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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to Prepare for a Big Earthquake Here

Posted by on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 6:00 AM

An earthquake as powerful as yesterday's Chilean quake could happen in Seattle. Doubt that? Read this.

Here are some things you can do now to prepare.

 

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pdonahue 1
After living through the Loma Prieta 7.1 in the Bay Area, I lived in terror of small tremors in the house when the furnace kicked in, plates rattled in the cupboards. Every time another one pops on the Pac Rim I do something calming like fill all the empty milk jugs with water, repack my camping gear, buy some dried food. The reality is that it's really my neighbors I should be doing these rituals with.... I really like this book if you're into disaster porn http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/31/a_…
Posted by pdonahue on April 2, 2014 at 8:21 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
A geology teacher of my acquaintance always said that the very least you can do for earthquake preparation is to keep a pair of shoes under your bed. That way, if an earthquake hits in the night, you can walk around without fear of stepping in piles of glass.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on April 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM · Report this
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The thing that is puzzling about the Chile quake is that the US West Coast has been due in the Ring of Fire rotation ever since Fukushima over three years ago. Now it skips back to Chile around where it started. Is this good news for us, or is 8.3 now just a "regular" event?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM · Report this
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Full Rip is a great read - terrifying and utterly fascinating.
Posted by pony on April 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 5
Museum putty is a crap way of securing stuff. All it seems to do is catch dust and hair and leave sticky film everywhere you use it. If you have something you really care about, use adhesive putty that's normally used for hanging stuff on the wall. Everything else, just deal with the fact that things are going to fall down and stay out of the way.
Posted by keshmeshi on April 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
JonnoN 6
@3 that would depend on whether "ring of fire rotation" is something you made up based on nothing. I suspect it is.
Posted by JonnoN http://www.backnine.org/ on April 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM · Report this

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