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How often do you think about earthquakes?

7 Answers
At any given time, without warning, an earthquake can occur. Do you think about this fact and does it scare you?
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I use to think about earthquakes all the time while living in California. I would be especially afraid of going over the San Francisco bridge due to seeing a man diving into the Bay with his car because he was driving on San Francisco Bay Bridge when the earthquake hit in 1989. It was repaired but still the thought always crossed my mind of; what if a earthquake happened while I'm driving on the bridge.

I was in the 1989 earthquake that hit California. It was terrible and it will always remain in my mind. I was a little girl when it hit. My family went to the mall that day because my dad wanted to buy some new glasses for his dinette set. We were located on bottom floor of the mall.

Imagine, the floor shaking along with the glasses next to you. I didn't know what was going. All I could think of was to run. I was the first one out to the parking lot. In the background, I could hear a woman saying stay inside but my small little legs were getting out of there. Thankfully, the parking lot didn't collapse but the second floor of the mall did and crushed the woman along with many others. I wanted to go back inside and see if I could help but my dad told me know it could be dangerous.

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Well, when I lived in California, I pretty much thought about earthquakes anytime one actually occurred. While California is pretty well known for earthquakes, there is rarely one that causes any major damage. In fact, in the areas that I lived in, there were only 3 that I was aware of.

One was slightly before I was born in 1971, and that I only heard about because I had a brother who was a teenager during the 1971 quake that made it a point to save the brand new stereo system he had just bought by diving in front of it. It was indeed one of my parents favorite stories to tell about my brother.

Another was sometime in the 80's and caused a nursing home to be evacuated, although I'm not really sure of any other details. It was also the first earthquake that I remember actually feeling. I was far enough away from the epicenter that I mostly felt like I was on a ship that was being rocked by the waves for a few seconds.

The third one that I remember, and the one I remember most vividly, was the 1994 Northridge earthquake. I had 2 children at the time, and I remember running in to check on my babies. I was living with my parents at the time, and we took anything down that may have been broken in the aftershocks. I had made plans to go to Northridge mall at the time, only to turn on the news and find that not only was the mall itself collapsed, but so was one of the bridges between where I lived and the mall. In fact when the bridge collapsed, a police officer had gone over the edge on his motorcycle. Fortunately, the mall had not yet been open, or a lot more people would have been hurt. As it was, there was an apartment complex across from the mall where many had been hurt or killed.

The truth is, that for me, it's just not worth it to think about earthquakes. I know that they happen, and I know what to do in case of an earthquake, but I don't worry beyond that.

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S

I used to think about earthquakes quite often when I lived in San Diego, which is where I grew up. I lived on Coronado island where there are four fault lines crossing through it. Since Coronado was a man made island, there was a bridge built so that residents could be able to travel off the island. One that I know of runs underneath the bridge and stretches along the coastal area that lead to the part of town I used to live in. That is a lot of fault line to be so close to if you ask me.

In theory if an earthquake occurs that is anything stronger than say a .6 on the Richter scale , a tsunami might form because of the earthquake and Coronado island would literally be washed out to sea. So yes it is a very scary thought especially with all the recent natural disasters that have been occurring all over the world. The best thing to do is to use this energy for something positive and become informed about earthquake preparedness. This way you can turn yourself into someone who is prepared rather than scared.

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C

Yes, but here in the UK we're in a pretty safe part of a tectonic plate, so it's unlikely we're going to get anything big. The worst we've had is a few chimneys fall. It is quite worrying that other parts of the world could suffer anytime, that are in risky areas between tectonic plates. Incidents such as the Haiti earthquakes and the more recent japan quake which caused tsunamis are really quite worrying, mainly because all the devastation they cause in such a short period of time.

It's also quite scary that there's no warnings unlike all other natural disasters, people are warned they will happen, so have time to evacuate or prepare. If you happen to have an apple device the app 'quakewatch' is very interesting. It keeps up to date with all the latest earthquakes, from a few minutes ago and presents their magnitude (how strong they were) and exactly where it took place.

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G

I live in the UK which obviously affects my answer.

The UK is not well known for earthquakes but we do have about 20 -30 minor ones per year. I suspect the vast majority if the British population do not think or worry about earthquakes but our thoughts do go out to others around the world who are affected by major ones. We are grateful that we live in a relatively safe area of the world.

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U

No, because earthquakes, at least noticeable ones, never happen where I live. I've only experienced an earthquake one time, while visiting the Philippines. It was not severe but enough to make the buildings sway and get my attention. It was more interesting than anything. I had always wanted to experienced a minor earthquake like that.

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B

Well I almost never think about earthquakes because in region where I live we don't have earthquakes.

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