Friday, February 24, 2006


We just had an earthquake. I'm quite sure of it. Anyone else? Where was the epicentre? Update: Yes, indeed. Epicentre 45 km NE of Ottawa, 4.0 on the Richter scale, according to the Edinburgh Earth Observatory, and 4.5 according to the Geological Survey of Canada here in Ottawa. (A three-times-a-day event for you Californians, I know, but a little more noteworthy in these parts.)


Blogger Granny said...

Maybe not 3 times a day but often enough .

We'd notice a 4.0 close to the epicenter.

2/24/2006 10:50:00 p.m.  
Blogger Queen Bee said...

How are you doing?

2/24/2006 11:19:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Granny: A friend of mine tells of visiting in California, and racing down to the front desk when things in her room started to shimmy. "It's all right," says the reception guy. "Happens all the time." Oh.

Queen Bee: This is the third one I've experienced, and though it was the most noticeable, it wasn't huge and dramatic. A kind of rumble that you feel rather than hear, then things started to vibrate. The table jostled lightly under your hands, the china rattled in the cabinets. It lasted for 12 to 15 seconds, I guess.

My step-daughter, who'd been in the attic (third floor) came down a little wide-eyed. I'm sure it was even more noticeable up there. Friends reported things falling off shelves. That didn't happen here: probably because of all the babies - nothing's that close to the edge of a shelf!

2/25/2006 08:17:00 a.m.  
Blogger jw said...

Yes, child-safe and earthquake-safe homes are probably close to synonymous.

2/25/2006 04:07:00 p.m.  
Blogger jw said...

In fact, Mary, with the number of kids you have around I bet if you set up a seismometer you would get readings above 4.0 frequently!

2/25/2006 04:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jenorama said...

Wait, nobody told me about the EARTHQUAKES!

2/26/2006 01:36:00 p.m.  
Blogger L. said...

Hey, don`t even talk to me about earthquakes....I own property in Tokyo.

2/26/2006 07:36:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

Wow - how did the kids react?

2/26/2006 10:44:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

We had a few when we lived in Washington state and some bigger ones in Alaska. Haven't had much seismic activity here in Kansas, though! ;)
My kids thought they were great! I hope your tykes did OK!?

2/27/2006 12:44:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

JW: HA! I think you're quite right. Child-safe and earthquake-sound must be close to synonymous! LOL

Did you hear about the experiment run in Britain not too long ago (a couple of years?) in which schoolchildren across the country were syncronised to start jumping up and down at a certain time of day, and earthquake scientists checked to see if it could be measured! I don't know that I ever heard the results - I should see if I can find them.

Jen: Yeah, well, sorry about that. Wear your hard hat. Or something.

L: Aren't they world-renowned - world-reknowned - (how DO you spell that word?)... Aren't the Japanese well-known for having the best structural technology for earthquake survival in the world? Does that offer any solace?

Kristenm, Lory: It happened shortly before nine in the evening. The daycare kids were long gone, but one of the step-daughters (14), who was in her attic bedroom, came down a bit wide-eyed. "What was THAT?" When reassured that it was over and no, nothing was going to fall over, she relaxed and went back up to her reading.

2/27/2006 01:11:00 p.m.  

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