Small quake shakes buildings
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#1 Dec 8, 2007
I'm from Los Angeles and let me tell you people, you have it good here as far as earthquakes are concerned. A 3.1 earthquake is a walk in the park compared with the shakers that Los Angeles gets and is scheduled to get in the future. The San Andreas fault located in San Bernardino to the west of Los Angeles has not had a major earthquake (7-8 Richter Scale) in over 100 years. Therefore, as the stress builds up between two sides of the earth slipping past each other on this fault, it is more likely that when it does explode, it will be a biggie. And as for damage, better to have windows rattle and a few unfortunate cracks here and there than your gas line breaking, your whole house collapsing or bridges and roads destroyed. Feel lucky you live in North Carolina and not some place like California!
#2 Dec 8, 2007
This is very true, but you have to consider that this was probably the first earthquake many people have ever felt. Not expecting one or knowing what it was can be scary the first time around, even if it was a small one.
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