Monday, March 11, 2013

Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake in Southern California - Update | USGS/

Residents Urged To Prep For ‘Two Weeks On Your Own’ On Quake Anny

March 11, 2013 8:24 AM -
LOS ANGELES ( — People from Los Angeles to Tokyo have been gathering  to honor the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan two years ago.
KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports a memorial service held on Sunday near Little Tokyo included a panel discussion on how residents in the Southland can prepare for the next major quake.
Displays outside LAPD headquarters recalled the 2011 quake that left 18,000 dead and destroyed 300,000 homes, including a plaque underscoring the ongoing recovery for residents in the Tohoku region of Japan.
Fire officials were on hand to remind the public of what a similar quake could mean for Southern California.
“A lot of people don’t realize that we are earthquake prone in California, but we also could get a tsunami,” Los Angeles County Fire Asst. Chief David Stone said. “We just haven’t had one in a long time.”
Residents were urged to prepare for a number of disaster scenarios, including how to cope for being at least “two weeks on your own”.
“The message for a lot of us needs to be, ‘Be ready for anything’,” said Battalion Chief Larry Collins. “The message used to be 72 hours, but we’ve seen in disasters like [Hurricane] Katrina, even [Hurricane] Sandy recently, that, really, if it’s wiped out your infrastructure, and your electricity grid and your communications, it will be very likely be more than three days before you start getting food, water and other supplies coming in from outside.”
The event also featured an interfaith service including Buddhist monks, a Jewish cantor and Christian representatives.
Residents in Tokyo on Monday, meanwhile, stood in silence at 2:46 p.m., the very moment the magnitude-9.0 quake struck on March 11, 2011, and wiped out entire coastal communities along with triggering a tsunami that caused three reactors to meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Anza Temblor May Be Foreshock of Larger Quake: Expert
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 was reported in Anza, Calif.

4.7 Quake Reported in Anza - NBC San Diego

It happened along the San Jacinto fault between the San Andreas and the Elsinore faults

The quake was the first of several that popped up at the same time Monday on the U.S. Geological Survey website. It was originally reported as a 5.2 magnitude quake but was then downgraded.
The epicenter for the 9:56 a.m. quake was 12 miles east of Anza and 16 miles southwest of Palm Desert.

Near the epicenter, Palms Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed told the Associated Press his department received no reports of damage or injuries. There were no other immediate reports of damage in the region.
It happened along the San Jacinto fault between the San Andreas and the Elsinore faults.This is a fault famous for big earthquakes according to retired geology professor Pat Abbott, Ph.D.

“There’s always that slight chance – slight chance now - that this could be the foreshock of something larger. Probably not. Usually this is just an event all by itself,” Abbot said.

“It doesn’t hurt to keep it in mind, in the next 72 hours in particular," he said. "If a larger one is going to occur it would probably be during that three-day period.” -
Pat Abbott, Ph.D.

The quake was felt in El Cajon, Poway and Rancho Bernardo according to responses on the USGS website and our NBC 7 San Diego users.

“This should be felt by people throughout Los Angeles and San Diego,” said Abbott.
On the NBC 7 San Diego Facebook page, our users in Chula Vista, Allied Gardens, Sorrento Valley and Mission Valley reported feeling the quake.
Mav Gonzalez posted "Big shake in Blossom Valley!"

"Was in my car at a stoplight in Chula Vista and felt it. Knew exactly what it was," Mollie Nunn said.
And Marla Estrada Brown wrote to us,"I felt it in Coronado at the Amphibious base."

Did you feel it? Let us know by commenting below or posting on our Facebook page. 

Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake in Southern California | Science Features - USGS

Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake in Southern California
The USGS is providing up-to-date information.

Visit the USGS event page on this earthquake.

For an estimate of the earthquake’s impact, visit the USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) website.

For information about tsunami watches, warning or advisories, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tsunami website.

Read additional earthquake information for California.
If you felt this earthquake, report your experience on the “USGS 
Did You Feel It?” website for this event.

Learn more about the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.

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