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Wile_E_Coyote
11-15-2007, 09:48 AM
I remember back in the late 60s & early 70s we had some small tremors here in Missouri. Just enough to rattle the windows or shake nick nacks on a shelf. Don't recall any since, well maybe from the Kelli - October thread

Frazod
11-15-2007, 09:57 AM
I've done a hurricane, a tornado and a couple of floods. Never experienced an earthquake that I can remember.

gblowfish
11-15-2007, 09:57 AM
1989 or 1990. I was in a church camp in Marshall, Indiana for the FCA shooting video. Sitting in a cabin on top of a bunk bed. Pictures on the wall started clapping, jumped off the top bunk, ground felt like I was standing on a waterbed.

By the time I figured out what was going on, it was over.

Epicenter was down around Cairo, IL, close to New Madrid Fault.

It shook skyscrapers in Chicago, Memphis and Indianapolis.

Weird...

Think it was the last really big shock east of Mississippi River.

StcChief
11-15-2007, 09:57 AM
http://www.showme.net/~fkeller/quake/lib/bigquake.htm

I remember growing up in Macomb Il playing football on that day....

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playing pickup back yard football leaning against outside clothes line poll between plays.

you could feel wood poll shake.....

Neighbor lady comes outside Dishes rattling in cabinet.

This is 150 M N of STL.

JBucc
11-15-2007, 09:58 AM
Never. I'm sure I've felt some small tremors but I've never thought "EARTHQUAKE!"

RP_McMurphy
11-15-2007, 10:00 AM
Hmmmmmmm last time I was at Arrowhead and Jason Whitlock got out of his seat.

Jilly
11-15-2007, 10:00 AM
never an earthquake, wouldn't have a clue what it felt like

Iowanian
11-15-2007, 10:00 AM
Many of the lucky ladies with whom I've pleasured have trembled and shaken.

Skip Towne
11-15-2007, 10:06 AM
Many of the lucky ladies with whom I've pleasured have trembled and shaken.
:rolleyes:

morphius
11-15-2007, 10:12 AM
It was probably the fifth or sixth, most coldest day in my entire life... Oh wait, never mind, I have never felt one.

Mr. Laz
11-15-2007, 10:12 AM
never

TrebMaxx
11-15-2007, 10:19 AM
1987 for me. I was a little north of Cincinnati OH on a funeral detail while in the Army. I remember a couple of months before that one while at Ft. Knox KY there was a larger trembler and I thought it was pretty cool at the time, I don't know if all the beer that had been consumed that night made it seem cooler.

JohninGpt
11-15-2007, 11:17 AM
Went through a 7.7 (that'sa biggun) in the Philippines in 1990. Over 1800 people killed. Thankfully I was not at the epicenter, and we were not asked to clean up.

BigRedChief
11-15-2007, 11:20 AM
1985 Haifa Israel x 2 in one week. It was really weird not having a place to put your feet when you are standing up when the ground was shaking. It lasted about 5 seconds but seems to take forever.

Been in the path of so many hurricanes I've lost count while I was working in the Gulf of Mexico.

Got caught in the middle of a tornado in Springfield Mo.

Jilly
11-15-2007, 11:21 AM
It lasted about 5 seconds but seems to take forever.

that's what she said.... ROFL

Easy 6
11-15-2007, 11:32 AM
3 or 4 minor ones in Fairbanks, Alaska.

It kinda gives you the impression of feeling dizzy when you stand up, your steps feel unsure & everything seems to vibrate.

JohninGpt
11-15-2007, 11:43 AM
3 or 4 minor ones in Fairbanks, Alaska.

It kinda gives you the impression of feeling dizzy when you stand up, your steps feel unsure & everything seems to vibrate.
The one in the Philippines was my first. It felt like I was standing on a sheet of plywood in a swimming pool full of jello.

DenverDanChiefsFan
11-15-2007, 11:52 AM
First was when the wife and I lived in SanFran - 93/94 timeframe. Also felt one when we lived in Vegas - probably 96ish. Not that memorable - they all knocked a few things off shelves but nothing collapsed.

Iowanian
11-15-2007, 12:00 PM
I was drunk in college and apparently in bed with this Indian(feather not dot) gal known as Buffalo Heifer from that point on.....she fell out of her bunk when I tried to flip her over....and the people on all 7 floors of that tower thought there was an earthquake.



Skip is just upset with me because his slinky doesn't go down stairs anymore.

thehead
11-15-2007, 12:07 PM
MT St Helens 1979 not the big one just enough to make pictures fall of the walls. Dad was in the Pulp & Paper biz , right after that episode we moved back to Louisiana.

Easy 6
11-15-2007, 12:08 PM
The one in the Philippines was my first. It felt like I was standing on a sheet of plywood in a swimming pool full of jello.

Thats a very good way of explaining the sensation.

Wile_E_Coyote
11-15-2007, 12:36 PM
The History of Earthquakes in Missouri

http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/HistoryMOeqs.htm

Small earthquakes and tremors occur frequently in Missouri. Thousands of quakes have been noted in the state since 1795 and have been recorded since 1908. In recent times, earthquakes have been known to rock tall buildings and crack plaster in Missouri homes. Most were accompanied by numerous aftershocks, which are a series of successive quakes that can cause more damage than the initial shock.

Geologic studies indicate that large earthquakes occurred within the southeastern Missouri region in approximately 300 AD, 900 AD, and 1400 AD. Lesser quakes of 4.6 or below have occurred in 1990, 1992, 1998 and 2003 in areas ranging from central Missouri to the far southeastern bootheel of Missouri.


Geologists, seismologists, and planners caution against developing heavily populated areas on land previously ruptured or shaken by quakes, because these areas are predictable sources of future earthquakes. Earthquakes reoccur along faults, which are fractures in the earth’s crust. Southeast Missouri is part of a mid-continent fault zone that includes seven states. Seismologists regard it as one of the most potentially dangerous earthquake regions in the country.

About 200 shocks are detected every year in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (or Central United States Seismic Zone). Earthquakes in that zone could affect parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Most of the quakes are only detectable by sensitive instruments, but southeast Missouri is disrupted once or twice every 18 months by earthquakes strong enough to crack plaster in buildings. In varying degrees, a major earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone would affect all states east of the Rocky Mountains.

Although not recorded by modern instruments, a sequence of earthquakes that occurred near New Madrid in 1811-1812 included three of the most intense ever to occur on this continent. The New Madrid quakes were followed by aftershocks that continued for more than two years. More than 2,000 shocks were felt at least 180 miles away from their centers.

Eyewitnesses of the New Madrid earthquakes said, “The surface of the earth rose and fell like the long, low swell of the sea, tilting the trees until their branches interlocked, and opening the soil in deep cracks... landslides swept down the steeper bluffs and hillsides; considerable areas were uplifted, and still larger areas sunk and became covered with water emerging through fissures... high banks [of the Mississippi] caved and were precipitated into the river; sand bars and points of islands gave way, and whole islands disappeared.”

New lakes, islands, and streams appeared, and much of the topography of the southeastern corner of Missouri was changed completely. Within three months, the three largest quakes caused vast destruction, distorted lines of sight and level, and flung objects into the air. They were felt throughout 2.5 million square miles and rang church bells in Washington, D.C.

To learn more, see our page on how earthquakes are measured (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/MeasuringEQs.htm) or read the comparison between the Richter Magnitude or Modified Mercalli Intensity Scales (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/richt_mercali_relation.htm) or an explanation of the relationship of increasing magnitudes (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/relate_incrmagitudes.htm). You may be interested in understanding earthquakes (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/UnderstandEQs.htm) or what to do before, during or after (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/what2do.htm) an earthquake, or read our interesting earthquake facts (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/techbulletin1.htm) and look at a few earthquake hazards maps (http://www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/geores/EQmaps.htm) for Missouri.

Fruit Ninja
11-15-2007, 12:42 PM
A big one? 1994 back in Los Angeles. I was at my grandmothers house. It happened about 5am or so. I was sleeping on the couch and the earth moved so hard that it actually threw me off the couch.

88TG88
11-15-2007, 01:13 PM
About 6 months ago.

Duck Dog
11-15-2007, 01:19 PM
'92 in Izmir, Turkey. My apartment was on the 6th floor of 10 story building built from gravel and held together with chewing gum. I could see out the windows and we were swaying big time. Scary shit.

banyon
11-15-2007, 01:21 PM
Damn, I came to this thread looking for Mangino jokes.

StcChief
11-15-2007, 01:22 PM
I was drunk in college and apparently in bed with this Indian(feather not dot) gal known as Buffalo Heifer from that point on.....she fell out of her bunk when I tried to flip her over....and the people on all 7 floors of that tower thought there was an earthquake.



Skip is just upset with me because his slinky doesn't go down stairs anymore.
LMAO

MIAdragon
11-15-2007, 01:30 PM
I was in 7th grade in the 89 San Fran quake, when it started my sister screamed at me "to stop shaking the house!".

Frosty
11-15-2007, 01:32 PM
I was in Salem during this one:

On March 25, 1993, at 5:34 AM, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred near Scotts Mills, Marion County, Oregon which is approximately 32 miles south of Portland and 21 miles northeast of Salem. Although considered moderate, in both terms of magnitude/intensity and damage, it was Marion County's largest earthquake in recent recorded history and cause $25-30 million in damages. No serious injuries were reported.

Woke me up as it felt like someone was violently shaking the bed. Freaked me out pretty good. My wife slept through it. :rolleyes:

Pushead2
11-15-2007, 01:34 PM
Hurricane 3 times never a earthquake.

Pushead2
11-15-2007, 01:34 PM
I was in Salem during this one:



Woke me up as it felt like someone was violently shaking the bed. Freaked me out pretty good. My wife slept through it. :rolleyes:

you must have done a number on her ;)

BucEyedPea
11-15-2007, 02:18 PM
September 2006...here in Florida and it was reported on the news here.
I thought I had something wrong with me physically...as I vibrated with the shakes and was dizzy...then I heard the report.

Iowanian
11-15-2007, 02:22 PM
I thought I had something wrong with me physically...as I vibrated with the shakes and was dizzy.


I think *someone* lost her ostridge vibraegg.

Manila-Chief
11-15-2007, 02:49 PM
Went through a 7.7 (that'sa biggun) in the Philippines in 1990. Over 1800 people killed. Thankfully I was not at the epicenter, and we were not asked to clean up.

I was about to ask which one ... then I reread your post. I think my last big one was Mt. Pinatubo ... but, have experienced many in the Philippines. 3.0 and 4.0 are kinda common and one doesn't pay much attention to them. Most of the time one does not experience an earthquake unless they are sitting or lying down.

JohninGpt
11-15-2007, 02:54 PM
I was about to ask which one ... then I reread your post. I think my last big one was Mt. Pinatubo ... but, have experienced many in the Philippines. 3.0 and 4.0 are kinda common and one doesn't pay much attention to them. Most of the time one does not experience an earthquake unless they are sitting or lying down.
The epicenter was Bagio (sp?). A high rise hotel or two collapsed and killed a bunch of folks. I was setting 500lb concrete fenceposts in the hills around the fuel farm a Subic Bay. After the quake, the supervisor was screaming at me for being a 3rd Class Builder and not knowing how to use a level. I just turned up the radio so he could hear what had happened, he had been standing next to the concrete truck and didn't even notice the quake.

BigMeatballDave
11-15-2007, 03:18 PM
Never

barry_smilez20
11-15-2007, 03:27 PM
whats an earthquake?

sd4chiefs
11-15-2007, 03:30 PM
I am going to feel one this Sunday the when the Chargers get hammered by the Jags and all of the fans here in San Diego jump off the bandwagon. Old joke but I could not resist.

Smed1065
11-15-2007, 04:55 PM
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A rare earthquake measuring magnitude 4.9 shook the South early Tuesday, waking up people from Mississippi to North Carolina, but the tremor failed to inflict significant damage, bleary-eyed residents and officials said.

I woke up and then there was an aftershock. I thought I was dreaming at first.

BIG_DADDY
11-15-2007, 04:58 PM
Few days ago

chiefsfan987
11-15-2007, 06:22 PM
February 28, 2001

L.A. Chieffan
11-15-2007, 09:39 PM
couple a weeks ago.

Manila-Chief
11-15-2007, 11:39 PM
The epicenter was Bagio (sp?). A high rise hotel or two collapsed and killed a bunch of folks. I was setting 500lb concrete fenceposts in the hills around the fuel farm a Subic Bay. After the quake, the supervisor was screaming at me for being a 3rd Class Builder and not knowing how to use a level. I just turned up the radio so he could hear what had happened, he had been standing next to the concrete truck and didn't even notice the quake.

I was in Manila when the Baguio quake took place. It was terrible ... high rise buildings just fell down on top of the people inside. They have really done a fantastic job of rebuilding the city.

I think my last major quake was the 1992 Mt. Pinatubo volcano eruption ... which included major earthquakes.... probably about a 5 scale quake where I was. I felt some quakes that shook the bed in the fall of 2005 just before we departed. The first one was the major earthquake of 1977 that killed over 6K people ... most from the tidal waves. I was sleeping in a rural Filipino house and the G.I. (metal) roof was rattling so much it sounded like a jeepney going down the road.

Mojo Rising
11-16-2007, 12:28 AM
Few days ago

You felt that? I guess you are closer to SJ. My wife felt it but I didn't.

I have lived in SF for over 12 years and the only thing I have felt was a trembler back in '95. Thank goodness.

My house was built in '26 and is still standing so I must be on solid ground.