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Old 21.01.2008, 20:36
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Earthquake in Graubünden

Just heard from a relative (and then I checked with the Tages Anzeiger, online) that there has been an earthquake this afternoon centered in Thusis, Graubünden measuring 4.2 on the Richterscales !! Mother-in-law felt the earth move under her feet (well, seat really as she was sitting down at the time).

Didn't fully appreciate we were in an active zone.

http://tages-anzeiger.ch/dyn/news/schweiz/834132.html
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Old 22.01.2008, 10:51
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

Thanks. Something else to concern me. We've lived through the Tsuanami and the coup in Thailand and thought we were moving somewhere safe
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:01
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

Earthquakes are extremely rare in Graubunden. Basel, however, is in a particularly active earthquake zone, and has been destroyed by an earthquake at least once.
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:04
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

What about Zug?
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:07
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I saw a map awhile back of the earthquake risks in Switzerland. Basel and Sion were the most active regions. Zug was pretty far out of that. In Zug you pretty much only have to worry about floods (if you're low enough to the lake) and mudslides.
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:07
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

Oddly, although I have spent quite a few weeks in Southern California, I never experienced an earthquake there. But I have twice in the last 15 years felt the shock of a quake in Switzerland. Once in Zurich and once in Lenzeheide.

There was no damage from either - it's forbidden, I believe...
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:23
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

This map from the ETH shows Swiss earthquake occurance for the last few weeks.

This other map shows global earthquake occurance.

It seems anything over 5.5 is 'action stations' in Europe. Guess it must be all the old houses...
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:31
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

The alps are still growing. And one morning in about 50 million years we'll all wake up and notice that the Mediterranean is gone.

I've only noticed one Earthquake near Zurich so far. I was in a house, heard a loud thud but didn't feel it very much.
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:35
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This map from the ETH shows Swiss earthquake occurance for the last few weeks.

This other map shows global earthquake occurance.

It seems anything over 5.5 is 'action stations' in Europe. Guess it must be all the old houses...
Or more specifically all of the houses built from stone and brick. Wood homes tend to deal with earthquakes a bit better as they tend to be quite a bit more flexible.
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Old 22.01.2008, 11:56
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

I felt one in Zurich few years ago. Was very noticeable. Most people missed it as it was late at night when everyone was fast asleep.
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I felt one in Zurich few years ago. Was very noticeable. Most people missed it as it was late at night when everyone was fast asleep.
You sure it wasn't all those beans you eat?

(sorry, couldn't help it, I'm eating a bean soup myself right now )
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Old 22.01.2008, 12:50
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Here's such a map from the ETH.
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Re: Earthquake in Graubünden

The Swiss were boring, causing some earthquakes in Basel just over a year ago.

http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/top_new...=1170398930000
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