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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Earthquake Rattles Bay Area Eiffel Tower /Tremblement de terre secoue une Tour Eiffel de la Baie de San Francisco

The Bay Area woke up to another 4.2 earthquake yesterday morning, felt primarily in the East Bay (particularly in Oakland and Berekeley) but also in San Francisco, as well as other counties.

Les habitants de la Baie de San Francisco ont encore été réveillés hier matin par un tremblement de terre de magnitude 4.2, senti surtout à Oakland et Berkeley, mais aussi à San Francisco et dans certains comptés voisins.

Every time I feel one of these things in the middle of the night, my first thought is "is this IT?!!!" and then comes "where the !$@# are my clothes, my shoes, my wallet, what, when, how, what the fuck do I do now?!!!..." and then it stops. Pfewww... For now.

Chaque fois que j'en ressens un au milieu de la nuit, je pense toujours immédiatement: "Est-ce CELUI qu'on attend depuis si longtemps?!!!" ensuite ... " !$@#!$@, où sont mes chaussures, mes vêtements, mon portefeuille, quoi, que, quand, comment, merde qu'est-ce qu'on fait maintenant?!!!.." et puis ça s'arrête. Pffffff... Pour le moment.

Photograph from usgs.gov

We're long overdue for the "big one" in the Bay Area, the one that will create a ton of damage, and it's no laughing matter. This time, only my Eiffel Tower and a few knick-knacks got knocked off the top shelf in the kitchen. Next time, who knows.

Nous attendons depuis longtemps le "big one" dans la Baie, celui qui va vraiment faire des dégàts, et il faut le prendre très au serieux. Cette fois-ci, seulement ma Tour Eiffel et quelques trucs sont tombés de l'étagère d'en haut, dans la cuisine. Mais la prochaine fois, qui sait.

San Francisco's Marina District, 1989

To help you prepare for the worse, please check out the following links: This Chronicle article has listed a couple of websites where you can find information on earthquake preparedess, such as this one, for instance. Here is a couple more links in English: ABAG and SFNERT. Don't forget to also check out the links gathered by the French Consulate of San Francisco (the article is in French, but the links lead to websites written in English).

Pour vous aider à vous préparer au pire, allez voir les liens ci-dessus. La plupart des liens sont en Anglais, à part cet article du Consulat Français de San Francisco. Voici aussi un article en Français avec des liens interessants

Good luck to all and stay safe.
Bonne chance à tous.

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Additional links:

San Francisco Chronicle's comprehensive Earthquake Preparedness site.

Voir aussi: Se Préparer Au Désastre, de Christophe Caron (en Français)

1906 Earthquake explained by Wikipedia.

Photograph from usgs.gov. Also, see "When will it happen again?"

Additional resources about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake at NPR's site.

Remember this? BBC article and video on the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

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Blogger Otir said...

Thinking of you Tomate from safe and stable New York State...

I called my son to show him the "earthquake that rattle the Eiffel Tower in San Francisco", and he laughed at me because I had then mentioned that the Eiffel tower was on your computer. "Mom, 'tis a microwave! do you know the difference?"

Well, I lost a good opportunity to sound brilliant in front of him, rats.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

My daughter is in Oakland, visiting a friend, and told me about the earthquake when she called me yesterday. She said it was not too long, and she did not get scared, but that it was really weird.

I am relieved that it was nothing more serious than what you and she described.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

MDR, Otir!!! Yes, it IS a microwave. But you know, I do have a computer in the kitchen, too, so you get points for trying ;)

Elisabeth: Claire is here? Excellent! We're having excellent weather (well, maybe a little bit too much on the warm side) so if she's out and about she'll have fun!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Christophe said...

Je ne sais pas si le tremblement de terre a ete ressenti dans ma localite, mais moi quand je dors, je dors ! :-)

8:12 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Tomate - Claire is having a wonderful time in Oakland and San Francisco - a haven for vegans, it seems. I am a bit jealous, but I can't complain, I did get to travel in France, Turkey, and Spain back in May-June, and will get to travel to New England and New Foundland in August. And I will get to SF next March, for the Pop Culture Conference!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous maitresse said...

--and my boyfriend wants to move from beautiful stable paris to SF in 2008. he's already dragging me kicking and screaming-- on top of all that I forgot about the earthquakes! putain c'est pas vrai.

1:21 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

I'm going to have to forward this one on to Eric. He came back from his trip to California all psyched up to move there and I said, "But what about the earthquakes?". His response was something on the order of, "They don't have that many earthquakes there..." Hmmmph!

11:44 PM  

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