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Though earthquakes typically only result in minor cracks in Davis, the possibility exists that more extensive damage could occur. This gives Davisites something to talk about with relatives from the midwest.

Winters holds an Earthquake Street Festival on the the third Friday each August, which commemorates a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that shook the region at 3:15am on April 19, 1892. Every single brick and stone building in Winters was leveled either by this temblor or by another magnitude 6.4 quake which struck two days later on April 21. These were both followed on April 29 by a magnitude 5.6 aftershock. Damage was reported as far away as Chico and Napa. One man, Jeff Darby, was struck in the head by a falling brick as he tried to escape, badly injuring him. He died three days later.

There can be [WWW]legal consequences for Italian earthquake scientists. The lack of impact on Davis scientists calls the actual relevance of this factoid into question, especially considering there are still plenty of places that prosecute [WWW]witchcraft.

If you think you might have just experienced an earthquake, check [WWW]this map to see if anything happened nearby. A more localized version of the same map can be found [WWW]aps/US2/37.39.-123.-121.php here.

Earthquakes felt in Davis:

October 17, 1989: The [wikipedia]Loma Prieta earthquake was felt in Davis and resulted in water white capping in local holding ponds.

May 23, 2013: A [WWW]mild earthquake was felt in Davis at 8:47 PM. The USGS is reporting it as a magnitude 5.7 earthquake 1.5 miles NNE of Canyondam, Ca.

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