Easter earthquake aftershocks could continue for 10 years
Monday, June 14th, 2010
Issue 24, Volume 14.
A magnitude-5.7 aftershock from Easterís magnitude-7.2 earthquake along the U.S.-Mexico border echoed across Southern California early today, as hundreds of smaller temblors were recorded.
The 9:26 p.m. aftershock was centered about 5 miles southeast of Ocotillo in Imperial County and felt over much of Southern California, but there were no reports of damage.
Seismologists with Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey said the Monday night event was an aftershock of the magnitude-7.2 quake that struck April 4 near the town of Guadalupe Victoria at 3:40 p.m.
"It was a big break along a fault in Baja and up into the U.S.," Kate Hutton of Caltech said. "It caused the crust to re-adjust itself by having a further series of earthquakes and these are all aftershocks.
"Most occur on the same fault zone as the main shock, but they can branch off. They can be on adjacent faults also. This is a large member of the aftershock sequence."
Aftershocks from the April 4 quake could continue for about 10 years.
Fire departments across the region went into earthquake mode Monday night, looking for damage, but none was immediately reported.
A magnitude-5.7 earthquake is "big enough to get your attention and possibly knocks things off shelves might cause some cracking in plaster and so forth," Hutton said.
She said structural damage to buildings in Southern California was unlikely because of more stringent building codes.
In San Diego, the foul poles at Petco Park swayed and the interleague game between the Padres and Toronto Blue Jays was briefly stopped.
Aftershocks expected today following last night's 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Ocotillo
SAN DIEGO - San Diego will be quivering today in the wake of a magnitude-5.7 aftershock to Easter's magnitude-7.2 earthquake along the Mexico border.
The 9:26 p.m. aftershock occurred about 5 miles southeast of Octotillo in Imperial County and triggered hundreds of smaller temblors along a cross-border fault line that has been active since before the big April 4 quake.
Between midnight and 2:17 a.m., 28 aftershocks ranging from magnitude-4.1 to magnitude- 2.5 Advertisement
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The magnitude-7.2 earthquake "caused the crust to re-adjust itself by having a further series of earthquakes and these are all aftershocks," seismologist Kate Hutton of Caltech said. "Most occur on the same fault zone as the main shock, but they can branch off. they can be on adjacent faults also. This is a large member of the this aftershock sequence."
A 5.7 earthquake is "big enough to get your attention and possibly knocks things off shelves, might cause some cracking in plaster and so forth," she said.
Structural damage in Southern California was unlikely, she said.
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits 5 miles southeast of Ocotillo; 23 aftershocks as of 11 p.m.
SAN DIEGO - According to the United States Geological Survey, at 9:26 pm tonight, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck, 4.3 miles deep and the epicenter was 5 miles SE of Ocotillo, California, in Imperial Valley. It was originally reported as a 5.9. It was also 22 miles west-southwest of El Centro and 65 miles east of Tijuana.
People in Fallbrook and Southwest Riverside County reported feeling the quake, as well as people from Los Angeles to LaQuinta. Over 9000 people reported feeling the quake on the USGS website in 556 zip codes.
According to Village News readers and Valley News readers, it was felt in Rosarito, Mexico, Chula Vista and as far north as Oxnard.
As of 11 pm there were at least 23 aftershocks, including two that were magnitude 4.1, within about a half-hour of the earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, with the last one reported at 10:1 pm.
It was reported that Petco Park was swaying and the announcer asked the crowd to stay calm.
The earthquake was an aftershock of the 7.2 earthquake centered near Mexicali April 4, according to a Caltech seismologist to KTTV-TV Channel 11.
City firefighters went to "earthquake mode" as a preventive measure at 9:55 p.m., said Devin Gales of the Los Angeles Fire Department, adding there was "no damage reported yet."
Did you feel it? We would like you to comment below with your experience and the intensity of the quake.
Comment #1 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm
Yes, I was giving my three year old a bath at the time in San Jacinto. It lasted a long time, but it was very smooth, like floating on a boat in fairly calm water.
Comment #2 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm
It was a roller! Everybody in my house felt it for sure!
Comment #3 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm
I felt the quake while upstairs in my bed in Oceanside.
Comment #4 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm
i felt it in oxnard
Comment #5 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm
I love SHARLOT!!!!!
Oh yeah, felt the earthquake in San Marcos
Comment #6 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm
everything was shaking, not as calm as the one on saturday. temecula,ca
|joe and an-G|
Comment #7 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm
we were smoking a bowl in the rv ........ it was even better
Comment #8 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm
Yes, I was watching tv with my kids and it was a little scary.. It was really long here in El Centro Ca,
Comment #9 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm
felt it in san diego....rocking back and forth, then slowed then hit again.
Comment #10 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm
Felt it in Carlsbad
Comment #11 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm
rattled my apt here in san diego lucky no damage a good shake!
Comment #12 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm
My house rocked (literally). I was standing in my kitchen talking on my cell phone, and the rocking took my breath away (literally).
Comment #13 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm
Felt it in El Cajon
Comment #14 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm
d... earthquake like s...!!
Comment #15 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm
Me too, in rosarito mexico, kind of smooth too..
Comment #16 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm
Definetly felt that one in San Diego, and for a good amount of time.
Comment #17 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm
Felt it in Irvine
Comment #18 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm
In eastern Chula Vista it felt more like a series of jolts than a roller.
Comment #19 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm
Yes, everyone felt it in eastern Chula Vista! 5 seconds, loud, and rough in 2 story new home!
Comment #20 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm
i.m in jacumba and it's still rockin' and a rollin'
|joe and an-G|
Comment #21 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm
we were smoking a bowl in the rv ........ it was even better
..............in the rv, the earthquake was better....... not the weed
Comment #22 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm
felt it good in fallbrook, came on like a sway, went away then came back hard a few seconds later. got a few groans and rattles out of this old house . seemed like about 5-10 seconds long
Comment #23 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm
Felt it in W. Riverside. we never feel them, usually hear the noise up on in the hills.... only if nearby or a bigun,,, the hanging lights were swinging.
Comment #24 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm
I felt it in Ensenada Mexico
Comment #25 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm
i didnt feel it ahaha suckers just kidding here in L.A. we didnt feel it
Comment #26 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm
Felt it in Point Loma in 3rd level Condo; lasted about 20 seconds in 2 phases. First light rolling then a good shake for the last 8 seconds or so.
Comment #27 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm
Definitely a light roller here in Long Beach
Comment #28 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm
We were playing Modern Warfare 2 in our apt in oceanside!
Comment #29 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm
felt it in Long Beach! enough to settle my nerves with a drink!
Comment #30 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
felt it in fontana
Comment #31 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
felt it in parker, az
Comment #32 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
In Buena Park we felt it for at least 1 minute. It was a rolling motion
Comment #33 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
I live here in Billings Montana, I was at work I felt it was shaking a bit, I'm not sure if it is the earthquake or just the elevator but it was 10:26 here which is a hour a head in Cali.
Comment #34 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
I forgot to mention that it made our Dachshund bark.
Comment #35 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
My Dogs went crazy barking a full 5 minutes before the earthquake hit. I am amazed at how our canine friends can sense seismic activity before we do. It rocked us in Canyon Lake!
Comment #36 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm
Felt it in Hemet! Small jolt then soft shaking seemed to slow then bigger jolt and a little harder shaking lasted a good 10 seconds
Comment #37 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm
felt in Belmont Shore area of Long Beach. Strange at night.
Comment #38 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm
felt this quake in city of orange. Just a few seconds of rolling.
Comment #39 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm
i was on my computer, i thought an airplane was just too close. then i felt the real shock.
Comment #40 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm
Felt it here in Anaheim Hills.... have visitors from out of state extremely freaked out...
Comment #41 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm
I could feel it before it really started to shake... almost like that instinctive feeling... After a few minutes I'm still sitting in my living room and could still feel the settling for at least 15-20 minutes after the fact. Very light, but enough to know it was not yet finished.
Comment #42 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Yeah i felt it here in tijuana, i as in my bed then it started shaking pretty strong, then it calmed and after that i started shaking again, i said "it probably as a 5.6 earthquake mom" and they say it was 3.7, BOOOYAAAH!
Comment #43 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm
FELT IT HERE IN ONTARIO. FOR A MOMENT I TOUGHT I WAS TRIPPIN. LOL FUNNY STORY...
Comment #44 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm
yup i felt it in national city i headed straight out the door
Comment #45 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Felt it in 4S Ranch.
Comment #46 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm
it shook me up my bed in tijuana.
Comment #47 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm
Rattled the china over here in Riverside, near Corona. Sorry you guys seem to be getting a real quake storm over there.
Comment #48 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm
d... i felt that i was in springvalley and i felt it right on my a.. i was sitting on the ground i felt cool! (but scary) at the same time.!
their was 2 of them i think.=]
Comment #49 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm
Felt it in San Clemente. God says, get 'er done!
Comment #50 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm
Yes, Felt it Imperial Valley , but this time it was kind of weird it wasn't up or down like the 7.0 one it was floaty like , I felt like floating on water for a while
Comment #51 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm
we definitely felt it here in murrieta. it felt like our whole condo was being rolled away!
Comment #52 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm
I felt the Earthquake we live in Fallbrook. It was pretty big...There was one not too long ago of 6.2 and I didn't feel that one, but I felt this one.
Comment #53 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm
Temecula definitely felt it! The pool had waves that wouldn't calm down for 20 minutes or so. Second earthquake in a week-whats up with that?
Comment #54 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm
I LIVE IN CULVER CITY AND IT ROCK, WOW!
Comment #55 | Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm
Felt it in Palm Springs!
Comment #56 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
Comment Continued : The comment above was written from the same location.
Comment #57 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
El Centro at 9:27 p.m.! The second push was the strongest. The noise never ceases to amaze me.
Comment #58 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
You ever seen the walls in your house do the hula in slow motion? Boy!!!! What a sight!
Comment #59 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
Felt it in Los Angeles while on my bed folding clothes...but so slightly I thought I'd had a dizzy spell or something :P
Comment #60 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
Felt it in temecula - sudden jolt w/noise, then rocked back and forth for a good long time. Second one this week, plus lots of aftershocks.
Comment #61 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
Hemet here and I was in my truck at a stop sign and felt it. Felt like someone was trying to tip my truck.
Comment #62 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
I was in the original earthquake and am wondering about the damage in Mexicalli, because I know it was pretty bad on Easter Sunday
Comment #63 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
I WAS WORKING IN THE HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER AT RUBYS DINER AND THE WHOLE THING WAS SHAKING! IMAGINE THAT???
Comment #64 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
I was at Petco Park...it was trippy!
Comment #65 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
Costa Mesa was rockin'...small wave then jolted then rolling out, no aftershocks felt....
Comment #66 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
We felt it in Yuma, Arizona. Television swaying. Nothing as long or large or encompassing as Easter Sunday quake though!
Comment #67 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:39 am
I live in long beach and it was felt quite readily. It was like being back on the boat on anchor in the open ocean
Comment #68 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:39 am
in the cayman islands felt it good.....
Comment #69 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:39 am
felt it in Fallbrook, first more of a rolling effect, then a jolt. We have high beams in living room...you could hear them rattle...
Comment #70 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:39 am
We were celebrating the 8th grade promotion of my daughter. Upon ordering our meal at Tokyo Table in Irvine, I felt a shake, rattle and roll...........Everyone had a nervous look on their faces and the lights were swaying back and forth. I most certainly was not planning any sort of duck and cover, as a matter of fact It never even occurred to me to stand under the door jam! Afterall, we had just ordered Lobster Sushi and for that price.............................. I was not going to be foolish enough to leave my food unattended. It was a strong and long one though. Not the first, nor the last afterall this is California, isn't it? Stay Safe Everyone! God Bless!
Comment #71 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:41 am
Felt it in London
Comment #72 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:48 am
I have lived in California my entire life and have never felt so many earthquakes in such a short amount of time!!!!
Comment #73 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:01 am
Felt in west Chula Vista. No rolling, just too shaking jolts, back to back. I Felt our apartment shake.
Comment #74 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:44 am
We felt it pretty well in Temecula, The pot rack was swinging and the water in the pool was sloshing side to side... It was a roller!
Comment #75 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Felt it in Temecula. Rolling for a fairly long time. Hanging light fixtures were swaying and felt like I was in a boat instead of my office chair.
Comment #76 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Felt it pretty good here in San Diego. Our cat Bodie immediately hid under a chair, he's so smart. Jill was too busy looking at pictures of herself to notice.
Comment #77 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm
FELT IT IN CORONA! I THOUGHT IT WAS THE DOG SCRATCHING HIMSELF UNDER MY CHAIR LOL! FUNNY THOUGH, IT WAS SILENT...
Comment #78 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Felt it really good here, South of Temecula in Aguanga. First it was mild shaking, then we thought it stopped when it started again, and ended with a large jolt.
Comment #79 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm
It was so hard, I felt it in 4s ranch, san diego
Comment #80 | Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Was sitting in the recliner in our motorhome watching Tv and it shook for awhile like somone was walking around inside than it shook the whole thing. Pretty scary to have 2 earthquakes in just 2 days apart. I am used to earthquakes myself I used to live in hemet for 10 years and than moved away to Tennessee for awhile and than back to California. No damages to our rv. we live in Oceanside.
Comment #81 | Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 7:25 am
Man the chair was like rolling on the floor.It was crazy.All the hanging were moving.
Comment #82 | Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 8:36 am
Hello to President Obama and the American people to implement Islam and God puts an end to these disasters fire flood tornado drill strong earthquake and oil spill in America and avoid further punishment from God more and more apocalyptic thank you
Comment #83 | Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 8:37 am
I didn't feel a thing in Anza, but I have friends who did. I must have been in the car or something.
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Comment #84 | Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Did not feel nada .
Comment #85 | Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm
I was studying and felt it upstairs, I grabed my bed post and made it to my doorway, when I tried to walk out into the hallway to go down stairs a lmap fell and i had to stay in the doorway. It was definetally not smooth, at all.
Comment #86 | Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm
I was talking to my freinds and I felt it.I came in my room and all my books were on the ground.
Comment #87 | Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 8:08 am
Yea I felt it here in el centro I thought the Russian missles where hitting us jk but it was big here ! People are saying we are expecting a 9.0 - !
Comment #88 | Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm
We had been in Ensenada about an hour before it hit. We were on our way back home to Tecate so we didn't feel it while on the road but sure felt all the after shocks. Day and night. Scary!!!!!!!!!
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Comment #89 | Monday, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm
hi i live in aus and i didnt feel it but i am reasearching it