Earthquake!

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  1. PositiveThinking

    PositiveThinking Member

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    So, any good USNA stories from yesterday's earthquake? Our Mid was in class in the basement of Nimitz when it hit - quite an experience for a Texas boy! The Class of 2015 plebes will have some great tales to tell about their plebe year (especially if Hurricane Irene decides to make an appearance this weekend :eek:).
     
  2. engineer

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    Mine was on the top floor (deck ?) of Bancroft. He had gone to the window to see what construction was going on that would make the building shake. When the big tremor hit, he said he definitely had to hold on to something. Various things fell from desks/lockers. Yes, it was quite the experience for my Texas mid as well. I asked him yesterday if they'd had any briefings on how to handle a hurricane :shake:
     
  3. MJOmom

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    My mid, who grew up in the west, said it was no big deal for those who trained for earthquakes since kindergarten. He was a little superior about it ... saying it was easy to tell the California, Nevada, & west coasters from the rest ... A lot of mids were (rightly!) spooked ... he said one female was nearly hysterical ... I did chew him out about the attitude!!! But really he said it wasn't a big one ... for those who understand what "a big one" is ... things shook for a few seconds ...
     
  4. futuremid

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    We live about five miles from the San Andreas fault here in Southern CA & we've gotten quite a few 5.8s. We act like it's no big deal! hahaha.
     
  5. Memphis9489

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    If hurricane Irene does what hurricane Isabel did to the Naval Academy in 2003 - it will be a very big deal. The Naval Academy is very flood prone. All the bottom floors of the academic buildings will be severely damaged. That's where most of the labs are located. It will have a dramatic effect on classroom academics. The midshipmen didn't have electricity, showers, or flushing toilets. They were forced to eat MRE's. And that was only a Cat 2 hurricane when it hit.

    Look at these photos of the flooding done by Isabel:
    http://www.naany.org/Hurricane_Isabel_strikes_USNA.htm
     
  6. Luigi59

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    We do the same when we hear California goes DefCon 1 over 2" of rain.

    A large thunderstorm would probably trigger mandatory evacuations into Nevada.. We act like it's no big deal! hahahaha.

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. futuremid

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    Hahahaha!! I feel ya. My mom's from Puerto Rico. She said that as a kid, they'd always have to stay in their basement for days because of hurricanes passing through. I think I'd pee my pants if we had a hurricane. I can handle the earthquakes and fires. I don't know about having the ocean in my backyard!!
     
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    :eek::eek:

    You might not want that word getting out ...:shake::cool::rolleyes:
     
  9. osdad

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    Then there's the times when three snow flakes shut down the entire south - and just the prediction of them forces a run on Kroeger. :shake:

    There was minor damage reported (superficial) to 8th wing of Bancroft. That's where my Mid sleeps... :eek: :eek: :shake:

    Any word on evacuation this weekend? Looks like they'll take a direct hit.
     
  10. mademu

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    Felt the first tremor, thought someone was just rolling something down the hall. When the big one hit we were all a little shocked. Teacher wasn't even sure it was an earthquake.
     
  11. MomoftheMagik

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    My Alaska Mid said he was surprised that there was an earthquake that big in the area. He said some bricks fell from a building (?) and some people seemed really scared. DS doesn't scare too easily. He has lived on the East Coast (hurricane country), in South Dakota (tornado country), Alaska (earthquake, bear and snow country) and Arizona (scary poisonous things country), but I think Irene is projected to be the biggest hurricane he has experienced so far. :eek: My guess is they will spend the weekend filling sandbags. Hoping everyone in the East will stay safe!
     
  12. Craig

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    You think they would have figured out how to keep the water out of the basements by now
     
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    I remember driving up 95 during a freak (very small) snowstorm in Georgia. Drive 65MPH and then stop again and again. Finally got close to the hold up. They were sanding bridges with shovels out of the back of a DOT pickup.:biggrin: If it doesn't happen a lot they don't have the equipment. Naval Academy has been hit before and I am sure they have the contingency plans.
     
  14. MJOmom

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    my now 2nd class mid says the plebes and youngsters are likley hard at work filling and placing sandbags ... and likely will be doing that all weekend ...
     

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