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Thread #110534 Message #2324957
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
24-Apr-08 - 11:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: you don't often get to see an earthquake
Subject: RE: BS: you don't often get to see an earthquake
Thanks for the accounts of actual expereinces, Don and Slag.
Years ago I was in a geology class and I said that scientists should try to discover what animals (such as Don's dog) sense just before a quake. The response was a blast of cruel male laughter. However, I have heard enough stories to think that it's worth investigating.
People have pointed out that even a brief warning would be valuable to someone such as a surgeon in the midst of an operation.
I believe that the current opinion is that the safest place to be during an earthquake is under a piece of strong furniture. If I lived in an earthquake zone, I would buy one of those ugly metal desks like the government uses. Hard for a person to get out of wheelchair and under a desk, I know.
I believe it about 45 seconds seeming like an eternity.
Thanks for the link to the design made by the pendulum. It certainly shows the complexity of movement during a quake.