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You say that "6-point-somethings are pretty common" -- which they are -- "and usually imperceptible" -- which they definitely are not, at least near the epicenter.  From the link that Neil Moore posted (, it is clear that their was quite a bit of non-structural damage (shelves emptied, etc.) and some structural damage.  In October 2005, there was a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on the Big Island of Hawaii which shook up the island of Oahu about 100 miles away.  Not much structural damage resulted, but it raised a few heartrates (mine included).  The power was out island-wide for most of the day.

I think every engineer that does seismic design should have the opportunity to experience an earthquake at least once -- it can definitely bring some perspective to why you're doing what you're doing.


----- Original Message ----
From: Christopher Banbury <cbanbury(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 5:38:05 AM
Subject: RE: Earthquake

My wife who is studying geography showed me the USGS site yesterday that lists the latest earthquakes in the world for the past 7 days.

I was surprised to discover that 6-point-somethings are pretty common and usually imperceptible.


Christopher Banbury, PE



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From: Jason Christensen [mailto:jason(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:16 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Earthquake


Anyone feel or heard about the 6.3 quake in Wendover , Nevada this morning?