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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Northridge memories still shake Angels’ Jon Garland

Jon Garland survived an earthquake AND Arnie Munoz as a teammate?...Now, that’s WILD!

The rumbling of the Northridge earthquake was said to have lasted for a mere 15 seconds, but for Jon Garland, he has been shaken for a lifetime.

It was on this day in 1994 when the newest Angels pitcher, then a 14-year-old Granada Hills resident, was thrown from his bed in the pre-dawn quake. He tiptoed over broken glass in his bare feet and headed for the ground floor of his mother’s house looking for a safe haven.

“The refrigerator got thrown across the kitchen and everything fell out of it,” Garland said. “Every television was down on the ground. I’m surprised I didn’t get cut going from my room to downstairs without any shoes. Every picture frame was down and there was broken glass everywhere.”

...“You wonder what’s going to happen,” he said. “You watch the weather heat up and then cool down and you think `Will that throw things off?’ The thoughts are there.

“For me, it’s `When is the next one going to happen?’ It happened in the ‘70s and it happened in the ‘90s. Will it happen again?”

Repoz Posted: January 17, 2008 at 07:01 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Halofan Posted: January 17, 2008 at 07:28 AM (#2670259)
It'll happen again.

And more people will die in Eastern Seaboard blizzards and front step ice slippage in one year than will ever die in that once per decade or so So Cal quake.
   2. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: January 17, 2008 at 09:28 AM (#2670264)
HEY JON GARLAND

LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT PAL
   3. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: January 17, 2008 at 09:29 AM (#2670265)
If we have an earthquake in '08 that shakes him up and turns him into the pitching version of Chuck Knoblauch, I'm gonna be really annoyed. And later, looking back, very amused.
   4. still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: January 17, 2008 at 10:04 AM (#2670269)
I've always thought the earthquake thing was a bit overblown. When I was in college all of the out-of-state kids were as terrified of earthquakes as I'm afraid of hurricanes. Part of the Calfornian shibboleth is being able to sit through a small earthquake unphased. If it's not a 5.0 or bigger, it's not worth your time.

Methinks Garland has gotten a bit soft during his time in the South Side.
   5. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: January 17, 2008 at 12:11 PM (#2670273)
This is some good heckling material. What a pansy. Oh no, his TVs fell over! The horror! How was he supposed to know what to think about current events?!?!
   6. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: January 17, 2008 at 12:14 PM (#2670274)
And it's gotta be a little more than 5.0 to be worth your time. We had a 5.1 or 5.3 or something in the South Bay a few months ago and I felt it pretty good, but it was just a good ride more than anything else. Some stuff fell off shelves in a few stores and that was it. Biggest one up here since '89 and nothing happened. Gee, what would I prefer, 15 seconds of shaking 4 or 5 times in my life or hurricane after hurricane every year?
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 17, 2008 at 01:02 PM (#2670278)
And more people will die in Eastern Seaboard blizzards and front step ice slippage in one year than will ever die in that once per decade or so So Cal quake.
And more people will die when the really big quake hits than will have ever died from East Coast blizzards and ice. Death by a thousand cuts or in one glorious explosion every 10000 years -- take your pick.
   8. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: January 17, 2008 at 01:44 PM (#2670286)
Aw, hell, we're all just biding our time till Yellowstone explodes, anyway.
   9. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 17, 2008 at 01:45 PM (#2670288)
I was neck deep in the Loma Prieta quake of 1989 and I should be wary of them, but whenever I go home, they don't even cross my mind. My girlfriend, a midwesterner, worries about them and I think her worries are the silliest thing imaginable. But, of course, they're not. Her worries are actually sane. Still, whatta you gonna do?

Now tornadoes. That #### is just sick. You have to be a lunatic to live in tornado or hurricane country.
   10. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: January 17, 2008 at 02:17 PM (#2670307)
Shooty, I've lived all my life in tornado country and I've never even so much as seen a funnel cloud, although occasionally one will touch down within fifty miles of me. The worst one closest to me destroyed Barneveld WI back in...[consults the Internet]...1984. And Barneveld is about a four hours' drive away.

And she's nuts to worry about earthquakes.
   11. Frisco Cali Posted: January 17, 2008 at 02:23 PM (#2670310)
Tornadoes are no biggie. Just don't live in a trailer.
I saw funnel clouds probably every other year as a kid, then moved to Chicago and never saw one again. Why don't tornadoes hit cities? Do they avoid suburbs (who can blame them), thus never getting downtown?.
   12. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 17, 2008 at 02:29 PM (#2670312)
And she's nuts to worry about earthquakes.

I was just joshing about tornado country. It wouldn't worry me to live in the midwest at all. In '89, we lived on the ground floor of a really, really crappy 2 story apartment building and I thought there was a good chance the thing was going to collapse on me. The possibility of being buried alive was a bit unnerving. That and my stacks of 1987 Topps I had very neatly stacked on my shelves were flying everywhere. My Ken Hill and Chris Sabo rookie cards were mixing with commons like Mike Heath and Ed Lynch. The horror!
   13. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: January 17, 2008 at 02:31 PM (#2670313)
Why don't tornadoes hit cities? Do they avoid suburbs (who can blame them), thus never getting downtown?.

They had one in Brooklyn last year, but it was relatively minor.
   14. kthejoker Posted: January 17, 2008 at 02:56 PM (#2670323)
Tornadoes hit major cities all the time. Google for almost any city + "tornado" and you get results:

London tornado - 2006
Houston tornado - 1992
Chicago tornadoes - http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/atmos/statecli/Tornado/chi-1950-2004.htm
Seattle, Boston, Nashville, New York City, Atlanta, even New Orleans.

The truth is that tornadoes that can actually cause a lot of damage or death are rare, and they come and go so fast they don't do nearly as much damage or destruction as, say, a 3 day blizzard or slow moving hurricane. So they're not nearly as newsworthy.
   15. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: January 17, 2008 at 03:34 PM (#2670359)
I seem to recall downtown Miami getting a tornado some years ago.
   16. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: January 18, 2008 at 01:20 AM (#2670836)
If there a way to experience a big earthquake without there being death, injury, and destruction, I would probably pay money to do it. However, maybe the lack of terror would take away the visceral reaction ...
   17. OCF Posted: January 18, 2008 at 01:52 AM (#2670856)
I grew up in Oklahoma - and yet, the one time a tornado touched down within a half mile of where I lived, it was in Southern California. (No injuries. Power failure. Someone's backyard shed ripped apart and flung into trees and phone lines. Roof damage to a supermarket and a school library.) And that was in January (don't remember the exact day).

But Jan. 17?

Northridge earthquake: Jan. 17, 1994 (Not close to where I live, but you'd better believe it woke me up.)
Great Hanshin, or Kobe eathquake: Jan. 17, 1995 (Just a news story to me. But cementing the reputation of Jan. 17 as Earthquake Day.)
Landers/Big Bear earthquake: June 28, 1992. Way bigger than Northridge. But the main portion of the energy radiated out into the desert where no one lives. And you'd better believe that one woke me up, too.
   18. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: January 18, 2008 at 02:15 AM (#2670876)
I've been through three earthquakes and three hurricanes, and I'll take an earthquake every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
   19. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: January 18, 2008 at 02:39 AM (#2670894)
Downtown Salt Lake had a tornado around 5 or so years ago. People here didn't even think Utah had tornadoes either. IIRC, not many people were hurt, it just ripped up some really old trees and windows off of the Delta Center.
   20. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: January 18, 2008 at 02:43 AM (#2670897)
Landers/Big Bear earthquake: June 28, 1992. Way bigger than Northridge. But the main portion of the energy radiated out into the desert where no one lives. And you'd better believe that one woke me up, too.
I felt that one in Phoenix. My bed gently rocked for a few seconds.
   21. scareduck Posted: January 18, 2008 at 02:55 AM (#2670909)
Earthquakes aren't bad as long as they're small. Fortunately I was in OC when the Northridge quake hit. I'll never forget a coworker whose girlfriend lived near the epicenter showing us pictures of the Northridge Meadows apartments. They didn't look strange at all until he informed me that they used to be three stories -- including the carports that got totalled. People living on the "second" floor died.

Huntington Beach had a waterspout a few years ago. It's not totally unheard of, and IIRC a couple folks lost their roofs to it, but the damage was far from severe.

My wife grew up in Arkansas; her father always situated their houses on the south or east side of a hill (I don't remember which side really, but there's one side that's supposed to be better).
   22. jwb Posted: January 18, 2008 at 06:48 AM (#2670994)
Why don't tornadoes hit cities? Do they avoid suburbs (who can blame them), thus never getting downtown?
Cities and suburbs are not completely immune, but the thinking is (or was, 25 years ago) that heat radiated from all the asphalt helps to break up and to prevent tornadoes from forming.

In the Chicago area, most of the tornado tracks run from west to east or southwest to northeast, so the east side of a hill would be the way to go here. I haven't seen a track map for Arkansas, but I don't know why it would be different.

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