Originally Posted by westofyou
Maybe to those who have never been through one.
6.9 is huge, take my word for it.
It is. I've been through some smaller ones, and it was no fun.
What many don't understand is that the Richter Scale is not lineal.
A 7.0 Quake is not 16% more intense than a 6.0, it's 30 times more intense!
Wikipedia has the math, if you're interested.