Saturday, July 6, 2019

Well, It Wasn't Exactly The Big One . . .

. . . but it'll do until The Big One comes along: 7.1 Quake Rocks SoCal, Searles Valley Hit Hard For Second Time In 24 Hours
A 7.1 quake rocked Southern California Friday evening. The quake struck at 8:21 p.m.

KCAL9 anchor Sara Donchey held co-anchor Juan Fernandez’ arm as she steadied herself before ducking under her desk.

He, meanwhile, reported feeling nauseous about the quake that felt like it wasn’t going to stop.

Friday’s 7.1 and Thursday’s 6.4 both had epicenters near the community of Ridgecrest. The Thursday quake was already the biggest to hit Southern California in 20 years.
The 7.1 magnitude quake in the same series downgraded the previous 6.4 magnitude quake to a foreshock, and there is still the possibility of more significant quakes, including an even bigger one.

My brother's wife reported that they had a pretty good roll in Encino, and a short power outage. Southern California was lucky these struck out in relatively lightly populated areas, and were relatively well prepared.

I grew up in LA, from birth to 18, and only experienced a singly noticeable earthquake. I was an infant during the 1952 Kern County earthquake, magnitude 7.3, but as a teenager, I was working in a tropical fish store, and water started sloshing out of the tanks. No appreciable damage, and it barely made the news in those days. I was at school in NorCal for the 1971 Sylmar quake, magnitude 6.5, and our family home suffered a few cracks in the plaster out of that.

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