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-- -- -- Richard Allen University of California Berkeley is on the line with us -- mileage is to help bring a little context and perspective to all of this.
Sir in the early going we we felt an earthquake as many of us who lived in Los Angeles have and probably people watching until -- or laughing a little bit.
But initially you eat it happens that you have some thoughts and He realize everything seems to be okay and and I'm guessing from your perspective -- your vantage point the reports are getting.
Everything seems to be okay basically right.
Yeah that's right it wasn't a huge earthquake -- that the current thank -- just minutes about a five point thank.
I haven't the F it that the debate -- quite people would then it but it did not expect to do -- huge event at damage.
It's possible that maybe the -- of structural damage the building -- -- as the the event.
-- that this is not that not a very large and open it nothing like what happened in Japan and an -- she let.
Let us -- a second about magnitudes and what they mean for for viewers especially on the East Coast or is this sort of thing.
Each time you go up a tenth of a point on the scale.
You don't go up a tenth of a point in strength in other words the difference between the straight in Japan and this what sounds like a big deal five point eight.
In Virginia is miles apart right -- That's absolutely right -- everytime you go up one you know on the bank to help that in the bank to pick.
Comanche that than the actual -- which -- despite that the ground shaking increased it by an actor and but the earthquake in Japan within 99.
Is -- great with a little bit less confident buying -- about the Specter of barrels of disparate.
And that the Biden Graham -- So wait wait now -- let's say what one more time let's repeat that.
Times different right.
That's correct 1000 this.
And about why -- people -- it but this is nothing like what happened in Japan so.
And -- happen to be in Japan after that earthquake and we had.
I've experienced more than four.
Point 86 point nine right in that range.
And their skyscrapers were fine and very little damage was caused then and that would be.
Dozens if not hundreds of times stronger those after shocks than what we just felt right.
Well yet it was a magnitude six point nine and it would have been about as accurate and -- in terms of the amplitude to grant shaking.
There is one other aspect of that it needs to be we need to bear -- -- -- -- the building.
In Japan and the building that built to withstand very large magnitude earthquake that's why -- did very well.
And California buildings there also built it would and they got quite.
On the -- because that's the best and you might expect that He might be more damage on the -- as promoting its -- quite been it would be on the West Coast and nine.
That -- that ability state it is very very different civil in Japan that we don't expect very much damage.
Let's talk about about aftershocks now.
And it is all it is very would be very unusual to have.
An aftershock stronger than the quake that was just built on the East Coast right.
That's right it's not impossible -- it I mean it's always possible that that made it larger earthquake become -- -- not ruled that out.
Unpredictable there's very usual and that most of the aftershocks.
I might use it much mullah that we typically expect perhaps cut one off the shelf that that one fact she's been violent the game that would be effective and -- Now if you and I know that this is not your business but because your -- very well versed in earthquakes.
What they do how they roll what the deaths mean and all of that and given the information we've gotten now in the first hour.
Would your best advice to people be just calm down and stay off the phone or what would -- -- Yet no I think that's absolutely right that it does that mean everything the panic yet.
That people should come down we don't expect to see any big east and the -- -- so it's always a possibility.
I -- that this thing for people to do it just calm down the defendant but have been patients with a Burnett must be Q I think to call the number of people trying to cool that's -- -- -- it's like the Long Island Expressway.
If all of a sudden everybody's car gets on the -- -- expressway it's not gonna work -- And additionally we look at these pictures from the air because you know we want to show you what it is that is happening across the country.
And you see these pictures and it looks sort of scary with everybody.
Outside but they're only outside so that the people who were in charge of those buildings can inspect those buildings out of an abundance of caution and probably because they have an insurance agent who would demand that they do so.
That's right I mean obviously a wise thing to do it back -- been shaking and everything and about possible damage to buildings.
And the white thing to do it the very calmly evacuate that building and so you're confident that the building on quote that the right of course some people -- -- But He should be the -- -- and and and and and hopefully that something that it will not do one more thing from your experience.
Looked at looked at earthquakes in California.
Earthquakes along the new mad rid.
In this world of Twitter and FaceBook and and rampant emailing -- everybody being connected.
Is it your sense -- an hour later that we've seen no significant damage of any kind -- not a single report of injury is it is it your sense that that is very good news and and and we're all right.
Absolutely no I mean I think that it -- music that.
Richard Richard Allen from the University of California Berkeley where they study these things and watch -- -- -- happen on the West Coast all the time and actually Richard before you go.
If it is unusual for for a magnitude five point eight to hit in Virginia but for an earthquake to happen there is really not unusual is it.
But that's right when you look at the house that -- -- the US that the old of course but -- that -- fire on the west as we know that.
But there are also previous state stumpel to be spent on the east -- that in fact this particular earthquake.
Is -- -- one of the might be I have every region so perhaps being a break in the region people and they not been.
It's not a complete surprise.
Thank you Richard Allen from cal Berkeley.
Who's been studying this sort of thing for years and bring us the right tone before we.
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