February 25, 2006
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Did everyone feel the earthquake last night? We did. That was the first time that I have felt an earthquake and not thought that it was just a truck going by. It rumbled for a while. We heard it more than we felt it after the initial shake. Sorta cool and scarry at the same time.
Posted by jim at February 25, 2006 10:22 AM
Ok, I live about 500 M from your place, and I didn't feel a thing. I was in my apartment at the time. I think I would have noticed it being up 16 stories. Hard to say though. Maybe my building is more sturdy, or maybe I'm just used to the sway.
For a better idea of where the earthquake occured, check out this map.
Next to the rock blasting that was going on outside my building last summer, it was nothing. I barely heard it over the music that was playing and it wasn't more than a second or two. I didn't even feel it, I just heard it.
Earthquake waves probably affect different places at different strengths though. It's funny you didn't feel it Kibbee, though your building could have swayed a few inches back and forth slowly at your floor and you'd be none the wiser. The feeling is probably more jarring at ground level.
I guess it depends on the construction techniques used in the building, but I would assume that little movements at the bottom of the building would be magnified as you go up the building. Maybe it has to do with the orientation of the building relative to the earthquake. My building is much longer in one direction than the other. That is to say, it isn't very square. Now, if the waves run along the long edge they'd probably get dampened much more thant if they were travelling along the short edge.
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