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Earthquakefilter: How to "cover" with nothing to cover under?

I am a California transplant. Our decorating sensibilities plus the configuration of our apartment mean that we have nothing to take cover under in an earthquake. We've got one tiny coffee table and that's it. What should we do during an earthquake? In yesterday's, we tried the "hold hands on the couch and say 'holy shit'" method, but it seems there must be something more proactive we can do.
posted by rednikki on Mar 29, 2014 - 19 answers

Safety and maintenance of basement apartment in Northern California?

I am considering living in a basement apartment near a major fault line. Is this safe? [more inside]
posted by nilihm on Mar 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Dealing with future earthquakes in California

What do Californians think and feel about the possibility of future big earthquakes in that region, especially the so-called "Big One"? I'm looking for articles which really get into how those who dwell there handle that knowledge, respond to it, and so on. Articles about building standards or government response are fine, but I would like to know about individuals, groups, businesses and the like. [more inside]
posted by Thing on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

The relative safety of large buildings during massive earthquakes

How many people during the Tohoku 3/11 earthquake actually died from the earthquake itself, and not the tsunami? Also subtract elderly heart attacks, people being fatally crushed under bookshelves/the like, and the collapse of rickety old traditional houses that would have been knocked out during a smaller quake too. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I display a large, beautiful platter in Earthquake Country?

I recently received a beautiful glass platter, about 18 inches across, that weighs about 12-13 pounds. I want to display it in our kitchen. However: I live in Earthquake Country, and also in an apartment where the upstairs neighbors are prone to galloping around and shaking the walls. Can I use a plate easel to prop it up, or is that a bad call if there's a possibility of quakes? Because the plate is semi-translucent, I'd rather not hang it directly on a wall. [more inside]
posted by whenbynowandtreebyleaf on Aug 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Where can I buy a good, pre-made earthquake kit in Vancouver?

What with recent disasters, and recently moving to BC I'd like to get an earthquake kit. Now, I don't have a car, so I'd like to not having to travel all over the city picking things up in my backpack if possible. So I'd like to buy a pre-made kit. Back in 2007 acoutu was able to get a deal on a "Ready Kit", but those appear to have been discontinued shortly after they were created. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Phantom Earthquake

There was a large-ish (6.9) earthquake in my area on Wednesday. Since then, I've felt a number of "phantom" earthquakes (along with a number of real aftershocks). Is there anything I can do to stop feeling the "phantom" quakes? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Sep 28, 2012 - 11 answers

When the Big One Hits

Best way to store contacts online for a headcount during a natural disaster? [more inside]
posted by Lettuce_Leaves on Aug 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Can debris for the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami be used to create new land?

Could rubble and debris from the Great Eastern Japan earthquake be 'reclaimed' to make useable land? [more inside]
posted by sconbie on May 15, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I locate the apartment that is safest in a big earthquake?

Moving to the (north) Bay Area of California: How do I best ensure that I (and my assets) survive The Big One unharmed? Eg. What should I look for in an apartment (and why), in terms of geology, design, construction, location, building codes, corner-cutting, etc. to best handle a massive earthquake? Expert or engineer advice would be great. (I'm more interested in how to find an earthquake-proof building and area, than in how to earthquake-proof my stuff once it's inside a building.) [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Nov 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Brown well water after earthquake

Our well water is brown after the earthquake -- should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Tsunami Videos

Has anyone put together a collection of videos from the recent tsunami in Japan? I am sure there are new ones surfacing as time goes on. I may be morbid but the videos are fascinating. I'd like to find a webpage that is keeping a current list of what is appearing.
posted by zzazazz on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Post-quake survival: pet edition

DisasterFilter - What steps can I take to ensure my pets survival in the case where a disaster strikes and I can't get home? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Apr 2, 2011 - 7 answers

PVO/NGO volunteer opportunities in relief effort in Japan?

What are some PVO/NGO that will enable me to volunteer in the relief effort in Japan? (I am willing to pay for my own air fare/accommodations/etc). Also, in terms of training, what are some programs or certifications that will help train/prepare me for going overseas?
posted by meta.mark on Mar 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Which charities are providing support in Japan?

Where should I donate money to most effectively support people affected by the earthquake in Japan? And logistically, how can my organization collect money from its members that can be donated to this cause? [more inside]
posted by teem on Mar 11, 2011 - 10 answers

How bad will Los Angeles be hit by a nuclear accident in Japan?

What happens if that nuclear power plant in Japan turns into the next Chernobyl? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Mar 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Travel to Japan - feasible or foolish?

Is it foolish, or even feasible, to go ahead with vacation travel plans to Japan, in light of the earthquake? [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli on Mar 11, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me find news links for sendai

Trying to find sites with details on the current situation in Sendai (specifically) [more inside]
posted by yeolcoatl on Mar 11, 2011 - 8 answers

I want to check some predictions

I'm looking for a short film I saw in a computing class about 10 or 15 years ago. It was set in the "close future" demonstrating the use of computer technology by a disaster recovery team after an earthquake in California. Notably, all the computers and devices like printers were wireless. [more inside]
posted by WhackyparseThis on Feb 24, 2011 - 2 answers

How is Brazil helping Haiti right now?

What aid/help is Brazil doing in Haiti today? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on Feb 13, 2011 - 2 answers

Drywall hanging in earthquake country

I'd like to hang a 15 lb framed painting on drywall in an earthquake-proof way. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Dec 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Can a huge geothermal power plant cause an earthquake?

As I understand it, the 7.2 earthquake that hit Mexico last weekend had it's epicenter in Guadalupe Victoria, which is just a few miles from Cerro Prieto, a dormant volcano and the worlds largest Geothermal plant. Is there any scientific (not tinfoil hat) evidence that having a large scale Geothermal plant, doing whatever it is Geothermal plants specifically do, could lead to or worsen an earthquake? And if the volcano is dormant, how is the plant generating power? Does dormant just mean not spewing lava actively, but there is activity underneath? [more inside]
posted by Spurious Packets on Apr 6, 2010 - 13 answers

How Can I Get Immediate Notification Via Text of an LA Earthquake?

I live in northern Virginia, however all of my family lives in the Los Angeles area. At work, I have to keep my web browsing to a bare minimum and restricted to my lunch break. As such, I'm worried about the Big One hitting the LA area, and not knowing about it ASAP, especially if LA's phone lines and cell towers get knocked out. Is there any way I could arrange for a text message to be sent to my cellphone, for every earthquake that hits the LA Basin? I realize this may turn out to be excessive, but am willing to experiment.
posted by invisible ink on Mar 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Earthquake alarm?

Last night, I felt my very first earthquake! It was a baby, 4.4, no damage done. In fact, what woke me up was an alarm-- not a car alarm, more like the rhythmic buzzing of a very loud alarm clock-- accompanied with flashing lights. It seemed to be coming from another building. What was this? Is there such a thing as post-earthquake alert? I live in LA Ktown, btw, in a 1930s building.
posted by lalalana on Mar 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Construction Strategies

What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Is my friend going to smell bad after a week with no water?!?!

Picking up my friend from the airport tomorrow. He's been in Chile since the earthquake there. What to bring? [more inside]
posted by krisptoria on Mar 6, 2010 - 10 answers

When is an aftershock an earthquake?

Why is a 6.1 "aftershock" called just that- an aftershock, and not another 6.1 earthquake?
posted by xmutex on Jan 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Why not the Red Cross?

What's wrong with donating to Haiti relief through the American Red Cross? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Jan 18, 2010 - 28 answers

Aid agencies sending people to Haiti

Aid agencies sending people to Haiti? [more inside]
posted by edgeways on Jan 13, 2010 - 38 answers

I want to give a donation to aid in the Haiti earthquake rescue efforts.

What is the best agency to make a donation in order to insure that the aid is received where needed in Haiti? [more inside]
posted by msali on Jan 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Are these seismic events related?

Are all of these seismic events related? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Oct 13, 2009 - 7 answers

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

California's Big One Would Mean What For Whom?

What would the national and global consequences be if the San Andreas Fault finally gave rise to 'The Big One'? [more inside]
posted by mooders on Sep 30, 2009 - 4 answers

What was that really loud boom just now in Santa Cruz, CA?

I just heard a loud boom, and felt a shockwave rattle my trailer here in Santa Cruz, CA. My neighbors felt it too and were very curious. Could it have been an earthquake? [more inside]
posted by gavtaylor on Mar 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Earthquake insurance: scam or important safety net?

Earthquake insurance in California is pricey – it more than doubles insurance costs, with a very high deductible. MeFites who live in California, what have you chosen to do, and why? [more inside]
posted by quinoa on Nov 12, 2008 - 18 answers

How can I safely hang my expensive prints in earthquake country?

How can I hang paintings/framed prints in earthquake country and keep them relatively safe? [more inside]
posted by autojack on Jun 10, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me find an old photo/video of an earthquake bay drain.

I'm hunting for an old photo or video of an underwater fault line that opened during an earthquake, causing a shallow bay to begin visibly draining into the earth. I know i've seen it and I'm not the only one: link. I suspect it was the 1964 Alaska quake but I'm not sure. If I recall correctly, it is black and white and was taken from a ship floating in the bay at the time. Either my google skills are failing me or I saw it on television and not online, but I'm specifically hoping to find something online. Thanks in advance for any help here.
posted by esome on Mar 6, 2008 - 10 answers

How to support tall bookcases without drilling into the wall?

I'm looking for any information on a method of support for tall furniture (bookcases, etc) that doesn't involve attaching it to the wall, but instead goes from the top of the furniture to the ceiling and fixes it in place without drilling. Anyone out there have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by muscatlove on Jan 20, 2008 - 14 answers

What can I do to keep my LCD TV safe in an earthquake?

What can I do to keep my LCD TV safe in an earthquake? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike on Aug 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Little scary.

Where can I find out about a recent (read 4:45 Pacific Time) Berkeley, CA earthquake? Any live surveying website available? (It was huge and I'm nervous for no rational reason)
posted by OrangeDrink on Jul 20, 2007 - 25 answers

Shaken, not Stirred?

Seismologists: how likely is a major Pacific Northwest earthquake? The Canadian Geological Survey seems to think a big quake is likely. The Pacific Geoscience Center thinks the probability went up, but is still very low. [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Feb 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Any experience with seismic upgrades?

Anyone know anything about seismic upgrades? We own a 40 year old house in the SF Bay Area, love it, and plan to live in it for years and years to come. However, it's a 1.5 story house built against a hill, with the majority of the house sitting above a two car garage. There's... [more inside]
posted by mosk on Dec 24, 2006 - 2 answers

Who will retrofit my house?

I want to retrofit my early-60's rambler so it's less likely to kill me during an earthquake (and so I can get earthquake insurance). Any recommendations for companies or contractors in the Seattle area?
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Earthquake Info Needed

Hawaii has had an earthquake. I need some info sources for a friend there who is still able to get thru (to NJ) by phone. Toss me anything useful you've got and I'll do a quick sort and pass on whatever she needs. Many thanks in advance!
posted by realjanetkagan on Oct 15, 2006 - 10 answers

Earthquake perception

How often can you feel small earthquakes in Southern California? My girlfriend thinks I'm crazy, but I'm often convinced I've felt a small earthquake. Are there degrees of earthquake perception for different people? [more inside]
posted by SBMike on Oct 13, 2006 - 27 answers

How much should I worry about earthquakes in Seattle?

How much should I worry about earthquakes when looking at apartments in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster on Jul 6, 2006 - 16 answers

Scale my Richter

I just bought a house in St. Louis. Earthquake coverage or no?
posted by pieoverdone on Dec 28, 2005 - 13 answers

What floor should I live on in an earthquake zone?

Disaster filter: So, I live in an earthquake zone and am looking for a new apartment. What floor should I live on? [more inside]
posted by MrC on Dec 7, 2005 - 15 answers

Quake! Quake! Triangle of Life ? No. Drop, Cover and Hold on ?

Doug Copp advocates finding a Triangle of Life and gives up to 10 tips for an earthquake situation that will ensure maximum survival of the people involved. But his findings and tips has been discredited by the American Red Cross (ARC) who sees it as challenge to their "Drop, Cover and Hold On" safety advice as applied to its use in USA. It said that buildings in the States are constructed to a higher standard which makes the DC&HO method , the one to use. I would have thought if the standards are all that stringent , finding a triangle of life would be much easier and ensure a greater survival quotient in the States, if it was the drilled into the students. [more inside]
posted by kryptos on Oct 11, 2005 - 4 answers

Stop plate tectonics!!

Is there a big earthquake in California's near future? [more inside]
posted by billysumday on Jun 16, 2005 - 27 answers

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