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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Earthquake hits Los Angeles area

Just to show you that we're connected to the outside world here on Saskatchewan's prairies, I've just found out that a major earthquake hit the Los Angeles area at 11:42 this morning. It had a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale with the epicentre being about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south-east of Los Angeles. No injuries have been reported to date. The airport and freeways are operating normally, but cell phone service was disrupted for a while (everyone trying to phone at the same time, I guess). There have been three after shocks so far and the quake was felt as far east as Las Vegas and as far south as San Diego.

By comparison, the earthquake that hit Northridge near L.A. in 1994 killed 72 and injured about 7,000 people and had a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter scale. I really hope no one was injured today!

- Brent


Anonymous said...

Brent, I think that you may stay calm. 5.4 is relatively small earthquake. Each grade on Richter scale means the earthquake to be 10 times bigger (10 times more energy released during the eartquake). So, the 1994 eartquake was about 20 times bigger than that one today.

Cheers from Germany,


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