5.1

Cidu Bill on Jul 8th 2017

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22 Responses to “5.1”

  1. larK Jul 8th 2017 at 08:08 pm 1

    I don’t even understand the sentence — “it’s must be”? “I double you”?

  2. James Schend Jul 8th 2017 at 08:20 pm 2

    “it’s must be”? This isn’t even english.

  3. bill Jul 8th 2017 at 08:26 pm 3

    Something to do with the way that the scale works?

  4. Mitch4 Jul 8th 2017 at 08:27 pm 4

    Awhile since I read this comic, but I think larK’s point is right and the cartoonist is not a native English speaker.

    Hard to say what is going on, but I think their elevator is falling, and the guy in the middle is measuring their acceleration with an earthquake app. And then they are geeking out over whether it is right.

    P. S Autocomplete tried to turn larK into Karl. Undoing his pseudonym?

  5. larK Jul 8th 2017 at 08:31 pm 5

    And I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for you darn kids!

    –with your autocorrect…

  6. DemetriosX Jul 9th 2017 at 05:20 am 6

    I think the guy in the middle guesstimated the quake to be a 5.1 and the guy talking is offering him 2-1 odds that it was higher. Now, Californians will try to guess the magnitude of an earthquake as soon as it’s over (I used to be pretty good at it), but I don’t recall anyone ever betting on it, and no one would ever phrase such a bet the way it is in this cartoon.

  7. Kilby Jul 9th 2017 at 06:47 am 7

    Although the name “Tak Bui” sounds foreign, a cursory glance at a few PC&Pixel strips didn’t give me any other indications that he’s not a native speaker. It may just be an unusually high density of typos. Remove the “’s” from the “It“, and add “‘ll” to the “I“, and the text becomes closer to understandable.

    P.S. During seven years in southern California, I felt a few earthquakes, but the only significant one hit at a moment when I was in a windowless room on the fifth floor of a seven-story building. It took several seconds before I was sure the room was swaying back & forth. The movement subsided, we all went out in the hall and exchanged a certain amount of “Oh wow, did you feel that?” chit-chat with other people on that floor, and it was only at that moment that I realized, “Boy are we idiots - we were supposed to get out of the building!

  8. Terrence Feenstra Jul 9th 2017 at 06:58 am 8

    The Richter scale is a log scale, so each incremental increase is a doubling of the prior value. So 5.2 is twice the energy/intensity of 5.1, and so on.

    I’m not certain if I am ashamed or proud to know this off the top of my head. Actually, I’m worried that I’m wrong and one of you very smart people are going to correct me (there are a remarkable number of very smart people who comment here). But what the heck , press [ENTER].

  9. Terrence Feenstra Jul 9th 2017 at 07:04 am 9

    Further enlightenment, or obfuscation, can be found at https://xkcd.com/1162/

  10. Kilby Jul 9th 2017 at 08:08 am 10

    @ Terrence Feenstra (8) - <nerd hat> It’s more complicated than that, of course, but there are several different ways to think of earthquake “strength”. The scale was originally defined according to the amplitude of movement, so that an increase of one before the decimal point meant a ten-fold increase in “shaking”. According to Wikipedia, this equates to roughly a thirty-two-fold increase in energy release per Richter “unit”. I’m not sure how close that coincides with your scale based on tenths. </nerd hat>

  11. Kilby Jul 9th 2017 at 08:09 am 11

    P.S. Nuts. Got the nerd tokens right, but blew the link closer. I guess I had better stop while I’m behind.

  12. Powers Jul 9th 2017 at 09:19 am 12

    Kilby: I don’t see how you could possibly escape from the fifth floor of a building within the duration of the average earthquake.

  13. Kilby Jul 9th 2017 at 10:02 am 13

    @ Powers (12) - Definitely not, but that’s something I didn’t figure out until later. We were never able to figure out how long the building’s motion lasted. The general impression was that it continued shaking for a good bit longer than the actual quake, but I can’t imagine that it continued for more than a minute (probably more like 30 to 45 seconds, including the phase before I figured out that it was moving).

    In any case, one is never supposed to use an elevator to escape (we can charitably assume that the people in this cartoon were already in the elevator when their incident started). The stairwell of the building I was in was an external prefab concrete design, and probably less safe to be in than the rest of the building, and that’s not even considering the potential for tripping and falling down a flight of stairs while rushing to get out.

    So, the “after the fact” analysis was that staying put was probably the right thing to do (for that particular case). My “you idiot” moment was simply that I never even thought about evacuating. Nobody else did, either, but that wasn’t the point. Somebody should have at least thought about it. Perhaps we just didn’t have any native Californians among us.

  14. James Pollock Jul 9th 2017 at 01:20 pm 14

    Nearly 25 years ago, I was caught in Oregon’s “spring break quake”, which was one of few locally of significant magnitude. It happened very early in the morning, so most people slept through it.

    I happened to be working in a job at the time that had east-coast hours even though we were three time zones away, so I was up and in the shower. This meant that I had no visual cues… no swinging chandeliers, no pictures dropping off the walls, etc. It was a rumble, both felt and heard, but since I don’t have experience with earthquakes, I didn’t immediately think “earthquake!” the way a Californian would. Instead, I spent the whole thing trying to figure out what was rumbling… was a large truck passing nearby? No, that can’t be it, it’s taking too long. Is there some major construction going on? No, not this hour.

    By the time I finally figured “It’s an earthquake!”, it wasn’t anymore. I got dressed and went to work.

  15. DemetriosX Jul 9th 2017 at 02:25 pm 15

    Evacuating is a terrible idea. Things fall off of buildings during earthquakes: poorly attached facades, decorative bits, roof tiles. All stuff you don’t want falling on you. You’re supposed to get into a door frame (ideally one in a load-bearing wall) or under a heavy piece of furniture that will protect you from falling debris. Never run outside during an earthquake.

  16. Boise Ed Jul 9th 2017 at 04:39 pm 16

    I was in my ground-floor office in Mountain View, CA, when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit (Oct. 17, 1989). I and most others dutifully evacuated to the parking lot. Then I looked at the glass-walled building and thought “What an idiot!”

    As for PC and Pixel, it was a favorite comic of mine in the newspaper at that time, then it went away, and just last year I found it available in GoComics. I think they are reruns, maybe a decade old. I have always found Tak Bui’s English to be quite good — better than some other cartoonists I can think of. He came to North America 50 years ago, at age 17.

  17. Zookeeper Jul 10th 2017 at 04:14 pm 17

    The last I heard (from a get-together with Californians) was that doorways were “not safe” and the heavy furniture duck & cover was recommended.

  18. James Pollock Jul 10th 2017 at 06:18 pm 18

    “Evacuating is a terrible idea.”

    It depends. If you are in a two-story brick building, get out. You’re better off being outside the building than inside. If you’re downtown in a big city and there’s 30 or 40 story buildings all around you… good luck.

  19. Meryl A Jul 11th 2017 at 02:08 am 19

    Kilby - I have been in 2 earthquakes.

    The first one was in August 1973. I went to Mexico with a girlfriend. As she went for the jewelry (I went for the history) we took traveled by a 2 day bus trip from Mexico City to Acapulco. We came into Acapulco at night. Next morning we are awaken by a call from her mom in a panic. Apparently a large earthquake hit Mexico City and Acapulco was being within the extended area of the earthquake. We slept through an earthquake. Those who came down, later that day, on our tour from Mexico City by plane told us that the hotel in Mexico City split apart. When I asked my mom why she had not called - “Well, it seemed to only be bad in Mexico City.”

    Second earthquake I think I caused. Several years ago there was east coast USA earthquake centered on Charlottesville, VA, but felt as far north as New York City area. We were on Jamestown Island. They had found, since our prior trip to same, remains of several of the early settlers. They were re-interred after study and each was marked with an iron cross. I looked at them and thought that crosses in the midst of the dig and partial restoration looked so lonesome. I picked up a pebble and placed it on the top of one of the crosses I could reach. (For those who don’t know, Jewish people put a stone on the headstone when visiting a grave.) Robert shook his head at me when I did this.

    We went to the Archaearium. This is an archeology museum of items found there. Since it is built over the foundations of the period state house it is on piles raised over the foundations, which are visible through the floor in some places. We were in the first exhibition room and I felt funny. I looked up and the spotlights were swinging. I thought it might be the result of the raised construction, but realized we had not felt or noticed same on prior trips. I suggested to Robert that there was an earthquake going on and perhaps we should leave the building. He told me that I was crazy - no earthquakes in VA and he said if we needed to leave someone would tell us - which I disagreed with him about. I suggested at least moving closer to the entrance to the building - he pointed out it was less than 10 feet away. Well, the earthquake was the big discussion on the day. He also told me that it was my fault. As we walked backed after we looked and, yes, the pebble was completely gone. He told me the devout Protestant whose grave I placed the stone had shuddered so hard at a stone placed by a Jew on his grave that there was an earthquake. :-)

  20. Kilby Jul 11th 2017 at 06:26 am 20

    @ Meryl A (19) - Perhaps the problem was that it wasn’t a kosher pebble.

  21. Kilby Jul 11th 2017 at 06:27 am 21

    P.S. Before anyone starts in with a detailed list of rules, let me add this to @20: ;-) ;-) ;-)

  22. Kilby Jul 11th 2017 at 06:36 am 22

    P.P.S. Don’t ask me why Wordpress parsed two winking smileys and left the middle one untouched.

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