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John M

Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 21, 2012 - 03:14am PT
5.3 11:55 PM

Anyone else feel it? It was 30 miles East of Coalinga. Very short.. Woke me up though here in Wawona.

Social climber
Oct 21, 2012 - 04:23am PT
hey there say, john m.... i just got on to check mail, fast...
and i heard this from another post, elsewhere by a gal i know, in calif...

a climber gal here..

i just found a link... let's see what it says...

Moderate earthquake shakes central California; hundreds report feeling it

10-21-2012 03:52 AM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (Associated Press) --
A moderate earthquake has rattled a coastal area of central California with hundreds of residents reporting feeling the temblor.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 5.3 quake struck shortly before midnight Saturday.

It was centered near King City, about 40 miles southeast of Salinas.

USGS geophysicist Amy Vaughan says more than 1,500 people reported on the agency's website that they felt the temblor.

She says a magnitude 5 quake is capable of causing damage, often causing things to fall off shelves and causing moderate cracks in walls and foundations

thanks for sharing... got to go now...
god bless...
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 21, 2012 - 04:41am PT
It was on the San Andreas. 4 aftershocks since then.
There was also a 3.4 on the San Andreas on 10/19, also close by, just 8 miles from Pinnacles.

3.3 26km ENE of King City, California 2012-10-21 07:51:33 36.307N 120.852W 9.8
2.5 27km ENE of King City, California 2012-10-21 07:41:16 36.308N 120.847W 10.2
3.7 27km ENE of King City, California 2012-10-21 07:37:47 36.313N 120.852W 9.5
3.1 25km ENE of King City, California 2012-10-21 07:18:03 36.306N 120.862W 8.0
5.3 26km ENE of King City, California 2012-10-21 06:55:09 36.311N 120.856W 9.4
3.4 24km NE of Greenfield, California 2012-10-19 17:44:45 36.467N 121.035W 8.5
2.5 24km NE of Greenfield, California 2012-10-17 11:32:18 36.465N 121.035W 5.0

Reminds me of the time a few years back (December 22, 2003) when Bruce and I were climbing at Pinnacles and I was hanging from a hook, drilling a bolt. I thought my leg was shaking from the cold, but I could feel the whole formation rocking back and forth for 15 seconds! It was a 6.5 centered in Paso Robles. Fortunately it was in one of those rare solid rock spots and nothing fell on my head. :-)

And for random periodicity folks:
"Today in Earthquake History
Earthquake History for October 21st

M8.0 - Russia, 1907
12,000 deaths.
One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
Two earthquakes destroyed Qaratog and many mountain villages in the Gissar and Denau areas of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

M6.8 - United States, 1868
At 7:53 AM local time, the destructive waves from an earthquake on the southern end of the Hayward Fault, quickly traveled across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Because of its location in the heart of the Bay Area, then having a total population of about 260,000 (Federal Census records), and its magnitude, variously estimated as between 6.8 and 7.0, this earthquake was one of the most destructive in California history. Property loss was extensive and 30 people were killed. Five deaths were reported in San Francisco, out of a population of 150,000, where the total property loss was estimated to be $350,000 ($5-100 Million in 2007 dollars). This earthquake was known as the "great San Francisco earthquake" until the magnitude 7.8 shock on 18 April 1906. The cracking of the ground along the Hayward Fault was traced about 20 miles (32 km) from San Leandro to Warm Springs in Fremont, although modeling of survey data suggest that the fault moved as far north as Berkeley, and from these data the average amount of horizontal movement along the fault is inferred to be about 6 feet (1.9 meters).
October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake"
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 21, 2012 - 04:45am PT
Yep. Middle Earth reporting in. Moderate, distinct and extended shaking of the Tioga at 12:55/56 last night.

New Idria was epicentric, according to a report I saw five minutes after it occurred.

Social climber
Oct 21, 2012 - 09:47am PT
Geez! I just woke up from a nighmare that I was outside and we began to shake and roll and then my entire upstairs was just completlely shaken off right in front of me onto the ground...Whew! Glad it was only a dream/nighmare.

Social climber
Oct 21, 2012 - 09:53am PT
hey there all.... glad to hear from you all...
am up early, well, for me... with baby boy i am babysitting...

say, missJ :O oh my, glad it was dream, :O
somefolks have such, not--but real.... whewwwwwwwww...:O

say, many times, as we are half awake our brains incorperate what is around us, happening, and mix it into our mid-state... and we may either hope, or fear, or etc, (as to circumstances and the past experieces, etc) WITHIN our 'dream state'...

hard to discern, for a moment, then, when we do wake so quickly...
reallyyyy glad you knew, all was well... :)

god bless you this day.... keep in touch, if more take place...
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 21, 2012 - 09:59am PT
I've spent a bit of time out in that neck of the woods, between Coalinga and Parkfield. I've been to the top of Table Mtn and peered down into the Dark Hole under a blazing moon. I've scared up herds of feral pigs while mountain biking on ranch roads in the dark - i scairt them way more then they scairt me hahahahah! Been out there under a freezing January sky and a balmy August evening. I've driven that crazy road from Parkfield to Coalinga a few times.

That's where that major predictive earthquake experiment went down - an earthquake every 33 years or some such.

They laced the San Andreas with tests and measurement devices, they're all over the place. They waited and watched as year 22 came and went with no earthquake. Dang. So much for that.

And yet? This is one of the most beavily studied sections of the San Andreas because it DOES slip regularly even if it doesn't come on time like a German train.

Its rough and wooly country out there. Very beautiful if you're into the interior coast ranges - that is the Diablo. Its the longest range in all the California coast ranges and owes its very existence to the fault.

I wonder about that kid in Coalinga that wants to hike up to 3 Sisters to climb... you out there kid? Did you fall out of bed?

I remember seeing what the one a couple decades back did to the Savemart grocery store there in Coalinga... what a mess!

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Oct 21, 2012 - 10:06am PT
Just a couple of memories from quakes I've experienced. Dimitri Barton and I were soloing After 6 or 7 (can't remember which). We were near the top when things started getting lively. Various gullies were filled with the sound rumbling debris and the rock was swaying back and forth. Turned out it was the Coalinga quake of 83.

In 1980 I was working as a lift mechanic at June Mountain after the big Mammoth quake that same year. During the summer, when we would be on the top of lift towers doing off-season maintenance, sometimes an after shock would hit and the tower we were on would rock quite a bit. It made things a bit more interesting then warding off the vicious deerflys and mosquitoes.


Social climber
Oct 21, 2012 - 10:11am PT
Hey Neebee, thanks for the blessing my day. I am absolutle afraid of them . The last one experienced in 1994 was off the top. I lived in Granada Hills and thought it was the last time I'd see earth. I thought a plane had crashed on the house.

Oh say, did you find out what caused your poor doggy's rash? How is your dog doing?

Social climber
Oct 21, 2012 - 11:53am PT
hey there say, missJ... sent you a good neat answer, full of all info, and glad that you were well from other quake...

dial up ate it up...

to tired to try and type and fix all the 'backwards stuff' that i do, as well...

so, i am so very sorry, will have to answer, later...

been a bit sick and got to go sleep now...

for all the other folks here, in calif...
my folks are there, too, and famiyl, so i will be
pryaing for you all...

god bless...

Social climber
Oct 21, 2012 - 11:59am PT
hey there say, all....ooops, forgot...

will call my folks later and see if they noticed it, etc...

and--to mousefrommerced:

book is on the way, media-mail, i got a small babysitting job,
so thereeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you go--a neat book, zooming off to greet you...

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 21, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
Thank you, neebee. LOL (little old landslides).

I was looking at
what Borut wrote about:
Lubejena rocks.

Dingus directed
me here. That's as spooky as
what happened last night.

In California
or in Lublejena the rocks
are never quiet.

They say
Its supposed to snow
but you never know if it will,
just like an arthquake.

As they go, this was not hot and heavy. Quakes you know, neebee, as you've lived here. What was added to this one was the duration. It kept it up in spaced apart spurts of varying intervals for the better part of a minute.

It wasn't one jolt, but then you had to be here to experience it. And if you out-of-staters, earthquake-haters, m__s, haven't, then you should.

Keep your cyclones, tornadoes, and twisters,
Keep yer heads down, God save California.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 22, 2012 - 01:39am PT
Aha! So there was an earthquake! I was going to bed in my in-laws cabin up in Kings Canyon (Wilsonia) near Grant's Grove last night and the whole thing started shaking. I was wondering if something happened with the cabin or if it was an earthquake.

Almost turned on the TV to see if it was the super quake that's gonna drop part of CA into the Pacific. No such luck.
scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
Oct 22, 2012 - 11:26am PT
It shook the house some here in the Santa Cruz area.
Nicole Hoepner

Sport climber
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
Was sleeping in a tent on the ground (backpackers campground near Washington Column). Woke up from the shaking and thought a bear or a drunk fellow camper was shaking me awake...after the first moment of being annoyed i realized what it was. Earthquake! Glorious! Felt like John Muir and barely contained my enthusiasm enough to keep from shouting "A Noble earthquake!!" Two faint aftershocks. My thoughts then went right up to everybody out there,on Valley climbs' portaledges. Hope they were all safe and not too spooked.
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