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Re: Italian Earthquake... by sighthound on 8 April 2009 8:48pm
It is possible to safely build and rebuild now with proper engineering. I used to live in the Hollywood Hills in one of those houses built in the 60's that are cantilevered out over the canyon edge. I always worried about what would happen in a big earthquake and then we had the 6.7 Northridge one. I was only a few miles from the epicenter.

This was not an expensive house but it had been brilliantly engineered to diffuse the ground forces in an earthquake so the only thing I lost was a tv that was on a turntable stand which caused it to fly across the room. Other more expensive houses around me that had been designed without considering seismic concerns were heavily damaged or destroyed.
Re: Italian Earthquake... by kazzzz on 9 April 2009 7:59am
Oh how scary, were you in the house at the time then Geraldine?
Re: Italian Earthquake... by canaveralgumby on 10 April 2009 5:26pm
WOW, Geraldine.
Re: Italian Earthquake... by sighthound on 10 April 2009 8:51pm
It was more bizarre than scary once I knew the house wasn't going to tumble down the canyon. Being born and raised in California, I was well trained in what to do when a quake hits. When it woke me up I was already in the middle of the room heading in a dead run for the strongest doorway. It got weirder from there. On my block, all the houses except one were hanging over the edge of the cliff. We were fortunate that there were no serious injuries. People had been killed a few blocks away but we didn't know that then. Since it was too dark to access the damages and the danger, all the neighbors (and being L.A. - no one knew one another) headed for the one house on solid ground which was owned by a manager for stand-up comics who had just moved from NY and was shell-shocked. All us natives brought out our emergency supplies and soon had lanterns and camp stoves going and made tea and coffee and soup. Meanwhile, all the comics who were staying at the house, were walking around, working up their "earthquake routine" for their next gig. It was much more amusing that I ever would have thought.

Seeing Los Angeles was without electricity was amazing. I could see the entire West side with no lights except for a few lantern and campfire encampments like ours. It was the one and only time I have seen the Milky Way in Los Angeles. (And true to Los Angeles form, the neighbors never got together again.)
Re: Italian Earthquake... by Ken Dunn on 13 April 2009 7:13am
The aftershocks in Italy have subsided over the past couple of days.
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