Agent 27 (witherwings7) wrote,
Agent 27

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Woah! Earthquake and it was a decent one. According to USGS it was a 5.8 and the epicenter was 2 miles SW of Chino Hills.
LATimes is down and I can't reach mom to tell her the magnitude. I had just called her right after too, weird. 5.8? Really didn't feel that big.

It was a baby quake but maybe the people in Chino Hills had some stuff fall. Doesn't sound any worse.

Magnitude 5.8 - local magnitude (ML)
Time Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 11:42:15 AM (PDT)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 18:42:15 (UTC)
Distance from Chino Hills, CA - 3 km (2 miles) SW (235 degrees)
Diamond Bar, CA - 8 km (5 miles) SE (127 degrees)
Yorba Linda, CA - 9 km (5 miles) NNE (23 degrees)
Pomona, CA - 11 km (7 miles) S (178 degrees)
Los Angeles Civic Center, CA - 47 km (29 miles) ESE (103 degrees)
Coordinates 33 deg. 57.5 min. N (33.959N), 117 deg. 45.1 min. W (117.752W)
Depth 12.3 km (7.6 miles)

I felt kinda bad cheering because it might have been worse for people in and around Chino Hills. My aunt works in Chino Hills though and when my uncle called to ask about how we were doing I asked him how she was. According to him the building swayed but that was it. A family friend in Diamond Bar, not far from Chino Hills, said that a few things fell off her desk but that was it. I don't feel guilty cheering anymore! :D

edit II: It's been downgraded to a 5.4. According to Dr. Kate Hutton just said there's always a 5% chance that ANY earthquake is a foreshock (that is, followed by a bigger quake in the area), and that that chance diminishes to 1% after 24 hours.
Nice to know :P
Tags: california, earthquake
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