Posted by: Matt | October 30, 2007

Shake, shake, shake…

Tuesday evening in San Jose, sitting at home watching MTV for some reason (no they don’t play music over here either) and I heard this big rattle, kind of like standing next to a hyperactive washing machine on its last spin cycle. It took me a few seconds to realise that

a) Our washing machine is not really the hyperactive kind and

b) It wasn’t on at the time.

So it gradually dawned on me that I was in the middle of a bloody earthquake. The USGS reports that it was 5.6 on the Richter scale located just outside of Alum Rock in the East Bay (basically about 5 miles from here). So the force of the quake was considered moderate. Roughly 20 times less powerful than the quake in ’89 that caused the Bay Bridge to collapse. It was enough to visibly shake the apartment. I made it to the nearest doorway to wait out the quake. After the quake finished I wandered about the house and saw press doors and blinds and stuff swinging back and forth. It wasn’t long after that people headed outside to the field in the centre of our square and sirens could be heard close by.

So far no injuries have been reported and only minor damage to property and whatnot. So lets see what the aftershocks are like…

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