Earthquake in Los Angeles

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Interesting how we compare experiences in the live web now.

It’s a 5.8 5.4, centered near Chino Hills.

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Comments

  1. It’s a bit scary to know that even during an earthquake, people were tweeting about it, and not diving for safety. Even though it didn’t cause any damages, but it seems that people prioritize Twitter and FF over a lot of other things, that should come first!

  2. It’s a bit scary to know that even during an earthquake, people were tweeting about it, and not diving for safety. Even though it didn’t cause any damages, but it seems that people prioritize Twitter and FF over a lot of other things, that should come first!

  3. You could argue that sending a tweet is actually beneficial to the public safety as it amplifies the notification. Using Twitter to navel gaze about an earthquake is a whole other sociological issue.

  4. You could argue that sending a tweet is actually beneficial to the public safety as it amplifies the notification. Using Twitter to navel gaze about an earthquake is a whole other sociological issue.

  5. Imran: I’ve been in earthquakes, even ones much bigger than this. Your first impulse, after the shaking is over, is often to talk to other people about what you and they experienced or to check on what happened to family and friends. That’s why phone lines get tied up right after a quake. Twitter lets you do both in a scalable way.

  6. Imran: I’ve been in earthquakes, even ones much bigger than this. Your first impulse, after the shaking is over, is often to talk to other people about what you and they experienced or to check on what happened to family and friends. That’s why phone lines get tied up right after a quake. Twitter lets you do both in a scalable way.

  7. Steve: not necessarily. In our last big earthquake cell phones and lights stayed on the whole time where I was. And, anyway, if those two go down we’ll still have Plurk and Identi.ca and Pownce.

  8. Steve: not necessarily. In our last big earthquake cell phones and lights stayed on the whole time where I was. And, anyway, if those two go down we’ll still have Plurk and Identi.ca and Pownce.

  9. I was troubleshooting a problem with a stereo mic… recording a test in audacity when the quake hit (I’m w/in oh, 10 – 15 miles of epicenter location), and so I’ve got a bit of growing ambient noise in recording. I was holding the mic, and I stood up to move to doorway and mic got disconnected, so the shake recording is pretty short (but duration was maybe 30 seconds from noise onset to the point that I walked back to computer from doorway to stop audacity recording.

    Recording is here: http://www.2020hindsight.org/2008/07/29/quake-58-was-recording-a-mic-test-when-quake-hit/

  10. I was troubleshooting a problem with a stereo mic… recording a test in audacity when the quake hit (I’m w/in oh, 10 – 15 miles of epicenter location), and so I’ve got a bit of growing ambient noise in recording. I was holding the mic, and I stood up to move to doorway and mic got disconnected, so the shake recording is pretty short (but duration was maybe 30 seconds from noise onset to the point that I walked back to computer from doorway to stop audacity recording.

    Recording is here: http://www.2020hindsight.org/2008/07/29/quake-58-was-recording-a-mic-test-when-quake-hit/

  11. “Twitter lets you do both in a scalable way.”

    ROFL…you said “Twitter” and “scalable” in the same sentence. Seriously?

  12. “Twitter lets you do both in a scalable way.”

    ROFL…you said “Twitter” and “scalable” in the same sentence. Seriously?

  13. If you were mobile during the earthquake, FriendFeed might not have been an option. I’ve been locked out of fftogo for several hours now, apparently because of an issue with FriendFeed’s API.

    My real problem, however, was with mobile phone voice/text service (in my case, Verizon); I wasn’t able to make or receive calls/texts for over an hour after the quake hit. Yet I was able to get to a mobile web browser and tweet.

  14. If you were mobile during the earthquake, FriendFeed might not have been an option. I’ve been locked out of fftogo for several hours now, apparently because of an issue with FriendFeed’s API.

    My real problem, however, was with mobile phone voice/text service (in my case, Verizon); I wasn’t able to make or receive calls/texts for over an hour after the quake hit. Yet I was able to get to a mobile web browser and tweet.