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Now THAT'S an earthquake!

POSTED BY: NIKI2
UPDATED: Thursday, August 25, 2011 08:04
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:34 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


While all the news is about Washington's little shaker, a real one was happening elsewhere:
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A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru on Wednesday, authorities said.

The quake's epicenter was about 350 miles (570 kilometers) northeast of the country's capital, Lima, and 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Pucallpa, Peru, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Authorities at the Geophysics Institute of Peru said no victims or significant damage had been reported. At least one aftershock had been recorded, the institute said.

Lima residents felt a brief, but strong, tremor.

The quake struck around 12:45 p.m. near Peru's border with Brazil at a depth of about 90 miles (145 kilometers). http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/08/24/peru.earthquake/index.htm
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I find it so sad that the biggies tend to hit more often than not in places where they do the most damage, while countries with solid infrastructures don't seem to suffer as many. Just ironic, I know, but sad nonetheless.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:45 AM

HERO


Just wanted to say that I was in Court in NE Ohio yesterday and suddenly the room felt like it was moving. I thought I'd just taken too much allergy medicine when the cop next to me said "do you feel that" and I looked up and the flags behind the Judge were moving and we took a short break to figure out what it was.

Very cool. I felt the earth...move...under my feet...

Also related note my brother owns a business in northern Virginia and was on the phone with my dad when the quake hit. He was ok and no damage.

H

"Hero. I have come to respect you." "I am forced to agree with Hero here."- Chrisisall, 2009.
"I agree with Hero." Niki2, 2011.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:13 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


I'm glad neither you nor any of yours were harmed. That your first trembler? It's funny; if it weren't so dangerous, I'd actually LIKE 'quakes. They're kinda "fun-weird", that reminder of how infinite the Earth is and how tiny we are. Luckily, out here we get lotsa little ones that I can enjoy and know have done no harm. The big ones, nobody enjoys!

Same with lightning. I ADORE it, and the thunder reverberating through my bod. But we get little of it here, as were covered with hills--it strikes out in the Bay and East of us, but rarely here. Recently I watched a TV documentary on it (and on a woman who was struck standing at her kitchen sink!) and it pretty much brought home to me what others endure in places where they get literally thousands of strikes in a short period of time. We're lucky if we get ten in a season, so my opinion of lightning has changed dramatically (but I still love the few we get ;o)!)

ETA: I just KNEW when I wrote that "I agree" that it was going to show up in your sig. That's okay, in that instance I DID agree with you, and it's better than the previous quote. I can live with it.


Hippie Operative Nikovich Nikita Nicovna Talibani,
Contracted Agent of Veritas Oilspillus, code name “Nike”,
signing off



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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:07 PM

LITTLEBIRD



I felt this one! My room started swaying and at first it didn't register that it was a quake, but after a few seconds I realized what was happening and started to leave the house when it stopped. It was short lived but we sure felt it here in southern Ecuador.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:14 PM

RIONAEIRE

Beir bua agus beannacht


Glad you're okay. I wonder if CTS felt it since she lives in Peru.

I know what you mean Niki, I really enjoy weather and earth events, they're fun. As long as no one gets hurt of course. I have lots of dreams about earthquakes for some reason.

"A completely coherant River means writers don't deliver" KatTaya

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:54 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!



Wow. First I'm hearing of this one.




" I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. "

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:55 PM

FREMDFIRMA


Quote:

Originally posted by Niki2:
Same with lightning. I ADORE it, and the thunder reverberating through my bod.


I liked it a lot less last night !

Strike landed within 100 feet of me, so close I could literally TASTE it in the back of my throat, and wigged me out good given that I was soaking wet at the time AND it hit the power lines and melted em, knockin out power here for hours - thus sending me running back to the office for more lights, and the blackout kit, which includes a crank-powered cellphone charger with universal adaptor, cause I am nothin if not prepared.

-Frem

I do not serve the Blind God.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:26 PM

RIONAEIRE

Beir bua agus beannacht


Frem, I'm glad you're allright, sounds scary. I love lightning and thunder, but I've never had a close call with it either. Its the primal force of it, raw, something I'm no match for, that I can only stand in awe of, all that fierce power exploding around me (but hopefully not too close of course).

I'm glad that our poster in Ecuador is okay from that earthquake.

"A completely coherant River means writers don't deliver" KatTaya

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:09 PM

FREMDFIRMA



Actually my nemesis is the wind, if it catches just right between the buildings it gets REALLY strong, and with my gear weighing me down, and the prosthetic leg not giving me as much balance, it'll catch my jacket or raincoat and blow me right onto my ass, since imma little guy to begin with, WHAM.

Followed by a very feline "I meant to do that" kind of reaction as I get up and brush the leaves and pine needles off...

And spiderwebs, yick, my work shift takes place exactly during the period of still air (in nicer weather) when spiders spin their webs, and so all damn night long I am running into the blasted things and swipin em off my face, ptooie, spit, yick - and end of the night I wind up coming the rest of it outta my hair, not to mention sometimes you get the spider with it, which is kinda pissed about having it's house wrecked up, and since they have full venom at that point if they DO bite you it stings like a bitch.

Did I mention I really HATE freakin spiders...
Oh and not wee little spiders no, of course no, fregamekkin HUGE ones, although not australian-deathworld huge, thanks be.

Here's one of the usual culprits, for example, and this is a small specimen.



Yiiiick.

-Frem

I do not serve the Blind God.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 3:54 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


Boy, Little, I'll just BET you did! Sounds like it lasted a bit too...those are the worst, 'cuz you know there's a better chance it did damage somewhere. I hope your aftershocks are minimal, and I'm glad you're okay. May you not have another for a VERY long time!


Hippie Operative Nikovich Nikita Nicovna Talibani,
Contracted Agent of Veritas Oilspillus, code name “Nike”,
signing off



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Thursday, August 25, 2011 3:58 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


Gee, I'm surprised to see others enjoy that sort of thing, too. I shouldn't be, I suppose, as you're right, Riona, they trigger something primal in some humans, but I always felt like I was the only nutcase around.

We were camping up the Coast a lot time ago and a big storm moved in. Our camper was right on the bluffs of Mendocino, and we could watch it approach the Coast, wind getting higher all the time. Jim and the dogs went in, but I just stood on top of a big rock, closed my eyes and enjoyed it. Until the rain started pounding down...then I scurried for cover with them!


Hippie Operative Nikovich Nikita Nicovna Talibani,
Contracted Agent of Veritas Oilspillus, code name “Nike”,
signing off



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Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:10 AM

NIKI2

Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...


Ahh, Frem, you have my sympathy, believe me. The wind in the "canyons" of SF (the financial district) can get downright fierce sometimes, and when I used to motorcycle in to work, I always dreaded coming down or going back the Waldo Grade to the Golden Gate. The fog rolls in right over the hills there, and it moves CARS--on a motorcycle it's downright scary!

"Be careful out there", y'hear?

As for spiders, I have the same problem as you in a way. There's this one spider--never seen him, but I know it's him--who weaves his web right across the entrance to the Outback every friggin' DAY...so every night I go to bed, I go right through his web, and at night I can't see it well. He's not an Orb Weaver, 'cuz his attempt at a web is straight across the entrance.

I love Orb Weavers, their webs are so gorgeous. And they can get HUGE...Jim and I were shocked to see one in the junipers by College of Marin long ago, sucker was almost a foot from end to end! We get a lot of little ones in Spring, and I just move them away from the Outback; they're so pretty and I don't kill things if I can avoid it. Except earwigs, I HATE earwigs and they totally freak me out! Don't like spiders, either, tho' I'll try hard to move them when they're indoors, THEY give me the willies too. Snakes I love; spiders, not so much!


Hippie Operative Nikovich Nikita Nicovna Talibani,
Contracted Agent of Veritas Oilspillus, code name “Nike”,
signing off



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Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:04 AM

FREMDFIRMA


Well, for the most part, so far as I know, and as a general rule, anything that weaves a standing web won't do you too much harm, bitewise, but anything that builds a funnel type web you wanna stay the everliving hell away from - not only do those bastards have nasty bites, they're ambush hunters, most of em, and will jump on you and bite you with little or no provocation...
Which I why I got NO problem with getting my pocket torch and roasting the little evil monsters when they (funnel weavers) take up residence in, on or near one of my punch key boxes, cause I know damn well if I don't they're gonna jump on my hand and sink those nasty little fangs in, and whatever breed this is around here, that feels like broken glass grinding through your hand for like a WEEK...
Natural selection, the way I look at it, anything stupid enough to not respect my "turf" shouldn't breed anyways - besides which, anything that considers ME a potential food product, IMHO that's fair game to view IT as potential food product, but I draw the line at bugs... mostly.

That drew serious hilarity from MickT when some damn non-poisonous snake bit me, got kicked off, came back and bit me AGAIN, on purpose, and it was *ON*, THAT little bastard was DINNER, curse his nasty sharp little teeth, grrr
We'll see who eats who, ha!

-Frem

I do not serve the Blind God.

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