LA-area quake (because you know someone'll ask)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 3:33 PM
Disney & Knotts are the two closest major parks to the epicenter, about 12-15 miles away. I would suspect if either of these parks experienced damage of any kind it would be items falling off shelves. I doubt anyone on a ride didn't noticed the quake.

I'm in a high-rise about 40 miles west of the epicenter and we experienced about 10 seconds of moderate shaking followed by another 10-15 seconds of reverberate movement as the building settled back in place.

In other words, just another day here in sunny Los Angeles, lol ;)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 3:56 PM
Someone called into CNN from Disneyland and said that Disney closed and are inspecting the rides and that the guests are calm and just shuffling around.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:04 PM
Are you okay Moosh? Do you need someone to hold you? ;)


Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:10 PM
Cue Elvis's "All Shook Up" for Moosh. Well, I'm sure those out on the left coast would only be freaked if it was about a 6.5 or above. If a minor Cali quake happened here in NH, people would be freaked out.

BTW, if anybody saw the news over the weekend or last week about the twister in NH, I wasn't affected. It did hapen about 10 mile east of me.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:13 PM
I'm about 100 miles from the epicenter here in San Diego on the sixth floor. It shook pretty good. I was surprised when I heard how far away it was.

Anyway, aside from being the first shake I've felt since moving to San Diego almost ten years ago, nothing to write home about.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:42 PM
While not freaked-out it was a but unnerving at first, especially as we're long overdue for something much stronger.

I didn't start this thread to make a big deal of the quake but rather because whenever we have one the inevitable "are the parks OK?" posts start popping up. Given Disney & Knott's vicinity to the epicenter I'm not surprised they took the precautionary move to inspect rides but I'll be shocked if there is any damage, even minor.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:58 PM
No quake induced mooshing?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 5:04 PM
Ya the quake was pretty fun. House shook around for a bit. Apparently it went as far as the Las Vegas strip.

Supreme Scream @ Knott's collapsed.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008 5:24 PM
If Psyclone or Flashback had been around and running, would anybody on the rides have noticed? Either that or the shaking might have counter-acted the roughness and they would have delivered amazingly smooth rides. ;)

*** Edited 7/29/2008 9:25:27 PM UTC by janfrederick***

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 5:54 PM
^ Makes me wonder when a quake will hit Sandusky and smooth out Mean Streak.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 9:01 PM

Hopman said:
^ Makes me wonder when a quake will hit Sandusky and smooth out Mean Streak.

"Smooth out" == "Reduce to a flat pile of lumber" ..?? :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:05 AM
This is probably a WAY too scientific question, but I was thinking it so....

What strength of a quake would it take to damage a coaster, especially a steel coaster? Are the coasters in hot zones for quakes built differently to better withstand the shaking? Could a quake damage the cars/wheels due to the coaster itself shaking extraordinarily? I mean, that would be a different type of stress than the cars are usually put under, so that different force could do some damage, right? I don't know anything about this stuff.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:48 AM
One of the benefits of a quake hitting a center of entertainment: the quake is caught on film.

Judge Judy

Judge Penny

CosmosGAL (she can predict your horoscope but not an earthquake, lol)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:06 AM
Yeah! High rise Mooshing!
Might have to watch CosmosGal from now on. :)

Chuck, who thought Psyclone was damaged from a quake some years back

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 7:33 AM
^^^Bunky, you bring up a good point. I know a little bit about it, but probably not much more than you. What I am about to say is based upon what little I know. If I'm wrong, please forgive me and correct me.

I think that any structure built in a quake-prone area (California, Japan, ect.) would have to meet or exceed the local building codes. After the Northridge quake, Cali just about overhauled their codes. I think that a wood or steel coaster would have to abide by appoximatly the same rules for it's equivialnt office or residential structure. Remember, wood will flex, so the forces MIGHT be similar to a ride in operation, just in a different plane.

As for the wheels and track, I think that there would be esstially no difference. Sure a few wheels might be replaced if they show odd wear, but that'd be about it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 11:19 AM
Actually, I wonder if a coaster has ever been destroyed by a quake. I know there was a big one in Long Beach back in the 20's. I think by their very nature, coasters are way more quake resistant than other structures. They are designed to take a beating every day.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:34 PM
^Some have opined that Psyclone was "ruined" by a quake....was that one Northridge?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 4:05 PM
Ahhh...that makes sense. Anybody ride it before 1994? Yah, the epicenter was just around the corner for Magic Mountain.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 4:15 PM
Its pretty wild to think that you could be on a coaster when "The Big One" hits. California is a crazy place.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 4:40 PM
To expand what Hopman was saying in response to Bunky's question, one only need look at Ghostrider for an example of the extra work that is done to make the rides in California resistant to earthquakes. Ghostrider is a sea of wood beams that on most wooden coasters would be unnecessary. Just look up the ride on RCDB or any other coaster porn site and check out the first hill.

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