We’re laying on the bed, watching TV, when the cat starts to scratch himself.
No. That’s not why the bed is moving.
“Is that you?”. Not me.
Hmmm.. Must be an earthquake.
Yup. Hanging light is moving.
Didn’t we just have one of these a couple weeks ago?
This one lasted a good 30 seconds, time enough to get up and walk into the other room and back.
Next thing we always do is check the “Recent Earthquakes” web page, then turn on the TV news.
Here’s the record of the earthquake swarm.
It was very smooth and rolling, with no sharp jolts like we’re used to.
People closer to the epicenter had more to deal with.
We sell earthquake preparedness kits.
The first of a swarm of earthquakes hit the border of La Habra and Brea shortly after 8 p.m. with a 3.6 temblor. About an hour later, at 9:09 p.m., a 5.1 shock hit, followed by at least two more aftershocks in the 3-point range in the next half-hour. At least 20 aftershocks had been recorded by late Friday.
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said the 5.1 quake has a 5% chance of being a foreshock of a larger temblor.
“There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days,” Jones said during a media briefing at Caltech.
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