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Why I lay my external hard drives “flat”…

My part of California experienced a 4.0 earthquake on Friday night, a few seconds after 9:00 PM PDT. From my second floor office, I felt the quake as two short “pulses” that were finished after about 5 seconds, nothing at all like the 5.6 roller that I experienced last October. Friday’s quake was centered 2 miles (3 km) east-northeast of Alamo, a wealthy community (median household income $137,105; median family income $147,643) in the East Bay.

This time I got to fill out an earthquake report for a “new” quake before the machine-generated report hit the USGS Web site for my part of the world. After I submitted my report, I looked again and the machine-generated report was on the site.

All in all, seismic activity is one of the reasons that I place electronic equipment in the most stable position possible. Another reason is two kittens who prowl around here…. :-)

(Note added September 7, 2008 at 12:34 PM PDT: I found an interesting page with animation of the earthquake map for the Bay Area, here. Take a look!)

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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