Felt it here in L.A. as a slow shaking. (I was busy playing Wii and didn’t realize there was a quake until Yoshi told me twice that the building was shaking. And it wasn’t until I stopped playing and stood up that I realized that we were STILL swaying.)
Screenshot taken from USGS:
UPDATE: USGS Upgraded the quake from 6.9 to 7.2
Here is the
preliminary quake info:
6.9 7.2 – BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
* Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 22:40:39 UTC
* Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 03:40:39 PM at epicenter
32.093°N, 115.249°W 32.128°N, 115.303°W
32.3 km (20.1 miles) 10 km (6.2 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
* 26 km (16 miles) SSW
(211°) (225°) from Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico
6160 km (38 miles) SW (227°) (165°) from San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
6462 ( 40 38 miles) SW (225°) (233°) from San Luis, AZ
173 167 km ( 108 104 miles) ESE (106°) 105° from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
horizontal +/- 5.8 km (3.6 miles); depth +/- 21.1 km (13.1 miles) horizontal +/- 2.4 km (1.5 miles); depth +/- 31.6 km (19.6 miles)
As always, here’s the shake map and intensity map for this event and don’t forget to fill out the survey if you felt it.
While the focus is currently on the devastation in Haiti, we could be next.
Time Magazine makes its predictions for the next big one, and Los Angeles tops the list.
Los Angeles has done a lot to beef up its building codes and emergency response in the 15 years since the Northridge quake and may be better prepared than any other major American city, but the city’s sheer size ensures the next Big One will be bloody.
As for Haiti, the social media site Mashable has come up with 9 ways you can help.
UPDATE (1:49PM) – Before giving to any organization, protect yourself from possible scams by checking Charity Navigator.
Or so everyone in my house says.
More to come!
Preliminary Earthquake Report
A moderate earthquake occurred at 8:39:36 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
The magnitude 5.0 event occurred 2 km (1 miles) E of Lennox, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 14 km ( 8 miles).
Revision after seismologist review:
A light earthquake occurred at 8:39:36 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
The magnitude 4.7 event occurred 1 km (1 miles) ESE of Lennox, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 15 km ( 9 miles).
See the USGS Community Internet Intensity Map for this quake.
Did you feel it? (Fill out the survey)
BREAKING: According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the good old Richter scale struck Venice about an hour ago. That’s weird. It was a mile away from me, and I didn’t feel a thing. However, two friends on the other side of the earthquake in Santa Monica told me that they felt it, short and sharp, and that the dogs were spooked for ten minutes. Can earthquakes just point North?
According to preliminary reports on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, an earthquake measuring 5.0 struck near San Bernardino at about 7:50 p.m. this evening. I felt light to moderate tremors for about 10 seconds here at the beach. Anybody else?
UPDATE: USGS now lists the earthquake’s strength as 4.5. Before the 5.0 listing, the initial report I saw was 4.9. The number may well change again shortly. It’s normal for the figure to fluctuate for a while, apparently because the initial reports are straight from the computers before being reviewed by USGS seismologists.
We did the “Shake Out” drill for how to ride out the “Big One”. What remains to be answered for many is what do we do after the ground stops shaking? Attend the Art Center of Design’s Get Ready Rally at the Nokia Center for help in doing just that Friday from 4-9PM.
From their official press release:
Get Ready–and have fun doing it!
Art Center College of Design invites you to attend The L.A. Earthquake Get Ready Rally (Friday, Nov. 14, 4-9 pm in downtown Los Angeles). Informative and entertaining, the rally includes a multimedia show, opportunities to experience After Shock, earthquake preparedness information, giveaways, presentations by state and city leaders, music from K-Earth 101, and more.
Metro has sent out a system service alert that may affect your late-morning commute this Thursday, November 13.
Metro Rail will be participating in “The Great Southern California ShakeOut.” This is a region-wide multi-agency exercise simulating a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. At approximately 10:00am, trains will reduce speeds on all Metro Rail lines throughout the system so maintenance personnel can simulate inspections on track and other rail infrastructure.
It is anticipated that inspections of the entire Rail System should be completed by approximately 11:00am. Over the course of this one hour period, trains may run at minimum operating speeds, depending on the location of the train and the exact time. All passengers riding during this time period should expect delays and plan accordingly.
Metro apologizes for any inconvenience to our passengers during this exercise. For more information on “The Great Southern California ShakeOut”, visit the website at http://www.shakeout.org/
After experiencing a few small to moderate L.A. area earthquakes since moving here, I have tried to pull together a basic emergency kit for my home and my car. The kit includes water, some dry foods (including beef jerky and peanut butter), flashlights, hand-crank radio, matches, and candles. Last night, my part of the Marina experienced a blackout, which gave me the chance to test my disaster skills in a relatively safe environment. The results were mixed.
Read about my earthquake dry run, after the jump
It’s hard to believe that it’s still going on. I thought for certain that when I returned to L.A. the Earthquake Building would be done and populated by rich young Hollywood whelps. But no, the windows are still going in. And you know what? I’m glad. I think I’ll be disappointed when they finally finish this beast. It’s been such a part of my Hollywood lifestyle for so long, I don’t want it to stop.
I also want to say that it’s impressive how true to vision the project has been. Click on the image above to see the side-by-side comparison. On the left is how it looked yesterday at 2:14 PM. On the right is a photo taken by The CIM Group of the completed project using their special Pentax time-travel lens. Nice job, folks.
Oh, and for the record? The building isn’t leaning.
For more evidence of my Sunset & Vine obsession, see more photos after the jump.
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