I Felt The Earth Move Under My....Butt!!

  • coolarmydude

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    Jul 06, 2014 12:05 AM GMT
    So I was out enjoying the beautiful weather in Hudson Valley, NY. I was continuing a yard project of cleaning up the underside of the hedges in front of my house. So I'm sitting on the ground and cutting off lower dead branches when I heard something that sounded like a distant explosion, immediately followed by a shift and rumble of the ground. icon_eek.gif Before I could even realize the boom I noticed the ground rumble.

    So I sat there a little confused and thought it might have been an explosion. Then I thought of the Indian Point Nuclear facility just down the Hudson from me. icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif So I noticed the neighbors down the street coming out of their house wondering what was going on. They felt it too.

    Well, it turns out that there was a 2.5 magnitude earthquake that struck with the epicenter about 1 - 1.5 miles east of me, directly across the river.

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ld60072806#summary
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    Jul 06, 2014 12:49 AM GMT
    I lived in a house 20 miles north of Seattle, Washington, when a moderate earthquake hit, 1995. I was in a 3rd floor office at the computer (where else) when I felt the shaking and heard a kind of rumbling. I thought the kids were bouncing off the living room sofa onto the floor or something. (This was just before I came out, but my wife & I were already estranged by then, effectively separated and living in different parts of this large house)

    "Boys, what are you doing?" I yelled down the stairs. But then it got worse, and I knew.

    I flew down the stairs, located her and the kids, and herded them outside to the front lawn. We had nearly an acre, but surrounded by very tall pine trees, and I feared one might topple over. A few months earlier a wind storm had taken one down in the back yard, smashing the fence and crushing the swing set. Thank gawd it was at night. So I kept us in the most open area, my eyes on the treetops.

    It wasn't too bad, over fairly quickly, and Seattle hardly noticed it. But a town about 20 miles farther away got hit much harder, buildings significantly damaged. I thought we had dodged the bullet, but I was wrong.

    A few months later we had unusually heavy rains. Suddenly our first floor started filling up with water, I had no idea why. I turned off the water but that didn't help. The house sat on the slope of a hill, patio doors opening to the back yard, what was termed a "garden basement". But it was fully finished, with a second fireplace and 5 rooms, one of them her private bedroom, while I was up on the 3rd floor. Fortunately the water ran out the doors when it got a few inches deep.

    What I didn't know until afterwards was that the concrete wall on the "upside" of the hill had badly cracked in the earthquake. But that was hidden behind the interior walling. Now water from the over-saturated ground was pouring in, flowing mostly from the utility room.

    I lost many possessions, with USAA insurance refusing to cover that kind of water damage. Shortly afterwards I moved out (and dropped USAA), and eventually left Washington State altogether.
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    Jul 06, 2014 1:14 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said ... thought of the Indian Point Nuclear facility just down the Hudson from me ...
    a real danger.