Just a quick note – We just had a 5.8 here in Los Angeles. It was quite a ride…
I was sitting at my desk in my 2nd floor apartment when it hit. I usually feel large trucks when they come by, but the minute it jolted I knew it wasn’t a truck. It’s been so long since we’ve had a decent sized quake tha I actually stood at my desk rather dumbfounded for a few seconds before I moved to the door and contemplated trying to dash down the stairs. I stayed in the doorway instead and watched my cat cower on the floor a few feet away from me. When we pretty much stopped shaking I ventured out as most of my neighbors had, still shaking myself from the surprise.
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.
A 5.8 magnitude quake is considered by the USGS to be “moderate,” which can cause slight damage to buildings and others structures. About 500 can happen globally each year, the survey says.
“I can tell you that we had a good-sized shake here in the bureau,” said CNN Los Angeles Bureau Chief Pete Janos. “It started slowly. It continued on, shaking the bureau pretty well. … Right now we’re just sort of assessing the situation. Nothing fell off the walls … but there definitely was a shake.”
Janos said he has lived in southern California for about 12 years, and “I can tell you this is probably the best one we have had.”
He said the quake “picked up steam. At its height, the building was doing some good swaying back and forth.” He estimated the quake lasted no longer than about 20 seconds.
USGS has down graded the quake to a 5.4 now. From what I can tell from USGS real time map, we’ve had about 12 – 20 small aftershocks. BradBlog who’s over in Hollywood, across the Hills from me has more.