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TimberWolf
22nd February 2011, 09:21
The closest I've come was night when a pot lid on my cooker started rattling. It was most curious, as I was searching around unable to find the source of the rattle. Next day I heard there had been a teensy earthquake.

Cliphead
22nd February 2011, 09:25
The closest I've come was night when a pot lid on my cooker started rattling. It was most curious, as I was searching around unable to find the source of the rattle. Next day I heard there had been a teensy earthquake.

Two very small ones. The bed moved about three feet across the floor during the first.

Sysman
22nd February 2011, 09:32
A couple of small ones. The first when I was in bed and thought the dog had run into the corner of the bed. That dog was a bit clumsy and didn't realise his middle was wider than his eyes. Such occurrences were frequent. But said dog was still in the kitchen.

The next time I was in front of my computer and there was a tremendous crash as if a wardrobe or other bit of heavy and tall furniture had toppled to the floor upstairs.

A mate was just booking into a Hotel in Tokyo when one went off. All the staff suddenly disappeared and he didn't know what was happening. Quite frightening apparently. He rang his Japanese wife and she gave him the drill.

alreadypacked
22nd February 2011, 09:40
I was in Zurich during an earthquake, just a small one. Came into the office on the Monday and asked a Swiss guy if there were many earthquakes now in Switzerland, he said they don't have any earthquakes in Switzerland. Hello ‘The Alps’ where do you think they came from FFS.

Sysman
22nd February 2011, 09:53
I was in Zurich during an earthquake, just a small one. Came into the office on the Monday and asked a Swiss guy if there were many earthquakes now in Switzerland, he said they don't have any earthquakes in Switzerland. Hello ‘The Alps’ where do you think they came from FFS.

Well that last one I had was in Switzerland.

Snigger: (http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/eq/latest/index_EN)

http://hitseddb.ethz.ch/cgi-bin/mapserv?MAP=/var/www/mapfile/sed/ch.map&SERVICE=WMS&VERSION=1.1.1&REQUEST=GetMap&layers=topo,ch_border,borders,rivers_ov,lakes_ov,s taedte_ch,eqch90d,timestamp,sedlogo_sm&STYLES=&SRS=EPSG:9814&BBOX=456000,29258,871625,356333&WIDTH=500&HEIGHT=394&FORMAT=aggpng24

DimPrawn
22nd February 2011, 10:10
BBC News - New Zealand earthquake: 65 dead in Christchurch (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12533291)

Mich the Tester
22nd February 2011, 10:14
Felt some minor tremors in southern Italy a couple of times; they're quite common there. Mostly, if you're in bed at night, you won't even notice anything; you can easily sleep through a minor tremor.

Top tip for those who visit southern or central Italy (or any other fault zone) and don't want to miss the experience of little tremors; put two wine glasses on the bedside table, just touching each other. If there's a tremor they'll make a sound as they knock against each other and you'll probably wake up. Obviously, this doesn't really work if there happens to be a railway line next to your hotel.

Even better top tip; make sure there's some wine at hand to calm your nerves if you don't like the experience.

NotAllThere
22nd February 2011, 10:32
The Rhine valley is a fault line, and the cause of many earthquakes. Including one that levelled Basel 700 or so years ago. The bigs one happen every 600 years, so next one is way overdue...

The first I experienced in Basel was a 4.7 in 2002. The sofa started shaking. My son came downstairs terrified because his wood-panelled room was making alarming noises. No damage cause. Since then there's been one every two years or so that I've felt.

I experienced one in Vevey in 2005 that was also around 4.5. That was caused by the Alpine faults.

The Swiss guy who said there aren't any earthquakes in Switzerland is a fool.

ChrisPackit
22nd February 2011, 10:35
I was in Greece about 15 years ago and experienced an earthquake, the bed started rattling and a picture fell off the wall. It was only a litte one, 4 point something if I remember correctly, on the Richter scale.

Funny thing was, is that I was on a Club 18 - 30 holiday but I slept alone that night. I would've loved to say to a girl "Did the earth move for you too?"

VectraMan
22nd February 2011, 10:40
I remember only a few years back waking up thinking the house was shaking, and just thought "that was a weird dream". Next day it was on the news the Midlands had had an earthquake.

Mich the Tester
22nd February 2011, 10:41
The Rhine valley is a fault line, and the cause of many earthquakes. Including one that levelled Basel 700 or so years ago. The bigs one happen every 600 years, so next one is way overdue...

The first I experienced in Basel was a 4.7 in 2002. The sofa started shaking. My son came downstairs terrified because his wood-panelled room was making alarming noises. No damage cause. Since then there's been one every two years or so that I've felt.

I experienced one in Vevey in 2005 that was also around 4.5. That was caused by the Alpine faults.

The Swiss guy who said there aren't any earthquakes in Switzerland is a fool.

:spel

sales rep for the Swiss Tourism organisation.

BlasterBates
22nd February 2011, 10:52
I experienced a 5.5 earth quake in Koblenz in Germany in the middle of the night. The building was moving from side to side, not particularly quickly, and I could hear the wardrobe thumping against the walls, when I got up to find out why the wardrobe was thumping around, I noticed the floor felt incredibly unstable, moving around like jelly, which was weird; I then heard an almighty crack outside which was an old stone wall around the back. Definitely a scary experience.

darmstadt
22nd February 2011, 11:10
We had one (4,4) last week (Rhein-Main area) which I never felt, in fact they seem to be getting more and more common. I know my mates flat in Köln had a lovely great crack across his ceiling from one a few years ago.

EternalOptimist
22nd February 2011, 11:16
i noticed a couple of tiny ones here in Manchester last year. its definately an eerie experience.

In fact one of them was caused by global warming so I was lucky to get out alive



:rolleyes:

NotAllThere
22nd February 2011, 12:00
We had one (4,4) last week (Rhein-Main area) which I never felt, in fact they seem to be getting more and more common. I know my mates flat in Köln had a lovely great crack across his ceiling from one a few years ago.

Date Time (UTC): 2011/02/14 12:43:09
Lat: 50.40
Lon: 7.90
Depth: 5.0
MagT: Mb
Mag: 4.3
Agency: GSR
LocT: m
Region: Germany

Hmm. Valentines day. I wonder for how many people the earth moved?

PRC1964
22nd February 2011, 12:19
I was in a 6.1 in Chile a few years back. Luckily it only lasted a few seconds. The locals didn't seem too bothered as it was smaller than the one they'd had two weeks earlier.

TimberWolf
22nd February 2011, 19:09
The Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_magnitude_scale) has some interesting comparisons of earthquakes and man-made weapons. Bearing in mind the Richter scale is logarithmic, with each integer increment being 32 times as energetic as the last.

A Nagasaki sized atomic bomb is 5 on the Richter scale, described as 'moderate' on the Richter scale.
The biggest nuclear bomb ever tested is about equivalent in energy to a magnitude 8.5. Earthquakes of this magnitude occur about once a year.

A 1960 quake, at magnitude 9.5, was more than 32 times more powerful than the most powerful nuclear bomb tested.

We aren't doing too bad then.

TimberWolf
24th February 2011, 10:24
Interesting Google map animation here (http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/) that shows earthquakes going off in Christchurch over a selectable period in the recent past. Lots of small ones are going off constantly. 57 in the last 25 hours, mostly in the 3 to 4 magnitude range.