California: State of Excitement

Feature photo from my ride on Tuesday. A few hours later, a 4.4 earthquake (and then a 4.3 aftershock a minute later) hit, with epicenter within Santa Rosa city limits, just about two miles from home. Felt like someone clobbered the house with a giant sledgehammer. (Or, as our seven-year-old neighbor explained, “It felt like a hippopotamus fell off the roof.”) A few things flew off shelves. Books toppled over. But all is well.

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

2 response to "California: State of Excitement"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 15, 2022

    Yikes!! That would certainly get one’s attention!
    So close to the epicenter too.
    Glad you came thru with minimal disruption.
    I remember Santa Rosa had immense damage from the San Francisco earthquake.

    Apparently, Santa Rosa has its faults 😉

    All kidding aside, The Weather Channel had a segment on the Tubbs fire the other night — I had seen videos before, but watching that was absolutely terrifying,
    Knowing now how much devastation was taking place makes it even more so.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: September 15, 2022

      It’s a great place to live if you don’t mind wildfires, earthquakes, mega droughts, mudslides, and deadly heatwaves.

      By the way, California has invested heavily in an earthquake warning system. As soon as a quake hits, alarms are instantly sent to phones, tablets, computers, etc, so recipients have a few seconds of advance warning. The trick is, the farther away you are from the epicenter, the more time you have after the warning arrives and before the shaking starts. Of course, if you live right at the epicenter, you don’t get much advance warning. In this case, our phones started screaming at us a few seconds AFTER the hippopotamus fell off the roof..

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