Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Thank you for sharing your opinions about side versus center stand. Keep 'em coming.
I was at work when the earthquake hit. We are 7 miles (11.5 km) from the epicenter, on the top floor of a 3 story building. There was a very strong jolt, several smaller jolts, and a lot of rocking back and forth. Imagine a room with a floor on smooth rollers, with a giant machine shifting the entire floor forcefully and firmly one or two feet left and then right, once or twice a second, for approximately 10-20 seconds. That's what it felt like to me.
The building swayed a lot. It is hard to explain, but it felt like the joints in the walls between floors were "hinged" a little. There are cracks along the full length of the stairway, horizontally between floors, and a few other places in the building. They appear to be cracks in the paint and not structural, but I am not an expert. In our office, a 20 inch CRT computer monitor was ejected from a lab bench onto the floor. Various shelf contents were ejected. Large racks of computers were moved one or two feet from their original positions, but not toppled (thank goodness!). To my surprise, several of the three-drawer horizontal file cabinets had multiple drawers out at the same time. Somehow the quake had "popped" the drawers past their stops. One person had a stereo with separate speakers fall on them from a high shelf. Ouch. Bad placement. Nobody was seriously hurt. An office memo went out from the safety committee yesterday afternoon, reminding people not to put objects on top of the high bookcases. Duh-uh.
Home is 16 miles (26 km) from the epicenter. We got home to find all the kitchen cabinets flung open and many drawers were out, but the contents were still in place. Most of my wife's delicate stuff on display is held down with "quake hold" but many other items had moved. A few small things were on the floor, but the furniture was in place, and nothing was broken.
My youngest son's room is well prepared. It always looks as if the "big one" has hit, so we couldn't tell if anything happened there.
I commute nearly every day on my GT, but due to special circumstances, I left the GT at home that day. The GT was in 1st gear on the side stand and was standing in the same position when I got home late in the afternoon. I agree that a big enough earthquake will topple the GT. In that event, I hope that it doesn't topple our house or the building where I work.