Thursday, December 21, 2006

After the Quake, Get Your InterWeb Geek On

By Lauren Gard
Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 3:25 PM

Find yourself pondering the meaning of life after the earthquake in Berkeley last night? No? Okay, so maybe the 3.7-magnitude quake wasn't exactly a biggie. Still, take two minutes to complete a questionnaire at the bare-bones yet fascinating US Geological Survey Web site. Then, check out the data compiled from the more than 7,000 reports to see how other folks in your ZIP code reacted. In our case, 181 of our Emeryville neighbors took the survey, resulting in an average quake intensity rating of 4 ("light") on a scale of one to ten. The long-distance award goes to the one person in Eugene, Oregon, 689 miles away, who reported feeling the jolt. (Hey, we're not saying the site is objective!)

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