UH-OH! 3 Earthquakes and 2000 Missing Sea Lions

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I don't know what's happening but we have had 3 consecutive days of earthquakes in Northern California. On Thursday, I felt my house rattled when a 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit. On Friday, a 3.8 earthquake struck but this time around, I didn't feel it. Today, a 6.5 earthquake struck but luckily it was off the coast, in the Pacific Ocean. Even though today's earthquake epic center was in the ocean, it was powerful enough to cause water, gas and sewer leaks, power outages, and broken shop windows.

I was just, I mean literally just finished talking to my parents at around 2pm today about a potential big earthquake hitting us. My parents asked me if I heard about 2,000 missing sea lions at Fisherman Wharf (one of San Francisco's top tourist attractions). Where have I been?? Our city's famous and adorable sea lions went missing and I didn't even know about it? Everyone was baffled about their mysterious disappearance up until Thursday when it was reported that the sea lions may have found a new place where there's cold water and food for them...off the coast of Oregon's cave which is 500 miles north of San Francisco. So our sea lions went from chilling out at our bay:


...to chilling out here:

My mom said that one week before the big San Francisco 1906 earthquake, the sea lions disappeared too. A week later, the big earthquake came that basically destroyed the city. So my parents and I were pondering about the likelihood of a big major earthquake coming and two hours later, a big earthquake rattled off our coast. Gosh, it's nerve wrecking and scary for everyone right now. We're all on edge about a big one hitting us. The latest warning from the U.S. Geological Survey is no comfort at all:

***There is a small chance — 5 to 10 percent — of another magnitude-6.5 temblor or larger hitting the area over the next week, but the odds dramatically decrease as time passes.

***There's also a 78 percent chance of a strong and potentially damaging aftershock magnitude-5 or larger over the same period. The earthquake probabilities are based on statistical observations of past earthquakes in California and are not predictions.

When we bought our house in 2005, we asked our insurance agent about earthquake and flood insurance. Who knew that there's no flood insurance for San Francisco residents because we don't have floods in our city. Well that's ridiculous. What about tsunamis? We'd be out of luck should we ever get hit by a tsunami. So now, we're all just praying and hoping for safety because it's not a matter of will a big earthquake come because it's 100% sure it will but a matter of when.


Photo Credit:
SFGate
Fisher Wharf

13 comments:

Medie007 said...

oh dear... i hope things are gonna be fine.

Gratitude said...

Gosh, I've alwiz worried for you guys living in that area, since scientists have alwiz talked about the "big one" striking. And you are most correct, animals do have special senses to detect major changes in the environment. The seals' disappearance cld be a major warning that things below the earth are not normal.

Please do take care. I do hope your loved-ones and you have basic knowledge on how to handle thses situations. *touches wood*
+Ant+

Cheryl said...

I am glad to hear you and your family are okay. It must be nerve-wracking to feel such tremors. Take care!

Dora said...

It sounds like u guys set to the "ready-mode" to get out of the house when a big one comes... but I hope it won't anyway.

Sea Lions already looking for better place so why don't u guys?...

KN said...

It seems the ground shook hard for 6.5 based on the surveillance videos of stores and restaurants. I don't remember SF 7.0 earthquake in 89 shook that hard but maybe we were not on the fault that's the tremors weren't as bad.

Rose Belle said...

@Medie007 - I think once the big one hits, things will get better. Now we're all waiting for it to happen. The anticipation is what's nerve-wrecking.

@Gratitude - We try to be as prepared as possible with the right food and emergency supplies at home and a family plan on where to meet and what to do.

@Cheryl - It sure is nerve-wrecking!!

@Dora - I thought about relocating to another city but it seems every you turn, there's some sort of natural disasters. California is an earthquake prone state, inland states have tornadoes and floods, and other coastal states have hurricanes and crazy weathers. So as for now, we're staying put. Maybe in the future we might move.

@KN - 89 was not that strong of a quake. I don't remember the ground shaking so violently although I do remember it shook for pretty long. That was the scary part.

Anonymous said...

I watched on the news a surveillance video of a family eating at a restuarant when the earthquake hit and it was a very strong jolt. Thank God no injuries but it's something that Californians need to be mindful about and try to be as prepared as possible. Good luck! And stay safe!!

Jaiden said...

I've never experienced earthquake in my life so don't really know the feeling. Funny how SF doesn't cover flood insurance since u guys live right by the bay. Ive never heard of earthquake insurance so that's a first.

Ryhen | Mind Power said...

Oh my, this news is very alarming. A few weeks ago, one of our major volcanoes started acting up and spilled a small amount of lava. Good thing it didn't go all the way into producing a huge eruption, but I assume that's it's only a warning that there's something worse that will come. A friend of mine who lives in Malaysia also told me that earthquakes in Indonesia are becoming more frequent. The Malaysian government already warned its people of being affected in case a large one occurs. I'm not really sure about what's going on all around the world, but I'm thinking that since we're getting close to a solar maximum (major solar flare expected to happen on 2012) more of these things will happen. Let's just hope that the scientists are wrong. =)

Take care of yourself, Rose.

Mei Teng said...

Some local churches have been firebombed since last Friday over here. Sad....

Rose Belle said...

@Ryhen - I haven't heard anything about the quakes in Indonesia. If it's shaking over there, and we just had a pretty strong earthquake in the pacific ocean, wonder which side of the Pacific Ocean would give in and give off a massive earthquake?? I think the solar flares have a lot to do with what's been happening around the world too.

@Mei - I heard about the firebombs too. I can't believe these things are going on with all the natural disasters that are happening now.

foongpc said...

According to a feng shui master, earthquakes will probably hit China and South America in 2010. Didn't mention about North America though, but it's always good to be alert to telltale signs like missing sea lions for instance.

Rita said...

Yes, I read some fengshui predictions that there'll be some disasters in 2010...
Oh, Rose Belle, do take care and be more alert.