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I've experienced quite a few earthquakes since moving to California, and even though they aren't as startling as the first few I went through, those that are close enough - or strong enough - like tonight's can still be a little unnerving. This one wasn't very strong (the strongest I've experienced was almost 8.0), but it was close enough to send our cats into a panic.

I just saw an update that said the earthquake was only 4.1, but it's not unusual to see initial estimates vary.

I've seen no reports of damage, so that is good news.

It's also fortunate that Disneyland had closed for the evening. I don't think there was a game scheduled tonight at Angel Stadium.

And I don't think it was close enough to do any damage to San Onofre .

I live in Anaheim, which is fairly close. Perhaps someone in the Kos community lives closer or has more accurate information and would like to offer an update.

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  •  More info here at USGS (4+ / 0-)
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    praenomen, Aunt Pat, pimutant, DerAmi


    Were several, actually, this one being the largest.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:56:56 PM PDT

  •  Just a mild bump here in Santa Monica (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, praenomen

    but my Twitter stream went apeshit.

    Incidentally, this is the first earthquake I've felt since moving to California for an internship last March. I guess I'm a real Angeleno now.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." -- Sinclair Lewis, 1935

    by Living in Gin on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:02:40 AM PDT

  •  4.4 here in MD would take up the news cycle for (1+ / 0-)
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    a month :)

    But then again, we just need a 5.8 to mess up our monuments so we're a bit wary...

    •  When I first moved to California (from Oklahoma) (1+ / 0-)
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      Leo Flinnwood

      I was amused by weather forecasters who would interrupt regular programming to announce "Storms hit Southern California and we've got the dramatic footage at 10." Compared to the storms we experienced in Oklahoma, it was only a light drizzle...and the dramatic footage was only a 15 second spot showing rain falling on a mud puddle...

    •  Are you sure you it would take up the (2+ / 0-)
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      praenomen, blue armadillo

      news for a month? Rachel Maddow had a segment on her show last night about there having been 11 earthquakes in Texas over 40 days in May and June of this year. This surprised me. My sister lives in Texas, and since I hadn't heard about all these earthquakes, I called and asked her if she had heard about those events. She'd never even heard about any of them.

      They are apparently the result of the disposal of waste fluid from natural gas fracking.

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:32:36 AM PDT

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      •  My youngest daughter lives in Texas, very (4+ / 0-)

        near a fracking site...I recently asked her if it had affected their water supply and she said she was unaware of any fracking activity in's a state that is controlled by energy companies and I don't think the citizens are receiving accurate energy related information (including its effects on weather and environment)...

      •  fracking quakes tend to be small and extremely (0+ / 0-)

        localized.  An earthquake storm caused by fracking in Texas probably wouldn't see a quake above 3, most likely 2.0 or less--although it's possible they could be a bit higher.

        I don't know about Texas geology, but a 4.4 is quite large for the mid-atlantic area so would be pretty newsworthy no matter what the cause.

        •  If you watch the Maddow video, the first (0+ / 0-)

          one on May 10 was 3.7;  May 7 it was 4.3; May 20 - 2.7; May 27 - 2.5; Jun 5 - 2.3; Jun 15 - 3.1. Doesn't what they were for the next four (Jun 23, Jun 24, Jun 26, Jun 29).

          For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

          by hungrycoyote on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:08:05 AM PDT

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  •  felt it in long beach (1+ / 0-)
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    near cal state long beach. here for work. it was pretty lengthy for 4.4 I thought.

    ...the train's got its brakes on and the whistle is screaming.

    by themank on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:09:08 AM PDT

    •  Like I said, it was long enough and strong (0+ / 0-)

      enough for our cats to come unglued and they've been through about 12 of them and this one bothered them more than the others. Not sure why...maybe it was because it was so close.

  •  Felt it just a tiny bit up here in... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...Santa Clarita.

  •  it's now been reviewed and it is 4.4 (4+ / 0-)

    this is a good time for a reminder for folks to prepare an emergency kit. papers, important ones- all in one place, spare cash (atms might not work, nor might electricity), water for seven days (forget the old 3 day rule) - 3 gallons per day for food, drinking, toilet.

    add to that windup radio w/built in flashlight - don't forget batteries for flashlights you might have - extra phone charger that you keep in the car for phones, puters, etc.

    don't forget to keep medicines you might need in one place with a grabbag to go, if necessary.

    matches, gloves (gardening for broken glass, etc), extra clothes and blanket, first aid kit - these are just some of the things to build a "to go" kit - something you can grab and go if you need to evacuate.

    fema has excellent resources and guides to prep - it is never to early to start putting together your emergency plan!

    i just got my ham license and will pick up a handheld ham radio this week - why? because in a serious emergency, all communications may be down, including cell towers.  ham radios work on different frequencies and can satellite bounce.  also, the channels are less cluttered because licenses to use them are required by the fcc.  in a serious emergency, you can be of great assistance as a ham operator to get info out where needed.  the ham groups - ares and seres - are the emergency groups that work with first responders in an emergency.  besides, it's fun!  i LOVE being KJ6YEC.

    getting my ham plates for the car this week, too!

    okay - now, glad you are safe, prae - stay that way and be sure to secure your loose stuff on their shelves and pics and bookcases and...

    have i done this..... uh - tomorrow?

    [i DO have two to-go kits - actually three, if you count the large animal evac team kit) because i joined CERT in my area.  what's CERT?  Community Emergency Response Team.

    this is the local neighorhood/communty organization under county auspices that act as aids to the first responders in assessing and rendering aid immediately after an emergency while the first responders are out dealing with the major emergencies (like gas leaks, major fires, collapsed large buildings/roadways/etc.)  the training helps us take care of our communities until additional help can arrive.  if there is a group near you, check out when their next training session is running.  it is very very valuable in the event of a major emergency.

    the training is fema training and the certification in santa clara actually covers workman's comp in the event of injury during callout.

    but the best part is that in the event of an emergency, you can actually DO something to help - instead of standing around feeling helpless.

    okay - sales job over.

    glad you're okay.  oh. i said that, didn't i.

    •  Thanks for sharing the wonderful info. I was an (2+ / 0-)
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      avid ham radio buff back in the 1960's...after reading your comment, I might want to take that hobby up again.

      ...and thanks for the warm wishes, Edrie...we have a new grandchild in the family so the first thing everyone did was run to her bedroom to check on her....(everyone is okay)...

      •  seriously check out this site to find out what you (3+ / 0-)
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        praenomen, ms badger, blue armadillo

        need for an emergency "to go" kit - it is everything in one place that you can grab and go in the event of fire, earthquake, other emergency.

        here's the fema link to make your own - you can buy them, but it is just as easy to make and customize.

        storing everything in a large bucket that can double for a portapotty is good - if you can't get inside to facilities.  bucket liners and sanitizers can be added.  putting in a small container of clorine bleach can be used for sterilzing water to wash dishes and even be added in small drops to make water safe to drink.

        like i mentioned, i've got three - one in the bucket (with an actual toilet seat cover) two in duffle bags/back packs - loaded and ready to grab.  i keep the backpack in the trunk of the car along with water and first aid kit.

        it takes so little effort to put these together yet we put it off and when we need it, it's too late.

        also, if you rely on flashlights or battery radios - check the batteries on a regular basis.  they go off.  home depot has a great large yellow waterproof lamp with leds (last longer) for under $4.  the replacement batteriess are $9 - so i just pick up new flashlights!  also, home depot has a $19 folding led lantern by eveready (red case) that can be raised or lowered - throws a huge amount of light - runs on d cells - an 8pack lasts quite a while - good light source.  granted, d-cells can be expensive, but the hours i've gotten from this at the barn have proven that the leds don't use a lot of power!

        •  My son-in-law is ex-military so we are (2+ / 0-)
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          prepared for a disaster (and have been for several years). We have a shed that is filled with MRE's, water, equipment, tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, radios, etc., but we have neglected to update our stockpile of batteries...thanks for the reminder.

          ...and the tip about the ham radio is a good one.

          The thing that worries me the most about living here during a major disaster is being able to find a way out of SoCal...the freeways would turn into a one-hundred mile traffic jam. If we can sit tight, then we'll be okay, but if the emergency calls for an evacuation, then...who knows?

          Glad to see that you're prepared...this planet is too unstable at the moment to take for granted.

          •  another good item to have is a walkie talkie set - (1+ / 0-)
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            blue armadillo

            for use between family members fairly close - or two handheld ham sets (or one mobile and one handheld - a good way to stay in touch if you have to separate.

            i'm working with large animal evac and realized today while i was visiting a barn where we had a fire come within two blocks last week, i drove up their single lane road - deep ditch on one side, steep hill on another - and realized that coming up to evac animals, if someone were to be coming in while the horse trailers were leaving - someone would have a long windy backup to do.  instead, with two walkie talkies, someone could quickly be dispatched to each end of road and do traffic control to safely and quickly get animals out and people with empty trucks coming in.

            fine tuning to cover all eventualities makes it easier to move quickly in a real emergency.  practice -run drills - know ahead of time what each person is to do - then do a dry run!

            add in some 2 ft long 4x4s for cribbing in case of heavy objects landing on someone.  cribbing and a long metal pole (a fence damper is great) will help get folks safely out from under heavy obstacles.  with 3-4 people cribbing while one raises the object slowly, you can prevent more serious damage from that heavy piece falling back down on the victim or onto someone trying to help.

            cert classes - indispensible - your husband would be an added addition with his knowledge to help the community organize for group safety!  google cert for your area and see if they have something already set up.  these groups were set up after new orleans to help communities survive until help can get to them... but, as the local fire chief pointed out, there are very few of them in a major disaster and they get deployed to the worst areas first - leaving broken bones, less serious issues or small neighborhoods far down the list.

            the training is a real eye opener - in some ways disturbing when you realize your neighbors are totally operating in another world and not understanding that this is to prepare for a real disaster, one where there is no "help" - just ourselves.  seeing folks chitterchatter on the walkie talkies instead of practicing how to give clear and concise instructions was nerve wracking.  even worse was the totally disconnected way they reacted when we did the search and rescue in a damaged house with real "bodies" - they froze.  it wasn't until we set out tarps to triage - the red (critical) blue (walking wounded) and black (dead) that some of them began to realize the seriousness of the exercise.

            i'm planning to tie up with several more groups to get more hands-on preparation.  i realized that working with people who could choke in a real situation means that i need to be much more clear in what i'm doing to help get the best response from those working beside me.

            sigh.... just drifting into thoughts late at night - all brought on first by a single lane windy road and then with the 4.4 quake.

            again, glad you all are safe - stay that way, 'kay?



      •  You're going to find that the equipment may be (2+ / 0-)
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        blue armadillo, praenomen

        completely different now than back in the 60's.  What I've seen is that they're all digital now.  My dad used to do the ham radio thing as well.  He had lots of Heath Kit equipment.  Around 8 years ago, he decided to get rid of most of his ham radio stuff and parts (had been in the attic of the garage for 20 years, untouched).  He got some nice prices for many of the pieces and parts - I remember $80 for 2 vacuum tubes (one still in sealed can).

  •  Two aftershocks this morning. (1+ / 0-)
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    One around 9 am (which woke me up) and the other a few minutes ago.

    Actually, Disneyland Park didn't close until 12 midnight.  Disney California Adventure closed at 11 pm.  There were probably more than 20k people still on property last nite, not counting hotel guests.  

    I was driving home when the quake hit. I was stopped at a red light and felt the car rock.  When I got home, my landlady asked me if I felt it.  She said there was quite a bang and jolt as we are adjacent to Yorba Linda.  

    (That sound you are hearing is a paradigm being shifted at Warp Factor Infinity using no clutch.)

    by homogenius on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:05:11 AM PDT

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