About 12 minutes ago, with no warning, a fairly moderate earthquake hit (estimated epicenter of Chino Hills, California.)
The shaking lasted about 12-18 seconds, and the building shook and wobbled a bit, here on the 3rd floor of the complex.
My speakers fell off the shelves, books on the floor, cabinet doors opened, my roommates snare drum fell off from its stand, and his desk lamp fell off.
Things are ok here at the intersection of the 57 freeway and Nutwood avenue.
Staying put for afterschocks, trying to stay calm despite new reports of a 5% chance this was a pre-shock....
more reports soon...fine in Fullerton as of now...
------------- Updated...2:14 p.m
Over two and a half hours following the initial Chino Hills Quake, I have felt two small aftershocks less than about three seconds each. the extent of the damage seems to be very limited in Fullerton and around Orange.
Downgraded risk of another larger quake, according to CBS news.
In response to Araceli: Your family in Fullerton is likely to be just fine, possibly a few loose ends shaken loose onto the ground. it was a moderate jolt, but did little more than move a few things around. Everyone here in our apartment complex is just fine, no major damage, no pictures reported even falling off the walls. Hope this helps, phone line situation should be improving shortly.
To others: refrain from using your phone, as to leave that cell bandwidth available for those in emergency situations.
Everyone here in the apartment complex is doing fine,
More to come....
-------------- (email report from relative in Irvine, California, 2:40 p.m.)
It rocked and rolled here in Irvine. Scary… but I am fine. --------------- (update 2:47 pm)
Still good here in Fullerton at the intersection of the 57 freeway and nutwood avenue.
My girlfriend drove straight through during the earthquake, driving the 60 freeway east. She said she didn't feel he quake, nor did it upset the flow of traffic in any noticeable way on that freeway.
Power, gas, and water functioning normally in my own apartment.
Nextdoor, business as usual at El Tarasco Mexican Restaurant, a few customers were present during the shake. The owner advised all to stay calm and indoors, no one was hurt. A few things were moved from shelves but everyone is alright.
Cell phone coverage restored to my phone (AT&T), Brea mall was shut down for a short time.
Governer Scwarzaneggar has committed any suport neccessary to damaged areas.
Television news still covering largely Los Angeles.
Besides losses to storefronts and soda bottles, things look to be forunate that there have not yet been any reported fatalaties.
Stay safe and gather your loved ones and emergency preparedness kits if available. Stay in doorways or under desks, INSIDE a shelter, if you feel any aftershocks. ----------
things have continued to calm down in Orange County. The news has changed focus from preparing from another quake today, shifting more towards points of preparation for the future.
Good idea to check those kits in your home and make sure you are prepared with water, food, medicine, etc.
More to come..... --------------
(Update 7/30/08 7:54 pm)
Things have resume normality after yesterday's quake.
Some minor structural damage reported in neighborhoods in Yorba Linda.
Observation: News reports revert from actually caring about (reporting) the fate of the damaged areas, is once again back to scaring you about future potential and making you unnerved once again about everything in the community. Way to go media, way to go.
Still, a blessing of no reported fatalities, thankful for that.
-------- update 10:24 pm, 7/30/08
Suddenly my podcast is earthquake watch.
3.0 Magnitude quake hit a half hour ago centered in Yorba Linda California.
more to come.....