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Monday, August 3, 2009

6.9 Quake? Really? Didn't feel a thing.

I'm on my lunch break, and I just popped over to Drudge Report, and they are reporting a 6.9 quake struck in in Mexico quite a bit south (330 miles!) -- but that the west end of our downtown area felt it pretty good. One office reportedly had books fall off the shelves etc.

I guess it all depends where you're standing or sitting because I'm at the east end of downtown and none of us felt squat!

The quake was centered 300 some miles south of Tijuana, and 50 miles north of Santa Isabel in Baja. No reports of damage yet, but the epicenter was in an area in the strip of sea between Baja and the Mainland. So hopefully no loss of life or anything major.

8 comments:

Amy said...

There was a quake in the Midwest a few years ago, my friend's dad felt it in the city of West Allis, less than 10 minutes from us, where we felt nothing.

It's strange, that's for sure.

DG said...

We're in central downtown SD, 21 floors up. We sure as heck felt both of them. The main one had us moving for close to 2 minutes. I could see the building across the street also swaying (i.e., we weren't rolling in unison). Trippy.

gemoftheocean said...

Geez, DG, I'm at 13th and F -- didn't feel a thing!! 2 minutes? Sheesh.

I know the techtonic[sp?] plates around here are funny. Last year, I had the day off, and there was a pretty good temblor up on the OC - digihairshirt said it was the kind where the wusses in the office get under the desk. A friend of mine who works at MCRD across from old town felt the shakes really well. I was visiting her mom not 1.5 miles away as the crow flies and neither one of us felt ZIP. Conversly, up in Allied Gardens, when the big ones hit in LA, your house could really twist and shake!

gemoftheocean said...

Oh, Amy -- that stuff really is pretty dependent on where you're standing. It's an interesting phenomenon to be sure.

Packrat said...

My daughter has a fairly good friend who lives in that area. (He was here as an exchange student. I've met him and his mother and father, too.) I hope he and his family are okay.

Tara said...

Scary! I live in Utah and we have been past-due for the "Big One" for years.

gemoftheocean said...

Yeah, that's what they've been telling us for years too. The scary thing is they're right!

One look at the wreck of the original San Juan Capistrano Mission tells me all I want to know about earthquakes in SoCal,

remind me again why we don't use brick construction very much.

Dino said...

As an old California Native (not many of us around), I simply don't get shook up by quakes.
It's not my fault, it's San Andreas'.

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