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Wheee, just had an earthquake. No idea how big yet - I should probably get off here and go look elsewhere. Anyway, all OK here. Didn't even faze the bored dog next door who is still howling mournfully, same as he was before.

brief pause

Whew - 5.8, fortunately for me out the other side of town. Here for details. Now that's a fast reaction. Must bookmark this site.


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Jul. 29th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Very glad you're okay!
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. There's been an update to the linked site - current estimate of the size is 5.4. Given that Richter's is a logarythmic scale, that's significantly smaller but of course it still shook things up a lot. Thus far I've heard of a few minor injuries and some damage. I checked out the Google Earth reference and it looks like the epicenter was out by Chino Hills, under a batch of housing developments. The "did you feel it" statistics map of people reporting where they were and what happened is filling out nicely.
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Eeep! It even made the 10 o'clock news over here...
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
What did they say? The most excitement I've heard of thus far was a friend 7 miles away in an office with a batch of Chicagoans. She was fine, but highly amused by their reactions.
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
A bit of film of folks gathering outside on open spaces, and a report saying it was 5.4, while the annotation said 5.8...

...and the BBC website now has a report, too.

Edited at 2008-07-29 10:57 pm (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
It was originally announced as 5.6, then 5.8, finally 5.4. Which is the number Cal Tech came up with so I suspect it'll stick.

ABC News, which has been running lots of earthquake coverage mentioned a recycling center which had had a lot of dust and gunk accumulating overhead for years which all got shaken down to where they could sweep it up. Which just goes to show that there's a use for everything. :)
Jul. 30th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
where is this recycling center?
Jul. 31st, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Don't recall. Presumably fairly near the epicenter. There was a brick wall in Pomona that demonstrated why you don't build with bricks out here (leastwise not without a lotta rebar).
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
We got a bunch of excited people down here in San Diego (Poway) where I work. Most of the new people haven't felt a quake before. Nothing major, but we got definite movement for about 5 seconds, swaying plants, that sort of thing. Fairly strong for being so far away.
Jul. 30th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
That is rather impressive. Here (Marina del Rey), it was strong enough for me to start to shut down the computer just in case it got worse (in fact I was about to the last step, turning off the power strip when it stopped.)
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