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So When’s The Earthquake Party?



Yeah, yeah... I'm AOK, but thanks a lot to those of you who sent in concerned emails though. Man was that a weird feeling. The earthquake here in L.A. lasted a good 20-25 seconds and really shook the building I'm in like crazy. I was honestly surprised the power stayed on and nothing broke. A quick survey of our place showed that the ONLY thing to fall off of the shelves was this little figure of a horrified woman (from the Horrified B-Movie Victims figure set). Something about seeing the terror on her face as she lay helplessly on the floor after the earthquake just made me laugh out loud. Talk about a perfect landing...

Well now that the Graboids have stopped causing tremors beneath my feet, I'll return to my work.

Survey: Did any of you experience this earthquake too? Have you ever been in another earthquake or some kind of natural disaster before? If so, what was it like for ya? Share your stories!



undisciplined (Guest) on 07/29/2008 4:23 pm

Hell, I was horrified because at a glance the figure seems to be floating on a sea of mealworms/maggots! Glad you're okay!


sr10 (Guest) on 07/29/2008 4:32 pm

lol graboids. That's a huge coincidence that that figure fell into that position. Perfect landing indeed.

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Espy on 07/29/2008 4:54 pm

I was going to say "your carpet looks like mealworms", but it appears I was beaten to it and now it just looks like I'm copying jokes =(

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-RoG- on 07/29/2008 4:58 pm

undisciplined / Espy, of course it looks like mealworms... I had to pay extra for that carpet style!

sr10, yeah, of all the things to fall off the shelves in this house, and the fact that it landed face up. Gotta love it.

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Nick on 07/29/2008 4:59 pm

That'll teach you to move away from the east coast. >:C


gamingasshole (Guest) on 07/29/2008 4:59 pm

Man I was fucking scared.


Jer Ber (Guest) on 07/29/2008 5:13 pm

I live in Orange County, and I felt it as I was standing in line to do my recycling. Gave everyone something to talk about for the 2+ hours we had to wait.

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Silver on 07/29/2008 5:55 pm

There could be C.H.U.D. down there, ha, ha, ha.

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KillerMcGee on 07/29/2008 5:56 pm

welcome to the west coast


Dar (Guest) on 07/29/2008 6:13 pm

I live in West L.A., and it shook things up, but nothing fell or broken.

According to news, it was a 5.4, and was some 30 miles south-east of L.A., and some 8 miles deep.

Just a friendly reminder from earth that we're not wanted.

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Dungeonbrownies on 07/29/2008 6:33 pm

IM taking this is your first earthquake then Rog.
I'm going to speak for most of the state then,
and say youre fully initiated.

Welcome to California.

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Name on 07/29/2008 6:36 pm

I live in Chicago so we rarely have any graboid attacks here. There was a small earthquake a few months ago here early in the morning. I slept right through it.


Eric (Guest) on 07/29/2008 6:43 pm

so did i name,so did i.


Zerstoren (Guest) on 07/29/2008 6:57 pm

I lived through a buttload of hurricanes


Tim (Guest) on 07/29/2008 7:11 pm

I live in Pennsylvania and I felt a slight breeze in my yard.

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Ferrit on 07/29/2008 7:15 pm


Never had to deal with anything other than the occasional Nor'Easter - which pretty much suck but usually don't kill bushels of people and do a gazillion dollars in property damage. My girlfriend however was unfortunate enough to be living in CA back in 1989 when that 6.9 hit. One minute she was in her apartment, the next she was in a pile of rubble surrounded by flames, screaming and all that other fun stuff that makes up total chaos.
I'll take a nor'easter any ol day compared to that.

Glad you're okay RoG - you and this site mean too much to my sanity to lose you to an earthquake.


Fast Eddy (Guest) on 07/29/2008 7:16 pm

Hearing quite a few people that are "vets" when it comes to such things claim it didn't feel like a 5.4 at all, supposedly felt stronger.

Can anyone confirm/deny?

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BurntToShreds on 07/29/2008 7:39 pm

The only natural disaster I've experienced here in Houston was being on the fringe of Hurricane Rita. It wasn't that bad, though.


Phyxius (Guest) on 07/29/2008 7:57 pm

It felt stronger than a 5.4 because we havent had one that big in a while. We forget what it's like...

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Colonel Flagg on 07/29/2008 7:58 pm

Glad you're OK Rog - My brother lives in SF and lived through the earthquake that destroyed I-805. Talk about a weird feeling!


Ridureyu (Guest) on 07/29/2008 8:07 pm

I'm sorry, but here in Anaheim the earthquake was 15 seconds of, "oh, am I in a truck now?"

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Tadao on 07/29/2008 8:16 pm

RoG = Californian n00b


GLaDOS (Guest) on 07/29/2008 8:16 pm

Well I HOPE YOour HAPpy... you shOKE ThE ENTire ciTY BUT THE only thing YOu maNAGED ** to BreAK, Was MY heart ***. NOw thERE Is no moRe deLICIOUS CAke for your ** paRTY. OH well.

you'RE STill hERE? WHy don't you GO BACK the way YOU CAME? ** THis EArthquake WAS not part of THE EXPerimEnt. ** *** * **


Nespati (Guest) on 07/29/2008 8:33 pm

It felt stronger that a 5.4. I was in Chino- 2 miles from the epicenter. It started out ok- no big deal- then there was a JOLT and all I could think was "FRAK, IT MIGHT BE THE BIG ONE!"

At least I wasn't on the shiater- my friend was and he didn't know whether to wipe up first or just bail. (He wiped, thank god.)


Jay-tee (Guest) on 07/29/2008 9:01 pm

Your carpet seriously kind of creeps me out.

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saturnknight on 07/29/2008 9:03 pm

I'm happy to hear you're alright RoG, as for the pic, it does look like a bunch of maggots or someting beind her in her "Home Alone" pose.

The Quake was a bad one was it? 5.4 I think wasn't it?


Skyelan (Guest) on 07/29/2008 9:06 pm

Well, now is a good a time as any to start posting. As someone who has slept through almost every earthquake in his life, this woke me clean up. In the San Bernadino Countyso it wasn't too bad, but apparantly it was much worse at my mother's work. Biggest one I've experienced in a long time at least, that's for sure. Would have been less a big deal if I didn't have an earthquake phobia.

I was less than a year old when that happened, and we were so close to it at the time that it knocked over practically everything in our apartment. We moved not long after that, though it is claimed to be unrelated. I'd bet good money that's why I've got such issues with them. =D

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Silver on 07/29/2008 9:30 pm

By the way -RoG-, I have to agree with all my fellow mockers who say that your carpet looks like a realistic wormfest that is about to devour that figurine.


Rebel Without a Sauce (Guest) on 07/29/2008 9:44 pm

I prayed for the safety of your carpet when I heard about the earthquake, RoG. :(

I can't get over how much that carpet really does look like maggots! VERY STRIKING INTERIOR DESIGN. It's like that animation you made with the worm face, RoG... Prince of Darkness, I think?

I've only experienced an earthquake once, but I fell asleep halfway through it... everybody was annoyed at me for embarassing them in front of the unrelenting fury of nature. :(

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briny bill on 07/29/2008 9:53 pm

i just thought how much your carpet looks like mine ..... but mines green oh and no disasters for me

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Ferrit on 07/29/2008 10:03 pm

I think the general consensus here is that if RoG decided to start cutting up chunks of his carpet and selling them here, we'd buy'em :P


-the stories she told me about what she went through were completely horrible - nothing I'd ever want to live through...I personally think you gotta have a screw loose to live in a place where that kinda shit happens - where you could wake up one day to your entire city FALLING DOWN AROUND YOU - or even slipping into the Pacific... but hey, to each his own :)

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Mojomajik9 on 07/29/2008 10:45 pm

Well, I've lived around the Gulf of Mexico most of my life, so I've seen quite a few hurricanes. The worst was probably Opal back in 94--I think. We lost power for a few days and had to survive on canned meat. Yuck. A byproduct of hurricanes is tornadoes so I've seen one or two of those as well. I think I'd rather be in a hurricane than an earthquake however. At least with a hurricane you have prior warning and can evac if it's severe.

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cityboy44 on 07/29/2008 10:47 pm

there was an earthquake here recently, but it was a wussy earthquake, about a 5, so nothing fell or broke.

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Mojomajik9 on 07/29/2008 10:50 pm

Oh yeah. A word about your carpet:

Remember that scene in Lost Boys when Kiefer Southerland is freaking Jason Patrick out with the boxes of Chinese food? He shows him some rice and it looks like worms to Patrick....that's your carpet. Your carpet is the Chinese food of vampires.

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Relaxing Dragon on 07/29/2008 11:26 pm

Huh, didn't even hear about this until I came one here. I guess that means all my family down there is alright (or wasn't close enough to feel it properly). Glad everything's good down there.

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-RoG- on 07/29/2008 11:53 pm

We get an earthquake, but the main topic of discussion is my bedroom carpet. This is why I truly love the Internet. I can take a photo of the hardwood floors in the main room if you guys like too. My floors are here for your entertainment!

Anyway, this was the first real earthquake since I moved to California a few years ago... and even people who had experienced them before thought it was a really long one. So yeah, I can now cross off "experience a real earthquake" from my list of things to do while living in California. Still need to cross off the Cabazon Dinosaurs from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure though among other things... so there's plenty left to do.

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Relaxing Dragon on 07/30/2008 12:08 am

Saaaay... that is some nice carpeting. Looks a lot more comfortable than the stuff we've got at my house (though at least it's there. I don't mind hardwood floors, but I like carpeting a lot more).

First earthquake, congrats. Now you need to take the California attitude on them, and act nonchalant when they happen :P

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Ferrit on 07/30/2008 12:17 am

Well RoG - the earthquake is over - but your carpet remains. And it's a lot more tangible than something that happened on the opposite coast (for us East Coasters anyway). A 6.5 might distract us from your marvelous bedroom floor covering, but that 5.4? I should say not. I guess entertainment is as entertainment does....or something like that. It's late - I need sleep. I suppose I'll trudge home and try to get some, even though my bedroom carpet is plug-ugly beige.

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Pip on 07/30/2008 1:16 am

I was in the San Diego airport when it happened and felt the aftershocks. It was pretty sweet since I've never experienced one being from Rhode Island and all.

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greenimp on 07/30/2008 2:18 am

what, earth quake?
lol, well its good 2 hear yer alright rog, ill probably hear about it in 3 weeks or something =P
and the carpet did, at first look like a swarm of maggots.

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TheDoomThing on 07/30/2008 7:45 am

The only thing close to a natural disaster is a bunch of tornado warnings (as i live in the midwest), that only a few were really scary.
Oh, and the one earthquake near me, i only felt a few aftershocks.

And also, that is some awesome carpet.

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Icculus on 07/30/2008 8:31 am

I'd love to see some picture of the hardwood floors are they like a dark cherry or a lighter oak?


Qwertzuiop (Guest) on 07/30/2008 10:18 am

Luckily in this case I live in Germany, so earthquakes happen like every 100 years tops or so. But I can understand that this must be a fearful experience.


mikeb302000 (Guest) on 07/30/2008 10:49 am

I've felt two bad ones. In 1970, I felt the LA earthquake all the way in San Diego. Around 7 or 8 years ago the one that damaged Assisi Italy was felt strongly in Rome where I live. I can't imagine being near the epicenter of a big one.

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J_B_88 on 07/30/2008 1:23 pm

Yeah, I was getting out of the shower when it hit.
Almost fell down. Funny thing though, there were kids playing outside and instead of being scared they were laughing...


Marc (Guest) on 07/30/2008 1:24 pm

I live in Vancouver BC, and yesterday at around 12 I felt a weird seismic shake for like 15 minutes.


Art Vandelay (Guest) on 07/30/2008 1:25 pm

Living in northeast Alabama, our most common natural phenom is tornadoes. We also get a fair share of hurricanes which are tropical storms by the time they reach us. We had a blizzard in 1993 and an earthquake a couple of years ago. I guess we get a little of everything.


Rob (Guest) on 07/30/2008 4:42 pm

I once lived through a nasty tornado. It blew down 7 or 8 trees in my back yard and insedently the falling trees destroyed my neighbor's deck and did some serious damage to the roof of my house.


hellzo (Guest) on 07/30/2008 8:17 pm

yeah a few months ago in england we had one that last about 5 seconds, the only thing that fell of anything was me falling out of my bed.

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Viteh on 07/30/2008 11:20 pm

One could think that the terror in her face might be the consecuence of experiencing a 5.4 earthquake, but my guess is that she has that look because she just realized she fell into a carpet made out of maggots

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Tom Foolery on 07/31/2008 8:50 am

Never been in an earthquake before have had my experiences with irony in a dire situation. I got lost driving around in the woods in the middle of winter once and was running low on gas. We finally spotted a sign but it was coated in snow. So one of us got out and trudged though the snow bank and cleared the sign of snow only to find "Be Careful" written on the sign. We were never heard from again...


Jisted (Guest) on 07/31/2008 9:18 am

Florida Hurricanes. My area didn't get hit directly, missed us by a few miles and we were damn lucky. Power was out for a few days and it was about 100 degrees the entire time.

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ginmortal on 07/31/2008 10:57 am

I've lived in Mexicali for most of my life, about 2 hrs east of San Diego right on the border, so I have plenty of experience with Earthquakes, the last "batch" we had, lasted for about 3 weeks, where we had events, like every other hour due to a local fault, some we felt, some others we didn't, on three occasions, the factory where I work was actually evacuated, so yep, it's hella'fun

Unfortunately, here at the factory, we don't have such a sweet maggot carpet!!

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naardejood on 07/31/2008 11:14 am

We didn't feel much of anything up here in San Francisco. In fact, I was completely unaware of the aforementioned earthquake until I turned on the evening news.
I did, though, live through the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta quake that hit the Bay Area back in 1989. I was rather young at the time, but I remember it pretty well. Unfortunately for me, though probably hilarious for the rest of you, I happened to be in the middle of taking a shit when the quake hit. I remember hearing what sounded like a nuclear weapon going off a mile or so underground about ten seconds before the ground began to move. After that, everything (walls, ceiling, floor, etc.) began to move in 3-6 inch waves. It was like my house was made of Jell-o and someone was shaking the plate. Thankfully, our home wasn't too damaged, but there were a few assorted cracks in the walls and ceiling. The downtown San Francisco area, on the other hand, saw some pretty extensive damage, mainly the collapse of the Cypress St. Viaduct (I-880) that some of you may have heard about and/or remember. A half-mile span of the upper deck of the bridge collapsed onto the bottom deck, killing 41 people.


SacTown916StocktonMuthaFukka209 (Guest) on 07/31/2008 12:59 pm

Man I'm glad I live in Northern California. Sacramento and Stockton and shit.

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HeroliciousDeBlanc on 07/31/2008 11:38 pm

I'm always disappointed because the most recent NorCal earthquakes have been lame and I've slept through all the night ones.

Two things though:

The Big One isn't coming to snuff out Spartan's wife until, what was it, 2010?

And I have those B-movie victim figures. I matched it with the Avenging Narwhal playset. Which is much better than the similar Avenging Unicorn playset.

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ISChris on 08/02/2008 3:36 am

Your carpet looks like Sheppard's Pie

I can take a photo of the hardwood floors in the main room if you guys like too. My floors are here for your entertainment!

Yes please

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Orastella on 08/02/2008 3:25 pm

I slept through the Earthquake of 1989 in San Francisco. I was 5 years old.

Apparently I'm a heavy sleeper.

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J-Fish on 08/03/2008 3:21 am

Heh, I've been in two earthquakes. One scared the shit outta me, because it was midnight and I didn't know what was going on. Then apparently a second one happened a few months later, but I was in bed napping, too sick to give a shit about plate tectonics.

Guess I deserve that for living directly on a fault line.



Krackor (Guest) on 08/03/2008 12:24 pm

I've been in an earthquake! It was in Virginia too, which I thought was odd. It was about four or five years ago. I was sitting in the livingroom playing video games and suddenly things started shaking. Not OMG THE HOUSE IS FALLING DOWN shaking, but the windows and things like pictures on the walls and other stuff was rattling around. At first I thought it might have been transfer trucks(I live in the county but they go up and down the road in front of my house every now and then) going down the road. But after a few seconds, I looked out the window and there was nothing on the road. Anyway, it only lasted a couple of minutes. Then I saw on the news that we'd had a small earthquake.

Yep. There's my story!

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Captain Awesome on 08/03/2008 8:21 pm

There was a very minor earthquake here in Virginia maybe 3 years ago. It was cool.


crispy (Guest) on 08/04/2008 5:37 pm

I found this absolultely hilarious. And i thought the carpet was worms. little grayish wriggly worms.


Nick Diaz (Guest) on 08/06/2008 2:07 pm

Makes me want to punch a baby. Stockton motherfucker!


Andrea (Guest) on 08/06/2008 11:42 pm

I have only felt two earth quakes in my life.Both happened the same day as I was staying up in Alaska.My reaction was normal for any person rasied in florida."Wth was that!" for the first and a scream for the second.I have to say..I like having the earth still here..But then I got justice when a serious thunderstom hit the area and everyone paniced..These people would have a heart attack in a hurricane >3

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resident-adam on 08/09/2008 1:49 am

Actually, I didn't feel a damn thing {:[


Nicole (Guest) on 08/12/2008 2:14 am

Apparently, one time there was an earthquake here in Illinois in the very early morning. Naturally, I was asleep. My mom was asleep too, but the shaking woke her up. In her drug-induced sleep, she thought to herself "Oh, the bed is shaking. It must be ghosts."


Mr. Stab (Guest) on 08/19/2008 10:00 pm

I experienced some earthquakes when I was younger-the strongest of which was on the same day as that solar eclipse in '99, if memory serves. I could almost smell the faint odour of brimstone.

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Geminate on 09/01/2008 9:33 pm

Well that's because it was a little insignificant earthquake.

There is nothing to say until you get hit with an 8.0+ that lasts for one to several minutes, with several large aftershocks. That's an earthquake.

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