Thursday, March 7, 2013

Some Seismological Humor

Came across this list, which was created by a bunch of us, probably in the 1990s sometime.  You can see by some of the technological references that it's no longer current.

YOU MAY BE A SEISMOLOGIST ...

If your friends & acquaintances get panicked looks on their faces whenever your pager goes off ...

If you have ever eyed your watch during a damaging earthquake to get the S - P time ...

If your off-the-cuff magnitude estimate of said quake is less than 0.3 different from the final number ...

If you have ever felt a 1.8 ...

If you have ever driven off the road or caused a traffic accident while gawking at a fresh fault scarp ...

If unreinforced masonry, even on the East Coast, makes your skin crawl ...

If you seriously try to avoid stopping under (or on) freeway bridges ...

If you avoid parking structures (& apartments with parking underneath) at all costs ...

If you know the location of places like Agadir, Spitak, Chichi, Parkfield & Loma Prieta ...

If you continually get thrown out of yoga or taichi class because your pager will not stop going off ...

If you have ever take a laptop computer/cellular modem into a movie (or the grocery store) with you ...

If you have ever given directions like "Cross the San Andreas, then turn left on the first street" ...

If you have ever told someone not to worry about that big quake in southern Nevada, that it is "only a nuke" ...

If you can discuss the propagation of Love waves with a straight face ...

If you have an indoor windchime ...

If you have ever waked up from an earthquake dream & logged in to the office, just to check that it wasn't real ...

If you have ever operated seismographic equipment anywhere in your house ...

If you choose to live in a particular area because it has earthquakes ...

Etc.

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