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#290812 - 07/29/08 05:05 PM Earthquake in Los Angeles
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Earthquake rocks Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A magnitude-5.4 earthquake has struck just east of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that a preliminary analysis has shown no serious structural damage and no injury reports in Los Angeles.

The epicenter was 3 miles west-southwest of Chino Hills and 28 miles east-southeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center, which is in downtown Los Angeles, the USGS reports.

The epicenter was about 8.5 miles deep. In general, earthquakes closer to the surface produce stronger shaking and can cause more damage than those farther underground.

It was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego and across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

The quake struck at 11:42 a.m. (2:42 p.m. ET), according to the USGS. Kate Hutton, a staff seismologist at Caltech, said 11 aftershocks followed, with 3.8 being the largest and the only one felt, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Reports of damage are beginning to trickle in. A watermain reportedly broken near Cal State L.A. has lifted the roadway, according to KABC. A gap in the northbound 241 connector to the eastbound 91 Freeway. The freeway has not been shut down.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has not received any reports of earthquake-related power outages or impacts to the water system and a Southern California Edison spokeswoman says some electrical outages have been reported in Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar and Pomona, according to KABC.

The quake's magnitude classification fluctuated as seismologists reviewed the data. Initially classified as a magnitude 5.8, the quake's intensity was reduced to a 5.6 and then to a 5.4.

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#290815 - 07/29/08 05:13 PM Re: Earthquake in Los Angeles [Re: Short]
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I was in the dentist's chair getting a root canal done when the room started shaking. He told me afterwards that he thought I was having convulsions before he realized it was an earthquake!

#290819 - 07/29/08 05:29 PM Re: Earthquake in Los Angeles [Re: Mikeywaz]
Bernie&Gordy Offline
That must have been a little frightening.
I've been through a few here in Seattle. Our last big one, there was a survey of where the most terrifying place to be was and the person having Lasik surgery was the hands down winner.

#290824 - 07/29/08 05:39 PM Re: Earthquake in Los Angeles [Re: Bernie&Gordy]
elbert Offline
This is an email i just got from a friend in North hollywood.
My kinda guy
CA quake
Rock and Roll! We had an earthquake. A kind of fun one since it was the rolling kind where you just ride it and try to figure out if you need to go some where with stronger protection. I hate the sharp shake kind. Northridge was a sharp shake. That was scary. I could hear the studs in the walls crunching. Today was one of the kind of fun ones but it was long. When they are long you keep wondering 1) when itís going to stop and 2) is it going to get harder and not be so fun anymore.

Any experienced earthquaker has 2 modes. Do I need to move from where I am? Y/N?
If Y, where? If N, stay and kind of enjoy.

Weíre fine and watching all the news channels. Weíre watching CNN now. Wolf Blitzer is more excited than we are.

It started to be listed as 5.6 then 5.8 and now itís down to 5.4.

Not a whole lot of damage on the TV except a water main in City Terrace and stuff off the shelves at the markets and some to a runway at Ontario Airport and some bricks off un-reinforced buildings. We shouldnít have too much building damage because any building built before the stronger codes have already fallen down before in other quakes.

The poor cat was doing that run along the floor while being flat thing that catís try to do when they get scared in a quake. Why I donít know since itís the floor that was shaking.

So weíre having an exciting day! Wheee!
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#290838 - 07/29/08 06:19 PM Re: Earthquake in Los Angeles [Re: Bernie&Gordy]
Loansum-Al K Offline
Bernie, that was a good one....I remember that quake....ran outside of my office and could hardly stand up in the parking lot....the cars were actually bouncing on their springs....scary stuff!
I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!

#291045 - 07/30/08 04:47 PM Re: Earthquake in Los Angeles [Re: Loansum-Al K]
Bernie&Gordy Offline
I know Al ! I was in the top floor corner office of a 7 story building and the swung out so far, my friends on the 3rd floor could see us.
On a side note, the night before was the one and only time I ever used this ridiculous 2 gallon fry-daddy we were given as a wedding gift. While lots of stuck broke around the house, it was that damn 2 gallons of shrimp smelling oil covering the whole house that was the worst !!!


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