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Re: Earthquake?

I felt something, like a truck, but with no noise , so first thing I thought, wow, an earthquake... then it seemed stupid to think this...
next time I'll follow my insctint
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Old 12.02.2012, 18:11
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5.3, is that all ? Unfortunately I'm too far away to have felt it.

I moved out from L.A., a 5.3 is like your momma rocking you to sleep in the cradle
I lived two years in Mexico city, that was like living on Jell-O
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Old 12.02.2012, 21:51
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Office buildings and high rises that use concrete have their foundations built in such a way that the building can move and sway. Some of the newer high rises in L.A. are built on massive rollers that act as shock absorbers and literally allows the building to ride out the movement. I was on the 20th floor of one when a 7 pointer hit and I can tell you it's one hell of a ride, scary as anything but still quite a ride.
I prefer the really tall buildings, that have a pendulum to damp swaying ... whether from earthquakes or strong wind gusts. The Taipei 101 building has a pendulum that hangs down five floors, weighs 650 tonnes or so. Sounds bizarre to have a pendulum hanging down, but it swings counter to the movement caused by the quakes.
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Re: Earthquake?

I was watching "Blazing Saddles" at the time of this quake. The scene with the baked beans had already passed.
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Re: Earthquake?

We thought it was snow falling off the roof but then found out it was an earhtquake the next day. As earthquakes go I imagine it was quite a small one
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Old 19.02.2012, 19:41
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We thought it was snow falling off the roof but then found out it was an earhtquake the next day. As earthquakes go I imagine it was quite a small one
It reminded me of the one we had back in about 2004 or 05, which went on much longer and had moves both ways. But of course, both were quite small quakes by international standards.

I only hope we will not "meet" a bigger one here, as the reactions of people (including myself) show that almost nobody (except some expats) and almost nothing here is prepared even for a "medium" quake. In Zürich, nobody can tell how all those thrown up areas around lake and Limmat, or the moraines on both sides of the lake, or thrown up areas like the modern-days Bahnhofstrasse would react to a "real" quake.
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Re: Earthquake?

either the neighbours are shifting furniture in the middle of the night or there was another one...
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either the neighbours are shifting furniture in the middle of the night or there was another one...
Thank you Andrew! So it wasn't a dream . My husband didn't notice it, so I thought naaaaahh
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Thought it was a big truck!

Magnitude ML 3.3
Region SWITZERLAND
Date time 2012-02-24 00:32:29.0 UTC
Location 47.16 N ; 8.53 E
Depth 31 km
Distances 24 km S Zurich (pop 341,730 ; local time 01:32:29.8 2012-02-24)
2 km S Zug (pop 23,435 ; local time 01:32:29.8 2012-02-24)

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/....php?id=256219
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Re: Earthquake?

Isn't it convenient that Swiss earthquakes come in the night long after all good folk are asleep??
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Isn't it convenient that Swiss earthquakes come in the night long after all good folk are asleep??
As it should be. They wouldn't dare do otherwise
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Re: Earthquake?

Most annoying things in Switzerland are verboten after 10 pm. Earthquakes here are caused by the Italian plate pushing into the Germanic plate.

The SVP should start another poster campaign banning this unusual activity: bloody foreigners trying to get into Switzerland again!
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Most annoying things in Switzerland are verboten after 10 pm. Earthquakes here are caused by the Italian plate pushing into the Germanic plate.

The SVP should start another poster campaign banning this unusual activity: bloody foreigners trying to get into Switzerland again!
Looked it up in some sources. The Italian plate is not pushing but is pushED. The African plate pushes north and so the Mediterranean plate is pushed below the Italian one. The West European plate which includes Corsica is pushing from the West and the Balkanese-Adriatic one from the East and so the Italian one is pushed north into the Alps
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Thought it was a big truck!

Magnitude ML 3.3
Region SWITZERLAND
Date time 2012-02-24 00:32:29.0 UTC
Location 47.16 N ; 8.53 E
Depth 31 km
Distances 24 km S Zurich (pop 341,730 ; local time 01:32:29.8 2012-02-24)
2 km S Zug (pop 23,435 ; local time 01:32:29.8 2012-02-24)

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/....php?id=256219
Yeah, I was asleep! The last one freaked me out far too much.
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Old 24.02.2012, 11:29
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Yeah, I was asleep! The last one freaked me out far too much.
I was up, but at 00.30 heard something in the kitchen and rushed to look whether something had fallen to the ground, but there was nothing, and so I relaxed and forgot it
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Re: Earthquake?

Coming from the earthquake state I knew it immediately. Our whole apartment felt like it made a minor shift in the foundation. My first thought was to grab my son, wake my wife, and bee line it outside but it never shifted to second gear, just a short burst, and I went on with my buisness.
An earthquake shifting gears is not the same as aftershocks. The first wave will rumble then TUMBLE. Thats when it gets scary. This was just a rumble.
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Coming from the earthquake state I knew it immediately. Our whole apartment felt like it made a minor shift in the foundation. My first thought was to grab my son, wake my wife, and bee line it outside but it never shifted to second gear, just a short burst, and I went on with my buisness.
An earthquake shifting gears is not the same as aftershocks. The first wave will rumble then TUMBLE. Thats when it gets scary. This was just a rumble.
You see, this in case of a more serious quake may become a problem. People like you, from areas where quakes of some level often occur, will react correctly, but the majority here will not. And cities like Zürich buildings-wise are NOT prepared for such a matter in any way.
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You see, this in case of a more serious quake may become a problem. People like you, from areas where quakes of some level often occur, will react correctly, but the majority here will not. And cities like Zürich buildings-wise are NOT prepared for such a matter in any way.

Absolutely. I really thought the second floor was going to collapse on us as I felt first the foundation shift then the floor above us sounded like they dropped something very heavy and I swear I saw the roof of our apt. move. This was in Thalwil.
Having lived through both the S.F quake in 89 and the L.A quake in 94 when I lived not too far from the San Andreas I can tell you that the big ones start off with a small rumble that may rattle your windows for about 10-15 seconds then it shifts gears and is more intense as stuff starts to fall down or collapse. You have less than 30sec. to get out (every quake is different but this *should* save you)
The other night I was sitting on my sofa working on my laptop before I knew it I was standing in flight mode ready to go. Right as I turned to my sons room it stopped, but you need this cat like reflex to survive, if you stop to ponder "what the hell is going on" its too late.
My wife is Swiss (from Brig, a red zone) and has never had an earthquake drill .
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Old 24.02.2012, 16:48
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Re: Earthquake?

Yep, the earth moved for me too that night.
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Absolutely. I really thought the second floor was going to collapse on us as I felt first the foundation shift then the floor above us sounded like they dropped something very heavy and I swear I saw the roof of our apt. move. This was in Thalwil.
Exactly! The owners of the building live above us. My first thought was that their tumbler fell down from the washing machine.
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