I was down at the cafe where I hang out this afternoon while a clever person of my acquaintance was at work fixing my laptop, when the table started doing a rock and roll dance. I thought at first he was pushing on it and he thought I was doing it. Suddenly we both realized it was an earthquake. Every one else in the place realized the same thing about that time and everyone stood up. Thinking at first I should go outside, I decided against it: there was more stuff that might fall on you out there than inside. The floor was shaking as if the building were strapped on a big truck barreling down the highway. The chandeliers were swaying, and when I looked outside I saw all the streetlights were swinging back and forth as well. I've been in about 5 or 6 quakes in the time I've lived here but this was the first mid-afternoon quake I remember, and the first time I have been out in public to see a lot of other people's reaction when it happened.
6.9 magnitude 2010 Easter earthquake strikes California
Just south of the U.S. - Mexico border an earthquake of a 6.9 magnitude struck in Baja, California on Easter Sunday, 04/04/10. According to seismologists, the quake was felt as far north as Santa Barbara. The earthquake occurred at 3:40 p.m. according to the U.S. Geological Survey. For those dining on their Easter meal or otherwise enjoying a relaxing, this was a bit of a rude shock that lasted somewhere in the area of 40 seconds. The earthquake comes on the heels of a week marked by a series of smaller 3.0 magnitude earthquakes, and aftershocks are expected.
While no major damage has been reported at this point, high-rises in the San Diego and Los Angeles area swayed, Riverside and Coachella Valley reported strong shaking, and the tremors were strong enough to be felt in Arizona as well. Jacqueline Land of Phoenix, Arizona, stated “That can’t be an earthquake. I’m in Arizona.” The Yuma police department reported the quake was quite strong there, but that no damage has been reported or observed.
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