So, a 5.9 quake out to the east of us, south of Palm Springs.
The swaying motion on the 40th floor of a tall building during an earthquake is disconcerting. If there's a quake — even a big quake — while I'm at home, it doesn't bother me much. I'm in a one-story ranch house. What's going to happen if it turns out to be the Big One? I guess I could get killed in the subsequent Mad Max scenario. But I'll live through the day.
Downtown, though, way the hell off the ground, it's a different story. If it's the Big One, we'll see just how good the engineering of this 70s-era building is. If it falls over, we won't be walking away from it. So it's kind of a long moment, waiting to see if the swaying and rocking is going to stop.
Edit: Revised to 5.4 from initial 5.9 report.
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