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Thanks Steve. I was trying to explain it last evening to my nephew who has never experienced an earthquake.
The first shock arrives and things are rumbling, the building shaking a bit. As it happens you have no idea whether this is going to be a small tremor, a more serious tremor OR the BIG one. The one yesterday began with a jolt and then kept "rolling" and "rolling." I was jolted awake and simply waited. It is hard to keep track of time in those moments but after ten, fifteen, twenty seconds it stopped shaking. It wasn't the Big one... I heard last evening that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that devastated the city was FIVE HUNDRED times more powerful than what caused an estimated $1 Billion worth of damage yesterday. I've no doubt that another earthquake of that magnitude would be devastating for the Bay Area. Although building codes are much better there are plenty of old buildings around the area and fires associated with ruptured gas lines will still ravage neighborhoods.
If this weren't such a awesome area to live, earthquakes would certainly be a reason to leave. But having been here for over forty years and having experienced a few of these events, I think I'll take the risk and stay... There are about seven million men and women who feel the same way and many of them live in much more hazardous earthquake zones than I do. As an aside, my street has been torn up all summer as the local utility company has replaced an eighty year old gas main. Interestingly, the new line is made out of PLASTIC, no metal. That might be of benefit in an earthquake...