Locals, unless “earthquakes” are the norm in your life, I’m sure you noticed the earthquake this morning.
Very briefly: it was centered over Chino HIlls area of Riverside County at 11:42am. About 7 miles deep (shallow by quake standards) with a richter initially of 5.6, then 5.8, and last I heard now 5.4. In the lightly moderate range. So far, no major damage reported.
You can check out the news conference today held by Dr. Kate Hutton of the USGS at CalTech in Pasadena where she goes into all the juicy details and answers & reanswers media reporters questions. A few other facts I can relay from Hutton besdes the above is this: treat these relatively “small” quakes are like drills in preparation for the big one, there is a 5% chance this could be a foreshock for a larger quake, and there have been dozens of aftershocks since. So, be prepared! Well, I really am not. For a recap from the news conference at CalTech check out this link: KNBC Video
Passed by CalTech this afternoon. Yes, as usual all the news vans are lined up there, beautifully (or illegally?) parked. Seems the only thing missing from them are the for sale signs.
You can also check out these nice links on this quake:
Q: How did you experience the quake? For me it took a while to accept this really was an earthquake – and not something worse! My 1st thought was, “ok, now what??” This day was not turning out the way I planned so now what could this be! I had come to work on Colorado Blvd, then unexpectedly had to leave for home. I was gonna return to the office, when it hit. Finally, I gladly accepted the fact it was only an earthquake, as I ran around trying to grab onto something unmoveable at home. At first it felt like a jolt, then a rolling, then it would ease off, then come back rolling again. This pattern of rolling & easing-off seemed to last at least 15 seconds. Being an earthquake rider, this was one of the more shakier ones that I can remember. It even got me a bit spooked for a second. Normally, I’m, the one saying “it’s ok, be calm, it’s only an earthquake.”
So, how did it go for YOU? I hope everyone came out of this without any serious consequence besides being reminded again we need to be prepared for the biggie.
Ok gotta run, not being paid for this afterall, and gotta life.