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CNN says Earthquake rocks Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — A magnitude-5.8 earthquake has struck just east of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake’s epicenter was about 2 miles southwest of Chino Hills and about 5 miles southeast of Diamond Bar, the USGS said. Chino Hills is about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The center was about 7.6 miles deep. In general, earthquakes centered closer to the Earth’s surface produce stronger shaking and can cause more damage than those further underground.

Actually the USGS says it was a 5.4 but the aftershocks continue. You know there are going to be aftershocks, so you tense up waiting for them.


1 mapaghimagsik { 07.29.08 at 3:21 pm }

Far, far away for me. Hope everyone’s alright.

2 Bryan { 07.29.08 at 4:36 pm }

A 5.4 is not that bad, but it was a “roller” and lasted between 10 and 15 seconds, which really whacks your mind.

I slept in my truck the two days after the 6.6 roller we had in San Diego.

3 Fallenmonk { 07.29.08 at 8:02 pm }

I have only experienced one California earthquake and it was the famous World Series quake in October, 1989. I had flown to SFO for a one day meeting and was just leaving the office when the quake struck just after 5pm. Standing in the parking lot and watching the parking lot roll like it was liquid was quite an experience. The company put me in one of the training apartments for the night but the aftershocks kept me awake all night. I was on the very first plane out of SFO the next morning and back to Atlanta. I had people offer me $2000 for a $700 dollar ticket. Not an experience I want to repeat. The strangest thing I remember was the smell from the shopping center across the street from the apartments. Hundreds of jars of pickles had been jarred loose and broken and the smell of vinegar was permeating the neighborhood.

4 Bryan { 07.29.08 at 8:30 pm }

My Mother was watching the series when it happened and just the live TV pictures convinced her that she didn’t want to get involved with earthquakes.

People don’t believe you when you talk about the rolling, because it isn’t supposed to happen. It took a while to understand that I was watching the swimming pool in the complex and the water was staying put initially while the pool itself was moving up and down.

5 cookie jill { 07.29.08 at 11:22 pm }

This was a wussy quake. A mere foot massage. Well…up here, anyway. Things look and feel quite a bit different when you’re on top of the epicenter. Our little adobe Disneyland owes it’s look and architectural style to being destroyed by a 6.7 or something quake in 1925. We live upon two very major, active fault lines…not to mention all the ones running through the channel. We’re due for a larger jolt sooner or later.

I’m betting on the Hayward fault to be the “corker” quake. I’m sure all the Rethugs will be jumping up and down saying buhbye to Berkeley.

6 Bryan { 07.30.08 at 12:23 am }

After hiring John Yoo, I’m not sure about Bezerkley anymore. If fear they have been Feinsteined.

It was only a 5.4, but the rollers are the worst.

7 cookie jill { 07.30.08 at 11:45 am }

I’ll take a roller over a jolty anyday….just so long as I’m on solid rock ground and not land soon to be jello like the Marina area in The City.

8 Bryan { 07.30.08 at 12:59 pm }

The problem is knowing what kind of ground you are on, especially since developers have a bad habit of filling to build.