to it could have possibly done some damage if it wasn't offshore.
I saw a video on the evening news about an underwater volcano near Okinawa (sp?) - the water was just boiling many feet into the air - cool sight.
A 5.9 earthquake isn't that bad. The severity of an earthquake goes up 10 times for every 1 point. So a 6.9 earthquake is ten times worse than a 5.9.
found this kind of interesting
Richter TNT for Seismic Example
Magnitude Energy Yield (approximate)
-1.5 6 ounces Breaking a rock on a lab table
1.0 30 pounds Large Blast at a Construction Site
1.5 320 pounds
2.0 1 ton Large Quarry or Mine Blast
2.5 4.6 tons
3.0 29 tons
3.5 73 tons
4.0 1,000 tons Small Nuclear Weapon
4.5 5,100 tons Average Tornado (total energy)
5.0 32,000 tons
5.5 80,000 tons Little Skull Mtn., NV Quake, 1992
6.0 1 million tons Double Spring Flat, NV Quake, 1994
6.5 5 million tons Northridge, CA Quake, 1994
7.0 32 million tons Hyogo-Ken Nanbu, Japan Quake, 1995; Largest Thermonuclear Weapon
7.5 160 million tons Landers, CA Quake, 1992
8.0 1 billion tons San Francisco, CA Quake, 1906
8.5 5 billion tons Anchorage, AK Quake, 1964
9.0 32 billion tons Chilean Quake, 1960
10.0 1 trillion tons (San-Andreas type fault circling Earth)
12.0 160 trillion tons (Fault Earth in half through center,
OR Earth's daily receipt of solar energy)