Monday, November 06, 2006


We had an earthquake here in Portland tonight, at approximately 9:35pm. And the really interesting thing about all of this is that the epicenter of this earthquake, according to the USGS, was literally FIFTY YARDS AWAY FROM MY HOUSE!!! 16 miles down into the earth, mind you, but 50 yards away nonetheless! Click the link, close out the irritating "thought bubble" thing by clicking the X in the upper right hand corner, zoom in all the way, and then pull down with the handy hand tool until you can see the red-roofed house, roughly in line with the green "epicenter" arrow, at the corner of the main street (Belmont St) and the dead end street (18th St). That house is where I live!

I've been on the west coast for 7 years now, and while we've had a number of earthquakes since I arrived, this is the first one I've actually felt. There was about 5 seconds of shaking, which was really more accurately described as a bouncing sensation, as though a very large explosion had taken place nearby. In fact, my roommate, Robert, didn't think it was an earthquake at all at first, because of the unusual bouncing sensation. But he is a fool, as it was indeed an earthquake! All of 2.6 in magnitude. Small by earthquake standards, but still, respectible enough, for one's first earthquake anyway!


Blogger Dr. Virago said...

Hey Tommy -- I'm behind on blog commenting so I'm just getting to this.

Anyway, glad you survived your first earthquake. The little ones are kind of cool as long as you don't think about the "what ifs" of a big one! :)

And thanks for the satellite image of your house. How cool for you and Copilot that you live near a park. I dig the red roof, too.

7:15 AM  
Blogger tommy said...

Thank you for those comforting words, Dr. V!

It was a TERRIFYING experience! I feel blessed to have escaped with my life! All of us on Belmont street were running wild in the street (Belmont street, that is...) in abject terror! Glory be to the Lord Jehovah, or Yahweh, or whatever his name is, for sparing our miserable lives! Oh, the horror... THE HORROR!!!!!

4:11 PM  

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