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Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:06 am

Got 3 good jolts/bumps (4.7) at 11:02pm last night and an aftershock (3.8) at 11:20pm. Had 2 more aftershocks up in the wee hours of the morning, but slept through them. USGS says this one was the largest in over 40 years. Epicenter (Guy, Arkansas) is about 80 miles as a crow flies from here. The Guy area has had hundreds of smaller quakes in the last few weeks. As long as they stay small, we have something to talk about! LOL So, Mother Earth, if you're listening, just small ones, if you please! Nothing like the New Madrid fault quakes of 1811 and 1812, please!

With our preps (what they are) in place, I just laid in the bed and watched the show, didn't last long enough to get up. Preps surely gives a person peace of mind, and a calmness when crazy, mind bending things start to happen.
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby ReadyMom » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:15 am

fuzzy wrote:With our preps (what they are) in place, I just laid in the bed and watched the show, didn't last long enough to get up. Preps surely gives a person peace of mind, and a calmness when crazy, mind bending things start to happen.


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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby NantanLupan » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:37 am

Where you at Fuzzy? I'm on the other side of the Big Muddy, just outside of Memphis. Lots of folks worried on Facebook this morning around here. A few talking about getting their water ready, and I'm trying to spread the word about having food and a way to cook too. Seems like everybody thinks water first, but water don't go far to fill an empty belly. I'm glad I'm starting CERT training in March, hopefully I can get through that before the earthquake hits, so I can be better prepared to help. Need to build up on high protein foods too, so when the next tornado or quake comes through and knocks power out and trees down, I've got enough energy to do what needs to be done.
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby Atreus » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:07 am

I heard from my nephew that lives in Conway for a couple of years now and he said this is the first one he has actually felt.
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby GooseArrow » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:22 am

This quake measured a 4.7 in a town here in Oklahoma. I actually felt one here a couple of months ago, by the time I realized what it was it was over. But we have had many earthquakes here in the past year. Very strange stuff going on.
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby javagirl0411 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:43 pm

My husband is in Oklahoma City on business and he said he felt that earthquake, also. Looked it up and saw it was over in Arkansas but I guess the tremors were felt quite strongly in OKC.
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby upinak » Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:03 pm

Gotta love earthquakes.

Was it more a shaker or did it feel like you were on a boat on rolling waves?
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:04 pm

NantanLupan wrote:Where you at Fuzzy? I'm on the other side of the Big Muddy, just outside of Memphis. Lots of folks worried on Facebook this morning around here. A few talking about getting their water ready, and I'm trying to spread the word about having food and a way to cook too. Seems like everybody thinks water first, but water don't go far to fill an empty belly. I'm glad I'm starting CERT training in March, hopefully I can get through that before the earthquake hits, so I can be better prepared to help. Need to build up on high protein foods too, so when the next tornado or quake comes through and knocks power out and trees down, I've got enough energy to do what needs to be done.


I'm in NC Arkansas, NantanLupan! The way I understand it, the New Madrid Fault is the one Arkansas and Tennessee are supposed to worry about. I don't understand why the Guy, AR fault is the only one I've felt so far, 4 of them.

I guess the reason people think about water first is that you can't go very long without it, but you can go a long time w/o food. Of course, with an old fat boy like me, food ranks right close to the top too! Right now, I'm long on food, but short on water, but that will be corrected pretty quick.

If you're close to Memphis then you have a lot to worry about, according to the shows I've seen on TV because of the New Madrid. They all said that Memphis would catch the dickens for a long time after New Madrid turns loose, especially if it should be something like 1811 & 1812.

You know, I'm an old man, and I've seen the "experts" on everything turn out to be wrong so many times over the years, that I don't believe a thing they say. They've all been jumping up & down yelling "New Madrid, New Madrid," but it's the "newly discovered fault zone at Guy, AR that is raising all the ruckus here lately.

Whether it's the New Madrid, or Guy, I'm at peace with myself. All I can do is just keep prepping, trying to improve my ability to take care of my family and not fret about it. Whatever comes along, I know, because we are in the boondocks, we'll be the last to receive "help," whatever that is?

One thing I've found out since these quakes started is that earthquake insurance is a rip off! You're automatically given a 10% deductible of the amount you have insured, e.g., if you have your house insured for $150K, you have a deductible of $15K. Now that was mighty white of the insurance company, wouldn't you say! Premium was $150 annually.

Good luck to you & yours, fellow prepper!
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:10 pm

Atreus wrote:I heard from my nephew that lives in Conway for a couple of years now and he said this is the first one he has actually felt.


You know, I don't understand the fault at Guy, AR? I'm about 80 miles NE from there as the crow flies. I've felt 4 so far, but have never felt one from the New Madrid Fault about 120 miles ENE from here. I don't understand why a mere 4.7 would give us such hard 3 jolts/bumps/sways as it did, when considering the distance? My boys cell phone lit up with kids texting each other all excited about it, and this was at 11pm! We felt it pretty good. Conway is a lot closer than we are, I bet he felt it pretty good! Hope he is a prepper. Ha! If he wasn't before, he probably soon will be! LOL
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:12 pm

GooseArrow wrote:This quake measured a 4.7 in a town here in Oklahoma. I actually felt one here a couple of months ago, by the time I realized what it was it was over. But we have had many earthquakes here in the past year. Very strange stuff going on.



Yes, GooseArrow, everything about these faults in this area is very strange. Reminds me of that old saying, "This world just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser!" LOL
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:18 pm

javagirl0411 wrote:My husband is in Oklahoma City on business and he said he felt that earthquake, also. Looked it up and saw it was over in Arkansas but I guess the tremors were felt quite strongly in OKC.


Now that's really strange! Just how long is the fault at Guy, AR? From where I am, NE of Guy, to OKC is hundreds of miles! For a quake to maintain a magnitude of 4.7 all along that distance is strange to me, but I don't claim to know anything about quakes.

I bet you'll be glad when he gets home! My wife & boy hit the floor last night with their eyes as big as dinner plates! It's nice to have family close, real close (read that eye-ball close) when weird stuff starts happening.

Hope your family are preppers! That helps to relieve the stress & strain on family when things happen.

Good luck to you & yours.
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:27 pm

upinak wrote:Gotta love earthquakes.

Was it more a shaker or did it feel like you were on a boat on rolling waves?


It was more like a "bump" or "jolt," 3 of them in rapid succession, with a "swaying" sensation after each one. I guess the swaying sensation came when the house (bed) was returning to their original position after being bumped. The bumps pushed the house towards the NE (Guy is to the SW of here,) and the swaying felt like it was moving back to the SW.

I was in a quake on Okinawa when I was in the army in the '60. It was a "rattler." The steel helmets on top of steel wall lockers started skittering all over the place, high intensity short tremors, real fast, lots of noise from the helmets & lockers. Completely different from these I've felt over the last few years from Guy, AR.

As long as they stay small, I confess, I kinda enjoy the entertainment! Plus, I can spend more money now on preps without DW rolling her eyes at me! LOL
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby upinak » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:06 pm

fuzzy wrote:
javagirl0411 wrote:My husband is in Oklahoma City on business and he said he felt that earthquake, also. Looked it up and saw it was over in Arkansas but I guess the tremors were felt quite strongly in OKC.


Now that's really strange! Just how long is the fault at Guy, AR? From where I am, NE of Guy, to OKC is hundreds of miles! For a quake to maintain a magnitude of 4.7 all along that distance is strange to me, but I don't claim to know anything about quakes.

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Ah fuzzy, you ask a good question! When an earthquake happens in your neck of the woods, the limestone you all are situation on, turns to what geologists call "Plastic" as it moves and sways like mud or clay underneath you. Shallower the fault runs, the more the general population feels it. The deeper it runs, the more devistating it is on land and the people.

But there are usually two different types of earthquakes. Shakers, which I think you experienced in Okinawa and Rollers where you feel a swaying or rolling sensation. I am going to assume you will probably have a few more. But if you feel another "rolling/swaying" sensation.. G.O.O.D. as rollers are more harmful to brick buildings!

Glad you are enjoying it... they are kind of funny in a weird way!
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Re: Arkansas Earthquake! Biggest yet!

Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:25 pm

upinak wrote:
fuzzy wrote:
javagirl0411 wrote:My husband is in Oklahoma City on business and he said he felt that earthquake, also. Looked it up and saw it was over in Arkansas but I guess the tremors were felt quite strongly in OKC.


Now that's really strange! Just how long is the fault at Guy, AR? From where I am, NE of Guy, to OKC is hundreds of miles! For a quake to maintain a magnitude of 4.7 all along that distance is strange to me, but I don't claim to know anything about quakes.

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Ah fuzzy, you ask a good question! When an earthquake happens in your neck of the woods, the limestone you all are situation on, turns to what geologists call "Plastic" as it moves and sways like mud or clay underneath you. Shallower the fault runs, the more the general population feels it. The deeper it runs, the more devistating it is on land and the people.

But there are usually two different types of earthquakes. Shakers, which I think you experienced in Okinawa and Rollers where you feel a swaying or rolling sensation. I am going to assume you will probably have a few more. But if you feel another "rolling/swaying" sensation.. G.O.O.D. as rollers are more harmful to brick buildings!

Glad you are enjoying it... they are kind of funny in a weird way!


Thanks, for the info on brick housing. When I built this house I studded it with 2x6's, sheathed it in plywood, and sided it with Hardiplank (concrete boards.) I hung this place with hurricane straps all over (shop & barn as well.) I put the roof trusses on 16'' centers and decked with 5/8 plywood like the trusses were on 24' centers. The foundation & basement are poured concrete with lots of rebar. I BUILT this place! LOL If any stick house around here could take a "roller," it would be this one!

One carpenter told me, "This place ain't gonna blow away, it's gonna sank!" LOL

But, with all the bragging about how well this place is built, if a real rip snorter hit, you can bet this old fat man would set a new world's record Getting Out Of Dodge, like you said! When a bad earthquake hits is a good time to sit outside and contemplate the beauty of wide open spaces! LOL
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