Rolling in L.A.

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.

CNN reports:

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.

A 5.8 quake is “considered by the USGS to be “moderate,” which can cause slight damage to buildings and others structures.” Thankfully I see no signs of damage here at home.

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.

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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5 Responses to Rolling in L.A.

  1. If anything crazy happens you’re welcome here and watching now. You’ll be fine and that was a scary one ! Global Warming and we see it here too. Did another street hit the ocean in Palos Verdes ? Go to Beach Bum Berts in Manhattan beach and have a, “hair of the polar bear.” Years ago lived there and remember my first experienced earth quake and it scared me to death ! Books fell from the book case and being from the south ,I thought we had ghosts ! What was that ? 100 % clean energy ! Energy Independence ! Time to see the sun and mountians that engulf the coast line in LA and CO2’s are out of here and so is the smog all over the country.Get out of there for a while Pamela and leave the work on your desk ! It’ll be there when you come home ! The building swayed ? The foundation okay and being checked ? Meanwhile you’re still there ? Not me,I’d be headed for the coast line in two seconds flat until they yelled all clear . You should see the intense lightening here and oh yeah,we see the weather changes congress ,now in grid lock !Positive solutions for energy independence ! Get out of there for a while until they check your building for cracks in the foundation. My cat would be in a cat cage and we’d be long gone ! Go !

  2. Bridges are being inspected and so are homes and buldings in Calfornia today. Why do we need to debate moving foward on 100 % clean energy ? 75% chance in five years are polar ice caps will melt! Investors holding DUG,hedge funds,banks and pension plans ! The Financial Intelligence reports are not what we need to worry about and head toward solutions and fast track investments on energy independence ! Oil Bubble on the Brink of Major Bust? Drill more and is it there ? Research the difference drilling will make ! Congress members indicted ? The senator from Alaska as well as others ? All the severe weather changes and what happens to nuclear plants if there is an earth quake ? Looking for a realistic polar bear costume to help create interest and make connections to Energy Independence ! Open up our US wind corridors ! !

  3. Congress has a 9 % and Americans don’t approve ! Looks like we’re getting new members of congress ! The power of the american people is amazing for unity ! Obama heads in to see what’s going on with congress ! I’m starting to think he’s great ! Best speech ever Obama and big change is happening !

  4. CNN just reported Obama probably didn’t need to be seen with congress because of their 9% and so many Americans don’t approve. At least he’s in there trying to figure out what their doing in grid lock ! We don’t want to do the grease up at the pumps and smell like french fries and let’s head toward energy independence ! Team up congress !

  5. Not to freak ya more after an earth quake but read , US Intel :Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on US by Ken Timmerman ?????????????? Sorting through all sources in media with research but this one is alarming in light of circumstances we all are aware and concerned to begin with. How factual is that ?