Earthquakes at Califoronia big parks

Wednesday, July 11, 2001 6:49 PM
I was wondering since I'm from Minnesota I have been to Magic Mountian by the way, in California what do parks like Magic Mountian, Knott's Berry Farm, Paramounts Great America or any other major parks what would they do if a big 7.0 earthquake hits all of California and people are rideing coasters & rides I was wondering what parks would do? Are the steel and wood that they build strong enough stand a force like that? What would Magic Mountian do if tey got destroyed by an big earthquake? How would they get the passengers down a 255 foot lift height intime if a quake was comning besides quakes can hit anytime of day or night with out warning. Any Inputs.

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*** This post was edited by VIPER on 7/11/2001. ***
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Wednesday, July 11, 2001 6:51 PM
I don't know about the other parks but SFMM has a earthquake detector so they can detect if an earthquake is coming or not and if one is, they have an emergency shut down system. All the rides and lights turn off I belive.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2001 6:53 PM
Well, Demon, Grizzly, Greased Lightnin', and all of the other coasters at PGA built before 1989 survived Loma Prieta (SP?). All the coasters at SFMM built before 1994 survived North Ridge.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2001 6:53 PM
good question viper. even if they have the power to shut down the rides, there wouldnt be enough time to evacuate everyone off the rides and into safety. freaky thought, hope it never happens.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2001 6:53 PM

SFMMFREAK85 said:
"I don't know about the other parks but SFMM has a earthquake detector so they can detect if an earthquake is coming or not and if one is, they have an emergency shut down system. All the rides and lights turn off I belive.
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How can the worlds greatest scientest not be able to detect earthquakes but SFMM can?
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Wednesday, July 11, 2001 6:54 PM
I would think that the footers would be deep enough so that if an earthquake did hit then the supports would sway, but not fall. That would make sense

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Wednesday, July 11, 2001 6:58 PM

Also, california has higher standards for coasters because of the earthquakes. They have to be more stable. I.E. Ghostrider.
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Thursday, July 12, 2001 12:29 AM
Well a gush of wind knocked down SOB, so I hate to think about it!

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Thursday, July 12, 2001 8:05 AM
*pulls out his yearly planner, and scratches a couple days out*
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Thursday, July 12, 2001 8:08 AM

Grant said:
"Well a gush of wind knocked down SOB, so I hate to think about it!i]


But that was a temporary structure during construction that was not built for earthquake standards.
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