Another earthquake: I just felt the house shake a bit.

by on May 18, 2010 · 3 comments

in Energy, Environment, Health, San Diego


SDNN reports:

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Monday at 5:38 p.m., 21 miles west of Mexicali where a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck on Easter Sunday.

It’s 5:39 pm, while waiting for dinner to cook, I just felt the entire house shake a small bit. The wood frame twisted for a half second. Must be earthquake season.

Maybe it’s the Thai army attacking the Red Shirt protesters a half world away. Maybe it’s Rand Paul’s victory in the Kentucky GOP Senate race. Maybe it was the world sighing because Republicans would not agree to lift the low cap on oil spill liability.

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Wireless Mike May 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I felt it here in OB, but it was pretty weak.

Most of the aftershocks from the 7.2 quake seem to be along the Elsinore-Laguna Salada Fault, along the mountains between Laguna Salada and Mexicali, through Ocotillo and up into southern Anza-Borrego. This one was right on the border. Here’s the link to the USGS earthquake map:

The Elsinore Fault is notable because it formed some familiar landmarks, like Mount Laguna, Palomar, Santiago Peak, Lake Elsinore and Chino Hills. Seen from the air, it cuts a straight line from Corona to Mexico.


Marilyn Steber May 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm

About the first part, I have a half-brother in Bangkok. He tells me on my facebook page that he is okay and he has seen other such events but not one as serious as this one is. I am careful not to write specifics for fear of repercussions when I write to him.
About the earthquake, I was on the phone talking to a mid-westerner when I felt that one. I love to tell them I’ve had hot flashes worse than some of the earthquakes I’ve felt in Ocean Beach.
About the Kentucky primary and Rand Paul, I’m blown away. So many unemployed people in Appalachia, and they finally get vocal when their rep votes against the extension of benefits? Good for them.
As to the oil liability caps, the republicans have been talking about torte reform Forever! And this is only part of the issue.
They don’t want any lawyers getting big money for their clients; don’t want poor people hurt by oil companies/coal companies to get compensation; don’t want families with kids hurt by dangerous products to get help paying for the kids’ healthcare until they (the kids) die of old age. Reform! Yes, I like that, but I’d like reform to help people get their just desserts…uh, with whipped cream, please.


Frank Gormlie May 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Your earthquake comments brought laughs to our house.


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