Another user posted a complaint earlier about car alarms, citing the commissioned studies pertinent to their usefulness. I love those types of studies because they are seemly so obvious and really need a minimal sample size to prove fruitful. Anyway...

Yes we do. No, umm... maybe? So it's peanut butter and anecdote time..

Date: November fifth, two thousand eleven / Stardate: -311154.394977169, abridged log entry with minor reference and citation of the next day.

...We were performing tasks, whatever the hell it was that made us stay out nearly all day long. As I get within two and a half feet of the front door, our precious fur maker and distributor was meowing in distress.

We collect the things purchased because of the reasons we went out to do...and shortly settled back into homeostasis, except the p'tuddy cat. She was ever so grateful, loving and needing a couple hours of comfort while intermittently running and hollerin' like a damn banshee.

The critter overcame her high anxiety and later that evening (twenty-two hundred hours) she decides to nest and sleep in a comfy chair while we lessened our capacity for reason watching television.


We're all sated and at twenty-two hundred hours and fifty-five minutes it happens, our first ever earthquake experience! We felt the very brief primary wave then immediately polarized secondary waves were moving our home in fashion which could be drawn as a small ellipse. It is possible to feel the imprecise direction of the primary wave.

We saw a few things move, most notably the comfy chair where the cat-ass was sleeping. She wakes up, raises her head and looks at me like I'm the cause of what happened!, while nearly all the fucking car alarms were triggered and commenced their seemingly abject useless wailing for help and recognition. I guffawed slightly, internally questioned whether and hoped nobody was sleeping.

The earth's movement had lasted locally no more than thirty seconds. After the motion ceased and a pause in reason, was shortly followed by another person asking "Was that an earthquake?" with my response being "Uh..mmm... yeah... I think so... Yes it was." By that time I then estimated by collective sensory input and observation that it was small, approximately a three on the Richter scale and had probably occurred at some distant place.


I then quickly went to the USGS website and within a few clicks found and completed the Did you feel it? questionnaire, their server calculated the estimate to be three and three tenths for our locallity. The seismological measurement stations spread in a network around this country estimated the epicenter which was in Oklahoma to be five and six tenths on the Richter scale.

Approximately ten minutes later the local station interrupted programming with a little more information and confirmation than what was already ascertained, the next day footage from El Reno was shown and some of those people living there had actually lost their homes....

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