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5.1 Earthquake Hits California 114

Posted by Soulskill
from the shake-rattle-and-roll dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A 5.1 earthquake hit Southern California at 9:09PM local time on Friday. It was preceded by a 3.6 earthquake, then followed by 3.4 and 3.6 quakes, as well as 100+ smaller aftershocks. The United States Geological Survey has a map showing the epicenter. There have been no reported deaths, though roughly 50 people have been displaced from their homes. 'The shake caused a rock slide in Carbon Canyon, causing a car to overturn, according to the Brea Police Department. Fullerton police received reports of water main breaks and windows shattering, but primarily had residents calling about burglar alarms being set off by the quake.'"
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5.1 Earthquake Hits California

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  • Other quakes today (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 29, 2014 @09:39AM (#46609209)
    5.0 - deep Atlantic Ocean - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
    5.8 - deep Atlantic Ocean - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
    5.2 - 100 km east of Japan - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
    5.0 - near New Guinea - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
    5.2 - Nicaragua - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear... [usgs.gov]
    and then there are the ones below magnitude 5
    • by dreamchaser (49529) on Saturday March 29, 2014 @10:23AM (#46609403) Homepage Journal

      This one, however, could be significant in that seismologists say it concerns them because the fault that caused it hasn't been active in awhile, and it runs directly through downtown Los Angeles. There is a small but significant chance that a larger quake could be coming.

      • by Anonymous Coward
        Unlikely. Large earthquakes don't provide smaller warning quakes ahead of time. If anything, we can rest a bit easier knowing that pressure has been released from the fault. I did feel it too, but living in Venice, a good distance from Brea and Orange County, it wasn't very powerful.
        • I guess both seismologists that I saw interviewed on the news were lying then. There's at least a 5% chance, according to them, of a larger quake in days or weeks to come.

        • by tlhIngan (30335)

          Unlikely. Large earthquakes don't provide smaller warning quakes ahead of time. If anything, we can rest a bit easier knowing that pressure has been released from the fault. I did feel it too, but living in Venice, a good distance from Brea and Orange County, it wasn't very powerful.

          There is a theory that an earthquake does two things - it sets the next stress point, and the shaking may loosen and nudge other sticking points. The end result is the first may be a spot that can't handle the newly imposed load

      • by rochrist (844809)
        Volcano! The Coast is Toast! Someone send for Tommy Lee Jones!
  • Equivalent (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 29, 2014 @09:58AM (#46609305)

    A 5.1 in California is the equivalent of an inch of snow in Ohio. People will kvetch about it but not cause any real issues.

    • A 5.1 in California is the equivalent of an inch of snow in Ohio.

      But on Slashdot, it's the equivalent of a foot of snow in Miami... What is this place? USA Today? Good Morning America?

      • Actually I fail to see why this is news that matters or how this is news for nerds however.
        IF it was triggered by a google experiment I could see why it has value on /.
        IF it was triggered by a Morlords I could see why it has value on /.
        IF it was triggered by a aliens I could see why it has value on /.
        IF it was triggered by a cosmic event I could see why it has value on /.
        IF it was part of a beowulf cluster of minor earthquakes running on GNU-Linux on raspberry-pi's I could see why it has value on /.
        Just som
    • by Tablizer (95088)

      The upside of a good quake in CA is that it scares out enough of the population to lighten the traffic for a while.

      2012: "Let's move to Cali, the weather is soooo wonderful and we might see a movie star!"

      2014: ~~Quake~~ "Let's get the hell outta here! At least snow ain't fall over and kill ya."

      • by RR (64484)

        2014: ~~Quake~~ "Let's get the hell outta here! At least snow ain't fall over and kill ya."

        ORLY [yorkdispatch.com]

  • Some guy was complaining that his wife was angry because some of her wine glass collection fell over and broke. Wine glass collection, in Los Angeles. Good ideer! I keep my playing card house collection in a storage locker down there. I guess I should go check on it. You wouldn't believe what I went through to get those things moved.

    Anyway, he also said that some people he knew weren't being allowed back into their neighborhoods or something. And when there isn't a gas leak, I'm surprised, knowing PG&E. So maybe there was some more significant damage around, if not major.

  • Normal weather for each respective locale.
  • by markdavis (642305) on Saturday March 29, 2014 @10:23AM (#46609407)

    And in other technological "news for nerds"....

    Hurricanes hit the Mid-Atlantic
    Tornadoes spawn in the Midwest.
    Snow falls in the Northeast.
    Taxes go up.
    Civil liberties go down.
    Google makes money.

    http://www.earthquakecountry.i... [earthquakecountry.info]

  • If a little shake rattle and roll scares you? Take a time trip back to Naples in the year 79 AD. We are all at the mercy of Gaia and perhaps she is getting pissed at our insolence and stupidity again. I would not at all be surprised if the Earth is due for another major ice age that verges on a snowballing. Caused by something like an unforeseen coronal mass ejection that reduces the mass of the Sun and in so doing fundamentally changes the physics of our solar system and decreases the output of the Sun. Ar

    • How's the weather on Tralfamador?
  • by LifesABeach (234436) on Saturday March 29, 2014 @10:33AM (#46609451)
    There was some rumbling, then a jolt, then afterwards for several seconds it felt like the ground was moving back and forth. On the second story, the towels were swaying. I think I will put those saftey straps on the IKEA book cases I purchase years ago.
  • and not one Taco Bell joke? A/C is slipping.
  • Is this non-news really worth posting on /. ?

  • by rotenberry (3487) on Saturday March 29, 2014 @10:57AM (#46609603)

    During the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake every car alarm in the area was set off.

    Although I now live in quake-free Texas the first thing I think of when a car alarm goes off is Earthquake! It must be the reptile part of the brain or something. Once my heart starts beating and the rest of my brain starts working I realize there is no earthquake.

  • Though would prefer 7.1
  • by houghi (78078) on Saturday March 29, 2014 @01:20PM (#46610297)

    We will rebuild [imgur.com]

  • Seriously, is this news? I've lived in California and minor-moderate earthquakes are no big deal. Californians cause about 5 minutes of excitement where everyone runs outside (you don't want a house falling on you), and businesses evacuate (don't want heavy equipment falling on employees or customers), and traffic slows and stops. Afterwards it is not news even for Californians - it is business as usual.

    According to the CA Department of Conservation - "Each year, California generally gets two or three earth

  • Ops, sounds like God needs to refine his aim. Just around the world a little and he can start Judgement Day with 30 generations of cansor at puberty.
    But please, no one bother their tiny brains thinking of all that burning fuel shooting into upper atmosphere, circulating around the globe, .. etc.
    When? At a guess, I'd say around Eater seems a likely time.. complete guess, could be tonight.
    When do you think God will start the end?

  • Looking for quake-destroyed houses, and beating people they found cowering in their yards to death. After all, they were now homeless and a California jury has ruled them fair game. Watch for the hilarious videos on YouTube.

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