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Rumble [Jan. 9th, 2010|11:59 pm]
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Winter sunrises are almost always more spectacular than winter sunsets here. I didn't know that before I began staying up way too late a few years ago. Today the period just before sunrise was so spectacularly lurid that I was almost glad I was losing sleep. I don't think I've ever see quite that shade of red before. The Sunset, on the other had, managed to display only a fairly bright shade of orange. In between (at least during those parts of the day I was awake) there was mostly overcast. It was the sort of gray that my superstitious grandmother always called earthquake weather.

Score one for superstition. About 4:30 this afternoon I felt an earthquake. Well, didn't feel so much as hear. The windows rattled, the house creaked a bit, and I distinctly heard a neighbor's wind chimes clinking in the windless air. I tough perhaps it was another of the infrequent temblors that visit the mountains east of here, but checking with the USGS web site I found that at 4:27 local time a good-sized (6.5) shock had struck off the Humboldt County coast, well over a hundred miles from here. That's about where the San Andreas Fault veers seaward and gets lost in the Pacific.

There has apparently been only moderate damage in the area, though as of eleven o'clock tonight many areas of Humboldt County are still without electric power. Ongoing reports at Humboldt Online.

Unless this turns out to be a foreshock to something much grander, I don't expect any more shaking this far east. We might get more rain, though, if what little water the current system has dropped can be called rain. Yawn. I'm going to go watch television.


Bonus Link Update (nothing to do with the original post but must be shared immediately.)

Giant Bears!
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2010-01-10 12:47 pm (UTC)
i read about that earthquake and wondered if any of my california lj friends could feel it! i've only experienced a tiny little tremor once, back in indiana, and don't care to know what big one is like. eek.

love the big bears, especially that blue one that appears to be looking into windows of the building in front of him.

oh, this icon is a shot of a december sunrise in 2002 out by my driveway. lurid is right.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-01-11 12:56 am (UTC)
I was standing up and moving around, so I didn't feel the earthquake, just heard it. My brother in law was sitting down and actually felt the movement. Earthquakes are still spooky, though, even if you only hear them.

The bear link doesn't have any of the bears of Berkeley (Berkeley is full of bears.) But some of them show up at Waymarking.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2010-01-11 01:19 am (UTC)
thank you for this link! i enjoyed looking at the bears of berkeley. :)
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[User Picture]From: leprosy
2010-01-11 01:00 am (UTC)
My town also has bear statues all over the place

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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-01-11 01:06 am (UTC)
Does that bear have a bear tattoo on its ass?
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[User Picture]From: leprosy
2010-01-11 11:26 pm (UTC)
The town official "crest" has a bear on it.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2010-01-12 12:17 am (UTC)
My town doesn't have a crest. It's ignoble and only has a seal. And there's not even a seal on it.
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