Shaken, Not Stirred

| Oklahoma City, OK, USA | Right | December 6, 2011

(Okahoma has been getting a few earthquakes lately and apparently not everyone is used to them yet.)

Me: “911, where is your emergency?”

Caller: “Yeah, um, I’d like to report that my house just shook.”

Me: “Yes, sir, that was an earthquake. Is anyone injured?”

Caller: “Oh! Is THAT what that was? Nevermind!”

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  • Ophelia

    As someone who lives in a place famous for its earthquakes, it’s interesting to see that there were people in 2011 who were unaware that, well, it’s when the earth quakes. Then again, Hollywood tends to portray quakes as a fissure opening up in the ground and swallowing everything next to it.

    Also, friggin’ oil companies and their fracking, turning Oklahoma into one of the most seismically active regions on the continent.

    • Dsru Bin

      We got an earthquake in NYC once (in 2010), while I was working on the 28th floor. Half the office didn’t notice, and the other half was halfway to the doors before someone shouted after us that it was an earthquake.

      • Ophelia

        How is it possible that it was unnoticed, unless it was a tiny quake? They get increasingly intense the higher up you go.

        • Dsru Bin

          I honestly don’t know how they didn’t notice it. I certainly felt it.

          • Ophelia

            Maybe it’s a quake that was so weak, it could really only be felt that high up. Certainly, based on experience, if you could feel it at ground level, a dozen stories up it would be strong enough to topple shelves, make people fall over, toss small objects around in the air, and maybe knock out the power for a bit.

            (Skyscrapers in California are designed to wobble when there’s a quake. If they were built the way they are in other parts of the country, a sufficiently strong earthquake would snap the top part right off.)