Anybody feel the earthquake at a park today?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:46 PM

Just curious if anyone was at a park today and felt the earthquake?

If so, how did the parks respond?

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:51 PM

Earthquake? Seeing as how no earthquake made any headlines I see at a glance, must not have been much of an earthquake.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:55 PM

Just one decent size one near upstate NY, centered near Ottawa Canada, and that was earlier today..

And as always lots of small tremors in California.. But thats daily..

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:56 PM
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:56 PM

5.0 on the Ontario-Quebec border about 1:30 this afternoon. Caused a little shaking in New York, Michigan, and a few other places. Initially it was reported as a 5.5 but has since been downgraded.

Last edited by BogeyMon, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:56 PM
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:56 PM

There was a 5.5 that was in ottawa canada. It was felt as far away as ann arbor Michigan.

Here is what CNN had to say...

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/23/usgs-5-5-magnitude-earthuake-strikes-canada/?hpt=T2

Local news...

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/oakland_county/breaking%3A-was-that-an-earthquake%3F

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:37 PM

La Ronde is the closest park. Anyone on a ride or walking wouldn't have noticed it.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:40 PM

Trust the Californian.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:46 PM

It was felt here in Erie Pa! Most people felt nothing!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:52 PM

In the case of any size earthquake, do the parks shut down the rides and do any kind of inspection before they reopen?

I guess it would be more likley to do damage to a coaster, rather then a tilt a whirl.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:59 PM

I think you're missing the point. This was not a significant event. The forces acting on a ride are far greater than what this earthquake did.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:16 PM

crazy horse said:
In the case of any size earthquake, do the parks shut down the rides and do any kind of inspection before they reopen?

Methinks you need some quake education: www.usgs.gov

Jeff is right. Other than the fact that this happened in an area not known for quakes its not a significant event likely to cause any damage, death or injuries. Heck, had this happened here in Los Angeles we would have just shrugged it off and went back to work (after taking bets on how strong it was and where it was located, lol).

Last edited by Mamoosh, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:16 PM
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:18 PM

Though the earthquake did no structural damage, it was noticeable for most people in Ontario/Quebec (my facebook has been run rampant with status updates all afternoon; especially in Montreal or Toronto) . But, the notice-ability is likely due to there usually being no seismic activity in the area whatsoever

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:09 PM

It was the fact that it rarely happens combined with it being felt over a very wide area where. It was very noticeable for us in Cleveland and we're 420 miles from the epicenter.

And quoting myself from Facebook: "If you live in California and are amused by our earthquake excitement, remember how you act when you see a snowflake."

:)

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:26 PM

That's awesome. :)

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:15 AM

Did some major building shaking here in Cincinnati, OH.

Many reports of it in a very strong way. So the effects were felt very far away.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:39 AM

Shook the hospital where I work, but I can't say it was anything spectacular. I basically thought someone was rolling a heavy cart around, but I'm on the ground level. I didn't even care or think anything of it until later when I heard it was a quake.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:59 AM

crazy horse said:
In the case of any size earthquake, do the parks shut down the rides and do any kind of inspection before they reopen?

Responding based on parks I know. Yes there are procedures for significant earthquakes to inspect rides, but thats no different than a high occupancy building inspection after a major quake. Its gauged on the level of the quake and the surrounding damage it causes. Minor, semi unnoticed ones, dont require a shutdown.

But keep in mind.. The ride is inspected daily anyways, so if small ones do make some issue, it should be noticed then.

Virginia had one a few years ago (which is rare in itself to have a noticeable one here), but it was one that barely knocked a plate off the shelf, but still make you look up, however nothing was shut down for it.

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Thursday, June 24, 2010 11:12 AM
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Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:33 PM

And quoting myself from Facebook: "If you live in California and are amused by our earthquake excitement, remember how you act when you see a snowflake."

Not to be nit picky, but California does receive some of the heaviest snowfall in the country: http://www.thestormking.com/Weather/Sierra_Snowfall/sierra_snowfall.html

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:39 PM

And virtually no one lives there. There's snow a few miles from me up in the Cascades, but ask Seattlefolk how much they actually touch snow. You knew what he meant. :)

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 1:53 PM

I know. We don't have to drive in it unless we want to. ;)

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