Seattle Quake
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9216) 2 months ago
4.6.
David, did it wake you up? Any damage to your house?

https://time.com/5625245/...ree-lakes/
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Posted by David Schott (+13633) 2 months ago
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Yes, it did wake me up at 2:52am. Doors were rattling and my bed was swaying. No damage around here that I can see. I guess I shouldn't cancel my earthquake insurance policy...
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+2846) 2 months ago
Lucky if you have that policy, David. I just watched a segment about the "Cascadia Fault" that runs all the way up the coast line into BC.
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Posted by David Schott (+13633) 2 months ago
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I don't feel so lucky when it comes time to pay the premium.
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Posted by Wayne White (+272) 2 months ago
Just curious, for us on solid ground, how much does quake insurance cost? Is it like flood insurance, any after shocks?
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Posted by David Schott (+13633) 2 months ago
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My earthquake insurance doubles the price of my homeowners insurance and the coverage has a 10% deductible and does not cover masonry (which my brick facade, fireplace, and chimney are the things that concern me the most in a quake) so there you go. I've paid for it for about 19 years now (at today's rate that would be about $29,000 worth).

I have not felt any aftershocks. I did go back to sleep for about 4 hours after it happened so I may have slept through something. My kids both slept through it.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9216) 2 months ago
Good to hear you folks rode it out in good shape.
Quakes are always a rush. Shakes up your world, so to speak.
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Posted by David Schott (+13633) 2 months ago
Reply to Hal Neumann (#378283)
Thanks, Hal.

Earthquakes are definitely wild. I have felt 4 that I recall for sure in my 29 years in Seattle. This one was pretty mild. I slept through one (a fifth one) that I know of because Larry (Webmaster) called me at 5am, "Dave, did you feel that earthquake?!!" Me, "Huh, uh, what?" No kidding, the epicenter for that one was supposedly in Lake Sammamish, probably a block or two from my apartment.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9566) 2 months ago
Reply to David Schott (#378286)
David Schott wrote:
I slept through one (a fifth one) that I know of because Larry (Webmaster) called me at 5am, "Dave, did you feel that earthquake?!!" Me, "Huh, uh, what?" No kidding, the epicenter for that one was supposedly in Lake Sammamish, probably a block or two from my apartment.

That's funny. I forgot about that until now. I think I felt at least 3 when I lived near you in Bellevue. A couple of them were just jolts, but noticeable.

My earthquake sensitivity was on high alert after moving from Los Angeles and having been through the Landers quake. It was pretty strong. And then a few hours later, where I was at, a second earthquake hit that felt even stronger. That was very unsettling. The earth did not stop moving for a day or so after - the ground kept vibrating, which was completely freaky and made it very difficult to sleep - because you never knew if something small was going to turn into something larger.

The Nisqually quake in Washington was another. I lived in Redmond then. It was long and strong enough I had time to decide to run out of the house. When I got to the front yard, the huge fir tree in it was shaking and swaying back and forth, and a kid who had been visiting next door was in his truck stopped in the middle of the street with it very visibly jumping up and down and sideways. He hopped out, looked at me and said "What is going on?!". I told him "earthquake!" and pointed at the tree.

I don't miss those too much.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9566) 2 months ago
It occurred to me, that perhaps I wrote something on here about the Nisqually Earthquake back when it happened ...

I searched the site and found a short comment I made, but unfortunately didn't say much at the time ...

MilesCity.com Webmaster wrote:
I live in the Seattle area now (Redmond). The web server is in my house. Amazingly, it made it through the big earthquake without skipping a beat! So that's a good thing.

https://milescity.com/for...iew/95#116

That's when MilesCity.com was still very young. It was running on a server in my house connected to a 768K Synchronous DSL line back then.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9566) 2 months ago
I have most of my email going back to 1995. I searched through it and found this. Posting for entertainment purposes. :P You have to read from bottom up.

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Antram (Stardust Software) <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 12:22 PM
To: David Schott <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: fuck!!!!!!!!!

it knocked some stuff of the shelves in our house. broken flower pot. a bunch of shit in my office is all over the floor. haven't checked much else yet.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Schott [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 11:13 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: fuck!!!!!!!!!

Agreed about the duration and the preshock thing. Once I was outside it was hard to judge whether the ground was shaking or just me. : )

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Antram (Stardust Software) [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 11:12 AM
To: [email protected]; David Schott
Subject: RE: fuck!!!!!!!!!

actually i would say it probably lasted 30 seconds. probably lasted 10 seconds while i was in the house. 20 seconds while i was outside.

hopefully that was not a preshock!

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Antram (Stardust Software) [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 11:09 AM
To: David Schott
Subject: RE: fuck!!!!!!!!!

man... i don't know what the magnitude of that was... but alaskan way viaduct still seems to be standing so i guess it is okay...

the dining room light was swinging 3 feet (seriously) back and forth...
stuff was falling... i took cover in the house... but finally decided it would be safer outside... i ran out to the driveway... was having a hard time staying standing up...

the boyfriend of the girl next door was in his truck in the street in front of my house... was just backing up to leave when i ran out... he stopped...
his truck was jumping up and down... he yelled "fucking a" or something like that and jumped out of his truck and was standing there in the street gazing in amazement... i was keeping a close eye on the trees to make sure none were going to fall... they were wiggling but obviously it takes something stronger to make a tree fall.

lasted about 30 seconds i would say. perhaps 15 seconds that seemed like
30 seconds.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Schott [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 10:58 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: fuck!!!!!!!!!

Major? That may be stretch.

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Antram (Stardust Software) [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 10:57 AM
To: David Schott
Subject: fuck!!!!!!!!!

major earthquake!
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Posted by David Schott (+13633) 2 months ago
Ha ha, that email thread is a good representation of Larry whenever we had an earthquake. I think he had a similar sense of panic in his voice when he called me at 5am after the quake I slept through.

I remember him complaining on that 5am quake that he turned on the TV and none of the local TV stations had broken into their regular programming to report on the quake. In Los Angeles, the only thing that trumps an earthquake is a high-speed police pursuit. The TV stations are all over both of those events.

That Nisqually Earthquake, I was at work in a 4 story reinforced concrete building. That building was swaying in a way that was pretty disturbing. I was on the top floor and I'm not sure how much lateral movement there was, but it felt like 2 - 3 feet. Normally you just ride out a quake, but that one went on for so long that people, including myself, ran out of the building. I recall there were some pretty big cracks in the building's drywall after that.

I went home to check on my house. Pocket doors in my house had closed about halfway from the shaking. But I had a couple of compact discs in their "jewel cases" standing upright on their edge on a shelf and they didn't even tip over.

Yesterday's quake, my son noted that his LEGO cars (a James Bond Aston Martin and a Volkswagen Bus) that roll and were sitting on shelves... they hadn't moved a bit in the quake.
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Posted by David Schott (+13633) 2 months ago
This video was taken in the building I was in during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. The guy whose purple shirt and stomach you see at 14 seconds is Jay Charters (a contract software test engineer that I worked closely with -- he reported to me at the time). I should probably know the name of the guy eating the sandwich but I'm blanking on it.



Microsoft Building 27, Redmond, WA


Building 27 has 3 floors above ground and 1 floor of underground parking that is generally open such that you could climb up a short retaining wall and walk up a dirt slope to ground level.

At the time of the quake my office was one of the corner offices on the top floor. It was a sweet office, slightly larger than the average with big windows on two sides.

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