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Video of the earthquake we had about 2 hours ago. This is slightly stronger than what rocked my house, but only slightly. I'm guessing it was filmed in San Diego.

Everything's fine -- Mexico took some damage, and there's local kerfluffle like Disneyland shutting down the rides to check them over, but California's fine. I'm just worried about the folks down in Baja. I have a hunch the building codes may not be as strict down there.

Best comment so far on Twitter:

"RT @wilw: Apparently the #earthquake was upgraded to a 7.2, but I'm still seeing a 6.9 from the Russian judge. (kids, ask your parents.)"

Also, the comments on this picture are illuminating:

Earthquake damage in Mexicali, Baja California!!!!  on Twitpic
(Thumbnail is link to full photo. This house is in Mexicali, Baja)

I found it via Twitter. Two of the four comments are news reporters (CNN, AP) asking for permission to use the picture.

In other words, for breaking news, one often gets photos/videos on Twitter first; and the news stations scramble to catch up.


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Apr. 5th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
yikies on the picture! that's bringing back memories of the Northridge Quake. Dal lived not far from the apartment complex that had three floors and became two after the higher ones came flat down on the bottom and killed several people.

Seems the OC got a good brunt of it being halfway between here and the epicenter. The Caltech scientist spokeswoman who was on the news earlier was saying the way the quake occurred it looks like the massive party of the energy generated was focused north/northwest towards all of us.
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Wow - very intense - and I'm very glad it didn't happen to the Bay Area. There are still places in SF & San Jose [etc] that are -still- recovering from Loma Prieta. [Can you say beaurocracy run amok?]
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Wow, yeah. We're over in OC and we briefly wondered if we should evacuate our apartment. The cats were terrified. We were wondering where the epicentre was.

It was mildly fun for us, but I'm also glad we weren't in Baja. Man.
Apr. 5th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
When it's soft and squishy like that one was, I figure it's a big one a long way off. I don't know what the physics is, but it seems like earthquakes nearby are sharper motion -- jerks, knocks, rattle-rattle-rattle. Whereas ones farther away seem to wobble and roll like a waterbed. I guessed this one was big and farther away, as opposed to, say, a mid 4 very nearby which I once described to my out-of-state Mom as, "You know that jarring crash when a trash truck drops a dumpster outside your apartment? Well, the dumpster just dropped the truck."

Edited at 2010-04-05 06:50 am (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
lol we get that trashtruck scenario every day now after that sewage work on the street behind us had all the ground compacted. So when the trash trucks head up to the landfill just north of us, they go over this slight bump on the street and it makes the whole house vibrate.

BTW, it is funny how we all can determine things about the quakes by all the variety of characteristics. everyone pretty much knew it was a big one elsewhere but weren't quite sure. Sometimes the type of fault strike/slip, thrust, etc... can cause the different types of feeling with roll vs shake.
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