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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Trying to find sites with details on the current situation in Sendai (specifically) [more inside]
posted by yeolcoatl
on Mar 11, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Why is a 6.1 "aftershock" called just that- an aftershock, and not another 6.1 earthquake?
posted by xmutex
on Jan 22, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
How can I hang paintings/framed prints in earthquake country and keep them relatively safe? [more inside]
posted by autojack
on Jun 10, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I just bought a house in St. Louis. Earthquake coverage or no?
posted by pieoverdone
on Dec 28, 2005 -
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 -
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 -