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Topic: OT Re: +earthquake (3 msgs / 95 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Well, Maria and Ben were already up. Ben is 6 mos. old today, and we 
love him dearly but sure wish he liked to sleep more. What can you 
say, its a boy thing, everyone tells us. Anyway, we had a strong jolt 
from the quake and I checked it out a few minutes later at the USGS 
site. It really was no big deal, and not sure why it made any news 
outside of the local area. As you may already suspect, people can be 
a bit hysterical around here ... if it rains a thimble-full, they 
have these dramatic news Stormtracker news spots, and if its 2 
thimble-fulls they give it have some corny name like Stormwatch 7, in 
which a dramatist, I mean, reporter, stays up all night trying to 
find a storm sewer on a steep hillside with running water ... and 
then to give their report they go stand in the middle of it!!! sound 
familiar? Anyway, we did some great earthquake retro-fits to our 
warehouse before we moved in. It is "poured in place concrete" , not 
block, which is good. So we feel pretty okay about earthquakes - not 
cocksure, but we have been proactive...
Tom
I hope all is well at SM and for the employees and their families.
For those who haven't heard, this is from Fox News .....
"The earthquake was recorded about 2 miles east of 
Oakland and had 
a preliminary magnitude of 4.2, according to the 
U.S. Geological 
Survey. It could be felt for up to 10 seconds on both sides of the 
San Francisco 
Bay after striking shortly after 4:40 a.m.
More than 1,000 customers in the Oakland area lost power, a 
Pacific Gas & 
Electric Co. spokesman said. Crews were investigating the outages."
-- JC
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                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

2) From: George Birchard
Rebar and fully fastened connections are the key. Concrete is wonderful 
in compression but must have steel rebar to withstand shear.
The earthquake took place on the Hayward fault where it passes through 
Oakland, near the hills. Because the hypocenter was shallow - just 4 
miles deep - it would have seemed bigger than it actually was. This is a 
good time to check to see that everything is properly fastened. It is 
literally a wake up call to everyone in the bay area.http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/FaultMaps/122-38.htmTom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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3) From: raymanowen
Whee! When I was at Clark in the Philippines, there was a Hellacious
earthquake- about '68 or '69. I woke up to one of the mechanical bull rides-
it felt like the sailboat ride from Long Beach to Avalon Bay in 1950. Brand
new boat with no mast , under auxiliary power (Gary marine engine).
Flashback to the six foot seas.
A couple of hotels in Manila demonstrated the power of the corrupt Peso in
their construction. Even so, the steel reinforced columns withstood some
staggering forces before the third floor came down to ground floor level. It
was getting some wild gyrations with a lot of compression, tension and shear
at the base.
Except for the bottom end and an obvious list, the building looked intact.
Mt. Pinatubo was on base, Mt. Arayat was an imposing volcano to the east of
Clark, and the Mayon and Taal volcanos were in the neighborhood. From space,
a satellite image shows it's all in the monster crater of an ancient
volcano. 7,000 Philippine Islands: How'd they get there. Duh!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
If we'd known you were coming, we'd have faked a quake.


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