@tinamarie1974 - Not really here in WA. Since a 6.8 in 2001.
The area is seismically active and we’re warned that a massive one is coming. Like an 11, which has happened before here in geological history, but mostly very small ones occur in Western WA. Bigger ones seem to happen offshore.
But I’m from California. I lived one house away from the San Andreas fault line. Different story.
Interesting about the Richter Scale -
[The] Richter is a “logarithmic” scale, which means that each one-point increase on the scale represents a tenfold increase in the magnitude of the earthquake.
@Kidsandliz - Lakefront property. We didn’t know about the fault when we purchased.
You don’t have to be near a fault to suffer earthquake damage. The biggest earthquake in my area (1989) was felt almost as much 60 miles away in San Francisco.
If no one built near a fault, CA would be pretty empty.
Earthquakes are our tornadoes, our hurricanes, our volcanoes (oh, right, we have those too). We’re on a large chunk of granite between the San Andreas and San Gregorio faults, about 25 miles north of the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta quake - things shake a lot but the ground holds together, mostly. The house was built in 1890, and survived two really big ones, so we feel kind of safe.
@stolicat - As you know, that granite must be what saves you if your house survived that 7.9 in 1906.
I now live on a solid rocky hill. I was at work when our 6.8 quake hit, and I was petrified to get home and open the door expecting to see everything demolished.
I held my breath and opened the door to find only one jar of spice fell off the rack.